August 15, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Plan a Progressive Picnic in Oregon’s Vineyards and Valleys

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The word “picnic” comes from the 17th Century French term “pique-nique,” which refers to epicureans who brought their favorite wines with them when dining out. These original picnickers are our people. Because there are so many picture-perfect places for your picnic here, don’t stop at just one. Instead, plan a progressive picnic in Oregon’s vineyards and valleys.

 Progressive Picnic in the Tualatin Valley

Let the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route be the road you travel from one picnic location to the next, swooping up a picnic wine or snack at each location.

To start, charming downtown Sherwood is a hub of good food from local vendors. Symposium Coffee makes a mean latte and the Sherwood Saturday Market has local produce and homemade treats for filling up your picnic basket.

Journey on to Beaverton’s Hamacher Wines. The intimate winery is happy to share its front lawn and picnic tables with guests. Just be sure to add a tasting flight or glass of their stellar wines into your mix.

Next, u-pick for your picnic! Hoffman Farms Store’s current u-pick options include blueberries and blackberries. Pick berries in the serene fields until you’ve stained your fingers purple. The Hoffman Farm Store’s pre-made mini-pies may as well leap into your picnic basket, as well—they’re too good to miss.

Just across the road from Hoffman Farms Store’s summer bounty, you can overlap into the tastes of fall with Oregon Heritage Farms. Open mid-August through Mid-November, the farm store here has the juiciest apples; though, we won’t blame you if you balance out the healthy fruit with one of their freshly-made donuts.

Continue westward on the route to Risdall Ranch Winery. The homey tasting room has a year-round Christmas store inside and a lovely view of the Coast Range foothills outside of its doors. The vineyard’s gazebo is a great photo-op for your day of picnicking in the Tualatin Valley, especially with a glass of Pinot in hand.

Heading into the sweet area of Cornelius, Blooming Junction is a picnicker’s delight with a wealth of inspiration. In addition to the colorful produce, check out the $10 weekend workshops. From pickles to salsa to tangy kombucha, you can learn how to make your own picnic nibbles.

If you have another stop left in you, then we suggest Helvetia Winery. Not only does the winery have great wine and spots to picnic, but it also offers a unique salmon pairing with its wines.

The best way to end your progressive picnic is at one of the Tualatin Valley’s hotels. Order warm cookies to your room at Hillsboro’s Aloft Hotel or bring some tator tots back to your room at Forest Grove’s McMenamins Grand Lodge. Ta-da! —it’s a picnic in bed.

There you go. Now, you don’t have to plan a progressive picnic in Oregon’s vineyards and valleys. We’ve done it for you.

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