Tualatin Valley Oregon
Cycling on a bridge in the treetops on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Capturing a perfect sunset at Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood
A colorful sky reflecting in Henry Hagg Lake
Wildlife watching in Killin Wetlands Nature Park
Hiking through a lush forest in Gales Creek
Sampling locally made sake on the patio at SakéOne brewery in Forest Grove
A scenic overlook in Tillamook State Forest
Aerial view of boaters on Henry Hagg Lake
Enjoying an afternoon among the vines at David Hill Vineyards & Winery
A painted wooden panel at Blooming Junction farm, a stop along the Quilt Barn Trail
- Major Airports:
- Portland (PDX)
Perfect days and peaceful nights in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
The Great Outdoors, Just Outside Town
In a matter of minutes, you can go from driving the busy streets of downtown Portland to roaming parks, trails and outdoor activities in Tualatin Valley. The 33-kilometer Banks-Vernonia State Trail runs along abandoned railroad tracks that once powered Oregon’s lumber industry and provides hikers and bikers with both a sense of this state’s history and a slice of its natural beauty. Several companies offer kayaking on the peaceful Tualatin River. Those looking for a more heart-thumping adventure can zip line over a canyon and massive trees with Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours, or try one of several escapades at Tree to Tree Adventure Park including traditional zip lining, zip lining races, and “monkey climbs” up 12-meter trees.
Time for Wine
Nothing pairs quite as well with relaxation and peaceful scenery as a bottle of fine wine. Luckily, there are 30 amazing wineries scattered around the area. One of the more popular is Union Wine Co., which makes wines under three labels and is known for its tasty red and white wines in a can. Another favorite is the internationally renowned Ponzi Vineyards, where you can choose from several touring and tasting options in a sleek, modern winery set in the gorgeous Chehalem Mountains. If sake is more your thing, check out SakéOne, Oregon's only sake brewery. The home-based brewery offers Junmai Ginjo sake (made of rice, water, yeast and koji – and no additives).
Fresh from the Farm
Explore the Tualatin Valley’s rich agricultural heritage and character through art, markets and other attractions throughout the area. The Quilt Barn Trail includes a series of 59 painted wooden quilt panels that tell a story about local farms and agricultural businesses. Some of Oregon’s best fresh local produce, artisan food products and alcoholic beverages can be found at the Beaverton Farmers Market, which also offers live entertainment. Take a more hands-on approach at Smith Berry Barn, where visitors can pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more.