Old Homestead Alpacas, photo by Joni Kabana
Snow on the mountains and a distinct chill in the air signals the Holiday season is approaching. While compiling your gift list, remember all of the great tastes and discoveries made while exploring the reaches of Eastern Oregon and include some of those treasures for your friends and loved ones. Never visited the magnificent Wallowa Mountains, Hells Canyon, downtown Pendleton or the stunningly colorful John Day Fossil Beds? Here are some terrific finds from the region’s many wonders to put under the tree.
Skillets for Cooks & Art Lovers
When Peter Clark discovered his roots included an ancestor who was the blacksmith on the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery, it wasn’t a total surprise. Peter had already chosen the same career. He has turned his skills toward making hand spun carbon steel skillets and hand forged utensils that are as pleasing to the eye as a pleasure to cook with.
All of those green pastures and happy cows mean there’s delicious cheese aging and ready in time for gift giving. Hidden in the rugged terrain along the John Day River, Triple H Homestead offers cheese and sausage gift packages, along with a line of soaps and lotions. The Carrolls at Umapine Creamery near Milton-Freewater can barely keep up with demand during the season of Farmers’ Markets, but they’ve made plenty to package up a flavorful gift for someone on your list.
A Little Wine Please
Whether made from grapes growing in the unique cobblestones of the Rocks District AVA or on the rolling hills near historic Echo or Baker City, wine from Eastern Oregon has distinct characteristics that are worth discovering and sharing. Find a list of wineries, breweries and distilleries and start tasting.
Soft Wool and Adorable Faces
Bundle up and snuggle in, wrapped in the softness of alpaca wool, dyed naturally and crafted into luscious gifts. Veteran owned and operated, Old Homestead Alpacas turns cuteness into crave-worthy.
Stir up memories, or curiosity, and consider the gift of a train ride that includes wine and chocolates or a robbery by mounted bandits. Or a tramway trip to the top of a mountain, where views are nothing short of breathtaking. Get a jump start on winter fun! Find more by ideas by exploring Visit Eastern Oregon .