One of the first things people notice when moving to Lake Oswego is how green everything is. The not-so-secret ingredient is rain and we average about 6 ½ inches in February so best to have a Rainy Day plan in place when you need it.
Here are a few ideas for how to enjoy yourself living in Lake Oswego on a rainy day.
- Meet a friend for coffee at one of our local hangouts. We have enough that you could meet one friend in the morning, another in the afternoon and finish the day off with a decaf nightcap in the evening. Popular spots include Chuck’s Place in downtown Lake Oswego (hit this earlier in the day as it closes at 2:00 p.m. during the week and 1:00 p.m. on the weekends), Peet’s Coffee also located downtown, and Ava Roasteria in Kruse Village which stays open until 10:00 p.m. Check out my roundup.
- Catch a movie and a meal at our own local theater, the Lake Theater and Café. Enjoy your food while you watch the show or come early or stay late and enjoy a leisurely meal before or after. 106 N. State Street, 503.387.3236.
- Visit one of our history museums and brush up on Lake Oswego trivia. The Oswego Heritage House and Museum is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an exhibit chronicling the history of Lake Oswego from the earliest Native American settlements to 1960. The Lake Oswego Preservation Society History Center and Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The current exhibit celebrates the Oregon Iron Jubilee from 1867-2017. In addition to the exhibit yourself, you can also see the oldest house in Lake Oswego open to the public.
- Play a game of tennis indoors. The Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center has four courts that are open for indoor play year-round from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made online. Cost is $20/hour. Best to plan ahead as this is a popular option among Lake Oswegans. 2900 SW Diane Drive.
- Go wine tasting. You don’t have to venture out to the Willamette Wine Country to sample some of what Oregon has to offer. Lake Oswego offers several options for an afternoon or evening of wine tasting. Check out the schedule at Baldwin’s Bottle Shop and Tasting Parlor. Wines from different regions are usually featured during Friday tastings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wizer’s offers free wine tasting every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the new Domaine Serene Wine Lounge offers wine-inspired lunch and dinner service and features flights highlighting their wines from both Oregon and France.
- Take the kids for indoor fun to Play Boutique . Let them crawl, run, and make a mess somewhere else! Kids can work off pent-up energy while you enjoy offerings from the Beeztro café. Or catch Lake Oswego’s Indoor Playground set up at Christ Church Parish every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Special activities are held at 10:00 each day) Drop-in fee is $4/child with each additional sibling just $2 (crawlers are free).
- Visit an art gallery. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego hosts rotating exhibits every month featuring local and regional artists. Hours vary according to exhibits but generally they are open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you’ve always wanted to make art instead of just view it, consider a month’s tuition at One River School in Lake Oswego for their Adult Art Shuffle classes held every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Designed for beginners, you’ll be exposed to a variety of projects from drawing and painting to sculpture to tap into the artist within.
If you’d like to begin your new Lake Oswego home search on a rainy day, feel free to give me a call and I’ll set up a tour of homes that will give you a good idea of what’s available and at what price range. 503.939.9801.