While staying near by at the Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, Red decided to hike a quarter of a mile to Willamette Valley's largest Erratic Rock. This 90 ton rock arrived in Oregon during the Ice Age Floods (according to the Oregon State Parks website) about 12,000-17,000 years ago by way of an iceberg from the Northern Rocky Mountains. This special and unique rock commands a wonderful view of the valley and is an activity the Red Chair recommends people who visit the area must add to their to-do list!
The Red Chair couldn't help but to get out and frolic among the crimson clover field when it was on its way back to the Feller House Bed and Breakfast in Aurora, Oregon. No wonder bumble bees and honey bees are drawn to these flowers, they smell so sweet! After quite a bit of time searching for a four leave clover, luck was not with the Red Chair Travels this time. No worries though, the Red Chair will be back to keep searching in the future!
The Red Chair visited the R. R. Thompson House Bed and Breakfast in Carlton, Oregon back in April of 2015. It was such a perfect trip! Also called "The Front Porch of Wine Country" Carlton is located in the Willamette Valley in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. The Red Chair Travels was able to visit a vineyard near town, where bud break had begun just says earlier, how cool! This is an exciting time when the new growth cycle begins, culminating in the fall harvest. Red is excited to experience the entire process, especially the finished product!
Next door to the chickens, at The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast, is the smallest Pinot Noir Vineyard in Carlton! The Red Chair got a chance to inspect the vines up close, and found they were starting to show the first signs of the fruit clusters. Red loves supporting local products, especially wine! It is quite a special experience to see where some of our most favorite foods or beverages begin so we can appreciate them fully when we see the finished product! Thank you for the behind the scenes tour!!
Since Red was visiting the one and only Napa Valley it decided that it must try to taste as many wines as possible. What better way to do it than a tour with Platypus Tours! Red got into the stand-up limousine and proceeded to four different wineries for delicious tastings with a wonderful new group of friends. At the last winery a beautiful picnic was set up and waiting for everyone as well as more world class wines that could only be from beautiful Napa Valley! What a great suggestion of being able to experience quite a bit of the area with only a short amount of time!
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