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Community Highlight: Estacada

Estacada mural

This colorful mural is one of more than a dozen adorning buildings throughout downtown Estacada.

Located along the Clackamas River, Estacada is a small, scenic town rich in recreational opportunity in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. First incorporated in 1905, Estacada was once a bustling logging town. Today it’s more known for its thriving arts community and wide array of outdoor recreation.

Evidence of the busy arts community is everywhere throughout the town. Entire sides of buildings are adorned with beautifully detailed murals highlighting the town’s rich history. You can see many of the murals and learn about Estacada’s past on a walking tour that highlights both. Pick up maps at the offices of the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Foster Farm

Kids experience pioneer life at Philip Foster Farm

Head to nearby Philip Foster Farm to experience even more history. Walking on to the grounds of Philip Foster Farm is like stepping back through time to when the pioneers who traversed the Oregon Trail first settled the area. Not only are the grounds beautiful, but you can tour buildings that are over 150 years old. You can also try your hand at some of the tasks these hearty individuals used to do on a daily basis. It’s fun, but also makes you realize just how good we have it today.

Boating Clackamas River

Take to the waters of the Clackamas River to bring in some trophy fish

Outdoor lovers also come to Estacada to take advantage of its scenery and recreational opportunities. Not only does its close proximity to Mt. Hood make it a popular stop to the way to the mountain, Estacada itself offers plenty to see and do. Much of the recreational activity is focused around the waters of the Clackamas River. Calm areas offer great opportunities for fishing or boating, while adrenaline junkies can get their whitewater fix a short distance away on the Upper Clackamas. Nearby campgrounds offer a great place to stay that’s close enough to town so you can get any supplies you need, yet still feels secluded enough to give you that escape you’re craving.

Mt Hood Milo McIver State Park

It’s hard to say which is greater, the views at Milo McIver State Park or the recreational choices.

Estacada also boasts a trio of popular bike trails that will get your heart pumping. Nearby Milo McIver State Park offers everything from 27 holes of disc golf to hiking and equestrian trails, not to mention breathtaking views of the Clackamas River and Mt. Hood. It also has a fish hatchery with self-guided tours. Celebrate your adventures at Fearless Brewing with a pint of Scottish Ale.

People say there is big charm in small towns. That’s certainly the case in Estacada, one of the great communities of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.

Fearless Brewing in Estacada

Philip Foster Farm near Estacada

Spiral Gallery in Estacada

Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod is the Communications Specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. New to the region but a long-time tourism communications professional, he is enjoying exploring everything his new home has to offer.

New stores arrive on Oregon City’s Mainstreet

Mainstreet_logo

No trip to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is complete without taking in the local shops and restaurants of our cities. Oregon City has a vibrant downtown district, and they just announced the addition of five new businesses. From their press release:

This Spring several new retailers are calling downtown Oregon City home. Indie retailer Tara Vincente led the way with her Denim Salvage concept in late February followed by London inspired The Flat which opened last week. Mirror Mirror Accessories and Ladybird’s Vintage both plan to open in the next month in the Homelife Furniture building. Another boutique is planned for newly renovated 517 Main Street which also houses offices and ENS Jiujitsu.

These businesses join a growing retail cluster around Oregon City’s historic Arch Bridge and municipal elevator which offers everything from vintage jewelry and clothing to custom and shabby chic furniture.

“We are excited to see so much interest in downtown Oregon City,” stated the Executive Director of Main Street Oregon City, Jonathan Stone. “We look forward to working with these new business owners as we realize an even more vibrant mixed-use district.”

The Flat

Shown above, The Flat at 719 Main Street in Oregon City. (Click image for larger image.)

Denim Salvage
Shown above, Denim Salvage at 611 Main Street in Oregon City. (Click image for larger image.)

In addition to great shopping and dining, Mainstreet Oregon City district also plays host to events throughout the year, such as car shows, festivals and farmer’s markets. To learn more, check out their website. To see the rest of the great shopping opportunities throughout the rest of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, check out our website. We’ll make sure you don’t just leave with great memories, but some great deals too.

 

Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod is the Communications Specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. New to the region but a long-time tourism communications professional, he is enjoying exploring everything his new home has to offer.

You’ll go loopy for our Farm Loops

Marion Berry field

In addition to offering all sorts of fun things to do, the Canby and Molalla Farm Loops offer some truly spectacular views.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory boasts a diverse landscape full of varied attractions. One of the great things about The Territory is the fertile soils of the Willamette Valley region, which create a wealth of agritourism opportunities. You can explore these on both the Canby Area Farm Loop and Molalla Country Farm Loop, one of Mt. Hood Territory’s WONDERful Trails.

Goats are mischievous, hungry, and just plain adorable! Photo from Jen Sotolongo.

Goats are mischievous, hungry, and just plain adorable! Photo from Jen Sotolongo.

Each loop offers great family-owned working farms with fresh vegetables, u-pick fruit and even Christmas trees during the holiday season. The loops also boast flower farms that have acres and acres of dazzling tulips, lavender and dahlias and ranches with ducks, goats, alpacas and even massive elk. Of course, our great wineries are included as well.

The Canby Farm Loop boasts 21 separate attractions, while its Molalla counterpart has 29. Each is a family-friendly way to connect with nature and make some truly unique lasting memories.

Farm Loop events make for great family bonding time.

Farm Loop events make for great family bonding time.

The farm loops also include great events, such as rodeos, festivals and Dinners in the Field, a popular series of dinner events where the meal is prepared at local farms using the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients possible, sourced right from that  and neighboring locations.

As these loops are self-guided tours, you can pick and choose which businesses you want to visit. A few things to remember: These are working farms. It’s best to call prior to your visit. It’s also good to remember to wear appropriate footwear; open-toed shoes can be problematic when you’re frolicking with goats and other farm animals.

 

Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod is the Communications Specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. New to the region but a long-time tourism communications professional, he is enjoying exploring everything his new home has to offer.

 

Pickathon – a music festival like no other

Pickathon

Pickathon is a unique music festival featuring amazing indie acts, delicious food and great craft beer all in a family-friendly setting that makes it an incredibly popular event.

Pickathon, the “biggest little music festival in the Northwest,” is a truly unique music experience that takes place each year at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. This year’s 3-day event is set for August 1-3.

One of the things that makes this festival so unique is its dedication to minimizing its impact on the environment, both locally and beyond. It’s the only outdoor music festival in the United States to minimize all single-use cups, dishware and utensils, and the first one to go plastic free. Water is free. And festival goers are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation, while the power for the event is provided by solar.

What really makes Pickathon stand out, however, is the lineup. Just about every genre of music you can think of is represented: blues, rock, folk, hip-hop, country, just to name a few. Multiple hand-built stages (art pieces in and of themselves) mean that the music never stops. With so many other great things to experience, such as amazing local food and craft beverages, you’ll wonder how to fit it all in.

The festival is also incredibly family-friendly. All kids under 12 get in free with their families. Plus, there is a jammed-packed schedule of activities for kids, as well as over 3.5 miles of LED-lighted trails. Pickathon Radio also broadcasts music from two of the stages, so you can enjoy the kids’ activities as a family without having to miss any of the great music. Camping is also “everyone friendly” with comfortable showers, a “front desk concierge,” camp scouts and a beautiful forested setting.

While Pendarvis Farm’s 80 acres offers space for 17-20K people, Pickathon wants to remain intimate by offering only 3.5K tickets for sale. Buy yours before they sell out!

Always a great experience, this year’s Pickathon promises to continue the trend. We’re all looking forward to the festival and hope to see you at one of Mt. Hood Territory’s most amazing events.

Annie Bailey Oregon's Mt. Hood TerritoryCheers! — Annie

 

 

Pioneer Century celebrates 40 years

Pioneer Century RideIn what is one of the longest-running bicycle events around, the annual Pioneer Century Ride takes more than 1500 riders through the historic and scenic valley communities of Champoeg, Canby and Molalla and scenic areas of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. This year’s event is set for June 7.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the annual event celebrates the hearty pioneers who were attracted to this region for its fertile farmland and ample opportunity. Today those farms serve as a scenic backdrop to the ride, which also helps celebrate the fact that this area boasts one of the most active bicycling communities of anywhere in the country.

As one would expect of a century ride, there is a 100-mile course for the truly seasoned biking enthusiast, as well as shorter 77-, 55-, 45- and 32-mile routes. New for 2014 is the Pioneer Family Ride, which is an 8-mile route ideal for parents and their kids enjoying some family time together.

The race is put on by the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club, a riding club that helps promote the benefits and fun of bike riding. In addition to this event, they also host a series of “Welcome Rides” to bring new members into the supportive fold of the club. Learn more about these events and more on their website.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is prime bike riding country. The Pioneer Century Ride is one more fun way to put two wheels to pavement and see the beautiful countryside of #OMHT.

Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod is the Communications Specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. New to the region but a long-time tourism communications professional, he is enjoying exploring everything his new home has to offer.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival with Mt. Hood in the background

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival with Mt. Hood in the background

Imagine a landscape so awash in color you’ll think you’re dreaming. Countless flowers bloom in a dazzling display so vivid you’ll have to come up with new words to describe the colors. This happens every year at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm at the annual Tulip Fest.

This year’s festival starts March 28 and runs all the way to May 4. Throughout that time, more than 40 acres of farmland will be set aglow by countless blooming tulips. As if the beauty of the flowers weren’t enough, the festival also includes a children’s play area with duck races, slides and swings, hayrides and pony rides, a crafters’ marketplace and food, to name a few. Two new attractions this year are:

  • Archery Tag: 10 minute game of dodge ball with blunted bows and arrows ($5.00 per person)
  • Paint Ball Shoot: Climb onto our paintball shooter and paint the tulips, 50 paintballs included in price. ($5.00 per person)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival March 29-May 5 - over 40 acres of tulips and daffodilsEach year hot air balloons  also fly over the festival, mirroring the mix of colors below. The balloon flights are weather dependent, so be sure to check Wooden Shoe’s Facebook page for announcements.

Be sure to bring your camera, as the photo-ops are plentiful. From macro photography showcasing the beauty of a single bloom, to panoramic shots showcasing the fields in the foreground and Mt. Hood rising majestically in the back, the images will be priceless.

Of course, we’d be happy to share any photos you get. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, be sure to use our #OMHT hashtag. You can also share shots on our Facebook page. See you at Wooden Shoe Farm!

 

Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod is the Communications Specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. New to the region but a long-time tourism communications professional, he is enjoying exploring everything his new home has to offer.