After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder and certified trainer and spin and Pilates instructor Kristen Horler wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suit of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy-eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dieticians.
Barkeeps dispense seven rotating drafts and pour out more than 800 microbrews and imported beers at Birra Deli, which derives its name from the Italian word for beer. Soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches concocted from local ingredients complement each hop- or malt-heavy libation. Amid a colorful interior of neon beer signs, arcade games, and a flat-screen television, the deli hosts regular beer tastings where customers can win unique prizes, such as cryogenic freezing chambers that keep beers chilled for up to 100 years. In addition to brews in the eatery, visitors can bring home sudsy treats in bottles, cases, or kegs in a variety of brands and sizes.
Inside Milltown Pub you'll find a full bar, an all-ages atmosphere, and a menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Swimming at the head of the school of pub fare is blackened salmon, served with spinach, blue-cheese crumbles, roasted almonds, and raspberry balsamic dressing. A meatless marriage of burger and fries can be easily arranged by swapping a beef or turkey patty for a black-bean patty. Milltown has 12 beers on tap, and hosts regular dance contests, karaoke bashes, trivia nights, and movie nights—there's even a 15-foot TV for football games. During warmer weather, enjoy your meal in the outdoor dining garden.
Renowned for its artisan wines and pinot noir varietals, Willamette Valley Vineyards whips taste buds into flavorful frenzies with elegant quaffs that highlight the pure grapes of the region. Like the cycles of the moon and broken sundials, reserve tastings rotate monthly, featuring a different lineup of five distinct libations. Tasters can count on three Single Vineyard Designate pinot noirs in the sippable quintet, one of which is the 2008 Estate pinot noir. Blossoming sommeliers step up to their glasses and test their scent-sensors under the guidance of Willamette Valley's professional drink detectives, aiding their efforts to detect the notes of cherry, dark chocolate, and spice laced throughout their beverage. Following their consumption and discussion of their glasses, participants receive two "It's Willamette, Dammit" t-shirts, and are welcome to keep their Riedel logo stemware, ideal for future tastings or trapping fancy tarantulas.
The chefs at Lucky Bistro cull fresh ingredients to form an extensive menu of Chinese meat, seafood, and vegetarian favorites, including 38 varieties of dim sum. Diners can juggle small baked barbecue pork dim sum ($2.75) into accompanying friends' mouths or relish the oceanic succulence of the large deep-fried lobster dim sum ($4.75). Fortify stomachs for an invasion of mongolian beef ($10.95) or further capsize hunger with a wave of vegetable-based flavor from the ma po tofu ($8.95). Diners can sink into cushy booths or circle around group tables while nibbling their entrees.
When it comes to food and sports, it's hard to think of an area that Lu's Sports Bar & Lounge doesn't have covered. The night's biggest games and cutest team huddles not only flicker across the bar's massive 82-inch flat-screen, but also its eight 52-inch high-definition TVs. Those, in turn, surround Lu's potpourri of gaming stations: pinball machines, air hockey tables, dartboards, pool tables, and a shuffleboard court to top it all off.
Other gaming opportunities, such as video poker machines, await in Lu's lounge, which is equipped with its very own bar backed by more flat-screens. The main screens here, however, are dedicated to karaoke, which takes place every night.
Both bar and lounge stay open until 2:30 a.m. nightly, and accommodate patrons as they savor the mix of Chinese classics and American comfort food that emerges from Lu's kitchen. The menu mixes eastern dishes such as Szechwan shrimp with western staples including wings served dry or tossed in a choice of four sauces.