Road Trip: Milton-Freewater

With spring on the horizon and blues skies in the forecast, it’s time for a road trip! Head east for wide open spaces and big culinary offerings in little Milton-Freewater (pop. 7,100). Located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains northeast of I-84 near Pendleton, Milton-Freewater isn’t a town you pass through by accident. But…

: Petit Noirs


Located in backdrop of the Blue Mountains, Milton-Freewater is fertile farm country of orchards and wheat fields.

The vineyards here cross state borders to form the Walla Walla American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Oregon and Washington. Wine is just one part of Milton-Freewater’s growing tradition of artisan food and drink; the town also home to a brewery, a cidery and a chocolate boutique.

Trip Ideas

  • Taster’s Tour of Milton-Freewater

    Standing on a hill at the 17th tee box of the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, a group of visitors is surprised to learn that the green is a 121-yard shot about 60 yards below. With...
  • The Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop

    Driving through the golden rolling landscape of Eastern Oregon's Umatilla County, it's easy to bypass the tasty handcrafted products rooted in these grain- and fruit-growing farmlands. But the new Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop self-guided...
    Lynne Curry, Guest Author
  • To Taste Oregon’s Terroir, Retrace the Missoula Floods

    Every good vineyard tour should begin with an exercise in imagination. For Oregon winegrowers operating along the route of an ancient and sizable series of floods, that tour should invite you to picture everything from...
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