January 16, 2018 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

A Sweet Valentine’s Weekend

Your partner. Your spouse. Your honey-bunchkins. No matter what you call the special person in your life, it can be hard to find the perfect I-love-you gift. In the age of too much stuff, a sweet Valentine’s weekend is more meaningful than the late-night dash for drugstore roses. With less than a month until Valentine’s Day weekend, plan a sweet-as-can-be Tualatin Valley getaway.

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Friday, February 9: Dinner and a Concert

Historic downtown Sherwood has a decidedly small-town feel, but that doesn’t mean the streets shut down after dark. Pop into the Italian restaurant, Mason. Chat about the funky, modern portraits lining the restaurant’s brick walls while sipping on a lavender martini with—my favorite part—candied violet. For dinner, take your pick of house made, hand cut pasta. The tagliatelle polpette di cinghiale includes wild boar meatballs. The dish is not just unique—it’s truly delicious.

After Italian food, cue the Irish music. Walking distance from the restaurant, the Sherwood Center for the Arts invites Open the Door for Three to its stage ($20-$30 per ticket). The trio is comprised of a fiddle player, uilleann piper and bouzouki player. You don’t have to know Celtic music to connect with the band’s soulful tunes.

After the show, tuck into the Century Hotel. For extra Valentine’s flair, book the couples getaway package. The package includes two one-hour massages, breakfast and a lakeside room.

Saturday, February 10: Oregon Wine

February marks the return of the Beaverton Winter Farmers Market. A makeshift breakfast from farmers market is a true treat. I like to start with a cup of hot coffee and a lemon seed poppy donut from Nola’s Donuts. The glaze includes pops of acidity from the freshly-squeezed lemon and zest.

The 7th Annual Valentine’s Wine Loop is a favorite February event. You and your love can galivant throughout Tualatin Valley’s scenic roads, choosing between the 13 participating wineries. As a fun nod to the holiday of love, many of the wineries preview their 2018 rosé bottles. We’re rallying to make rosé the official drink of February.

Operation drink pink continues with Ponzi Vineyard’s Wine Pairing 101 Dinner (7 p.m.; $125 per person). The winery’s culinary director, Thomas Ghinazzi, will walk you through Ponzi wines—including the first release of its Pinot Noir Rosé & Rosé magnums—and the dishes that pair well with them.

Sunday, February 11: Garlic Breath

The Valentine’s Wine Loop continues today. Nestled along the agricultural roads, Midway Firehouse Pizza is a friendly lunch spot. True love is kissing after a slice of the garlic ranch pizza.

Overall, a sweet Valentine’s weekend is neither humdrum nor overly saccharine. It’s simply a good weekend in a new place—a chance for fresh memories with your longtime love.

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