This past weekend was full of love, quality time & remembering those who have served our country. With two or three days off, many people enjoyed it at local parks, events & memorials. The weather was beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest & there was no reason not to embrace it. I love to tell people Oregon has everything. The mountains, the beaches, wineries & the crazy weather. We have our big cities, but you also get that small town feel in every little place you stop.
We have had a small glimpse of summer recently, with temperatures in the high 80’s. As Oregonians, we do our best to enjoy the outdoors during the rainy months, but once the sunshine is out, it is always more enjoyable. There is no shortage of outdoor activities and events coming up here in Portland & the surrounding cities. Living in Newberg, we have a bucket list of summer events that are happening in our own town. I will be writing about those in a new post next week!
Local Attractions & Events:
Oregon Zoo: The Oregon Zoo has been open since 1888 & has continued to be one of the biggest attractions on the West Coast. It has a wide variety of animal exhibits, educational centers & they put on concerts during the summer months. Located in Portland, the zoo is a great day trip for families & small groups. From my previous blog post, “What Mother’s Day Taught Me About Family”, I shared our visit to the Zoo & ways to make the day run smoothly.
UPCOMING: Every “First Tuesday” of the month is $4 entry. Check their website for all the details, as it is right around the corner!
Rose Festival City Fair: Food, entertainment & fun are all mixed into this event that helps kick off the Portland Rose Festival. The City Fair started last weekend for Memorial Day and continues for a few weeks. Located in downtown Portland, the event offers concerts, exhibits, carnival rides & delicious food from the area.
The waterfront carnival set-up and cityscape backdrop make this event a picturesque scene of fun. Admission is free for the littles under 6. The City Fair also leads into the varies parades, carnivals & concerts that come along with the Rose Festival.
Wineries & Tastings: Have a bit of more a sophisticated palette? If you haven’t had the chance to experience Oregon wine country, the Memorial Day weekend was the big kick-off for the Pinot Summer season.
There are tasting rooms & vineyards galore here. We live right in the middle of wine country & you cannot go wrong with any of the area’s offerings. Here is a wonderful guide to get you started on your wine country trip.
Ribbon Springs Vineyard by Kent Derek Studio
Disc Golf Tournament: Many local sports have tournaments & events during the summer. Softball & baseball are just a few, but there is a sport that has begun to gain popularity here in Oregon. On Sunday, Matt played in a disc golf tournament in Dallas, Oregon. It is a sport that he has been enjoying for three years now & we love watching him play. Each course is unique & different, which makes it fun. We have also gained some long-lasting friendships from the sport.
For paying & participating in the tournament, they all received what they call a “player’s pack”, which consists of a new disc golf shirt, discs, a raffle ticket & a reusable scorecard to use while playing. This is just one of the many fun things that come along with participating in disc golf events.
Learning the basics of disc golf is one of my goals this summer & can become yours to. Search & look for a course around you. Many cities have leagues & meet-ups that you can be a part of as well.
Hiking: Waterfalls, rivers, a walk around the park…you can do all three in one day if you would like in Oregon. We explored Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland. They have hiking trails, horse trails, paved & bicycle trails. The forest rests right outside of the city & it was a quick drive from Newberg. It was quiet, peaceful & a nice hike for a family.
The trees keep it shaded & cool, while the paved pathways allow a stroller to be used. I love babywearing so we used the carrier throughout the entire trip with both Scarlett & my nephew. Be sure to download or have map handy to stay on track!
Beach Trips & Camping: If camping is your niche, Oregon is made for this! I can’t tell you how many times growing up our parents loaded all four of us kids up & took us on a three-day adventure right before Summer break. These days, be sure to book your camping spots & yurts far in advanced in Oregon, especially anywhere on the Coast.
A quick day trip is always an option too. There is the aquarium in Newport, whale watching in Depoe Bay or beach combing for treasures in Lincoln City.
There are plenty of activities & events here in Oregon through out the summer that you & your family can participate in. We cannot wait to start scratching some of these off of our bucket list. What events are coming up in your area? Be sure to let me know if you are visiting Oregon as I love to meet all my readers!