Discover the Wonders of Spring in Tualatin Valley
Things to See and Do This Spring and Beyond
Say “hello” to Spring! In the Pacific Northwest, spring means temperatures in the 60s, light rains, blossoming trees and the annual anticipation of “bud break” in the vineyards. Here are the some of the seasonal treats we look forward to this time of year, and we hope you will come see for yourself why these are some of the most popular things to do during springtime.
Crisp, cool spring weather brings many opportunities for outdoor adventure. Zip over Brunswick Canyon at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours, a 2.5-hour zip tour. At Tree to Tree Adventure Park, master the aerial ropes course, fly through trees in the zip-line park, or climb a tree in the Monkey Grove.
Nature and Wildflower Walks
With wildflowers in bloom and the bird migration at its peak, spring is an ideal time of year to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the sights and sounds of our nature parks. These nature parks color the landscape with nature plants and flowers, which attract the migrating birds.
With wildflowers aplenty, Cooper Mountain Nature Park provides a perfect spring walk with spectacular views of the valley. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge provides a relaxing walk along the river and through different natural habitats. Jackson Bottom Wetlands and Killin Wetlands Nature Park are ideal for springtime bird watching.
Cycling and Hiking
With spring flowers in bloom, explore the region with a bicycle ride (or easy hike) along the car-free Banks-Vernonia State Trail, one of the region’s most popular multi-use trails, or the new Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, which overlooks the valley. This is a great way to view the wonders of the Tualatin Valley.
Explore Oregon Wine
During the spring months, the grapevines have yet to bloom, but it is during this season when new vintages of wines are starting to blossom. Tualatin Valley has more than 30 wineries, each showcasing exquisite Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rosé, and dozens of other varietals. Our tasting rooms are welcoming, and best of all, no experience is required (but reservations are recommended).
Dine Al Fresco
Portland is already known for its food cart pods, and Tualatin Valley is also seeing growth in this trend. Outdoor dining is more popular than ever. The region’s newest pods–Carts on Main in Hillsboro and Zesti Food Carts in Forest Grove–join the popular BG’s Food Cartel in Beaverton, each offering a diverse array of foods.
In late spring, Tualatin Valley becomes awash in fields of maroon clover. As these red clover fields become peppered with white as spring turns into summer, you’ll have a driver-side view of one of Oregon’s most beautiful crops. Our favorite clover fields can be spotted along Helvetia Road, just north of Highway 26. Another favorite spot is across from the tasting room at Ruby Vineyards.
From birdwatching and cycling to zipline tours and wine tasting, come see why spring is such a magical time in Tualatin Valley.
You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the wines. From the novice to the aficionado, all are welcome to explore our estate wineries.
Our wetlands, nature parks, wildlife refuges, forests and waterways are ideal for hiking, cycling, paddling and more.