Many Surprises Await in Beaverton, Oregon
Beaverton is Washington County’s second-largest city, with a population of more than 90,000. Nestled in the eastern edge of the Tualatin Valley, Beaverton is surrounded by farmlands and natural resources, and boasts 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile network of bike paths.
Beaverton has the distinction of being the state’s most ethnically diverse city in the state. Several events throughout the year celebrate this diversity, including the International Celebration, Fiesta Latina and Ten Tiny Dances, a showcase of dances from across the globe.
Beaverton’s Historic Downtown District offers many surprises, including history and art and culture, where quaint antique and specialty shops dot the area, and highly acclaimed restaurants and shops attract food lovers from around the Greater Portland area.
This growing city also is home to a variety of attractions, family entertainment centers, and arts and cultural offerings. In recent years, Beaverton has gained recognition in culinary circles and has attracted many foodies to the area with the Beaverton Farmers Market—the largest “all-agricultural” market in the region—and its collection of acclaimed restaurants, specifically its variety of authentic Korean eateries.
In the agricultural region of Beaverton, visitors can visit u-pick farms and farm stores during summer harvest season. Two wineries–Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards’ Historic Estate–also are located in this lush agricultural area.
The Beaverton Farmers Market is the state's largest all-agricultural market. The market is open Saturdays from May through November, plus select Saturdays in February, March and April.
Nak Won consistently ranks as one of the best Korean restaurants in the Greater Portland region, and we tend to agree.
With quick access to both “Silicon Forest” businesses and the agricultural splendor of the area, the Peppertree Inn has remodeled its pet-friendly rooms with new décor and premium bedding.
Beaverton Bakery has been producing the highest-quality cakes from all scratch ingredients since 1925. Stop by to pick up some baked goods, cookies or donuts for a special treat.
With more than one-half-million used, new, rare, and hard-to-find titles, it’s very easy to get lost in the aisles of Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing.
For great art events near Portland, head to the Tualatin Valley (whose rich landscapes often serve as an artist’s muse).
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. And those flowers will be wild ones at that. One of the benefits of Oregon’s lingering winter weather this year is that it may create a more elongated wildflower season.
From a Hawaiian Lu’au to a weekend wine trail, there’s a plethora of wine, cultural and shopping events happening the Tualatin Valley this April.