Looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Willamette Valley? We hear that our weekend here is going to be warm and sunny. So, we are going on a farm tour! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be several farms that will be open to the public for touring. Go to Favorite5CountryFarms.blogspot.com for maps and directions to the farms. This 10 mile tour between Wilsonville and Sherwood offers Oregon wines, garden tips and grape vineyard growing techniques. Miniature donkeys, Arabian horses, sheep, lambs, llamas and alpacas will greet you as you take in all the garden decor, hand crafted jewelery, nuts, fruits, trees, herbs and plants as well as the local wines. No need to pack a picnic because Rolling Rock Farm will serve bar-b-qued hamburgers and Frog Pond Alpacas will serve hot dogs.
Trying to keep up with what's new in the travel industry, we have learned that "farm stays" are the new rave. Many Oregon Bed and Breakfasts offer some type of "farm stay" right here in the Willamette Valley. This type of lodging typically has guest rooms within a large farm house or cottages on the property that easily accommodate larger groups or families. These stays offer a get-a-way unlike any other experience by letting you get in on some of the farms chores like collecting hen eggs, feeding baby lambs, brushing and feeding horses. For a family vacation, a "farm stay" could be just the thing to bring a little nature, a little nurture and a lot of down to earth fun.
Newberg, Oregon is only about 15 miles from the farm tour near Wilsonville and offers a unique Oregon Bed & Breakfast. Springbrook Hazelnut Farm Bed and Breakfast in tucked neatly into the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. This Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inn is surrounded by hazelnut orchards and vineyards. Jim Prosser founder of JK Carriere Wines has been making wine in the historic barn on this property since 2001. Voted one of best places to kiss in the Pacific Northwest, this farm spans 10 acres with a one acre pond and two very warm and welcoming Springer Spaniels, Ghilly and Duffy.
Spending a splendid Spring day on a farm in the Willamette Valley then enjoying a kiss with my hunny at an Oregon Bed & Breakfast sounds like the perfect start to the perfect Spring season.
Watch my blog next week and I will share with you how our farm tour went. Maybe I can muster a recipe or two to share with you as well.