3. Willamette Valley wine
Eugene and the Willamette Valley get a soft Mediterranean climate, which favours a burgeoning wine industry vaunted for its sophisticated pinot noirs. The wineries are also worth experiencing for their scenery, where endless rows of vines are bordered by pine woodland on gentle rolling hills. There are 300 wineries in Willamette Valley, so to avoid getting bogged down by the huge choice you can set off on a choice of themed wine trails. These have been designed to take you through the best landscapes and include both restaurants and overnight lodgings.