Swan Island Dahlias in Canby rows of multi-colored tulips

Beautiful Blooms and Adorable Animals

Molly Johnson | 01/17/2019 | Animals, Flowers & Nurseries, Plan Your Trip

Wooden Shoe Farm purple, orange, pink and red tulips and windmill at sunrise in Mt. Hood Territory

There's no shortage of ways to have fun on the farm and with so many beautiful flowers that grow here you could say our fun blooms in Mt. Hood Territory. 

Flower festivals throughout the year are a celebration of color as more than 40 acres of Willamette Valley farmland erupt in a sea of color in late March through early May at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Mt. Hood stands tall behind the colorful tulip fields as hot air balloons, antique steam tractors, wine tasting for adults and numerous kids activities fill out the days. As one of the most beautiful sites in Oregon, it's a popular destination so I always go during the week for more solo tulip admiring time; and the admission price is so affordable there's still plenty left for wine tasting and snacks. 

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Up next blooms the annual Lavender Festival in late June. Lavender farms throughout Mt. Hood Territory open their fields of this wonderfully fragrant flower and showcase demonstrations of a variety of lavender uses. Eagle Creek Lavender is especially unique with their display of antique and classic cars and vintage house decor in addition to their gorgeous fields of purple splendor. 

Newly sheared reddish brown and beige alpacas with fluffy heads in green pasture at Alpacas at Marquam Hill RanchIn August and September the colorful fun comes to life at the Swan Island Dahlia Festival. See hundreds of types of this beautiful flower, with new ones created by Swan Island Dahlias every year. Their amazing array of dahlias helped them become an award-winner for one the 100 Best Destinations in Oregon this past year, but it's also the overall experience that sealed the deal. They have an ever-growing gift shop with fabulous farm finds and stylish goodies plus ample picnic space to bring your own lunch, take in the sites, and linger for hours. 

You'll find farm related fun throughout the rest of the year as well at our many animal-centered farms. Meet adorable furry friends while visiting Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch. You can even try yoga with them if you'd like or purchase some alpaca fiber socks in their gift shop. Nearby, visit the working Rosse Posse Acres elk ranch and come face to face with giant elk as well as miniature donkeys, chickens, pygmy goats and other sweeties at their mini petting zoo. 

Satisfy your inner foodie with Field & Vine's award-winning Dinners in the Field at farms and vineyards throughout Mt. Hood Territory. Farm to table never tasted so good over a six-to-seven course meal expertly paired with Oregon wines and gorgeous views. 

When you are ready to rest after a full day of farm visits, find the perfect place to stay nearby at one of the many tranquil vacation rentals or bed & breakfasts.

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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