Travel Story Ideas & Itineraries
Tualatin Valley is a diverse destination, with a variety of different attractions that appeal to a wide demographic of travelers. Whether you are looking for feature story ideas or a story round-up, explore some of the story ideas and themes below:
What’s New in Tualatin Valley (October 2020)?
- In 2020, two new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) were established in Tualatin Valley: Laurelwood District and Tualatin Hills; Tualatin Valley currently has 30 estate wineries, including two new wineries scheduled to open to the public in 2021: Amaterra Wines and Maloof Wines.
- Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge opens to the public this December and will feature hiking trails and six hunting blinds (permits are required).
- Downtown Beaverton is shaping up to be a culinary destination, which attracts locals, Portland diners and visitors alike. Beaverton’s “Restaurant Row” is a collection of dining and beverage establishments within a block radius, providing a global dining experience to this city of less than 100,000 residents.
- Outdoor Dining Area (in response to COVID-19): The city of Beaverton will continue its outdoor dining areas for an undetermined length, including its “1st Street Commons,” which closes off a portion of SW 1st Street in downtown Beaverton for outdoor dining. (Other outdoor dining areas, which close of portions of streets, will end at the end of October.)
- My Tiny House Village is a “village” of tiny homes, nestled in the Sherwood Forest (in southern Tualatin Valley), close to wineries and farms. The village is relatively new and opened to visitors sometime in late-2019 or early-2020.
Tualatin Valley Wine/Wineries: More Than Pinot Noir: Situated in the northern edge of the famed Willamette Valley Wine, Tualatin Valley boasts more than 30 estate wineries, some of which have been growing wine grapes for 50 years, and others that have been producing wine for just a few years. While the Willamette Valley, in particular, is known for its Pinot Noir, its the many unique varietals that are making a splash. Many of Tualatin Valley’s winemakers are inspired and influenced by the styles, varietals and winemaking techniques from the “Old World.” Taste what happens when the “Old World” pairs with Oregonian winemaking on a tour of unique varietals.
- Raptor Ridge Winery: Tempranillo, Grüner Veltliner, and Auxerrois
- Beckham Estate Vineyard: Potter and winemaker Andrew Beckham creates his own handcrafted, terra cotta amphorae wine vessels, which produces rich, compelling and textured wines.
- Oak Knoll Winery: Maker of sweet wines, and the only place in the Tualatin Valley where you will find the delicious nectar of berry wines.
- Apolloni Vineyards: Maker of Italian-style wines and the only winery in Tualatin Valley that makes a Pinot Grigio (they also make a Pinot Gris) and Sangiovese.
- Ponzi Vineyards: Maker of Italian wines, including Dolcetto and Arneis
Pioneering Black-Owned Businesses in Tualatin Valley: Tualatin Valley is home to a handful of Black-owned culinary businesses. Abbey Creek Winery, owned by Bertony Faustin, broke new ground more than 10 years ago when Faustin became the first Black winemaker on record in Oregon. Seattle-based Ezell’s Famous Chicken (opened February 2020), which counts Oprah Winfrey as a fan, chose Tualatin Valley for its first Oregon location. Mamancy Tea Co. (opened March 2020) showcases specially curated, fair trade teas and chocolates at the shop in Central Beaverton.
Japanese Influence on Tualatin Valley: The cultural richness of this area is best explored by Tualatin Valley’s culinary offerings. As the most culturally diverse county in the state of Oregon, Tualatin Valley–and specifically the city of Beaverton–Japanese influence can be found at myriad culinary destionations. Fun and tasty Japanese creations await at Beaverton’s Oyatsupan Bakers, while the city sees the emergence of chain ramen shops from Japan, such as Afuri Izakaya and Kukai Ramen (also known as Kizuki Ramen). Uwajimaya, an Asian grocery, sells foods and other wares from Japan, anime from its Kinokuniya Bookstore, diners will enjoy cream puffs from Beard Papa’s and ramen from Ramen Ryoma. In the city of Forest Grove, many Japanese traditions of crafting premium sake can be tasted at SakeOne, the first American owned-and-operated sake brewery.
Oregon Wine Pioneers: As the Willamette Valley gains continued attention for its critically acclaimed Pinot Noir, the Tualatin Valley has an important role in the history of Oregon’s wine story. From Dick and Nancy Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards), who are among the oft-cited pioneers of Oregon Pinot Noir, to Oak Knoll Winery, which started as a berry wine producer in 1970, and Elk Cove Vineyards, which was founded in 1974.
Escape from the City: Tualatin Valley is located just minutes from downtown Portland and boasts the closest wine country to the city of Portland. Within 20-40 minutes, visitors can explore and enjoy the offerings of rural u-pick farms, estate wineries, nature parks and preserves, or take a scenic drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route.
Biodynamic & Organic Wine Making in Tualatin Valley: Tualatin Valley winemakers have been in the forefront of sustainable wine making for a while now. Explore two of Oregon’s pioneering wineries when it comes to biodynamic farming: Cooper Mountain — established in 1978 and adhering to biodynamic and organic farming since the mid-1990s–and Montinore Estate, the second-largest estate producer of wines made from biodynamic grapes in the U.S. Read more >>>
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Working on an itinerary? There are several one-, two- and multi-day trips to Tualatin Valley —with varying themes such as that would work as a stand-alone itinerary, or as part of an Oregon, Pacific Northwest or Western U.S. itinerary. Explore our itineraries below.
Golf in Tualatin Valley can be an unparalleled experience, especially when coupled with exquisite wine. Explore our greens and our grapes with this three-day tour in Tualatin Valley.
Tualatin Valley is not only fun for the adults, but kids can get in on the action here, too. Visit a u-pick farm, fly through the trees, and enjoy meals prepared with farm-fresh ingredients. A visit here is not only fun, but can also be educational.
Whether your preferred varietal is Pinot Noir, a aromatic Rose or a rare, sought-after Arneis, Tualatin Valley has you covered. And if your tastes include a good Porter or hoppy IPA, then you have the makings of a Tualatin Valley wine and beer tasting adventure!
Explore Tualatin Valley by the cupful and delve into its many liquid assets from coffee to wine, beer and much more.
This tour challenges the notion that West Coast Breweries only make big IPAs by heading to the beautiful Tualatin Valley.
Sample some of the best attractions Tualatin Valley has to offer, from indoor skydiving to zip lining, beer to wine, and everything in between.