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Local Proof of Eastern Oregon Bounty

Farm Loops, Grass Fed Beef, Distillers, and More

 

Fertile soil, plentiful sunshine and pure spring water are the secret ingredients of chefs, distillers, brewers, and yes, winemakers across the vast plains and pristine mountains of Eastern Oregon.  A good portion of Eastern Oregon is dedicated to agriculture, so a driving or cycling tour around the region’s back roads and scenic byways offers travelers the rare chance to strike up conversations and see what life at a working ranch, honey bee farm or alpaca homestead is really like. Not to mention tasting the goods first hand at small batch chocolate maker’s, ubiquitous farm stands, artisan creameries or one of 13 breweries.  Best of all, across the region travelers can relish in the bounty at cozy eateries that don’t require reservations weeks in advance.

If you’re a wine lover, head to Milton-Freewater and tour the Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop, nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountains and home to orchards, wheat fields and wineries known for Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernets whose unique, expressive taste is due partly to the cobblestone terrain the grapes are grown in, which drains faster and allows roots to plant deeper.  Don’t miss the chocolate creations at Petits Noirs, who infuse their truffles with complex notes from the area – from lavender and oak chestnut to cabernet. Then kick up your heels in Pendleton, living proof that the Old West is alive and well.

For picture-postcard views around every turn, head towards La Grande and take a self-guided tour of the Cove-Union Farm Loop.  Cove is the land of big prize cherries and home made apple pies, and the Cherry Fair, held every August, is worth planning a trip around.  A goat dairy, century farms and ranches, bountiful gardens, the Victorian-era town of Union and old-fashioned mercantiles round out the experience of a place where time stands a little bit still.

Fertile soil, plentiful sunshine and pure spring water are the secret ingredients of chefs, distillers, brewers, and yes, winemakers across the vast plains and pristine mountains of Eastern Oregon.  A good portion of Eastern Oregon is dedicated to agriculture, so a driving or cycling tour around the region’s back roads and scenic byways offers travelers the rare chance to strike up conversations and see what life at a working ranch, honey bee farm or alpaca homestead is really like. Not to mention tasting the goods first hand at small batch chocolate maker’s, ubiquitous farm stands, artisan creameries or one of 13 breweries.  Best of all, across the region travelers can relish in the bounty at cozy eateries that don’t require reservations weeks in advance.

If you’re a wine lover, head to Milton-Freewater and tour the Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop, nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountains and home to orchards, wheat fields and wineries known for Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernets whose unique, expressive taste is due partly to the cobblestone terrain the grapes are grown in, which drains faster and allows roots to plant deeper.  Don’t miss the chocolate creations at Petits Noirs, who infuse their truffles with complex notes from the area – from lavender and oak chestnut to cabernet. Then kick up your heels in Pendleton, living proof that the Old West is alive and well.

For picture-postcard views around every turn, head towards La Grande and take a self-guided tour of the Cove-Union Farm Loop.  Cove is the land of big prize cherries and home made apple pies, and the Cherry Fair, held every August, is worth planning a trip around.  A goat dairy, century farms and ranches, bountiful gardens, the Victorian-era town of Union and old-fashioned mercantiles round out the experience of a place where time stands a little bit still.

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