Forest Grove is our first town! Granted, living in Oregon for the past 30 years, we have visited many, many towns. But it was really interesting looking at our first town through the lens of this project. We were already headed to Forest Grove to attend the free Festival of Americana at McMenamins Grand Lodge, so we decided to make a day of it.
We traveled on Oregon Route 8 which was the main highway that connected Forest Grove to Portland in the 50-60's.
Our first stop was to Pacific University. The Old College Hall is the oldest existing educational building in the Northwest.
The campus was beautiful and we happened to catch their summer commencement ceremony taking place on the lawn. We even heard the bagpipes.
Downtown Forest Grove is really beautiful with hanging baskets lining the streets and great old architecture. We covered most of downtown in about 30 minutes.
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My coworker lives in Forest Grove and he suggested that we have lunch at Pac Thai which is next door to movie theater. The food was great and we had a really nice lunch.
After lunch, we had a bit of time to kill, so we drove through the Clark Historic District and looked at all the amazing houses.
We timed our day, so we could go on the 1pm tour at Saké One. We were a few minutes early, so had the Toji Flight (6 tastings for 5 bucks - great deal). We were the only ones on the tour and our guide answered all of our questions. We learned all about the art and craft of making Saké. Such an interesting process! We left with several bottles.
Next stop was Hagg Lake. We drove the 15 miles around this beautiful lake stopping at most of the pull outs to take pictures and to take in the views.
This gazebo was a nice reprieve on this very hot day. Lots of folks were fishing here and relaxing in the shade.
Finally it was time to head to McMenamins Grand Lodge for the Festival of Americana. This concert held on the lawn was great fun. The Grand lodge has so much to offer from multiple bars, disc golf, and a soaking pool; it would be a great place to vacation.
The Grand Lodge was built in 1922 and was originally a Mason and Eastern Star home. It's amazing to see how the area has changed since this was built. Now the bustling town of Forest Grove has taken over all of the farm land in this picture.
The art work on everything including the pipes, is incredible. Definitely take the time to explore if you find yourself here.
The icing on the cake was getting to see The Features that evening. This was the perfect way to start off this project and we really enjoyed our time in Forest Grove. Only 919 towns to go!