Spring Break in Aurora!

Thousands of miniature daffodils are coming up all around Aurora’s historic downtown.

Look for some sun breaks among the many Oregon rain clouds as you enjoy Aurora’s national historic district for this year’s spring break!

24 shops including 18 antiques and vintage stores, delicious eateries, wine tasting, bakery, dollhouse/miniatures shop, garden store and candy factory (with video tour), most within easy walking of each other.

The Old Aurora Colony Museum complex of 5 buildings is in the center of this historic village with self-guided tours, book store and changing exhibits.  New is their ‘kids’ section geared to children from 6-11 years with specially “embedded” history that they will love.  Bring the family to see the log cabin, always a favorite!  Then take the free Walk with Emma self-guided tour through the rest of the downtown  (see below).Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 11-4.  Call ahead for special tours.  (503)678-5754.

Stores open between 10-11 and close at 5pm.  Many stores open 7 days a week.  Most all stores open on Sundays.

Free Walk with Emma Self-Guided Tour of Aurora’s historic downtown.  Pick up your free map/brochure in downtown shops or at the Old Aurora Colony Museum and get acquainted with Aurora’s rich (and a big quirky) history as you shop!  Emma Giesy was a real lady of the mid-19th century Aurora Colony and is also the heroine of the novels by Jane Kirkpatrick, Emma of Aurora.

March 23 Special Estate Antique Auction Benefit, HyTyme Equine Rescue, McLaren Auction. 6:30pm.  Wide array of antique dog figurines including smooth fox terriers, wire fox terriers, RCA Nipper dogs and others.  Also horse figurines, furniture and more.  Preview March 22, 1-6pm, March 23 from 1-6:30pm.21507 Highway 99E, Aurora.  McLarenauction.com

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 $16 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.

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