Spring is in the air! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and we are obsessed! You’ve probably seen all the pictures on Instagram of folks visiting all the different blossoming flower fields all over the West Coast. We’ve been so inspired, that we decided to take a trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. It was the perfect way to kick off the season and get our flower fix. Plus, let’s be real, there’s such a wealth of inspiration and imagination to be gleaned from flower fields. Truly! We set off in search of Instagram photo ops, but also that deep desire to experience natural beauty and growth.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse
The festival takes place in Woodburn, a town about an hour south of Portland. We decided to treat it as a mini road trip. It was a gorgeous, dry spring day (which is practically unheard of in the Pacific Northwest). The blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds, and the roads were free of traffic and rain. When we arrived at the festival, we were greeted by a plethora of flowers, dogs, and kids. No, really! Dogs and children were everywhere! We’re pretty sure this is what heaven will look like, and we’re not one bit mad about it. The second we hopped out of our car (and paid for our $5 admission!) we were greeted by a cuddly Bernese Mountain dog puppy. The perfect genesis to a perfect day.
“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The farm itself is a sprawling 40 acres. On the horizon sits the incomparable Mt. Hood, looking over the beautiful Willamette Valley of flowers and trees. Giant oaks (perhaps the first farm residents) line the pathway to the tulip fields. You can wither take a tractor ride to the tulip field or you can walk. We decided to pull out our rubber boots and brave the mud. The tulips were spectacular. Simply stunning. They ranged in hues from shy pastels to loud reds and purples. We wandered through the fields with the sun warming our backs. Families huddled together taking photos and kids sprinted through the mud in a game of tag. In this simple moment, we were reminded the beauty of spring and our natural world. New growth, waking up from a cold winter to a warm sun. What could be more enjoyable than that?
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde
There was seriously so much to do at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest. We didn’t get to experience it all. There was a huge gift shop and nursery so you could take your own tulips and daffodils home with you. So many things to do, in so little time.
Top things to do!
- Complimentary wine tasting! That’s right. You heard us correctly. Out in the fields underneath a tent is free wine tasting, courtesy of Wooden Shoe Vineyards.
- Hot air balloon ride! Tragically, we did not partake in this, but we wish we could! If you do end up visiting and enjoy a hot air balloon ride, please, please, please tag us or alert us or something so we can vicariously live through you and share in your joy.
- Food! So many vendors pitch their tents in the fields. There’s so many options to choose from.
To learn more about all the festivities, check out their website! As always, tag us #GraceBelleCommunity or #TheGraceBelleAdventurer so we can share adventures! ?
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