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Becca Barnhart | 10/22/2015 | Fall, Family, Outdoors, Wine

Six great trips for fall foliage in the Willamette Valley.

Ahhh, fall: vineyards turn golden, harvest draws to a close, and forests begin to pop with color. Take one of these six day trips and discover why fall in Oregon Wine Country is so jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
  [caption id="attachment_127" align="alignleft" width="150"]Fall color at Domaine Meriwether Fall color at Domaine Meriwether Winery[/caption]   1. Take a fall drive on Highway 126. One of our favorite fall scenic drives is the route west on Hwy 126. This pretty drive takes travelers from Eugene through the countryside on the way to the Oregon Coast, where vine maples are popping yellows and now reds. On your way west, make a lunch stop at Our Daily Bread for some locally grown, raised and produced culinary delights from the Willamette Valley. Just past the town of Veneta, Domaine Meriwether Winery  is waiting with delicious Pinot noir as well as sparkling wines.   2. Ride through the vines on a horseback wine tour. You cant get much closer to fall foliage than riding through autumn vineyards on a horseback wine tour. This time of year, grapevines turn stunning shades of gold as harvest draws to a close. Visit three vineyards in the Yamhill Valley wine country on a horseback wine tasting trip with Equestrian Wine Tours. [caption id="attachment_123" align="alignleft" width="150"]Fall hike at Silver Falls State Park Fall hike at Silver Falls State Park[/caption]   3. Hike to 10 waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park. Often referred to as the crown jewel of the Oregon State Park system, Silver Falls State Park near Salem is home to ten amazing waterfalls and is a must-visit spot for fall foliage. Free, guided hikes by knowledgeable volunteers are offered weekly, March through November. After your hike, indulge in a meal and glass of wine (or even a spa treatment and an overnight stay) at the Oregon Garden Resort, just up the road in Silverton.   4. Enjoy a pup-friendly picnic at Sunnyside Park. Bring a picnic and your furry friend to this 98-acre park in the foothills of the Cascades, east of the historic town of Albany. Oaks and maples glow golden and red against a backdrop of Douglas fir, making Sunnyside an especially scenic spot for a peaceful autumn afternoon. Dogs are welcome to walk the paved walkways on leash or to romp off-leash in the fenced dog park. Continue the fall foliage-spotting with a drive on the nearby Over the River and Through the Woods Scenic Byway. [caption id="attachment_124" align="alignleft" width="150"]Reds + golds on the Willamette riverfront Reds + golds on the Willamette riverfront[/caption]   5. Wander along the Willamette in Corvallis. Theres no better place to view fall foliage than Riverfront Commemorative Park in Corvallis. This public gem has a paved multi-use path that offers views of the Willamette River on one side, and of Corvallis charming downtown on the other. Grab a bite and brew after your walk at Sky High Brewing and Pub, the tallest brewery in the mid-valley, for panoramic views of Corvallis and the historic Oregon State University campus.     6. Explore the national forest on a guided hike. Mt. Hood Adventure has a number of guided hikes in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory that offer the opportunity to see the trees show off their fall colors. Huckleberry and vine maple will put on a tremendous display on the 2-hour Mirror Lake hike, which is sometimes known as a Fall Color Extravaganza during the fall foliage season.
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