Must stop on the wine tour of Roseburg
Roseburg, Oregon, located about 45 miles south of Eugene and where Interstate 5 divides the city, is the hub of southern Oregon wines and some great ones at that.
The Umpqua River feeds the fields of Roseburg and adjacent rural Melrose and where you will find the finest pinot noir, pinot gris along with specialty and limited wines.
My favorite, and first choice, of this areas wine is Melrose Vineyards which has been in the Parker Family for 17 years now and each vintage somehow gets better every year.
A wide variety of wines to choose from and tastings daily from the historic barn that has been converted to a a great tasting room and gift shop and the winery property can also accomodate catered events, weddings and special celebrations in a setting that is all Oregon vineyards.
Eight red wines and 6 white wines are featured daily and if you happen to run into the proprietor, Wayne Parker, be sure to mention that you read about his wines on Virtual Tourist by me (Ann).
Melrose Vineyards also hosts about 10 special events every year starting in May and ending in November.
Be sure to check out their wine club too as they now ship to many locations around the world.
Remember, harvest of the grapes is usually in late September to early October.
- Wine Tasting
Check out a working fish hatchery
The hatchery is open all year and is fascinating to all ages to see the fish at various stages of life.
Fish you will see include: Spring chinook salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout.
At the hatchery: Adult fish may be observed in natural holding pools. Visitors may feed large rainbow trout. There is a disabled-accessible trail to a viewing deck and interpretive signing. You can also observe the fish going up ladders.
Nearby: Umpqua National Forest, Crater Lake National Park, Diamond Lake, and the Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River offer a variety of recreational opportunities
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Wildlife Safari is the only drive through park in the Pacific Northwest. Located in Winston, Oregon, just 6 miles south of Roseburg, Wildlife Safari enjoys a wonderful climate in a rural setting. .
Exotic animals roam freely over 600 acres of grasslands and wooded areas, much as they would in their native habitat, while you the visitor are on safari in your own car.
Discover a photographer's paradise, where opportunities for spectacular shots of lions, giraffes, rhinos, and many more present themselves daily.
Exotic animals from Africa, Asia,and South America as well as many native to North America, can be seen anytime of the day.
Safari village area, where you can get up close and personal with many of the animal, at the animal shows.
It has a wonderful breeding program for endangered species
Wildlife Safari is dedicated to conservation, education & research of native and exotic wildlife. It is our commitment to educate the public about the status of animals around the world.
After your drive through, visit our village, where you can relax in our beautiful gardens, eat in the White Rhino Restaurant, explore the unique Casbah Gift Shop, then take advantage of your second drive through!
Crater Lake National Park
The reason I decided to stay in Roseburg was a trip to Crater Lake State Park. I beleive other people said enough about this park, I just want to add that one day is not enough to make that trip the right way... Umpqua river and the road along the river is so beautiful that it makes you stop every 10-15 minutes... I regret so much I didn't have an extra day to spend there.
33 miles drive around the lake. Take your time. Have lunch ready with you. Yes, it is only food (and we had wine also with us) but it is so good to have that simple joy looking at endless sky and forest, and unbeleiveble blue water.
We came from north road and went around to finish our trip so the sun will be bihind our backs (good for photo). Eventually we realize that weather changes here fast. We were chasing rain and then, rain was chasing us.
This picture is taken at the beginning of the day.
Next one - in the middle of the day. By 5PM I saw dark sky and lightening all around the lake. Amazing view...
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
For an exciting time in Roseburg, go down to the river and watch the submarine races. Take your book, blanket, coffee, and an alarm clock to wake up by. The last exciting thing to happen in Roseburg was in 1965 when a truck carrying fertilizer blew up. They still talk about that. Oh yes, they also remember another exciting time when an eagle was seen in 1954. If you don't fish, or enjoy taking photos of rivers and lakes, you might visit somewhere else. Roseburg is safe, quiet, peaceful, sleepy, ---and dull.
Scenic Byway - Highway 138
The Land of Umpqua offers you a "rushing water" journey to Crater Lake via Highway 138, an Oregon Scenic Byway. You'll be in awe as you explore numerous waterfalls and view some of the finest whitewater rafting and fly fishing waters in America.
Your first stop is Glide and the Colliding Rivers Viewpoint where two mighty rivers meet. It's a phenomenon that is a rare natural occurrence. In the early spring, melting snows make this meeting even more spectacular. A historic Indian Village site can be found opposite the viewpoint. Covered bridge lovers will want to drive up Little River Road to Cavitt Creek and use the bridge to "ferry across" the river.
Continuing on Highway 138 through the Umpqua National Forest, you travel along the banks of the North Umpqua where inviting riverside parks and campgrounds offer easy exploring of "thundering waters" and world-class fly fishing. Hike through old growth Douglas Fir forests with ferns blanketing the forest floor. Visit Rock Creek Fish Hatchery and see the Narrows, where hundreds of years ago Indians speared salmon and steelhead from pole platforms.
Next stop is Diamond Lake, a pristine mountain lake also offering numerous campsites and recreational opportunities year-round. Towering above the lake are the peaks of Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey. Leaving Diamond Lake, you travel to Crater Lake National Park. Grand vistas await as you gaze out on the bluest of blue lakes. The lake, the deepest in America, was created when Mt. Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago. This Eastern Land of Umpqua tour will certainly leave you with an "I am satisfied" experience.
- Hiking and Walking
This trail was described as an easy walk on flat terrain. Never before did we walk such a difficult path, it was long and steep, but geeee, this was worth more than just an effort! Toketee Falls is absolutely the most beautiful waterfall I ever saw. We were lucky that the trail was described as being easy, otherwise we would have skipped this one. Toketee falls is a two-part waterfall, the river has carved a perfect half circle through the rocks through which the second part of the falls starts its drop.
Susan Creek Falls.
After a mile and a half walk, we arrived at what I think was the most romantic place. There is no living soul here except us. Beneath the falls there is a little pond. You could take a shower under the falls if you wanted.
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