The Oregon wine region is one of the best day trips from Portland, with over 700 wineries in a beautiful rural setting. Located only a stone's throw from downtown Portland is the premiere wine region of Tualatin Valley in Washington County, known for producing world-renowned Pinot Noirs among many other varieties. The wine tasting experience comes with a side of friendly hospitality, local stories, and peaceful rustic landscapes.
How to get there:
We took Alaska Airlines, which offers many direct routes to Portland. The best way to get to Tualatin Valley is via rental car or Uber. The drive is only 30 minutes from Portland.
When to Visit:
We visit in August, which the perfect time to visit because the grapes have color and almost ready for harvest. Wine harvest season usually occurs in September through October.
One of the first wineries to put Oregon wine on the map is the Ponzi Winery, a beautiful estate overlooking 130 acres of vineyards. Winemaking at Ponzi is a family tradition that began in the 70's and continues as a family-run business by the Ponzi sisters. They have a true passion for their craft and the wine has even been served multiple times at White House State Dinners.
Visit Ponzi: https://www.ponzivineyards.com
The grapes at Ponzi are almost ready for harvest, set to occur around mid September this year. Be sure to try the Rose Pinot Noir - the perfect crisp summer wine.
Raptor Ridge Winery:
This winery is located 500 feet atop a rustic view of mountains and valleys, a welcome retreat from the city. Here we enjoyed family-like hospitality from the owners, husband and wife team Scott and Annie Shull. In fact, it is the only winery where were able to meet the owners, an experience that makes this wine region special. Their passion for winemaking grew from a hobby in the early 90s to the commercial winery that it is today. The vineyard has a close connection to the land as the Pinot Noir is hand grown and sourced from a single vineyard.
We tasted a delicious flight of wine in the tasting room overlooking the vineyard. Be sure to try the Pinot Noir (of course) and the Grüner, a white wine variety that is grown by only a few winemakers in the US and usually found in Austria.
The vineyard offers tours and onsite yoga events - check the link for details:
Where to Eat:
Cafe Murray Hill is located about 10 minutes from the wineries and offers delicious brunch including banana pancakes.
Berry Picking Farms:
One of the best ways to complement your wine tasting adventure is to go berry picking in the local farms.
Hoffman Farm Store: http://www.hoffmanfarmsstore.com/
Have you been to the Oregon wine region of Tualatin Valley yet? Comment below on your favorite wineries and experiences in the region!
When it comes to travel, it's rare that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination. Such is the case with our trip on BC Ferries. We embarked on a journey with BC Ferries from Vancouver, to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The voyage makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway, as it the island is only an hour and a half from Vancouver. Along the way, we enjoyed a prime view of the Pacific Northwest landscapes, including the islands and wildlife.
Behind the scenes video of the BC Ferries trip:
Victoria has a unique blend of nature and European charm, all found on the Pacific Northwest. There are numerous gardens, wineries, and historic buildings on the island. The downtown area is easily stroll-able, where you can visit the Empress Hotel, the harbor, and the Parliament within a few blocks of each other. We took our car on the ferry, which enabled us to explore many regions of the island.
Here are the TOP 6 reasons to cruise from Vancouver to Victoria:
1. Nature and wildlife
From BC Ferries, you can enjoy the spectacular nature. We spend the majority of the ferry ride on the sun deck, where we could view the wildlife, such as otters, eagles, and sometimes even orcas. Be sure to bring your binoculars and telephoto lens to capture these views.
2. Craigdarroch Castle:
The largest residence in the province, with a wooden interior and stunning views from the top. The castle reminded me of Hearst Castle and was a great way to experience the history of Victoria.
3. Parliament Building of Victoria:
Historic landmark building that serves as the parliament of British Columbia. Take a guided tour of the interior or enjoy the extensive gardens.
4. Nearby islands such as Salt Spring, spotted from BC Ferries.
5. Empress Hotel:
An iconic landmark in Victoria where you can dine at the restaurant or enjoy high tea.
Did you know that Victoria is home to numerous wineries? We visited Church & State, a beautiful winery and tasting room that makes for perfect place to relax with friends and sip the regional wine.
Have you been to Victoria? What was your favorite part about the journey and the island? Comment below!
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If you’re planning on a trip to Las Vegas, a large portion of your travels will most likely revolve around the famous neon lights and flashy casinos on the strip. People the world over come from far and wide to put their best foot forward to attract the favor of lady luck. There is more to do in Vegas than just gambling though, so whenever you get tired of gambling the days away, check out these top 10 attractions in Vegas.
Go See a Show
Theater fans rejoice! From acrobatic acts and musicals to singers and magic shows, there is always something new to watch. Perhaps a ticket to Cirque du Soleil, the best known show in the world for its sheer magnitude and acrobatic feats, should be your first stop.
The Hoover Dam
If you’re a bit more interested in something along the lines of a day trip, the hoover dam isn’t a sight to miss. Spanning the expanse of the Colorado River and the Black Canyon, this absolutely breathtaking landmark is situated a mere thirty miles south of Las Vegas proper.
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