Craft Beer Tasting at Vertigo Brewing in Hillsboro, Oregon
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Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon
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The Tualatin Valley Explorer

March 2020

Millennial’s Guide to Spring Break in Tualatin Valley

Spring Break is not just for students on breaks anymore. There’s plenty of fun to be had for those of us in our 20s and 30s who don’t automatically get a week off from “real life” but still want to enjoy the return of nicer weather. Read more and plan your getaway >>>

Spring Break for Empty Nesters

If you’re bummed your kids are spending spring break off in some sunny spot without you — don’t be! There’s plenty of fun to be had in Tualatin Valley for all the empty-nesters to enjoy your kid-free life. Learn more and start planning your own spring break >>>

Family Spring Break

Oregon spring break with the kids brings a burst of energy, and an easy and affordable family trip reinvigorates the senses. Reconnect with the senses of spring, especially with so much to do, see, and taste in Tualatin Valley. Read more >>>

Spring is for the Birds

Each year, many species of birds fly to the valley during spring months as they return north from their long winter vacations. Spring bird migration season brings a lovely song to Tualatin Valley, when songbirds bring their unique tunes and calls during their seasonal visit. Learn more >>>

Take Care out There

Oregon is a beautiful place and we’re lucky in Tualatin Valley to be perfectly situated between mountains, forests, coast and farmland. There’s so much to enjoy in the outdoors – from bird watching to cycling and hiking. We love this state we call home. That’s why we want to enjoy it, keep it beautiful and stay safe with these simple values: Prepare, Care, Connect. Learn more >>>

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In Case You Missed It

10 Things to do Near the Lightrail

Travelers to the Portland Region are lucky to have an easy, car-free way to get around. You can ride TriMet’s MAX light rail from the Portland International Airport all the way to Hillsboro. Along the way, you can stop and enjoy much of what Tualatin Valley has to offer.

4 Coffee Roasters for a Unique Cup O’ Joe

While Portland has earned a reputation for some serious espresso, don’t overlook the expert and small-batch roasters in Tualatin Valley. Those who are crazy about coffee will go just about anywhere to get the really good stuff, which is why so many caffeine fiends sojourn to these four local craft coffee roasters (and two of our favorite coffeehouses).

Taste Red Wine (That is Not Pinot Noir)

Sure, Pinot Noir put Oregon’s Willamette Valley on the map, but, did you know that so many of our winemakers are making exquisite reds that are not Pinot Noir? In fact, many winegrowers and winemakers are expanding their wine portfolios to include other red wines. These are the four wineries to check out if you want to drink anything but a Pinot Noir.


Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Sunnier skies are on their way and what could be better on a warm day than spreading out a blanket for a picnic?

Check Off Your Birding “Life List”

5 Best Bird Watching Spots

ualatin Valley is filled with excellent and often lively bird and wildlife habitats. So, bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras and head out on an Oregon birding and wildlife adventure at these top five bird watching spots in the region.

Dogs Are Welcome Here

Explore Dog-Friendly Tualatin Valley

We welcome you to travel to Tualatin Valley with your pooch. From dog-friendly lodging to wineries where Fido is welcome, this is the definitive guide to navigating the destination with your favorite four-legged friend.

Plan Your Tualatin Valley Getaway Today

Book Your Stay

Our hotels are close to Portland and have many urban amenities, but are only a fraction of the cost. Plus, parking is always free, and our hotels do not charge any amenity/resort fees!

Check In to Our Newest Hotels

Our new hotels fit every budget and taste, from an extended-stay property to a hip, urban-style hotel. Plus, parking is free and these hotels do not charge a resort or amenities fee.

Visitor Information

Visitor Guide, Maps and More

Plan your Tualatin Valley getaway. Request a complimentary printed Visitor Guide, Quilt Barn Trail Map, Bike Map and Tualatin River Water Trail Map, or view our digital visitor guide.

A beautiful view in Tualatin Valley in Oregon