HAPPENINGS

May 1–11 Coos Bay’s annual Tall Ship Days begin, with both the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain sailing about. Details: historicalseaport.org

May 10–11 Enjoy new works of art by area artists, artist demonstrations, and food and beverages at the 7th Annual Art Walk in Joseph, Oregon. Details: facebook.com

May 17–18 The Columbia Gorge Wine & Pear Fest kicks into gear with entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans. Details: wineandpearfest.com

May 24–26 This Memorial Day weekend, drive south to wine country for a fun-filled summer kick-off weekend in the valley

June 7 Head down to Sasquatch Brew Fest in Eugene, where plenty of beer and Bigfoot sightings are guaranteed.

2014 Farm Dinners Make plans to head out to the country this summer and book your spot for one of these unique farm to table dinners.

DEALS

Mother’s Day Deals at Sunriver Book your seat at a Mother’s Day Brunch at Sunriver Resort, and enjoy a discounted room rate of $99. Details: sunriver-resort.com

Third Night Free at Iron Springs Resort Head north to Copalis Beach, where 25 renovated ocean-front cabins ooze retro charm (think Pendleton upholstered chairs and pillows)—and why not, stay an extra night. Details: ironspringsreservations.com

%45 Off at Lonsdale Quay Hotel in Vancouver, BC Details: travelzoo.com

COOL NEW STUFF

The 9th Annual “Why I Love Pinot Noir” Contest Willamette Valley Vineyards has kicked off their annual contest, asking wine lovers from around the country to tell them why, when, or where they fell in love with Oregon pinot noir. The most creative entry wins an Oregon wine country getaway for two, valued at $4,000.

Mastering the Beer Fest Enjoy our takeaway lessons from Silverton's Oregon Garden Brewfest—and the five beers that caught our attention.

Summer Festivals Check out our guide to Northwest summer festivals over on On the Town, and book your tickets now!

It’s Wildflower Season! Celebrate with some of our favorite floral displays in the region.

It’s Puffin Season! This month, puffins from the open seas of the Pacific return to Cannon Beach's monolith to lay eggs and raise their chicks.

Every other Tuesday: Weekend escapes, travel deals, lodging and dining picks, and ideas for Northwest getaways. (See an example!)