10 Awesome Ways to Enjoy Spring Break in and Around the Tualatin Valley

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Scenically situated between downtown Portland and the Oregon Coast, the Tualatin Valley is an ideal getaway in the Pacific Northwest. –Tualatinvalley.org

Did you know that Spring Break is just around the corner? How are you planning to spend your “Spring Break-Cation”?

If you’re planning to visit the Greater Portland Area then be sure to check out Grand Hotel Bridgeport’s rooms and suites to see our broad range of top-of-the-line accommodations.

But what’s Spring Break without activities? Get ready to fill up your itinerary and bid Winter a fond adieu with these fun Spring Break Ideas-

Rock Out on Your Night Out
Downtown Tigard – 3rd Friday of every month
Spend your night out wine crafting, food munching, glass blowing, and generally jamming out to awesome local bands at the Downtown Tigard Night Out. If it’s your first time in Tigard then you’re practically obligated to explore the heart of the city and there’s no better time to do it!

Paint(ball) The Town Red
What’s a little paint among friends? Welcome the sun’s return by running through Impact Action Sports‘ numerous paintball fields and engaging in some high-energy fun. Rentals of all equipment are available on site with deals starting at $45.00 per person for field-use, equipment, and 500 paintballs. If you already have your own paintball gear then you just pay to participate (and rent paintballs as needed). This activity’s highly recommended for anyone looking to let off a little steam.

Spend a Day Exploring Tualatin Valley
Lose yourself in the incredible Tualatin Valley and spend the day exploring its Nature Parks and Wildlife Preserves. Be sure to pack binoculars and get in some quality wildlife watching of its 200 bird species, 50 animal species, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Looking for a little physical activity? How about paddle boarding and kayaking down the Tualatin River? Of course, you could also spend the day doing a little fishing if that floats your boat (pun sadly intended).

At the end of your day catch a glimpse of an incomparable sunset and reflect on a day well spent. Besides, it’s Spring Break, you can always sleep in tomorrow.

Art Spot While You Walk
SE Portland Artwalk – March 5th – 6th
Are you an art lover? Or do you subscribe to the old adage “I don’t know art but I know what I like?” Either way the SE Portland Artwalk has something for you. View the works of over 70 artists as you visit studios, workspaces, galleries, and businesses within Portland’s SE Area. Ideal for anyone seeking to be inspired.

Tee Off
Fore! Looking to get some time on the green this Spring Break? Head on out to one of Oregon’s top rated golf courses, Langdon Farms Golf Club. Not only is it located very close to our hotel but it provides impeccably maintained courses and excellent service. There’s a reason it was named the “#1 Course to Host a Golf Event in Oregon” by The Portland Business Journal.

Of course, maybe you’re looking for something a little more casual, in which case grab your club and visit the Tualatin Island Greens. Driving ranges? They have you covered. Nighttime mini golf? You’d better believe it. Individual and group lessons are also provided should your golf game be in need of some help.

Join The Shamrock Run
Downtown Portland – March 13th
It’s not just the largest running event in Portland, it’s the second-largest of the US West Coast! Eight bands will serenade you with live music as you make your way from Waterfront Park through these event runs, with options for Half-Marathon, 5k, 8k, and 15k runs.

As if that wasn’t good enough, all participants will get a green t-shirt (it IS a Shamrock Run after all), a 12-ounce pour of Widmer Brothers Beer (21 and over), Smoked Salmon Chowder, and even a medallion should you finish the Half-Marathon or 15k. It’d make a heck of a story to tell friends when you head back home from your trip.

Register early to guarantee your spot and the best of luck to you!

…Or Join the St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
Downtown Portland – March 10th – 12th
If the Shamrock Run sounds a little intense you can always take part in Portland’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl! On March 10th through March 12th starting at 5PM you can visit some of the cities top bars and pubs and enjoy the best drink specials around.

Get Your Munch On
Beaverton Winter Market – 1st and 3rd Saturdays of February, March, April
For foodies a vacation’s all about the culinary experience. We get that. If it’s restaurants you’re after we can certainly name a couple, such as Tasty N Adler,  Andina Restaurant, and Tin Shed Cafe.

Of course, perhaps you’re more interested in interacting with local producers and sampling foods and ingredients. If this is the case then the Beaverton Winter Market is a must-add for your list. Enjoy a little hand-crafted sorbet while you ponder whether trying Big Bottom Whiskey is a good idea (it is). You’re bound to leave the market with your hands full but it’ll be worth it. 

Visit one of our beautiful Vineyards
Wine and the scenic beauty of nature, that’s what awaits you in here in the Willamette Valley. Doesn’t sound bad, does it? Many agree with you which is why the Oregon Wine Country is among the top wine destinations in the world. Visit the Cooper Mountain, Oak Knoll, Ponzi, A Blooming Hill, and Ardiri Winery vineyards for a day of relaxation and relaxation. For the “Grand” Oregon Wine experience, book our Wine Tour Package.

Take to the Skies
Vista Balloon Adventures – Season Starts April
There’s something about spring that instills the desire to soar. Vista Balloon Adventures takes you on a 3-hour adventure over the Great Oregon area to see volcanoes, the Willamette River, the far-reaching wine country, and even fellow balloon riders! The ride is hands-on, meaning you can lend a hand with the inflating/deflating of the balloon if you’re game. If not that’s okay too, come along for the incredible vistas and wonderful weather.

Be sure to also check out Floatin’ On Air Balloon Adventures in nearby Wilsonville!

If you’re looking for more recommendations like,

Glass Art Masterpieces in Tigard and Hillsboro
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Craft Beer Tour of the Tualatin Valley

then be sure to visit tualatinvalley.org or check-out our Local Activities page for further suggestions on how to enjoy yourself this Spring Break.

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