Summertime U-Pick Farms, Lavender Festivals and Country Shops in Newberg, Oregon
The rolling hills and blooming rows of lavender throughout the Willamette Valley of Oregon beckon nature lovers far and wide to stop and smell the flowers. Whether you are a city dweller looking for a fun summer outdoor activity or someone who just loves to forage for things, picking lavender from a farm or from a cute country herb shop is a great way to enjoy nature’s bounty. Here are the best places to find lavender in Willamette Valley’s town of Newberg, just 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon.
From Farm to Fest
Walking distance from Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast in Newberg sits the picturesque U-Pick lavender farm, Wayward Winds. Our guests love to walk there after breakfast as they are open daily from 10-5 throughout July and into early August. The farm has several fields of lavender, plus a cleverly landscaped lavender maze to meander through, open to the public. The small, dedicated team at Wayward Winds also makes a diverse selection of lavender household goods, personal care products and culinary treats. Don’t miss their award-winning lavender essential oil or delicious lavender syrups. They have nine(!) different variations of syrup including inventive flavors like Lavender Pear and Lavender Ginger Peach.
You or the lavender connoisseur in your life will also be happy to know that Wayward Winds is hosting a special weekend at the farm hosting extra vendors for their Lavender Celebration, July 9-11th. Make it a whole weekend of lavender adventure and stop at Willamette Valley Lavender Festival in downtown Newberg, as well. The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting the annual community event this year on July 10th & 11th. It’s a festival for the senses, celebrating lavender in the arts, and will bring together 150 artists, loads of vendors and food trucks galore.
Essentially Oils, and More!
Mountainside Lavender Farm is open and ready for visitors. You can choose to walk the farm’s three fields of lavender to cut your own $6 bundles or you can buy ready-made bouquets. On this family-run farm, you may also run into hard-working owners Bill and Lori Carlson. They’ll be busy harvesting, helping guests, or doing any one of the umpteen things that goes into making all the wonderful lavender products sold in their cute little cottage shop. After harvesting, double-cutting, and drying, lavender is distilled on site for use in their lotions, sanitizers, and spritzers. “We’ve found 5 of our 25 lavender varieties to work particularly well for the oils we use in our products,” Bill says while showing Kristin and I around the beautiful grounds. From what we could tell, lavender farming is a labor of love for this family and you can see it all come to fruition when you take a trip to visit their Newberg farm any day, now through late July, 9 to 5. Casual photos may be taken on the grounds, but for professional photography, please contact them for after hours accommodation.
Market, to Market
Another stop along the lavender trail is Chehalem Flats Farm Market where you’ll find a darling Willamette Valley country store carrying all sorts of lavender infused sundries, hand-crafted kitchenware, pottery, artisan goods and delectable snacks. Outside the store, you’ll find an array of plants and herbs including beautifully landscaped fields of lavender. Newberg residents Matt and Randi Way brought their family out one rainy June afternoon and their youngest, Ellie, in her yellow rain jacket, loved sniffing all the different colored lavender. Randi raved, “It’s an inexpensive way to get outdoors with the family”. At $5 a bundle and stocked with other potted plants and veggie starts at affordable prices, it is a nice alternative to visiting the gardening section at Home Depot.
Owner Jan Ellings loves providing a farm for folks to get out of the house (or busy city life) and enjoy the beauty of nature. Keep an eye out for fun new additions to the store and for wreath-making classes on their facebook page and, in the meantime, get out to visit between now and mid-December. Once lavender season is over they also have U-Pick Figs in July and fresh veggies through the Fall.
Little Shop of Lavender!
Our last stop is in Downtown Newberg where we find the new home of the Little Lavender Farm selling lavender products grown and made from their farm in Dundee, Oregon (just the next town over from us!). Newberg is delighted to add this cute little storefront to the growing list of small businesses that populate our town. When we stopped in recently, owner, farmer and lavender product maker, Pam Baker, was just finishing up a wreath made of fresh cut stems while selling her soaps, lip balms, salve and fresh and dried bouquets. She has lovely gift packs ready to make a friend’s day relaxing and soothing. The shop is open Wed 11-8 and Thurs-Sun 11-6. If you usually visit the Newberg Wednesday Market from 4-8 on Wednesday evenings, make sure you stop by their shop just down the alleyway from the street market.
Stay Local to your Adventures along the Newberg Lavender Trail
Keep in mind all you foragers and nature lovers: before the apple orchards, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms of fall and winter there is this heavenly season of fragrant, vibrant blooms brought out by Oregon’s summer splendor. The idyllic scenery and the aromatic surroundings that a lavender-hunting road trip offers may be just what you need in your life right now. Add to that a relaxing stay at a wine country Bed & Breakfast like our own Chehalem Ridge B&B and you have yourself a perfect weekend getaway. Come experience Newberg. We’d love to host you and be your guide to all things lavender. Give us a call at 503-538-3474 or check us out at www.chehalemridge.com.
By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper