Girlfriend Field Trip! Relax…Refresh…RoadTrip!

Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm and Living Memorial Sculpture Garden


A good friend posted on Facebook that she and another friend were going to the Mt Shasta Lavender Farm the following Wednesday and anyone who wanted to join them was welcome!  I was free that day so decided to come along.  It was a fun day and reminded me that there are interesting things to see in our own regions and sometimes we just need a good ol’ fashioned field trip!!

The Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm is located outside of Montague, CA about an hour and a half drive from Medford, Oregon where we all live.  There were four of us, so we piled into one car but not before enjoying some homemade lavender scones made by good friend Janice Cox of Natural Beauty at Home.  For Sweet Lavender Scone Recipe click here


The Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm is in a beautiful setting with spectacular views of Mt. Shasta!



There is a stylish building that definitely reminded me of being in Provence which houses a small boutique where they sell all kinds of lavender goods and free cups of lavender lemonade – delicious!





There is a section that is French lavender and one that is English lavender.  They provide nice baskets and scissors for you to collect the lavender.



In the middle is a lavender labyrinth which is nice to walk through and meditate or pray.


There are nice tables and chairs with an arbor or umbrellas, a nice place to eat if you bring a picnic lunch.


Also suggest bringing a hat and sunscreen as it can get quite hot and there is no shade in the fields.

Another friend had mentioned that since we were going out that way we should stop at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden in Weed, CA.  It was just a 10-15 minute drive from the Lavender Farm.


The sculpture garden was founded by veterans in 1988 to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in war.  The sculpture garden has 11 beautiful and thought provoking sculptures made by artist Dennis Smith.  They are spread out around a forest of trees planted by hundreds of volunteers.







We had not brought a picnic lunch to eat at the Lavender Farm so by this time we were starving.  We were close to Weed, CA and had heard that the Hi-Lo Cafe was good place to get a bite to eat so we stopped there for a late lunch.  We absolutely loved the retro sign and vintage decor inside.



It was a large menu with choices from breakfast all-day to hamburgers, salads, fried chicken and more.  Our waitress was extremely nice and friendly and made our molten volcano dessert extra special for us!

998056_10201575224488860_1814686192_nAll of us have lived in the Rogue Valley for almost 20 years and had never been to these great gems just a 1.5 hour drive away!  Loving the Girlfriend Fieldtrips – Relax, Refresh, Roadtrip!!

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6 responses to “Christmas in Hoi An”

  1. How lovely that you can travel with your whole family! Most teenagers stop going on trips with their parents after a while, but your kids are great! You are very lucky

  2. robyn says:

    hello love your blog thankyou. would you stay near the beach again or in the town. we are hoping to go in january. robyn

    • Judy Gambee says:

      Hi Robyn – glad you enjoyed the blog! Not sure what time in Jan. you are going and if the weather might be slightly better than we had. But I would say, if there is any chance that you might get some beach weather, then I would definitely stay on the beach. We would have enjoyed coming back in the afternoon after our activities and relaxing on the beach. However, if the chance that the weather will be “beachy” is slim I would definitely consider being in town. Not that the shuttle was that much of a pain, but I think it would have been nice to have been able to just walk into town from the hotel. I would pick one with sort of a “resorty” feel and a pool, so if you do get lucky one day with good weather, you can enjoy it right there.

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  4. Rachel says:

    Hello! I have loved reading your travels in Vietnam. My husband (he is from Oregon also!) and I are going to spend Christmas in Vietnam and Thailand. I am wondering if you would suggest spending 4 days in Hoi An, or spending 3 days in Hoi An and 1 day in Hanoi. Do you think it’s “worth it” to even see Hanoi? Or could we just fly in and spend the night to leave the next morning for our cruise? We would be flying to Hanoi on Christmas day so could either spend christmas day in Hanoi, or in Hoi An. I see that you said Christmas Eve is a much bigger deal, which will be fun! But any suggestions on if we should just stay or check out Hanoi for a day? We don’t LOVE cities, and prefer a smaller town experience, but is there anything we MUST see in Hanoi?


    • Judy Gambee says:

      So sorry for the late response to this question. The day you sent this we were leaving for a 2.5 week trip to Europe and just did not have a chance to get to it before we came back and got settled in. Even though I was not a huge fan of Hanoi (however, most people are) I think I might recommend going there for the day. Would probably try to book some time with Hanoi Kids so you could see more quickly rather than fumbling with maps, where to go, etc. with such a short visit. If you have something specific that you want to do that day in Hoi An (food tour, bikes, etc.) then I think it would be great to stay there, but if just planning on hanging out another day in Hoi An, I think I might push myself to visit Hanoi.

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