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The Great Outdoors, Just Outside Town

In a matter of minutes, you can go from driving the busy streets of downtown Portland to roaming parks, trails and outdoor activities in Tualatin Valley. The 33-kilometer Banks-Vernonia State Trail runs along abandoned railroad tracks that once powered Oregon’s lumber industry and provides hikers and bikers with both a sense of this state’s history and a slice of its natural beauty. Several companies offer kayaking on the peaceful Tualatin River. Those looking for a more heart-thumping adventure can zip line over a canyon and massive trees with Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours, or try one of several escapades at Tree to Tree Adventure Park including traditional zip lining, zip lining races, and “monkey climbs” up 12-meter trees.

 

 

Time for Wine

Nothing pairs quite as well with relaxation and peaceful scenery as a bottle of fine wine. Luckily, there are 30 amazing wineries scattered around the area. One of the more popular is Union Wine Co., which makes wines under three labels and is known for its tasty red and white wines in a can. Another favorite is the internationally renowned Ponzi Vineyards, where you can choose from several touring and tasting options in a sleek, modern winery set in the gorgeous Chehalem Mountains. If sake is more your thing, check out SakéOne, Oregon's only sake brewery. The home-based brewery offers Junmai Ginjo sake (made of rice, water, yeast and koji – and no additives).

 

 

Fresh from the Farm

Explore the Tualatin Valley’s rich agricultural heritage and character through art, markets and other attractions throughout the area. The Quilt Barn Trail includes a series of 59 painted wooden quilt panels that tell a story about local farms and agricultural businesses. Some of Oregon’s best fresh local produce, artisan food products and alcoholic beverages can be found at the Beaverton Farmers Market, which also offers live entertainment. Take a more hands-on approach at Smith Berry Barn, where visitors can pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more.

Fun Fact

David Hill Vineyards in Forest Grove, Oregon
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Tualatin Valley has the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley, with grapes planted in 1965 still producing wine at David Hill Vineyards.

Enjoying tax-free shopping in Tualatin Valley, Oregon
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The state of Oregon has no sales tax, which means you can shop tax-free at premier shopping centers and local retailers across the Tualatin Valley.

Dishes from Nak Won, a Korean restaurant in Beaverton, Oregon
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In this culturally diverse region, acclaimed global cuisine and festivals celebrate diversity year-round at events such as the Beaverton Night Market, Latino Cultural Festival and Rang Barse Festival of Colors.

Cannon Beach, a popular coastal destination not far from Tualatin Valley, Oregon
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