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So.  It’s November (almost 8th).  Which means one week from (almost tomorrow), it will be November 15th.  Which means one week (exactly) after that will be November 22nd.  Which is?

Right.  Thanksgiving Day.

Yes.  Thanksgiving Day.  Two (almost) weeks (exactly tomorrow).


Here’s what’s up for you around and about…

Larch Mountain Country Artisans Show & Sale
Friday November 16th – Sunday November 18th
Glen Otto Community Park, Troutdale


This is an annual tradition around these parts and a great show and sale (which, not incidentally, benefits Corbett Schools, Troutdale Parks, and Vista House).  You’ll find everything for everyone on your list among the more than three dozen juried artists and artisans participating.  Hit the site link above to start browsing now, and plan to be here next weekend!  You can have everything wrapped and tucked into the closet before the turkey even comes out of the oven. : )

Black Friday
November 23rd

If Thanksgiving is November 22nd, then November 23rd is Black Friday.  While I’ve personally never felt driven to set the alarm for 4 a.m. to go get 2-for-1 socks (or is that the day after Christmas?  That might be the day after Christmas.  Still…), it is my understanding that there are Deals To Be Had and it is therefore Notable.  We will be delighted to send you off in the morning with a bag full of Sustenance so you don’t fall on your nose before you have attended all the needful sales.  We’ll even help you map out your route.  [yes, this is a suggestion that you stay at the hotel when the shopping bug is calling.]

Troutdale Christmas Tree Lighting
December 7th

The Christmas Tree Lighting happens in historic downtown Troutdale in conjunction with the December First Friday Art Walk!  Make the short run up the hill to browse through gifts from local artists and artisans, and enjoy the lighting of the tree.  Don’t eat before you go – our great restaurants will be open!

At Edgefield
[quoted from McMenamin’s website]

… and at Edgefield, our in-house bakery makes gingerbread rabbits to hang from the tree in our Black Rabbit Restaurant. The bakers also will be assembling a massive gingerbread house that resembles the Edgefield Manor. This is an annual tradition that fills our front lobby with delicious ginger spice aromas. Add to that the roaming Dickens carolers on select weekend nights at Edgefield or Grand Lodge, and a pint of our seasonal ale Kris Kringle or one of our signature holiday cocktails, and you’ll be caught up in the spirit of the season in no time.

I love gingerbread.  I’m going.

Breakfast With Santa – Edgefield
Saturday and Sunday, December 15th & 16th

Breakfast.  Santa.  Edgefield.

What more do you need to know?

YOUR Christmas Tree!
Is a day driving out to those wonderful places on the outskirts of civilization to track down the perfect beautiful tree one of your family’s holiday traditions?

No?  It should be.  While the best tree is always the one farthest from the car (sorry, Dad), there’s something magical about traipsing around in the mud trying to remember where the last good one was and knowing – just being absolutely certain – that the PERFECT tree is just two rows out and four rows over.

It’s a good day.  We’ll point you in the right direction.