Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience! The most recent location for our runcation series is a new stay at The Orenco in Hillsboro.
First the Running:
While many think of Portland as being THE running destination in the Metro area, heading westward provides some amazing running options as well. It may not have the fun visuals of the Waterfront Trails or Forest Park, but Hillsboro does have its share lush landscapes and well-maintained trails. Here are a few just a short distance from The Orenco Hotel.
- Orenco Woods Nature Park: Located just a stone’s throw away from the Orenco Hotel, the Orenco Woods Nature Park Trail offers a serene escape into nature. The trails span approximately 1.6 miles and winds through lush greenery, providing a perfect setting for a refreshing morning run. The path is predominantly flat with gentle inclines, making it suitable for runners of all levels. If you are running with the kids, there is a great play area as well **note that the NE corner of the path is closed through early 2024 for repairs**.
2. Noble Woods Park sits a mere 1.5 miles from the Orenco Hotel. This beloved running route encompasses a well-maintained trail that spans approximately 1.8 miles, making it an ideal destination for a rejuvenating morning run. There are three loops within the park that total approximately 1.3 miles if you tackle them all.
If you are looking for a great 5 mile run that encompasses both parks, we put a suggested route here!
3. Rock Creek Trail: For those seeking a longer and slightly more challenging run, the Rock Creek Trail is a straight shot and presents an excellent option. Head north and connect with the Powerline connection for as many miles as you could desire.
Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll through a tranquil nature park or a more invigorating run along a scenic trail, these options offer a delightful taste of the natural beauty that Hillsboro has to offer.
When you think “hotels”, your mind probably pictures something relatively standard in terms of visuals. The Orenco is actually a super unique take on local lodging – providing a 10-room experience in the heart of Hillsboro’s bustling Orenco Station. If you aren’t familiar with this area, it is a lively neighborhood that packs a punch with an array of fantastic eateries, activities, and cool shops. And The Orenco is in the heart of it all.
Pulling up to it, I felt like I was staying at a row house somewhere on the East Coast. It seems so historically urban, but in a city location that is extremely suburban. It’s a nice marriage of new and old – and definitely super unique. There is a small lobby area with snacks, coffee, books, and local pamplets to utilize on your exploration of the area.
The Orenco Hotel also has everything you need and nothing of what you don’t. The rooms are clean and outfitted nicely (more on that below). There is contactless check-in so you can arrive on your own time. If you just want to kick back and relax without heading out, they provide some great seating areas and free snacks to nosh on. If you are keen to hit the town not by foot, ask about using one of their bikes to get rolling.
For pet owners like me, the hotel’s pet-friendly policy in some rooms was a welcome feature. While we didn’t pack up our Golden this time, it’s reassuring to know that they go the extra mile to accommodate furry companions. From providing essentials like a bed, bowl, and towel to thoughtful extras like wipes for muddy paws and yummy dog treats, four-legged friends can feel right at home.
The Orenco has a few different room options – from Queen to King. Our room was nothing short of delightful. It is upscaled B&B Chic in its design – balancing functionality with style, in a comfortable and visually appealing space. Our room on the second floor had a fun people-watching quality to it and there was a surprisingly solid amount of space. It also had all the essentials you expect from lodging – including a nice little kitchen nook.
Some of the other rooms – specifically the Courtyard King – offers little bit more. There iss exposed brick on the wall, hardwood flooring on the feet, and a really lovely courtyard option. It provides quick and easy access to a charming and quiet section of Orenco Station’s main street – making it a convenient base for exploring the area.
The Orenco Hotel is a prime location in Hillsboro and there are a variety of dining options within walking distance.
For those seeking delectable cuisine, Orenco Station is home to an array of popular restaurants. But you needn’t worry about breakfast when staying at The Orenco because they provide a complimentary continental breakfast voucher for the nearby Tous Les Jours bakery.
And holy crap you will want to go there. There are TONS of amazing offerings – from sweet to savory – and it was IMPOSSIBLE to select just one thing.
As always, we generally highlight a nearby brewery or winery option nearby our travel spots because, well, we are Oregonian. Mazama Brewing is less than a half mile from The Orenco Hotel and provide solid pub fare and great craft beer. If you are just looking for a brew, the Orenco Taphouse is even closer. The Orenco Farmer’s Market sits literally behind the property on Sunday mornings, so check it out too!
The Orenco Hotel is absolutely an amazing basecamp for a staycation, for hitting up prior to one of the great races in Hillsboro ore Beaverton (looking at you Run with Paula). It’s a quiet spot in an impeccable location that really lets you either disappear into your own rest and recovery needs, or be a short jaunt from tons of running options.
Be sure to check them out on Instagram for great photos of their property – and schedule that trip now!