Tulip Fest, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm · March 23 – April 29, 2019
Tulip Fest is one of those annual events that people sometimes take for granted, but everyone should go at least once (and more than once if you’re a photographer). When the tulips are blooming, it’s hard to believe the beauty until you see it spread out for literally acres of color around you. And it’s not a single color, of course – there are dozens of varieties, all in long rows. You’re free to walk anywhere you want through the fields, so you can get as close as you want to individual flowers, or search out the perfect location for a selfie. They even have special hours (very early!) for photographers who want to get that perfect sunrise shot with Mt. Hood in the background behind the tulip fields. In addition to the fields, there’s a store where you can buy bulbs. You’ll also find food, wine-tasting, arts and crafts booths, and a playground for the kids. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is located in Woodburn, less than an hour south of Portland and just off Interstate 5. The Field Report is updated daily with the conditions.
Whalewatching on the Oregon Coast · through May
Yes, it’s true: Portland is not on the ocean, but it’s only a few hours away. From late February through May, 20,000 California Gray Whales return to Alaska from their birthing grounds in Baja. Since the cohort includes baby whales, they tend to stay closer to shore on the northward swing. The Oregon Coast provides many excellent vantage points for seeing whales, including Ecola State Park, Cape Meares Lighthouse, and the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. [Read more about Whalewatching.]