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Experiences for the Early Riser

The early bird gets the worm in Wilsonville. Morning people rejoice as dawn approaches earlier and earlier every day in spring. You can have an unforgettable morning in Wilsonville no matter what you do, but these picks are specifically curated for early risers.


  • Quiet nature walks
  • 27-hole golf course
  • Rainbow trout fishing
  • Scenic bike rides
  • Early morning espresso

3 Days

7 Stops

Coffeehouse by Grace Chapel

Start the day fueled. Featuring a minimalist setting with a calming, Instagram-friendly vibe, visit Coffeehouse by Grace Chapel for pastries and espresso drinks made with ethical, locally-sourced beans by Intent Coffee. Distinct to this shop is an oat milk and coconut cream hybrid called Barista Mylk.

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Step back in time for a storied stroll through the birthplace of Oregon’s first provisional government. Morning people will enjoy peaceful river views, historic milestones and birding at Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Yurt at the Champoeg State Heritage Area
Women running on Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

As the first official scenic bikeway in the United States, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is made for skilled cyclists. There’s no better way to celebrate National Bike Month in May than pedaling your way through vineyards, hop fields and the Champoeg State Heritage Area. An occasional blanket of fog hangs in the trees in the mornings, accompanied by a refreshing chill.

Graham Oaks Nature Park

Boasting over 250 acres of oak forests and grassy plains, a visit to Graham Oaks Nature Park is always an adventure. As quiet walking paths wind through the landscape, towering trees touch the sky–including the park’s signature solitary oak. Start your morning with meditation and contemplation so you can tackle the day ahead.

Charbonneau Golf Club

Featured as one of “America’s Nine Most Cheerful Golf Courses” by Golf DigestCharbonneau Golf Club features rolling, generous and lush fairways over 27 meticulously maintained holes.

Kohl Creek Golf Course

A nine-hole regulation course in the Stafford area of Wilsonville, Kohl Creek is a smaller alternative to Charbonneau for a faster game. In addition to tree-lined fairways, the rural setting of Kohl Creek offers an abundance of natural beauty. Escape to the countryside and hit ‘em straight. 

Golf club and golf ball next to a hole

Trip Tips

If Champoeg State Heritage Area caught your eye for an early morning moment, get a head start by waking up in the middle of it all. Campsites and yurts are available for rent at the park–and the best part? Pets are welcome! Check out the events calendar to find more early-morning happenings.