Being home in Lake Oswego for Spring Break gives you the perfect opportunity to play tourist in your own backyard. Try some things you never get around to doing with your family. Here are some ideas.
- THE SEARCH FOR THE BEST FRENCH FRY. You don’t have to leave town to mount your own taste and compare french fries expedition. Make up a chart with the criteria you consider most important like crispiness, presentation, taste, creativity. Then head out stopping at local restaurants like these:
Lake Theater & Café. You could conduct your whole experiment right here with their four offerings including their House fries (sea salt and rosemary), Truffle fries (with truffle salt, rosemary, Parmesan), Dirty fries (crispy soppressatta, prosciutto, Walla Walla onions, parmesan and aioli) and the Cracklin’ fries (fried chicken skin, Novak cheddar, rosemary and chicken gravy). Time your visit with one of their movie showings and enjoy your food while watching the film. 106 N. State Street, 503.387.3236.
Next Level Burger. After the movie, just walk across the street to the 365 by Whole Foods Market and check out the offerings at Next Level Burger located inside. This 100% plant based burger joint offers the standard crinkle fries and sweet potato fries as well as what they call, “Fries with style” such as the Special (grilled onions, melted NL-Cheese and special sauce), Chili Chz (3 bean chili, melted NL-Cheese and red onion), Spicy (chopped black bean patty, melted NL-Cheese, jalapenos and a creamy horseradish sauce), and Bleu BBQ (smokey tempeh bacon, melted NL-Cheese, creamy blue cheese and BBQ sauce). 11 S. State Street, 503.272.8768.
WOW! Burger. Known for the “build your own burger” concept, WOW! also offers an interesting twist on the potato in question—signature Parmesan basil fries and tots. 4823 Meadows Road, 503.303.7099.
Burgerville. If you’re a shoestring fan, then check out Burgerville’s seasonal offering: shoestring fries with rosemary sea salt. 15650 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, 503.684.8142.
Applebee’s. All french fries are not created equal when you start dipping them in these sauces: sriracha chile lime, BBQ bacon ranch, and maple-flavored cream cheese sauce. 6325 Meadows Road, 503.968.8040.
Giant Burger. This iconic burger joint has its fair share of french fry fans too who frequent its Cajun fries as well as the Curly Cheese. 15840 Boones Ferry Road, 503.636.0255.
Tavern on Kruse. Garlic rosemary fries are featured on their appetizer menu. 4835 Meadows Road, #133. 503.303.5280.
- WHING GOLF. The Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course is giving a whole new meaning to “winging it.” As the golf world continues to improvise new ways to bring folks to the greens, our local golf course follows suit. Now in addition to Foot Golf, the course is opening its greens to players who want to “Whing” it. Forget the set of clubs. All you need to play is a “whinger” (which resembles a ball launcher pet owners use to throw a ball for their dogs to fetch), a putter and a golf ball. The whinger is used to throw the ball down the fairway. Once you approach the green, you can choose to use the whinger or toss the ball with your hand. Once on the green, you putt the ball as usual. Unlike Foot Golf, you can play Whing Golf any time the course is open. The fee for 9 holes is $10/Adult; $7/Junior and for 18, $15/Adult; $10/Junior. 17525 SW Stafford Rd., 503.636.8228.
- EXPOSE YOUR KIDS TO THE CREATIVE PROCESS. The Arts Counil of Lake Oswego is bringing accomplished artist, George D. Green to Lake Oswego for a hands-on opportunity for young adults and children to “create visual energy with amazing doodles.” Participants will get a chance to see what artists do, how the creative process works and experience that firsthand. Wednesday, March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 8-12 year olds and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for 13-18 year olds. Cost is $15/person. Register online as space is limited. 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st Street, 503.675.3738.
- CHECK OUT A CULTURAL PASS FROM THE LIBRARY. As long as you have a library card, you can check out a cultural pass that provides you with free or discounted admission to these local venues: World of Speed Museum, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, End of the Oregon Train Interpretive Center, Portland Art Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Pittock Mansion and the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Passes must be checked out and returned on the same day. Call to reserve: 503.636.7628. 706 Fourth Street.
- WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVAL. Time for a road trip—but one that’s short enough you’ll all still be speaking to each other when you get there! The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is a 30 minute drive from Lake Oswego and will be kick off its annual Tulip Festival just in time for Spring Break. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and activities include strolling through 40 acres of colorful tulips, catching a ride on the cow train, hay rides, wine tasting, wooden shoe making demonstrations, craft market, pony rides and kid activities. Pack a lunch and picnic while you’re there or purchase food onsite. Weekday and weekend schedules vary so check the website before you go and also to get a real-time field report to ensure you hit the tulips when the colors are popping. 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn. 503.634.2243.
I’ll be around during Spring Break so if you want to check out homes for sale or are thinking of selling your home, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to meet with you.