Forrest Grove is such a great community to raise a family. It's just a short commute from Portland and has all the pleasantries of a small town community. It's not a very busy town during the school year, however during spring break and summer, the town gets very busy with tourists coming to The Enchanted Forrest Amusement Park.
The Enchanted Forrest is the main attraction of the city. It's a really cool theme park based on fairy tales like Pinocchio and Alice and Wonderland. Forrest Grove is home of the World's Tallest Barber Pole and plenty of vineyards that serve wine tastings and most have a full restaurant as well.
For the outdoor enthusiasts there are plenty of great activities from hiking, swimming, river trips, and wetlands. There are many summer and fall working opportunities on the farms in the area as well.
Pacific University resides in Forrest Grove among the greenery that used to be farmland. It's a nice university town without being expensive. It's a great bedroom community of Portland that has everything you could need. Forrest Grove is a great place to live when you want to be big city close but don't want to live inside the city.