Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Roloff Farms

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{DAY 31} 
Portland Area

Since the last day of this 31 Day Challenge falls on Halloween, I'm highlighting a pumpkin patch. I'm choosing Roloff Farms, which is in the Helvetia community of Hillsboro, Oregon. The Roloff's are stars of TLC's Little People Big World. The pumpkin patch came before the tv show, but certainly had less hype.

Along the drive to the Roloff's are pumpkins letting you know you're headed in the right direction.

The pumpkin patch is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October.

The Entrance

While waiting to buy your tickets, you can also pick up Amy's Pumpkin Peach Salsa, Roloff books & souvenirs.

Photo op

Halloweens Past
Even before the craziness a tv show can bring, the Roloff's had a nice pumpkin patch to visit. Here are Capt. N & I in 2005.

Mr. T at Roloff Farms in 2005

Wagon Tour
Now days, the way to see their farm is to purchase tickets for the wagon tour. The tour takes you throughout their farm showing you the most popular places, with a short stop in their western town.

While waiting in line to board the wagon tour, we spotted Matt Roloff posing with visitors.

The Roloff home

Jeremy Roloff's jeep parked out front with Happily Ever After written on the window. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Matt's Men's Crisis Center. In other words, his shop.

Noah's Ark

Too, too cute! Straw, stick & brick homes from Three Little Pigs. Complete with 3 little pigs. The kids & I oohed and aahed over this, maybe because we recently added a couple pigs to our farm.

Raised chicken coop to protect their flock from predators. Clever.


Wedding Barn
It is rustic & lovely

I loved these lights & think something similar would work perfectly between our house and the Man Shack. I took this pic to show my hubby.

Beneath a barn is a wine cellar

Super cute little church built by Matt Roloff.

Back of the Office

The Old West Town Today
The wagon tour stops here for a few minutes to let you explore the town. It really is impressive.

Old West Town in 2005
Years ago, we didn't pay to take a tour of the farm. It was just part of the fun coming to this pumpkin patch. We got to explore the old town as long as we wanted. However, back then it wasn't crazy crowded like it is today.

Molly's Castle 2005
Back in the day, we could also explore the castle.

Molly's Castle today
I believe our tour guide told us that it was just recently completed.

Adventure Area
The adventure area was pretty great with tons of fun things for the kids.


Tricycle Racing

Mini Golf

Big cats from A Walk on the Wild Side
And, so much more


The first year we went to Roloff Farms was in 2005. We loved it. It was a quiet evening, slightly wet out and nearly no visitors at the pumpkin patch. As far as I was concerned, it was perfect. While we were paying for the pumpkins, John struck up conversation with Matt Roloff and realized he was working for a company that Matt previously worked for. There was a camera man or two around, but we didn't think much of it. Later they asked us to sign papers saying it would be ok if we ended up in a new documentary featuring little people. As far as I know we didn't end up in any episodes. But, we didn't have cable tv back then, so I didn't watch the first few seasons.

The next year, I went back with my mom on a Saturday morning. It was so crowded and crazy. It took forever just to get parked. I didn't go back again after that.

Eight years later, I decided to go back & check it out. I loved it. I went expecting a crowd, so I was prepared this time. Also, they are better prepared for the crowds & parking wasn't a problem. It was $12 per person to enjoy both the wagon tour & adventure area. Not super cheap, but also not outrageous. It is the most I have spent for pumpkin patch activities, but there was a lot to see & do.

They did have a couple food options available. But, you could also drive the one minute it takes to get to the Helvetia Tavern for a burger if you're hungry.

I hope everyone has been enjoying this fall season and wishing you a
Happy Halloween!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Helvetia Tavern

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{DAY 30} 
Portland Area

Just outside of Hillsboro is the community of Helvetia. If you're in the area, Helvetia Tavern is the place to eat.

You go there for a burger, fries & onion rings. It's simple. It's greasy. It's good.

When my Aunt & her family visit Oregon, we always eat here with them.

I have never heard one bad comment about the food or service.

I can't speak about the tavern side. But, a place doesn't stay open more than 90 years if things are crummy. So, I'm assuming the beer, spirits & company are also good. My dad celebrated his 21st birthday here many, many years ago.

The restaurant side of the building.

Caps on the ceiling

The menu
The prices are reasonable. However, bring your cash. They don't accept plastic.

Bacon Cheeseburger & Onion Rings

On a side note, Helvetia Tavern is located near the Rice Rock Museum. It is also right next to Roloff Farms from TLC's Little People Big World. So, if you're checking out rocks or picking the perfect pumpkin, this would be a good place to grab a bite to eat.

It has also been in an episode of Grimm, which is filmed in and around Portland.

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