Meet Forest Grove, a Must-See Destination for Wine Lovers
Located in the foothills of the Coast Range at the base of the Tillamook State Forest, Forest Grove has a population of about 21,000.
Home of Pacific University, it transcends the college-town atmosphere with its collection of charming antique shops, a summer farmers’ market, wine tasting shops and notable restaurants, most of which are located on Main Street and are navigable via the downtown’s way- finding signs.
This small city has a lot of history, from having some the oldest vines in the valley at David Hill Winery to boasting one of the oldest educational buildings west of the Mississippi, College Hall (at Pacific University).
Forest Grove’s appeal extends beyond its quaint downtown to its rural, agricultural landscapes. This area boasts an impressive collection of six estate wineries, as well as the region’s only saké brewery and Washington County’s only cidery. In addition to wineries, Forest Grove is home to a bison ranch, which sells bison jerky and other unique products.
Annual events are numerous here, such as the medieval themed Faire in the Grove; Concours d’Elegance car show; Forest Grove Uncorked, a food, beer and wine tasting event; and Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, among others. The city’s farmers’ market takes place on Main Street each Wednesday (May-October), as does First Wednesday, when shops keep their doors open and local artists and wineries share their talents and wares.
Maggie's Buns offers a friendly environment with off-the-wall décor and features gigantic cinnamon rolls, daily specials and made-to-order sandwiches.
David Hill Vineyards, with sweeping views of Oregon’s Coast Range, is one of the most picturesque wineries in the Willamette Valley.
This is an ideal place to spot migratory birds and waterfowl; short trails and viewing stands make it easy to view the myriad wildlife.
With a multitude of celebrated attractions and amenities, this picturesque area mixes urban amenities with serene natural and agricultural settings. From craft beer to wine, bird watching to zip-lining, and everything in between, the Tualatin Valley is a multi-faceted destination with thriving communities, economic prosperity, artistic spirit and collaborative ideologies.
Greater Portland events are so plentiful that you can plan a marathon weekend of experiencing not one, not two, but three amazing summer festivals in one epic exploration of the Tualatin Valley.
Enjoy the fruits of summer, as well as the farms where they are grown with farm-to-table dinners that are just a quick drive from Portland.