Sip on Tualatin Valley’s Liquid Assets
Rain isn’t Oregon’s only liquid asset. Beyond the wine and beer of Tualatin Valley, a rainbow of libations can quench any thirst. As pioneers of Oregon’s cider and saké, Tualatin Valley welcomes in a new wave of coffee roasters and tea brewers to the mix.
Swig, slurp and savor your way through the sip-worthy drinks of the area. In Tualatin Valley, we raise our glass to the liquid that’s in it. We invite you to do the same for two thirst-quenching days. No straw required.
Rise and shine—it’s time for coffee at Longbottom Coffee & Tea. For more than 30 years, the roastery has upheld its commitment to making great coffee as part of a respectful global community. On a lighter note, Longbottom’s coffeehouse makes a perfect Belgian waffle.
Channel your caffeine-infused morning with a stroll along the trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands. This park provides great opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing, and a soothing nature walk sets the pace for an afternoon of sampling more of Tualatin Valley’s liquid assets.
Venture to the city of Forest Grove and enjoy lunch at Bites Restaurant. Explore the Asian-fusion tapas and entrees and treat yourself to a welcome explosion of tastes and textures.
After lunch, book a complimentary tour of the kura (Japanese for “brewery”) at SakéOne. The passionate team will walk you through every step of the saké-making process, including the cedar-lined koji room and fermentation tanks. Tasting from the available saké options, learn how to pair the elegant drink with surprising pairings like pizza and barbeque.
Of course, no visit to Tualatin Valley is truly complete without a visit to a winery. Stop at Montinore Estate and sample this esteemed winery’s acclaimed wines, which are biodynamically and organically grown.
Next, keep caffeinated at Insomnia Coffee Company. Located in the heart of downtown Hillsboro, the café is a local favorite using beans from its sister company, Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters. While the fair-trade coffee is well-savored on its own, the café’s dark forest mocha is a fitting sip for your stay in Oregon’s “Silicon Forest.”
For dinner, venture to ABV Public House for its robust menu of hearty, meaty entrees, such as the innovative burgers, such as the “Fiddy Fiddy Burger” (ground bacon and ground beef!). Each of the menu items, which also include salads, sandwiches and pizzas, pair nicely with the rotating taps of regional brews, wine and cider.
Tualatin Valley sits in the northwestern corner of the Willamette Valley, known for its abundant number of wineries and vineyards, and its exquisite varietals of wine, such as Pinot Noir. While the Pinot Noir put the valley—and the state—on the wine map, the sheer diversity of varietals keeps wine lovers coming. This is Oregon Wine Country.
The Tualatin Valley is exploding in the Portland craft beer scene, from the ubiquitous McMenamins, which brews several of its beers here, to new local breweries that attract the serious beer connoisseur, as well as the casual beer aficionado.
It’s been more than 80 years since the end of Prohibition, and Oregon has blossomed into a leader of craft beer, full-bodied wines and well-aged spirits. Oregon's distilleries--and Tualatin Valley distilleries in particular--are earning well-deserved accolades and are introducing handcrafted spirits to a new generation.