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City's annual July celebration will be its biggest to date and feature ample opportunities

PMG FILE PHOTO - This July, more than 25 local businesses will participate in the Lavender Trail, a monthlong celebration during which eateries, lodgers and various shops will integrate the aromatic purple flower with the services they provide.

Newberg is the place to be during the peak of lavender season.

This July, more than 25 local businesses will participate in the Lavender Trail, a monthlong celebration during which eateries, lodgers and various shops will integrate the aromatic purple flower with the services they provide. Hosted by Taste Newberg, the city's official online travel resource, this year's Lavender Trail is the biggest to date.

The organization recommended that those seeking lodging during July consider participating businesses such as The Allison Inn & Spa, Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast and The Settling Inn. The Allison will provide guests with lavender-scented amenities — including bath salts, soap and lotions — and lavender spa treatments.

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast is offering a "Lavender Refresh" package that includes house-made lavender lemonade, lavender shortbread cookies and a lavender bath soap.

Guests at The Setting Inn will receive a lavender rose seltzer drink, a lavender shortbread cookie with turn-down service and a small take-home bottle of lavender syrup.

Participating coffee houses include Caravan Coffee, Chapters Books and Coffee, Coffee Cat Coffee House and Coffee Cottage, each supplying specialty lavender drinks and sweets.

Celebrating eateries include Good Company Cheese Bar & Bistro, Honey Pie Pizza, Jem 100 Ice Cream Saloon, Lemon and Olive, Luckee Dutch Bakery, Miss Hannah's Gourmet Popcorn, Newbergundian Bistro, Old Town Bar & Grill, Sprinkles of Joy, SubTerra Kitchen & Cellar and Teeter Totter Sweets and Treats.

Local artisans are also participating in the celebration.

Meraviglioso Winery and Bellingar Estates will both hold wreath-making classes in July, with the former also offering lavender-themed painting classes.

Abigail's Gift Boutique, Art Elements, Art with Elegance — Studio 306, The Little Lavender Shop and Ritual + Fancy will feature lavender products. Art with Elegance — Studio 306 is also offering weekend classes to paint lavender fields on vintage china plates.

Lastly, Newberg has two lavender farms to explore. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, Chehalem Flats Farm Market lavender offers both lavender u-pick and bouquet options along with locally crafted lavender products. Later in the summer, it also carries seasonal produce.

Wayward Winds, which is open daily through Aug. 14 with free admission, provides u-pick and bouquets as well, in addition to plants. It also boasts a lavender maze, ample picture opportunities, lavender wreath-making classes and lavender drinks, including nine sno-cone and Italian soda varieties.

For more information about the Lavender Trail, as well as access to this year's map, visit www.newberglavendertrail.com. Trail maps are also available at the visitor's center in Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as participating businesses.

Newberg will also host Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show July 9-10 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


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