The Willamette Valley wine region is a spectacular place to visit during the summer. But what happens in the winter? Does that same luxurious magic last still cast a spell over Oregon wine country when it gets colder? It certainly does. The Valley hosts a number of enchanting traditions that make for ideal winter getaways.
Oregon is famous for its multitude of climates and environments. The Willamette Valley wine region allows a lot of activity both indoor and out during the winter.
- Magic at the Mill features holiday lights, live music, and tons of family activities. There are spinning and weaving demonstrations, as well as blacksmiths showing off their trade. You can also walk the beautiful property and enter historic homes, where re-enacted figures from history can talk a little about themselves. This is at the Willamette Heritage Center Dec. 19-23.
- Christmas in the Garden features a German Christmas Market designed with authenticity in mind. The forest itself is lit up with one million lights. There are also fire pits and an ice skating rink! While kids are enjoying skating or the tubing rink, adults can enjoy live music in a heated Biergarten. The best holiday experiences are both exciting and comforting, and Christmas at the Garden gets both right. It takes place at The Oregon Garden Nov. 29-Jan. 5.
- Local Christmas tree farms are plentiful. The Mt. Hood area is actually the largest producer of Christmas trees in the country. This means dozens of Christmas tree farms. Many have other activities going on, from wreath-building to hayrides.
- Deck the Hills is a series of events and celebrations that the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association joins every year. There are countless special events at various locations in the Dundee Hills area.
- Oregon wine country as a whole is well worth a vacation in winter. The bed and breakfasts are comforting places to get away from it all. Morning fog makes the light glow across the vineyards, and many take part in special events. There’s no rule that says you can’t have a tasting in winter, and the wines that complement the season best are warming and full of flavor.
Come celebrate the season in the incomparable Oregon wine country.