August 8, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Labor Day Weekend Plans

Oregon was the first state in the nation to make Labor Day an official holiday. Therefore, Labor Day weekend plans are fully embraced here in the Tualatin Valley. Let the unofficial end of summer be your official introduction to all that the Tualatin Valley offers.

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Labor Day Weekend Plans in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley

Friday, September 1: TopGolf Hillsboro

Whether you are coming straight from out-of-town, a Portland trip, or connecting your time in the Tualatin Valley with an Oregon Coast excursion, swing into the weekend—literally—with a club at TopGolf Hillsboro. Topgolf is a golfer’s dream driving range while still managing to be a welcoming atmosphere to someone who has never swung a club. Order a cocktail, enough appetizers to make a meal and swing the night away.

Saturday, September 2: A day on Oregon’s Country Roads

Charming downtown Sherwood is chock-full of independent cafes and stores. These are the people that embody the spirit of Labor Day. To meet some more Oregon makers, head to the downtown Sherwood Saturday Market and pick up Oregon-made jewelry, soap and snacks.

Sherwood is one of the starting points for the 60-mile stretch of the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. Brimming with wineries, farms, and picture perfect views, stop wherever the wind pulls you. We’ve laid out a few fun stops:

If you’re hungry for lunch, take your time at the South Store Café. Their house made currant-speckled chicken salad is a perfect summer bite.

Across the street from the café, find Smith Berry Farm for a leisurely perusal of its plants and specialty herbs. If you have room in your belly, then don’t miss out on a milkshakes made with fresh-picked fruit. You are on vacation after all…

Let the afternoon fade at Ponzi Vineyard’s Sherwood winery. Looking over the Chehalem Mountains, you’ll be comforted that the summer’s end brings harvest season into view.

Don’t let your chichi afternoon at the winery stop you from making your next stop a casual pizzeria. Midway Firehouse Pizza is in the heart of the northern Willamette Valley, serving up pizzas that are loaded up with all the best toppings. The Hook and Ladder pizza comes with sausage, candied walnuts, sliced apples and feta. We bet you haven’t tried a pizza combo like that.

Sunday, September 3: Oregon Flea Markets & Whiskey

Your Labor Day weekend plans must include stellar brunch plans. Otherwise, what’s the point of a good weekend getaway? Make all your brunch dreams come true at Café Murrayhill. Situated on a pond, you’ll have an idyllic view while munching happily on the huevos rancheros, buttermilk pancakes or omelets.

Labor Day weekend is a notoriously good time for garage sales, antiquing and—if you’re lucky enough to be in the Tualatin Valley—the Beaverton Flea. Scour the flea market for vintage Pendleton blankets, collectors’ toys and sweetly printed dishware.

Cheers to your flea market scores over good whiskey and good grub at the nearby Westgate Bourbon Bar and Taphouse.

Monday, September 4: Labor Day at an Oregon Winery 

Normally not open on Mondays, Ardiri Winery & Vineyards holds special hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in celebration of the holiday. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the vineyard lawn before succumbing to a round of cornhole. Ardiri will also be holding a Labor Day case sale—stock up before you hit the road!

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