If you were going to get engaged in Oregon, where would you do it? – A.C.
You are in luck because I have a few ideas to share with you! I happen to have a B & B in the Willamette Valley and we host many newlyweds so noting the locations our brides and grooms chose to “tie the knot,” can also be some of the most romantic places to “pop the question.” If I could give you just one answer, I would chose smack dab in the middle of a hazelnut orchard! Off Highway 228 between Brownsville and Sweet Home, Oregon, you’ll find the sweetest orchard with old trees anchored solid in to the earth in the most perfect rows. They have been there forever and their branches hang like arms in protection of something special and what a peaceful place. You will find many hazelnut orchards all throughout the Willamette Valley and just using Google, you can find more.
The Willamette Valley is gorgeous so choosing any outdoor venue would be perfect. At Mary’s Peak after a nice long hike to the top, behind the falls at Silver Creek Falls, at Left Coast Cellars in between the rows of grapes or while enjoying a picnic at one of Linn County’s covered bridges. Wherever you choose, I wish you luck and very romantic and memorable moment.
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Northwest Romance Travel, Forest Grove OR says…
We helped plan an engagement at the coast– complete with writing Will you Marry Me in the sand. These folks were from Missouri– so seeing the ocean was a huge treat!
Also Gales Creek is a lovely stream that runs through the wine country in rural Washington County. There is a great spot right on the river with views of the Coast Range.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Debbie Lusk
Debbie Lusk loves Oregon and everything there is to experience here. She may be found on the back of a black mare riding through wine country with saddle bags full of Oregon wine, or enjoying a cold beer at a local Willamette Valley microbrewery. She's smitten with Oregon and plans to enjoy it all one bite at a time! All her experiences can be found on her blog, Sweet Bliss.