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Ithaca Janzen | 07/08/2021 | Trip Ideas

Go Hog Wild in the Willamette Valley: Day Trip

The Willamette Valley's lush farmland not only makes for idyllic scenery. It is also home to many charming farms along the South Clackamas Farm Loop as well as the communities of Molalla, Canby and Wilsonville. If you're looking to get up close and personal with friendly animals, this is the perfect place for you. Plus, it's a foodie paradise with true farm-to-table opportunities.

Read on for the Go Hog Wild in the Willamette Valley day trip itinerary, or click the image below to download the PDF itinerary - perfect for on the go!

*Before you go, check the hours of operation and note any additional considerations for each location.

1. Molalla

Kick off the day with a visit to the historic Prairie House Inn. Enjoy coffee and light breakfast at Cowboy Coffee inside the B&B converted from a historic house originally built in 1900. Next, make some fluffy new friends at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch and shop their collection of alpaca wool goods. All aboard! If you're visiting on a weekend, get your ticket to ride at Pacific Northwest Live Steamers/Shady Dell Train Park where you can take a ride through their park atop a small-scale train. Or if human power is more your thing, head over to the Molalla River Recreation Area and discover the secluded Molalla River Rim Trail, a moderate 6.5-mile Loop hike with lots of old growth shade for a sunny day.

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers, Engine 1978 rider

2. Canby

As you head for Canby, make a stop at TMK Creamery. They'll introduce you to their "Cowlebrity" dairy cows, and you can taste their incredible cheddar cheeses made on site. Pro Tip: Make an appointment for a truly behind-the-scenes tour. Treat yourself to dessert before lunch with a quick stop at Puddin' River Chocolates. In downtown Canby, Wayward Sandwiches is the perfect spot for scratch-made lunch with ingredients sourced from local farms (like TMK!). Refuel in their charming outdoor dining area, then take a short walk through downtown Canby for unique shops from Bricks & Minifigs flagship Lego store to Dahlia Home & Garden for lovely locally-made gift ideas.

Cow with cheese at TMK Creamery

3. Wilsonville

For even more farmyard variety, take the Farm Walkabout at Frog Pond Farm where you can visit and feed their llamas, pigs, camels and more! Brews and bites await to finish your day. Vanguard Brewing offers craft beers like their WiggleButt IPA, lovingly named for the owners' beagle. Download the Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail for discounts at Vanguard and more local breweries. For dinner, you will feel transported by the sights, smells and incredible flavors at Dar Essalam Moroccan restaurant.

Vanguard Zwickelmania

Ithaca enjoys camping, hiking, local craft beer or just hanging out at home with her pet hedgehog, Hazel. Her role at Mt. Hood Territory includes coordinating the Tap Trail and Wine Trail and creating inspirational travel content.

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