I’ve been lucky enough to tag along to Beaverton, Oregon the past few years with my boyfriend for his work. Thankfully my friend lives in the area so I had someone to hang out with. This year, we went up for the 4th of July and got to watch the fireworks at Lake Oswego.
We stayed at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott Portland-Beaverton which was conveniently located near several shopping centers. The hotel leaves complimentary ear plugs and bedtime tea to help you sleep through the night, apparently there is a train that runs by but I never heard it. It was absolutely beautiful, there were ducks and geese all over the hotel lawns and flowers everywhere.
There were some restaurants in the shopping center neighboring the hotel. I’m not sure why Einstein Bros Bagels had poor reviews on Yelp, it was clean, the staff was fast and friendly, and the food was delicious. There was also a Panda Express, Subway, and a cute little pizza place – Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizzeria.
Like I said, we flew in on the 4th of July so we headed out for dinner and fireworks. We ate at the Oswego Grill, which was a nice, quiet restaurant in Lake Oswego. The food tasted good but I felt like it wasn’t enough. I ordered the chicken alfredo oswego, it was tasty and aesthetically pleasing but there just wasn’t a lot of food on the plate. After dinner, we went to Lake Oswego to watch the fireworks. The are is so beautiful with big, gorgeous houses and lots of trees. It was quite crowded, so I’d definitely recommend getting there early.
My friend and I spent some time shopping while the boyfriend worked. We went to the Clackamas Town Center and the Woodburn Outlets. Then the next evening we went out to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory and then went bowling at SuperPlay. There’s also a laser tag area there as well, but unfortunately nobody wanted to play with me.
Jeff and I also got to go to the Nike Employee Store which was really exciting. The Employee Store has all the newest stuff AND it’s all fifty percent off.
Other information about Beaverton, Oregon:
Where to Stay in Beaverton:
Crowne Plaza Portland – Lake Oswego: We’ve never stayed here but we passed by as we drove around and it looks really nice.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland – Beaverton
Hilton Garden Inn Portland/Beaverton
Places to Eat in Beaverton:
Tom’s Pancake House: We had a day where the girls didn’t play any games so we took them out to breakfast here and everyone loved it!
DeCarli: Italian food
Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery: American/traditional, burgers, brewery
Things to Do in Beaverton:
Powell’s Books: If you love reading and book stores then you should definitely add this to your list. Take some time to relax and read while on vacation.
Explore outdoors: One thing we never got a chance to do was explore the beautiful outdoors of Oregon! I was hoping to get a chance to go hiking while we were in Beaverton but we were too busy with basketball games. And the one day we didn’t have any games it was pouring rain. Some options for hiking in Beaverton are the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the Hyland Woods Natural Area (formerly Hyland Forest Park).
Have you ever been to Beaverton? What did you like best about being there?