Hands-On Experiences in the Tualatin Valley
Experience Your Artistic Side
Here in the Tualatin Valley, take your visit to the next, hands-on level. Spend a day here and create works of art and taste the bounty of wines from the award-winning Willamette Valley.
The Tualatin Valley is an artists’ enclave, and multiple art galleries–and even an arts and craft college–dot the valley. Explore your creative side with a day of exploration, which will unleash your inner artist.
Jump start the morning with a cup o’ joe at Symposium Coffee. Located in downtown Tigard, Symposium takes the art of coffee to another level with its creative concoctions, such as the popular cardamom latte. Stroll down Tigard’s Main Street and check out the public art, including the fun bicycle racks and colorful glass bulbs overhead that line the street.
Next, create a unique piece of art at Live Laugh Love Art, where instructors guide visitors along the journey to make a blown-glass piece or fun welding art project. Classes are available by reservation only; however, drop-in painting and fusing classes also are available.
After your hands-on art experience, have lunch at Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill. This fun, upbeat restaurant has an expansive food and drink menu, and is a popular gathering spot for locals.
After lunch, venture out into the Tualatin Valley’s wine country, for an afternoon of wine tasting. First stop is Hamacher Wines, an artisan producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Located at the Ponzi Historic Estate, taste a flight of Hamacher wines alongside a selection of wines from Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wine families.
Next, visit Cooper Mountain Vineyards, the Pacific Northwest’s first certified biodynamic and organic winery. With several varietals to choose from, taste a flight of Cooper Mountain’s award-winning wines.
Grab a quick bite at Cafe Murrayhill in Beaverton. Dine a variety of dishes inspired by world cuisine, while overlooking a tranquil pond and fountain.
After wine tasting, get ready to paint your own masterpiece at a painting class offered by Vine Gogh Artist Bar & Studio. Offered in several locations, Vine Gogh’s guided painting classes last about two to two-and-a-half hours, and all supplies are provided. For those needing a little liquid courage to unleash their inner artist, beer, wine and cider are available for purchase. No experience is necessary, and because classes do fill-up, classes are available by reservation only.