In addition to sampling spectacular wines, an Oregon Wine Country vacation also offers plenty of exciting day trips. Explore more of the gorgeous Willamette Valley scenery on hikes to magical waterfalls and through serene forests. Spend a relaxing day at a fascinating museum or beautiful botanical garden. The dramatic Oregon coastline is also an easy drive from Yamhill County. A glass of the world’s best Pinot Noir will be waiting for you when you return to your Bed and Breakfast. Oregon Wine Inns, with over 20 member Bed and Breakfasts, offers guests the choice of the best accommodations with every amenity. The long, spectacular summer days are on the horizon. Now’s the time to book a long getaway filled with excellent wine, great food and wonderful adventures.
Day Hikes Near the Willamette Valley
The pristine and diverse Oregon landscape offers some of the most scenic hikes in the country. Spend your days hiking spectacular mountain trails, through lush old-growth forests, and to countless waterfalls. While the spring and summer wildflowers also paint the valley meadows with brilliant colors.
When considering hiking, Mount Hood cannot be ignored. The impressive peak dominates the landscape and has plenty of great trails. Old Salmon River Trail is a nice easy 1.9 mile hike that parallels the wild Salmon River. The deep lush forest and calming sounds of the rushing water make it a tranquil escape. While the very well maintained Rhododendron trail is a bit longer at 5 miles. It features stunning views, streams, rivers and bountiful wildflowers. However, the Tire Mountain hike has the best wildflower meadows with its’ peak bursting with blossoms in June.
The area also has an abundance of enchanting waterfall hikes each with its’ own unique features and surprises. Sparkling falls can be reached by easy short hikes or all-day excursions. A favorite is the hike to the 611-foot-tall Multnomah Falls and the nearby lodge offers a gift shop and restaurant. For a quick waterfall hike try the 0.6 mile Spirit Falls hike or the McDowell Creek Falls trail that’s just under 2 miles. Sahalie and Koosah Falls, Diamond Creek Falls and Shellburg Falls trails are all around 3 miles and have stunning viewing areas. For longer, more challenging hikes visit Marion Falls trail and Silver Falls State Park with its’ Trail of Ten Falls. McKenzie River Trail not only has a waterfall hike, but ancient lava flows, hot springs, and an additional 1-mile-loop trail to Koosah Falls.
Day Trips to Museums, Gardens and the Oregon Coast
Plan a relaxing day at one of two fascinating nearby museums. The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is the home of the famous Spruce Goose. Learn about Howard Hughes’ massive wooden flying boat. The museum also has a great collection of historical military aircraft and helicopters in addition to a space museum and theater. Gearheads will love the World of Speed Motorsports Museum with exhibits that cover drag racing, land-speed records, hydroplanes and NASCAR. Special shows include topics such as: Daytona Banking Wall, the Wall of Sound, Women in Racing, and the History of Northwest Drag Racing.
The Oregon Garden, an 80-acre botanical garden, is like a living art museum. The more than 20 specialty gardens create innovative environments each with its’ own diverse botanical beauty. They also host concerts in the garden with beer and wine available and a summer movie series as well.
The journey to the breathtaking Oregon coast takes under two hours, and is well worth it. The coastline is dotted with quaint towns that offer beautiful ocean views along with shopping, dining and galleries. An Oregon Wine Country vacation is one you’ll never forget. Reserve your perfect Bed and Breakfast summer getaway today.