Aloha Things to Do
Jenkins Estate is covered under the Tualatin Hills Park and Rec district. You can rent the facilities (the house was built in 1913) for weddings and meetings. They also have flower shows and a chocolate festival there. There is a rhodedenderon garden too.
The house isn't all that exciting to me. What I like are the wooded trails behind the house. You can enter them on SW Grabhorn, near SW Farmington Rd or drive up to the gate and enter there and find the trails from the parking lot.
Free admission. Buildings are not necessarily open daily.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
Grounds Hours: vary after 4:00pm and on weekends
Check the 'special events' link for info on things like the Haunted house, quilt show and Rhodedenderon show.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Skip Starbucks and support tastier local coffee stands such as the Bean Me UP coffee stand.
Drive through or walk up only.
They make tasty coffee drinks, hot or cold with quick service (except when my friend ordered a 32oz iced coffee...that took a little longer to make.) Prices vary from about $2.75 to just under $4. There are several sizes (12oz, 16oz, 24oz, and the huge 32oz.)
Favorite Dish: Any mocha or latte.
I find post World War II advertising to be somewhat fascinating and they've got it in spades: old stove ads ('Gas stoves help women be better cooks'), car ads, Time Magazine covers...
Favorite Dish: Good sandwiches, grilled cheese, veggie sandwich, rubens (from what I've been told) and old fashioned milk shakes!
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The video store! (Blockbuster or Hollywood videos.) Not much else is going on here, people.
Actually, you can find these rental giants anywhere in the area. Hollywood makes you have a card for each location. Crummy.
Car is best since Aloha borders farms but you can also take the bus (which really only travels TV Highway) or the Light Rail (MAX), if you're near by. And you're always welcome to bike around. You can see lots of people riding their bikes in the country on a nice sunny weekend.
Aloha Warnings and Dangers
Should you actually come out to Aloha, consider that we don't have sidewalks everywhere. Since Aloha sits on the suburban/rural boundary line and lots of property used to be farm land and forest, sidewalks are just now being built and are often still nonexistent.
Hence, you should be very aware of your surroundings when walking down streets such as SW 209th ave. Wear light colored clothing ESPECIALLY if walking at night. I can't tell you how many scares I've had when driving and people seemingly materialized out of the night. Carrying a flashlight at night or wearing reflective clothing on these roads is appreciated.
Aloha Off The Beaten Path
Aloha itself is off the beaten path! You could take the longer route to the coast (from Portland) and head through Aloha, passing from city to suburbia to farmland. Several farms have roadside stands that will sell fruits and veggies that are in season. Many others will have honey and preserves for sale; some will have crafts available; and there are pumpkin patches in the fall.
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