Nestled between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Oregon Coast is 150 miles of breathtaking views, fabulous cities, and vineyards. Both city life and rural wine country are here for your enjoyment.The Willamette Valley is home to 70% of Oregon's population and includes the three largest cities, Eugene, Salem, and Portland. With over 19,000 acres of vineyards and over 500 wineries, you will never be without an adventure for the day.Willamette is not just about great wine - it offers a huge variety of things to do. There is something for everyone!
Breathtaking and unforgettable! You will never forget this experience. More than one company offers this service, however. Vista Balloon Adventures offers a full wine experience both on the ground and in the air, which includes tastings and brunch. You can select from different packages based on how you want to fill your day. If you just want the quiet cruise over the land, they are happy to oblige.
One of Oregon's seven wonders is the 36-mile long Pacific coastline. Brimming with character, tide pools, ocean rock formations, lovely communities and tons of public access, this is worth exploring!
Along the Oregon Scenic Byway you can visit the Heceta Head Lighthouse which opened in 1894, explore Ecola State Park, get sand between your toes at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Cannon Beach has endless beach and the 235 tall, iconic, Haystack Rock.
Or, just pack a picnic, find a view you love, and relax beside the Pacific Ocean.
If you're an avid cyclist, this 134-mile scenic bikeway will not disappoint. However, if you simply enjoy making a leisurely day of riding, this trail is moderate and you can ride only as much as you wish.
Scenery abound! Ride past the river, fields of hops, small towns, breweries and coffee shops. There are uphill climbs for the cyclist who wants the challenge and there are shorter, less challenging routes. Maps and suggested routes are available so you can plan your adventure to suit your needs. There are many other scenic bikeways in Oregon, including one that features covered bridges.
Wait, hear us out. There are some very unusual rocks here!
Due to the unimaginable flood during the ice age, the valley was a sea for a very long time. This flood is also credited with creating the fertile soil in the valley that nourishes our vineyards.
Boulders of enormous size were floated and deposited into the Willamette Valley bed where they remain today. Maps can lead you on a scavenger hunt to these gigantic boulders which are not indigenous to this part of the continent. You will find them still in their post-ice age resting places.
You can also find the famous Willamette Meteorite near West Linn. Discovered in 1902, there is no impact crater with this meteorite because it also was displaced by the ice age floods. It is thought to have hit the Earth near what is now Montana. This 32,000 pound (mostly iron) space rock is a very interesting sight to behold and is unique to the valley.
Suggested to be one of the most fun experiences in Salem, the Marquam Hill Ranch (located just outside Salem, OR) lets you get up close and personal with the award-winning alpacas raised on the ranch. Tours are available and the ranch hosts other fun events which in the past have included Yoga with Alpacas and Dinner in the Field. Perhaps you'd like to help shear an alpaca? If you're looking for an unexpected day of fun, visit their website calendar events to see what's coming up!
Saginaw Vineyard hosts Friday Night Live! with great local bands and dinner available from 6-7:30 pm, or you are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the outdoor music. Visit their website for information on upcoming music!
Noble Saturday Nights at Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room, offers live music and top Oregon wines! In summer months enjoy music on the patio along with drinks from the outdoor bar. You're invited to build your own wine flight to experience even more of their special wines. They have a tasting room at the vineyard as well. This urban location is just off the Fern Ridge Bike Route in West Eugene.
We know why you're here. The world-class vineyards of the Willamette Valley are truly the star!
With over 500 wineries, the Willamette Valley can keep any wine novice or connoisseur very busy. It is impossible to suggest "the best" wineries to visit. However, we can help with a plan. Depending on where you need to start, here are some wine tasting routes you can follow should you like to spend the day smelling, swirling, tasting and dining. Should you prefer to plan your own day, we have provided a directory of vineyards here in the valley.
Although Willamette wineries offer numerous, delicious varieties, be sure to taste a local claim-to-fame, Pinot Noir. Considering that almost 75% of Willamette wines are produced with grapes grown right here in the valley, you are in for an amazing wine experience.
You'll find amazing dining options all over the Willamette Valley, but we can get you started with a few suggestions:
Many of the Willamette Valley wineries have on-site restaurants or cafes. You will never go hungry here in the valley!
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is a bountiful place full of great food, drink, and spectacular vineyards. With mountains to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West, it offers more adventures than you could possibly fit into one visit.
Willamette awaits you to offer amazing days to remember forever!