Nothing feels better than thumbing your nose at Jack Frost from the comfy confines of down jacket—except doing it at half the cost. Now through February 27, Patagonia is offering 50 percent off Fall 2011 items: from puffy down jackets, to fleece pullovers, cashmere sweaters, and even end-of-summer dresses. Visit the Pearl store or patagonia.com to score big breaks on the clothing you need (ok, want) for your next big adventure.
If like us, the New York Times’ Portland love-fest, means more of your friends and family are planning to visit this spring, turn them on to the new Portland Perks program. The discount program offers deals ($72 off a second night) at local hotels like the Benson and Northrup Station, plus free parking and a continental breakfast. Oh, and they’ll also receive a coupon book with discounts on shopping (20 percent off at Pendleton, for example), local attractions (like two-for-one admission to the Japanese and Chinese gardens), arts (20 percent off tickets to any Artists Repertory Theatre show) and dining (two-for-one entrees at Saucebox, anyone?). Cue subtle suggestion for where you’d like to go for your thank-you meal (ahem, 20 percent off lunch at Grüner). Get full details and a list of participating hotels and businesses at travelportland.com.
Fishmonger for a Day
You’ve got about two weeks left to win a chance to toss fish with the pros at Pike Place. To enter Henry Weinhard’s "Today’s Catch" contest, text CATCH to 90464 or visit Weinhard’s Facebook page. Ten finalists will earn a trip to Seattle to join professional fish tossers like Justin Hall and Ryan Reese (in Oregon City this Saturday showing off their stuff) at Pike Place Market. Finalists who manage to catch six of the slippery suckers will also win a year’s supply of beer from Weinhard’s. Details here.