Named “One of America’s Best Shopping Streets” in 2012 by US News & World Report, Northwest 23rd Avenue is the quintessential charming shopping neighborhood filled with upscale national retailers, restaurants in their own elegant storefronts surrounded by quaint shops carved out of vintage houses with unique gifts for every occasion — all within an easy walk of each other — and nestled beneath a beautiful forest with ample hiking and walking trails.
Here and within a few walking blocks, you'll find a bevy of delights for the senses; Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma, Kitchen Kaboodle, Doscha Salon & Spa, Free People, Moonstruck, Papa Hayden's, JoBar, Dazzle, Sammy's Flowers, 3 Monkeys, Kiehl's, Twist, Ringside Steak House, Elephants Delicatessen, Trader Joe's, Escape From New York Pizza, Zupan's and many more fabulous retailers and restaurants.
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Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour - If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows and liked it, then this is the right adventure for you! Unexplained mysteries, ghostly adventures, and spooky stories abound on the “Beyond Bizarre” tour. If you like the paranormal, weird, or wacky, let these tour guides guide you through an evening of adventure. All people of all faiths and backgrounds, including skeptics, are welcomed.
At the start of the tour, you are handed real ghost hunting equipment just like that used by professionals and on TV. You then set out visiting known ghostly places and getting behind the scenes into what hauntings are all about. Unlike other ghost tours, this is not a theatrical performance where lanterns are carried and your guides are dressed up in period costumes. It's a true view into the reality of paranormal investigations, the equipment and techniques are used by professonals, and how they separate the truth from the hoaxes.
Butte Creek Falls for a picnic and and a dip in the swimming hole. This is the first of three significant waterfalls on Butte Creek accessible along the Butte Creek Falls trail system. The Upper falls drop over a wide, uniform and extremely undercut ledge into a large pool below. Paths lead behind the falls into the deep grotto from the trail near the falls. The undercut is so deep that boaters who run this waterfall can even paddle THROUGH the falls. The falls are accessed via an excellent trail system, built by the Oregon State Department of Forestry, which has set aside a chunk of land surrounding the falls for protection, which is nice to see, after driving through the massive clear-cuts en route to the falls.
Enchanted Forest - Children find a world of fantasy in the beautiful lush forest of this land of enchantment, also home of the Big Timber Log Ride, the biggest log ride in the NW. Enjoy Western Town, Summer Comedy Theater, English Village, Fasntasy Fountains water-light show and kiddy and adult rides for the entire family's enjoyment. Gift shops, food, charming picnic areas and more. Click Here for more details.
Festival of Balloons in Tigard - weekend events include a carnival, good food, 5K run, car show and of course morning hot air ballooon launches and NW Natural Night Glow. Click Here for more details.
Forest Grove's Concours d'Elegance features over 300 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and other autos from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as musical stage acts and tasty summer treats that make it fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the Concours d'Elegance help fund scholarships and local charity projects. Click Here for more detailed information.
4th of July Astoria
The area of Astoria and Warrenton is a nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies; a place that takes visitors back to simpler times, its architecture dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides and with a revitalized 1920s era downtown; all set against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty in the temperate rain forest at the mouth of the Columbia River. Visitors have an opportunity to escape into an appealing, intriguing past. Unspoiled and generally uncrowded, Astoria and Warrenton nonetheless have several first-class interpretive attractions including Fort Clatsop, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Flavel House, Fort Stevens State Park, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and the Astoria Column. The area has an extraordinary sense of place and feeling of history.
Gearhart - Everyone's got a favorite beach in Oregon for one reason or another. This summer our focus is on the charming and secluded coastal community of Geahart. Envision Angela Landsbury riding through town on a beach bike with a basket full of flowers. There's an old fashioned ice cream shop, a gourmet restaurant, general store, gift shops and plenty of motels, hotels and vacation rentals set on a backdrop of pristine beaches that rival the expanse and ambiance of those one finds in the The Hamptons. Click Here for more details.
Glowing Green Minature Golf - A Pirate Island Adventure Themed minature golf course packed with a ton of animated sets with adventure sounds, but the wildest thing is the cool 3-D Ultraviolet blacklight art. Click Here for more details.
Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Casino and Spa offers a variety of accommodations from suites and private view balcony rooms in the Lodge to Village suites and teepees and even a full-service RV Park. Every option is close to all the fun and diverse activities available at Kah-Nee-Ta. Click Here for more details.
Malibu Raceway is a state of the art facility dedicated to racing and competition. Enjoy one of three different styles of race cars. High powered indy style cars for adults, two-seater cars and even cars for the kids. They also have batting cages for all skill levels, a game room, the Pit Stop Snack Bar and great package deals. Check 'em out! Click Here
Maryhill Winery Concerts at the Ampitheater - what a spectacular line-up this year; Earth Wind and Fire, Chris Isaak, Allison Krauss & Union Station and Huey Lews & The News.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby - Once a year a brave group of racers convene on the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor to test their metal to their mettle, spill their blood, or even worse, spill their BEER. This unique community of thrill seekers pays homage to the city's volcano that allows these rebels to tickle her spine annually. Click Here for more details.
Port of Toledo Annual Wooden Boat Show
The Wooden Boat Show showcases vintage and new wooden boats at Port Dock One. The finest boat builders in the Pacific Northwest come to display their work and demonstrate their craft. Live music, food from various vendors and events for the whole family. Local artisans line the walk to display and sell their work. Click Here for more detailed information.
Sand Rail Tours - Some of the worlds largest and most beautiful dunes are located on the Central Oregon Coast. Glistening valleys, vast hills of shifting sand, and desert atmosphere make the dunes truly a must see!
When it comes to fun and excitement, Sand Rail Tours can accommodate just about everyone’s needs. From an exciting guided Sand Rail Tour or a Professionally guided Interpretive Scenic Tour on one of our Famous Big Purple Buggies driven by our skilled drivers. Click Here for more detailed information.
Aurora has made the TOP TEN of Best Antiquing Towns in the US by two online sources, MSN.com (In with the Old) and the Travelchannel.com (America's Best Antique Shopping).
Known as Oregon's Antique Capital, the entire downtown area is given over to welcoming visitors to the historic buildings filled with antiques and specialty shops. There are approximately 25 shops plus eateries. The popular Old Aurora Colony Museum consists of five colony buildings including two colony homes, completely furnished. The museum has wonderful collections of distinctive colony furniture and excellent textiles including quilts.
This quaint little town's wide variety of antiques and vintage pieces attract both serious collectors and the casual decorator. Head-out and see what they're all about!
Click Here for links to Aurora Colony's retailers.
The 7th Annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show will highlight “Coastal Classics,” the working commercial boats that have been a part of Lincoln County for decades. The Wooden Boat Show is a family friendly event with wooden boats from the Northwest, boat races, a poker paddle, live music, food vendors and lots of activities for kids.
August 20-21, 2011 - Lake Oswego Car & Classic Boat Show in Lake Oswego, Oregon
12th Annual Classic Boat Show - antique and classic boats (built in 1975 and earlier) - The Boat Show will be at both LOC docks, and the new Foothills Boat docks. Watch for a classic boat parade, led by the Lake Patrol, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, and come see the boats on August 21 at the LOC docks by the Oswego Lake House.
The Stars Antiques Malls are owned by Gayle Tweed, Darwin Otto and Brent Heeb, who have been nationally recognized with home layouts in publications such as Country Living, Country Home, Better Homes & Gardens and Metropolitan Home.
Now representing over 200 dealers, the Stars Antiques Malls are Portland’s largest resource for antiques, collectibles and home decor.
In 1973 the Forest Grove Rotary Club created the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance to raise funds for scholarships and community service projects. Each year, the net proceeds are divided equally among the two. And thanks in part to this event, in the last 32 years of the Concours d'Elegance, the Rotary Club has returned $426,000 in projects to the community, plus provided scholarships and financial aid to over 700 Washington County students to Pacific and other Universities.
The Concours d'Elegance is an outstanding event. It is made possible by the innumerable hours of service and dedication by the many volunteers in the community. Volunteers, young and young at heart, men and women, Rotary members, their families and non-Rotary workers have spent a vast amount of time and effort to accomplish this task. The Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance is held on the 3rd Sunday in July, on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Over 300 antique, collector and special interest automobiles will be on display.
The event features 40 classes of restored antique, classic and special interest cars. They are entered for judging, or just for display. Judging is based on quality and authenticity of restoration. Cars from every era of automotive history are represented, from the earliest horseless carriages to the latest sports cars.
The setting for the Concours is the historic campus of Pacific University, founded in 1849. The tree shaded setting provides the perfect ambiance for walking among 300 of the finest vintage and collector automobiles.
For more information on the many other Community Service Projects, Educational Programs and Scholarships made possible by the Forest Grove Rotary Club, click here.