From spring break to birthdays to loved ones escaping their own snowy landscapes, winter is a busy time for us Oregonians. If loved ones are showing up at your doorstep, then a low-key morning of exploring your town like a local is what guests often want to do most. When we have guests, we follow the never-fail combo of coffee, shopping, and lunch. Below, we’re detailing easy downtown afternoons in Tigard and Tualatin.
Main Street Tigard
Lucky for you, Symposium Coffee has one of its charming outposts along Main Street, Tigard. There is a real sense of community and comradery from the moment you walk into the café. So, don’t be afraid to chat up your baristas as they whip up coffee concoctions with house-made syrups.
For something a little unexpected, we often suggest a visit to the Jeffrey Allen Gallery. The galley is a treasure trove of Asian décor, artifacts, antiques and furniture. Each piece has a story to tell. You merely need to meander through the gallery and let the pieces speak to you.
Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub will have you feeling uprooted, literally, in the best way possible as the bar is built from old growth crow’s foot hemlock of 600-year-old-wood. The warm wood tones match the similar hues of the brewery’s craft beer offerings. Foodwise, there’s a little something for everyone, including cheesy pizzas, big salads, and hearty sandwiches.
While Tualatin doesn’t have the same Main Street set up as some of the Tualatin Valley’s other cities, a car makes for an easy afternoon exploring the city. On your way into Tualatin, start your day with a French toast latte from Tigard’s Lugano Café. The specialty drink includes a toasted marshmallow and cinnamon. If you prefer your sugar in food form, then pair a standard black coffee with an amazing pastry.
If you find yourself with some time to fill, then the Tualatin River Greenway Trail is a lovely way to take in the early afternoon. The trail is many things at once: grounds for a relaxing walk, a historian of sorts with its interpretative panels along the way, a front-row view of migratory birds in the region and—surprisingly—a trail leading to great shopping.
It’s hard to find a flourishing nature trail a stone’s throw from large shopping destinations, but the Tualatin River Greenway Trail is special like that. Of the access points along the trail, many come from the parallel Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center. If you’re on the trail because you love nature, then get more nature gear at the local Cabela’s.
Beyond shopping, we suggest you make Cabela’s your stop for lunch, too. We’ve been known to crave the buffalo burger, bison brat and smoked elk deli sandwich. Cabela’s Deli & Grill not only spurred these cravings but is among the only eateries in the area that can satiate them.
Whether you’re hosting or being hosted in Tualatin Valley, a charming jaunt in one of our downtown streets is a sure bet for a lovely outing.
For more downtown afternoon inspirations, look here for ideas in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Sherwood, and Forest Grove.