Don’t Miss Oregon’s Wildflower Festival

What’s your definition of a perfect weekend? Spending time with friends and family? Enjoying some good music? Checking out some gorgeous flowers? Maybe sipping on some fine Rainstorm wine? All of the above?

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If so, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower & Music Festival is the best way to combine all these elements into one fun and convenient package. Just be sure you’re incorporating your favorite Pacific Northwest wines, and you’ve got yourself a perfect spring day!

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower & Music Festival

What makes this wildflower festival so special? Well, everything! Mount Pisgah itself is fantastic, and its 209 acres of trees, flowers and other plants will give you a newfound appreciation for Mother Nature. But during the festival, the arboretum takes on a whole new level of awesome. Vendors come with food and crafts, artists come to showcase their skills, and bands come to entertain festival-goers with live music.

Events include guided nature walks, performances from local musicians such as Satori Bob and The Gossamer Strings, and the ever-popular Art in Nature Trail featuring stunning natural works of art. And, of course, there will be tons of wildflowers on display – a total of 300 to 400 varieties to feast your eyes on.  

Some things to keep in mind as you plan your day at Mount Pisgah: The Wildflower Festival is on Sunday, May 20 from 10 am to 5 pm. The festival is free; however, a donation of $8 per adult is suggested. Parking is available on-site, and parking attendants will be there to direct you. Shuttles will be running from the north parking lot to the gates. Shuttles will not be provided at Civic Stadium, if you choose to park there.

Don’t miss out on the Oregon Wildflower Festival at Mount Pisgah! It’s the perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day with family and friends or to savor the day solo. After you’ve had your fill of wildflowers, keep the fun going with delicious Pacific Northwest wines. A smooth Rainstorm wine will do the trick nicely. Happy wildflower gazing and wine drinking!

Wine Country Weekend in Oregon

There’s nothing quite like springtime in Oregon. With cold weather giving way to warmer temperatures and plenty of flowers, it’s an ideal time to be outdoors and enjoy nature’s show (but be sure to keep an umbrella handy, just in case). It’s also a great time to plan your Wine Country Weekend and sample delicious Willamette Valley wines.

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May Is Oregon Wine Month

Mark your calendars: May is Oregon Wine Month, with special events planned throughout the state for 31 glorious days. From tastings to educational experiences, every weekend in May can be a Wine Country Weekend. Start off on May 5 with the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Barrel Tour, where you and your friends can tour wineries in the area by bus.

The following weekend, the Dundee Hills Winegrowers host a tasting event with several Dundee Hills wineries, each with its own featured wine.

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And you definitely don’t want to miss out on the wine event on Memorial Day weekend. Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, this wine party includes more than 150 participating wineries and is one of the longest-running events in the region. This is your chance to stoke the fires of your love affair with wine!

There are six wine loops to choose from, including the Portland to Willamette loop where you’ll enjoy a variety of Willamette Valley wines, and the McMinnville walking loop located in the heart of Oregon wine country. With all the participating wineries, you’re guaranteed to find a new summer favorite, like a wonderfully balanced rosé or a refreshing pinot gris. So kick off the summer the right way and plan to attend!

Spring and early summer are the perfect seasons for a Wine Country Weekend in Oregon. Whether you live in-state or will be traveling to get here, we’re ready to share some our finest Rainstorm wines with you.

Why You Can’t Miss Oregon’s Spring Paddle Festival

Looking for something different to do this spring? How about the annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake? Now in its 26th year, this springtime favorite is everything a great event should be – fun, educational, family-friendly, and hands-on.

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So maybe Oregon wine is missing from the line-up, but that’s okay! Pack some snacks and your favorite Pacific Northwest wine and you’ve got all the makings for a picnic between paddling sessions. Now it’s a truly terrific event!

So what exactly makes this a can’t-miss event?

It’s free. Nope, you didn’t misread that. The Spring Paddle Festival is totally free of charge. There’s no admission, no tickets to buy in advance, no need to rent either a canoe or kayak since they’re provided by the sponsor. It’s just a fun way to spend a day or two learning more about paddling and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.

It’s fun. In case there was any doubt in your mind about the amount of fun you’ll have at this event, allow us to clear that up. It’s 100% awesome. There are a ton of different sessions to take part in, like Stand Up Paddling 101, Yoga for Paddling, and even a class on how to pack for a multi-day sea kayaking trip.

Not only are all the basics of canoeing and kayaking covered, there are clearly lots of opportunities to learn about niche areas of these water sports. And the best part of all? You get to fully participate by getting out on the water and putting your new skills to the test!

It’s the perfect way to build up a thirst for wine! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy a fine Oregon wine, but we must say that the Spring Paddle Festival can certainly help develop a thirst. Whether you pack a bottle or two into a picnic basket to enjoy on-site or you follow up the event with glass or three at home, nothing beats enjoying a nice Pacific Northwest wine after a day on the lake.

This year’s Spring Paddle Festival takes place April 28 & 29 – don’t miss it!

Columbia Gorge Wine Tasting Experience Comes to Portland

Busy on Thursday, April 12? You are now! That’s when the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers are coming to town. Dubbed the Portland Grand Tasting, this is a can’t-miss event that both wine enthusiasts and casual imbibers will enjoy for its educational and social opportunities – and of course, the many fabulous Willamette Valley wines.

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This tasting event will feature unique tastes from all over the Valley, with offerings from more than 20 vintners, including Rainstorm wines. Merlot’s, pinot grigios, chardonnays, rosés – they’ll be there, along with all your other favorites.

Each winery will be showcasing its finest varietals and vintages, and this means smooth, delicious wine galore. Whether you just like wine or you’re in full-blown love with it, this is your chance to develop your relationship with the grape even further through education and ample tasting opportunities. It is a love affair worth nurturing, after all.

Your ticket to the Portland Grand Tasting will include admission to the tasting room where complimentary tastings abound and light snacks are available for nibbling. You’ll also get a cool commemorative wine glass so you can prove to all your friends that you were there.

If you want a next-level experience, opt for the VIP ticket. This will score you early admission to the event, access to the VIP balcony, small bites, special library tastings, and more in-depth wine educational experiences. There are only 70 of these tickets available, though, so if you’re a true VIP, get on it.

Don’t miss out on April 12. If you’re in the Portland area, make plans to sample some of the best Willamette Valley wines there are at the Portland Grand Tasting. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible tasting opportunity!