The word “picnic” comes from the 17th Century French term “pique-nique,” which refers to epicureans who brought their favorite wines with them when dining out. The simple pleasures of a picnic continue in the Tualatin Valley. Pick up a great bottle of local wine at a quaint wine shop or tasting room, as well as some delectable treats at one of our bountiful farmers market. Then, head to a scenic spot for a romantic afternoon of leisure that feels eons away from Portland, but is really just a few minutes’ away!
See a few choice picnic spots below:
Horning’s Fishing & Picnic Hideout
When it says “picnic” in the location name, you know it’s going to be good. This North Plains gem is nestled in an idyllic, forested canyon that is brimming with nature’s most vibrant senses. Take in the earthy smells of the plentiful trees and listen to the soft lapping of the lake as you enjoy your picnic.
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Put that picnic in a bike basket rather than a wicker one and you’ll be ready for a celebratory meal at the end of this lovely bike trail that also syncs up to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway. Along the 21-mile trail of trestles and bridge crossings, you’ll find picnic tables dotting the way and inviting you to break bread.
Here’s something new to try: a picnic in a canoe! The Tualatin River holds a soft and stable current throughout the summer and early fall. The mellow waters invite paddlers to munch on an in-route picnic—or pull over onto the banks for impromptu riverside rest.
Shafer Vineyard Cellars
Located in the foothills of the Coast Range, Shafer Vineyard Cellars offers views of the lovely rolling hills that are rich in vineyards. Grab a bottle of wine from the adjacent tasting room so that you can taste wine from the very same vines upon which you gaze.
Stub Stewart State Park
Pack a night picnic to take along to an OMSI Star Party at this wonderful camping spot. Going during the day? The dog-friendly grounds make this a picnic spot worthy of dog treats packed into your picnic offerings.
Make a picnic part of your Tualatin Valley stay, giving you time to pause and take in the beauty, tastes and energy of the region.