There's a new culinary tourism company here in Wallowa County (Northeastern Oregon) that just brought us information about tours and classes. Source Tours is a new effort of three women who want to bring the bounty of Northeastern Oregon to the public through farm and ranch tours, cooking experiences, bicycling and educational opportunities in our rural setting.
We're excited! They are currently offering four scheduled tours--June 6 & 7 and again August 22-23, 2009 for the "Classic Ranch and Farm Tour. The "Cooking from the Source Tour" will be offered on July 11-12 and August 1-2, 2009. In addition they have the flexibility to offer customs tours.
If you're looking for something different to do on your Eastern Oregon vacation, consider booking a ranch and farm tour--you'll learn directly from the farmers and ranchers of Wallowa County. From the Source Tours website:
This trip is for those with an appetite for an authentic experience. We'll travel through the picturesque Wallowa Valley to visit a grass fed beef ranch, an organic produce farm that supplies restaurants and farmers markets, a family-run dairy and chicken farm, a flock of sheep that inspired a rural economic development project, a brewery, wheat fields and more. Meet local farmers and ranchers and walk through their fields with them while they tell you the story of the land.
And we'll enjoy excellent meals that highlight as many local ingredients as possible. Scores of visitors are drawn to the beautiful scenery of Oregon’s rural landscapes, and with Source trips you can get an insider’s perspective and a rich understanding of the local agriculture, culture and economy.
Some of our hosts are the fourth generation of their family to steward the family ranch. Others made a mid-life career switch and started their business in the last few years. They all have a passion for what they do and how they do it. For the people who live here, and the people who visit here, the Wallowa Mountains are an amazing backdrop to it all.
In the Hood River Valley 15,000+ acres pears, apples, cherries and other fruit, will burst into blossom this month. It is a true sign of sping as we dust the snow off our back steps.
Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of spring with a full plate of events from BBQs, to arts and craft shows, to antique sales.
You won't want to miss the Blossom Fest Quilt Show with some 80-100 beautiful handmade quilts will be on display, many for sale. Another can't miss event is the Dessert Party at the Apple Valley Country Store. A variety of desserts, jams and jellies, all made with fresh local fruit, will be available.
Start your day at one of the many Oregon Bed and Breakfasts near Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge with a breakfast prepared from fresh local products. Ginger baked pears, fresh Blueberry Scones, Apple Quiche, we're talking Northwest Culinary breakfasts!
With Nine Unique Inns in OBBG's Mt Hood Region to choose from this will only be one of the hard choices you'll face on a weekend of events for all the senses.
Take the scenic 35 mile Fruit Loop through the valley's orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities.
Just want to sit back and relax? The Mt Hood Railroad travels through thousands of acres of orchards in blossom and has a layover in Parkdale and the Art and Music Festival. Enjoy live music and art in the park while taking in stunning views of Mt. Hood.
Visit us in the Hood River Valley at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn and prove to yourself that spring has definitely arrived!!
Pecorino and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms
Balsamic Melon Salad
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Lamb Bacon, Marinated Tomato
Slices, Chipoltle Mayo on Ciabatta Rolls with Homemade Potatoe Chips
And. . .the price tag is $20 per person! Reservations are limited to 20 people by calling the Institute at 541-888-1540. The last Chef's Table of the session will be Friday, March 6th.
Can't make it to Coos Bay by March 6th? The Institute's Patisserie sells freshly made baked goods right out of the bakery on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 5 pm.
And you'll need somewhere to stay in Coos Bay after that lunch or after buying those pastries. How about an alternative to Oregon coast hotels by booking a reservation at the Coos Bay Manor? This Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inn is both Oregon lodging pet friendly and child friendly too.
John & Felicia, owners and innkeepers, would love to share their Midwestern hospitality with you. The inn is a perfect setting for events including meetings, reunions, retreats, scrapbooking and of course it is one of the Oregon wedding sites not easily forgotten.
Bring the family or bring yourselves and don't forget the family dog. Coos Bay is worth the visit anytime of year and the Coos Bay Manor is the place to stay. Give them a call toll-free at 1 (800) 269-1224.