December 5, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Be a Wreath-Making Wayfarer

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As the top Christmas tree-producing state, it’s no surprise that Oregon also has its fair share of holiday wreaths. While lugging a holiday tree home may not be a realistic goal, a wreath is a much more sensible souvenir. Be a wreath-making wayfarer with one of two upcoming classes. We’ve included some fun tastes and sips to have before or after your wreath outing.

Beaverton and Tigard Holiday Weekend

Hamacher Wines hosts a holiday gift wrapping and wreath making with wine (December 9). For your wreath, choose from vines, boughs and herbs collected from the Hamacher estate. Yes, we’re making locavore wreaths a thing. Beyond wreaths, haul your holiday presents to the affair. The fully-equipped gift wrapping station has all the bells and whistles—or should we say bows and wrapping paper?—to alleviate your wrapping woes this holiday season. Tickets are $40, and seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 503-628-1910.

With your presents and wreaths safely stowed, head down the road to Tigard. This December, the Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents Your Holiday Hit Parade. Set in an old forgotten hotel, ghosts of Christmas past float onto the stage with classic holiday tunes.

For more nostalgic vibes, slide into a booth at Davidson’s Casual Dining. Since 1972, Davidson’s has been a mainstay for comfort food in the Tualatin Valley. The house-made root beer makes for a perfect float.

Forest Grove Holiday Weekend

Known to deck its halls, the McMenamins Grand Lodge now wants to help you deck yours with its own Wreath-Making Class (December 10). The 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. workshops will lead you through the steps and have you feeling like Martha Stewart. Celebrate our wreath creation with a mug of something hot by one of the property’s cozy fireplaces. Tickets are $25 per person (purchase tickets online).

Also in Forest Grove, Risdall Ranch deserves a visit because it has Christmas spirit all year long. Attached to the tasting room, a year-round Christmas store has approximately a gazillion ornaments, traditional German Christmas décor, and even some modern Star Wars holiday ephemera.

Heading back toward downtown Forest Grove, grab a bite at the Peruvian restaurant Yellow Llama. As playful as its name, the restaurant has a bright yellow holiday tree twinkling at its entrance. From the cocktail menu, the pisco flight is one way to spice up the chilly winter nights.

Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season with a great hotel package. You can decide whether to hang your wreath on your hotel room’s door or wait until you get home.

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