33 THINGS CAN GET STEAMY
Overnight trip The Finns know a thing or two about riding out a long dark winter in style. Their secret? A good sauna. Embrace the Suomi spirit inside a six-person cedar sauna set just a few yards away from the 12 miles of cross-country trails around Trillium Lake. To indulge, you’ll need to book a night at the adjacent three-bedroom Barlow Trail Cabin. Inside, massive windows stare up at Hood’s summit. It’s hard to imagine a better spot to watch the snowflakes drift down than in between the soothing clouds of steam next door. 503-819-7952
34 TUBES AREN’T JUST FOR SOCKS
At Cooper Spur, easily Hoodland’s coziest and most family-friendly resort, tubing is serious business. Seriously fun, that is. The Spur’s dedicated Tubing Center has two runs and a rope tow, with all tubes provided, for a mere $10 a day. There’s even a tubing merry-go-round for the tots.
35 CIRCUIT TRAINING
Chalk up and scale 14,000 square feet of challenging rock walls inside the Circuit Bouldering Gym’s newly opened Northeast Portland location. Or drop by the original gym on SW Macadam Avenue on Saturdays, when first-timers can snag a day pass and a climbing-shoe rental for less than $10. 410 NE 17th Ave; 6050 SW Macadam Ave; 503-246-5111
36 THE PACIFIC REVEALS ITS SECRETS
overnight Oregon’s beaches endure relentless volleys from winter squalls. And as fierce outgoing tides scour away the sands, sometimes eroding the beaches as much 17 feet, the Pacific loosens her lips. The stories unfold in many shapes: as rusty cannons, like those from the USS Shark, a navy schooner sunk in 1821 near the Columbia River Bar and discovered among the storm-throttled sands of Tillamook Head in 2008; as remnants of ancient forests, called ghost trees, like those revealed near Arch Cape; and as golden lumps of beeswax found up and down the coast.
37 BECAUSE THE HEARTH, SHE’S A-BURNING
Surrounded by cushy chairs and pillowy benches, the marble fireplace at the Heathman Hotel’s Tea Court Lounge will surely stoke your dampened spirits—whether you’re in the mood for hot toddies with friends or curling up with a cup of coffee and the crossword puzzle. 1001 SW Broadway; 503-241-4100
38 BORSCHT IS FOR DINNER
Call it a baptism by beet: Beaker & Flask’s kitchen elevates borscht—a Ukranian peasant staple—into the Cadillac of comfort food. Bowls swirl with luscious slices of fried confit pork, spoonfuls of horseradish cream, and deep-red chunks of earthy beets. One taste and you’ll be a believer, too. 727 SE Washington St; 503-235-8180
39 PLANTS ARE BLOOMING
With more than 1,000 species of plants—and 21 miles’ worth of trails—the Hoyt Arboretum never loses its sheen. For a blast of color this month, look for yellow-tinted bear’s foot, spicy-scented, pink-leafed dawn shrubs, and the fiery red stems of Siberian dogwoods. 4000 SW Fairview Blvd; 503-865-8733
40 KNITTING IS ALL THE RAGE
Get your stitch on with the Naked Sheep Knit Shop’s roster of introductory “Learn to Knit” courses, or unspool some pent-up creativity with a “Pick a Project” class, where you can string together cable-knit hats, Fair Isle stockings, or maybe one of those adorable button-eyed sock monkeys. Grandma would be proud. 2142 N Killingsworth St; 503-283-2004
41 PARENTS CAN SKI GUILT-FREE
Mt Hood Meadows is one of a handful of ski areas in the country with its own state-certified, on-site day care—a 3,500-square-foot facility that cradles babes as young as six weeks old while parents hit the slopes ($25 an hour or $95 for the whole day). If you’re still feeling guilty, sign your snow bunny up for ski lessons (ages 3 and up)—they’ll be on your tail soon enough.