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The Willamette Valley and Wine Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your Willamette Valley and Wine Country Vacation

The Willamette (pronounced "wil-lam-it") Valley has become a wine-lovers Shangri-La, particularly in the northern Yamhill and Washington counties. An entire tourism industry has sprung up between Interstate 5 and the Oregon Coast, encompassing small hotels and inns, cozy restaurants, and casual wine bars.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Swirl and sip Each region in the Willamette Valley offers some of the finest vintages and dining experiences found anywhere.
  2. Soar through the air Newberg's hot-air balloons will give you a bird's eye view of Yamhill's wine country.
  3. Run rapids Feel the bouncing exhilaration and the cold spray of white-water rafting on the wild, winding McKenzie River outside Eugene.
  4. Walk on the wild side Newberg's Jackson Bottom Nature Preserve gives walkers a chance to view otters, beavers, herons, and eagles.
  5. Back the Beavers or Ducks Nothing gets the blood pumping like an Oregon State Beaver or University of Oregon Ducks football game.

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When to Go

July to October are the best times to wander the country roads in the Willamette Valley, exploring the grounds of its many wineries. Fall is spectacul...

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