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Get away to Europe: A one-day trip close to home

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Portlanders can travel to Europe and back in one day. Just take a trip south to the tulip fields and Mt. Angel's German eateries and you'll have a day reminiscent of far-away Europe.

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The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest lasts through May 4th this year. The tulip fields have been ablaze for several weeks now but that doesn't mean there won't be more floral color through this month. This week there were new tulips popping their heads up among the fully flowered fields. The colors and varieties are amazing.

The Tulip Fest will take you to Holland. There are windmills, wooden shoe tram rides in the fields, Dutch cookies in the gift shop and acres of tulips. As you wander the fields, you'll hear languages spoken from around the world... Japanese, Russian and maybe even a little Dutch.

There is fun for the whole family with games, rides, a food court and special events such as the antique steam tractors, wooden shoe carving and hot air balloon lift off. The farm's Facebook page is a good way to keep up with the activities.

After you've enjoyed the Tulip Fest, you may want to experience a little European fine dining. We suggest a short drive to Mt. Angel through the countryside. You'll see farms with nursery stock, hops fields and even baby lambs. Once you reach Mt. Angel, that little German town famous for their annual Oktoberfest, there are several good restaurants. Glockenspeil is a favorite. With a clock tower just like those in Germany, The Glockenspeil restaurant certainly adds to Mt. Angel's charm. Right now they are featuring asparagus dishes during their Spargelzeit.

After a day in Europe, you can return to Portland via small roads or head over to I-5 for a quick drive north.

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
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