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8 Tours for the Oregon Lover
Touring an Oregon vineyard.
Having trouble deciding what to do on your next weekend getaway?
It can be paralyzing, trying to choose between hiking with a llama on Steens Mountain or wine tasting in bucolic Roseburg, looking for whales off the Oregon coast or dropping into Portland's nefarious underground. Sampling Oregon's "other" famous cheese—the one the queen herself orders —or seeing the largest fly-over of bald eagles in the continental United States are more subtle contenders.
To help you get moving, we've selected a few of our favorites. Go on your own or sign up for a guided tour. You'll be inspired, informed, filled with savory food and maybe a little buzzed. All can be accomplished in one to three days and most during the winter, although some of these tours are best done in summer or fall. Mix and match the ideas — see a waterfall after tasting wine (or maybe vice versa). Regardless, hit the road and you'll quickly be charmed by our favorite tours. Go to 1859oregonmagazine.com to plan these outings.
Taste flavors from local food pioneers
Her Majesty the Queen of England is reportedly fond of blue cheese from the Rogue Creamery. This royal endorsement may be enough get you out to Central Point (near Medford) to sample the internationally acclaimed Smokey Blue and take a long weekend to savor Southern Oregon's food and wine (southernoregon.org). Near the creamery is Lillie Belle Farms, known for its handmade chocolates and tucked between these two are tasting rooms for Daisy Creek Vineyards and Madrone Mountain Vineyard.
Pair local wine and foods ... during a progressive four-stop dinner arranged by Main Street Tours (ashland-tours.com). While in the area, visit Harry & David's in Medford, Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Creek, Gary West Meats in Jacksonville. Stay at historic Ashland Springs Hotel; eat at 4 Daughters Irish Pub in Medford.