Falling in love with Grants Pass, Oregon

When it comes to matters of the heart, February isn’t the only time to celebrate love in Grants Pass. As late winter showers make way for spring wildflowers, the area has plenty to offer. From romantic retreats to self-care getaways and nature lovers’ adventures, Grants Pass is an endless well of possibilities, sure to satisfy any desire this spring.

Infuse romance into any relationship with a visit to Grants Pass’ only chocolate factory Super Natural Chocolates. Or grab a goodie from GG Sugarplum’s Bakeshop or DASSH Bakery to take along on a scenic drive through the forested hillsides of the Applegate River Valley. The Applegate Valley AVA is home to 19 wineries and vineyards, growing and serving award-winning varietals in a diverse array of flavors that reflect the unique micro-climates and terroir of the region. Favorites like Troon Vineyard, Wooldridge Creek Winery, and Schmidt Family Vineyards are found on the Applegate Valley Wine Trail map. Once the wine library is restocked, enjoy a romantic Italian-inspired dinner at The Twisted Cork, capped off with a stay at The Lodge at Riverside.

Nature lovers will swoon when Southern Oregon wears her best dress in a dazzling display of wildflowers. A hike through Cathedral Hills is a necessary stop for wildflowers. Located just minutes from downtown Grants Pass, the 400-acre complex is home to one of the region’s best wildflower displays. A versatile 10-mile trail system accessible to all levels offers a “choose your own adventure” experience. In addition to hiking, the trails host mountain bikers and equestrians. March and April are peak season for wildflowers in the area when an explosion of color blankets the forest floor. Extend the outdoor escapade with an overnight stay in the Out ‘N’ About Treehouses, a veritable wonderland where ziplines and outdoor adventures meet childhood dreams.

Grants Pass provides an array of experiences for those looking to find time for self-love. Grab brunch at Lulus, then stroll the historic downtown streets for public art displays and shop for antiques and oddities. Catch a drive-in movie at the Grants Pass Drive-In, and finally recharge at The Lindsay Lodge—a newly acquired and remodeled river lodge whose log-lined walls, rustic appeal, and name are a nod to the Applegate Valley’s history and Lindsay Applegate, who settled the area in the late 1800s.

From outdoor adventures and romantic retreats to self-love and respite, whatever the desire, Grants Pass is adventure-ready with an open heart and open arms.



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