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Willamette Valley’s Natural Beauty

Tualatin River Bird Festival Set for May 18th

Blue bird


Bird lovers rejoice! The Friends of the Refuge, in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, welcome all to their Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a family-friendly, free event.

Visitors will experience a diversity of activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. Enjoy live bird shows, conservation exhibits, food, and guided walks for adults and kids.

Build a bee board, birdhouse or bat house; try your hand at casting a fishing line; stay under par at the migration putt-putt golf activity; and participate in hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids.

Please note, there will be no parking at the refuge on the day of the Festival. There will be a free shuttle from 12205 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin (Two-story Brick Building). Watch for the bright yellow signs. The first shuttle departs at 5:30 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving the refuge at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit:


Photo by Charles Hillestad, McMinnville


Amity, Oregon Daffodil Festival

Amity Daffodil Festival

Daffodils in Amity

The 19th annual Amity Daffodil Festival, held March 23 and 24 in Amity, Oregon, featured an amazing variety of these favorite early spring blooms.  The daffodil show was held at the Elementary School on Rice Lane and included judging.  In addition, an art show, volkswalks on Sunday, food, driving tours and a nursery products sale were all part of the two-day event.  It is still time to enjoy daffodils in the north Willamette Valley.  Drive around the countryside and you will see plenty of blooms and spectacular flowering trees.















Yamhill Lavender Festival July 9 – 10 Lodging Available

Lavender Field

Yamhill Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show is scheduled for next weekend, Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th.  The R. R. Thompson House in Carlton still has lodging available, and we are just a three miles from Yamhill.  The festival will include music, with Lisa Mann and Jeff Knudson, the Sonny Hess Band and the Rae Gordon Band among those performing.  Purchase fresh-cut bouquets, lavender plants or participate in a crafting class.    Enjoy the juried work of artists and crafters created in the lavender fields during the Plein Air Paint Out.  The event will be held at Beulah Park in the quaint town of Yamhill.  Food and refreshments will be available. There is no admission charge.



Oregon Lavender Festival July 10 – 11

The Oregon Lavender Festival is almost here!  The dates are  July 10 and 11.  In Yamhill County, the Yamhill Lavender Festival will be held at Beulah Park in Yamhill from 10 to 9 on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday.  Seven Lavender farms in Yamhill County will be open to visitors who wish to view the fields, enjoy the wonderful fragrance, or even pick some to bring home.

Yamhill Lavender Festival

Oregon Lavender Festival

A Lavender Bouquet

They are a pale tint of violet and their fragrance is almost intoxicating.  Lavender!  Each year lovers of lavender await the season and with it the Yamhill Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show.  The dates this year are Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11.  Spend the weekend in Yamhill County and enjoy a stay at our Carlton bed and breakfast, just minutes from the town of Yamhill and the art show. Continue reading

Willamette Valley Oregon Birding

Bird on post by Oregon State University Archives

Bird and nature lovers will find one of the region’s premier birding spots at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Yamhill County.  The refuge includes “some of the best remaining examples of native upland prairie,” according to the Willamette Valley Bird Trail guide.  In addition to Baskett Slough, Fort Yamhill offers birding opportunities as well as a look back into life in the 1850s and 1860s.

More birding adventures await at Winter’s Hill Vineyard, where paths have been created for birdwatchers through an oak savannah and oak-fir forest.

When exploring the Willamette Valley’s natural beauty, plan your stay at our Carlton bed and breakfast.  It is the perfect home base for your birding adventures.