At Paint N' Fire—a paint-your-own pottery studio—shelves of unfinished plates, mugs, and other ceramics wait to be adorned by walk-in painters of all skill levels. Artists work at tiled tables in an earth-toned studio to create imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon on pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Pottery painters can also use an onsite copier to magnify or reduce graphics and apply those to ceramics. Within a week after studio sessions, glazed and kiln-fired masterpieces are ready for pickup.
Lavish Boutique decks its walls with girlie lingerie, accessories, casual wear, and nuptial necessities, stocking sizes small to 3XL. Liven up lady parts with Foxers underwear, such as pink-and-brown striped boyshorts, bridal britches by Mary Green that declare “I Do” ($18.50), and the Honey Dew colorful lacey selections. PJ Salvage bedecks bed-bound bodies with comfy pajamas, while the Nu Bra lifts, conceals, or boosts busts ($42–$44). The nude-colored seamless bra ($42) lacks cumbersome straps or a back, but doesn't leave mysterious stains on clothing, unlike ketchupy, hamburger bun bras.
For nearly 20 years, guitarist Kenny Lavitz has masterfully blended jazz, rock, and blues into his own distinct sound. When he's not recording critically acclaimed LPs or performing solo and group gigs, he nurtures budding guitarists during one-on-one lessons. Kenny trains beginners in rudimentary techniques, such as strumming basic chord progressions and mastering simple riffs. From there, he helps students refine more complex skills, such as sweep-picking, where you replace your strumming hand with a broom. Besides helping pupils conquer the fretboard, Kenny teaches them to read and transcribe notation, as well as play with fellow musicians during jams with Kenny's other students.
Against the breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Hood, you'll explore 20 gorgeous acres as you and your family hunt the deadliest prey of all—trees. When you find a pine-smelling beauty that meets the height requirement, chop it down after successfully answering the tree's cryptic riddle. Santa's helpers will help you load it and tie it to your car, and will throw in the baling and twine for free. They'll also treat you and your fam to hot cider and candy canes for a job well done. Six- to seven-foot Nobles start at $45, and 15-foot Nobles run about $90.
The family-helmed Wheeler Tree Farm furnishes families with their choice of a grand fir tree and doles out complimentary beverages and holiday snacks within a cozy barn. Lumberjacks pro tem choose their desired tree from a selection of natural 6- to 10-foot trees ($6/ft.), sizing up each evergreen for its shape and ability to whistle "O Tannenbaum" through its shiny, aromatic needles. Opt to cut your own tree, or hand over the provided saw to one of Wheeler's expert staff for a precise severance and tree bailing. The nearby pole barn entices visitors with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies, and candy canes. Visitors can warm up beside the potbelly cast-iron stove, take in the life-size Nativity scene, or peruse the antique collection for Santa Claus's aged tax documents.