DEALS

FLY TO NYC FOR UNDER $300
While tickets lasts: Travelzoo is offering round trip tickets from PDX to New York City (direct even!) for as low as $280 including taxes through April. And you can still score tickets for $300 in May and June. Check for flights and prices here.

HORNY TOAD’S LEAP YEAR SALE
Today Only! Take an extra 29 percent off sale items at local activewear company Horny Toad. Use the code: LEAPSALE at checkout to score your discount.

PORTLAND PERKS
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.

HAPPENINGS

CANNON BEACH CULINARY FESTIVAL
WHAT: Savor Cannon Beach, a wine and food festival featuring more than 30 Northwest wineries with tastings, pairings, wine dinners, and seminars
WHEN: March 8–11
WHERE: Cannon Beach
DETAILS: savorcannonbeach.com

HIDE/SEEK EXHIBIT COMES TO TACOMA
WHAT: Hide/Seek, a renowned art exhibit that debuted at the Smithsonian last year, arrives in Tacoma for its only West Coast stop. The exhibit traces the evolution of sexual identity through paintings, sculptures, watercolors, prints, photography, and video.
WHEN: March 17–June 10
WHERE: Tacoma Art Museum
DETAILS: tacomaartmuseum.org/hideseek

CAMPING SEASON STARTS (really)
WHAT Seasonal Oregon State Parks campgrounds begin opening for the 2012 season March 1st. Among them: Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, Milo McIver State Park, and Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site near John Day. March 16 sees the opening of the Gorge’s Ainsworth, Memaloose, and Viento.
WHEN: Beginning March 1
WHERE: Statewide
DETAILS: oregon.gov/PPRD