Trees adorned with white and pale-pink blossoms line Portland’s downtown waterfront and other streets to welcome spring, but brighter hues abound just 32 miles (51 km) south in Woodburn, where colorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (March 28 – May 4, 2014).
The owners of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm have expanded beyond the flowers, gift shop and café to feature family fun in the form of a kids’ area complete with a cow train for rides through the fields, rubber ducky races and pony rides. Gardeners enjoy ordering bulbs for fall planting, and even the most amateur of photographers can capture amazing photos – you just can’t go wrong when you get 40 acres of tulips, a windmill and Mount Hood in the frame.
Daily field reports complete with photos highlight conditions (muddy or dry) and bloom updates (early to full bloom).
Insider tip: If you have time, make it a day trip and head to nearby Silver Falls State Park, the Oregon Garden or the Aurora National Historical District, which features antique shops and an architectural salvage shop.