The Weekender: Forest Grove & Gales Creek
The city of Forest Grove and the community of Gales Creek make a powerful pair. Situated in the western Tualatin Valley, Forest Grove and Gales Creek offer a variety of weekend adventures, from camping to wine tasting.
Start your Tualatin Valley weekend with a pint at Waltz Brewing, Forest Grove’s first craft brewery. The brewery functions as a taproom and a vintage record store. Sip on Waltz’s and local guest brews on the taproom before perusing the vinyl collection for a favorite musician.
Overnight at one of Forest Grove’s hotels, such as McMenamins Grand Lodge, a unique, quirky European-style hotel.
Start the day with breakfast at Maggie’s Buns, a Forest Grove institution. Located near Pacific University, this fun and funky bakery and cafe offers a friendly environment with off-the-wall decor and home-style comfort foods.
After breakfast venture on a wine-tasting tour of Forest Grove. First stop is Montinore Estate, an organic and biodynamic winery, which features a wide variety of wines, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, and that staple of Oregon wines, Pinot Noir.
No visit to Forest Grove is complete without a stop at SakéOne, the world’s first American saké brewery. Taste a flight of saké and tour the kura–the brewing facility–and learn more about this mysterious beverage.
The last winery stop is David Hill Vineyard & Winery, a venerable estate winery that boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Oregon. With an impressive variety of wines, which includes Chardonay, Pinot Blanc and Merlot, the tasting room features spectacular and sweeping views of the Oregon Coast Range, and is one of the most picturesque wineries in the Willamette Valley.
Stop by Gales Creek Country Store and Deli to pick up camping supplies and head to the Gales Creek Campground to unpack and set-up camp.
Roast marshmallows, make s’mores and relax to the sound of the trickling creek while overnighting under the stars.
Before heading home, visit Shafer Vineyard Cellars. Nestled in the foothills of Gales Creek Valley, and under new ownership, enjoy tastings of its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Blanc and Riesling at its rustic tasting room.
Gaston is the smallest city in Tualatin Valley, but it happens to have some of the best and biggest swimming destinations in the area.
Greater Portland events are so plentiful that you can plan a marathon weekend of experiencing not one, not two, but three amazing summer festivals in one epic exploration of the Tualatin Valley.
It’s the sweet spot summer wine tasting. As bud break is months behind us and the harvest season is still weeks and weeks away, the vineyards of the Tualatin Valley are—quite literally—watching grapes grow.