When the Portland rains dampen your spirit, beat a hasty retreat to this swanky inner sanctum of spirits (no fewer than 1,600 spirits, in fact). The best seat in the house is the sumptuous leather sofa directly in front of the brick fireplace, tableside-mixed hot toddy in hand. If famished from an afternoon of high-octane holiday shopping, order the house burger, made with thirty-day dry-aged local beef, rye-soaked caramelized onions, foie butter, brie and bacon.
1124 SW Alder St.
December not only kicks the holidays into high gear, it also marks the start of Oregon’s highly anticipated Dungeness crab season. Bundle up and borrow a crab pot from this Rockaway Beach mainstay (toss your pot right off the dock, or opt to rent a motorboat), then feast on fresh-caught crustacean while huddled around the outdoor fire pit overlooking peaceful Nehalem Bay.
29200 Hwy 101 N.
As the brisk November winds usher in December snow flurries, hole up with someone special, a bottle of Bordeaux and the duck confit cassoulet or Dungeness crab risotto at this longtime fine dining darling. Set inside a snug 1916 Craftsman-style bungalow a few blocks from Mirror Pond, the dining room is flanked by both a flickering fireplace and a merry bar, so whether celebrating with the five-course chef’s tasting menu or simply seeking a quick glass of winter cheer, you’re covered.
1304 NW Galveston Ave.
Even the most devout fair weather lover won’t mind being snowed in at this famed National Historic Landmark, where skiers, shredders and lodge loungers alike pile into the wood-beam-framed Ram’s Head Bar to take a break from the slopes or sauna. Against the dramatic backdrops of Mount Hood or Mount Jefferson, dig into the cast iron skillet-bound Après Ski Fondue—a silky mix of melted raclette, fontina and white cheddar cheeses, roasted garlic and Mt. Hood Brewing Co.’s Ice Axe IPA. Afterward, retire to a seat by the stone fireplace, and let it snow.
27500 E. Timberline Rd.
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