Oregon was the first state in the nation to make Labor Day an official holiday. Therefore, Labor Day weekend plans are fully embraced here in the Tualatin Valley. Let the unofficial end of summer be your official introduction to all that the Tualatin Valley offers.
Labor Day Weekend Plans in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Whether you are coming straight from out-of-town, a Portland trip, or connecting your time in the Tualatin Valley with an Oregon Coast excursion, swing into the weekend—literally—with a club at Topgolf, located in Hillsboro. Topgolf is a golfer’s dream driving range while still managing to be a welcoming atmosphere to someone who has never swung a club. Order a cocktail, enough appetizers to make a meal and swing the night away.
Saturday: A day on Oregon’s Country Roads
Charming downtown Sherwood is chock-full of independent cafes and stores. These are the people that embody the spirit of Labor Day. To meet some more Oregon makers, head to the downtown Sherwood Saturday Market and pick up Oregon-made jewelry, soap and snacks.
Sherwood is one of the starting points for the 60-mile stretch of the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. Brimming with wineries, farms, and picture perfect views, stop wherever the wind pulls you. We’ve laid out a few fun stops:
If you’re hungry for lunch, take your time at the South Store Café. Their house made currant-speckled chicken salad is a perfect summer bite.
Across the street from the café, find Smith Berry Farm for a leisurely perusal of its plants and specialty herbs. If you have room in your belly, then don’t miss out on a milkshakes made with fresh-picked fruit. You are on vacation after all…
Let the afternoon fade at Ponzi Vineyard’s Sherwood winery. Looking over the Chehalem Mountains, you’ll be comforted that the summer’s end brings harvest season into view.
Don’t let your chichi afternoon at the winery stop you from making your next stop a casual pizzeria. Midway Firehouse Pizza is in the heart of the northern Willamette Valley, serving up pizzas that are loaded up with all the best toppings. The Hook and Ladder pizza comes with sausage, candied walnuts, sliced apples and feta. We bet you haven’t tried a pizza combo like that.
Sunday: Art Markets & Whiskey
Your Labor Day weekend plans must include stellar brunch plans. Otherwise, what’s the point of a good weekend getaway? Make all your brunch dreams come true at Café Murrayhill. Situated on a pond, you’ll have an idyllic view while munching happily on the huevos rancheros, buttermilk pancakes or omelets.
The colorful and warm tasting room at Plum Hill Vineyards always gives us an artsy vibe. So, it makes sense that the winery will host a Labor Day Wine and Art Sale (September 1-3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Art is such a special gift to give yourself, especially when you have such a special place to buy it.
Cheers to your flea market scores over good whiskey and good grub at Bootleggers’ Whisky Bar in Beaverton. Bootleggers’s is a prohibition era–themed haunt featuring a fabulous upmarket bar menu, classic cocktails and numerous whiskeys.
Monday: Labor Day Picnic
Ah, nothing beats an old-timey Labor Day picnic. While there are plenty of spaces to spread out the checkered blanket for a leisurely afternoon of snacking and basking under the sun, we’ll admit that we have something else in mind. The Electric Picnic takes over the Hillsboro Stadium for a concert with big–and we mean really big–names in music (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; $48). Get ready to dance to CAKE, MGMT, Matt and Kim, Sofi Tukker, and Robert DeLong (basically the always-on-repeat artists on my indie playlist).