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Antiques by the Ages

Posted on: September 6th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Can you spot any Depression Glass from the Railroad Street Antique Mall's window?

Can you spot any Depression Glass from the Railroad Street Antique Mall’s window?

We’re all for a day of casually perusing the antiques galore that can be found of Oregon’s Washington County, looking for whatever speaks to you in the moment. But if you’re on the hunt for a specific treasure, then the trick is to have a plan of attack.  

One tactic is to antique by the ages, hitting up antique shops known for pieces from certain bygone eras. While the antique shops listed below carry finds from a wide gambit of decades, insiders will tell you that each has got the goods for period-specific relics.

Victorian: Heirloom Antiques & Gifts
Don’t be an Emily Dickinson! Get out of the house and explore Heirloom Antiques & Gift’s impressive assortment of Victorian furniture. This must-stop shop for Victorianists touts good condition desks and dressers with the quintessential Victorian Decorative Arts and Arts & Crafts styles. Here, you can bring history into your own home.

Great Depression: Railroad Street Antique Mall
Betwixt the coins, costume jewelry, and vintage toys, this antique destination stocks a colorful array of Depression Glass. These highly coveted collectibles come from businesses handing out free, candy-colored glassware as an incentive for Americans in the 1930s to spend their meager disposable income on specific products. Though these pieces were once free, rare pieces today can be worth hundreds.

Mid-Century Modern: Rose City Modern
Mod-mamas and Mid-Century men will be in heaven at Rose City Modern, which specializes in quality furniture and housewares from the 1930s through 1960s.  Are you on the hunt for Eames-style chairs, a warm wood Danish hutch, or cutely patterned knick-knackery? For those frantically nodding in response, Rose City Modern has it. Waltz in there with your best Mad Men swagger for some chic discoveries.

Like Totally Eighties: Vintage Variety
The eighties were, in some ways, about excess. So, it makes sense that there is so much bodacious eighties memorabilia at Vintage Variety. Aren’t we all a little nostalgic for Laserdiscs, Gameboys, and early Nintendo sets? Since all of Vintage Variety’s Nintendo sets have been tested before they’re sold, you can indulge in the ultimate flashback.

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What’s New in Oregon’s Washington County?

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Oregon’s Washington County is an ever-changing destination that offers adventure and surprises around every corner. With myriad attractions and activities, Washington County is the ideal destination for a day trip, weekend getaway or week-long visit.  Here’s a look at what’s new  this summer.

NEW EVENTS

Jousting will be a highlight of the Oregon Renaissance Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival.

Oregon Renaissance Festival

A renaissance of the Renaissance, the inaugural Oregon Renaissance Fair will bring together some of the most talented artists for non-stop entertainment for 13 days of merriment. This new event is not to be missed, and will run weekends from August 24 through September 29. Tickets on sale soon.

Raise a glass of local, craft brew to the Hillsboro Hops, a new Minor League, Single-A  baseball team. The Hops play its inaugural season starting this month through September. Many home games will feature fireworks, music and entertainment. (Individual game tickets, $7-16)

ATTRACTIONS

Campbell’s 3D Archery is a family owned and operated outdoor archery course, which opened in 2011 and features a challenging 25 target 3D course and practice range with shots up to 90 yards on 15 acres of land. The 3D course is now open for the summer, complete with new and updated 3D targets. (Open until October; rates: $5-15, bow rentals, $10 with advance reservations)

Tree to Tree Adventure Park has added two new obstacle courses to its aerial ropes adventure, which now boasts six levels of tree-top fun with more than 60 obstacles to master before zipping to the ground. (Open through October; reservations are required. Admission: $45, $75 and $110 for adults, $25, $35, $75, $90 and $100 for kids and ‘tweens)

SHOPPING

Peonies & Possibilities

Peonies & Possibilities

Peonies & Possibilities sells “vintage and unexpected treasures” in a quaint cottage in downtown Beaverton. Shop from a curated collection of antique and vintage furniture, dishes and glassware; home and gardening décor; jewelry and other unique gifts. (Open Tuesdays – Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

First created in Sunriver, Oregon, in 1984, Goody’s Candy Store is a family run company that makes handmade chocolates, candies and ice cream, and recently opened a new store in Beaverton. Goody’s manufactures approximately 20 tons of chocolate a year, and the store also stocks old-fashioned candies, chocolates, ice-cream treats and sodas at the shop.

FOOD & DRINK

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, a popular eatery and hot spot throughout Washington State, opened its first Oregon location in March at Bridgeport Village. The extensive food and creative cocktail and martini menus appeal to all palates. Each month, Twigs offers martini making classes, taught by its talented bartenders (reservations required).

Indio Spirits has been producing distilled spirits since 2004, and officially opened its first tasting room January 2013. Visitors to their new tasting room can sample whiskey, vodka–including flavored vodkas–rum and gin, as well as tour the distillery. Spirits and spirits-related gift items–including tasty barbecue sauce using Indio’s Canadian whiskey–are available for purchase at the tasting room. Read about our recent visit to Indio here. (Tasting fee, $5; open every Thursday-Sunday, times vary).

Read about new wine-tasting rooms open this summer >>>

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A Closer Look at Our Cities: North Plains

Posted on: February 15th, 2013 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Situated in northwestern Washington County, just off Highway 26, the main route between Portland and the Oregon Coast, the small city of North Plains packs quite a punch.  North Plains (population 1,700) is surrounded by lush farm land, and attracts throngs of sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers who flock to the area for its collection of activities, such as biking, golf, disc golf, and glider plane rides.

The North Plains Glider Port (Photo by Paul Loofburrow)

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Nestled in a picturesque wooded canyon is Horning’s Fishing and Picnic Hideout, a multi-activity attraction that offers fly fishing and cast and lure fishing, and also allows overnight tent and RV camping. Don’t let the name fool you, this pastoral “hideout” wears many hats, as it boasts three highly rated disc golf courses, is home to endurance sporting events, such as Warrior Dash, and holds several music festivals throughout the year – all of this, plus fishing, picnicking, hiking and more.

If golf is your game, tee up at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, the famed, championship golf facility that has hosted many well-known golfers. Framed by spectacular vistas, Pumpkin Ridge has ranked among the country’s best courses to play for more than 20 years.

Take to the skies in a glider plane with a guided flight piloted by the Willamette Valley Soaring Club, which offers rides at the North Plains Glider Port (11870 NW Dersham Rd., North Plains) May through October (weather permitting).  Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Tualatin and Willamette Valleys while soaring 3,000 feet in the air. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and a standard ride is $120.

Shop

During summer months,  visit the North Plains Farmers Market for a taste of local produce and artisan good (Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 15-September 28). Year-round, browse the one-of-a-kind treasures at The Treasure Chest Antique Mall (open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Sip

Tantalize your tastebuds at one of Oregon’s Washington County’s newest wineries/tasting rooms: Abbey Creek Winery. This family run winery, which operates a vineyard estate not far from Washington County, produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and is open Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. (or by appointment).

Dine

Grab a burger and a brew at the Rogue Brew Pub & Eatery.  This unassuming restaurant, located in the city’s center, earns raves for its burgers and selection of microbrew beers. The joint is jumping on Friday nights with live music.  Or pop into the Old Hich-en Post for breakfast and lunch, or partake in their happy hour, which is daily from 3-7 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars

North Plains is home to several annual events, including the four-day bluegrass and Americana music fest, the Northwest String Summit (July 18-21, 2013) and the Warrior Dash endurance race (September 7, 2013).

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A Closer Look at Our Cities: Hillsboro

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Hillsboro is Washington County’s largest city (population, approx. 91,000), as well as one of the oldest communities in the state. With the emergence of the technology sector, as part of the region’s “Silicon Forest,” the city’s large farming community shares zip codes with some of technology’s biggest and brightest names. The city’s quaint downtown area has transformed into an artists’ community with art galleries and studios, live music venues and community and professional theater companies.

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The Great Egret is one of many species of birds that have been spotted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (pictured) (Photo by John Wise)

Stop and smell the flowers at the Lloyd Baron Rhododendron Garden at Rood Bridge Park. Tended to by a group of volunteers, this community garden features hundreds of varieties of species and hybrids of rhododendrons, plus thousands of “companion” plants surrounded by walking paths, creeks and woodlands. Also in Hillsboro is Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, a 725-acre wildlife preserve featuring 4.5 miles of trails, wildlife viewing blinds, nature center and interpretive center that houses the only known authentic eagle’s nest on public display.

Discover

Hillsboro is home to two unique museums both appealing to all ages. The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals showcases the world’s finest collections of crystals, fossils, meteorites, petrified wood, gems and more.  Near the Hillsboro Airport is the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, a “living history” museum/working hangar focusing on aircraft from the jet age and Cold War era. This fall, these two museums will get a new neighbor, so to speak, when the venerable Washington County Museum moves into its new home in downtown Hillsboro.

Dine

Housed in the historic, former Hillsboro library, is Syun Izakaya, a popular local spot near Main Street.  Syun is modeled after small, rustic taverns that are popular gathering places in Japan, and is consistently rated as having the best sushi in the Greater Portland region, and has been included among the best in the U.S. In addition to sushi, and an impressive saké menu, other Japanese dishes are included on the lunch and dinner menus. Located in a rural area of Hillsboro are two “hidden gems”: Cruise In Country Diner, a ’50s-style burger and shake joint, and South Store Cafe, which specializes in sandwiches, soups and salads.   (For more dining options throughout Washington County, visit our website.)

Several farms in Hillsboro, such as the Smith Berry Barn (pictured), offer ready-picked or "u-pick" produce. (Photo by Allison George)

Explore

Main Street Hillsboro is filled with charm and a collection of shops that harken back to a simpler time. This artistic center of downtown Hillsboro features art galleries, live theater and more, and includes the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, which hosts live music, spoken word performances, informal lectures, art exhibits and art classes.  Also in downtown Hillsboro is the Venetian Theatre and Bistro, a bustling restaurant, movie and performance theater, which is home to local  professional theater company Bag&Baggage.

Antique shops, a book store, home-brewing supply store (home beer brewing, winemaking, soda making and cheese making supplies), bead store, garden shop, theater and restaurant align the historic main street. While on Main Street, check out the Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain, and old-timey store and soda fountain hangout serving  breakfast, lunch, ice cream.  or an old-fashioned malt, float or milkshake. (For more shopping options in Hillsboro, visit our Shopping in Hillsboro page.)

Pick

Although known for its high-tech contributions to the “Silicon Forest,” Hillsboro has a vast number of farms and farmers markets, making it a renowned agricultural zone, as well. More than two dozen nurseries and u-pick farms offer crops ranging from berries to pumpkins, while five farmers’ markets provide farm-fresh shopping nearly every day during peak season.  See the list of farms and farmers’ markets in Hillsboro.

Taste

Hillsboro is becoming the hub of Oregon’s Washington County’s burgeoning wine, beer and spirits scene. This area now is home to five wineries–Freja Cellars, Garden Vineyards, Helvetia Vineyards, J. Albin Winery and Oak Knoll Winery– three breweries– Ambacht Brewing, Vertigo Brewing and the brewery at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and Imbrie Hall– and Big Bottom Whiskey, the area’s only spirits tasting room.

 

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A Closer Look at Our Cities: Forest Grove

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by WCVA No Comments

This month we go westward for a closer look at Forest Grove, located in northwestern Washington County, a small city that transcends its college-town atmosphere with its exquisite wineries, unique stores, distinctive restaurants and historic lodge.

Forest Grove's iconic Main Street

Forest Grove, Oregon

Located in the foothills of the Coast Range at the base of the Tillamook State Forest, Forest Grove is home to Pacific University, unique restaurants, six wineries, one craft beer brewery and the world’s only American owned-and-operated large-production saké brewery.

Sip

Forest Grove boasts an impressive collection of placed to sip handcrafted beverages at the source–wineries and breweries. In addition to visiting the area’s artisans, two wine shops, both located on downtown’s Main Street, pour wines from around the world.  Or relax at one of Forest Grove’s coffee houses  or pubs.

Shop

Forest Grove’s collections of boutiques, ranging from antiques to art, provide a rewarding shopping experience, while a seasonal farmers’ market, farm stores and tree farms offer visitors more shopping options.

Dine

Forest Grove has a multiude of restaurants serving cuisine from the four corners of the world. Nosh on American comfort-food dishes,  pair a locally produced wine with your favorite Italian dish, explore Middle Eastern cuisine,  satisfy a craving for Mexican food, try Pad Thai or other Thai specialty, explore a buffet of your favorite Chinese dishes, or taste yummy baked delights from area bakeries and cafes.

Explore

Finding your way through downtown Forest Grove is now easier, thanks to its new way-finding signs, which connect visitors to the area’s key districts and points of interest.

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Forest Grove offers many events throughout the year, appealing to all interests, including these upcoming popular annual events:

Sleep

After a day (or two, or three) of exploration, you can be rest assured that Forest Grove has a selection of places to stay overnight, including

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A Closer Look at Our Cities: Sherwood

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments
Lavender Teahouse

The Lavender Tea House transports visitors to a bygone era.

Located in the southern part of Oregon’s Washington County, minutes from the college town of Newberg, is the small city of Sherwood.  With a population of more than 16,000, this city is steeped in tradition, and the historic “Old Town” is the community’s center. Antique and specialty shops, a tea house and historic buildings all serve as reminders of Americana and small-town living from another era.

Dine
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, visit  Fat Milo’s Family Kitchen, which prepares its entrees with seasonal ingredients. Or enjoy a spot of tea, scone and finger sandwich in a 126-year-old Queen Anne Victorian cottage at the Lavender Tea House (pictured). (For a complete list of restaurants in the area, visit our “Dining” section.)

Shop
Located in the rural landscape of Sherwood is Sleighbells Gift Shop, a year-round Christmas and all-season holiday gift shop featuring collectibles, decorations, gourmet food and fudge. Antique shops in Sherwood include the Railroad Street Antique Mall, set in the heart of Sherwood’s Old Town.

Sip
Sherwood is making a splash in with its award-winning and celebrated wineries. With six wineries (and counting), this burgeoning wine destination is worthy of exploration.

Alloro Vineyard

Alloro Vineyards, in Sherwood, Oregon, is one of several wineries in Washington County offering special Valentine's weekend tastings.

If you’re more into suds than grapes, visit Two Kilts Brewing Company, Sherwood’s only brewery tasting room.

Explore
Rich, fertile soils–perfect for growing various produce, plants, flowers, and, yes, wine grapes–give way to several “U-pick” farms featuring berries, flowers, gourds and more, depending on the season.  Check out these agriculture-related attractions to explore in Sherwood.

Oregon’s Washington County’s only national wildlife refuge, the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, also resides here. This national refuge features restored habitats, walking trails and is home to more than 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.

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Each year, Sherwood plays host to various events that showcase the fun, quirky spirit of this small town.

  • Tualatin River Bird Festival (May 18-20) is a three-day event featuring speakers, hands-on activities and photo opportunities for all ages.
  • Robin Hood Festival (July 20-21, 2012) is a two-day event featuring a parade, games, medieval court, archery competitions, contests, crowning of a Maid Marian and more.
  • Dressage at Devonwood (July 20-22), of one the most prestigious horse competitions in the state, is held annually at the DevonWood Equestrian Centre.
  • The Great Onion Festival returns to Sherwood this October, and features activities centered around onions, such as cooking contests, and eating contests (keep the tissues handy).

There are plenty of reasons to visit Sherwood while in Oregon, and dozens of reasons to come back! Use our Trip Planner tool to plan your Oregon’s Washington County and Sherwood getaway today.