Winner: Sunriver Resort
Sprawling, sun-drenched Sunriver has something for everyone, whether it’s aquatic mayhem at its massive pools or miles of bike trails or proximity to some of Central Oregon’s greatest-hit hiking trails. No wonder our readers love it so.
Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash.
Winner: Oxbow Regional Park
Recipe for a great day out at Oxbow Park: Bring a tube. Get there early and snag parking down by the boat ramp. Don’t forget the buckets and shovels. Spread out your towel, dip your toes in the water, float on your back and look up at the trees. Repeat. Ahhh.
Walton Beach at Sauvie Island
So who cares if you can’t swim without a wetsuit? The closest stretch of coast to the Portland metro area has starfish and anemones galore, miles of never-too-crowded sand on which to frolic, and enough clam chowder to fill everyone’s bellies.
Bend / Redmond / Sisters
Columbia River Gorge/ Hood River / Stevenson, Wash.
Lincoln City / Newport
Mount Hood / Government Camp
Tillamook / Oceanside / Pacific City
Of course, winter is magic on Mount Hood. But there’s plenty of summer fun to be had at Skibowl too, thanks to the resort’s tricked-out adventure park, which features everything from a giant maze to ziplines to a summer tubing hill.
Winner: Living Room Theaters
341 SW Tenth Avenue
The last thing you want to do after you’ve actually been able to head out for a date night is spend a bunch of time planning. Who has time for that? That’s probably why you chose Living Room Theaters as your top pick for date night adventures — you can get a cocktail, eat dinner and see a movie all in one spot. Bam, date night planned.
BEST SPOT FOR A NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS
Winner: Voicebox Karaoke
Two locations in Portland: 734 SE 6th Ave. and 2112 NW Hoyt
Voicebox Karaoke lets patrons get a little silly in the privacy of their own room — so if you and your friends only want to belt out Backstreet Boys songs all night, it’s all good. In addition to the requisite Jello shots, they also serve sandwiches, shareable appetizers and a full bar of beer, wine, saké and cocktail options. And while Voicebox is all about fun, we love that they strive to take care of their employees with a 3 percent charge going to cover employee health and dental insurance.
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