Unique things to do in Willamette Valley
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Unique things to do in Willamette Valley

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Multnomah Zen, a four waterfall scenic hiking experience
Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions. We will drive out in our vans to meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and then drive to a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend. In this half-day experience, we will explore wonders with some short hikes (totaling less than 2.5 miles/4 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our comfortable Sprinter and Transit vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we will visit a few small hidden waterfalls and spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny." Please note we book directly as well as through AirBNB, and your group may be up to 10.
Fragrance Design Workshop
We’ll introduce you to the process and materials that comprise fragrance creation. We'll spend about half the workshop smelling our way through a selection of over 45 raw ingredients, while discussing fragrance and blending techniques. You'll spend the remainder of the workshop developing and blending your own fragrance, with tips and pointers along the way. After this, you'll turn your fragrance into a 10mL oil-based roll-on personal fragrance. You’ll take home your very own scent creation compounded and mixed into a 10mL roll-on bottle of perfume. Other things to note: Avoid wearing strong fragrances to this workshop as it may disrupt yours' and others' olfactory experience.
Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local
HEY. Do you want to see Portland through the eyes of its BIGGEST FAN? Are you curious about communities that prioritize PEOPLE, CREATIVITY, and CRAFT BEERS? Are you ready to embark on an ALL YOU CAN PORTLAND BUFFET through a walking tour featuring LOCAL HOTSPOTS and COOL STORIES? Then I’ve got the adventure for you: THIS TOUR. This walking tour explores where the locals go for Portland's nightlife! I show you the soul of the city by immersing you in its neighborhood culture. This means checking out a neighborhood district, drinking taps from neighborhood breweries, and getting the neighborhood perspective by interacting with someone who lives here! By the end of the walking tour, we’ll have made a mildly-inebriated adventure from seeing why the people of Portland are the attraction of the city. People who find this tour meaningful: 1. People who prefer a Drink, Eat, Drink night rather than a Drink, Drink, Drink night. 2. People who prefer to explore with welcoming friends rather than alone. 3. People who enjoy open-minded discussions and appreciate collecting new perspectives. 4. People with no time to grow roots in the city, but want to know where they'd hang out if they lived here. "I could see myself moving to Portland." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for dates, or check out my other experience! LET'S GET WEIRD.
Learn the joy/relaxation of cow milking
We will teach you how to milk a cow. *At the beginning we allow you time to spend with the animals. Petting, brushing, or just hanging out with them. *Next we take you through what we feed our animals and how we care for them. We can talk about what goes into the cleanliness of the process and getting everything ready. *We will then go through the experience of milking the cow (whether by hand or with the machine, you decide). Allowing you to do as much of the work as you feel comfortable with. *Afterwards we will strain the milk and get it cooled and clean up. *Before you leave we will give you the opportunity to taste any of the products from our farm with the option to purchase milk at a 50% discount. *Congrats! You will have milked a cow!
Explore Local Oddities with Odd Local
POP QUIZ: Are you here to absorb authentic Portland culture? BONUS CREDIT: Are you trying to live like a local while you are? Because Portland is a MILLENNIAL PLAYGROUND best understood when explored like someone from here. How do we do that? This experience is a Portland buffet of local favorite pastimes, including: Lounging at a HIDDEN TEA HOUSE where we'll share hot drinks among chill bohemian decor. Stopping by a local artist consignment store that feels like a gift shop for the Portland street art scene. Sipping drinks at an AQUARIUM BAR featuring tropical fish and sunken ruins. Detouring through what feels like a natural history museum where all the specimens are on sale. And to top it all off, we'll visit a dispensary and a FOOD CART POD that got featured on Netflix's Street Food USA. To explore the city like a true Portlander, I’ll be your guide to show you where you’d go and how you’d do it. Along the way, I'll enlighten you to the community's culture and provide custom recommendations on how to live like the locals! "I would've never found these places on my own." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for custom dates, or check out my other experience, Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local! LET'S GET WEIRD.

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Private ceramic lessons on a peaceful farm
Come and spend a day at a farm and make art! We are a woman owned organic farm located near the Sandy River. We have converted a century old dairy barn into a ceramic studio. Let’s spend the day playing with clay and learning together. Here we have options based around your skill level and interests. I can lead you on the potters wheel or in hand building techniques. For an additional cost of $25 per person I will fire your projects in my kiln and you can choose a glaze color for your finished pieces. You can choose to pick up a couple weeks after your booking or pay to have your pieces shipped. Please have a look on my IG for more pictures of this experience @sandyriverstudio Please note: For a private experience of just you and your group, please book the group rate. When booking the individual rate there may be other guests in your class. For corporate, team building groups or party’s larger than 5 please contact me about pricing!!
Immersive Chinese tea experience in a private tea house
Immersive tea tasting in our small tea house, with different tabletop flower arrangements and aromatherapy every week! There are Chinese-style tea art demonstrations, and there are also Guzheng (Chinese musical instruments) performances on certain holidays! Choose black tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, green tea, dark tea, white tea and scented tea from China according to different tea tasting times
Beginner's glass blowing lessons in Portland, Oregon
Ever been interested in trying your hand at blowing glass? Join me in my flameworking studio and learn how to make your first piece of glass art at Chadly Glass Studio! I’m a professional borosilicate glass blower with over 10 years of experience and offer hands-on, beginner's classes in inner SE Portland. In this introductory group class, students will be taught basic glass blowing safety, skills, and will have the opportunity to create 2-3 pieces of glass art: a mushroom sculpture, wine bottle stopper or pendant, and a small blown ornament. This class may be shared with other individuals (up to 6 participants per class). Class duration is approximately 3 hours. Students get to keep any glass they create, and gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a very unique field. *Glass made during lesson will require kilning for durability, which takes a minimum of 4 hours. Most students choose to pick up the glass they made the next day (or at their earliest convenience).* ** Participants are required to sign a liability waiver prior to instruction. Minimum age requirement is 14 years old. Participants between ages 14-17 must have their parent/guardian present for the duration of the class. Classes are open to people of all skill levels and abilities! However, dexterity in both hands and the ability to recall important safety instruction for the duration of class is crucial.
Learn to Bake Homemade Bread!
We'll start out at my house for espresso & homemade whole-grain toast that uses locally-grown and milled flour. Next we'll get to mixing and baking your own loaves. You will leave with a vigorous sourdough starter, plus a loaf of whole-grain, naturally-leavened bread. Not only that, but you'll have the knowledge to go home and start making your own bread regularly! While we wait for your bread to rise, we'll visit some of Portland's best bakeries. This is a lesson and tour in one. Check out @1000bitesofbread on Instagram. Other things to note Arrange transportation to and from my house, but I will provide complimentary transportation to the bakeries we will visit. We'll have breakfast together and there will be plenty of snacks.
Edible Mushrooms for Beginners Hike
Come learn the basics of mushroom hunting in this field class and hike. I'll introduce important ID concepts, and teach you a dozen beginner-friendly species of the Pacific Northwest, and their lookalikes. Of course we will cover how to be safe (and confident) in your identification. The field class portion will be about 1 to 1. 5 hours, and then we'll hike for another 2 hours. The whole experience will be outdoors. Some hunting off the trail will be done for those who want to. Bring water, raingear and grippy hiking shoes/boots, at a minimum. I'll provide you with a folding knife, field guides to share, and a bag for collecting mushrooms, if you don't have these items. I always carry the ten essentials of hiking, like a first aid kit, flashlights, etc. I look forward to a great day exploring, learning, and discovering amazing mushrooms together!

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A Sanctuary for Wildcats
Tours will resume in June 2024. (Note, these are not sleep-overs) Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Sanctuary life and the wildcats we care for. This is a unique opportunity to learn about a true Sanctuary. Because we aren't a zoo, you'll see the animals in a relaxed, peaceful setting, unlike anything you've experienced before. Included in the tour you'll see lions, tigers, cheetahs, bobcats, servals, caracals, hybrid and domestic cats and our farm animal rescues. Tours are limited to four people maximum and two people MINIMUM with no children under the age of fourteen. (That allows us to provide a personal experience without adding stress to the wildcats. You'll hear the heartbreaking stories, meet the animals and see their personalities. *Please note, tours are not available for a single guest, the minimum is two people or tours do not happen. Walking tours run for about two hours. We have golf carts available as needed. Please dress for the weather and no open-toe shoes. Tours must have at least two people and no more than four. There is no contact between guests and animals, but you will have the opportunity to see them up close and personal for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photos are NOT allowed to be taken at the Sanctuary. Other things to note: Silverton, Oregon is only seven miles away and there are several excellent restaurants to choose from.
Multnomah Zen, a four waterfall scenic hiking experience
Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions. We will drive out in our vans to meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and then drive to a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend. In this half-day experience, we will explore wonders with some short hikes (totaling less than 2.5 miles/4 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our comfortable Sprinter and Transit vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we will visit a few small hidden waterfalls and spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny." Please note we book directly as well as through AirBNB, and your group may be up to 10.
Private ceramic lessons on a peaceful farm
Come and spend a day at a farm and make art! We are a woman owned organic farm located near the Sandy River. We have converted a century old dairy barn into a ceramic studio. Let’s spend the day playing with clay and learning together. Here we have options based around your skill level and interests. I can lead you on the potters wheel or in hand building techniques. For an additional cost of $25 per person I will fire your projects in my kiln and you can choose a glaze color for your finished pieces. You can choose to pick up a couple weeks after your booking or pay to have your pieces shipped. Please have a look on my IG for more pictures of this experience @sandyriverstudio Please note: For a private experience of just you and your group, please book the group rate. When booking the individual rate there may be other guests in your class. For corporate, team building groups or party’s larger than 5 please contact me about pricing!!
Old-Growth Tree Climbing at Silver Falls State Park
Do something incredibly unique, climb huge old-growth trees 100-300 ft tall. Explore and learn about unique ecosystem and wildlife of trees. Once you reach the top of the canopy, enjoy an incredible views. Great for groups, teams, and team-building. Our itinerary will consist of: 1) Meeting and introducing ourselves 2) Signing a liability waiver 3) Listening to a safety talk and gear overview 4) Participating in a climbing techniques tutorial 5) Getting geared-up and checked by your guide 6) Completing a practice climb on our intro tree 7) Hiking to the more secluded climbing trees 8) Climbing on multiple trees, between 150 and 300 feet high at Silver Falls State Park. Depending on the group and the climbers' ability, you will ascend one or two trees. Climbing 20 stories up in coastal Douglas fir trees offering a shocking perspective and a view few have ever seen. A guide will be climbing in the trees with the group. 9) eating a snack, and drinking water (please bring) 10) Descending the tree using an automatic locking belay device 11) Smiling, giving high-fives, and heading back. Other things to note Before you arrive you should know that canopy climbing can be physically and mentally challenging for some, especially those with little lower body strength, or those considered obese or overweight. We have battery power ascenders for people who need assistance.
Fragrance Design Workshop
We’ll introduce you to the process and materials that comprise fragrance creation. We'll spend about half the workshop smelling our way through a selection of over 45 raw ingredients, while discussing fragrance and blending techniques. You'll spend the remainder of the workshop developing and blending your own fragrance, with tips and pointers along the way. After this, you'll turn your fragrance into a 10mL oil-based roll-on personal fragrance. You’ll take home your very own scent creation compounded and mixed into a 10mL roll-on bottle of perfume. Other things to note: Avoid wearing strong fragrances to this workshop as it may disrupt yours' and others' olfactory experience.
Immersive Chinese tea experience in a private tea house
Immersive tea tasting in our small tea house, with different tabletop flower arrangements and aromatherapy every week! There are Chinese-style tea art demonstrations, and there are also Guzheng (Chinese musical instruments) performances on certain holidays! Choose black tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, green tea, dark tea, white tea and scented tea from China according to different tea tasting times
Unreal Oregon Coast Cannon Beach Haystack Rock & Ecola Park
LOW TIDES! May26-31, Jun8-13 & 24-29 We drive west. The city stops, nature begins. Across the valley floor, into foggy hills. Thoughts begin of Bigfoot. "So green," you say as misty sunbeams make moss glow. The air, so clean. "you'll want to move to Oregon" ~S The guide tells stories. Volcanoes and floods, natives and shipwrecks, explorers and pioneers. Legendary women, diverse ancestry, and an unknown world influence. "amazing tour guide, driver, and host" ~K A cedar shingle town. Wind spinners, saltwater taffy, brewpubs and seagulls. A secret beach path. "Haystack," points the guide. You stare and walk closer. Endless Pacific waves roll, rockstacks loom along the shore. An old couple strolls, hands held. Kids dig a sandcastle moat. Kites fly over the speckles of folk. Dogs run with unleashed joy. "Keep an eye on the ocean," reminds the guide. A surfer catches a wave, whales pass the lighthouse, a hidden cove of sea caves, driftwood and tide pools. "so glad I chose this tour over others" ~G Sea stars and anemone, sand dollars and sea lion. Elk, eagle and puffin, perhaps. Film sites for Twilight, The Goonies, Point Break! FYI: Portland pickup, roundtrip 8+ hours. Food & Bev not included. Itinerary may vary with conditions.
Forge a Knife
Forge a Knife! Guests will forge with Host Gordon to hand-hammer and grind out a lifetime artisan knife. We will forge in a high temperature propane forge, use epic European anvils, and use 1095 (high carbon steel) to shape memories and a functional piece of art. The whole process takes around 8 or 9 hours. We will heat, hammer, normalize, and quench our steel. We will feel the steel move under the hammer blows. We will see the steel take form. Gordon will guide you to keep your blade steel straight and flat! You may choose to accept his help or not - this is part of the fun. Grinding, creating a handle, and other finishing touches come after the hammer work. We offer two styles with 1095 high carbon steel: an every day carry and a kitchen paring knife. Upgrade options available, please inquire. Note: We also host an AirBnB "Tiny House Farm Stay". If you book a stay along with your "Forge a Knife" AirBnB Experience then we offer a 15% discount on your (two night minimum) stay!
Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local
HEY. Do you want to see Portland through the eyes of its BIGGEST FAN? Are you curious about communities that prioritize PEOPLE, CREATIVITY, and CRAFT BEERS? Are you ready to embark on an ALL YOU CAN PORTLAND BUFFET through a walking tour featuring LOCAL HOTSPOTS and COOL STORIES? Then I’ve got the adventure for you: THIS TOUR. This walking tour explores where the locals go for Portland's nightlife! I show you the soul of the city by immersing you in its neighborhood culture. This means checking out a neighborhood district, drinking taps from neighborhood breweries, and getting the neighborhood perspective by interacting with someone who lives here! By the end of the walking tour, we’ll have made a mildly-inebriated adventure from seeing why the people of Portland are the attraction of the city. People who find this tour meaningful: 1. People who prefer a Drink, Eat, Drink night rather than a Drink, Drink, Drink night. 2. People who prefer to explore with welcoming friends rather than alone. 3. People who enjoy open-minded discussions and appreciate collecting new perspectives. 4. People with no time to grow roots in the city, but want to know where they'd hang out if they lived here. "I could see myself moving to Portland." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for dates, or check out my other experience! LET'S GET WEIRD.
Learn the joy/relaxation of cow milking
We will teach you how to milk a cow. *At the beginning we allow you time to spend with the animals. Petting, brushing, or just hanging out with them. *Next we take you through what we feed our animals and how we care for them. We can talk about what goes into the cleanliness of the process and getting everything ready. *We will then go through the experience of milking the cow (whether by hand or with the machine, you decide). Allowing you to do as much of the work as you feel comfortable with. *Afterwards we will strain the milk and get it cooled and clean up. *Before you leave we will give you the opportunity to taste any of the products from our farm with the option to purchase milk at a 50% discount. *Congrats! You will have milked a cow!
Beginner's glass blowing lessons in Portland, Oregon
Ever been interested in trying your hand at blowing glass? Join me in my flameworking studio and learn how to make your first piece of glass art at Chadly Glass Studio! I’m a professional borosilicate glass blower with over 10 years of experience and offer hands-on, beginner's classes in inner SE Portland. In this introductory group class, students will be taught basic glass blowing safety, skills, and will have the opportunity to create 2-3 pieces of glass art: a mushroom sculpture, wine bottle stopper or pendant, and a small blown ornament. This class may be shared with other individuals (up to 6 participants per class). Class duration is approximately 3 hours. Students get to keep any glass they create, and gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a very unique field. *Glass made during lesson will require kilning for durability, which takes a minimum of 4 hours. Most students choose to pick up the glass they made the next day (or at their earliest convenience).* ** Participants are required to sign a liability waiver prior to instruction. Minimum age requirement is 14 years old. Participants between ages 14-17 must have their parent/guardian present for the duration of the class. Classes are open to people of all skill levels and abilities! However, dexterity in both hands and the ability to recall important safety instruction for the duration of class is crucial.
Locally Sourced Private Dinner on Mt Hood
Have a travelling private chef guide you through a locally sourced dinner right in your Airbnb. We specialize in catering to all diets and allergies. Dinners start at $95 per person. We also offer outdoor riverside “Forest Dinners”. Please be sure to read the guest requirements before booking. "Leave no farm undiscovered." Let's build your dinner. Three Course Dinner: $95/pp Five Course Chef's Table: $165/pp Delicious options to add to your dinner: Fresh Bread & house butter: $20/pp Three Wine Flight: $35/pp (4 oz pours paired to your meal) Charcuterie Boards start at $32 Add $14 for each extra guest after two. Each board includes three cheeses, two cured meats, crackers, jam, olives, nuts, honey, and stone-ground mustard. Dessert: $8/pp Dozen Oysters shucked fresh: $32 Served with fresh horseradish and house mignonette. Whole Dungeness Crab Add On: $36 Crab can be served whole or in a dish. Forest Dinners are available weather permitting for guests staying in the Mt. Hood Villages. That includes Brightwood, Welches, Rhododendron, Zigzag, & Government Camp. Forest dinner set up is an additional $120. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask the host about a personalized quote.
Oregon Coast Experience
We'll start the day by grabbing breakfast at a local restaurant. After that we'll drive to the coast & catch a breathtaking glimpse of the shoreline from the highest point on the Oregon Coast. Then on to lunch, seafood or another cuisine at a waterfront restaurant. Following lunch we'll head back south on the coast to view some naturally occurring phenomenon's. From there we will take a short hike along a mystical hobbit trail to a picturesque beach with dramatic views. Nearby is an idyllic lighthouse where we will partake in some great photo opportunities. And then if we have time on our way back to Eugene we will stop for a short hike to a secluded waterfall. !!! PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING !!! Depending on the time of year this experience is contingent on weather. If the weather is really bad (pretty rare) we can reschedule or I can just cancel your experience & refund the money. Thanks for understanding. I can pick you up from & drop you off at your AirBnB/Hotel if it is located within a reasonable distance. Please contact me beforehand if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a tour on a different date or change the times, anything just reach out!
Explore Local Oddities with Odd Local
POP QUIZ: Are you here to absorb authentic Portland culture? BONUS CREDIT: Are you trying to live like a local while you are? Because Portland is a MILLENNIAL PLAYGROUND best understood when explored like someone from here. How do we do that? This experience is a Portland buffet of local favorite pastimes, including: Lounging at a HIDDEN TEA HOUSE where we'll share hot drinks among chill bohemian decor. Stopping by a local artist consignment store that feels like a gift shop for the Portland street art scene. Sipping drinks at an AQUARIUM BAR featuring tropical fish and sunken ruins. Detouring through what feels like a natural history museum where all the specimens are on sale. And to top it all off, we'll visit a dispensary and a FOOD CART POD that got featured on Netflix's Street Food USA. To explore the city like a true Portlander, I’ll be your guide to show you where you’d go and how you’d do it. Along the way, I'll enlighten you to the community's culture and provide custom recommendations on how to live like the locals! "I would've never found these places on my own." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for custom dates, or check out my other experience, Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local! LET'S GET WEIRD.
Portland River Boat Tours
We will take you on a 2 hour scenic boat ride up north or down south on the picturesque Willamette River. 7:00 am tour is our popular nature lovers “coffee cruise” We cruise around the Ross Island natural area and seek out all forms of wild life! On any given tour we see bald eagles, osprey, blue heron, deer, turtles, otters, and beavers! During the fishing season we may even see a sea lions chasing a salmon! Tours starting at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, for these tours we offer our clients a choice in travel direction. We can cruise the river in either direction, north or south! -If we head south, we will see Portland and Lake Oswego’s most beautiful homes, plenty of wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, river otters, beavers, sea lions, and the Willamette Falls in Oregon City! -If we head north, we will view Portland's 9 unique and historical bridges, nature, the city skyline, and the Port of Portland. From here we will get up close to ocean going ships, drydocks and see the shipping yards from the water. Tours starting at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm are the wine, cheese & sunset cruises! On these cruises we see the Portland city bridges, Portland’s historical floating homes, movie props, sunsets over the city, and Oaks Bottom natural area. All Cruises are BYOB. You are always welcome to bring your own foods, wines, spirits, and coffee! Rain or Shine!