Sweet Scholls, we love you. The small, unincorporated community is perfectly situated between Hillsboro, Tigard and Newberg. Scholls’ beginnings were one of a 1800s sawmill town. According to The Oregonian, Scholls Ferry Road came in 1847 as settler Peter Scholl used a donation claim from the end of the Oregon Trail to create a well-traversed ferry crossing along the Tualatin River. Today, the Scholls Ferry Bridge over Fanno Creek replaces the ferry, though the community of Scholls remains a prime pastoral paradise. Spend a late spring or early summer afternoon in Scholls to experience its agricultural jewels.
An Afternoon in Scholls
C’mon and live a little—have pie for brunch. Open May through August, Hoffman Farms Store bakes the most delectable little hand pies with fruit from their very own berry fields. The farm store operates out of an old milk parlor, which it pays homage to with strawberry milkshakes.
The Shulls are in Scholls. Scott and Annie Shull of Raptor Ridge Winery have set-up shop in Scholl’s rich soils. The vineyard, winery and tasting room offer a view, flavor profile and experience that cannot be replicated. Native raptors are known to put on a show for visiting wine tasters. Come enjoy the wine and the show.
Around for almost as long as Scholls itself is the South Store Café. The building opened as a general store in 1903 and has gone under different ownership and offerings in the years since. No matter what, though, one thing remains the same: the sweet yellow building is a cozy lunch spot for farmers, winemakers and visitors alike. From old-timey meatloaf to health-conscience matcha lattes, South Store Café honors Scholls’ past and its future.
Just across the street from the South Store Café, Smith Berry Barn is yet another historic structure with new cool Oregon finds inside. The historic barn houses aromatic candles, lotions, honey and teas. Basically, it’s a delicious heaven. Surrounding the barn store, seasonal u-pick and garden wares tempt even those with a black thumb.
If your trip falls in June or July, then follow the scent of lavender to Mountainside Lavender Farm. Lavender fields are good for the soul, as well as (if we’re being honest) your Instagram feed. Bring the fragrance home with you by way of Mountainside’s massage oil, eye pillows and lip balm (all made with lavender from the farm).
Discover Scholls. It’s a delightful early summer endeavor. You’ll instantly embrace its history, charm and undeniable character.