Hillsboro is a sprawling metropolis located in the Tualatin Valley, just west of Portland and Beaverton. Hillsboro truly has something for everyone, from a charming downtown commercial stretch with a farmers market and plenty of antique stores and restuarants to rolling hills of countryside dotted with vineyards and amazing views of the valley. Just 20 minutes outside of Downtown Portland, Hillsboro offers opportunities for business and pleasure. Making up part of the Silicon Forest, Hillsboro is home to many high-tech companies including one of the region's largest employers, Intel. No other place in Oregon best balances cutting edge technology with the vitality of a healthy agricultural sector, and the resulting real estate and business opportunities make the most of that two-fold identity. Hillsboro features a wide variety of entertainment opportunities, from movie theaters playing new releases and classic favorites - including the Venetian Theater downtown - and the Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre to the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. With great dining, shopping, parks, libraries, and schools, Hillsboro is the perfect place to raise a family and explore the best that the Northwest has to offer.
Hillsboro was settled in the mid-1800's, and the area is named after David Hill, one of the original landholders of the region. One of the first industries in Hillsboro was transportation management along the Tualatin River, first including steam boats and ferries and later expanding to railways and eventually highways connecting Washington County to the Portland metropolitan area. Hillsboro was incorporated as the Town of Hillsboro on October 19, 1876, by the Oregon state government. Hillsboro is home to a beautiful courthouse serving as the legislative seat of Washington County, originally built in 1852, remodeled in 1873, 1891, 1912, and finally in 1928, when the brick courthouse took on its present-day shape, complete with columns and a courtyard stately sequoia trees. From 1921 to the 1950's, the world's second-tallest radio tower stood on the south side of Hillsboro, but was demolished in 1952.
Hillsboro is home to two Farmers' Markets, one downtown on Saturdays and one in Orenco Station on Sundays from May to October, providing the best of the area's many fruits and vegetables to Hillsboro residents, as well as artisan food products, plants, prepared foods, arts and music. Throughout Summer, the Hillsboro Market takes place on Tuesdays in downtown, a festival of arts and crafts featuring works by local artists and craftsman.
Heveltia Tavern - 10275 NW Helvetia Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97124 - Known for serving some of the best traditional burgers in the Portland Area, Helvetia (pronounced hel-VAY-sha) draws burger lovers by the thousands to their country spot. Get the Jumbo burger, and on nice days, dine on the back patio. Walk through the no-minors part of the tavern to get there after placing your order at the bar. Yum!
Insomnia Coffee Company: 5389 W Baseline Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97123 - A true community spot, the owners of this wonderful coffee shop built this home-away-from-home themselves from the ground up, painting the walls, installing the pine flooring, and gathering furniture and equipment. You'll love this relaxing and familiar environment while enjoying the best espresso, brewed coffee or brewed tea and pastries in town.