The Weekender: Aloha & Beaverton
The unincorporated city of Aloha (pronounced a-low-uh), and its next-door neighbor Beaverton, make for great bedfellows for a Tualatin Valley weekend.
Start the weekend off with a glass of Pinot Noir at Cooper Mountain Vineyards, which hosts its weekly “Neighbors Night Out,” Friday evenings from 5-8 p.m. until September 9.
Grab the golf clubs for an early morning tee-time at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, a semi-private golf club that is among Aloha’s treasures. After playing 18-holes, grab lunch at The Vintage Room, an upscale restaurant with exquisite views of the golf course.
Visit the newest addition to the Tualatin Valley’s wine scene, Hamacher Wines in Beaverton. Taste Hamacher Wines alongside wines from Ponzi Vineyards’ extensive collection.
After wine tasting, venture to Cooper Mountain Nature Park, for a leisurely walk while soaking in the views of the Tualatin Valley. This 230-acre park has 3½ miles of trails that traverse the park and pass through a mosaic of oak and madrone woodlands, native prairies, and conifer forests.
After working up an appetite, head to Sabor Salvadoreno in Aloha for classic Mexican and American cuisine, or enjoy traditional Italian cuisine at Nonna Emilia Ristorante Italiano. Find other restaurants in Beaverton and Aloha.
For after-dinner drinks, head to Aloha’s only taphouse the 649 Taphouse & Bottle Shop for a tasting flight or a pint of locally crafted brews. This quaint taphouse is a tribute to the traditional British pub and features 22 taps of beer, cider, wine and kombucha.
Before heading home, stop to smell the flowers at Jenkins Estate, a 68-acre historic estate, which invites visitors to take self-guided tours of the estate’s nearly two miles of trails and gardens.
In Beaverton, there are so many options for families with kids, or for adults who want to relive the fun of their childhoods. Spend an afternoon in Beaverton, where being a kid has its perks.
After morning meetings or events are over, and you have an afternoon free to explore, check out what Beaverton has in store for a few hours of discovery.
Have a couple of hours to kill in Beaverton? Here are some ideas that will give you a taste of what Beaverton has to offer.
Trivia nights seem to be growing in popularity as a way to pack bars on off nights and as the perfect weeknight out with friends. Tualatin Valley has dozens of taphouses and pubs offering trivia nights.