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Fun in Oregon: The Tri-County Charm Trail

The Tri-County Charm Trail is our choice for new fun activities in Oregon


written by Valerie Estelle Rogers

The CharmTrail

Airlie Winery
Anam Cara Cellars
Brooks Winery
Bush House Museum and Art Center
Chehalem Valley Chamber Visitor Center
Cherry Country
Dallas Area Visitors Center
Deepwood Museum
& Gardens
Eola Hills Winery
E.Z. Orchards Farm Market
Elsinore Theatre
Enchanted Forest
Firesteed Cellars
French Prairie Gardens
& Family Farm
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Hanson Vineyards
Honeywood Winery
Johan Vineyards
Keeler Estate Vineyard
Lafayette Schoolhouse Antique Mall
Left Coast Cellars
Legacy Estate Vineyard
Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce
Oregon State Capitol
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel
Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce
The Oregon Garden
Travel Salem
Van Duzer Vineyards
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Willamette Valley Vineyards McMinnville Tasting Room
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
& Vineyard and Yamhill
Valley Vineyards

You’ve got thirty-three new reasons to leave the house. The Tri-County Charm Trail, dotted throughout Yamhill, Polk and Marion counties in the mid-Willamette Valley, invites visitors to explore thirty-three wineries, farm markets and visitor centers. Each visit will be rewarded with a wine glass charm representing the business or organization. How you get the charm varies at each location—some require a minimum product purchase, others ask that you fill out a short survey, while some just require that you ask for your charm.

If you want to collect them all, your search will take you to Cherry Country, a company that sells cherry products of all kinds, including the beloved chocolate covered. Charm collectors will also want to visit nearby Johan Vineyards, the only Norwegian-owned vineyard in the United States, which will inspire you with its biodynamic farmed grapes, and to Left Coast Cellars, which allows you to enjoy a glass of estate wine while strolling the dirt path through an oak savannah.

While collecting charms, you will learn that Bryan Croft has been Firesteed Winery’s only winemaker on the property since 1997. You will learn Eola-Amity Vineyard was the thirty-third registered winery in Oregon and has wine club members dating back to 1987 who call themselves The Cork Sniffers. You will also learn that, while EZ Orchards sells produce and cider doughnuts, it also now makes and sells hard cider.

The charm trail will take you all over—from the Oregon State Capitol to the Enchanted Forest amusement park to The Oregon Garden. In all, charms can be collected from three museums, six Chamber of Commerce locations, fifteen wineries, a theater, an antique mall and four country farm markets.

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