Get out of the house and make your way to Aurora, Oregon where fresh air, quaint historic charm and 25 shops and a world-class museum are ready to welcome you. Aurora is known nationally as Oregon’s center for antiques and vintage decor and is just 20 minutes from both Portland and Salem, I-5 Exit 278. (One exit north of Woodburn Premier Outlet stores.)
March 8-9 Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase Saturday 10-4, Sunday 11-4. Presented by the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild, find costumed spinners at their varied antique wheels and learn about spinning, fiber arts and even see some of the animals that give us their wool. Admission includes full entry into the five-building complex of the Old Aurora Colony Museum. (503)678-5754. www.auroracolony.org.
Spring Break Time in Aurora! This is an excellent destination for families. Tour the Old Aurora Colony Museum and learn about life in pioneer times, get a “back door” to history in 16 genuine antiques stores, stop at Pacific Hazelnut Farms Candy Factory and see how candy is made (and sample some!) Special rates at the museum for AAA, seniors and students, the rest of the town you can see for free! Public restroom, easy free parking, many restaurant options and rest on our famous blue benches. Open every day, 10-5, museum closed on Mondays.
March 28-May 6 Tulip Fest! Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn. Just 10 minutes from Aurora, this is spectacular color not to be missed. Fields of tulips, activities for kids, gift shop, food and weekend festivities, too. www.woodenshoe.com
April 5 Gardenpalooza! Fir Point Farms, Aurora. 8am-4pm. Fir Point Farms is just 4 minutes north of downtown Aurora. Buy your plants this year directly from 100 growers set up at the farm for this annual bonanza of a great variety of planting materials and garden art. Come into Aurora afterwards, muddy boots and all for an exciting day in the village, have some lunch or dessert (or relax here with a glass of wine!). www.firpointfarms.com
April 5 “Tea & Tulips” Time After Time, Aurora. 12-3pm. Join us for spring tea tasting of some of Harney & Sons famous teas and artisan confections from Vancouver, BC bakery, Butter Baked Goods. Free. 15058 Main Street, (503)678-5463. www.timeaftertimeoregon.com