About Historic Aurora, Oregon
The Aurora Colony is Oregon’s First National Historic District. The original settlement was founded as a Utopian Society in the mid-1800s. A group of mostly German people chose to live and work together for the betterment of the community. Aurora is built on the banks of the Pudding River and is one of the early settlements in Western Oregon. It quickly blossomed into a small successful village with a mill, shops, artisans, a grand hotel complete with a band, hops traders, a feed company etc.
For more about the happenings in town:
Today Aurora’s has been named one of the Top 5 Antique Shopping Destinations in America by CNBC and the Travel Channel. Many of the original buildings and structures remain in good condition and the town is full of shops, museums and places to relax. Historic Aurora is also the setting for a series of young adult books by Jane Kirkpatrick featuring the heroine Emma as she grows up in the pioneer NW.
- First Friday featuring music food & fun!
- Emma Walking Tour: A self-guided tour based on the Jane Kirkpatrick books.
- Great Aurora Ground-Hog Hunt on First Saturday of February
- Colony Museum Spinning Wheel Show in March
- Jewelry & Wine Weekend on Mother’s Day
- Colony Museum Strawberry Social in June
- Colony Days Festival & Sidewalk Antique Sale
- Hazelween & Aurora ScareCrow Tour in September & October
- Colony Museum Quilt Show in October
- Wine & Chocolate Walk in First Weekend of December
Aurora is a spring board to many things in the North Willamette Valley Area.
For events and happenings in the Aurora Historic District, visit Aurora Visitors Association: Visit Website
The #1 shopping destination in Oregon is just 10 minutes away — Woodburn Outlet Mall — Woodburn Company Stores for Big Name Brands and Outlet Savings: Visit Website
One of the biggest Tulip Farms in the Northwest Wooden Shoe Tulips: Visit Website
The biggest dahlia grower in America and fabulous flower farm is Swan Island Dahlias: Visit Website
Local Hazelnuts and Chocolates in Aurora: Visit Website
Handmade Goods and Art: Visit Website
Want to Tour & Taste other wines? Visit Website
Beautiful Winery and Wedding Venue: St Josef’s Winery Visit Website
Coolest old stuff this side of Boston? Visit Website
Great gluten free baking and local coffee at the White Rabbit Bakery: Visit Website
History of the Utopian Days at the Aurora Colony Museum: Visit Website
Looking for a place to stay:
Feller House Bed and Breakfast: Visit Website
Wilsonville Oregon Chamber of Commerce: Visit Website
Oregon Garden: Visit Website
From Portland via I-5:
From I-5 southbound take Exit #282a (Canby). Stay on road through first light, take left at second light- Ehlen Rd (about 2.5 miles). Go left (east) approximately 1 mile.
From East Portland via 205:
Take Oregon City Hwy 99E exit . Go south through Canby into Historic Aurora (approx 15 miles) – Hwy 99E runs through the town.
I-5 North from Salem
Take Exit #278. Head east approximately 3 miles on Ehlen Rd.
Tasting Room Hours
Friday12 Noon till 6
Saturday12 Noon till 5
Sunday12 Noon till 5