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.
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.
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.