Top Holiday Attractions in Portland

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When you live in Portland, you can be sure that there is always a lineup of fun things to do. Looking for the best holiday attractions this holiday season? Grab your pals and mark your calendars because here are a few places you definitely need to add to your list.

 

Oregon Ballet Theatre

One of the top-rated ballet companies in the region and the nation, the Oregon Ballet Theatre is the perfect location for getting into the spirit of the holidays. Head out to see holiday classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. For ticket and venue information, go here.

 

Holiday Ale Festival

This is a Portland holiday tradition and it’s one you need to see to believe. This annual outdoor event will take place from December 2 through December 6 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Dress warm as temperatures will most likely be on the chilly side.

A Standout Side Dish for Your Thanksgiving Meal

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We’re always here to help and when it comes to standout side dishes, and this Thanksgiving, green beans with caramelized onions and almonds is one that everyone will love.

What You Need:

  • Kosher salt
  • 3 pounds trimmed green beans
  • 1/2 cup skin on sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

First, fill a large high sided skillet with some water. Place over high heat and bring up to boil. Then, add a big pinch of salt and the green beans, cooking for about 5 minutes. Next, drain the beans and run them under cold water. Next, return the skillet, in which you cooked the beans, to the stovetop over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast, stirring every now and then until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the almonds from the skillet and reserve. Return the skillet to the heat and add the butter and olive oil and heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook stirring until the onions caramelize, which should take about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the thyme, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cooked, cooled green beans and almonds, and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

Friday Night Fun Near Your Portland Apartment

Fridays are the perfect night to unwind, relax, and take a load off after a long week. Don’t have plans this Friday, November 18? Why not head out to enjoy the sweet sounds of folk and easy listening rock? Now, you can do just that. That’s right. Amos Lee will be here at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Friday and you won’t want to miss this.

 

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is located at 1037 SW Broadway Street right in Portland. In addition to topping Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes charts, Amos Lee’s six studio albums will continue to amaze and delight.

 

Whether you’re bringing your family, that special sweetheart, or a group of friends, this could be the perfect way to relax on a Friday night in Portland. This is an all ages event. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show will start at 8:00 pm. Purchase your tickets here.

Tips For Staying Active During Your Morning Commute

We all know that it is so important to take care of our health, right? But we also know that it can be hard to maintain an active lifestyle, especially when it seems like most of your time is spent commuting to and from your place of employment. We’re always looking for creative ways to help you live your best life so we have some tips to help you stay active during all the ways you commute around this amazing city.

 

Bring out the Bike

It’s one of the best ways to stay active, especially if you spend most of your day at a desk. If you have a long commute, try biking on the weekends to build up stamina before you switch fully to biking to work. This will also give you a chance to estimate the amount of time it will take you to get to work so you won’t be late.

 

Squeeze Those Glutes

Taking the bus? Carpooling? Try doing some isometric holds using your glutes! In other words, squeeze your buns while you’re sitting. This invisible workout will help keep you active discreetly! You can try holding this isometric squeeze for an amount of time or do several reps. Getting ready for those tempting holiday foods has never been easier.

Election Watch Parties Near Your Apartment

No matter which side you’re on, this election season has been a political circus, and it will all culminate in one final night. If you’re gearing up for election night, head over to a watch party! Whether it’s Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, we can all raise a glass to the fact that it will finally be over. Here are the best Election Night Watch Parties happening near your Portland apartment.

The EastBurn

1800 E Burnside Street

With drink and food specials all day long, The EastBurn is the place to be. Tap Room opens at 6:00 pm, but be sure to arrive early so that you have a good seat!

Night Light Lounge

2100 SE Clinton Street

The Night Light Lounge is turning November 8th into a party night and you’re invited. This free event starts at  7:00 pm. Their lineup of DJs afterward will have you dancing the night away no matter what the results will be.

Visit a Top-Rated Haunted House This Halloween

If you haven’t made plans yet for this Halloween season, then why not go on a haunted house adventure? Ready to be scared this Halloween? If you’re ready for a spooky good time, then you’re going to love heading to the 13th Door Haunted Attraction, the best haunted house attraction in Portland.

 

This isn’t for the faint of heart. Head out any time until November 5 to embark on an adventure with winding hallways and a creature or two. Tickets are $18 if you pay cash and $20 if you pay with a credit card. Children under the age of 13 won’t be allowed in without an adult.

 
You’ve never been to a haunted house attraction like this one. The highly detailed sets are full of actors and horrors that have been waiting all year long to give you a frightful night. 13th Door Haunted Attraction is located at 3855 SW Murray Boulevard.

3 Halloween Decorations That Don’t Cost a Ton of Money

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, it’s time for cotton candy, costumes, and warm cider on your front porch. If you’d like to get into the spirit of the season in your home, decorating your apartment can help you do just that. It doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. Here are three Halloween decorations that are all under $10. You’re welcome.

 

  • Who knew that you could find a fun way to brighten your home at none other than Home Depot? These Pumpkin Wire Lights are perfect for adding that orange accent lighting. ($9.95)
  • Ready to add a little cultural flair to your festive apartment? These Day of the Dead cutouts from Party City are colorful and inexpensive! ($1.49 – $9.99)
  • This Halloween doormat from Kmart can make the perfect addition to your porch or kitchen. It’s a must-have for any holiday party as well. ($6.99)

A Few October Events You Don’t Want to Miss

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Looking for fun ways to spend the month of October? We have a few events that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Here are a few events that you can enjoy for the entire month.

BeerQuest Walking Tour: Halloween Haunted Pub Tour

Tickets $45 | Sundays @ 3:30 pm 
For all of the adults looking for a spooky good time this month, purchase tickets to experience the most haunted walking tour in Portland. This 2.5-hour tour will take you around all of the haunted pubs in Portland in some of the liveliest and most historic places in the city. 

Packer Farm Place Corn Maze

September – October from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Packer Farm Place, located at 320 Thomsen Road in Hood River, Oregon will give you an unforgettable autumn experience. Whether you love corn mazes, want to pick out the perfect pumpkin, or want to have a picnic, this is a one-of-a-kind place to have you feeling those October vibes.

Pumpkin Patches Near Your Portland Apartment

If you’re looking to carve pumpkins this year for your autumn decorations, remember one thing: the pumpkin chooses you. Looking for a unique place to find that perfect pumpkin? We have the perfect spots near your Portland apartment. Here are a few places in Portland to check out this month.

 

The Pumpkin Patch

16511 NW Gillihan Road

Find produce, take a hay ride, wander around the corn “maize” and so much more!

 

Bella Organic Farm

16205 NW Gillihan Road

Not too far away, you’ll find a beautiful organic farm complete with a winery and a gift shop.

Check Out Laurelhurst Park This Weekend

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When you live in Portland, you don’t have to travel very far to experience the beauty of the Northwest. Since it’s finally autumn, we want to help you make the most of the fall season and what better way to celebrate than by enjoying the beauty of the outdoors?

 
If you have yet to make it out to Laurelhurst Park, then be sure to make plans to see it in its full autumn glory. Located at SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark Street, there are over 25 acres of grassy areas, ponds, trees, benches, and so much more. We think it might be a good idea to bring that camera.