Sip, Savor, and Celebrate Harvest in Grants Pass
Fall is a celebration of the bounty and beauty found in Grants Pass. This fertile region has seen the growth of many vineyards, lavender fields and fruit orchards. They also offer guests hands-on experiences such as exploring a farm or taking the Uncorked Barrel Tour. Of course, Harvest season isn’t complete without a visit to Fort Vannoy Farms, where kids and adults a like delight in a spectacular, 12-foot-high corn maze and 8 acres of pumpkins ready for the picking.
Outdoor adventure in Grants Pass is always possible. This destination is known for its rivers, the Rogue, the Applegate and the Illinois. These rivers are a playground for fishing, whitewater rafting, and jet boats. For land lovers, there are many incredible hiking and biking trails, zip lines, camping options, and even treehouses.
Grants Pass is the perfect Southern Oregon basecamp and a hub for all fall activities. This friendly community is full of shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, breweries, lively events, history, and more. Warm up with one Grants Pass’s local roasters, such as the Original Dutch Bros. Cafe, which is the one that started it all! Rogue Roasters, Wheelhouse Coffee, Millers Coffee House, or Wheelhouse Coffee. If fall cocktails are more your style, you can look no further than Sundance Distilling and Steam Distillery’s signature creations.
Grants Pass is home to a vibrant art scene that is displayed every October at the Annual Art Along the Rogue street chalk festival. Enjoy a mural and public art walk downtown amid the fall colors. Do you fancy yourself an artist? You can visit the Grants Pass Museum of Art’s rotating exhibits or make your own Christmas ornament at Glass Forge’s glass-blowing studio.
As fall turns to the holiday season the historic downtown lights up. You can walk amongst life-sized nutcrackers, holiday story boards, and enjoy the annual Christmas tree lighting. Also, you can check off your holiday gift wish list with tax-free shopping. Enjoy a delicious (and well-deserved) meal at one the many hotspots in Grants Pass, such as The Bohemian or Horny Goat, Twisted Cork or Food Studio.
A visit to Grants Pass’s legendary Rogue Creamery Dairy is a must. You will be able to see the process behind the award-winning Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese. The cows are trained to milk their own milk. Cheese samples are always available.
From wild adventures and festive experiences to warmly welcoming towns, one thing is certain: Grants Pass has so much more to offer.
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