Early Fall In Aurora’s Historic Village

These ‘Hooters’ welcomed patrons of White Rabbit Bakery.

Rain or shine, you’ll find our little town ready for your visits with a great cup of coffee, a glass of local sparkling wine or a really cold beer!  Or creamy gelato or pie a la mode.

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem at I-5 Exit 278 or on old Hwy 99E just north of Woodburn.

 

  • Listed – Best 50 Antiques Towns in the US by House Beautiful and Country Living magazines, 2016-17 (The ONLY one in Oregon!)
  • Old Aurora Colony Museum, a pre-civil war beginning
  • 17 Antiques & Vintage shops & salvage
  • 8 Specialty Shops:  garden, dollhouse miniatures, candy factory, quilt shop, watercolor gallery, ironwork and decor, gift shop
  • 6 Eateries, Bakeries & Restaurants
  • 4 Wine & Beer:  Tasting rooms, pub, wineries
  • Attractions:  Antiques! Golf, wineries, nurseries
  • Lodging:  Bed & Breakfast, motels, RV & campgrounds
  • MOST SHOPS AIR CONDITIONED!
  • Shops begin opening at 10am and close at 5pm, many open 7 days a week.  Most shops open on Sundays.

Free parking, RV parking too.  Convenient public restroom.  Dog and kid friendly!

This is a great place to spend the entire day or stop and visit as you travel north or south.

 

 

 

 

 

This is Phil.

October 1-31  TABLE-TOP HOP! Follow squirrels Phil & Bert (Filberts, anyone?) around the shops as they check out great ideas for vintage style table decorating for the coming seasons.  Free. Pick up your map in the shops.

From fall and Thanksgiving ideas to celebration table decor in mid-century modern, this is a popular month-long event that takes you all around town!

Bring a friend or neighbor and spend the day.

 

And this is Bert.

October 7  The Little Nibble!  Sample our recipes that correspond to the themes selected at Aurora’s Table-top Hop.  Yum.  11-5.

Just this one day for Phil & Bert’s treats, get ideas on what to serve too!  (The rest of the month they’re hiding hazelnuts all around Aurora!)

 

 

 

October 13-22  “Crazy About Aurora!”  Annual Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Daily 10-4.  Featuring, you guessed it, amazing crazy quilts.  All buildings will hold quilts, both vintage and contemporary.

You’ll see the most amazing quilts and the detail of historic crazy quilts is very personal as well as artistic.  In addition, enjoy the museum’s country store and learn a few tricks from the quilting demonstrations.  Bring a friend and make a day of it!

 

 

Visit Main Street Merchantile and Back Porch Vintage while you’re in Aurora.  Enter this block long array of antiques, vintage, furniture and amazing finds from either the Main Street door or the Hwy 99E side. Open daily 10-5.  These are two separate businesses, each with its own flavor and places to explore.

A wide selection of furniture and vintage accessories is well worth the shopping experience.  Or, if small collectibles are your passion, you’ll find cases galore in Main Street Mercantile. 

If distinctive transferware china, lovely silver and copper pieces for your traditional home are on your Pinterest board, come touch these in person at Back Porch Vintage or “drive away” one of the pedal cars parked in front of the store everyday!

You can “lose” yourself here so come early so you can enjoy these stores as well as the rest of our village!

 

Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk Dec. 2-3, 2017.  Tickets go on sale soon for this popular annual event!  Watch this space for Early Bird prices online here.

 

Antiques Galore in Aurora’s Historic Village

Aurora’s shops are blooming!  Here at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, find antique building materials, barn wood, doors, windows, interior features, hardware, lighting as well as industrial furnishings and the highly unusual pieces you thought you could only see in America’s top decor sources.  Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5.

Welcome to historic Aurora, Oregon – a 19th century village at the entrance to the North Willamette Valley, famous for antiques and a unique story.  OPEN LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem at I-5 Exit 278 or on old Hwy 99E just north of Woodburn.

  • Listed – Best 50 Antiques Towns in the US by House Beautiful and Country Living magazines, 2016-17
  • Old Aurora Colony Museum, a pre-civil war beginning
  • 17 Antiques & Vintage shops & salvage
  • 8 Specialty Shops:  garden, dollhouse miniatures, candy factory, quilt shop, watercolor gallery, ironwork and decor, gift shop
  • 6 Eateries, Bakeries & Restaurants
  • 4 Wine & Beer:  Tasting rooms, pub, wineries
  • Attractions:  Antiques! Golf, wineries, nurseries
  • Lodging:  Bed & Breakfast, motels, RV & campgrounds
  • MOST SHOPS AIR CONDITIONED!
  • Shops begin opening at 10am and close at 5pm, many open 7 days a week.  Most shops open on Sundays.

Free parking, RV parking too.  Convenient public restroom.  Dog and kid friendly!

This is a great place to spend the entire day or stop and visit as you travel north or south

Don’t miss the Dahlia Festival, just up the road from Aurora. August 26-28, Sept. 2-4. Free. Swan Island Dahlias

August 26-27-28th, September 2-3-4th  Dahlia Festival!  Prepare yourself for the season’s most spectacular color at America’s largest dahlia grower, Swan Island Dahlias.  Just a few miles from downtown Aurora in Canby. During the festival, view dahlia displays and enjoy food, music and order your own dahlias or purchase cut ones of your choice.  995 NW 22nd, Canby.  Also, fields are open every day in August and September 8am 7pm.  Dahlias.com

Autumn in Aurora! 

September  is a perfect time for enjoying the last bits of warm, dry weather and enjoying our village at a more relaxed pace.  Find great decor ideas all over town and complete your projects before winter!

October 1-31  Table-top Hop! Follow squirrels Phil & Bert around the shops as they check out great ideas for vintage style table decorating for the coming seasons.  Free. Pick up your map in the shops.

October 7  The Little Nibble!  Sample our recipes that correspond to the themes selected at Aurora’s Table-top Hop.  Yum.  11-5.

October 13-22  “Crazy About Aurora!”  Annual Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Daily 10-4.  Featuring, you guessed it, amazing crazy quilts.

Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk, Dec. 2-3, 2017.  Tickets go on sale soon for this popular annual event!  Watch this space for Early Bird prices online here.

 

 

Destination Aurora for July 4th Week!

Aurora is repeatedly selected to America’s top lists for antiques towns – most recently House Beautiful and Country Living magazines. Photo by Dana Gerath.

Welcome to historic Aurora, Oregon – a 19th century village at the entrance to the North Willamette Valley.

Just 25 minutes from Portland or Salem at I-5 Exit 278 or on old Hwy 99E just north of Woodburn.

  • Old Aurora Colony Museum
  • 17 Antiques & Vintage shops & salvage
  • 8 Specialty Shops:  garden, miniatures, candy factory, quilt shop, watercolor gallery, ironwork and decor, gift shop
  • 6 Eateries, Bakeries & Restaurants
  • 4 Wine & Beer:  Tasting rooms, pub, wineries
  • Attractions:  Golf, wineries, nurseries
  • Lodging:  Bed & Breakfast, motels, RV & campgrounds
  • MOST SHOPS AIR CONDITIONED!
  • Shops begin opening at 10am and close at 5pm, many open 7 days a week.  Most shops open on Sundays.

Free parking, RV parking too.  Convenient public restroom.  Dog and kid friendly!

This is a great place to spend the entire day or stop and visit as you travel north or south.  You’ll find shops open between 10am (many open at 11) and 5pm.

Ready to eat when you arrive?  White Rabbit Bakery opens at 6:30am, Langdon Farms Grill (at golf course) has breakfast Fri-Sun from 7am, lunch is available in town from 11am on and you can finish the day with dinner at the Colony Pub or Langdon Farms Grill.  In between, you’ll love Aurora’s desserts or cold beverages including a glass of wine or beer with outdoor seating.

August 12, 2017  Aurora Colony Day Outdoor Antiques + Vintage Faire, sign up now for vendor space at www.AuroraColonyDays.com.  A great summer day of antiques, fresh Farmers Market, Parade, Fun Run, historic activities and music.

If you love antiques in the outdoor atmosphere, this is your event!

 

 

August 21  Total Solar Eclipse!  “Aurora, Three Dawns in One Day”.  Aurora is in the “path of totality” with many special opportunities to share the viewing around and south of us.  The totality is forecast for 10:15am.

  • After the eclipse Aurora’s shops will be open for the day, so if you’ve enjoyed the experience and are on your way back home after the weekend or if you’ve come for the day, welcome!  Have lunch and refreshment here and browse the shops until 5pm.
  • Aurora Colony Vineyards, Aurora “Total Eclipse of the Vineyard”  Aug. 18-21 has a weekend of Eclipse activity with RV camping, food, wine, entertainment, winery tours.  No RV? Walk-ons as well for the viewing.  Reserve now.
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn.  Just a few miles south of Aurora, is having an Eclipse weekend on their farm and winery.  Reserve now
  • Sunday, August 20th, Solar Eclipse Party with POK POK on the patio at St. Josef’s Winery, Canby.  Get ready for the solar eclipse with great wines, music and Portland’s Famous Foodie restaurant!  Pok Pok is bringing their Asian-Fusion fare to St Josef’s!   You don’t have to drive to Portland and wait for hours…come to St Josef’s and enjoy the James Beard award winner!  Open 12-5pm, music & food 1-5
  • St. Josef’s Winery Solar Eclipse Breakfast, Monday August 21st.  Enjoy mimosas, pancakes & sausage.  Details and reserve now.