Oregon welcomed me like a beloved child, enfolded me in her cool arms…
Photos, they say, are worth 1000 words. Let them introduce you to more of the Willamette Valley.
Abbey Road Farm
Situated on 82 acres in Carlton, Oregon, Abbey Road Farm is a working farm and home to the Silo Suites Bed & Breakfast. Three silos currently house five bedrooms, and there’s additional space in the main house. The current owners have planted a vineyard and plan to continue farming produce for their own restaurant and others in the area.
The photo at the top of this post shows the view from silos’ porch.
We arrived to cold weather and snow flurries that turned to a snowstorm the next evening.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey
Across the road and up a hill from Abbey Road Farm is Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey. The abbey was originally located in New Mexico, but the monks moved to Oregon in 1955 as the land was more suitable for farming.
Currently, fewer than 30 monks live on the 1300 acres and operate a number of industries, one of which is a non-denominational retreat.
The monks also make and sell fruitcakes, label and store wine for area vineyards, and do bookbinding.
4 Spirits Distillery
Located in Corvallis, award-winning 4 Spirits Distillery crafts bourbon, rum, vodka, and gin. Founded by Dawson Officer in memory of four of his friends and fellow combat soldiers killed in Iraq, 4 Spirits gives back to the community by donating a portion of bourbon sales to support area programs for veterans and their families.
Distributed in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Michigan, 4 Spirits also donated profits from all sales in those states to veteran programs there.
Equiano Coffee Company
Open seven days a week, Equiano Coffee Company sits in the historic Blair Business District of Eugene. In warm weather, the outdoor patio offers clients music and more.