You can pack a lot into 150 miles.
For a start, there are the award-winning vineyards. More than 700 of them, actually, bottling world-famous pinot noirs, pinot gris and rieslings that connoisseurs around the world won’t shut up about.
But there’s more to the Willamette Valley than its wine. There are also acres of farms raising the organic livestock and produce sold at the local restaurants and markets you’ll find in the historic towns here — all of which are connected by miles of cycling and hiking trails traversing the land from Opal Creek to Mt. Angel.
There are enough fields of flowers, winding rivers, covered bridges, hot springs and scenic waterfalls to fill a month of Sunday drives. There’s rarely a weekend without a rodeo or a craft brew fest. And there are plenty of hotels, but also sleepy tipis, vintage trailers and treetop campsites to sleep in if you’re over hotels.
Once you get to the Willamette Valley, the hard part isn’t finding something to do.
It’s finding a reason to tell your friends back home that you aren’t leaving.
Willamette Valley: Oregon's wine country
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