If searching out incredible food and wine tops your list of criteria when selecting a vacation spot, then Southern Oregon should definitely be on your short list. The area is bursting with organic farms, award-winning wineries, artisan food producers and some mind-blowing farm-fresh restaurants. There is also a plethora of historic inns and romantic B & B’s, making Southern Oregon the perfect choice when putting together your own luxurious (or could be budget oriented-your call) Food & Wine tour. Another selling point, (if you tend to be directionally challenged- like me) is that after you land at the Medford airport nothing is further than a 3 hour drive through gorgeous countryside that provides unlimited calorie-free jaw-dropping views. Stop to ask for directions and chances are you’ll be talking to an impassioned winemaker who will happily pour you a taste or six, or a local cheesemaker or chocolatier eager to explain their methods, or a farmer dropping off a box of produce-still warm from the fields- at a local restaurant. Everyone seems to be working hard at something they love, or as one of the locals told me, “We love dreamers here.”
There really is no wrong turn to make here since any turn results in discovering another boutique winery, hidden farm or orchard, a historic small town perfect for exploring, a beach to comb or clam or crab or even fish for your supper. If you choose to take a more organized approach, the Southern Oregon tour planner is filled with information and has a calendar chock full of culinary festivals and events .
After a week of meandering through hills and valleys, I only scratched the surface so be sure and allow plenty of time for off-the-beaten track explorations.
Read on for my list of faves…