Just a short, 30-minute drive from Portland, travelers find a bounty on the Oregon Farm Loops in Mt. Hood Territory. Enjoy an autumn day exploring the harvests happening throughout the Willamette Valley countryside. Member farms and agritourism-related businesses comprise the Canby, Molalla and Farmlandia Farm Loops, and many take advantage of the fall season to host events that give you a closer look at their time-honored way of life. For a full schedule of events and more details, go to www.oregonfarmloop.com.
Farm loops connect people who cherish local farms via a scenic driving route to visitor-friendly farms and wineries, on-farm festivals, farm-to-table dinners and to outdoor recreation. Farm loops offer families opportunities to interact with farm animals; pick fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and flowers; and explore farms, nurseries and vineyards while spending a day in the local countryside. One of Oregon Farm Loop’s goals is to educate the public about farming and to demonstrate the important role that modern farming plays in today’s society, including helping people find an answer to the perennial consumer question, “Where does my food come from?”
If you’re an apple lover, you’ll definitely want to attend the annual Cider Squeeze at Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek taking place Saturday, Sept. 15. The event includes apple cider by the gallon using their apples or yours, food, craftsmen and musicians along with tours of the historic house and living history log cabin. The event is $5 for individuals and $20 for families.
If you want to see magnificent Rocky Mountain bull elk, visit Rosse Posse Acres Elk Ranch in Molalla. In the warmth of Rosse Posse’s barn, diners will enjoy a 6-course meal prepared by Allium’s Chef Pascal Chureau at the Dinner in the Field, Saturday, October 27. While the ranch’s herd of elk roam the pastures outside, diners will learn about the ranch while enjoying secrets of the wines paired from Erath Winery.
If you prefer a cuddlier animal, Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch provides a magnificent early fall setting for their Dinner in the Field, Sunday, September 9 with an exquisite 6-course meal comprised of local ingredients from the region’s purveyors and paired with West Linn’s Campbell Lane wines. Check out the complete schedule and learn more about Dinners in the Field at www.alliumoregon.com/farm-dinners/.
Fall fun abounds throughout October and your family will be hard pressed to choose from a variety of harvest festivals and pumpkin patches throughout Mt. Hood Territory. Festival activities include train rides through the field, hay rides, corn and hay mazes, cow trains, petting zoos, pumpkin cannon and catapults, apple cider and donuts, and most importantly, picking the perfect pumpkin.
For the not so faint of heart, let us spook you at one of the many haunts, including Creatures of the Night: West Linn Haunted Trail at Mary S. Young Park. Volunteers’ create epic haunts to make the trail scarier than ever. Spirits of Historic Oregon City provide guided walks of the McLoughlin Neighborhood historic homes to hear tales and meet the ghostly residents of the 19th and early 20th century. The Halloween Fantasy Trail is kid-friendly, with not too spooky sights and sounds, suspension bridge, slides and a 40’ walk-through castle.
November is the time we gather with friends and family to give thanks and enjoy some home-cooked food paired with great Oregon wines. If you’re not sure just which wine you want to include on your menu, the FREE Mt. Hood Territory WINE TRAIL MOBILE PASSPORT connects 16 of our participating wineries giving awesome discounts to help you taste their award-winning wines and keeping your wallet happy. Once you’ve found your favorite, be sure to head back over Thanksgiving weekend as many of the wineries have extended tasting room hours that weekend.
Not a wine lover? No worries, we have the FREE Mt. Hood Territory TAP TRAIL MOBILE PASSPORT which connects 15 of our participating breweries, cideries and a distillery on a craft “trail” also giving stellar discounts. After you redeem a discount at 10 or more stops, you will earn yourself a stainless steel pint glass!
Use www.MtHoodTerritory.com to plan your travels around Mt. Hood Territory this fall and tag your photos with #omht so we can follow along your fun adventures.