The story of the Willamette Valley, a destination for dreamers, was one born of geological calamity. At the end of the last ice age, at least 25 massive floods swept westward through the Columbia River Gorge, depositing rich, diverse soils in the 150-mile stretch between Portland and Eugene. Today the Willamette Valley’s abiding allure has everything to do with these soils — its farm-to-fork food scene, a world-class wine industry and the pioneering nature of its people, who come here to build, to make and to live the good life.
You'll find lush vineyards and farms, tended by families who are passionate about growing the best wine grapes and freshest foods. You’ll meet chefs who turn this bounty into mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine. You’ll sip some of the world’s finest Pinot noir. And you’ll discover rivers, trails and mountains beckoning to your inner explorer.
The Willamette Valley is known as Oregon Wine Country, and recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are equally at home here. While the number of wineries continues to grow, Willamette Valley winemakers have not lost their personal, handcrafted approach, or their desire to do things a little differently.
Discover what happens in a place where land and people pair so well together.
Ahh, Klamath! The very home of Crater Lake National Park. Half a hop from the Lava Beds National Monument. You really need to get down here and see it! Come on. Meet me in Klamath!
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Klamath County is smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the west, Native American and World War II sites that will really get you thinking. Raft on class IV whitewater or serenely drift on meandering rivers chock full of ravenous trout that practically leap into your boat. Oh and centuries of stunning cycling and mountain biking. Hiking? Oh, yes there's hiking. And did I mention Crater Lake? I did! Well, there's just so much to do here, you really need to get down here and see it for yourself. Come on. Meet me in Klamath!
There’s a wild and wonderful place that wants you to come out and play. Where snowy mountains meet tall trees. Where days are filled with history, biking, rafting, farms and wineries. Where endless things to see and do make more reasons to smile.
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From the 11,245-foot peak of majestic Mt. Hood, to the fertile Willamette Valley farms, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory is rich with activities to be explored.
Year-round recreation for all skill levels stretches from the mountain (skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) to our rivers and lakes (rafting, kayaking and fishing) our trails (biking, hiking and horseback riding) and other activities such as golfing and camping.
Celebrate snow sports at historic Timberline Lodge & Ski Area, North America’s longest ski season. Shred some nighttime powder at Mt. Hood Skibowl, or come summertime, kids young and old will enjoy the Alpine Slide and other activities at the Mt. Hood Adventure Park.
Area offerings include historic tales stretching back to pioneer days along the Oregon Trail and Barlow Road. Modern-day pioneers will love hitting the closest whitewater to Portland for rafting or kayaking on the Clackamas River. For a more relaxed journey, set out on a kayak to explore the Willamette River to historic Willamette Falls.
The Territory’s abundance of urban, touring and mountain biking options attract cyclists. Take your adrenaline to the limit on the Sandy Ridge Trail System with 15 miles of single-track and Mt. Hood Skibowl’s lift-assisted Mountain Bike Park.
Stroll through tulip and dahlia fields, pet adorable alpacas and end the day sipping a glass of pinot with the winemakers on our farm loops. Urban explorers may savor and share the experience of a farm-to-table communal dinner or choose from an abundance of festivals and events, diverse lodging and tax-free shopping.