Stop and smell the flowers at Al’s Garden Center. This unique garden center shares locally-grown plants in a state-of-the-art facility. In fact, the retractable roof adjusts depending on the weather to ensure that plants and plant-lovers are perfectly sheltered on drizzly days. In addition to Oregon’s best flora, find sweet workshops (terrariums anyone?) and a plethora of locally-made gifts.
Next, let the knitters in the family sit passenger seat so they can knit, crochet or simply get drive-by ideas along the Quilt Barn Trail. Find hand-painted blocks with quilt patterns mounted upon rustic structures in the Tualatin Valley. We suggests making a point to see the panel at Gates Century Farm (32720 NW Hornecker Road, Hillsboro) because its panel’s quilt pattern is called the “Grandmother’s Fan.”
For a family-friendly lunch that everyone in the family—from every generation—will love, head to the Cruise In Country Diner. The diner, decked out in classic car memorabilia from the 1950s-1960s, will thrill nostalgia and maybe evoke some great memories from the grandparents. While the décor is old school, the menu is decidedly new school with and sustainable local produce and meats paired with tasty local beer and wine.
With easy parking and easy-to-navigate downtown streets, lodging in the Tualatin Valley is extra easy with both grandparents and kids in tow!