Savor Summer in Oregon’s Wine Country

By Becca Barnhart

When the summer sun offers longer and warmer days, it’s time to explore all that Oregon’s Wine Country has to offer. Venture through Willamette Valley’s world-class wine region this summer, and you’ll find outdoor gems and agricultural bounty wherever you travel. Try two new wine and garden tours in the Salem area, or venture south and you’re bound to run into one of the valley’s famous summer festivals. Read on and find all the ways you can enjoy Oregon’s Wine Country all summer long.

Experience Salems world-class wine region, outdoor gems and agricultural bounty via two new tours. Starting this summer, visitors can hop aboard one of Graylines park coaches and head off for an unforgettable experience in Mid-Willamette Valley wine country!

The Wineries of the Valley Tour includes a visit and tasting flight at three wineries in the Salem area. During the 5-hour tour, a guide will provide narration and a no-host lunch stop at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Learn More.

The Silver Falls & The Oregon Garden Tour makes stops at E.Z. Orchards Farm Market, The Oregon Garden, and Silver Falls State Park. This five-hour tour also includes a no-host lunch stop at historic Silver Falls Lodge. Learn More.

Mount Hood’s Magical Soils Give Life to Dazzling Dahlias

The fertile soil of the Willamette Valley is world-renowned for its wine-growing capabilities, but it’s also home to many other wonderful products too, including a dazzling dahlias. Forty-acres of dalhias are open to the public each blooming season starting August 1, 2016. And you won’t want to miss the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the country, the Annual Dahlia Festival on Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 3-5, 2016. Find more agritourism events at

Explore Eugenes Urban Wineries & Territorial Wine Trail with Pinot Bingo

Need a fresh take on tasting this summer Grab a passport and play Pinot Bingo at Eugene area wineries and explore the flavors of the Southern Willamette Valley. Check out all the urban wineries that offer a unique twist on the delicious Pinot the Willamette Valley is known for. And when youre ready to see the countryside, head to the Territorial Wine Trail that 17 Southern Willamette wineries call home. Learn more about Pinot Bingo, including where to score your passport and prizes.

Summertime at The Thyme Garden

If you haven’t already, take a day this summer to visit The Thyme Garden, an 80-acre family-owned farm, specializing in collecting new and unusual varieties of herbs and displaying them for all to see and enjoy. Luncheons are available and include a walking tour of the property and a visit to the onsite stream restoration project that aims to help threatened Coho Salmon. Come on a weekend and enjoy a picnic lunch in the garden followed by an afternoon spent on the walking the paths and taking in the 92-bed display garden. Learn more about The Thyme Garden and experience it for yourself.

Celebration Lavender and Art at the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival

Newberg, OR will be filled with scents of lavender July 9 10, 2016 when growers from all over Oregon come together to celebrate the sweet-smelling plant and all its benefits. Join in as local businesses offer lavender-themed products ranging from soaps to accessories. Try lavender beer or wine as you enjoy the live music by an exciting lineup of artists. Plus, plan a visit to a local lavender farm to see their process up close and personal. Learn more about the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival.