The Weekender: The City of Tualatin
Located in the southern part of the Tualatin Valley, the city of Tualatin is a small community that is big on shopping, nature, art, dining and other activities.
Once you’ve arrived, learn more about the area and its Ice Age history with a stroll along all or part of the Tualatin Art Walk, five interconnected trails through the heart of the city. Discover public art pieces, such as bronze sculptures, murals, mosaic drinking fountains and garden art along a series of interconnected trails.
Settle in for dinner at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill. This restaurant, overlooking the Lake at the Commons, offers Pacific Northwest specialties, in a cozy setting.
Overnight in Tualatin. The newly renovated Century Hotel, located in the downtown core, is perfect for leisure and business travelers. Another choice is The Grand Hotel, located on the Tualatin-Tigard border, near the Bridgeport Village shopping district.
Start the morning with a walk along the Tualatin Greenway Trail. Oregon’s rich history goes further back than just pioneer times, and visitors can go back—way back!—to the Ice Age on this new trail that runs adjacent to the Tualatin River.
After walking the trail (or even before) stop into Cabela’s Outfitters and peruse the latest in outdoor sporting gear. Buy a new jacket, a pair of boots, or Cabela’s signature fudge–all tax-free!–or check out its museum-quality wildlife displays and indoor archery test area. While there, grab a bite at the in-store restaurant, which offers a variety of meats, including elk and buffalo.
Get a taste of the region with a visit to Ancestry Brewing, one of the area’s newest breweries. The brewery has emerged onto the craft beer scene with a collection of beers ranging from a Belgian Blonde to a Dark Irish. Its beers can be tasted at its new taproom, which overlooks a wetland.
Add a little swing to the day at Tualatin Island Greens, a fun-for-all driving range and putting green. The putting green is a stunning course featuring 18 holes, each reduced recreations of some of the world’s most famous golf holes, water hazards, sand bunkers, and all.
Afterward, grab a brew and a wood-fired pizza from Stickmen Brewing Tualatin Beer Hall. This Oregon craft brewery has earned several accolades, and the beer hall features a variety of craft brews, including year-round, seasonal and experimental beers, as well as barrel-aged and nitro beers. The brewery serves individual-sized wood-fired pizzas made from a pizza oven imported from Italy.
The latest food sensation to hit the Tualatin Valley is Industry Restaurant, which offers an expansive menu of American cuisine with global influence. The drink menu includes local beers on tap, wines from around the globe by the glass or bottle, and an extensive cocktail list of stirred and shaken specialties.
Try on some tax-free shopping at Bridgeport Village before heading home. Grab a breakfast bite with a sweet or savory waffle at the Waffle Window (one of the new eateries at this European-style shopping center), then browse the selection of shops that cater to all tastes and styles.