Tualatin Valley Will Bring a Spring to Your Step This Season
A Three-Day Itinerary
Discover the unexpected in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. This is a magical destination, where urban sensibilities meet rural landscapes, and your wine glass is always full. Located just minutes from Portland, Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is the perfect place to get away this spring.
DAY ONE: Vineyard & Valley
Start your Tualatin Valley getaway with a drive on the Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route. View the spring flowers of the countryside along this 60-mile driving tour highlighting the area’s agricultural bounty and historical significance.
For lunch, stop at the historic Helvetia Tavern, consistently named as one of the best places to get a burger in the Portland area. Bring cash, though, as this popular dining spot doesn’t accept credit cards.
After lunch, continue on the tour route and stop for a wine tasting experience at Montinore Estate. Sample its variety of estate-grown organic wines, made from grapes grown using biodynamic farming practices.
Continue along the route, through the verdant countryside, and perhaps spot a baby lamb or young calf. Visit the Smith Berry Barn and shop its quaint country store for gourmet treats and culinary gifts.
After a leisurely day of exploration, stay overnight in Hillsboro, where you’re close to shopping, dining and entertainment.
DAY TWO: Outdoor Adventure
Crisp, cool spring weather brings many opportunities for outdoor adventure. Zip through the trees at Tree to Tree Adventure Park, an aerial ropes course and zip-line park with myriad things to do. Zip over Brunswick Canyon at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours, a 2.5-hour zip tour.
After a morning zipping through trees, head to Forest Grove for lunch. The new Zesti Food Carts pod in Forest Grove is a perfect stop with a wide variety of food carts to chose from and a 30-tap bar cart for a refreshing beer, cider or wine.
Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring the sights and sounds of spring. This time of year is perfect for wildlife watching, and the brilliant colors of flowers in bloom and migratory songbirds in flight.
DAY THREE: Cycling Tour
If you’re up for a day of two-wheeled adventure, cruise along the 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway to view the peaceful countryside and verdant forests.
While pedaling along the bikeway, stop at Oak Knoll Winery, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries, and taste a flight of a variety of wines, from Pinot Noir to berry wines.
Cycling along the scenic bikeway—over even just along the state trail—can stir up quite the thirst. Head to Forest Grove and enjoy craft beer brewed at the source at Waltz Brewing. For a change of pace, tour the first American-owned premium saké brewery and sample a flight at SakéOne.
Before heading home from your Tualatin Valley getaway, find a unique memento at a Main Street boutique, buy a high-ticket item at an electronics store, or visit a shopping center for a diverse selection of tax-free finds.