30800 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone: (503) 682-2288
Fax: (503) 682-1088
Molalla River State Park is a diverse park that has an untamed feel, yet it offers much to do. The beautiful river is host to a variety of birds, reptiles and even deer. Towering cliffs provide plenty of opportunity for cautious diving and the fishing is good. Boating is allowed or you can catch the ferry. This is a wonderful spot for a reunion or gathering. Otherwise, there is no day-use fee. Bring the Frisbee, dog and kids for a memorable afternoon.
This fun farm is only 25 minutes out of town and covers 75 acres. Kids of all ages can get a close view of chickens, rabbits, turkeys and goats. You can also pick flowers and vegetables when they are in season. An added bonus: Tillamook Ice Cream serves up frozen scoops. The Halloween Pumpkin Fest happens every weekend in October. Bring your flashlight for the nighttime hay and corn mazes or the haunted trail.
Learn more about precious forests at this center owned and run by the World Forestry Center. Located about a half-hour out of the city on wooded Parrett Mountain, the farm offers many forest-related activities. Hike on any of three trails (including a wheelchair-accessible paved path), view demonstrations of woodland management, or climb the 60-foot fire tower. A great place to picnic, the facility also rents cabins and hosts a camp for kids.
Champoeg is thought to be the true birthplace of Oregon, and therefore has been well preserved since 1843. As home to several festivals throughout the year, including the historical Indian Summer Folklife Festival and pageant held in the Champoeg Amphitheater, it has become very popular. The Amphitheater here is one of the newest additions to the park, built in 1993. However, many older buildings can be found, including the 1901 dedicated pavilion, Pioneer Church and the Visitors Center and Newellsville Museum Store. Daily 7AM
Located 20 miles south of Portland on what was formerly a 20-acre fruit farm, this vineyard and winery has great architectural detail, having left the fruit drying caves intact. Located on the grounds is a tasting room where visitors can try the highly-praised and multiple award-winning Rex Hill Pinot Noir, Reserve Chardonnay and other great wines. Weddings, social and corporate events can be held here by reserving the winery's tasting room (seating up to 100). The entire first floor of the winery including balconies and the Rex Hill Amphitheater can be rented as well. Bottles of Rex Hill wine can be purchased on-site for USD7 to USD20. Tours are available by appointment.
Owned and operated by a six generation Oregon family, Willamette Farms produces hazelnuts and Pinot noir as well as Christmas trees, arbor vitae, and apples.
This is an impressive site from almost any vantage point along State Highway 99 East and Interstate 205 near Oregon City. The Willamette River pours more than 40 feet of water over a basaltic ridge built in the 1870s. From certain locations, the falls appear to be completely round, dropping into a hole, while the actual shape is a huge half circle, built to direct traffic around the river. A view from West Linn can be used to watch boats along the river, while the Oregon City side offers frequent turnouts.
See Oregon's first covered wagon. It is here along with an old pharmacy and another first Oregon's first operating able. Seeing that will make you glad you do not need 19th Century medical care. The collections here are more significant than numerous, but the display guides are informative and well done. Admission are free.
Clackamas County is the 'country' southeast of Portland and offers a lot, ranging from wine and cheese tasting and country fairs to outdoor concerts and rodeos. Truly a taste of Oregon, the attractions include Mt. Hood, the ghost that looms in the distance, and the End of the Trail Interpretive Center, where covered wagons house tales of the pioneers who came to the Northwest. The council has information on all of it and the web site can help you plan your day of fun out here.
There are only four municipal elevators in the world, and Oregon City is home to one of them. In 1915, the Oregon City Municipal Elevator was erected to bridge the gap between the lower part of town and the new upper bluff. The original water-powered lift took a full three minutes to travel a short distance. When switched to electricity in 1924, the ride took a mere 30 seconds. The current elevator was constructed in 1955 and is still in operation.
Built in 1907, this museum was once the home of prominent citizens of Oregon, Mary Elizabeth Crawford and Harley Stevens. It still contains the original antique furnishings of both the owners and other long passed prominent citizens of this area. The classic foursquare architectural style was popular in the 1910s and '20s so tours through the museum are like taking a trip back in time to the turn of the century.
Historic Oregon City is the home of the third house ever built in the Oregon Territory, and Clackamas County's oldest house. The Ermatinger House was erected by one of Oregon's prominent citizens, Francis Ematinger, a Portuguese native who was schooled in England and was a former Hudson's Bay employee. Ermatinger arrived in Portland in 1825, made his mark in Oregon retail and government, and erected this house in 1845. Tours and living history teas are offered to the public.