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!
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.