Summertime Three-Day Tualatin Valley Adventure
Spend three days in the Tualatin Valley exploring all facets of this diverse destination.
DAY ONE: Brews, Tranquility & Theater
Arrive in Tualatin Valley in the afternoon.
Start your Tualatin Valley adventure with lunch and a flight of beer at Ridgewalker Brewing. Select an entree from the menu of pub-style favorites, and pair with a pint or a flight of Ridgwalker’s beers. With at least five brews on tap, this popular, rustic taphouse makes you feel right at home with its handcrafted wood tables.
Next, continue your Tualatin Valley adventure with a walk through Fernhill Wetlands. Walking paths take you through this pristine birding area, and is accentuated by the calm, tranquil atmosphere of the Water Garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu.
Head into downtown Hillsboro and enjoy dinner and a show. Dining options include Clark’s Bistro and Pub, Amelia’s Mexican Food, and Pizzario. Dine before or after checking out one of the live, professional theater Bag&Baggage productions at The Vault, or see a community theater performance at the HART Theatre.
DAY TWO: Trees, Sushi & Wine
Experience one of the best-designed zip line tours in the Pacific Northwest with Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour, featuring a playground of zip lines through the beautiful forest. This zip line tour is an amazing way to experience the natural landscape of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. From platform to platform through the forest canopy, you will soar past tall Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars, experiencing the forest from a viewpoint usually exclusive to birds.
Afterward, enjoy lunch at SaWa Sushi & Saké, an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant serving specialty sushi and more. The restaurant features a “teishoku” menu—a traditional Japanese set menu with an entree, fresh seasonal vegetables, miso soup, house salad and steamed white rice. SaWa also offers a lengthy sushi and saké menu with all the same options as its sister restaurant in Hillsboro, Syun Izakaya. All sauces and dishes are made from scratch and prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
After lunch, mosey down the streets of downtown Forest Grove. Daniela’s Gifts on Main has a little something for everyone. The new shop is chock full with unique gifts, cookbooks, jewelry, bath and body products and show much more. Catering to Forest Grove’s collegiate and burgeoning young professional crowds, The Department Store offers an eclectic selection of items featuring everything from pottery, to toys, apparel and jewelry.
No visit to Tualatin Valley is quite complete without a stop at a winery (or two). First, visit David Hill Vineyards and Winery, where you can sample a diverse variety of red and white wines, some crafted with some of the oldest vines in the Willamette Valley. “Old vines” means rich, flavorful wines.
Next, hop over to Apolloni Vineyards and taste this acclaimed winery’s traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines. The 40-acre vineyard’s location provides an ideal growing climate for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc varietals.
After a day of exploration, relax with a decadent early dinner at Out Aza Blue, with choice pairings of local wines. Executive chef Gabriel Barber plans his menu with fresh local ingredients in mind and is inspired by his world travels. The restaurant overlooks the soothing Gales Creek. Calling this restaurant a hidden gem doesn’t really do it justice.
DAY THREE: Berries, Burgers and Views
Jump-start the day at South Store Café. Enjoy lunch in a 100-year-old clapboard building set in the northern Willamette Valley wine country, situated along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route (across the street from Smith Berry Barn). South Store Café offers a full coffee bar and a variety of pastries, homemade soups, sandwiches and more.
After lunch, go across the street to visit the Smith Berry Barn. Pick your own berries or choose from the ready-picked produce. Step inside the historic barn and browse the selection of gourmet food products, distinctive gifts, kitchen goods, candles and teas. Cap off the visit with a coffee drink made fresh at the espresso bar or satisfy a berry craving with a milkshake made with fruit fresh from the farm.
Next, get a bird’s eye view of Tualatin Valley with a helicopter tour by Oregon Helicopters. See Tualatin Valley’s lush landscape, where, from the sky, you’ll have a great view of the region’s beautiful vineyards, fertile crop land, coastal forests, and hi-tech corridors.
After your tour and before you head home, enjoy a farm-to-table lunch in the heart of the countryside at the Cruise In Country Diner, a family-run burger joint decorated with classic car memorabilia from the 1950s-1960s, and a menu featuring organic and sustainable local produce.
History, charm and luxury can be found in the many hotels and other lodging options that dot the landscape. Our hotels are close to Portland and have many urban amenities, but are only a fraction of the cost. Plus, parking is always free!
There’s something special about staying overnight in a brand-new hotel. Here in Tualatin Valley, our new hotels fit every budget and taste, from an extended-stay property to a hip, urban-style hotel (and parking still is always free!).
Imagine waking up in Oregon Wine Country, where your view is a lush vineyard, or a colorful farm. Here in Tualatin Valley, it’s not a dream. It can be your reality with an overnight stay in the heart of our farm country.