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.

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