An Eco-Friendly Getaway for Sustainable Travelers
Explore Tualatin Valley’s eco-friendly wineries and restaurants and visit some of the special places in the region where sustainability is mission one.
Jump-start the day with breakfast at South Store Café for a variety of pastries and breakfast sandwiches all made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Located in the farming community of Scholls, South Store Café is a historic landmark housed in a century-old clapboard building. Thanks to relationships with local farmers, freshness is on top of the list of this café’s menu.
Next, travel to Montinore Estate, the largest producer of biodynamic wines in the U.S. This organic and biodynamic vineyard and winery, located outside of Forest Grove, holds high standards in sustainable agriculture and careful craftsmanship and is committed to creating balanced wines that are true to the vine-yard’s characteristics.
Just a stone’s throw from Montinore is SakéOne, the first American owned and operated brewer of craft saké in the world. SakéOne, which was the first brewery to produce a USDA-certified organic saké, leads this fast-growing beverage category with distinct styles, flavor infusions and a penchant for education and sharing their unique beverage. A visit to the SakéOne kura (brewery) is an educational experience at all levels.
For lunch head over to the Cruise In Country Diner. This ‘50s-style burger joint is known for its delicious beef, bison and alpaca burgers, made with locally sourced meats and organic ingredients. This is not your typical burger joint, though. The diner is decidedly health conscious as the owner uses his food science background to make healthful updates to his mouth-watering burgers, milkshakes and fries.
Finally, visit Cooper Mountain Vineyards, the Pacific Northwest’s first certified biody-namic winery. The vineyard was established in 1978, and has been adhering to biodynamic and organic farming practices since the mid-1990s. Cooper Mountain is also a leader in researching and producing sulfite-free wines.