Sweet Valentine’s Day Activities for Families

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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the ones you love. COVID May have put a halt to some of your family’s time-honored V-Day celebrations, but there’s still plenty for Portlanders to do. From getting out into nature, to filling your bellies with tasty bites at a local restaurant patio, we’ve rounded up some of Portland’s best Valentine’s Day activities and events for you. Read on for more.

Take a Snow Day

If you are looking for a Valentine's Day activity in or near Portland that will turn cheeks pink and keep the kids smiling and squealing all day long? Grab the sleds and snow tubes, pack some hot chocolate and snacks and head for the hills for a day of fun in the snow. Everyone know PNW folks love their cold-weather recreation and tubing and sledding allow everyone to enjoy the late-winter fun. Head to Mt. Hood for an afternoon of snow play, or try White River or Little John snow park. Most places on the slopes require a Sno-Park Permit, available in daily, 3-day, and annual increments. Pick one up at your local DMV or at many Bi-Rite and outdoor stores. For a full list of options, with driving directions, hours and more, check out our top picks here.

photo: via Produce Row

Enjoy Dinner Out

Even though indoor dining is out of the question, restaurants throughout the Portland area have made having your Valentine's Day dinner in Portland out on the town easy. There are plenty of Portland restaurants serving up delicious dishes on heated patios with a variety of coverings that keep their customers feeling warm and cozy. Produce Row is a family favorite that offers fresh, seasonal American-style lunch and dinner fare, with options that will delight all ages including mini-cheeseburgers, linguini butter noodles and chicken tenders for the younger set. The Row is home to one of the best open-air heated patios in Portland and now has double the capacity. Oaks Bottom Cafe is another solid option that serves a full kids menu from a hearty grilled cheese to chicken tenders that if somehow the kids don't finish you will. For a full list of dining options with heated patios check out our favorite picks here.

Plan a Winter Wonderland Vacation

Why not celebrate Valentine's Day weekend with a winter wonderland road trip? There are a plethora of of great locations perfect for mini family vacation only a short drive away. Think Central Oregon with it's Bend, Sisters, and Sun River destinations all perfect base camps for wintery outdoor recreation. Depot Bay offers its own seaside charm, and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of whale tales. Whether it's the mountains or ocean that calls to your crew, we've found several winter road trips that are perfect for celebrating your love. Check out our whole list here.

Hunt Down Sweets for Your Sweetie

What would Valentine's Day be without sweets for your Sweeties? Take your kids out for an amazing cup of hot chocolate (or purchase some to enjoy at home) at one of Portland's great shops. Creo Chocolate offers both hot chocolately drinks as well as candies you'll enjoy as a family. If you feel more like celebrating with cake, Fat Cupcake is the place to go for beautiful confections that declare your affections. For a full list of our top picks of places to check out, read about where we think you can find the best sweets for your sweetie here. You can also find a full list of our most beloved candy shops here.

—Annette Benedetti


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