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In our nooks and valleys, you’ll find vineyards, lavender fields, historic sites, swimming holes, farmers markets, over 70 different wine varieties and hiking trails that traverse one of the most biodiverse regions in North America—our Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains.

This land was made for wandering.

#WanderApplegate

An Oasis of Wine

(and a couple cideries, too!)

Recognized as wine country since the mid-1800’s when renaissance man Peter Britt nurtured the first winegrapes, the Applegate Valley’s viticultural spirit has overcome many obstacles: Prohibition, skeptics, its far-flung location, and all of the challenges of farming.

Wander through wineries

Explore our endless forests

Hiking in the Applegate Valley — a place where the Coast Range, Siskiyous and Cascades meet in Southern Oregon — never gets dull. Trails traverse open savannahs, cross desert-sage landscapes and wend into galleries of lush old growth.

“Every major ecosystem in the West collides here,” says Applegate Valley conservationist, author and trail advocate Luke Ruediger.

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Off in the wild blue wander

The Applegate Valley is home to one of the country’s premier ‘free-flight’ sites: Woodrat Mountain. The right wind flows, strong thermals, gorgeous scenery, good weather and multiple landing fields make this a beloved destination for both paraglider and hang glider pilots.

Although it takes special training to fly solo, anyone can sign up for a tandem flight with local outfitter Sundog Paragliding School. These pros launch from Woodrat April through October. This is wine country, so you may touch down at LongSword Vineyard. Toast your flight with a glass of semi-sparkling chardonnay (a local favorite!).

Wander above

Smell the lavender

The Applegate Valley may be better-known for wine, but an increasing number of lavender fields give this region an even more Provençal flair.
Wander around our farms

A land of deep history

It’s good to remember, when we walk in the woods and through the meadows, up the mountain and across the rivers, that we step where other feet have trod, that we are a part of the history of these mountains just as were the people who came before us. –Diana Coogle, Applegate author

Wander through history

Rest your weary head

A long day wandering calls for a good night’s sleep. There are many ways to overnight in the Applegate Valley: A grand river lodge, dozens of bed & breakfasts, yurts, cabins, tent spots –even a gussied-up covered wagon!

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From the ground to your plate

All of our wineries serve food, ranging from simple cheese-and-cracker plates to elaborate charcuterie boards to full-blown meals.

Restaurants & Food Options

Applegate Wander-list

Enjoy a lavender-chocolate brownie under the walnut tree at the Applegate River Lavender Farm.

Have a pisco sour by the Applegate River at the Lindsay Lodge.

Buy a ‘Mustard Piggy’ before they sell out at Pennington Farms.

Try a lavender-rosé mojito at Red Lily.

Look for rare and gorgeous fritillaria flowers on the East Applegate Ridge Trail.

Find the Big Foot Trap on the Collings Mountain Trail.

Get a tarot card reading and a cup of tea at Nymph & Woodsman.

Make new friends at a Winemakers Dinner or Supper Club.

Listen to music and shop for produce at the locals Farmers Markets.

Indulge in a vanilla-cream doughnut from Sweets-N-Eats.

Try a flight of “perries” at Blossom Barn Cidery.

Admire the view from Quady North’s outdoor tasting patio.

Read our stories

News
October 3, 2023

Travel Oregon Article: SAVOR A CULINARY ADVENTURE IN THE APPLEGATE VALLEY

Margarett Waterbury,  Author September 14, 2023 Near Oregon’s southern border, the rushing Applegate River has carved a wild, rural stretch of land into a fertile haven for farmers, artists, winemakers…
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August 19, 2023

Innovation Stories: A Sports Court in Williams

Jenny Van Winkle used her Innovation Grant to support the installation of a sports court in Williams. Out in the country, the last thing we want to do is “pave…
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July 16, 2023

Nothing New Under the Rainbow

Our local Pride Festival was progressive, but visible gay communities in the Applegate are nothing new.     by Christina Ammon When LongSword Vineyard held a Pride Festival a few…