One of the many attractions in Washington Park, the Japanese Gardens is a one of Portland's brightest gems. Designed by renowned landscape architect Professor Takuma Tono, the site opened in 1967. Five separate gardens comprise this collective: Strolling Pond, Tea, Natural, Flat and Dry Landscape. Each one offers a unique environment and design comprised of elements such as water, stone and vegetation. The garden's elevated location in Portland's West Hills offers a quiet escape above the city. The Japanese Garden is always a lovely, but it the fall it is stunning. There is an admission fee to get in and be sure to get there early enough to spend at least an hour and a half.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The colors of fall are on full display at the Japanese Gardens.
Meagan's expert tip: The maple tree is one of Portland's favorite photographic subjects.
Feast Portland is a multi-day festival celebrating the glory of Oregon's bounty every September. The Feast kicks off on Thursday and continues through Sunday. This event includes all kinds of food and drinks events throughout Portland, Oregon. You can attend special dinners with award-wining chefs or take a class. The classes offered vary greatly. You can learn all about wines, crafting the perfect cocktail, butchery, cooking with marijuana, how to make salt or how to make the perfect pie. They have large scale events where you can try a large variety of small plates and drinks in one sitting.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Feast Portland is one of the top food festivals in the United States.
Meagan's expert tip: Buy your tickets well in advance. Many of the events sell out months ahead of time.
Lan Su Yuan, the garden's official name, means "Garden of Awakening Orchids," and is considered the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Having opened in 2000, the garden was a joint project between Portland and its Chinese sister city Suzhou. Set behind a wall, the garden is a tranquil, urban oasis that fills a full city block. Like a living work of art, the garden contains a balance of the five traditional garden elements: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions. Paths wind through the courtyards, pavilions and bridges. The Tao of Tea offers visitors a chance to experience a traditional tea service in recreated Ming Dynasty tea house.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The Classical Chinese Garden is another of the beautiful must-see gardens in Portland, especially during the fall.
Jason's expert tip: In addition to tea, the tea house has great snack like mooncakes and dumplings.
The Pumpkin Patch over on Sauvie Island is a popular family farm offering a seasonal produce market and gift shop, cafe, a massive corn maze, hayrides & pick your own pumpkins during the month of October. For little ones, they have an adorable cow train that will delight them. There's also a large hay pyramid that kids have fun climbing all over. They have a big red barn that was built in 1929 and filled with animals. Kids can see turkeys, goats, and more. You can pack a lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic tables covered by a large awning.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island is a local favorite and packed with fun.
Meagan's expert tip: If it's been raining recently wear rain boots.
Brooks Wines is a gorgeous winery with stunning views deep in the Willamette Valley specializing in Rieslings. The tasting room is a cozy space and you will want to stay awhile. It opens up into a large patio where you can see multiple mountains or play a round of darts. They offer a variety of wine flights perfectly paired with charcuterie boards. Also available are seasonal sandwiches, salads, and appetizers all with a recommended glass of wine to be paired with. It is family-friendly. Kids will enjoy seeing the chickens, playing corn hole, and enjoying popcorn and root beer.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Brooks Wines does everything right, good food, fantastic wines, and an amazing atmosphere.
Meagan's expert tip: One tasting fee will be waived when you purchase 3-bottles.
Liepold Farms is a sustainable family-owned farm operating in Boring, Oregon since 1952. For years, they have offered one of the most enjoyable pumpkin patches in the Portland area. Their pumpkin patch is always packed with family fun. They have a corn maze, hay maze, hayrides, pumpkin slingshots, and more. On the weekends they offer food options and alcoholic beverages for adults. You can purchase a ticket to participate in just one activity or you can purchase a bundle to save a few bucks. This is a great activity for groups, families, and couples as well as a perfect setting for photos.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Liepold Farms is a fantastic pumpkin patch for families to enjoy every fall.
Meagan's expert tip: Depending on which activities you want to do, buying a pass will potentially save money.
Overlooking the Tualatin River Valley, Cooper Mountain Nature Park is located on the edge of Beaverton. The 230-acre park offers visitors 3.5 miles of trails that traverse the park and pass through each of its distinct habitats, from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands. Visitors will be rewarded with grand views of the Chehalem Mountains, close-up looks at Oregon white oaks and a small prairie that has sat relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years. This is a great place to go for a walk. For kids, there is a little play structure near the parking lot. There are also restrooms there.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Fall time is the perfect time to visit Cooper Mountain Nature Park and enjoy the leaves changing.
Meagan's expert tip: No pets are allowed here, including dogs and horses.
Anne Amie Vineyards specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. The winery is located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District with incredible views of the Willamette Valley. You can enjoy wine tastings, tours of the vineyard and cellar, picnic tables, umbrellas, a bocce ball court, and corn hole at the tasting room and winery. They charge $15 for a wine tasting but waive the fee with a $100 purchase. They host exquisite wine dinners on their property that are just incredible and a must if you can. These sell out quickly, so watch their website for dates.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Anne Amie Vineyards offers amazing wines with incredible scenic views.
Meagan's expert tip: The tasting fee is refundable with a purchase of $100 or more.
The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is a recreational cooking school located on a family hobby farm just south of Portland in Wilsonville, Oregon. Cooking classes explore fundamental skills in the kitchen and garden, as well as some of the lost arts of handcrafting and preserving food like our grandmothers did. The Kitchen focuses on the traditional methods of cooking, from making the perfect pie, to learning the basics of cheesemaking, to putting up fruits and vegetables for the winter. They will guide you through basic knife techniques and the science behind food and why it behaves the way it does in different situations, helping to instill confidence when cooking in your own kitchen.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is a fun experience during the fall season.
Meagan's expert tip: Come hungry, because everything you make you will then enjoy for lunch!
Our Table is a cooperative of farmers and producers working together to create handcrafted, thoughtful and delicious food for the local community. They are a model multi-stakeholder collective that harnesses the power of collaboration to create shared value through all stages of food growth and production. Our Table is a new paradigm for a more localized food system based on a new form of agriculture that blends the wisdom of the past with the science of the present. In addition to their store full of local fresh goods they also offer classes, dinners, and farm camps for adults. During the fall they have a pumpkin patch. They also offer tours of the farm for groups.
Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Our Table is an inspiring facility and beautiful during the fall.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit their website to see what events they have coming up.