Cited by the New York Times as one of the best sources for fresh blackberries in the nation in 2007, Boones Ferry Berry Farms rears a bounty of myriad berries. Amateur Old MacDonalds can strike out in search of several breeds of strawberries, including Albion, Totem, and the northwest's coveted hood ($1 / lb.). An assortment of other berries, such as blue-, boysen-, rasp-, and the confused Chuck, grow large and ripe under the Oregon sun ($1 / lb.).
The 26th Annual Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes flower-gazers to explore more than 40 acres of farmland and revel in activities such as wine tasting and letterboxing. With 114 tulip varieties, 37 unique daffodils, and myriad other blooms, a stroll through the sweeping fields will seduce nostrils more easily than Rudolph Valentino's shaving scuttle. After perusing the petals, breeze through the gift shop for a selection of cut flowers and bulbs for planting, or fuel up on bratwurst, Mexican fare, and espresso at the al fresco food court. The cost of admission grants entry for a carload of flower fanatics, so bring friends, family, or empty vases in search of true love.
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.