The Willamette Valley Holidays

The broad Willamette Valley is characterized by college towns, fertile land, a laid-back, left-leaning culture and, of course, rain. It's easy to slip into the region's cappuccino-sipping, wine-tasting, mushroom-hunting vibe. Corvallis and Eugene are each home to a major state university and their downtown areas consequently are peppered with ... Read more
bookstores, cafes, and microbreweries – a delightful mix that you don't have to be a college kid to appreciate. Never mind the beautiful landscape (Multnomah Falls at the dramatic Columbia River Gorge is one of the state's claims to fame) - the region has always been agriculturally oriented, thanks to the abundantly rich loam left over from the last ice age. In the last couple decades, wine grapes have taken a stronger hold in the valley, and the region's wineries are worth visiting. Another popular crop - the cannabis variety - is grown plentifully up in the mountains, and influences the valley's relaxed, outdoorsy, back-to-the-earth culture.
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  • Multnomah Falls
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  • Portland Saturday Market
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  • Oregon Zoo
    9.093 reviews
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  • Portland Japanese Garden
    9.378 reviews
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When they think of Oregon, most people picture grey skies and rain. But though the western part of the state stays cool and moist, east of the Cascades is dry and arid. In the summer, the Willamette Valley can ... Read more
get downright hot, sometimes reaching over 90 (32). Coastal areas are much more mild in the summer (and often get a break from the rain), which makes it the most popular time to visit. Book ahead if you’re traveling over the summer, and pack a jacket since wet weather is unpredictable year-round. By October, the rain picks up again and stays through July, driving down hotel rates. But despite the rain, Oregon is gorgeous year-round: spring brings bursts of sunshine and flower festivals, while fall brings colorful foliage.

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Covina

The best area of Oregon. I love coming here all the time when I'm in town. I love oregon!

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Little Rock

The Willamette Valley is beautiful and it's fairly close to the city and a great day trip!

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West Linn

What can be said of the incredible Willamette Valley, first you need to be able to pronounce it: the Will-Am-Et valley is one of the most
Spectacularly adventurous wine country and scenic areas ever. Not only does it boast of award winning wineries but the outdoor concerts are incredible! Late Harvest, Pinots, Merlots and Craft breweries at their best. Mmm! As dreamy as the Pdxpipeline makes this look

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New York City

Just 45 minutes from Portland, the Willamette Valley promises exceptional restaurants, hiking trails, hot-air balloon rides, wine tours by helicopter or horse, and scenic countryside for picnics. Among the 200 area wineries, we’re partial to Anne Amie in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and Ardiri Winery, where you can sit fireside and take in views of the Chehalem foothills. After a day of tastings, retreat to The Allison Inn, where you can unwind with a couple’s treatment in the 15,000-square-foot spa complete with landscaped garden terraces and fire pits. You’ll be refreshed in time for dinner at Jory, perhaps a Pacific oyster tasting appetizer with pickled citrus–pink peppercorn mignonette or Chinook salmon and dishes sourced from the hotel’s 1.5-acre vegetable garden—and paired with a vintage from its 850-bottle list.

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Richland

Beautiful when it isn't raining (it rains a LOT here). Pinot wine country and lush farmland.

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Santa Clara
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The Willamette Valley is Oregon's wine country. The Willamette is particularly well known for their pinot noir. When the skies are sunny and clear and you're interested in getting out of Portland for the day, then drive an hour out to the Willamette. You'll get ample opportunities to taste the wines.

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New York City

The land of Pinot Noir! You don't have to venture very far outside of Portland to find rolling hills filled with vineyards and farms. The Willamette Valley is a fun area for foodies, winos, and adventure travelers to explore.

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Puerto Vallarta

Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas are incredibly beautiful! Great place to go for a little serenity! It's really an up-and-coming travel destination and not fully set up yet for tourists but it's great for some niche markets. The Portland area is really progressive and alternative so it attracts young people from all over America which makes it a great place for backpackers to spend some time. There is also great new green innovation with regards to builing, gardens and recycling which makes it great for ecotravelers. And it's well known that Portland is a foodie paradise especially for people with special diets likes veggetarians.

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Berkeley
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