August 22, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | 1 Comment

Bring Your Significant Other on a Business Trip

Ponzi Vineyards in the Tualatin Valley

If work brings you to Portland, Hillsboro or Beaverton, then be sure to factor in some well-deserved play time for you and your honey. That’s right. Bring your significant other on a business trip to the Tualatin Valley. While you’re in meetings, your spouse can explore the greater Portland region. Don’t get too jealous. There will be plenty of time for you to have some fun, too.

Here are some ideas of what a loved one can do while you’re tied up in meetings:

Bring Your Significant Other on a Business Trip

Solo Shopping Trip

For the shopping inclined, a full-day of solo browsing and buying sounds like a dream. The shopping of Portland is a quick MAX ride away. Additionally, the Tualatin Valley’s shopping destinations offer plentiful and free parking. As shopping is tax-free throughout the state, this is the time to pick up a new phone, computer or other treat yo self item.

The Washington Square shopping center has the largest Nordstrom in the state, making it the perfect place to give that credit card a workout. If one-of-a-kind is your family’s preference, then the outdoor shopping center of Bridgeport Village is home to charming boutiques for all styles.

Oregon Coffee, Tea and Wine Tour

A full agenda of wine tasting can be quite daunting on one’s own. However, one can easily fill a day fluttering from one craft beverage to the next—no designated driver needed.

Start with a strong cup of coffee at Hillsboro’s Insomina Café on Main Street. The large picture windows are made for people watching while sipping fair trade coffee from the local Dapper & Wise roasting company.

In the afternoon, reimagine tea time with a visit to the Stash Tea Store, where Stash Tea is headquartered. Choose from 250 varieties of loose leaf teas. Yes, it’s going to take a while (that’s part of the fun). Sought after seasonal flavors are found here, too.

Toward the end of the day, the table service wine tasting at Ponzi Vineyards removes the need to idle or make awkward chitchat. Bring a book, take in the view, and taste amazing Oregon wine. Bonus points to any couple who make this their meeting place at the end of the day.

Connect with Nature

The Tualatin Valley provides access to well-traveled, visitor-friendly nature paths. While one communes with clients, his or her partner can commune with nature.

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 200 species of birds, more than 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a variety of insects, fish and plants.

Cooper Mountain Nature Park offers 3.5 miles of easy nature trails through several distinct habitats, from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands. On a clear day, we’re especially partial toward the stunning views of the Chehalem Mountains.

Romantic Dinners

At the end of the day, come together for an amazing meal. A few romantic spots include decarli (which is close to the Nike headquarters) and Syun Izakaya (which is close to the Intel campus).

Still need more time when you bring your significant other on a business trip to the Tualatin Valley? Add an extra day to your trip and continue exploring together.


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