Visit the Largest Orchid Show in the Pacific Northwest at the Oregon Orchid Show

If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “What do wine and orchids have to do with each other?”, don’t feel bad. We asked ourselves the same question. And then we realized, “They’re both beautiful gifts from Mother Nature!” Like the finest Pacific Northwest wines, including our renowned Rainstorm rosé, orchids are a product of the earth – soil, water, and sunlight. Add in a bit of loving care, and the end result is something truly magnificent.

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A festival is the perfect way to celebrate and showcase the natural wonder that is the orchid, and lucky for all of us, there’s one happening right here in Portland! On April 21 & 22, the Oregon Orchid Society will present its 75th annual Oregon Orchid Show & Sale.

The event will feature vendors from places like Washington, Montana, and even Ecuador. Each vendor will have their prized orchids on display for both show and for purchase, and there will educational opportunities and potting demonstrations for budding (get it?) orchid enthusiasts.

Since the orchid is one of the most misunderstood plants, the Orchid Show offers an excellent opportunity to learn and dispel some of the myths that surround them. Chief among these is the belief that orchids are extremely difficult to care for. While orchids do have specific requirements to grow and flourish, they’re not impossible.

Once you understand the plant’s unique needs, then the fun can really begin. Prepare yourself, though. Caring for orchids can be an addictive hobby, not unlike wine making. Like many delicious Pacific Northwest wines, orchids just need a bit of TLC in order to reach their full potential.

So whether you’re an orchid fanatic or a friend of one who’s along for the ride, the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale is the place to learn more about one of nature’s most exquisite flowering plants. Follow the exhibition up with a smooth Rainstorm rosé, and you’ve got yourself a solid weekend.

Why You Can’t Miss Whale Watching Week in Oregon

Spotting a gray whale is more than an awe-inspiring sight: it’s a reminder of the beauty – and immensity – of nature. Oregon wine isn’t our state’s only claim to fame! The waters along the our coast offer prime viewing when these gorgeous mammals follow the fish to their seasonal feeding grounds. You cannot miss out on this amazing experience.

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The Majestic Gray Whale

These beasts are 40 to 50 feet long (think of a school bus – and then half of another), and weigh up to 30 to 40 tons. It takes a lot of mysids and amphipods (tiny shrimp-like crustaceans) to sustain that bulk! To get their fill, gray whales move like cattle and “graze” in one area until they deplete the food source and move on.

In mid-December through January, pods move from the seas up around Alaska south to Baja California, Mexico. The warmer waters allow mamas to give birth and raise their young. Then, it’s on the move again late March, back up the coast to Alaska. Up to 18,000 of these animals make the trek.

The pace in March is slower (maybe the whales aren’t in a hurry to get back to the cold North!), and you’ll have a chance to spot them all the way into June. A benefit of whale watching during the March season is that the whales tend to swim closer to the shore. This makes for excellent viewing.

Watch Week

During Watch Week (the last week of March), volunteers take up post at popular whale watching spots along the Pacific Northwest Coast. They’ll help make sure you have a terrific experience and see lots of these gorgeous whales.

Why not make a whole vacation of it? You can hit Oregon’s hottest spots, sample our renowned local, fresh food, and enjoy a glass (or two) of Rainstorm pinot noir after a successful day of whale watching. Sounds like the very best of nature to us!

The 10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Oregon

Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day! So where are the best places to get your green on in Oregon? Let’s take a look:

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash (Bend): If you’re planning on a night of hearty Irish food and great Oregon wines, build up an appetite with this 5K. It benefits The Kids Center, and if you dress up in your St. Paddy’s Day finery, you could win the costume contest.
  • St. Agatha St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (Portland): Get into the holiday spirit and have some family fun with marching bands, bagpipers, a children’s carnival, and plenty of shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and a glass of Guiness for the adults.
  • Celtic Celebration (Medford): At the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, you’ll find an Irish-themed art show, live music, and traditional fare. If you’re feeling brave, try the “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” singing contest!
  • Paddy’s Bar and Grill (Portland): Take the party to the street: you’ll enjoy Irish music, food tents, and family fun that raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Society.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at the East Burn (Portland): You’re going to love it. Colcannon, corned beef and cabbage by day; live music, dancing, and Guinness by night.
  • A Wee Bit O’ Ireland (Heppner): At this festival, you and the family will get down to some great music, participate in activities, games, and arts & crafts – and of course, get your fill of Irish food!
  • Foley’s Irish Pub (Bandon): Hope you saved room for dinner. At Foley’s, your feast will be complete with bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Sick of Guinness? Oregon pinot gris is excellent paired with your corned beef dinner.
  • Kells Irish Festival (Portland): If this is too much excitement for one day, Kells Irish Pub has you covered with a four-day extravaganza. Dancing, bagpipers, food, and Family Day with great activities.
  • The Black Sheep (Ashland): Great eats, great drinks: need we say more? Ok, how about a great old-world pub atmosphere! (Minors welcome until 11:00pm).
  • The Blind Pig Bar and Grill (Eugene): Leave the kids with the babysitter and hit the Blind Pig for great food, cold beer, and a terrific atmosphere.

Where are you going to wear your green on St. Paddy’s Day? No matter what you decide to do, make the most of this fun-spirited day!