July 9, 2019 | By Sylke Neal-Finnegan | No Comments

36 Hours in Tualatin Valley

Summer is an ideal time to plan a weekend in Tualatin Valley. Plan a getaway or extend a business trip and tack on extra day to explore the summer delights of the region.

Start you Tualatin Valley summer getaway with a flight of wine.


5 p.m. – It’s Wine O’Clock
Most wineries in the Willamette Valley close around 5 p.m., but at Hawks View Winery, they keep the doors open until 7 p.m. every day (final pour is 6:30 p.m.). Hawks View’s sustainably-farmed wines pair nicely with the breathtaking views of Mt. Hood.

7:30 p.m. – Mangia!
Mason – Vecchio Ristorante Mondo is one of Tualatin Valley’s best-kept secrets. Located in the heart of Old Town Sherwood, Mason features a menu of Italian specialties and a robust list of wines from Italy.

Overnight in Tualatin Valley

pastries from Oyatsupan Bakers


8:30 a.m. – Props to Japanese Pastries
Oyatsupan Bakers brings traditional Japanese baking to Beaverton with its mix of sweet and savory pastries. The breads, or pan, is artfully baked in-house daily, using no preservatives. Try a curry-filled donut or delightful cream puff, which pair nicely with a cup of coffee or hot tea.

9:45 a.m. – From the Farm to the Market
Hit the Beaverton Farmers Market, one of the largest–if not the largest–farmers’ markets in the state. Sample home-grown produce and purchase jars of jam, local honey, wine and spirits, and other locally produced food items to take home.

11 a.m. – Get a Bird’s-Eye View
Ponzi Vineyards offers a special tasting and tour of its four-level, gravity-flow winery. Learn about the history and winemaking practices and philosophies of one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. Along the way, you will be treated with a tasting of the winery’s current vintages. (Tours are offered daily and require a reservation one week in advance.)

12:30 p.m. – Nosh on This
For lunch, South Store Cafe offers soups, salads and sandwiches made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and neighbors. The country cafe is a popular stop for locals, area winemakers and visitors alike for its homey atmosphere and tasty eats.

1:45 p.m. – From the Market to the Farm
Continue exploring the countryside of Portland in the small community of Scholls. Smith Berry Barn is a quaint u-pick farm and country store. Here you can pick up honey and berry jams and syrups prepared from berries harvested from the farm. Hoffman Farms is a berry u-pick farm, and also offers “ready-picked” berries at its farm store.

3:00 p.m. – Time for Retail Therapy
Oregon does not charge a sales tax, which means a visit to Tualatin Valley is the perfect excuse to get that high-ticket item you’ve been wanting. Head over to Washington Square and Bridgeport Village and say “yes” to no sales tax.

5:30 p.m. – Grab a Pint and a Slice
Stickmen Brewing Co. is one of Tualatin Valley’s favorite breweries. Stickmen boasts a very impressive slate of brews, ranging from smooth ales to lip-puckering sours and bitter double IPAs. Equally as impressive are the 15-plus different varieties of wood-fired pizzas. For kicks, try the Diavola, a fiery pizza with red peppers and Calabrian chilis.

7:30 p.m. – Theater, Anyone?
After dinner, head to the theater, showcasing some of the region’s best talent. Two professional theater companies, Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Bag&Baggage Productions, stage award-winning productions of well-known and under-the-radar plays and musicals. Bag&Baggage’s “Much Ado About Nothing” runs July 11-28); Broadway Rose’s Footloose runs through August (many performances are already sold out).


9 a.m. – Breakfast Time!
Before heading home, head to Tom’s Pancake House for breakfast. Locals in-the-know recommend this place for a good, old-fashioned diner experience. Plus, the menu is HUGE! With more than just pancakes on the menu, Tom’s is the go-to place for crepes, omelettes (try the Santa Fe), and huevos rancheros.

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History, charm and luxury can be found in the many hotels and other lodging options that dot the landscape. Our hotels are close to Portland and have many urban amenities, but are only a fraction of the cost. Plus, parking is always free!

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Tualatin Valley’s restaurants garner rave reviews with innovative menus and a range of global cuisine. Impressive wine, beer, cocktail, and saké lists—many with locally produced beverages—are the hallmarks of the region’s growing culinary offerings.

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Just minutes from downtown Portland, Tualatin Valley offers a host of events near Portland throughout the year. Enjoy unique Oregon festivals guaranteed to offer seasonality, community and entertainment.

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