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4 Things You Must Do This Spring

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

4 Things You Must Do This Spring
Whether you're visiting from another state or have lived here all your life, when the flowers begin to bloom and the rainy days become less frequent, it is difficult to find a more beautiful place to live or visit than Oregon. Sometimes, even though I live in the middle of it all, I forget all the options available to me and the weekend adventures I could be having. So this list is just as much for me as it is for any of you as I try to remind myself all the things I should be adding to my to do list this spring and summer.

One: Wine Tasting
This really needs no further explanation, because what better thing to do in the middle of wine country than to drink wine! I know I've said this before, but we live closer to probably 50 wineries than we do to a Target, so the options are endless. It's the perfect weekend treat or afternoon adventure. And being that there are so many wineries to choose from, you can pick the type of atmosphere and wine you're looking for.

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: 
Two of my favorite festivals of the year happen in the spring time close to our house. Well, make that three if you include the 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.

Four: Hiking
Oregon is known for its beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor adventures. Every year we have so many plans to get out and check out new parks and hikes but time always gets away from us. This spring I really hope to check off more stops on our list of hikes close to home. A couple of our favorite day hikes include 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?


  1. Go to a wine tasting has been one thing I have wanted to do since I turned 21 and I have yet to do it. It is on my bucket list this spring!

  2. Definitely going to head your way soon for some wine tasting! Anything that involves wine I am in.

  3. Berry picking sounds amazing! I've never picked my own before, but I'd love to try. I love hiking this time of the year, too. It feels so great to get outside again!

  4. These are great! I definitely want to go wine tasting again! I've only gone during the winter but spring sounds like a great time for it!

  5. I'd love to do hiking and wine tasting this spring. It's always fun, and spring is perfect to do both.

  6. I would love to attend a spring festival! Those pictures look beautiful!

  7. Berry picking is my favorite past-time in the spring and Im trying to get into hiking, I went last year once and really enjoyed! Thanks for the ideas!

  8. These are really great things to do in the Spring, I'm a huge fan of wine tasting. I haven't done too many Spring festivals so maybe i'll change that this year.

  9. The beer selection at this place was great and rotates often. Everyone who works at event venues here makes you feel welcome. They remember your favorite drink and you will be glad to tweet about them.