When it comes to vacation planning, nothing is more valuable than the local scoop. So, we turned to, Scott Palmer, Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage Productions. Scott leads the top notch professional theater company through classics-with-a-twist like the upcoming adaptation of King Lear at the Venetian Theatre, Lear. As a 36-year local of Oregon’s Washington County, he has the ultimate tips.
What makes Bag&Baggage so special?
It’s not only a theatre company, but part of the fabric of the community. We play a crucial role in the creative and cultural life of this community, providing high quality, innovative and provocative live theatre. We attract visitors from all across the state—and nation—with our our unique takes on classic drama…This ain’t your momma’s suburban theatre company.
What do you love most about interacting with visitors?
Visitors often tell me how surprised and thrilled they are to find such quality, innovative theatre in “sleepy little Hillsboro!” It always cracks me up! I know (as does everyone else who makes Hillsboro home) that Hillsboro hasn’t been “sleepy” for a long, long time.
What’s one can’t-miss attraction for visitors?
Wine, wine, wine. Washington County boasts some of the most incredible, delectable, and inspiring wines in the universe. Did I mention the wine?
Describe a perfect day in Washington County.
Grab a cup of coffee at Insomnia Coffee Company to take on a morning walk through Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve with gorgeous wildlife. Hop in the car and drive to Forest Grove for lunch at 1910 Main before wine tasting along Highway 47 (making sure to hit up Montinore Estate). Return to Hillsboro for the best sushi on this side of Japan at Syun Izakaya. Finish with dessert and a cocktail at the stunning Venetian Theatre!
What’s a “hidden gem” of the area?
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals has one of the world’s largest collections of crystals and is in an amazing home listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Where do you go when you want some seriously good grub?
My all-time favorite is Amelia’s Mexican Restaurant. The best thing on the menu is the Cazuela De Bistecisa—the thinly cut steak, chorizo, grilled cactus, onions, and jalapenos are so. freaking. good.
What should visitors take home as a souvenir?
A Hillsboro Hops baseball cap.
Describe Oregon’s Washington County in 5 words or less.
Authentic. Inspiring. Ambitious. Surprising.