Whether seeking a specific sweat session or looking for an intensive cardio overhaul, Diesel Fitness's classes, offered six days a week, cater to every exercising intent. Knead muscles and load biceps with Monday's Buns and Guns class, or sweat out stress with hot yoga on Wednesday evenings. Amenities at Diesel Fitness include a basketball court, an indoor track, free weights, a sauna, a racquetball court, and a cardio room with more than 30 pieces of equipment—one for each ripple in a bodybuilder's pectoral muscle. Diesel Fitness opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, allowing roosters to get in a few bench-press reps before heading to work.
At Woodburn Aquatic Center, swimmers of all experience levels explore the facility's chlorinated garden of swimming holes ringed by a set of terrestrial workout equipment. While lap swim is available all day and open play stretches from 9 a.m. until closing, the set schedule also sets aside blocks of time for parents and their children and therapy sessions for seniors. For more flexible scheduling and one-on-one attention, swimmers can opt to take personal lessons.
Youthful squeals drift from a rope swing and waterslide, where young aquanauts frolic supervised by seasoned lifeguards. Members can supplement their water workouts with fast-paced fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga. All swimmers enjoy complimentary lockers that stow dry clothes and formal water wings for job interviews.
Looking across Woodburn Bowl's 12 gleaming lanes, one will find friends, families, and fierce competitors of all ages striving for the glory of many strikes or the simple satisfaction of zero gutter balls. Bowlers can test the strength of their ball-hurling biceps seven days a week, whether it’s under the glow of fluorescent lights or black lights set ablaze during glo-bowling sessions. The snack bar helps serious slingers refuel between trips to the line, and video games provide entertainment for those who'd like to give their hitchhiking finger a workout.
Molalla Bowl houses 16 lanes of ball tossing and pin toppling in a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere. Ensure detailed record keeping and computer-screen calisthenics with automatic scoring while preventing bowling balls from trespassing on neighbors’ property with bumpers, available on every lane. Vibrant walls enclose the lanes, allowing for easy color coordination between the décor and the rented shoes. Between turns, venture to Molalla Bowl’s full bar and café for game-enhancing drinks, snacks, and daily specials (this Groupon is not valid for food or drink purchases), or head to the game room to give thumbs a break from orb throwing and film recommending.
A refurbished relic of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland's first and only "World's Fair," the Aurora State Bank building has gone on a hundred year journey to become the landmark it is today. Transported from Portland to Aurora in 1905, its vaults have played host to robberies, Hollywood productions, and dental cleanings. Though the bank's two original vaults remain, they now house racks that Pheasant Run Winery fills with their small-batch, locally sourced wines. Winemakers harvest their grapes from local and sustainable vineyard estates in Willamette Valley, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills and ferment them into New World-style wines. They cold-soak grapes in small bins to extract more color and flavor for their signature pinot noir and blend merlot, syrah, and cabernet grapes to create a rich red with notes of blackcurrant and plum and the power to unite feuding grape vines.
This grey brick building is also home to their tasting lounge. Guests walk through the original doors and across the original lobby tiles to savor glasses at tasting tables surrounded by dark wood-trimmed windows. Visitors can also find a rotating collection of prints, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from local artists. The winery owners also connect to the community through their donations to local charities and non-profits.
Born into a winemaking family in Hungary, Josef immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s to pursue baking. After more than a decade, however, he cooked up a new idea. Together with his wife Lilli, he purchased a scenic plot of land in the Willamette Valley and planted his first grape vines in 1978—making St. Josef's one of the earliest wineries in Oregon. Even as his ambition grew, Josef never forgot his roots; his first varietals—namely, riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris—harkened back to his youth in central Europe amid the Adriatic's glistening waves of chablis.
Today, the 40-acre winery—now by a third generation of Josef's family—produces bottles of crisp whites and earthy reds, filling at least 90 percent of each batch with grapes grown on the St. Josef's vineyard. Even as Oregon's wine industry has grown over the years, Portland Monthly praises the well-aged coziness of St. Josef's, saying they've “yet to find a better sipping spot” in all of Willamette Valley.