Wednesday, April 25, 2012
2 Towns Ciderhouse and a trek through a Willamette Valley Wildlife Reserve!
I love a day where I have absolutely nothing on my calendar. That usually means that we get to do something fun and something new. So, last week when one of those days came up, we thought a nice hike and a taste at 2 Towns Ciderhouse sounded like something really fun!
We headed to the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. It was a bit wet outside so donning the appropriate apparel, we trekked a few miles and became quite aware of this peaceful place where nature combined with hiking trails, a few red barns and tons of photo ops was breathtakingly beautiful.
Just outside Corvallis and a little south, not too far from Hazelnut Hill, this refuge area is closed for just a few months out of the year but beginning Aprl 1st, photographers, nature lovers and folks that love a nice easy and somewhat level hike through wetlands and rolling green gentle hills can enjoy this little piece of heaven.
Someone once told me that I would never really need to go to Ireland because Oregon is so green and damp and beautiful. I would agree to some extent and after visiting this refuge, I would hope to entice others from all over the world to come see how we do "green" in Oregon!
After a nice hike, I'm always up for a cold beer and maybe some pizza but I had already planned this trip to 2 Towns Ciderhouse. People are talking about this place, spewing cider stories worthy of a stop for sure. So, stop... we did! The guys are great and after a few bottles of hard cider shared and tasted, we took the tour which wasn't long but how fun it is to be at the cusp of greatness already spinning out of control and so the Ciderhouse grows!
In a few months, 2 Towns Ciderhouse moves just about 20 feet around the corner in to a brand new building. It's bigger, better and will have room for music, perhaps some bites and events that will truly make this place rock! It's good to have friends they say and these guys have them in all the right places. Already popular to the hilt... Ninkasi, a winery making Honey Wine and now 2 Towns Ciderhouse! The Willamette Valley is surely becoming even more so, the "happenin' place" to be this summer!
Always find the best hikes where you can enjoy nature in all it's glory and always find the best drink and the best food in the valley afterwards! Make a day of it or a week of it!
Thanks guys at 2 Towns Ciderhouse for the tastes and congrats on your success!