Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR, USA
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Woodburn Reviews
There are several tulips in Washington, but none as cosy as Oregon's prime! Apr 12, 2014
You heard that right! Having been a WA resident for 3 years one would think I'd defend the state's tulip festival (the largest in the US of A) with a vengeance but I will concede defeat after this trip...
Wooden Shoe has to be one of the most compact farms I've seen in my life. And save for the parking fee, it's free. It's quite easy to get to it, and unlike the WA farms, one can find this place easily - it's just past the famous Woodburn Malls, about 7 miles down the exit.
The disadvantage of a beautiful sunny day in early Spring in the Pacific NW, that too, during Tulip festival time is the never ending queue of cars all lined up on the single laned dusty roads leading up to the farm. I know this sounds funny, but my advice to anyone visiting is to take a toilet break at the very first Starbucks of McD's in sight (even if you have to buy a crappé latté to use the facilities). Trust me, I didn't. And whilst the rest of the crowds were agog at the tulip fields whilst driving in, I was agog and happy at the sight of a Port-A-Pottie. Not kidding!
So the tulip field by itself is very different. In WA, you have several farms that exhibit tulips so it's really a question of visiting one you haven't earlier. Here, it's the only farm in the region. So it's swarming with visitors.
Having said that, where I'll give this farm the edge is in terms of variety. WA tulip farms have a tendency of planting the same colour for rows on end and hence seem a tad drab and samey when taking pictures. Here however, every row was a different colour and hence very appealing.
Plus the fact that we went on a day with ample sunshine meant the crowds were pouring in, but the conditions were incredible for photos.
A few negatives about this place - they need more toilets!! It was sad seeing the long queue of people waiting to pee...especially poor kids who couldn't hold it in. if you're going to have so many soda and fruit juice stands, use basic logic that what goes in HAS to come out (and earlier, depending on age!) so devote the same piece of land to toilets as you would to food carts!
Next - the choice of food for a veggie was beyond poor. There was only stand selling ice cream and it didn't help that it wasn't highlighted enough, instead there was a picture of some pig. Kind of sad to see lots of vegetarian tourists (notably parents of the rich Indian Intel engineers) struggling for nourishment after what had been a hot sunny day.
But all said and done, this really was a very nice experience. I liked that there weren't too many competing tulip farms and one didn't have to worry about "did we see the best farm in this region?" as de facto, it WAS just one!
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