I spent yesterday exploring the Yamhill Lavender Festival. It runs Saturday and Sunday so you still have time to get there today! It opens from 10am to 5pm and is a great way to spend the day!
We started at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.
There were artisan booths, food booths and an exhibit of paintings done in the lavender fields. I picked up a fun notepad made with old book covers – very fun! And a perfect bunch of lavender for only $5.00!
Next stop, Red Ridge Farms and Durant Vineyards. We parked way in the back, over by the amazing little cabins that can be rented, and walked toward the gift shop, taking pictures all the way. The nursery plants available for sale are beautiful and really reasonably priced!
We headed right over to the winery tasting room and shared a “flight” (tasting of 4 wines). We each bought a bottle to take home – it was too good not to! By now we were a little hungry so bought a baguette sprinkled lightly with olive oil (made on site) and shaved Cypress black lava sea salt, garnished with fresh sage and (what else?) lavender!
Then we moved over to the gift shop – oh my!! The olive oils were amazing – as were the gourmet vinegars. I bought the fig vinegar – I see salad dressing and flavored sparkling water in my future!
Totally satisfied and thoroughly enjoying ourselves, we head out to the next stop, we went winding around the hills to Chehelem Flats. A small field with a very crowded gift shop and a few artists booths. We sampled some of the tasty lavender treats and chatted with some of the artists. And of course, pictures!
Moving on up the hill a bit more we stopped at Wayward Winds. This place reminded us a bit of a hippy habitat, but the aroma was heavenly. This place won the 2015 award for their lavender essential oil and they were distilling during the festival. The scented steam escaped and filled the air with the most wonderful fragrance!
We took in the smells and took some photos and headed North to our last lavender farm.
Mountainside Lavender farms is located just West of Scholls. This beautiful place has a fruit tree lined drive as you make your way to the gift shop and festival area. By now, the gift shops were starting to looks the same – the difference here was the information on different lavender varieties.
As we moved toward the festival, we found a pen with a couple of goats and three, 8 month old alpacas.
We enjoyed a little time with them, hiked up the hill to the artisan booths and saw some amazing and fun items – like a fence fountain!
We ended our day with lunch (ok – a late lunch at 2:45pm) at the South Store Cafe in Scholls. A wonderfully filling and amazingly tasty sandwich and tea. I highly recommend this place if you are ever in the area – but it’s only open for breakfast and lunch (closes at 3pm – we barely made it). You order at the counter, find a table and they bring it to you.
If you live in the area and don’t have plans today, head out to the Yamhill Valley Lavender festival. It’s the last day until next year! There are also other festivals in other areas throughout the state. Follow this link to find the various groupings.
Next year we will be headed south from Salem to Eugene.