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Willamette River Trail at Rogers Landing

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More and more travelers and connoisseurs are being drawn to Newberg, Oregon. From across the state and the country, there is a growing curiosity about the place. A big part of that has to do with the wines Newberg has been producing, now considered by many to be some of the best in the world. But it goes beyond the wine and the vineyards and the wineries. Because the Newberg experience is just that: experiential. It’s a place for slowing down and tasting life and all the wonders of the region.
The restaurants.
The brew pubs.
The coffee roasters.
The camellias.
The lavender.
The truffles.
The art.
The history.

Why “Taste Newberg”?

It’s a place to stay. To feel welcomed. To enjoy. To learn. Learn about winemaking and making in general. It’s a straight shot from Portland. A straight shot to the beach and the mountains. Yes, there is a growing curiosity about Newberg that we come by honestly, by virtue of our 135-year old university founded by Quaker pioneers, a private learning institution consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. Newberg is a place of learning, a veritable University of the Senses. That’s why we don’t want people just to “visit Newberg.” We want them to taste all of its unique flavors and experiences. We want them to stay, and we want them to come back and taste it all over again. And again and again.

Willamette River at Rogers Landing Photo by Todd Klingler - https://www.facebook.com/klinglerphotography/

Willamette River Trail

The lifeblood of the Willamette Valley is the namesake river that runs through it. Without it, the fertile farmlands would have never attracted the generations of Native Americans, Oregon Trail emigrants, and us. The beauty is unmistakable, and the same mysteries that have been available to centuries of explorers are still here for you today. The Willamette River Trail is waiting for your exploration.

The destination is the first Yamhill County town on Oregon’s Route 99W, just minutes from Portland. The famous route leads to hundreds of vineyards, wineries, acclaimed restaurants, scenic farms, orchards, and outdoor recreation opportunities on the beautiful Willamette River Trail. More than 100 wineries are located within a 10-mile radius, ranging from Oregon Pinot Noir pioneers like Adelsheim and Rex Hill wineries with bucolic estate vineyard sites to seven downtown tasting rooms, all within walking distance of one another.

Newberg’s charming, walkable downtown features owner-operated restaurants, cafés, locally-owned galleries, and shops. The city is also home to George Fox University, the public arts-devoted Chehalem Cultural Center, and the Hoover-Minthorn House, the only presidential site in Oregon.

Enjoy Newberg’s peaceful, picturesque surroundings through vineyard tours, river paddles, hikes, walking trails, golf, cycling, hot air balloon rides, scenic drives, or a simple picnic in one of Newberg’s many parks.

The page should have the following information/sections:

·       WRT logo to link to their page

·       Before You Go

·       Water Access Permit:  https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/AIS-FAQs.aspx

·       Rental/Guide Information:  Rental Operators to list are Dayton Kayak Rentals, https://www.facebook.com/DaytonKayakRentals/, Woodward Surf in Salem (although they don’t recommend Newberg for best places to paddle), Alder Creek in Tualatin, Next Adventure in Portland.  Paddle People will deliver boats within 600 miles of Portland.  The first 100 miles is free.  Need to dig deeper for guide information.    https://willamettewatertrail.org/plan-your-trip/local-outfitters/

·       PFD information:  https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Life-Jackets.aspx

·       Shuttles (if any???)

·       Find your paddle route:  https://willamettewatertrail.org/itinerary-inspiration

·       Leave No Trace Principles:  https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

·       Businesses to highlight before/after river trip 

Desiree - owner of La Muse in Newberg