We’ve said goodbye to summer and welcomed the crisp air of autumn to Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. While this season may be a bit chillier and a bit rainier, we still love to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
The Perfect Fall Day in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Start your perfect fall day with a warm drink from one of Tualatin Valley’s favorite coffee shops, Insomnia Coffee. Find the flagship shop on 3rd and Main in adorable downtown Hillsboro alongside vintage malls, fun specialty shops and more. Or take your sweet tooth to Decadent Creations in downtown Hillsboro for a caramel apple chai and pumpkin flavored pastry.
After breakfast, head north into the scenic farm country. Drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route to see autumn colors in all their glory. You could really devote an entire day to exploring the route on a mini road trip, but it’ll also take you to fun fall-centric spots along the way.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch has everything you need to get into the fall feeling. This 65-acre former dairy farm has rolling hills and a view of the Willamette Valley that make it the perfect setting for a fall farm day. Pick your pumpkin from pre-picked bins or grab a wagon and head to the field to hunt among the vines yourself. They have pumpkins for carving, hand painted and ornamental gourds. If you visit on the weekend, see hydraulic pumpkin cannons shooting gourds across the fields. The farm also has animals you can visit including goats, sheep, bunnies, chickens, alpacas, pigs and turkeys.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the farm kitchen for caramel apples, kettle corn, fresh apple cider and roasted corn on the cob!
Nearby Roloff Farm, which you may know from TLC’s popular show, “Little People, Big World,” is another perfect spot for fall activities. This year, the farm offers a new scenic trail walk perfect for physical distancing. Reserve your 2-hour visit and spend the afternoon on a self-guided tour of areas of the farm that have never been available before. Pick up souvenirs at the country store and pick your pumpkin along the way.
If a real meal is in order, head back along scenic roads of Helvetia to Helvetia Tavern. Enjoy their famous burger and onion rings on the spacious patio.
On the other side of Tualatin Valley, you’ll find Hoffman Farm Store, which has a 10-acre corn maze in addition to U-pick pumpkins and wagon rides. Stock up on traditional fall decorations and seasonal treats at the farm store. In Tualatin, Lee Farms has can’t-miss apple cider, pumpkin and marionberry donuts.
If you’re looking to taste fall in the form of a delicious apple pie, look no further for orchards where you can chose the tastiest apples. Bell’s Orchard, Sherwood Orchards and Smith Berry Barn all offer U-pick of a variety of different apples that you may not find at your local grocery store.
No matter where you visit or what you do, you’re sure to see changing leaves, scenic landscapes and something tasty to eat while you’re out enjoying a fall day in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.
COVID-19 note: In Oregon, masks are required inside and in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Check individual websites before visiting to learn about new protocols. More COVID-19 information >>>