DEALS & HAPPENINGS
Tripster: Weekend Plans
Bend's endorphin-charged WinterFest, Stout Month in Astoria, and romance packages at Northwest hotels and resorts.
Feb 15–17 Bend's WinterFest celebrates the season with rail jams, live music, food, and snow and ice sculpting competitions. Details: bendwinterfest.com
Thru Feb 17 Our cousin Eat Beat has the details on Oregon and Washington wine country events guaranteed to add a little romance to your upcoming weekends.
Feb 23 The 25th Annual Hoglopett, a friendly 30K nordic ski trek from Mission Ridge, across Blewett Pass and into the Wenatchee Valley, in Central Washington. Details: skileavenworth.com
Feb 1–28 More than 40 stouts make their way through the taps at Fort George Brewery in Astoria during Stout Month, which includes the popular Festival of Dark Arts, Feb. 16. Details: fortgeorgebrewery.com
ROMANCING THE REGION: VALENTINE'S HOTEL DEALS
Skamania Lodge's "Winter Dinner Getaway" (from $159) nets you a night and $60 in credit at the Cascade Dining room.
Eugene's swank Inn at the 5th celebrates romance and its first anniversary with packages (from $179) featuring everything from a complimentary bottle of champagne to chocolates and gift certificates for lingerie.
Cannon Beach's Surfsand Hotel celebrates love with a "Romancing the Soul" package (from $179), which includes chocolate-covered strawberries, pink champagne, a red rose, candles, and bath fizz for your oversize tub.
Columbia Cliff Villas offers $25 toward a bottle of local wine with your booking (from $199).
The San Juan's Friday Harbor House has lavish romance plans of its own with an eight-course meal, local wine pairings, a dozen roses, handmade chocolate truffles, a bottle of bubbly, and a gift basket from Pelindaba Lavender Farm, starting at $249.
Alderbrook Resort, on the Hood Canal, wants to help your Valentine relax into romance with its "Unwind My Valentine" package (from $309), which includes wine, roses, a $100 spa credit, and a $70 dining room credit.
Go big in Seattle with the Edgewater Hotel's "Rock 'n' Roll Romance" package (from $700), which includes a velvet-roped dinner for two, two tickets to Experience Music Project (Sea-town's edgy pop culture museum), a Beatles book, and map of Seattle's music hot spots.