Cherry Blossoms and Tulips

Aurora is bursting with cherry blossoms right now. Don’t miss it!

It’s not often we see cherry blossoms, tulips AND daffodils all in bloom at once, but what can we say?

NOW is the time to take the short 25 minute drive to Aurora from Portland or Salem and finally acknowledge that we have turned the corner on the season.

With 24 great shops and eateries as well as the Old Aurora Colony Museum, you’ll find a full day here with easy, free parking, convenient public restroom and most shops within steps of each other.

NOW through 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 (especially jewelry!) and much more to please the ladies.  Pick up your free map/guide in the shops to see what’s happening this weekend!  Not sure what to do with the ladies after taking them to brunch?  This is the perfect solution!

 

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.

Spring Break in Aurora!

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

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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.

 

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.