Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.
Chive Sea Bar & Lounge?s homage to the roaring '20s isn?t limited to its intricate chandeliers and Jazz Age soundtrack. Like bartenders in the speakeasies of yore, Chive's mixologists specialize in handcrafting gin cocktails, such as the French 75?s blend of gin, lemon juice, and champagne. The rest of the drink menu, however, reserves space for more contemporary beverages, including craft beer.
The lounge?s chefs lend a more modern twist to seafood, whether by stirring lobster and edamame into risottos or flavoring mussels with chili jam. Besides working with the freshest catches, Chive?s culinary team dabbles in other fine dining staples, such as miso-marinated duck breast.
Some say the dead wander the realm of the living during the witching hour on All Hallow’s Eve. That may be true, but throughout the rest of the year, they hang out at The Crypt Pub. Despite the pub’s decorations of gloom and doom—the walls are bedecked with skeletons and eerie lanterns—staffers prove how lively the afterlife can be by mixing colorful drinks in glass skulls and cooking up flatbread pizzas and steamed mussels. The eatery also frequently hosts year-round costume parties with spooky takes on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday the 13th, and the most frightening holiday, President’s Day.
A mother-daughter team happily helps clients craft stylish looks with colorful and creative blouses, dresses, and accessories that fit current junior and misses trends. Walls twinkle with a wealth of necklaces and earrings fitted with silver, turquoise, and precious stones. Racks and mannequins invite browsing in search of seasonal outfits ranging in color from earthy reds and browns to bright pastels and light bulbs.
Congress Street Social Club’s eclectic kitchen serves up familiar café staples with unexpected international touches. Meal recipients can take a world tour of sliders, such as the Danang, which teams tender pork shoulder with asian slaw and sriracha, or the brisket-loaded Tango, a petite patty of beef brisket mounded with hard-cooked egg and piquant south american chimichurri ($2.25 each). Sliders can also be ordered in ballpark-ready platters as a double ($6), triple ($8), or home run order of four ($10), all served with fries. The menu’s heavyweight entree-salads reach skyward with generous toppings, including the chopped cobb's bounty of grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and hard-boiled egg ($12), which proves the old adage that eggs fix everything, from boring salads to failing penguin marriages.