An Easy Winter Getaway!

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem, you can’t beat Historic Aurora for a relaxing yet stimulating winter destination!  With 24 shops including antiques, vintage, wine tasting, garden, delicious eateries, specialty retail (a candy factory and a new miniatures shop!) plus the outstanding Old Aurora Colony Museum, it’s no surprise that this little village is repeatedly listed as a top national attraction.

Aurora is open year around with many shops open 7 days a week.  Shops open between 10-11am and close at 5pm.  You can park your car for the day (for free) and easily walk the 5-square block area where most shops are located.  The others are within a short driving distance.  A centrally located public restroom is great for families.  RV parking is also available.

Now through May 28  Old Aurora Colony Museum opens for 2017 with a new exhibit, “And Now Dear David, Live Well.”  Old Aurora Colony Museum, (503)678-5754.  Another fascinating exhibit based on the Aurora Colony Wagner family told through 19th century letters between two brothers – one who was a follower of Aurora’s Dr. Keil and the other who was US ambassador to France.  (There is the tie-in to our Emma Geisy, too.  One of these brothers was Emma’s father.)  Don’t miss it!

This beautiful antique spinning wheel could go home with you! Enter to win it at the Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase.

March 11-12  Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase  Old Aurora Colony Museum  Sat. 10-4, Sunday 11-4.  This annual event presented by the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild features over two dozen antique wheels “in action” and their knowledgeable costumed spinners.  A great family event and learning experience for all ages!

March 24-April 30  Tulip Fest!  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.  Just down the road from Aurora, you’ll not find more color anywhere than these ever changing fields of tulips.  Bring your camera and the kids and make a memorable day of it!  Stop at Aurora on your way to or from this destination.  www.woodenshoe.com

April 1 Gardenpalooza!  Fir Point Farms, Aurora.  8am-4pm  Only 5 minutes north of Aurora, wear your boots and bring your plan for this year’s garden (or get inspired once you get there).  Over 40 local nurseries show & sell their stuff.  Free event and free parking.  Afterward, come in to our historic village to top off your day.  (No problem if you track a little mud our way!)  www.gardenpalooza.com

May 13-14  A Taste of Aurora Mothers Day Stroll!  Sparkling Wines, Teas, Sweets & Shopping!  11-5  Advance tickets go on sale here March 1. Bring Mom, Grandma, Sisters and family for a leisurely day of local wines and fine tea sampling accompanied with delicious morsels made here in town. $29/couple.includes two souvenir wine glasses, tastings all around town and $12 in Aurora Bucks coupons to spend as you go!

May 13  Remembering Emma with Jane Kirkpatrick Tea.  Tickets for this annual fundraiser includes another memorable talk by Jane Kirkpatrick, author of Emma of Aurora, as well as a sit down tea.  Advance tickets $40/person.  (503)678-5754 www.Auroracolony.org.

Bring your Love to Aurora!

Shake off that winter weather and make Aurora your ROMANTIC DESTINATION in February!  With 24 shops, wineries and places to enjoy lunch, dinner and dessert, you can easily fill a whole day here.

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem, I-5 Exit 278 or take old Hwy 99E down from Oregon City or up from Salem.  Plenty of free parking!  Park your car for the day and walk to most shops within a 5 square block area.  Centrally located public restroom.  Shops open starting at 10am and close at 5pm.

February 1  Old Aurora Colony Museum opens for 2017 with a new exhibit, “And Now Dear David, Live Well.”  Old Aurora Colony Museum, (503)678-5754

February 11-14   “Bring Your Love to Aurora”  Valentine features in the shops!  11-5.

From Hershey kisses to hand decorated heart cookies and more, Aurora has planned some sweetheart features in 18 businesses here!  Special inventory selections as well as eye-catching Valentine displays make our quaint village even more fun than usual.  (And there are plenty of quiet corners to steal a kiss or two from your Valentine!)

Pick up the pink map/guide in the shops.

 

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR VALENTINES FOR YOU:

  • Book yourself for a romantic getaway at Feller House  Bed & Breakfast, Aurora, on their “Sweetheart Special” and get 14% off their $139 rate. (Book through March 31, 2017.)
 White Rabbit Bakery, will offer a variety of Valentine sweets for your ‘drop in’ pleasure including heart cookies and cherry chocolate items
Christa’s Cafe on Main Street will be making Chocolate Mousse cake
The Colony Pub will be having special entrées for Valentine lunches and dinners.
Scattercreek Junction will feature homemade cherry pie and Valentine Gelato.
Main Street Mercantile will offer chocolate chip cookies while you browse.
Home Again Antiques will have Hershey kisses along with their house filled with antiques.
Timeless Antiques has midcentury modern Valentine displays.
Pacific Hazelnut Farm Candy Factory is Valentine-central for your fresh candy gifts
Time After Time will offer great Valentine cards from Punch Studio and Valentine jewelry (and gift wrap it for you!)
Aurora  Antiques will have specials throughout the store and you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate.
Historic Art & Services  is giving 14% off on all gallery items.
Black Star Gallery features original watercolors by local artists for your Valentine.
Hwy 99E Antique Mall has a store full of Valentine treasures.
Back Porch Vintage will help you find a special gift from their varied collections.
Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage will help you create something unique from their vast inventory.
Travel down to Hubbard to Garden Gallery Iron Works for $10 off any item.

February 18  Antique Bottle, Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale.  9am-3pm. Aurora American Legion Hall, 3rd & Main St. Admission by donation at the door.  (Friday Feb. 17 Early Bird Admission, dealer drop off & set up, 12-5pm.)  Presented by Oregon Antique Bottle Collectors Association.  For more information & or table reservations  Call Wayne Herring 503-864-2009 or Mark Junker at 503-231-1235 or Bill Bogynska at 503-657-1726 or email at billbogy7@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shake Off that Cabin Fever in Aurora!

We can’t produce a rainbow over Aurora every day, but rain never keeps our patrons away! Make your projects unique with the help of Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.

Pull out the slicker or bring the umbrella and give your winter a lift with a day in Aurora!  Our 24 shops are quite close together and you can park your car for the day and easily walk to most of them.

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem, I-5 Exit 278 or do a ‘river watch’ (so far so good) by coming on old Hwy 99E from Oregon City or up from Salem.

Plan on having lunch here at one of our popular eateries – from old style burgers with all the trimmings, to hearty soups, light salads or Mediterranean styled sandwiches.  Linger over a glass of local wine or sample hazelnut candy at the candy factory.  Have a sweet tooth?  Our bakery is open 7 days a week or try a piece of Marionberry pie at one of the cafes.

Historic Aurora is known for its unrivaled variety of antiques and vintage goods, from furniture to collectible treasures and was recently listed as tops in Oregon and one of the best 50 antiques destinations in the USA by House Beautiful and Country Living magazines!

Authentic antiques, vintage decor and a lot of eye candy on three floors at Main Street Merchantile.

 

 

“Every day in Aurora is an antique show!”

Shops open between 10-11am and close at 5pm.  Many are open 7 days a week.

Don’t forget Sundays!  All stores open on Sundays 11-5.

 

 

 

 

Do you love cottage style? You’ll find lots of variety in Aurora – this at South End Antique Mall.

Look what’s coming up!

February 1  Old Aurora Colony Museum opens for 2017 with a new exhibit, “And Now Dear David, Live Well.”  Old Aurora Colony Museum, (503)678-5754

February 18  Antique Bottle, Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale.  9am-3pm. Aurora American Legion Hall, 3rd & Main St. Admission by donation at the door.  (Friday Feb. 17 Early Bird Admission, dealer drop off & set up, 12-5pm.)  Presented by Oregon Antique Bottle Collectors Association.  For more information & or table reservations  Call Wayne Herring 503-864-2009 or Mark Junker at 503-231-1235 or Bill Bogynska at 503-657-1726 or email at billbogy7@gmail.com

 February 11-14  I LOVE AURORA – Bring Your Love to Aurora!  What could be more romantic than antiques shopping, enjoying lunch and lingering over glasses of local wine together?  Make Aurora your stop for Valentine week and find the special features our merchants have planned for you.  Pick up your map/guide when you arrive.
11am-5pm.
Book yourself for a romantic getaway at Feller House  B & B, Aurora on their “Sweetheart Special” and get 14% off their $139 rate. (Good for bookings through March 31, 2017.)
Watch this space for more Valentines from our merchants!