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Holiday Events in the Tualatin Valley

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

Happy ho-ho-holidays! December is a prime time for travel, ranging from family getaways to visiting friends and family. Whatever brings you to the greater Portland region this winter, you’ll find that holidays are especially warm-and-fuzzy when celebrating with Oregonians! Beyond the holiday tree lightings and tax-free shopping events in the Tualatin Valley, we’ve rounded up a gaggle of other festive outings.

beaverton holiday decorations

All I Want for Christmas: Toy and Dolls We Remember
Runs through January 3| Washington County Museum | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.| $4-$6
Remember when all you wanted for Christmas was a dolly? This museum exhibit showcases iconic dolls through the years, from Scarlett O’Hara to Barbie.

Helvetia Christmas Festival
December 5-December 14| Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | free
Celebrate the holidays like they did in the good ol’ days with a warm drink to hold while you wait for your marshmallow to roast over the fire. The holiday tree farm’s gift shop smells of more than evergreens, but homemade lavender gifts, too!

Annual Holiday Market at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
December 7 | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse | noon to 5 p.m. | free
Wander the perimeter of the charming octagonal barn while sipping mulled wine and you’ll feel as festive as all get-out. Then up the ante even with holiday treats, décor and presents. Look out for the Dickens Carolers in Victorian garb!

Breakfast with Santa at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
December 13-14 | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse | 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. | $13-$18
Who wants to have breakfast with Santa? That’s just what the kids can do at this relaxing event, sharing a hot and toasty meal with the big guy in the red hat.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus
December 13 | Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood | 10:30 a.m. | free
Mrs. Claus loves to read to the elves—so she’s taking storytime to kids in the Tualatin Valley next!

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 13-14 | Forest Grove High School | 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. | $8-$12
Ballet Forest Grove presents its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Delight in the a classic story, magical sets and whimsical costumes.

Holidays on the Hill
December 13-14 | Plum Hill Vineyards | 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | free
What’s the holiday season without a little wine? This tasting room transforms itself into a quaint holiday shop for the weekend.

Live Theater

A Christmas Survival Guide
December4-21 | Broadway Rose New Stage | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | $20-$35
A light-hearted revue takes playful jabs at holiday traditions and holiday stresses.

Miracle on 43rd Street: A 1940s Holiday Radio Massacre
December4-23 | Venetian Theatre & Bistro | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | $22-$32
The Christmas classic gets a seedy makeover, complete with a mob boss!

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
December5-21 | HART Theatre | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | $11-$17
Be transported to the world of a bygone era, filled with the music and heart of the 1940s.

The Wines of Christmas
December 21 | Renaissance Wines | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $20
Enjoy a tasting of local wine and food pairings while enjoying the merriment of a holiday-themed reading.

Choral & Orchestra Events

Live Nativity Scene and Musical Open House
December 4-6 | Tualatin Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | free

ISing Noel: Christmas in France
December 5-7 | Bethel Congregational United Church | varying times | donations welcome

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir Winter Concert
December 10| Liberty High School | 4 p.m. | $2-$8

Spirit of Christmas: A Time for Joy
December 13 | Sherwood High School Performing Arts Center | 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | $6

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Annual Holiday Concert
December 19 | Walters Cultural Arts Center | 7:30 p.m. | $15-$20

Selections from Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus
December 19 | St. Matthew Catholic Church | 7:30 p.m. | $25

That’s a whole lot of holiday cheer for you—and we didn’t even include everything! For a full listing of holiday events, check out our events and festivals page.

Honor Oregon’s Veterans!

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
See what it was like in the cockpit for WWII veterans at the Classic Aviation Museum.

See what it was like in the cockpit for WWII veterans at the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum.

As the leaves turn and the farmers’ markets burst with the bounty of fall, it is easy to live and breathe in the now of Oregon’s Washington County: the Tualatin Valley. That said, our land is drenched in history. That history dates back to pioneer times. The Oregon pioneers who came to settle here not only invested themselves in the land and their new home state, but in their country, as well. In celebration of the upcoming Veterans Day, we’re highlighting places to learn about the veterans and how the Tualatin Valley has journeyed through our nation’s rich past.

Washington County Museum recently unveiled its fall exhibit, Washington County Goes to War, which sheds light on how Oregonians were affected by WWI and WWII. This exhibit features uniforms and memorabilia from the “greatest generation” of veterans of World War II. The exhibit not only explores veterans, but the family and loved ones that they left behind, featuring war’s effect for those on the home front. During the month of November, all veterans will be admitted free to the museum.

Some of our nation’s unsung heroes are the female pilots of WWII. Learn their story at Fly Girls: Women Pilots in World War II (November 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Walters Cultural Arts Center).  More than a thousand women private pilots flew integral missions in the 1940s, leading the way for women in aviation for years to come. No matter when you visit, aviation aficionados should check out the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum for restored aircrafts, engines and artifacts.

A museum with small town charm can be found at Old Train Station Museum. While the museum specializes in pieces of history from the “Red Electric” passenger station of the early 1900s, the space also includes 150 years’ worth of local history. Find suffragette posters, wartime photographs and letters from bygone times.

Enjoy the past, present and future of the Tualatin Valley, all while honoring our veterans, as well!

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Red, White & Blue Memorial Weekend

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

As the first in the line-up of summer holidays, Memorial Day can kind of sneak up on you. Just a week away, you still have time to plan a patriotic getaway. Below, we’ve correlated the colors of the American flag with the best-of-the-best in Memorial Weekend shenanigans.

Celebrate Memorial Day with red wine, white EasyGo Farm alpacas, and blue flowers from the Beaverton Farmers Market.

Celebrate Memorial Day with red wine, white alpacas from , and blue flowers from our the Beaverton Farmers Market.

Red Wine
Pinot is our favorite color. Oregon Wine Month goes out with a bang as the wineries of the Willamette Valley joyously open their doors for the annual Memorial Wine Weekend. Participating wineries are generally open May 24-26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check individual wineries for extended hours at select spots.

White Alpacas
Of course, white wine is also welcome on the Memorial Wine Weekend trail, but don’t miss out on the luxurious fluffy, white fleece at the Open Alpaca Barn (May 24-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free). Alpaca mothers and babies will be outside to welcome visitors, as will artists working on handspun yarn.

Blue flowers, berries and treats
While blueberry season won’t be in full swing until July, summer produce will be sprinkled among not one—but three!—fresh farmers markets. Choose from the Beaverton Saturday Market, Cedar Mill Farmers Market or the Hillsboro Saturday Farmers Market. Whether you want blue berries, blue blooms or a blue-frosted cookie, you’ll find it.

Remembering Our History
Of course, it’s important to remember the people who fought for the red, white and blue, too. In honor of Memorial Day, take a visit to the Washington County Museum (Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4-$6 admission). The exhibit “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County” tells the history of how Washington County came to have the largest Latino population north of Sacramento. This story includes not only how Mexican and Latino immigrants came to Oregon’s Washington County during World War II, but also how Mexico joined the Allies in 1942 to help find the Axis.  Come learn about this largely untold, yet fascinating and important slice of Oregon and world history.

Have a happy, safe and wonderful Memorial Weekend with us!

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Eco Earth Day

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Reap the rewards of Cooper Mountain Vineyards biodynamic practices: great Oregon wine!

Reap the rewards of Cooper Mountain Vineyards biodynamic practices: great Oregon wine!

With Earth Day on April 22, we hope you’ve been brainstorming how to give your home planet some extra love. Your environmental efforts don’t have to be put on pause when you’re traveling. In fact, Oregon’s Washington County may inspire new ways to bring green into your everyday. See below for a checklist of eco-activities to complete during your upcoming visit.

Earth inspires art and art inspires us to be better to our earth. Example, Art on Broadway’s series “Floating Worlds” by Thomas Eldridge (exhibit runs through May 3). A born-and-bred Oregonian, Eldridge’s paintings are abstract realism that feels simultaneously ethereal and earthy. With works like “Jousting Peacocks” and “Spawning Salmon” it’s easy to see how Eldridge’s dreamlike paintings resonate a deep connection to our terrestrial world.

The Tualatin Valley is home to a magnificent ecological history of volcanic proportions! To see what we mean, visit the Washington County Museum’s exhibit, Rocks and Minerals of the Pacific NW (April 21-April 26). Prepare for a sustainable future by learning about the amazingness of the Earth’s past via thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, agate, jasper, metallic ores, and gems.

Updating your spring wardrobe doesn’t have to bring a pang of guilt, especially when the clothes are second-hand ones. The semi-annual event for women Size 14-32, Curvy Chic Closet, is a hotspot for re-purposed and gently used plus size clothing and accessories (April 24-April 27, free to public).

Drinking red can be oh-so green with a jaunt along the Sustainable Wine Trail. Going beyond mere organic practices, Cooper Mountain Vineyards employs biodynamic farming. This approach means that high-quality wine is produced through the utmost respects of the vineyard’s unique ecosystem, from the lunar cycle to the chickens that peck bugs off the vine.

You’ll be wiped after checking all these eco-activities off of your to-do list. Get a good night’s sleep at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. The campground includes charming cabins that allow you to wake up next to some of the area’s best hiking trails—can’t get much closer to nature than that!

P.S. For even for eco-friendly goodness, check out Earth Mama Musings.

Let There Be Light

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
    Warm spring light trickles through the leaves of the Tree-2-Tree Adventure Park after daylight saving time.

Warm spring light trickles through the leaves of the Tree-2-Tree Adventure Park after daylight saving time.

How did your spring forward go? Daylight saving time is—especially at first—a double edge sword. Waking up in the dark hours is a bit rough at first, but the payoff comes in late pink sunsets that inspire evening walks, firing up the grill, or kick-starting a weekend getaway. All this talk of daylight saving time has got us thinking about the power of light in general, as well as all of the ways to (unconventionally) enjoy it.

Light Drawings from James Minden
Washington County Museum | exhibit runs thru April 13, 2014 | $6 admission
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Artists often worship natural light, creating the perfect focus to their compositions. Painter and printmaker James Minden, however, uses artificial light as his medium. This “light drawing” gives life to beautiful holograms. Catch a sneak peak here, though nothing compares to experiencing these pieces in person.

Glowing Greens Mini-Golf
3855 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton | $10 for 18 holes
Hours: Sunday-Thursday noon to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday noon to midnight
Even though daylight saving is in full effect, we still have many a rainy day ahead. Luckily we can still revel in the phosphorescent with the brand new Glowing Greens black light indoor miniature golf course. The alien invasion themed course includes the likes of Larry the alien. Strike the ball through his neon pink manicure!

Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park
2975 SW Nelson Road, Gaston | March 15 to November | Pricing varies
Romantic daredevils can sign up for the swoon-worthy “Sunset Zip, Sip and Savor Tours.” The evening includes a zip adventure, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a surprise gift. The real prize is feeling the warm, fading light on your skin as it trickles through the high-in-the-sky leaves. Get dates and reserve your spot today by calling 503-357-0109.

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Labor Day Getaway

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Last sun-drenched summer vines before harvest
The last sun-drenched summer vines before harvest.

The Labor Day holiday is a point of pride around these parts. It dates back to 1887 when Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday. Commemorating Labor Day in Oregon’s Washington County is an American and Oregon experience all-in-one.

Friday, August 30: Play ball!
As the Hillsboro Hops’ inaugural season comes to a close, cheer the team in their final home game. To get amped for the game, check out the Washington County Museum’s last few days of their fascinating Take Me Out to the Ball Game exhibit (exhibit closes September 1st).

Saturday August 31: Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour part 1
Embark on the 60-mile stretch of the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour. Brimming with wineries, farms, and picture perfect views, stop wherever the wind pulls you. We’ve laid out a few fun stops:

  • Nothing says vacation like a late brunch. Take your time at the South Store Café. Their house made granola and currant-speckled chicken salad offer bright, clean flavors in a homey environment.
  • Smith Berry Farm can help your garden transition with the seasons. Just peruse the hanging basket planters and specialty herbs. If you have room after brunch, then don’t miss out on a milkshakes made with fresh-picked fruit. You are on vacation after all…

Sunday September 1: Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour part 2
Helvetia Vineyards embraces Oregon’s history with its rustic property. The winery tour includes smoked salmon caught by members of Oregon’s Native American community.  

After the delicate salmon flavors, get a hearty dinner at Helvetia Tavern. Their menu says “jumbo burger.” They really do mean jumbo.

Monday September 2: Renaissance Revelry
The holiday weekend’s gone by fast. We can’t rewind, but we can go way, way, way back to Medieval times. It’s the Oregon Renaissance Festival last day so Middle Age buffoonery is sure to be in full effect. End the summer with a jousting match, mischievous witches, and a ginormous turkey leg.

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Blue Ribbons & Patriot Jets in One All-American Weekend

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Amazing feats of aviation at the Oregon International Air Show

Amazing feats of aviation at the Oregon International Air Show

A summer problem: two amazing events happening on the same day and—oh no!—you have to choose. What if you could do both? With the Washington County Fair and Oregon International Air Show a hop, skip and a jump away from each other, you can. Indulge in an Americana themed weekend, taking in the attractions of both the fair and a spectacular air show.

Getting out of the city for some all-American fun, two-ways, is just a MAX ride away. Take the blue line to the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport station. From here, you can access the Washington County Fairground or take a 1/3 mile stroll to the Oregon International Air Show. For more information on routes and schedules, visit www.trimet.org.

Friday July 26

Be a magpie and head toward the glitter first. The twinkling lights of the Washington County Fair’s 30-plus rides will be calling your name. To start, choose from The Cyclone or a whimsical merry-go-round.

More glitz can be found at the Air Show fireworks, which are the largest in Oregon.

Saturday July 27

Start your day on cloud nine, getting in the cockpit of military jets from all eras, thanks to the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum. Then, watch the Patriots Jet Team headline the Oregon International Air Show. The Patriots jet aerobatic team is composed of past Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, and Snowbirds. Watch their exclusive Tail Slide—where the aircraft slides backwards toward the ground—before sliding back to the fairgrounds for more carnival fun.

Peruse the Blue Ribbon entries until you’ve roused your appetite for some deep-friend Twinkies, cookie dough, or pop tarts. Or find out if the only thing better than bacon is deep friend bacon.

Settle your stomach and “don’t stop believing” at the Journey Revisted: Tribute to Journey concert, playing on the music stage from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday July 28

Ready to explore more of Hillsboro? Visit the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” exhibit at the Washington County Museum and take in a Hillsboro Hops game to round out your Americana weekend.

Fair and Air Show information:

Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair Complex
873 NE 34th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR
July 25-28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Free admission

Oregon International Air Show
Hillsboro Airport
Northeast Cornell Road
Hillsboro, OR
July 26-28, Friday from 6:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.
General Admission for Adults is $20 in advance or $25 after July 19
General admission for kids 6-12 is $12 in advance or $15 after July 19
Special packages available

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Itinerary: The Hidden Gems of Hillsboro

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Explore the “hidden gems” of Hillsboro, Oregon with an itinerary filled with must-see attractions that may not be well-known to visitors or locals alike.  These finds definitely are worth a visit!

Start with a hearty lunch at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern. The Rock Creek Tavern opened in the mid-1920s as a small country store, and in 1933 the then owners served the first post-Prohibition beers at the store. Rumor has it that Clint Eastwood and members of the bands Santana, The Eagles and Tower of Power once stopped here, and in 1989, scenes of the Tom Berenger film Love at Large were filmed here. This spot has a storied history; read more about it here. (Open daily for lunch and dinner; live music every evening)

The Crystal Gallery at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Next, stop at the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, recognized as the finest mineral museum in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the U.S. The museum houses an impressive variety of fossils, meteorites, petrified woods, gems and rocks curated from around the world. Situated in former 1952 residence of Richard and Helen Rice, the structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 for its distinctive architectural style and use of natural stone and native Oregon woods. (Open Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; admission is $8 for adults, $7 for adults 60+ and students ages 5-17)                  

Refuel with coffee from Longbottom Coffee & Tea, one of the region’s pioneering roasting companies. Founded in 1981, Longbottom specialized in hot-air roasting coffee beans for more than 25 years. In 2003, Longbottom was certified organic, and today the facility is used as a training location for organic inspectors.  (Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

The tour’s next stop is the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, located next to the Hillsboro Airport. This living history museum of aviation artifacts is actually a working hangar, with all aircraft still in flying condition, or being restored to flying condition. Military jets from all eras as well as passenger jets are on display, and the museum offers educational and hands-on experiences for all ages. (Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; donations requested)

Final stop for the day is the Washington County Museum, which moved into its expanded space in November 2012 with its newest and largest exhibit, “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.” This interactive traveling exhibit, which was put together by NASA and is part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, has traveled to several cities and states throughout the country.  Also on display is “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County,” which takes a look at this unique temporary labor program that brought more than 215,000 workers to work at farms in Washington County during WWII.  (Open Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Admission: $6, adults; $4 children ages 4 and older)

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New Exhibit: Hubble Space Telescope

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Angie Marsh No Comments

Debuting both a new exhibit and a new exhibit space, the Washington County Museum is launching “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe,” at the Hillsboro Civic Center, which will run from Nov. 17, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

Explore the discoveries of the Hubble at this exhibition in Hillsboro.

This exhibit explores the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope since its launch in 1990. A model Hubble telescope will be displayed, and visitors can participate in hands-on activities about how the telescope works. In addition, the exhibit includes Hubble games, infrared light technology and images captured by Hubble of planets, galaxies and black holes.

Regular hours starting Nov. 17 for the new Washington County Museum are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to members, $6 for adults and $4 for children. The museum is inside the Hillsboro Civic Center, which is located at 150 E. Main Street.


Rainy Days Are Here Again

Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art & Craft

It’s no secret that it rains in Oregon. Locals don’t let the rain stop them from enjoying the Pacific Northwest; however, for those who’d rather stay indoors, we have the ultimate guide to rainy-day activities.

Welcome to “Beervana,” and grab a brew made right here in Oregon’s Washington County at one of several craft breweries and brew pubs in the area. Each location offers a variety of craft beers and many offer seasonal brews. If you’re just not that into beer, stop at a wine bar or wine shop.

Catch a flick in style at Cinetopia, a first-run movie theater with ultra-luxurious seating, wine and beer options and pre-movie dining service in some theaters. It’s an experience unlike any other. (Or check out one of these movie theaters in the area.)

Spend hours at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, which boasts a spectacular collection of crystals, meteorites, petrified woods, gems and more from around the world. Or discover new worlds at the Washington County Museum. (See the list of all museums and historical sites in Washington County.)

Discover new artists or create your own masterpiece. Washington County has several art galleries filled with art from emerging artists, as well as established artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. At Live, Laugh, Love Glass glass-blowing studio learn how to create glass works of art.  Take in an evening (or weekend matinee) theater production or musical concert from one of Washington County’s many live performance companies.

Shopping is always tax-free in Oregon’s Washington County, and visitors can splurge at the area’s retail centers, boutiques and antique shops. Bibliophiles need to look no further than the shelves of Powell’s Book at Cedar Hills Crossing, a smaller version of the immense Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. At 32,500 square feet and housing more than 500,000 used, new, rare and hard-to-find titles, book lovers can get lost in this amazing store.

If a little rain doesn’t prevent you from exploring the great outdoors, there are dozens of outdoor activities that are open rain or shine. So, kick off your rain boots (or put them on), and explore the wonders of Oregon’s Washington County.

Check out our “hot deals,” find a hotel/motel, and plan your Washington County getaway today.