We’ve made it past the shortest day of the year. Welcome, winter. With the drizzly days of winter ahead, Oregonians are masters of the cozy life. Instead of bemoaning the start of the winter season, we’re joyously looking through our options of winter solstice-approved activities. Find Oregon hygge vibes in Tualatin Valley.
Soul Fulfilling Food
Food is love. So, you’ll need some delicious bites for your winter snacking. The always packed (i.e. long line) Portland brunch favorite, broder, has a sister restaurant in the Tualatin Valley. Come to broder söder for Scandinavian comfort foods like open-faced sandwiches, Danish pancakes and lingonberry jam.
broder söder is located inside The Nordia House, which is part of the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation. Take a moment to wander the stunning Scandinavian-inspired architecture, which soothing with its high ceilings, large windows and views of lush greenery.
Your hands wrapped around a warm mug while taking in soul-satisfying conversation with people you love. That scene, my friends, is quintessential wintertime bliss. Find it with the best coffee in the northwest at the charming Symposium Coffee in Sherwood. The little coffee house is literally a house, inviting you to settle in for a sip-n-chat session.
Just a few blocks away is Sherwood’s welcoming 503 Uncorked. Leather chairs beckon. Sit and swirl local Pinot wines and nibble on a cheese plate.
Cuddle-Up with a Book
For a cozy winter date with yourself, head to Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. Yes, Oregon’s favorite bookstore has a location in Beaverton with endless nooks, crannies and corners to curl into with a good book.
Take whatever book you pick out at Powell’s Books to the McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Here, the vibe is exceptionally enchanting as the old Masonic property has been lovingly transformed into a hotel with sweet murals, comfy couches, stained glass and rich wood accents.
Purchase tax-free goodies in the Tualatin Valley that will allow you to bring peak winter comfort into your home. Uniquely Oregon is chock-full of lovingly made pottery (perfect for holding a piping hot cup of cocoa) and Sleighbells Gift Shop provides holiday décor year-round on its Christmas Tree Farm lot.