Explore Tualatin Valley
Story Ideas, Signature Events and More
Tualatin Valley, nestled between Portland and the Oregon Coast, is a captivating destination that offers a harmonious blend of urban and rural experiences. From farms and vineyards, estate wineries and dozens of craft breweries to outdoor adventures and cultural treasures, Tualatin Valley provides a diverse range of activities for travelers seeking authentic and immersive encounters. As a vibrant tapestry of exploration and enjoyment, Tualatin Valley is more than a destination; it’s a transformative journey waiting to be explored.
- City of Beaverton, Oregon’s Newest Hot “Foodie” Spot?
Not only did the core of Beaverton survive the pandemic, it thrived. Several new restaurants, many being second or third locations of acclaimed Portland restaurants, opened between 2020-2023, making Beaverton a burgeoning destination for food lovers.
- Japanese Cultural Influence in Tualatin Valley
For years, Tualatin Valley’s culinary scene has been influenced by Japanese food and drink, especially with Japanese bakery and a saké Now with the imminent opening of the Cedartree Hotel, that inspiration and influence continues.
- BIPOC-owned Businesses Thriving in Tualatin Valley
As the most culturally diverse region of the state, Tualatin Valley is a thriving destination for BIPOC-owned businesses, from the first Black winemaker in Oregon to myriad Asian-owned coffeeshops, bakeries and restaurants.
- From the Farmers Market to Brick and Mortar
Tualatin Valley’s farmers markets, especially the big ones, can attract tens of thousands of people each weekend. As a result, some food vendors have amassed such a dedicated following that they opened a brick-and-mortar location.
- Gaming and “Nerd” Culture Rules in Tualatin Valley
Tualatin Valley has been a go-to destination for “nerds” everywhere. From self-proclaimed “largest pinball museum in the world” to countless game, Manga and comic book stores.
- Sustainability and Wine Growing in the Tualatin Valley
Tualatin Valley’s grape growers are using biodynamic, organic, and certified sustainable methods of farming, including “Salmon Safe” and “dry” farming.
SIGNATURE ANNUAL EVENTS
- Valentines Wine Loop (February): Self-guided, Valentine’s-themed tour of Tualatin Valley wineries
- Pink! Rosé Fest (May): Rosé wine grand tasting event featuring dozens of Tualatin Valley wineries
- Concours d’Elegance (July): Classic car show, each year showcasing a different international and domestic car manufacturer
- La Strada dei Pastelli (July): Professional chalk art festival featuring chalk artists from around the globe
- Canines Uncorked (August): Dog-friendly wine tasting event featuring activities for dogs at each location
- North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival (August): Celebration of all things garlic
- Forest Grove Uncorked! (August): Wine, beer and cider festival showcasing beverages produced in Tualatin Valley
- Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival (September): Chalk art celebration for amateur artists of all abilities
- Giant West Coast Pumpkin Regatta (October): Largest pumpkin event of its kind, featuring giant pumpkin boat races by costumed racers
ABOUT EXPLORE TUALATIN VALLEY
The Washington County Visitors Association (dba Explore Tualatin Valley) is a destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Washington County, Oregon, as an exceptional travel and tourism destination. With a mission to inspire exploration and celebrate the unique offerings of the region, Explore Tualatin Valley collaborates with local businesses and community partners to highlight the diverse attractions, experiences, and cultural richness that the destination has to offer. From lush landscapes and award-winning wineries and breweries to outdoor adventures and vibrant cultural festivals, Explore Tualatin Valley plays a pivotal role in showcasing the area’s treasures to both visitors and residents. For more information about Explore Tualatin Valley, visit tualatinvalley.org.
Sylke Neal-Finnegan, APR
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 210 | Beaverton, OR 97005
Email | Direct: 971-245-3180