April 26 Sample more than 60 artisan ciders from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia at the Cider Rite of Spring. Details: nwcider.com/cider-events
April 22–27 In celebration of Earth Day, five Willamette Valley wine destinations—Elk Cove, Sokol Blosser, Winderlea, and the Joel Palmer House—will be offering free tastings (and appetizers) to those touring the valley in their electric vehicles. Tasters who complete their Plug & Pinot Passports with stops at all five destinations will be entered to win an “EV powered” wine country getaway. Details: traveloregon.com/events/upcoming/electricwillamettevalleytour
April 25–27 To ring in a decade of craft beer revelry, the Oregon Garden Brewfest has invited 65 breweries to set up camp at the usual spot in historic Silverton and bring their top two chuggable products—that’s 130 beers, ciders, and meads to get through in three days. Details: oregongarden.org/events/brewfest
Thru April 27 It’s Passport Month in the Columbia Gorge! For $25, you can get yourself a wine passport that will grant you discounts, food pairings, barrel tastings, and more at 25 Gorge wineries. Details: columbiagorgewine.com/passport-month
Thru May 4 The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival goes on for just two more weeks—head down to Woodburn to get in on the tulipmania! Details: woodenshoe.com
2014 Farm Dinners Make plans to head out to the country this summer and book your spot for one of these unique farm to table dinners.
Skamania and Cabela’s offer a four-night fishing excursion on the Columbia river. From a 24-foot Alumaweld Formula Vee, with all of the latest technology and tackle provided, reel in fresh king salmon during one of the season’s peak river runs: a summer run in late June and a fall run from late August and through October. At the end of each of day of fishing, retire to the Cascadian-style Skamania Lodge overlooking the river. The all-inclusive, four-night excursion runs $1,995/person based on double occupancy. Details: skamania.com
COOL NEW STUFF
Tetherow Lodges opened April 17 down in Bend, Oregon, adding 50 boutique hotel rooms to the clubhouse and restaurant that have abutted the 18-hole golf course since 2008. Details: tetherow.com
Summer Festivals Check out our guide to Northwest summer festivals over on On the Town, and book your tickets now!
It’s Wildflower Season! Celebrate with some of our favorite floral displays in the region.
It’s Puffin Season! This month, puffins from the open seas of the Pacific return to Cannon Beach's monolith to lay eggs and raise their chicks.