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Get Outdoors this Spring in the Willamette Valley

 

Now that spring is finally arriving in Oregon’s Wine Country, we're are coming out of our caves looking to stretch our legs and get back outdoors to enjoy this beautiful region. Take in the stunning views of the Willamette Valley and smell of the wildflowers on Marys Peak, or stay on more urban terrain at Salem’s Riverfront Park – home to The Gilbert House Children’s Museum and the new Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, which connects Riverfront Park to Minto-Brown Island Park, a 1,200-acre natural park and wildlife refuge.

East of Salem, kayaking, hiking, biking and boating opportunities abound at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area. Hikers won’t want to miss Silver Falls State Park with its 10 magical waterfalls connected by a single trail system. If you are headed south, find outdoor adventures in the mountain town of Oakridge, nestled just out of Eugene-Springfield. You'll find world-class mountain biking trails, great hiking routes and majestic water-falls as the landscape turns rugged and lush where the Cascade Mountains rise up from the valley. Hike trails like Spencer Butte for fantastic 360-degree views and get up close and personal with hawks, owls, falcons and eagles at the Cascades Raptor Center.


Afterwards your adventuring be sure to stop by one of the many U-Pick farms for your fill of blueberries, apples, zucchinis and lavender, among other crops. Have your fill at Morning Shade Farm where you can pick blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, Marionberries and Boysenberries. Maybe tomatoes are your fruit of choice? Check out Hartnell Farms to enjoy over 100 varieties of tomatoes from cherries to heirlooms, or fill your vases with aromatic treasures like lavender and tulips from places like the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

After you enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors and our many culinary treasures stop in and sip at tasting room after tasting room of our award-winning Pinot. Speaking of awards, you've probably heard by now that the Willamette Valley picked up the Wine Region of the Year award in 2016 but did you also know May is Oregon Wine Month?

That means you've got exactly 31 days to sip and savor the best of Oregon's world-class wine right here in our backyard. There's no shortage of parties or pours in Oregon this May, you'll find every kind of wine event– from paddle trips to wine walks, sipping seminars to ballet at the bar. We've got it all! And because we know just how to party, we end the month of May with a three-day wine fest at nearly every winery in the Valley with Memorial Day weekend open houses, where practically every wine maker pops open the door and the cork for the summer season.


Get a taste of just a adventures you can have in the valley this spring!

 

 

Wine & Dine Divinely in the Salem Area

 

 

Wineries, Gardens and Fresh Farm Produce

 

 

Use Bike Concierge to Explore Mt. Hood’s Wine Scene


 

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month at Taste Dundee

 

 

Explore Willamette Valley’s Southern Waterfalls



Road Trip: Santiam Wagon Road, and Paths Less Traveled

 


Want to make a weekend of it? Explore our interactive travel planner to find wineries, hotels, B&Bs and restaurants throughout the Willamette Valley, and make memories with a trip to Oregon Wine Country.

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Use Bike Concierge to Explore Mt. Hood Territory's Wine Scene
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Celebrate Oregon Wine Month at Taste Dundee
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Explore Willamette Valley's Southern Waterfalls
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