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 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
May 13-14 Mothers Day Stroll! Sparkling Wines, Teas, Special Features & Shopping! 11-5 Bring Mom, Grandma, Sisters and family for a leisurely day of local wines, fine tea sampling, highlighted collections and much more to please the ladies. Pick up your free map/guide in the shops to see what’s happening this weekend!
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.
Save the Dates!
June 25 Strawberry Social, Old Aurora Colony Museum, 11-4. www.Auroracolony.org
June 25 Pink CARnation Day, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Downtown Aurora, 11-5. Pretty pink cars, silent auction, pink Swarovski crystal earring sale, quilt raffle. Do you have a pink car you would like to show off this day? Contact Feller House B & B. Presented by the Aurora Colony Visitors Association.
August 12 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.