Zip, Sip & Explore
The Zip, Sip & Explore itinerary features samples of what the Tualatin Valley has to offer: Outdoor adventure, wine, beer and food.
COVID-19 note: Many restaurants, wineries and attractions now require reservations. Check individual websites before visiting to learn about new protocols. Masks are required inside and in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible.
Start the morning with an adventure in the trees. Tree to Tree Adventure Park—an aerial ropes course and guided zip-line park—is a “playground in the trees.” The park features six self-guided aerial obstacle courses of varying difficulty, guided zip-line tour, racing zip lines, bungee jump and more. (Open March-November)
Follow your heart-pumping adventure with lunch in downtown Forest Grove at Bites Restaurant, and Asian-fusion with tasty bite-sized and entree-sized selections, or Kama’aina, specializing in Hawaiian comfort foods.
After lunch, spend an afternoon exploring Tualatin Valley wine country. Sample the diverse selection of wine varietals as Montinore Estate. Montinore is a family-owned vineyard and winery and is one of the largest certified biodynamic/organic wine producers in the state.
Next, enjoy a tour and tasting at SakéOne, the first American owned-and-operated, large-scale craft-saké producer, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. A tour of the kura (reservations required) provides a bird’s-eye view of how saké is made. Afterward, sip an impressive flight of saké from a variety of their labels, including “G,” “Moonstone,” and “Momokawa.”
After sampling saké, explore the trails of Fernhill Wetlands. The main trail is an unpaved, 1.1-mile loop around wetlands, Fernhill Lake and a water garden. Designed by international landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu, the peaceful water garden features arched bridges and garden areas for beauty and solace.
Check into the new Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton, a stunning, 137-room property located in Hillsboro, featuring many of the modern services and amenities for which the Aloft brand is known. This hip new hotel also has live music, an indoor pool, gym, on-site bar, free high-speed Wi-Fi and free parking. Additional lodging in Hillsboro >>>
For dinner, head to Chennai Masala, rated as one of the region’s best Indian restaurants. Specializing in dishes from both Northern and Southern India, Chennai Masala is a popular stop, especially for the high-tech crowd.
Your second day of adventure starts with another adrenaline-inducing zip line tour at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour. Zip lining is a seemingly daunting activity. Rest assured, the crew at Pumpkin Ridge are here to show you that almost anyone can conquer the lines fastened between the beautiful trees. (Closed during Phase 1)
Spend the afternoon sipping on craft brews at Tualatin Valley’s breweries. Get a head start at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern. Enjoy lunch at this quaint eatery, located in the Tualatin Valley countryside, and sample McMenamins’ award-winning beers.
Start at Three Mugs Brewing Company. This brewery features 20 taps, which include the brewery’s own beers made on the premises, as well as guest taps of local brewers and cider makers.
Next, sample the acclaimed craft brews of Vertigo Brewing. This local brewery has been making acclaimed beer in Hillsboro for over a decade. The tap room features a variety of Vertigo’s craft beers on tap, including Razz Wheat, Arctic Blast Vanilla Porter, Smokestack Red, Friar Mike’s IPA and more.
Next, sample Ambacht Brewing‘s unique, Belgian-inspired ales, each made with local, organically grown ingredients. Ambacht’s brewing process yields beer with a clean and toasty flavor. Tastings may include Ambacht’s Pie Cherry Dark Farmhouse Ale (also comes in Pale), Matzobraü, Golden Rose Farmhouse Ale, and more.
End the day with dinner at Copper River Restaurant. This locally owned restaurant, features a vast menu chock-full of comfort foods, including burgers, pot pie, fried chicken and more. The restaurant also features 54 featured craft beers and a sophisticated selection of local wines, which pair well with the restaurant’s delicious dishes prepared from scratch recipes.