This spring, we put the power to the people with the Tualatin Valley People’s Choice Awards. With so many great attractions in the area, the competition was stiff! If you’re looking to extend your Portland trip, then plan a weekend in Tualatin Valley—a two-day trip with local favorites using the winners of the 2019 People’s Choice Awards as your guideposts.
Friday night, roll into town for some sudsy delights at Vertigo Brewing, winner of the “Favorite Brewery.” Order a tasting tray and sample Vertigo’s different varieties of brews, or grab a pint of a local favorite, such as Razz Wheat.
Next, venture to this year’s winner for “Favorite Restaurant,” ABV Public House. This multiple-award-winning restaurant is literally a hidden gem. Tucked away in an industrial park, ABV is a popular spot among locals. An extensive tap list and an menu full of gastronomical fare are sure to please hungry (and picky) eaters.
After a hearty meal, fall into the comfy covers at the brand-new Staybridge Suites – Hillsboro North. Located right at the gateway to the hamlet of Helvetia, a farming community, Staybridge is a conveniently located hotel close to many of Tualatin Valley’s People’s Choice winners.
Start the day with a leisurely drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 60-mile drive through Tualatin Valley’s rural countryside. The route ends at this year’s “Favorite Attraction,” the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Stroll the pathway that takes you through different native habitats, and soak in the serene sounds of birds chirping and the rustling water of the Tualatin River.
Now, it’s wine time. Take a short drive to Oak Knoll Winery, this year’s People’s Choice winner for “Favorite Winery.” This winery is one of the state’s oldest, and they have an impressive and diverse array of varietals. Like dry whites? They have ’em. Sweet reds? They have those, too. And, of course, they have Pinot Noir! Fun fact: Oak Knoll is the official wine of the Portland Rose Festival.
Next, head over to Hop Cycle Brewing Co., which has won locals’ hearts as this year’s “Favorite New Attraction.” This bike-friendly brewpub is located just a stone’s throw from the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
After visiting this year’s People’s Choice Award Winners, why not visit some of last year’s winners, as well? Spend some time at last year’s “Favorite Winery,” Ardiri Vineyards and sip a glass of Pinot Noir while sitting around a cozy fire table (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) and staring at Mt. Hood in the distance. Or hit up last year’s People’s Choice Winner for “Favorite New Attraction,” Blizzard Wines’ tasting room. The chic space is a sophisticated, but welcoming environment for wine lovers. Lastly, spend the rest of your time here at Topgolf Hillsboro, last year’s “Favorite Attraction.” You don’t have to be good at golf. Instead, just golf for a good time.
This Trip Idea includes some content originally written by Jackie Hagan.