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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.
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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
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…
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…
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
Our Orenco Hotel room offered eclectic bedside reading. Which would you read first?
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.
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
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.
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.
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Places to Eat in Tualatin Valley
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!
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.
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
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
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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
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.
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.
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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