Scenic Drives: Highway 199 Grants Pass/Cave Junction Tour
1. Cary's of Oregon- "Creating a Toffee Tradition." Located off Highway 199 in Grants Pass Oregon. Come see the sweet toffee in action. Cary's offers large viewing windows to their factory. They also offer a tasting room to soothe that sweet tooth lover in you. Headed west turn left on Union Ave. Cary's is located right after Ringuette on your right.
2. Visitors to Bridgeview Winery can taste an array of fine wines and picnic on the estate, while enjoying views of landscaped gardens and pristine lakes. Many visitors opt to overnight at Bridgeview's own bed-and-breakfast lodge, the Kerbyville Inn, with five wine-themed suites. Bridgeview cordially invites you to visit the winery, sit on the deck, and watch the sun set behind the mountains with a glass of wine in hand. The winery includes a 75-acre field in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes.
To find Bridgeview Winery, head west to Cave Junction Oregon. Turn left onto Caves Highway (Hwy 46) towards Oregon Caves National Monument. Follow Caves Highway East 1.7 miles to Holland Loop Road. Turn right on Holland Loop Road. Continue on Holland Loop Road 2 miles. Bridgeview is located at 4210 Holland Loop Road.
3. Bear Creek Winery is the home of one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon, the former Siskiyou Vineyards Winery, and was planted in 1969 with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer. These wines are available under the Siskiyou Vineyard label. The first wines produced under the Bear Creek label include unique Bordeaux varietals. Tasting room is open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day daily from Noon to 5 pm and after that by appointment only. Located on Caves Highway just passed Holland Loop.
4. Oregon Caves National Monument is small in size, 480 acres, but rich in diversity. Above ground, the monument encompasses a remnant old-growth coniferous forest including a Douglas-fir tree with the widest known girth in Oregon. Three hiking trails access this forest. Below ground is a marble cave created by natural forces over hundreds of thousands of years in one of the world's most diverse geologic realms. Turn south on Hwy 46/Caves Highway and follow this road for to the monument. Parking in the summer is limited. Travelers are advised to get to the monument early (8:30-10 am). Check the Oregon Caves web site for tour hours.
5. Foris Vineyards- A visit to the winery explains the choice for the name FORIS. Latin for "out of doors", foris conveys the mood of the flowing rivers and lush, fir-covered Siskiyou Mountains which surround our vineyards. Visit our tasting room open from 11am to 5 pmevery day except some holidays. From the Oregon Caves turn left back on to Holland Loop then turn left on Kendall Road.
6. There are 13 miles of the North Fork Smith River in Oregon. Designated as wild and scenic in 1988, the two "wild" sections extend from the headwaters to Horse Creek and from Baldface Creek to the Oregon/California state line. The portion between Horse Creek and Baldface Creek is designated "scenic." From Foris Vineyards follow Holland Loop back to the Caves Highway. Turn left. Follow the Caves Highway back to Highway 199 in Cave Jct. Oregon. Turn left on the Highway and follow for approximately 20-30 minutes.
7. The Redwoods - Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. They can live to be 2,000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. Spruce, hemlock, Douglas-fir, berry bushes and sword ferns create a multiple canopied under story that towers over all visitors. The parks' mosaic of habitats includes prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Cultural landscapes reflect American Indian history. The more recent logging history has led to much restoration of these parks. From Highway 199, take South Fork Road to Howland Hill Road.
8. The Ocean/Brookings, Oregon - Nestled on the southernmost Oregon Coast, at the heart of America's Wild Rivers Coast, between the breathtaking scenery of the Oregon Coastal Range and the Pacific Ocean, the community of Brookings-Harbor offers an incomparable quality of life. It is a place where wild and scenic rivers flow through towering forests, a place where you can discover a quiet waterfront town overlooking majestic ocean vistas, and a place where you will find some of the best weather and recreation on the west coast. Follow Highway 199 until you reach the Oregon Coast Highway. Then turn left.
Estimated travel time - Full day