The Culinary Trip of a Lifetime
Editor’s Note: Our Trails to Feast sweeps has now ended, but you can still savor Oregon’s culinary best by exploring all of our Trails to Feast and reading up on more ways to eat and drink your way through Oregon.
Planning a trek to the food mecca of Oregon? We’ve got just the thing for you. Let us pick up the tab on a nine-day culinary trip of lifetime. In honor of Feast Portland - Oregon’s world-class festival of food and drink – one person will win a trip for two. We’re calling it the Trails to Feast Sweeps, and here are the goods.
Fly into the Portland International Airport on Alaska Airlines. Then you’ll be driven downtown for three nights at the Hotel Lucia and a whole weekend of VIP treatment at Feast. After you check in and explore the city a bit, it’s off to a private winemakers party at Nel Centro, followed by dinner with top chefs going casual at the Sandwich Invitational.
Enjoy the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting in Pioneer Square, where dozens of the state’s top artisans will share their wares, and chefs from around the country will present ongoing demos. That evening you’ll enter the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian market at Feast’s Night Market.
Roll up your sleeves for an authentic pretzel-making class and more imbibing at the Grand Tasting. Wrap up over a dinner at The Imperial, Vitaly Paley’s latest creation.
Drive to Salem and take part in a farm and orchard tour at the Willamette Valley Fruit Company. Then check into the historic Grand Hotel in Salem before enjoying dinner featuring the local harvest at La Capitale, followed by dessert at Gerry Frank’s Konditorei.
Start in the Eola Hills wine country with lunch and wine tasting with the winemaker at Left Coast Cellars. Then it’s farm and orchards part two with tours and tastings at E.Z. Orchards Farm Market & Cidery and Cherry Country Orchard & Chocolate Factory. Finish your day with a European take on Oregon ingredients during dinner at Orupa.
You’ll head to the rugged southern Oregon Coast, where you’ll spend two nights overlooking the ocean in the Loft by the Lighthouse. If you can tear yourself away from the view, you’ll head south to the quaint town of Bandon for an artisan chocolate and vanilla tasting at Coastal Mist, followed by a chef’s dinner at Alloro Wine Bar.
It’ll be Oregon’s Tastiest Catch when you head to Coos Bay for a morning of Dungeness crabbing with guide Wayne Van Burger, host of “Joy of Fishing” on ROOT Sports. Then hit the farmers market with a local chef from the Plank House Restaurant, who will help you turn your day’s haul into a seafood feast during a private cooking class and dinner.
It’s off to the Wild and Scenic Rogue River for the Southern Oregon Culinary and Brew raft trip with Rogue Wilderness Adventures. After landing, you’ll be treated to wine tasting and a private tour of Schmidt Family Vineyards before dinner in the wine cave at DANCIN Vineyards. Cap the night when you check into your regal digs at the White House Bed & Breakfast in Medford.
The Southern Oregon adventure continues when you begin the day on the Rogue Valley Artisan Corridor. There, the owner-artisans of Rogue Creamery, Lillie Belle Farms and Ledger David Cellars will show you why they’ve garnered the world’s culinary attention. Then spend the afternoon and lunch at Standing Stone Brewery & Farm before your grand finale in Ashland: dinner and wine tasting at the historic Winchester Inn and a performance of Henry V at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
It’s time to head for home when you hop on your Alaska Airlines flight at the Medford Airport.
Hungry for more tasty road trips? Read up on our other Trails to Feast around the state.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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