Normally, tree houses are hideaways where kids can relax with a comic book, hang out with friends, or pretend they didn’t hear their mothers assigning them chores. At Splat Action Paintball Park, however, they're a refuge from incoming pellets fired from semi-automatic paintball guns, not to mention a safe space to strategize next moves. The same goes for the bunkers, foxholes, and towers also populating the park's 47 wooded acres, which boast 15 playing fields speckled with streams, trails, and trees.
Teams comprised of players aged 10 and up clash on these fields under the supervision of veteran referees, participating in frequent scenario games or weekend walk-on games. Target ranges help sharpen each player's shot before games begin, and a covered picnic area accommodates spectators who are admitted into the park for free.
Eleven family-owned wineries situated throughout the East Willamette Valley band together to form the East Valley Winery Tour, which acquaints guests with the picturesque scenery and unique wines of their historic growing region. The tour regularly hosts events that let attendees loose to sample newly released varietals and talk with artisan vintners amid the sounds of the best live music not performed by saxophone-playing raisins. Home to more than 1,500 acres of vineyard, the region has supplied grapes for many of Oregon's largest wineries.:
The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.
Spanning several forested acres in the foothills of the Cascades, S & C Tree Farm has sold Christmas trees since 1979. Run by Steve and Claire Ferlan, the tree farm now offers “choose and cut,” where visitors can wander through the rows of trees, select one to be freshly chopped by tree farm staffers. Choose from grand firs and noble firs—the patrician descendants of a royal forest in England.
Wine Xing houses a wide range of distinctly bold and brilliant wines from all over the globe. As co-tasters take flight across their 10 individual samples—usually five reds and five whites—tongues will traverse bud-tingling beverages from as nearby as Oregon, Washington, and California and as far away as South Africa and New Zealand, also known as Old Zealand 2.0. Regardless of their wafted wisdom level, guests will have no trouble imbibing comprehensive insight from founder Eric Bean, a proud purveyor of accessible vinformation and a possessor of a PhD in biochemistry. Tap into Bean's bean to gain knowledge on ideal food pairings and how to best serve, swig, sniff, sample, and stare down a wine.