Fun Date Ideas in the Portland area

Written by Meg DeNeffe

Living Room Theater

A sophisticated yet comfortable cinema environment that has the relaxing atmosphere of a movie theatre with a fancy twist. If you want to “wine-and-dine” your date, but in a more relaxed (cheaper) setting, Portland’s living room theater is the perfect place to enjoy a film and eat delicious food on a budget at the same time.

Oaks Park Roller Rink

Bringing your date rolling skating is a great way to get to know each other better and have a good time. Roller Skating at Oaks Park is super affordable and year-round. Roller skating brings out your inner child and lets your date know you know how to have fun.rollerrink

Portland Escape Room

Portland Escape Rooms are a fun, problem-solving interactive activity that allows you and your crush to put your heads together. You and your date have 60 minutes to discover hidden objects, gather clues, and solve puzzles to find the key to escape in a locked theme room. You can also choose the theme and setting of the room like American Revolution, Kidnapped, Arcade, Fortune teller, or Zombie. This real life adventure game is perfect for date night.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is perfect for the artsy couple looking for a free yet still romantic, stimulating date that allows you to walk around and spend time together while also being aesthetically pleased. And if your looking to have more fun, play hide and seek and text each other clues having to do with the art nearby your hiding spot. As a memory for you and your lover, make sure to stop at the museum gift stop while your there!

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Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japenese Garden is a beautiful spot to walk around and admire the natural beauty of the roses and greenery, and the beauty of your date! The Japanese Garden is a great photo shoot location to capture the moment and get some great shots to look back on in the future. You can also bring a picnic or some snacks to share and sit back on the benches and take in the moment.

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Portland Food Trucks

Not sure what to eat? Bring your date to one of the many Portland Food Carts around the city and taste all different types of foods from different places in the world. With its prominent downtown location, the food truck pod clustered around Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street has long been Portland’s biggest food cart attraction. Pick two or three food options that sound good from different carts and try all of them and see which one you like the best!

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Rimsky Coffee House

Rimsky Coffee House is an iconic spot for dessert adventures in Portland, and is one of the very few culinary establishments in Portland that offer free live music. Rimsky’s is known for its exquisite dessert menu and for offering a unique experience to guests. It operates from the former living room of a reportedly haunted Craftsman-style house in the Buckman neighborhood. Each table is named after a different composer and randomly rotate or vibrate, stay with the haunted theme of the house. The upstairs unisex bathroom has an “under-the-sea” theme and reportedly induces screams.

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The Boy: Review

The Boy: Review

The movie opens with a woman (Greta) sitting in the back of a cab as eerie music plays. The driver watches her creepily through the rearview mirror as she tries to fall asleep. Already I’m wondering why she decided to fall asleep in a car with a creepy and strange old man. I’ve already decided that she’s not very smart. Most main characters in horror movies usually aren’t. The car pulls up to an old, dark stone mansion with a rusty red roof, completely surrounded by trees and grey sky. When Greta gets out of the car, the driver tells her to wait in the parlor as the family that lives there is not home. Of course, like in any other horror movie, the protagonist doesn’t do she is told. She starts to hear noises coming from the upstairs and decides to look around. Is it really so hard to do as you’re told?

When the parents come home, Greta is very confused when they introduce her to a doll as their child. She thinks it is a joke and proceeds to laugh at them. Come on woman! What ever happened to respect? The parents ignore this insult and give her very, very, very specific instructions on how to care for the doll. Pretty much as soon as they leave, Greta forgets the instructions and literally just ignores the doll. Why would she do that? Just why? She just keeps on ignoring the doll and defying the specific instructions for it’s care. Why is she so unwilling to do the job she is being paid for? And as paranormal things start happening in the house, the woman doesn’t realize that maybe, just maybe, it’s the doll, and maybe, just maybe, she should ACTUALLY START TAKING CARE OF IT LIKE SHE’S SUPPOSED TO!

So, way less than halfway through the movie, I already hate her! And as I thought about it, I started to hate her more and more and more for every stupid little reason that she shouldn’t have even taken this job in the first place. 1) The job was in a foreign country (She was American, and the job was in the UK). 2) The house was in the middle of nowhere with no one around. 3) She was going to be alone for 3 months, her only contact being with the grocery boy who came once a week. And finally 4) The child she was taking care of WAS A DOLL! A DOLL!!! WHY WOULD SHE TAKE THIS JOB? I want to know what the hell is wrong with this woman!

So, she sounds stupid right? Well don’t worry, she just gets stupider and stupider, and as you watch you want to start pulling your own teeth out because that would be better than watching the movie. All you can think is, “WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE CARE OF THE DOLL THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO?”, “IT’S NOT THAT HARD JUST DO IT!” and, “DO YOU WANT TO DIE?” with the occasional, “How is she this clueless? Wtf?”

Do I recommend this movie? Despite the main character being utterly idiotic, I thought it was a good movie. A lot of horror movies have that ‘quality’. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twist at the end. And the cliffhanger ending made me excited for the sequel that I think is being made. If I had to rate it, I’d give it a 7/10. It’s not bloody or gory, just creepy, and watching it alone just makes it that much creepier. Overall, it’s a movie worth watching to cap off this spooky season.

Written by Amelia Winkelman