In the age-old story of Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw tramps through the Sherwood Forest. While Tualatin Valley is a far way from Britain’s Nottingham, our very own Sherwood is just as quaint (and celebrates its own Robin Hood ties, too). Plan a winter holiday weekend in Sherwood, which will be filled with the best of Tualatin Valley’s cozy winter activities.
Saturday in Sherwood
Open for the season until Christmas, Red Berry Barn is a cheery first stop. Situated right off Highway 99, the farm and farm store’s winter offerings include cinnamon rolls, donuts and—because you can eat dessert for breakfast on vacation—delicious pies. Holiday knick-knacks and sweet home décor are a bonus.
Sherwood’s wineries provide an elevated wine tasting experience. Start with Blakeslee Vineyard Estate. With sustainable practices and an organic garden, it’s easy to feel good about your tasting here.
Next, ride your sleigh—err, we mean car—to Sleighbells Gift Shop. Set aside a hillside of Douglas Firs and Noble Firs, the gift shop is a seemingly infinite spring of ornaments, nativities, nutcrackers and tinsel.
Wine time continues with Alloro Vineyards and its Italian-style wines. Alloro is Italian for laurel, which not only speaks to the region’s Laurelwood soil, but also as the laurel’s symbolism for peace during ancient times. It’s a lovely sentiment to bring into modern-day, especially during the holidays.
Let the day lead you to your last winery, Hawks View Cellars, and its elegant tasting room. Cozy up to the fire, sink into a leather chair or rest your elbows on the marble tasting bar. No matter where you choose to taste the wine here, you’ll be happy.
While there aren’t any hotels in Sherwood proper, you can mosey down the road to Tualatin’s Century Hotel. The hotel not only has quick access to downtown Sherwood, but is also home to the fantastic Hayden’s Lakefront Grill for dinner.
Sunday in Sherwood
December is not the month for a diet, especially with Fat Milo’s amazing brunch menu. At the downtown Sherwood breakfast spot, bourbon French toast, biscuits and gravy, and enchilada omelets are all worthy gut busters.
Full and happy, shop for sweet gifts at Creative Sister. Want a kitchen sign made of old dining utensils? Great. They have that. Colorful garden art, funky refurbished furniture and sweet one-of-a-kind gifts are around every turn of the intimate shop.
New to downtown Sherwood is Old Town Mercantile. The curated shop of essential oils, home décor and jewelry is hard to resist.
Treat yourself to an early happy hour at 503 Uncorked. The chic, yet unpretentious wine bar offers favorite Willamette Valley wines by the glass, bottle, and wine growler.
Finish the evening at Tualatin Valley’s newest watering hole, Smockville Brewhouse. The fried pickles are tantalizing treats, especially when washed down with a brew from the brewhouse’s impressive selection.
Your winter holiday weekend in Sherwood is one way to welcome the season’s shopping, decadent food and twinkling lights.