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The colorful vines lining the hills of J. Wrigley vineyards combat the dark and rainy gloom that embodies Oregon in October. Perched atop one of the larger hills in the Willamette Valley, I have a birds-eye view of the surrounding vineyards and forests from the tasting room’s patio. During the summer the area would buzz with tourists and traffic noise, but today it’s silent. Harvest has come and gone, school is back in session, and the rainy fall weather deters most area oenophiles from venturing out for a day of wine tasting. I have this winery (and seemingly the entire AVA) to myself.
I drink in the solitude of wide open spaces and savor the silence as I sip my pinot noir. In this moment of utter content, it’s easy to forget that mere hours prior I was battling my way through the bustling streets of Portland only to find myself stuck in traffic on my way out of the city.
Right now, however, the hustle and bustle of the city seems worlds away.
That’s one of the things I love most about Oregon; from the main metropolis of Portland, you can drive less than three hours and be among rivers, forests, waterfalls, mountains, vineyards or coastlines, depending on which direction you choose to drive. This accessibility to numerous diverse experiences makes Oregon a weekend warrior’s wonderland.
Today, I’m teaming up with Trivago to share eight of my favorite Oregon weekend escapes that are sure to satisfy your two days of freedom.
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The Willamette Valley
Columbia River Gorge