September 7, 2022 / 

Sips and Snuggles – 3 Places You Can Achieve Both

This episode is all about places you can enjoy wine while paying a visit to your favorite farm animals.

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Hi there! This episode is all about getting our animal snuggle on. For some of us, being around animals, gives us warm fuzzies. There is just something about them that makes us feel calm and accepted. Maybe it’s because they don’t know what they don’t know. Or maybe it’s because animals seem to be content most of the time. Many animals, especially the farm variety, love affection… and I’m pretty sure you do too, or else you wouldn’t be listening to this episode.

And I know you like wine or else you wouldn’t be listening to this podcast. So, the other day I came up with this brilliant idea to share places where you can have both, a wonderful wine tasting experience while having a closer look at some of your favorite farm friends. 

While this podcast is focusing on the North Willamette Valley, there’s a good chance that your local wine country is also home to some fabulous farms. In fact, thaty might even be one in the same. 

Have you ever thought about choosing a wine tasting experience that allows you to wander the property and visit some four legged friends along the way. This episode is going to inspire you to fill your cup twice over by visiting wineries that share a love for animals just like you.

In Oregon, vineyard dogs are more famous than the owners. There is even a book sold at many of the wineries all about these famous dogs. Which heck, if you are a dog lover, and you like to bring your pooch along for wine tasting, you should check out the Willamette Valley Wineries Association website. It has the best was to filter for dog friendly wineries.

If you are a dog lover, but also like to step outside your comfort zone and visit alpacas, sheep, pigs, goats, and chickens, listen up 

Durant at Red Ridge Farms has a nature trail. Yup, be aware that it is only open seasonally. However, you can kick off the trail by visiting the a glorious field of sheep and if you hit it just right, you can get an up close view of the baby lamps too. 

Alpacas of Sherwood. OMG, who doesn’t find Alpacas interesting. Ok, I know you are wondering cause so did I. What is the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama? It’s mostly in the size. Llamas are bigger. You’ll also notice it in their faces with Llama’s having a more elongated face and longer ears. Ok enough of the fun facts, you can do an hour tour, where you can feed and mingle with the Alpaca and then hit up the barn store. The tour costs $15 a person.


Abbey Road Farm, is it a farm or a winery. You guessed it, it’s both. Enjoy your flight in the tasting room, or take your sips to the stalls. They have various areas where they raise pigs, goats, alpacas, chickens, etc. Get an up close look and hear all the barnyard conversations. 

If you have heard of others let me know and I’ll update the blog post. There is nothing better for our mental health and wellbeing than some sips and snuggles from our favorite farm animals. All of the places mentioned are kid friendly too!

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