Cellar Door Wine Tours is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area, which encompasses numerous subregions—delineated by climate, soil, and other features—that are known worldwide for their pinot noir. Owners and tour guides Helen Avery and Mark Treick couldn't be more excited about their location, since their relationship is somewhat built on a mutual love of wine: their first date was to a beer and wine festival near Portland, and they moved to Oregon's wine country after their family established their own vineyard. Now, they lead couples and small groups on full-day, half-day, and à la carte tours of boutique wineries, wherein they share their enthusiasm and knowledge of Oregon's wine country and its accompanying food and culture.
Ensconced in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports’s lively facility delights bare-footed fun-seekers with 45,000 square feet of bounce-encompassing terrain. Sky High's bounce-begetters come loaded with a specially-designed, spring-loaded frame and thick, 2-inch safety pads that grant patrons a plummet cushier than the Snuggle Bear’s corner office. Guests can hone front flips, back flips, and channel flips during intense free-bounce sessions or lock horns with a spring-footed sportsman in a competitive bout of trampoline dodgeball. Stuffed with cushy body-molding material, Sky High's daunting foam pit dares treasure-seekers to scour its depths for the lost contents of bygone pockets. A crack team of court supervisors keeps watch over the proceedings, ensuring each guest's safety while upholding Sky's High's golden rules.
Oregon Dream Ponies sits surrounded by hillside vineyards and orchards that pose as a serene backdrop for pony rides, horse rides, and special events. The roster includes ponies of varied sizes and ages that ensure kids of all ages can ride comfortably and confidently. While visiting the ranch, children as young as two years old learn how to interact with ponies, how they're groomed, and what they eat. Pony rides hand-led by staff members either at the ranch or during on-location pony parties give children a supervised opportunity to learn to ride. Other sessions allow children to guide ponies through a series of obstacles, from crossing a bridge to trotting over logs to solving complex algebraic equations.
Sherwood Ice Arena welcomes people of all ages to lace up their skates and hit the ice seven days a week during public skate, group lessons, and sport programs. On staff are more than 15 coaches who earned their skating chops with years of figure skating or hockey playing, and who impart their icy wisdom during group and private lessons for children, adolescents, and adults. Classes include a basic Learn to Skate course for true beginners, which is based on the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program. The arena's more than 50 hockey leagues divide players into eight divisions based on their ability to balance a stick on their chins. Skaters can also relax during Friday-night date nights and special-occasion skating parties that can accommodate various group sizes. The onsite pro shop outfits skaters with a range of equipment from more than 20 brands including CCM, Mission, and Nike.
Originally established and overseen by a committee of parents, Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic began in 1994 as a small community fundraiser for St. James Catholic School. Today, the annual festival draws nearly 10,000 people to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, requiring more than 300 volunteers to assemble regional winemakers, culinary masters, and artists. Vintners disclose trade tips as they peddle their ambrosial libations, all of which are ultimately ranked by a panel of professional judges into bronze, silver, gold, and best-of-show tiers. Guests can take wine-tasting classes, which teach sippers how distinguish fruity undertones from a banana hiding in their glass, or glean cooking tips from kitchen demonstrations and food booths. Throughout the weekend-long gathering, artists display their opuses in the form of tangible wares or live music.