Cool Places Nearby

Ally Osborne, Aesthetic Editor

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Neat Places Nearby You Probably Don’t Know About:


With the sky getting brighter and winter paychecks ready to burn, the best places to explore are actually just a few minutes away. These places boast a great atmosphere, cheap prices, and a quality experience. Check out these enticing locations and never get bored on a sunny day!


  • The Joy Theater: Located at 11959 SW Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR, the Joy Theater is independently owned with cheap prices, lots of concessions, and vintage vibes. Each week, the featured movies are announced on the cinema’s Facebook page. 3D movies are priced at $6, and regular film tickets are $5 everyday of the week. This single screen theater has plenty of open seats, and boasts a monster-movie themed lobby with a concessions booth in the lobby. Not only is catching a movie there affordable, it also helps fund a local business, and it never hurts spending less on a movie date.
  • Jem 100 Ice Cream Saloon: This 50’s does not require a trip back in time to visit! Jem 100 offers an old diner vibe with cheap prices and an ice cream bar (there are sorbets offered as well, for lactose intolerant customers). With $2 grilled cheese and a new bacon pretzel burger, it might become your next favorite place to eat! Find this gem at 208 N Main St, Newberg, OR.
  • Velour: Velour Vintage Clothing is a quaint shop in downtown Newberg. This shop boasts vintage designer clothing and accessories for the adventurer at heart. One can find anything from leather jackets to blouses to suitcases, and that is just the beginning. Take the short hike to 716 E 1st St, Newberg, OR to see what Velour has in store.
  • Papa’s Pumpkin Patch: Just a couple minutes away at 20345 SW Scholls-Sherwood Rd, Sherwood, OR, this little farm offers succulents in the summer and other plants all year round. It has a small town farm set up, and many cheap plant arrangements to choose from. They even have a juice bar.
  • South Store Cafe: Just a hop, skip, and a jump away at 24485 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, OR, this cafe is close for coffee. The cafe has a rustic and quaint atmosphere, a menu of homemade treats galore, along with a breakfast and lunch menu. There’s also a nursery across the street; so you can enjoy some coffee and look at the flowers.
  • Cruise In Diner: Come for the food, stay for the cars. The Cruise in Diner, located on 9785 SW River Rd, Hillsboro, OR, is a 50s style diner with car memorabilia galore. The menu offersa lot of diner food, along with gluten free options, at reasonable prices. Car collectors frequent the location, so be prepared for an array of vintage rides to admire. Finish your stay with a signature shake; there is an entire menu to choose from.
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Cool Places Nearby