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Aloha is a community in Oregon, under ten miles to the west of Portland (Oregon).

Understand[edit]

Aloha is one of the most under-respected communities in Oregon. Alohans have an attitude that most just do not understand. This is shown by the fact that the town is unincorporated, despite its size. Alohans do not want to deal with any more government than necessary. Schools are funded by the districts of neighboring cities Beaverton and Hillsboro. Fire and police services are provided by the county. Part of the mistrust of city governments comes from the neighboring communities. Beaverton and Hillsboro have been at war for decades over who can annex the most land in the smallest amount of time. Aloha, being sandwiched between the two, has become a prime target. Since it is unincorporated, the residents of Aloha will not get to vote on annexation, although the State of Oregon currently has a protection in place against possible takeover.

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). Then hop on the lightrail, MAX, to either Willow Creek or Quatama / SW 206th Ave. stations. You will be required to change trains, from the Red Line to the Blue Line. This can be done at any station in downtown Portland. Better yet rent a car and drive out there. See below under "By Car".

By Car[edit]

From Portland, the fastest is to go west on Sunset Hwy (US Hwy 26) and exit at NW 185h (Exit #64) and go south along 185th into Aloha. Likewise you can also get off the freeway sooner at Canyon Rd (OR-8 at exit 71) or the next one at Hwy 217 (OR-217 at exit 69A) to 2B (Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy / Canyon Rd) to get to Aloha. If coming along I-5 northbound from Wilsonville, Salem or other places south, exit at OR-217 at exit 292B and go north on Hwy 217 to exit 2B (Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy / Canyon Rd). From Beaverton go west on Canyon Rd (OR-8) which becomes (Tualitan Valley Hwy or locally referred to as 'TV Hwy') to Aloha which is between SW 160th and 229th along SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. The "central" part of Aloha is at SW 185th and Tualatin Valley Hwy with the post office (Zip/Post 97007) a block south of the parallel railroad tracks at SW 185th and Blanton. Aloha is not an incorporated city or town so it does not have its own city hall (local council).

By Bus & Train[edit]

  • TriMet [1] also operates buses in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Bus #52 goes between Beaverton & PCC Rock Creek through Aloha long SW Farmington & 185th; 57 goes through Aloha along Tualatin Valley Hwy (Hwy 8) between Beaverton & Forest Grove; and the #59 goes from north Beaverton (Sunset Transit Center) to Willow Creek (185th & Baseline) along Walker Rd. Or take the 'Blue Line' MAX train to Willow Creek Transit Center (along NW 185th & Baseline).
  • Columbia County Rider [2] goes from Saint Helens & Scapposse to Willow Creek Transit Center [3] and PCC Rock Creek. The Willow Creek Transit Center is linked to Beaverton by the #52 bus (traveling along 185th) or the 'blue' MAX train going to get to Beaverton.
  • Yamhill County Transit Area Rt #44 [4] goes from McMinnville, via Newberg to Tigard along OR-99W (Pacific Hwy) while the #33 goes from McMinnville to Hillsboro. From Tigard transfer to the #76 or 78 to Beaverton and transfer to the #52 or 57 to Aloha. From Hillsboro transfer to the #57 bus (going towards Beaverton) to Aloha.

Get around[edit]

The easiest way to get around Aloha is by car. However, Tri-Met also makes traveling within Aloha, and the rest of the Portland area, quite easy and affordable, although occasionally time consuming. Buses run throughout Aloha and connect to MAX stops.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Harvey the Rabbit, 21250 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, [5]. Harvey is a large rabbit (statue) that graces the side of S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway by Harvey's Marine Store (a boat dealership). He will often be seen holding something festive, for example, a Christmas tree in December.  edit
  • Jenkins Estate, 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton 97007, +1 971 506-3844, [6]. Mon-Fri 6AM to 4PM. A refurbished farm, the Jenkins Estate boasts a log cabin and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens with fantastic views of the Tualatin Valley. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, 4805 SW 229th St (1mi (1.6km) south of Tualatin Valley Hwy along SW 229th), +1 503 649-8191, [7]. One of the finest golf courses in the world, The Reserve boasts two courses (one public, one private), first class facilities, and occasional major tournaments.  edit
  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards, 20121 SW Leonardo Ln, Beaverton, OR, +1 503 649-0027, [8]. No visit to Aloha is complete without a trip to several wineries.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Big Lots!, 18565 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy (In the strip, NW corner of SW Tualatin Valley Hwy & 185th), +1 503 642-3116, [9]. Check out Big Lots! for great deals on anything you can think of.  edit
  • Costco, 15901 SW Jenkins Rd (Nw corner of 158th & Jenkins, just west of the Nike World Headquartes), +1 503 644-7615, [10]. Here you can buy large quantities for low prices.  edit
  • Goodwill Industries, 775 SW 185th (Located at the Baseline Center strip mall, SW of the SW 185th & Baseline intersection), +1 503 906-7350, [11]. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Goodwill is one of the largest second-hand store chains in the nation selling donated goods, with profits going towards their vocational rehab programs in placing people to work. They also have another location at 2920 SW 234th Hillsboro, OR 97123 in the SE of Tualatin Valley Hwy & SW 234th/SE Century Blvd intersection  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Lupe's Escape. A casual atmosphere with great Mexican food.
  • Nonna Emelia's Ristorante Italiano. The best Italian food on the West Side.
  • Shangri-La. A traditional Chinese restaurant, Shangri-La boasts some of the finest cuisine in Aloha.
  • Toshi's. A small Japanese restaurant, Toshi's serves both sushi and cooked food.
  • Wu's Open Kitchen. Watch the chef's prepare your meal.
  • Reedville Cafe. A local favorite, the Reedville Cafe has been a landmark of Aloha for years, since its humble beginnings as "The Shack."
  • Blue Moon Diner. Love malts? Check out this '50's flashback restaurant.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Coffee Rush, 20415 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy (Next intersection west of SW 198th at the Aloha Market Center ('Rite Aid' & 'Safeway'). Past Intel campus if going west), +1 503 642-9904, [12]. Among the best cups of coffee you will ever have, this humble drive-up shop uses only the finest ingredients.  edit
  • Dr. Feelgood's Pub, 20419 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy (Same location as the above (Coffee Rush) only it is in amongst the storefronts in the strip mall), +1 503 591-9663. A typical, laid-back neighborhood bar.  edit
  • Aloha Station, 3765 SW 185th (NW corner of SW 185th & Blanton. A couple blocks down from Tualatin Valley Hwy), +1 503 649-7666. Former fire station located in the heart of Aloha, this tavern is a landmark.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Inn & Suites, 333 SW 198th St (Along SW 198th btwn. TV Hwy (Hwy 8) and Alexandria St., north of Intel campus), +1 503 642-4531, [13]. AAA approved, this hotel offers nice rooms at reasonable prices. It is located across the street from the "Fab 5" Intel campus, so it is convenient for those traveling to do business with the microelectronics giant.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • West. Take Highway 8 (Tualatin Valley Highway). This will take you to the cities of Hillsboro and Forest Grove, the home of Pacific University. North of Forest Grove is Banks. Banks is known for fantastic golfing, specifically at Quail Valley and Pumpkin Ridge. West of Forest Grove, after a few wineries, is the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast Range is a haven for outdoorsman; it has fantastic hiking, camping, and fishing. Further west is the Oregon Coast. From Aloha, it is very easy to get to the coastal towns of Tillamook, Lincoln City, and Cannon Beach.
  • South. Head South on Grabhorn Road to farm country. Here you can explore Tileflat Treasures and tour fantastic wineries.
  • East. Beaverton is a nice city with lots of parks. Past Beaverton, is Portland, the largest city in Oregon. Beyond Portland is the Cascade Mountains, the most famous of which is Mount Hood. There is also fantastic windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge.
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