HydroSports Dive and Travel’s certified scuba instructors tap into their enthusiasm for all things aquatic to train nascent sea explorers with thorough diving instruction. The staff formulate a roster of classes that includes a wide range of lessons, from basic tutorials that introduce essential skills to advanced courses that yield open-water certification and the ability to recite Keats underwater.
In addition to classes, HydroSports' onsite shop packs an arsenal of equipment from top-quality brands and ample rental gear for self-arranged dives. HydroSports Dive and Travel’s trainers also organize frequent diving excursions amid marine wonderlands such as Palau, Santa Catalina Island, and Poseidon's living room.
The family behind Trinity Vineyards labors sustainably over its fruit and has just bedecked its bottles with silver medals from the 2011 McMinnville Wine & Food Classic and Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. The boutique winery takes special pride in its complex pinot noirs, nurtured by the rich red clay of the gorgeous Cascade Mountains terrain and the hard work of grape-polishing gophers. During the tasting, guests will tipple from a flight of at least six wines, spanning several vintages and varietals, savoring flavors such as the heady peach and pear aromas of a 2009 viognier. After the rousing taste-bud workout, sippers can browse the merchandise offered in the tasting room and get 10% off bottles of wine ($13+), pots of gourmet jams and mustards, and vials of wine's sarcastic cousin, vinegar. Tastings are held most Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Stoller Vineyards, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, uniquely offers world class wines and genuine hospitality in a stunning setting. Enjoy panoramic views, ample outdoor space for relaxation and three guest homes available for rent while visiting North America's first Gold LEED certified winery.
Embrace Oregon’s guides spotlight the charms of local businesses as they lead visitors through sightseeing and wine tours of the picturesque historic region. Jaunts through farmlands and shopping districts entice equestrian or antique enthusiasts, whereas nature lovers bloom with enthusiasm at seasonal events such as the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Visits to the Timberline Lodge and Chitwood covered bridge preserve a rich cultural heritage more easily than freezing Lewis and Clark in carbonite. Embrace Oregon’s online magazine provides additional information for travelers seeking spots to dine, sleep, and explore.
Born into a winemaking family in Hungary, Josef immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s to pursue baking. After more than a decade, however, he cooked up a new idea. Together with his wife Lilli, he purchased a scenic plot of land in the Willamette Valley and planted his first grape vines in 1978—making St. Josef's one of the earliest wineries in Oregon. Even as his ambition grew, Josef never forgot his roots; his first varietals—namely, riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris—harkened back to his youth in central Europe amid the Adriatic's glistening waves of chablis.
Today, the 40-acre winery—now by a third generation of Josef's family—produces bottles of crisp whites and earthy reds, filling at least 90 percent of each batch with grapes grown on the St. Josef's vineyard. Even as Oregon's wine industry has grown over the years, Portland Monthly praises the well-aged coziness of St. Josef's, saying they've “yet to find a better sipping spot” in all of Willamette Valley.