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10 Best Activities for Celebrating the Fourth of July in Willamette Valley

For some, celebrating the Fourth of July means you’ll be hosting a cookout and viewing the fireworks with loved ones at home. For others, Independence Day means traveling to locations like Willamette Valley, Oregon, for new experiences and stunning natural scenery. If you’re planning your trip during the week of the Fourth of July, you’ll […]

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Saffron Fields Vineyard at night

The Best Vineyard Views in Willamette Valley

A View From the Top: Best Winery Views in Willamette Valley  The picturesque Willamette Valley, Oregon is considered among the top fine wine regions in the world. It is also known to have beautiful landscapes where vineyards are located. The Willamette Valley winery views take one’s breath away, ranging from pine trees to oak trees,

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Phylloxera galls on vine leaf

A History of Phylloxera in Willamette Valley

The grape industry in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has persevered through adverse weather, fires, economic fluctuations, and multiple threats to the very vines that provide their livelihood. One of these challenges is the history of phylloxera in Willamette Valley and the destruction it has brought to some of the oldest and most revered vineyard sites.  How

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The Van Duzer Winds of Willamette Valley

The Van Duzer Corridor is a gap in the Coast Range Mountains that lies between Corvallis and Lincoln City, Oregon. During certain times of the year, this corridor can be particularly windy due to low-pressure systems moving along the Pacific from Alaska. These winds are known as “Van Duzer Winds” and they can reach up

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A Black Walnut Hotel

A History of the Black Walnut Hotel: A Willamette Valley Luxury Icon

Set along the Willamette Valley, a lush and picturesque landscape known for its rolling hills, orchards, and vineyards, stands a regal icon of luxury and leisure; The Black Walnut Hotel. For over 80 years this grand establishment has welcomed guests with an inviting grace which has made it one of the region’s foremost destinations for

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Willamette Valley Wine Country

Dick Ponzi’s Role in the Wine Industry

Although Willamette Valley’s wine industry is relatively new it has managed to carve a prominent place in the world of wine. This is mostly due to its ideal conditions for grape-growing and winemaking. But it is also in-part due to a handful of winemaking pioneers, one of which was Dick Ponzi.  Born in March 1934 in

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Champagne at Fine Restaurant

A Short History of Fine Dining in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Best Restaurants in Willamette Valley Nestled within Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, a compelling fine dining history unfolds, mirroring the exquisite wines the region is celebrated for. This culinary journey began in the vibrant 1900s, with the valley primarily serving as an agricultural heartland. Restaurants during this time were known for their delightful, straightforward dishes, highlighting

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