Blooming Moon

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#14 Undo a bad day with Blooming Moon’s head-and-neck massage

14 Knotty Pleasures
Tension seems to have a special place in its heart for our neck and shoulders. Fortunately, the muscle maestros at Blooming Moon Wellness Spa know where it likes to hide. Stop into this remodeled foursquare house for a 30-minute head-and-neck massage ($45) … then stay for “Happy Hour,” a discounted foot soak and massage accompanied by wine and appetizers from nearby Hop & Vine, every night from 4 to 6 p.m. ($45) 1920 N Killingsworth St; 971-279-2757;
15 Little Italy
The moment you walk into DOC’s intimate, candlelit dining room, your worries will melt like a pat of butter in a cast-iron pan. Submit to the bliss of the chefs’ nightly tasting menu, and forget what’s going on outside the enormous curtain-draped windows. Six plentiful courses of bright, flavorful Italian food will magically appear in the flickering glow—oysters, soups, risottos, fresh pastas, hearty entrées, and desserts—alongside liberal pours (and refills) of hand-selected worldly wines. Your only job is to enjoy it as it comes. That part shouldn’t be too hard. 5519 NE 30th Ave; 503-946-8592; 
Evergreen Aviation Museum

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#17 Earn a couple of quiet hours by tiring out the kids at Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Wings and Waves.

16 Woolly Zen
Skein after skein of tactile therapy—a rainbow of merino, cashmere, and lambswool—spills from the alderwood shelves of Hawthorne’s Happy Knits shop. Up your dosage by heading to the back room (a former recording studio), where a pot-bellied stove, crystal chandelier, vintage couch, project table, and kiddie playroom await drop-in crafters looking for a comfortable space to knit and purl their ounce of cure. 1620 SE Hawthorne blvd; 503-238-2106;
17 Wear out the Wee Ones
With our eight months of rain, even the most well-behaved kids eventually succumb to cabin fever. Cure their winter woes, and your frayed nerves, at Evergreen Aviation Museum’s sprawling indoor waterpark (from $15). With 10 waterslides and a wave pool—not to mention a hollowed-out 747 on the roof that doubles as a waterslide—you’ll have a blissfully quiet car ride home. 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville; 503-434-4185;
18 Find Harmony
Flickering screens, blaring televisions, and clamoring stereos can add up to sensory overload. Opt for complete digital escape with renowned Israeli violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman’s performances at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, December 3–5 (from $21). Deftly wielding both his instrument and a baton, Zukerman will lead the orchestra through an evening of pieces by Schumann, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Haydn, rejuvenating your mind the old-fashioned way. 1037 SW Broadway; 503-228-1353;

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#19 A soundtrack for soaking: Talkdemonic’s Ruins

19 Beats for the Bathtub
The next time you want (or, more likely, need) to fill a bathtub, crank the stereo, and seek oblivion, check out local viola-electronica-drums duo Talkdemonic’s new album, Ruins ($14). Lisa Molinaro’s electronic-processed strings shatter and soar over Kevin O’Connor’s subtle, echoing drums. Talkdemonic doesn’t make comfort music, exactly, but rather meditative rock chamber pieces that pull you deep into their intrigue and atmosphere—and your bubble bath.

20 Lavish Floor Décor
Your feet deserve the feel of sheepskin, but your nose doesn’t deserve the, um, distinctive scent that inevitably accompanies most sheepskin slippers. Give them both what they want with Woolmark rugs (from $89). Sourced from Australia, these patches of pure plushness work great individually—at about three and a half feet by two feet, they can be deployed over bare hardwood floors or curled in an armchair. One, however, may not be enough. In that case, for nominal fees, the Sheepskin of Oregon shop will happily stitch together two of them, or four, or…. 1218 NW Glisan St; 503-242-0079;
21 Happy Feet
Sangha in Pali means “group of like-minded people,” so we suppose you could consider the Dragontree Spa’s Sangha Room, decked out with elegant couches and backdropped by the sound of trickling water and meditative music, a kind of group therapy. Its generous menu of foot treatments (we like the honey foot soak, $25, and 30-minute massage, $37) promises to dissolve your woes while you make new friends with fellow spa mates. Even better, the Dragontree recently opened an airport location, so the next time your flight is delayed, you’ll have a leg up on travel stress. 2768 NW Thurman St; 503-221-4123;
22 Z-Ohm Out
Contrary to its name, the Movement Center’s Monday and Wednesday night meditations present an opportunity for overtaxed Portlanders to take a moment and just be for an hour in the company of the Center’s hatha yoga community. The price for peace of mind? Technically, nothing. Sessions are free, but donations are good manners (and good karma). 1021 NE 33rd Ave; 503-231-0383;
23 Hot Wheels
Sometimes, the best place to find your relaxation zenith is on your own couch—a situation that calls for takeout. SoupCycle lets you find your happy place (and meal) without having to get off your duff. Delivering the hot stuff by bike with a hunk of bread and a fresh salad, SoupCycle offers a menu of three ever-changing organic soups to ensure you get a good supper without having to take off your slippers. 503-320-9610;
24 Soaking Season
Lake Oswego entrepreneur Deborah Murphy spends half the year in Hawaii, running her bath-and-body company Tub & Scrub’s only retail outlet. In the likely event you can’t do the same, drive off Oregon winter with an online order of one of Tub & Scrub’s many tropical bath salts (from $10), made with premium and all-natural ingredients. Maui Ocean Breeze? Yes, please.