Newberg Lavender Trail
Nestled among the Chehalem Mountain AVA vineyards, and the city of Newberg, are 29 unique lavender-themed offerings. Head down the Newberg Lavender Trail for u-cut lavender flower farms, hand crafted lavender products, baked goods, lavender infused beverages, craft cocktails and where to rest your head with lavender scented pillows.
The lavender fields are in full bloom in July and one through mid-August. Be sure not to miss the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show at the Chehalem Cultural Center in downtown Newberg on July 9 and 10. Spend a leisurely day enjoying the plein air art show, juried art and crafts, distinctive lavender products, and a variety of lavender while feasting on lavender-based refreshments. Food trucks will provide their full menus throughout the event. Admission is free.
For photographers and families looking for a beautifully picturesque setting to take your family photos this Summer, visit Chehalem Flats Farm Market in July on Fridays and Saturdays, and Wayward Winds Lavender Farm open daily from July 1st – August 14th during their prime lavender viewing and u-cut season.
The History of Lavender
Lavender flowers represent purity, serenity, and calmness. Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”. The Romans used lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties. Lavender oil can be used as a disinfectant, an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory, for aromatherapy, massage and as a sleep-aid. An infusion of lavender is suggested to soothe and heal insect bites, small cuts, burns and even acne.
The Newberg Lavender Trail features several local shops that specialize in lavender oils and aromatherapy products. Stop into Little Lavender Shop, Ritual + Fancy, and Abigail’s Gift Boutique to stock up on your oils, candles, soaps and more! Rest your weary head at The Allison Inn & Spa after enjoying a lavender salt bath, and lavender scented spritz on your pillow. Wake up at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast and take the short walk to the beautiful lavender fields at Wayward Winds Lavender Farm.
As a member of the mint family, lavender has been used for centuries in the preparation of food and drink either by itself or as an ingredient of Herbs de Provence – an all-purpose seasoning of dried herbs which captures the flavors of the sunny south of France.
Places To Visit
For our early risers who need a pick-me-up before the start of the day, The Coffee Cottage offers lavender-infused lattes, iced tea, lemonade, and delicious lavender rosemary white chocolate biscotti. Coffee Cat Coffeehouse is featuring a lavender specialty iced tea called the “Bees Knees”, and Caravan Coffee has lavender shortbread cookies available.
Several of our local restaurants like the Newbergundian Bistro have infused lavender into their menus for the month of July with delicious sweet and savory dishes or cocktails. SubTerra Kitchen & Cellar has creative a la carte menu selections of lavender cocktail, lavender scented savory entrée, lavender-themed dessert, and lavender truffles.
Luckee Dutch Bakery, Jem 100 Ice Cream Saloon, Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn, and Teeter Totter Sweets & Treats have bakery items, lavender-infused ice cream, popcorn and confections to enjoy for a special treat!
Lavender delivers a floral, slightly sweet, and elegant flavor to salads, soups, meat and seafood dishes, cheeses, baked goods, desserts and confectionery. For most cooking applications, it is the dried flowers that are used although the leaves may also be incorporated. Only the buds or flowers contain the essential oil of lavender, which is where the scent and flavor are best derived and blended in cocktails!
Good Company Cheese Bar and Bistro has a plethora of lavender culinary menu items and gift products to purchase or enjoy at the bistro, including a lavender-based Paloma craft cocktail! Old Town Bar and Grill has lavender lemonade and a Red Hills lavender lemon drop that is delightful.
Upcoming Lavender Events
Mark your calendars for these great lavender events!
“Lavender + Vintage weekend” July 8-10 with vintage, upcycled & DIY products. Wayward Winds Lavender Farm (17005 NE Courtney Road)
Wine Tasting overlooking a lavender-dotted vineyard. Wreath-making class on July 17. Bellingar Estates (24055 NE North Valley Road)
Lavender-themed painting and wreath-making classes, plus a special lavender treat. Meraviglioso Winery (19740 NE Sunnycrest Road)
Art with Elegance/Studio 306 offers lavender-themed china plate painting classes, weekends in June and July.
The Newberg Lavender Trail is a great resource for all your lavender needs for the entire month of July! Visit all the stops along the trail and tag us on social media in your adventures @tastenewberg using the hashtag #newberglavendertrail.