Oregon Trail game released by Travel Oregon; Trail Distilling celebrates anniversary; Portland Cider's cranberry release; Oak Grove Walmart grocery pickup

Travel Oregon invites all adventurers to try "Travel Oregon: The Game," created as an homage to the classic game many remember from childhood. The Oregon Trail is one of the most popular computer games of all time and Travel Oregon's version is a tribute, developed under license from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to ensure that it harkens back to the original experience.

Available through Dec. 31, "Travel Oregon: The Game" creates its own trail, via desktop or mobile device, through seven regions of Oregon, making for a much easier and less treacherous trek than the historic route stretching nearly 2,000 miles to Oregon City from Independence, Missouri. Explorers can start in any part of the state and then continue along a connecting path that loops through Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Portland, Oregon Coast, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.

"We want to provide a user-friendly experience that is fun and playable, while also be a helpful tool to plan your winter trip around Oregon," said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO. "We think the shared nostalgia for the educational game will create a memorable and engaging experience while helping to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail in 2018 and provide new inspiration for travelers to explore our beautiful state."

Available at, "Travel Oregon: The Game" will educate players about different destinations and activities across Oregon, particularly those that take center stage in winter months. The interactive game is designed to encourage Oregonians and visitors to explore the state and try new experiences throughout — from mountain biking in the Columbia River Gorge and truffle hunting in the Willamette Valley to ice skating in Central Oregon and steelhead fishing in Southern Oregon.

Trail Distilling celebrates anniversary

Trail Distilling celebrated its one-year anniversary Oct. 27, when its Barrel Club officially was launched. "Whiskey, gin and rum lovers have the opportunity to age their very own spirit in a 5-gallon barrel," said Sara Brennan, co-owner. "You may join as a single, family, group or business. It is completely up to you. Or gift the Barrel Club to someone special. Graduations, anniversaries, deployment homecomings, weddings and any celebrations."

Spirit enthusiasts and newcomers alike can find Trail Distilling in Oregon City. Their 8,500-square-foot building contains a dual-column reflux German still and tasting room where spirits can be sampled and purchased, along with other merchandise. The tasting room is located at 21553 S. Highway 213 in Oregon City and is open 2-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays or by appointment.

For more information or to sign up for the Barrel Club, visit or call 503-479-0003.

Grocery pickup service in Oak Grove

Walmart is adding its online grocery pickup service at two more Portland-area stores. The free service enables customers to order groceries online and pick them up at the store without even leaving their cars.

Customers can visit or use the Walmart Grocery mobile app and enter their ZIP code to select a local store and begin creating their shopping lists. During checkout, they select a time to pick up their orders.

Once a customer arrives at the pickup location, there will be reserved parking spaces marked in orange and a designated number to call to alert an associate. An associate will quickly retrieve the prepared order and load it into the customer's car.

Walmart's service is now available in Beaverton and at the Oak Grove store at 15600 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Seasonal cranberry cider released

Clackamas-based Portland Cider Co. has released cranberry cider to its lineup of seasonal ciders.

Featuring just two ingredients — a fermented blend of fresh cranberries from Everest Farms in Bandon and fresh-pressed Northwest apple juice, the result is a medium sweet and slightly tart cider, reminiscent of a cranberry relish.

Cranberry joins the seasonal bottle lineup that includes pineapple, strawberry and pumpkin spice through December in 22-ounce bottles and draft kegs. It can be purchased at either of the company's two taprooms, as well as at select retailers in Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

It will also be featured at the 22nd annual Holiday Ale Festival Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland. The Northwest's only outdoor winter beer festival, which is tented and heated, will feature 55 craft beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, all of which are made or blended specifically for the event. Event hours are 11a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visit for cider cocktail recipes and more information.

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