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 wayfinding 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. 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.
Featuring several red and white varietals, Montinore Estate is one of the the state's largest producers of organic, biodynamically farmed wines.
This is an ideal place to spot migratory birds and waterfowl; short trails and viewing stands make it easy to view the myriad wildlife.
The small city of Banks (population nearing 1,900) is the gateway to the Oregon Coast, and is known for its superb outdoor recreation. This weekend, grab your cycling shoes for a ride of a lifetime.
Built in 1922, McMenamins Grand Lodge is a historic hotel with 77 guestrooms, several bars and restaurants, a full-service spa, a year-round outdoor soaking pool.
The city of Forest Grove and the community of Gales Creek make a powerful pair. Situated in the western Tualatin Valley, Forest Grove and Gales Creek offer a variety of weekend adventures, from camping to wine tasting.
Tualatin Valley also is quickly becoming a culinary destination, and Asian-inspired cuisine provides some of the best eats west of Portland.
Instead of mourning over the end of summer rides, the event revels in the splendors of the coming fall.
While our grapes continue to grow and ripen, the winemakers of the region are imbibing in low-key end-of-summer soirees.