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Explore Oregon’s most renowned orchards Since its humble beginnings in 1934 on 240 acres in central Oregon, Harry & David has expanded to become one of the world’s bestknown gourmet gift brands. Groups heading to the Medford headquarters can learn more about the company’s history and sample some of its signature products. “Harry & David offers visitors a true Pacific Northwest experience by showcasing our Oregon roots,” says Kay Armstrong, who has been a tour guide at the attraction for more than 25 years. “From our extensive acreage of orchards nestled in the Rogue Valley to our baking and confections production facilities, it is exciting for groups to see how we have handcrafted quality fruit and gourmet food gifts since 1984.” The hour-long guided factory tour takes travelers to the bakery and candy kitchens where the culinary team creates silky-smooth chocolate truffles, creamy cheesecakes, baklava and much more. Visitors also can watch as employees select and sort the company’s exclusive Royal Riviera Pears and assemble towering gift baskets during a stop in the packing facilities. Armstrong recommends that groups leave plenty of time before or after the tour to explore the Harry & David Country Village Store, where they can enjoy a wide variety of tastings that include everything from Moose Munch to salsas to Oregon-made wine. To learn more, contact Jody Power, Harry & David’s marketing manager, at jpower@harryanddavid.com or visit harryanddavid.com/ h/view/tours. HARRY & DAVID TRAVEL MEDFORD Named a Top 12 Global Wine Region to Visit, Forbes, 2017 TravelMedford.org NTAonline.com 41