February 14th is Valentine’s Day and in Oregon there’s a lot of love to go around: On Feb. 14, 1859, Oregon became an official part of the United States of America.
So, to celebrate beloved birthdays — and lovers statewide — make your reservations soon to ensure that your Valentine’s Day keeps you in a celebratory state of mind.
Here are a few ideas to keep this holiday spicy:
FOR THE CREEPY CUPIDS — Haunted Valentine Tour
Feb. 13, 14, 2016 | 3 p.m., 7 p.m. | $59 | 21+
Let’s face it, love can be downright scary. So why not celebrate it with a guided tour through Portland’s Old Town District filled with historic buildings and meet the city’s most famous ghosts including Nina.
Learn about Portland’s past practice of kidnapping sailors, known as “shanghaiing,” and the notorious Shanghai Tunnels — one of America’s most haunted places.
On the three hour tour, indulge in beer samples, stories of Portland’s wicked past and a chocolate tasting. Plus, you’ll get to visit Kell’s Irish Pub and Old Town Pizza.
FOR THE LOVE BIRDS — iFly Portland skydiving
Scheduling Feb. 14 flight times now | $69.95 and up | All ages
Take your love to new heights this Valentine’s Day — without all the risks. Schedule a flight at the new iFly Portland indoor skydiving facility and experience the rush of free falling in a safe environment. The first-time flyer packages include a pre-flight training session; the necessary flight gear — including a suit, helmet and goggles; instruction from a flight guide and a personalized post-flight certificate.
Feb. 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | $12 in advance | 21+
Enjoy four locally-made handcrafted truffles and one wine infused fudge in addition to five wines from Hip Chicks Do Wine. The team will pair Tamami chocolate and Fudgelandia. Located in an industrial district near Reed College, the winery Hip Chicks Do Wine opened in 2001 and is also home to several artists, a microbrewery and a “funky warehouse,” as their website states.
FOR THE COASTING COUPLE — Valentine’s Dinner Cruise with the Bylines
Feb. 13 and 14, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | $99 a person
Enjoy stunning river views from the Portland Spirit on your romantic dinner cruise. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. for the three hour adventure which includes a gourmet four course meal prepared fresh on board, souvenir champagne flutes, a champagne toast, coffee and hot tea, a boarding photo and live entertainment from The Bylines — a husband and wife duo known for their pop melodies.