Fall is here and there’s so much to do to celebrate the season in Portland Oregon. Let Nordic Inn and Suites help you find the perfect fall vacation activities!
Fresh Hops Tours
It’s fresh hops season in the best beer region in the country! Portland is home to 70+ breweries and counting, more than any other city in the entire beer lovin’ world.
During the harvest season, many local breweries create special fresh hop brews, which is a great way to see for yourself the difference in beer quality in Portland. With all these brews spread across 100 beautiful, distinct neighborhoods, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let a specialized tour group do all the hard thinking, while you get to drinking. Brewvana is a solid recommendation for a good time.
Nothing more fun in October than some real-life ghost hunting. Portland’s historic buildings can be teeming with paranormal activity. More importantly, the real hotspots are filled with people who love to talk about the history of the city, it’s people, and it’s beloved ghosts!
Oregon is known for its natural beauty. Chances are, if you’re in Portland in the fall you’ll want to see some of the colors and the forests. Lucky for you, especially if you are looking for a budget vacation, Portland has hundreds of hikes and walks both in the city and within a short drive. Check out a couple of our favorites here:
West Coast Giant Pumpkins Regatta
Just in case you were wondering if Oregon really can be as weird as it touts, be sure to check out the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. This cherished local event returns Oct. 21, 2017, to the Tualatin Commons. This annual October series of races is exactly what it sounds like, consisting of paddlers piloting a gaggle of ginormous gourds through a water course on Tualatin Commons lake. The event kicks off with a giant pumpkin parade and weigh-off, followed by a full day of costumed contestants plying the shallow lake in 1,000-pound pumpkin boats.
Squishing of the Squash
Who wouldn’t want to see some of the world’s largest animals demolish some of the regions biggest pumpkins? Well, now you can! The event will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. The Squishing of the Squash is a precursor to the zoo’s Howloween celebration taking place the following week. Events on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 – 29, include a fun scavenger hunt that directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo where they can collect candy and prizes and learn about wildlife. Throughout the weekend, visitors can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats.