You may not have heard of Tualatin Valley, but you will recognize Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club just outside of Portland, Oregon. Famous for hosting notable LPGA and USGA Championships, this is just one of a series of good golf courses in Tualatin Valley which is a rural launchpad for adventurous day trips. Murals of Tiger line the wall in the clubhouse of Pumpkin Ridge, commemorating his big amateur wins on the Witch Hollow private course. Visitors enjoy the public Ghost Creek course which meanders through the forest and along a shallow canal that may consume a few balls.
The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club is equally fun play and has hosted prestigious PGA events. Golf Digest has honored The Reserve with a 4 1/2-star rating in its bi-annual “Best Places to Play” issue since 2002. 20 minutes from downtown Portland makes it a popular city escape. Don’t let the name fool you. There is no winery here but the wine region in Tualatin Valley is extensive and special due to gentle growing conditions and soil drainage. From Ponzi Vineyards’ Historic Estate Winery to Lady Hill Winery, Apolloni Vineyards, David Hill, Risdall and the biodynamic duo of Cooper Mountain and Montinore Estate, there are over 30 scenic wineries in the region. All contributed to Willamette Valley being named the 2016 Wine Region of the year by Wine Enthusiasts.
The Embassy Suites Portland/Hillsboro is a central spot for taking day trips to golf, wineries, Columbia River Gorge, 80 miles of rugged coastline, or The Hoods. Mt. Hood is snowcapped and skied year-round and Hood River is the birthplace of kite boarding. At Hagg Lake anglers might cast and catch rainbow trout, bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie and bullhead catfish. Kayakers and paddle boarders head to the rivers and lakes. After exploring, the British Manor Spa aims to soothe the body and soul, perhaps with a cup of tea, massage or array of special services. Ask for the neck towel.
Tualatin Valley’s culinary scene is eclectic. Syun Izakaya roll out great sushi and Japanese specialties. Decarli Restaurant serves authentic and abundant cuisine inspired by Chef Paul DeCarli’s Italian/Swiss/American roots. Mingo in Beaverton Round’s central piazza, a modern urban park, is convenient for office lunches and destined for fine diners. ABV Public House offers new-American cuisine and 50 craft beers on tap along with full bar options in an industrial park, a favorite for local lunches and musical entertainment.
Fly into Portland, the vibrant river city filled with arts and entertainment. Stay in value packed Tualatin Valley for proximity to astounding adventure, golf and wineries.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?