Pedaling for Pinot – Eugene Wine Trail
Just outside of Eugene lies a wonderland of low traffic country roads perfect for all types of cyclists and road trippers, from the leisurely café explorer to the well-traveled rider looking for a new view. Whomever you are, don’t rush it. On this wine trail, travel through rolling valleys dotted with farms, orchards and vineyards, and over forested hillsides. Stop for stunning vistas and watch for kestrels or red-tailed hawks. Breathe in the moist forest air and discover the variety of unique wines at tasting rooms along the way.
Sweet Cheeks Winery: Named for the curvaceous hillsides that grace its view, this charming winery is tucked into the steep countryside of the Briggs Hill Valley. Picnicking on the sprawling patio is encouraged, so bring a basket, buy a bottle, and relax to live music or the company of friends.
Silvan Ridge Winery: At one of the region’s oldest wineries, sip on a nice Syrah by the fireplace or a refreshing glass of award-winning Early Muscat Semi-Sparkling on the patio.
King Estate Winery: Internationally renowned for its Pinot gris, King Estate Winery offers sweeping views of the Lorane Valley, an incredible restaurant featuring a mostly estate-grown seasonal menu and, most important, generous pours.
Chateau Lorane Winery: A Northwest winery specializing in the rare and unusual varietals of Huxelrebe, Marechal Foch, and Baco Noir.
Saginaw Vineyard: Enjoy a picnic beneath a walnut tree while savoring a glass of wine in this bucolic setting. Try Saginaw’s surprising blackberry wine and award-winning blueberry wine.
Iris Vineyards: Located in the Lorane Valley, Iris Vineyards is dedicated to producing high quality, handcrafted pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay.
Hamm Road Loop
Explore the scenic diversity of the southern reaches of the Willamette Valley on this cycling route. Follow the Coast Fork of the Willamette River through open farmland and sprawling orchards near Creswell and Cottage Grove, then head into the forested foothills and watch for wildflowers on your way to the plentiful Lorane Valley. This 43-mile loop offers moderate climbs and descents with smooth riding conditions.
Wolf Creek Loop
Challenge yourself on this 50-mile cycling route through the moss-laden forests of the Coast Range foothills. Breathe in the moist air and listen to the chorus of frogs at lower elevations. This route caters to riders who prefer remote or wilderness environments, as there are no services and you’re more likely to see another cyclist than a car. Wolf Creek serpentines through the hills, making long, gradual climbs and descents with some shorter, steep sections. Riders should be cautious of their speed on some turns.
Creswell Bakery: Farm to table at its finest and freshest in the charming town of Creswell. Chef Heidi Tunnell uses locally-sourced ingredients to transform house-made breads, pastries and lunches. Oregon wines and beers are available by the glass or bottle during lunch hours.
Village Green Resort: Stop to rest your legs and stay for the 14 acres of beautiful, themed gardens and walking paths. Finish the day on a private garden patio outside your deluxe room featuring a fireplace and cozy down comforters.
Check out some of the other great places to stay, eat and play in Cottage Grove and Creswell.
For more information on this area, contact Eugene, Cascades & Coast – Travel Lane County at www.eugenecascadescoast.org or 800.547.5445.