New year, new you? Take advantage of the clean slate of a fresh decade and try something you’ve never done before! Whether you want to take up a new hobby or expand your palate, there’s no place like Oregon’s Tualatin Valley to do it.
Tualatin Valley has miles of bike paths for all skill levels. If you’re new to cycling, try starting with the family-friendly Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The trail is car-free to allow cyclists, joggers, walkers and horseback riders free reign. It’s an easy 21-mile trail with pine-scented forests, greenery and more to see along the way.
If you’re a more experienced cycler looking for a challenge this year, check out the Wine Country Ramble for a ride through the rolling hills and farmhouses. Get outside and get inspired to go back and visit the wineries.
If you’re visiting but didn’t bring a bike, head to Banks Bicycle Repair and Rental, conveniently located at the trail head for everything you’ll need.
Learn to cook
Head to Historic downtown Hillsboro to learn new skills from a pro. Collective Kitchen is a collaborative work space for local artisans that offers classes for creating all kinds of tasty things. You can learn to make cookies, donuts and more from “Chopped” champion Mindy Simmons.
All you need to bring is yourself and you’ll learn what it takes to bake something tasty!
Jan. 4 — Jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread
Jan. 11 — Salted chocolate potato donuts
Jan . 11 — Sourdough bread
Jan. 12 — Chowder and savory cheddar scones
Jan. 13 — Perfect pizza
Jan. 14 — Vegetarian Ethiopian
Jan. 18 — Macarons
Jan. 18 — Biscuits and crazy
Jan. 23 — Eclairs and cream puffs
Jan. 25 — Sourdough bread
Jan. 26 — Three course high-tea class
Jan. 27 — Pasta
You can also arrange to have a private lesson for your group.
Taste Oregon craft spirits
Oregon has no shortage of craft breweries making wildly popular beer and cider, but Tualatin Valley distilleries are also earning accolades for their spirits, many of which you can sample while touring their facilities.
In Tigard you’ll find Rose City Distilling, which offers tours and tastings of their whiskey, vodka, rum and gin. The Washington Square Mall in Tigard is home to one of Eastside Distilling’s tasting rooms. There you can sample Eastside’s bourbon, whiskey, vodka and rum.
Big Bottom Distilling offers tours and tastings at their Hillsboro distillery, which started as an independent bottler before expanding to craft gin, rum, brandy and whiskey. Also in Hillsboro is the McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, which features a century-old 160-gallon Alambic Charentais pot still.
No matter what your skills or interests are, Tualatin Valley has something for you to enjoy.