Don’t let a little gloom or drizzle rain on your parade! There are so many things to do in Lake Oswego, whether the sun is shining or the rain is falling.
Let’s zero in on a few of our favorite rainy day activities in Lake Oswego, each offering an indoor, cozy and fun experience. Whether you’re entertaining little ones or looking for a date night idea, and whether you’d rather play tennis or relax with a cup of tea, there’s something for you on this list!
Go to a Coffee Shop
Every good rainy day starts with a visit to a local coffee shop. And Lake Oswego has several cozy cafes to choose from! Take a look at a few of our favorites, the coziest of which just might be St. Honoré Bakery, a rustic French boulangerie. At each of the bakery’s four locations in the region, you’ll find a wide selection of freshly made bread, pastries, desserts, sandwiches, salads and more. Plus, St. Honoré has plenty of coffee drinks to complete the idyllic French café experience, from specialty lattes and other espresso-based drinks to plain black coffee or tea.
Let the Little Ones Play Indoors
Just because it’s raining, it doesn’t mean you have to skip play time. Let your little ones get all their energy out at one of the amazing indoor play areas in Lake Oswego.
Enjoy a mess-free play date at Play Boutique, an indoor open space where kids can run, crawl and make a mess — that you don’t have to clean up! You can grab a cup of coffee, visit with friends, read a book or work on your computer while you monitor your kids. They even have a Beeztro Family Cafe, which has lots of tasty and healthy food and drinks — plus lots of gluten-free options. Plus, beer and wine are available during the evening Stay & Play sessions, weekend parties, and other special events.
Or head to Little Gym of Lake Oswego, which offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence. Their trained instructors host a range of activities like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus parties, camps and more.
Try a New Restaurant
Lake Oswego is home to a wide selection of exceptional eateries, serving everything from seafood to Italian and BBQ to phở. It’s likely you haven’t tried them all — so this is the perfect time to test out a new one! Overwhelmed? Take a look at some of our favorite restaurants in Lake Oswego, many of which provide the ideal atmosphere and hearty dishes for escaping from a rainy day. Warm up with a hot bowl of phở from Phở Lavang or savor the Italian-inspired fare at Tucci, which offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Drink a Seasonal Beer at Stickmen Brewing Company
While Stickmen Brewing Company is known for their exceptional patio along the lake, they also offer a cozy indoor pub. Their “Squishing of the Squash” IPA is a must-try seasonal brew. It is made with pumpkin roasted in the wood-fired oven in Tualatin, hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Chinook, and lightly spiced. No matter what beer you’re drinking, take advantage of their weekday happy hour offered at the bar areas from 2–6 p.m.!
Enjoy Dinner — and a Show
Photo Courtesy of Lake Theater & Cafe
Retreat to Lake Theater & Cafe, a unique theater with plush seating with a full food and drink menu. This historic theater serves a variety of food and drinks to enjoy while watching a movie in one of their two intimate theaters. The main auditorium features stadium-riser seats, and the event space features cabaret-style seating with tables and chairs on the main floor and traditional theater seating in the balcony. Guests may eat and drink in both venues! Take a look at upcoming showtimes to plan your visit to Lake Theater & Cafe.
Visit an Art Gallery
Lake Oswego is known for its thriving arts culture, evident through organizations like the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. The council operates 510 Museum & ARTSpace, the only dedicated visual arts gallery in the city of Lake Oswego. The museum hosts a number of rotating monthly exhibitions featuring the work of both local and regional artists of all media, each kicking off with a First Friday reception open to the public. Museum hours vary for each exhibition, but they are generally open between Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Savor Brunch at Babica Hen Cafe
Brunch and a rainy day go hand in hand — because there’s nothing quite like sipping a hot cup of coffee and indulging in eggs Benedict, pancakes or other brunch classics while the rain hits the window. Babica Hen Cafe is the ideal destination for brunch in Lake Oswego. You’ll find a variety of comfort foods, including items like waffles, smoked salmon, eggs, burritos, and their beloved pork schnitzel and biscuit served with chorizo gravy. All of their eggs are local and farm-fresh and they only serve pasture-raised pork and all-natural beef. Plus, their baked goods are prepared from scratch in-house and their sausage, batters and sauces are house-made as well. Pair your dish with a Bloody Mary or Fresh Orange Mimosa and you’re in (brunch) business!
Go Wine Tasting
The options are endless for the wine connoisseur in this wine-rich region. But thankfully, you don’t have to travel all the way to the Willamette Valley to sample local wines. Situated in a rural setting (technically in West Linn), Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery is an excellent winery with tastings offered every Sunday afternoon (or both Saturdays and Sundays between May and December).
Stick closer to home with a visit to The Harvest Wine Bar, an intimate cafe and bistro in the heart of the Westlake community serving an extensive selection of wines from around the world. Cozy up inside to enjoy their wide variety of regional and global wines in addition to food from their full lunch and dinner menus.
Play Tennis Indoors
Stay active on a rainy day with a tennis match at The Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center. This four-court facility is open year-round to players of all ages and ability levels, including both Lake Oswego residents and non-residents. Book a court online any day of the year from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. for an hourly rental of $20 per hour. Or sign up for tennis lessons, available for players of all abilities, ages 3 and up.
Sip on Tea
Make your way to La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie, a French-style bakery and bistro serving an array of cuisine, from breakfast to dinner, in addition to a wide selection of baked goods and pastries. La Provence also serves a great selection of coffee and tea, whether you prefer your tea served hot or over ice! Duck into their cozy interior for a quiet pause in the day.
See a Show at Lakewood Center for the Arts
Photo Courtesy of Triumph Photography via Lakewood Center for the Arts
See a performance at Lakewood Center for the Arts, an intimate two-stage venue with an upscale thrift shop, local art gallery and snack bar on site. Take a look at the current season to see upcoming shows ranging in genre, from Shakespeare in Love to Broadway musicals.
Save This List for a Rainy Day!
…Quite literally. What rainy day activities are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!