Located in foothills of the magical Blue Mountains, Milton-Freewater is a fertile farm country town surrounded by rolling wheat fields and fragrant fruit orchards. Forming part of the Walla Walla American Viticultural Area (AVA), the vineyards around Milton-Freewater produce some of the best wines in the region and contribute to the town’s burgeoning artisanal food scene. Several craft breweries around town produce handcrafted brews, and other notable things to try is the Blue Mountain Cidery for home-brewed cider and Petits Noirs Chocolates for mouthwatering chocolate treats. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Located on the South Fork of the Walla Walla River, Harris Park is a natural oasis that offers a wealth of outdoor recreational activities. Owned and operated by Umatilla County, the park has a full-service campground with RV and tent sites with full hook-ups, overnight cabins with kitchens, and modern restrooms. Activities in the park include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, off-road biking, fishing, wildlife watching, and picnicking at one of the many shaded sites. The park is open from early spring to late fall.
78689 S Fork Walla Walla River Rd, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-5330
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Nestled in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, Zerba Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery with three estate vineyards in a world-class viticultural zone. The winery uses a wide range of varietals, each with a unique character and flavor, and American and French oak barrels for the fermentation process to produce award-winning, food-friendly wines. Zerba Cellars also has a modern tasting room in Milton-Freewater that is part of the Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop and offers visitors a chance to sample some of the estate’s acclaimed wines.
85530 OR-11, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-9463
3.Dragon's Gate Brewery
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Nestled down a country road on a beautiful 10-acre farm in the heart the Walla Walla Wine Country, Dragon's Gate Brewery is a locally owned brewery that produces Belgian-style and Farmhouse ales. Surrounded by pristine vineyards, fruit orchards, and rolling fields of wheat, the brewery is owned by Adam and Jennifer Gregory who are inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Old World and use the highest quality ingredients and the changing seasons to produce award-winning ales. Handcrafted ales are brewed on a rotating seasonal basis and the farmhouse tasting room offers between five and seven different ales for visitors to sample.
52288 Sunquist Rd, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-215-2622
4.The Blue Mountain Cider Company
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The Blue Mountain Cider Company is an award-winning cidery owned by a second-generation apple farmer in the Walla Walla Valley that produces highly acclaimed hard ciders made from homegrown apples. Founded by Ron Brown in 2003, the Blue Mountain Cider Company only uses apples grown in the southern end of the Walla Walla Valley to make freshly pressed, handcrafted cider. The cidery is located in the historic 1944 Watermill Building, a former fruit packing plant for the Watermill Food Company, as well as the Taproom for tastings and tours, and a games room for entertainment.
235 E Broadway Ave, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-5575
5.Frazier Farmstead Museum
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Built in 1892, the Frazier Farmstead Museum is a historic house museum dedicated to the history of the Milton-Freewater area. Constructed by William Samuel Frazier in the late 1800s and occupied by his family for 115 years. In 1983 the house was converted into a museum and today is operated and maintained as a beautifully restored house and farm museum by the Milton-Freewater Area Historical Society. The museum houses a collection of antique furnishings and other artifacts from the 19th century and the surrounding six-acre property features a carriage house, a 1918 barn, and several other buildings that were part of a turn-of-the-century working farm.
1403 Chestnut St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-4636
6.Joe Humbert Family Aquatic Center
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Located in Yantis Park, the Joe Humbert Family Aquatic Center is a family-friendly recreation park with an array of fun amenities for the whole family. The center features a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool, a zero-depth gradual entry swimming pool with three-story water, 170’ flume water slide, a bathhouse with showers, a sand volleyball court, a covered shelter, concession stands, and a variety of water toys for all age groups. The Aqua Center offers community-focused activities like swimming lessons, lap swimming, water aerobics, and private rentals of the center for events and functions.
200 De Haven St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-9166
7.Petits Noirs Chocolates
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Petits Noirs Chocolates is a boutique chocolatier that produces and sells handcrafted chocolate creations inspired by the fresh produce grown in the lush region of the Walla Walla Valley. Founded by Lan Wong and James Boulanger, artisanal bakers and foodies, the chocolatier creates exquisitely made chocolates and other fine treats that reflect the complex flora of the region, such as anise, lavender, rosemary, clove, and violet. Signature chocolate treats from Petits Noirs chocolates are hand-dipped buttons of dark chocolate with melt-in-the-mouth ganache fillings of fresh cream, butter, chocolate, herbs, and spices.
622 South Main Street, Milton Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-7118
8.Clay in Motion Inc. Pottery Studio
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Surrounded by the scenic Blue Mountains, Clay in Motion, Inc Pottery Studio is a family-owned and operated studio that produces a wide variety of traditional American pottery hand-decorated in contemporary patterns, high-fire stoneware, and special items like cremation urns, garden sculptures, and dental cuspidors. The studio’s inventory changes every year and includes unique signature pieces like the six-inch tall Handwarmer© Mug which has pockets into which the hands are inserted on either side of the mug, and the Apple Torte bowl, a practical baking dish with a recipe permanently stamped on the bottom.
85301 OR-11, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-5556
© Kelly's Restaurant
Kelly's Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves comfort New American cuisine in a laid-back setting with beautiful views of the Blue Mountains. Conveniently located between Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla on Highway 11, the family-friendly restaurant uses fresh locally sourced ingredients to create delicious signature dishes like prime steaks, Traeger smoked prime rib, fresh seafood, burgers, and traditional Irish cuisine. The restaurant has comfortable indoor and outdoor seating on a season patio and serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch and daily specials.
84509 OR-11, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, Phone: 541-938-4247
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9 Best Things to Do in Milton-Freewater, OR
- Harris Park, Photo: Stephan Dinges/stock.adobe.com
- Zerba Cellars, Photo: Zerba Cellars
- Dragon's Gate Brewery, Photo: Dragon's Gate Brewery
- The Blue Mountain Cider Company, Photo: The Blue Mountain Cider Company
- Frazier Farmstead Museum, Photo: Frazier Farmstead Museum
- Joe Humbert Family Aquatic Center, Photo: Vladislav Gajic/stock.adobe.com
- Petits Noirs Chocolates, Photo: Petits Noirs Chocolates
- Clay in Motion Inc. Pottery Studio, Photo: Clay in Motion Inc. Pottery Studio
- Kelly's Restaurant, Photo: Kelly's Restaurant
- Cover Photo: City of Milton-Freewater, Oregon