It’s vacation season and sometimes the best adventures are right in your own backyard. Not only are staycations more affordable, but they also give you an excuse to explore all the hidden hot spots you've been secretly dying to try. Check out these 8 ideas for your July Secret Staycation.
Pick Out a Good Read
Take some time to sit back and relax in a comfy chair with a new book and a delicious iced tea. Some of the best activities are those that require no effort aside from kicking your to-do list to the curb, sprawling out on the grass, and appreciating the beauty around you. Stop by Powell’s Books to pick up a new book from their massive selection, or—if you’re into new age spirituality—check out New Renaissance Bookshop. Click here to save $10 on your next purchase at New Renaissance.
Find Your Happy Place
Check out the manicured landscaping and rare native plants of Asia in the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. Click here to get two admission tickets for the price of one! Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite teas from the Tao of Tea within the gardens so you can enjoy an iced tea at home—add lemonade for a tasty summer delight. Click here to get two teas for the price of one.
Learn Something New
Learn the hidden history of Portland when you explore its museums! Dive into the history of aviation at Evergreen Aviation as you check out the aircrafts from every generation. Click here to save $10 on admission for up to six people. Stop by the Portland Chinatown Museum to learn about one of the Rose City’s most historical cultural districts. Click here to get two general admission tickets for the price of one. In the mood for art? Portland Art Museum displays art from every moment of history and it’s all available right within city limits! Click here to get two adult admission tickets for the price of one.
Rest and relaxation are the tenets of summer vacation, which means it’s time to treat yourself to a much needed spa day! How does brunch and a facial sound? Enjoy an array of delicious brunch dishes and handmade cocktails at the Hazel Room before getting a custom and complete facial from Echo Natural Beauty! Click here to save $5 on your purchase at the Hazel Room and click here to save $10 off your purchase at Echo Natural Beauty.
Dive into Fun
Get your kicks and stay cool at the same time! The North Clackamas Aquatic Park is the perfect destination for affordable entertainment and water-focused education—they’ve got wave pools, waterslides, and more! Click here to get two Big Surf! admission tickets for the price of one. Water not your style? Check out Studio One Theater’s one-of-a-kind screens for a fully immersive movie-going experience. If you’d rather watch your favorite movies from the comfort of your own home, rent a title or two from the largest independent collection of movies in the northwest—Movie Madness. Click here to get two rentals for the price of one!
Wander on the Wild Side
Stay cool in the shade when you go hiking through Oxbow Park in Troutdale. Enjoy the beautiful riverside views, sandy beaches, and lichen-covered rainforest. Oregon Metro has some of the best public parks, and you can access all of them with a hop, skip, and a jump. Click here to get a free one-day parking pass to Oxbow Park!
Sweat it Out
Hit the trails or hit the mat and get active! Take a short trip to the Oregon Garden and spend an afternoon walking the paths and admiring the plants. Click here to get two tickets for the price of one. Bring lunch and a towel for a picnic in the sun. If you’re looking to stay active in the city, check out yogaRIOT for Bapstiste-inspired power yoga. Click here to save $20 off the monthly cost of an unlimited membership.
Connect the Dots
There are so many things to do in Portland during the summer, but the best way to get around isn’t going to be by car or by public transit—get going by bike! By using Biketown you can get anywhere in the city just in the nick of time, giving you more time to explore. Click here to get $5 worth of credits. When you depart on your excursion, don’t forget do bring a snack and a water bottle—Looptworks can hook you up with a sustainably made backpack for all your souvenirs and supplies. Click here to save $20 on your next purchase.
Discover Portland on your secret staycation, but shhhh don’t tell anyone—the best vacation spots are always a secret.