Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Oregon Wine Explorer Features Interactive Trip Planner to Help Travelers Choose Wineries, Lodging and Dining

PRNewswire/ -- Oregon wine country remains one of the most idyllic and accessible destinations, but having local knowledge and convenient maps can make all the difference in creating a memorable experience. To offer a one-stop resource for travelers the Oregon Wine Board has added a trip planner to its existing Oregon Wine Explorer,(TM) making it easy for visitors to create personalized itineraries with wineries, lodging and restaurants.

Under the "My Trip" tab, you can search a database of wineries, organize a list of desired stops, create a pin-point map and driving directions with Google(TM) Maps and add in dining and lodging options. Once the itinerary has been created, it's easy to rearrange locations, save online for later reference and send to a friend. With 393 wineries and 16 winegrowing regions in the state, there is a multitude of itineraries for every type of traveler.

The launch of the new interactive trip planner coincides with the busy autumn touring season. Every October and November Oregon's winemakers, cheese makers, brewmasters, chefs, growers and producers come together for a celebration called Oregon Bounty. It's an exciting time as harvest nears its end and wineries host a number of culinary events and packages culminating at Thanksgiving Weekend, which is one of the most popular weekends in Oregon wine country.

"There are many hidden gems in Oregon wine country, including boutique wineries, charming inns, B&Bs and regional restaurants, and this online tool gives travelers the added local knowledge to find them," said Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board.

Also available from the Oregon Wine Board is the "Discover Oregon Wine Country" tool kit, which was developed through a partnership between the Oregon Wine Board and eight regional wine organizations. This comprehensive package assists travelers in planning a trip outside the virtual world by including an overview brochure of the state, plus regional maps with winery/vineyard listings. To view and order, visit

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