August 1, 2019 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Last Summer Hurrah with Family!

The first day of school is looming large on the calendar. Take a breath—there’s still some summer left. Let’s make the most of it with one last family getaway to Tualatin Valley. We’re detailing some of our favorite summer pleasures for the whole family.

Blackberries from Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro in Oregon's Tualatin Valley


Nothing says summer more than fruit-stained fingers. An interactive and affordable way to get your fix is by heading straight to the source with an afternoon at u-pick farms. August is a prime month for blackberries, blueberries, cherries and peaches.

Hoffman Farms Store is especially kid-friendly with a barrel train ride, play structures and weekend food trucks. It’s hard to not “u-pick” a handmade pie from the farm store, too.

Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Gaston in Oregon's Tualatin Valley, outdoor recreationZip-lining at Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Gaston


In the summer heat, create your own breeze with a zip-lining adventure at Tree to Tree Adventure Park, an aerial ropes course and zip-line park. Additionally, Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours offers a 2.5-hour zip tour with sweeping views over the beautiful Brunswick Canyon.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Oregon's Tualatin Valley – outdoor recreation, bike trailsBanks-Vernonia State Trail in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley


Pinpointing a long ride that is also kid-friendly can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. No matter your age or cycling level, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a great path for pedaling. The car-less, paved trail has a slight incline—it’s enough to make you feel accomplished, but no one will be overly sore the next day. Need a bike? Rent one at Banks Bicycles Repair & Rentals, adjacent to the Banks trailhead (be sure to call ahead to check seasonal hours).

Burgers at Cruise In Country Diner in Hillsboro in Oregon's Tualatin Valley, restaurantsBurgers at Cruise In Country Diner in Hillsboro, Oregon. Photo by Doug Frierott

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Burgers, chicken fingers and the like. They have it all, but—plot twist!—it’s secretly sort of healthy, too, at Cruise In Country Diner. What sets this diner apart from others is that the burgers come from grass-fed beef and the fries are cooked in healthier rice oil.

Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, OR in the Tualatin ValleyMcMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, OR

Kid-Friendly Hotels

Every hotel in Tualatin Valley welcomes families. Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton ups the game with a fantastic indoor pool and room service cookies. These are two amenities we encourage adults to embrace, too. The wildly painted hallways, secret passageways, and funky movie theater of the McMenamins Grand Lodge also make for a great family retreat.

Let one family’s Tualatin Valley getaway inspire yours. Meet the Lajeskys!


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