Head for the trees on a 6-line zip line course. (Photo credit: Tree to Tree Adventure Park)
Paddle the peaceful waters of the Tualatin River. (Photo credit: Washington County Visitors Association)

If you’re the type of outdoor adventurer who can also appreciate a fine meal and a fine wine, Oregon’s Washington County has an adventurecation for you. Paddle the Tualatin River and go zipping through the trees, then explore the wine country that lies just outside the city limits. When you’re ready for urban adventure, head to Portland for culinary exploration.

Start your adventure with a guided paddle trip on the Tualatin River. With quiet, meandering waters, the Tualatin offers a perfect opportunity for beginner paddlers to get their feet wet, while more experienced kayakers will appreciate the variety of wildlife along the winding river. Keep your eyes peeled and your paddles steady as you search for beaver, turtles, great blue heron, osprey and red-tailed hawks on a guided kayaking trip with Tualatin Riverkeepers.

When you’ve finished your peaceful paddle, travel to Cooper Mountain Vineyards. Recently voted one of the most popular pinot noirs by Wine & Spirits Magazine, Cooper Mountain also offers pinot gris, pinot blanc and chardonnay. After your tasting, escape to McMenamins Grand Lodge, where European-style guestrooms, original artwork and historical photographs pay homage to the history of Forest Grove and the building itself. Enjoy a casual dinner, the outdoor soaking pool or toss a disc on the 10-hole disc golf course.

The next day, it’s time to head for the trees. Get zipping on the 6-line course at Tree to Tree Adventure Park, or challenge yourself with the Aerial Obstacle Course, with 48 total elements and 12 zip lines. Either way, you’ll enjoy the playground in the trees and the gorgeous views from above.

Afterward, it’s time to come back to the ground and set your compass toward Portland. Before settling into your digs at The Governor Hotel, fuel up with a delicious dinner at Imperial, where Chef Vitaly Paley has mastered classic Pacific Northwest cuisine with an elegant, soulful menu.

about author Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two young boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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