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…
- Let the afternoon fade at Ponzi Vineyard’s Historic Estate in Beaverton, where you’ll be comforted that the summer’s end brings harvest season into view.
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.