Given its proximity to Portland (12 miles south), one would be tempted to describe Tualatin (pronounced, "tu-WAHL-a-tin") as a "bedroom community," a moniker residents of this proud community would reject. Declaring war on traditional sprawl and determined to create a unique identity for itself, Tualatin began a multi-year, 300-acre redevelopment project in 1993 aimed at creating a mixed-use space, one friendly to both people and business. Today, the center of that vision has been realized in the 19 acre Tualatin Commons where visitors will find a comfortable space filled with office buildings, row houses, a hotel, work/live units called "hoffices," restaurants, and a public plaza and promenade surrounding a manmade lake. At a Willamette Valley vacation rental in Tualatin, Portland and its wealth of shopping and eateries is just 15 minutes away. Seasonal activities abound on the rugged Oregon Coast an hour and half to the west, and an hour to the east around Mt. Hood. But one needn't leave Tualatin for great shopping and dining. Tualatin is home to a majority of Bridgeport Village, an open-air shopping area reminiscent of those found in Europe. (The smaller portion falls in the neighboring community of Tigard). It features an 18-screen movie theater, several national and regional chain restaurants, and many chain retail stores. There's even a stationary outpost of Koi Fusion, the popular Korean BBQ and Mexican food cart. Tualatin on a whole has over 50 restaurants serving every taste, from neighborhood taquerias to sushi spots to tapas and small plates at Lakeside Bistro at the Commons. There are lots of things to do right nearby your Tualatin vacation rental. Parks, for instance, are important to the city. Serving 50 square miles, Tualatin boasts 90 parks with active recreational amenities. These include six rec centers, 162 natural areas, and eight swim centers. Skateboarders will love the new skateboard park at Tualatin Community Park. There's also a farmers market. Or, head over to the Tualatin Heritage Center and learn more about the city's history. Housed in a 1926, craftsman-style church, the building itself had its own narrow escape from the wrecking ball. Tualatin has festivals too! If you're there in early August, its "Viva Claws Vegas," Tualatin's annual Crawfish Festival where the critter in all its culinary forms is celebrated and ingested over a two-day period with music, a parade, and contests of every sort. So, if you're planning to be in the greater Portland area, consider a Tualatin vacation rental as your home base and avoid the traffic and hassles of the big city while still being close to Mount Hood and the beautiful Oregon coast!