Thursday, October 30, 2014

Liz's Travel News and Views: Oregon Culinary Scene, Arizona Events and Deals

OREGON

Dundee Oregon Vineyards Hosts Post-Harvest Party
Chapter 24 Vineyards has opened a new tasting room in the heart of Oregon wine country.  Found at the only traffic light in Dundee, the transformed gas station is the work of architect Woodson Rainey Jr and artist Cathie Bleck.  Chapter 24’s goal is to explore beyond the traditional wine tasting experience to create a truly engaging, interactive and educational experience while highlighting the creative vision and innovative nature of their brand. In addition to showcasing their highly rated Pinot Noir, the tasting room will be a cultural center hosting performances and creative events.

Named one of Wine & Spirits magazine Top 100 Wineries of 2015, Chapter 24 Vineyards is the first winery to be listed in the Top 100 with their first vintage.  Chapter 24 Vineyards will be hosting their inaugural Post-Harvest Party on Saturday, November 8th from 3-7pm.  Small bites provided by St. Jack & Stammtisch with special guest appearances by Chefs Aaron Barnett & Graham Chaney. Enjoy a signature cocktail crafted by Bull Run Distillery and aerial performances by AWOL dance nation.  Website

Portland's Tapalaya: New Tapas Menu Offers Asian Influence
Port'and's Tapalaya

Signature cocktails such as The Hurricane, festive colors, beads and masks may entice you to enter the New Orleans experience found at Portland's Tapalaya, but it's the surprising multi-cultural cuisine that will keep you coming back. Tapalaya beautifully reflects New Orleans' rich cultural traditions and now features Asian-Cajun dishes in an updated, exciting tapas menu. Full Article

ARIZONA

Wickenburg Arizona's Hassayampa Preserve Offers Events and Classes

It's cooling off in Arizona. Take time to visit the preserve this fall to enjoy the changing colors of the cottonwood trees, the many species of butterflies in the garden, the birds and other fascinating wonders of nature along the trails.  Their upcoming lineup of fun and educational programs for adults and children. The schedule is available in the visitor center and on the web at nature.org/hassayampa. Be sure to make reservations as space is limited.

Arizona State Parks Feature Star Nights
Join Arizona State Parks for interesting, educational Star Night Astronomy events! At a typical star night event you can hear a lecture (often with guest speakers), and view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. These events are supported by Arizona Astronomy Clubs and individuals who invite the public to come see Arizona's night skies.  Learn more about what to expect, what to bring and watch video!

Southern Arizona - 3 Guest Ranch Vacation Packages
Arizona's White Stallion Ranch

Spend 10 days riding horses at three rustic guest ranches in southeastern Arizona. Experience the history, beauty, and romance of America's Desert Southwest. Stay at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Circle Z Ranch in Patagonia, and Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch in Tombstone, each located within 50-90 miles of the other. Enjoy guided horseback rides for all skill levels on nature trails in unspoiled landscapes of cactus, canyons, grasslands, and mountain ranges. This limited-edition, all-inclusive package costs $2,846 per person, double occupancy. Available April 19-28, 2015 and April 28-May 7, 2015. (WhiteStallion.comCircleZ.com, andTombstoneMonumentRanch.com)