The state of Oregon is known for many things. From its coastal beauty to its hidden waterfalls and its culturally rich cities, Oregon truly does have something for everyone. For the wine lover, Oregon doesn’t disappoint. The Willamette Valley is considered one of the premier destinations in the country. From its world famous vineyards to its historic towns and fun festivals and events, Voyager Vacation Club invites you to come on a journey with us as we take a closer look at this amazing region.
About the Willamette Valley
Home to more than 300 wineries, the Willamette Valley has been producing award winning wines for over 50 years however, that is just the beginning. Most populous of Oregons 7 regions, the Willamette Valley is known for a variety of other reasons as well. Home to the major cities of Portalnd and Eugene, millions come to enjoy the culture and activities in these popular areas each year. Outside the city, the agricultural area produces not just the wines for which it has become famous but stunning food created from freshly grown produce and cattle raised in the area.
In the early 1800’s after Lewis and Clarks expedition to the area, small groups of settlers began arriving looking for a place to settle and farm. The area quickly grew and today continues to grow. Characterized by its wet, cool winters and warmer, dry summers, this fairly warm part of the state is much like other famous wine regions in Europe and has come to be described as having a Mediterranean climate. Historic and welcoming, the Willamette Valley is one of the best places to travel in Oregon today.
A Featured Destination
For those looking to enjoy the summer weather, the 132 mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is a great way to enjoy the views, the weather, the summer sun, the agriculture and the culture unique to the area. Riders have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the area as you explore the history and the popular and even lesser known destinations along the way. The official first Scenic Bikeway in the U.S., the route is fairly simple and offer views of world famous vineyards, beautiful hop fields, and quaint small towns. Stop for a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or enjoy a night under the stars at Champeog State Park.
For those who are out exploring for the day, there are plenty other routes throughout the region to explore. For a scenic drive by more mechanized means head out to the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Valley, a 50 mile drive along the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in northern Willamette Valley in Washington County.
No matter what you seek, find out what you have been missing when you spend time in this popular and beautiful part of Oregon, a top destination for travel.