things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fun Things to Do in Tualatin Valley Oregon

Please enjoy this McCool Travel look at some fun things to do in Tualatin Valley.

Tualatin Valley Oregon has something for everyone. Washington County encompasses Tualatin Valley and boasts great wine, outdoor activities, eclectic food, exciting festivals and events, oh, and it is also home to Nike.

Washington County Visitor’s Association hosted Julie and I, to discover and explore things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon and share findings with the McCool Travel network.

Things to Do in Tualatin Valley Oregon

On a clear day in Tualatin Valley, you can see the majestic volcanic mountains. Even from the ground.

Places to Stay in Tualatin Valley

McCool Travel articles rarely list places to stay as the first thing to do in an area but Tualatin Valley is an exception. An amazingly fun hotel called McMenamin’s Grand Lodge is to blame.

McMenamin’s Grand Lodge

Where have you been my whole life? McMenamin’s Grand Lodge, in Forest Grove Oregon, is the funkiest, weirdest, most interesting hotel I have been to.

Ain't nuttin' dis funky.McMenamins Grand LodgeVisit Tualatin ValleyTravel Oregon

Posted by Charles McCool on Thursday, June 15, 2017

Click the above and below picture collections to see more. We stayed in a Grateful Dead themed room in the attic.

Still the funkiest place I have stayed. Well, there was that haunted castle in Ireland and some other places in Spain…

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 23, 2017

Also, please check out my video of the coolness at McMenamin’s.

As a crazy final surprise, this appeared on my final day. Loved seeing these classic, mostly Subaru, antique mini vehicles.

The world has so many surprises so just keep on exploring. I mean really, did you know that there are micro car…

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

The Orenco Hotel

While in Oregon, we also stayed at The Orenco. Offering luxury accommodations and business support amenities, within steps of a wonderful public park, great restaurants and shops, and public rail, The Orenco is a sweet find.

Loving the private patio for my room at Orenco Hotel in Hillsboro Oregon.Visit Tualatin ValleyTravel Oregon

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Our Orenco Hotel room offered eclectic bedside reading. Which would you read first?

Intriguing collection.

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

Wine Tasting in Tualatin Valley

Tualatin Valley winery owners and staff proudly tell visitors why Willamette Valley produces its famous Pinot Noir. Listen to the story at least once before diving into a glass or two.

Ardiri Winery

Go to Ardiri Winery for the views but stay for the wine. Or go for the wine and stay for the views. Just go! On a hilltop with views of Mt. Hood and ample comfortable outside seating with fire pits, Ardiri offers an idyllic antidote to the relative bustle in nearby Nike land.

Beautiful wine tasting spot at Ardiri Winery and Vineyards in #TualatinValley Oregon. Mt Hood is in the clouds but we're feeling the vibe.Visit Tualatin Valley

Posted by Julie Bingham McCool on Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

Oak Knoll Winery

Located a little closer to Hillsboro, Oak Knoll Winery is an easy boondoggle from your Nike or Intel meeting. Shhhh, I will not tell. Oak Knoll produces the Official Portland Rose Festival wine every year since there has been one.

things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

things to do in Tualatin Valley: Oak Knoll Winery

Dion Vineyard

Dion Vineyard is a small, family owned farm in Cornelius, Oregon. Beth—owner of Dion, along with her husband Kevin—offered us fresh Hood strawberries, which are simply amazing. This is a great place to sample some small batch Willamette Valley wines.

Places to Eat in Tualatin Valley

Bites

I provide you with an inspiring photo (I hope) of a mojito but you really must try several food items at Bites Restaurant in Forest Grove. They offer clever Asian fusion small bites like Korean rib Kalbi tacos and Kickin’ Cauliflower. We split a couple of small plates and a large noodle soup. So good!

Syun Izikaya

Deemed one of the top 15 Japanese restaurants in the US by Zagat, Syun Izikaya in Hillsboro offers top quality food and sake. It was really fun to go here after visiting Sake One (see below) earlier that day.

things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

things to do in Tualatin Valley: Syun Izikaya

Yellow Llama

Peru meets Oregon at Yellow Llama in Forest Grove. Try their hand-crafted cocktails and ample home-cooked entrees. Like at Bites, we shared some appetizers and split an entree. Glad we did!

Tasty grub, spicy cocktail, fun people, and inspiring decor. FTW.Yellow LlamaVisit Tualatin Valley#TualatinValley#TravelOregonTravel Oregon

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 16, 2017

 

More Things to Do in Tualatin Valley

Pick Hood Strawberries

After Beth at Dion Vineyard introduced us to the amazing Hood Strawberries, we eagerly enjoyed our next stop at Unger Farms in Cornelius, Oregon. Picking a pint of fresh Hood Strawberries from the fields at Unger Farms warranted a super fresh lunch in their cafe.

Picking Hood strawberries at Unger Farms in Cornelius Oregon

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour

Only a few weeks before my Oregon visit did I finally zip line for the first time. So, I did not know what to expect from a zip line course. Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour lasts about 2.5 hours with seven zip lines and three suspension bridges. One stop in the middle was called Patrick Sways Tree. Ha. Really fun place!

More fun zipping pix.Pumpkin Ridge Zip TourVisit Tualatin ValleyTravel Oregon

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sake One

Learn about sake production, tasting, and more at Sake One in Forest Grove. The sake tour and tasting opened my eyes (and other senses), an especially convenient visit before dinner at Syun Izikaya that evening.

things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

things to do in Tualatin Valley: Sake One

Hillsboro Farmers Market

Conveniently located behind our Orenco Hotel room on Sunday morning was the Hillsboro Farmers Market. The market vendors provided plenty of fresh produce—including more of those famous Hood strawberries. I may or may not have had a second breakfast from this stand. P.S. I did.

things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

things to do in Tualatin Valley: Hillsboro Farmers Market


So, that is a McCool Travel summary of some things to do in Tualatin Valley. I hope it encourages you to visit the area or at least consider it for future travel.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Tualatin Valley Oregon?

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Things To Do in Tualatin Valley published on McCool Travel on 1 November 2017.

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14 Responses to “Fun Things to Do in Tualatin Valley Oregon”

  1. Marilyn Jones November 9, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    Wow; there are so many things to do in Tualatin Valley, Oregon. It’s been years since I traveled to the Northwest…maybe it’s time!!

  2. jane November 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    A little something for everyone, although my faves were the micro cars and the funky hotel – definitely my kind of accommdations!

  3. McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) November 7, 2017 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you, Elaine. Hope you also discover some other interesting things to do (and eat). Let me know, because I plan on returning!

  4. Jeff & Crystal Bryant November 7, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Tualatin Valley in Oregon looks like a fun and quirky place to visit. We will certainly have to add it to our list. The lodge would make for a memorable stay. Thanks for sharing.

  5. janelasky November 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    I’m convinced. Will plan a trip to Oregon, pronto! Thanks for all the research! 🙂

  6. Suzanne Fluhr November 6, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    I’d make this trip just for the view from the airplane window. (I realize I’d have to hope for a clear day—not always a given in the Pacific northwest.)

  7. Ursula Maxwell-Lewis November 5, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

    I think I’ll go for the sake! It’s years since I roamed through this valley. Clearly, it’s time to return. Cheers! 🙂

  8. Cindy McCain November 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    My best friend is about to move to Oregon. While I’m sad, I can look forward to visiting after reading this. Thank you for the silver lining! It all looks amazing.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) November 7, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      Visit your friend and explore Tualatin Valley. I am sure you will find other amazing places. Let me know what you discover.

  9. Elaine Masters November 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    Lived in Portland for years before Tualatin became so interesting. Izakaya’s are a favorite and McMin…’s places are always fun. I need to follow your lead next time I’m in the area.

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