NORTH WILLAMETTE WINE TRAIL
What: Sample wines from 24 wineries while learning about the industry with hands-on activities—from grafting your own vine to enjoying food pairings designed to help compare sake and wine—at each winery stop. Tickets: $45 for both days.
When: Mar 31–Apr 1
Where: North Willamette Valley
GORGE HIKING SEASON BEGINS
What: Friends of the Gorge offers 59 education hiking outings this spring, including one focused on Waterfall Photography (April 12). Do some preliminary homework by picking off a few of the 25 cascades that comprise Friends’ Waterfall Wanderlust hiking challenge.
When: now through Apr 30
Where: Columbia River Gorge
MEADOWS FILM FESTIVAL
What: See the top 10 finalists in Mt Hood Meadows’ third annual adventure film festival.
When: 4–7 p.m., Mar 18
Where: Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar
HEATHMAN’S NEW ROOMS OPEN
What: We gave you a sneak peek at the Heathman’s new art-themed suites a few weeks ago: four new rooms, each devoted to a different Portland arts institution. Well, two of them—the Literary Arts Suite and the Oregon Symphony Suite—are now complete and ready for booking.
HOOD RIVER TRAVEL TO LEARN
What: Travel like you mean it with Hood River’s newly launched Travel to Learn program, which offers visitors the chance to take classes with a local expert in everything from coffee roasting to wildflower photography and windsurfing. More than 50 classes will be offered over the next month.
When: Mar 23–Apr 22
Where: Hood River
SKI BOWL BEACH FESTIVAL
What: Skibowl’s annual Spring Break celebration includes ice sculptures, rail jam comps, slope-side beer tasting, and, of course, the hilarious pond skimming contest, in which costumed contestants try their luck at skimming across a freezing pond.
When: Mar 24
Where: Mt Hood Ski Bowl
CORVALLIS WINE TASTING
What: Downtown Corvallis businesses turn into tasting rooms that pour local wines at this weekend’s Rhapsody in the Vineyard. Tickets: $5
When: March 17
PDX to LAX or SFO for $99
Virgin America arrives at PDX June 5, with new nonstop flights to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). To celebrate they’re selling one-way tickets for $99 (including taxes), good for travel from June 5 to October 17. You’ve got until 10 p.m. on Friday to book. Details at virginamerica.com
$39 RIVER FLOAT WITH WINE AND LUNCH
Take a three-hour tour of Washington’s Skagit River then land at Glacier Peak Winery for a tour, a tasting, and a picnic lunch. Normally $87. Details here.
ROUND TRIP TO HAWAII FOR UNDER $400
Thinking about a last-minute spring escape to the islands? You can still score a tickets to Honolulu for $394. Details here.