Trip to Oregon’s Washington County
Trip To Oregon’s Washington County
After the buzz of the holidays has worn off and the New Year’s resolutions are all but forgotten, there is still much to be excited about during these winter months. Located 90 minutes from Mt. Hood, a popular winter destination, and less than 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon’s Washington County is a hot cool-weather destination with many things to do, see and taste.
With more than 35 wineries and tasting rooms, wine lovers will enjoy flights of fancy with tastes of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and other varietals. Visitors can map out a self-guided wine tour or drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 60-mile journey through rural towns and the north Willamette Valley farm and wine country.
After a wine tour of the area, weary travelers can settle in to a warm and cozy coffeehouse. The Pacific Northwest is known for its coffee, and Oregon’s Washington County has a great selection of local roasters and coffeehouses, great places to sip in the local flavor and culture of the destination.
Although it’s located just minutes from the bustling city of Portland, Washington County bursts with natural rural beauty, and nature lovers, cyclists and hikers gravitate to Washington County to take advantage of the area’s many outdoor attractions.
For cyclists, the 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway is a challenging and scenic ride through rural towns. The bikeway features the best of the northern Willamette Valley, from friendly downtowns to fertile farmlands and lush natural areas. Hikers also have variety of nature trails and forested pathways from which to choose, each providing amazing and picturesque views.
Winter months are prime sightings for bald eagles, red tail hawks, turkey vultures and other birds of prey. Birders and nature lovers flock to watch these birds in action at the area’s protected wildlife preserves and nature parks.
Navigating the more than a dozen sites is made easier with the newly published Nature Passport, a guide to all of the prime bird and wildlife watching sites and outdoor recreation spots throughout Oregon’s Washington County.
From bird watching to wine tasting, and many things in between, plan your own Oregon’s Washington County winter getaway.