Next, it’s time to check out the Great Oaks Food Trail, a self-guided culinary tour through U-pick farms, markets, eateries, and more along the western flanks of the Mid-Willamette Valley. With nearly 50 stops to choose from, we don’t expect you to travel the whole trail—but a few stops will deepen an appreciation for the region’s agricultural output.
Perryhill Farm, for instance, offers U-pick opportunities for ripe blueberries, cherries, peaches, and apples (depending on the season). And if you’re hankering for lunch, stop into Left Coast Estate; the award-winning winery is known for sustainable winemaking practices and a tasting room (surrounded by regal oak trees) where you can enjoy a tasting flight paired with charcuterie, panini, or (on weekends) wood-fired pizza. For more ideas, check out the official Great Oaks Food Trail brochure and map.
After lunch, make a beeline to the Polk County Museum to learn about the area’s early European settlers. Continue your Polk County history lesson with a stop at one of Oregon’s oldest, largest, and best-loved wineries: Eola Hills Wine Cellars. The winery is known for using sustainable practices to grow and harvest pinot noir and chardonnay (among other varietals)—and its Legacy Estate Vineyard hosts a summertime concert series, as well as year-round hiking trails through the vineyards.