4 Things You Must Do This Spring
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
One: Wine Tasting
Two: Berry Picking
From May until August you can find a constant ripening of different fruits and berries to pick around Oregon. This is the perfect time to stock up your freezer for your smoothies, preserve lots in the form of jam, or make tasty berry pies (and of course drop one off on my porch while you're at it!). One of our favorite things to do in the spring and summer is to pick fruit and spend time in our kitchen. We've got jam for the next couple years, but a refresh of our stock each year helps us feel less guilty pulling another jar off the shelf. We also make sure to stock up on lots of fruit for our freezer for year round parfaits, crisps and smoothies. A couple of our favorite local farms include Koch Family Farm and Rowell Bros Berry Farm if you're looking for a great place to pick with a huge variety.
Three: Spring Festivals:
Fruit Beer Festival, which is one of Dan's favorites. But the festivals that are must see's in my book are the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival and Keizer Iris Festival. Besides giving me an awesome excuse to bust out my camera, these festivals are motivators to get outside in my own yard and garden and add some color to our yard.
But if flower festivals aren't really your thing, I would definitely check out the Tigard Balloon Festival, especially at night. At different times throughout the day the balloons are inflated and at certain points take off from the festival. It's really neat to be able to stand right next to them as they are inflated and really see how big and gorgeous they are. If you make it there in the evenings you can see them not only inflated but lit up as well.
Silver Falls, Pittock Mansion, or Sherwood Wildlife Refuge which is a shorter easy 5 mile loop with beautiful scenery.
One of the best things about living in Oregon is all the landscapes and places to visit just a short car ride away. From Mt Hood to the Oregon Coast and Wine Country to the Eastern Oregon Dessert, there are so many different terrains and landscapes to visit and enjoy. I love that we live in the middle of wine country, an hour from the beach, an hour and a half from the mountain and close to so many amazing hikes an parks. Hopefully this list will not only motivate other people to check out some of Oregon's beauty but it will get me out of the house to do the same. And if you don't live in Oregon, look for some similar ideas close to you . . . . or come visit!
What are your favorite things to do in the spring?