I recommend staying on one of the residential streets (like Main Street) for as far as you can due to the fact that it has sidewalks and a bike path. Some of the streets that are more rural have small shoulders, so just be careful of cars. The uphill .4 mile stretch on the Hillsboro Highway (219),from North Terrace Drive to NE Bell Road, features the sidewalk ending – SO BE CAREFUL. This route follows some of the streets that the CPRD Camellia Run runs on, and if you head up the hills any further and you won’t be too far from the Bald Peak Half, an awesomely hill(and hell)acious race.
Of course, you can start from anywhere in Newberg and make your way north to add (or subtract) miles off of this route. The Chehalem Parks and Rec Department also has a list of trails, but some of them end up being relatively short. However, it appears to be their desire to eventually connect most or all of them to create up to 70 miles of connected trails. Their website seems a little outdated, so we can not vouch if the full connectivity has been created yet. Let us know if you know (or are up for some self-exploration)!
Did you know that, “In the rarefied world of truffles, Oregon is known as the premier center of research and expertise outside of Europe. Oregon is also blessed with an abundance of wild truffles with culinary qualities equal to those of Europe, and as with French grapes, Oregon has the perfect climate for cultivation of the renowned French truffles.” I did not. Mostly, I knew that truffles are expensive and delicious, and that was pretty much the extent of things.
My wife and I were allowed to attend the Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace, held at the Chehalem Cultural Center (there is also one in Eugene on January 31). While we were allowed as guests, tickets cost only $15 (or $22 with wine tasting and a commemorative glass). There was a wide range of vendors within the marketplace, from wineries, distilleries, and breweries to artisanal cheese, meats, and oils – not to mention truffles. I was very partial to the up and coming Wolves & People Farm House Brewery, which was pouring samples. I can’t wait for their brewery to open up – word on the street is it’s going to be amazing. We also got to take in some cooking demonstrations, which were engaging, funny, and delicious all rolled into one.
The atmosphere was alive and fun. Even us novices never felt out-of-place, nor were we make to feel uncomfortable by not knowing the basics around truffles.
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