My Trip to Harry & David

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A few weeks ago I got the chance to travel alllll the way to Oregon to visit the amazing folks at Harry & David.  Most of you know Harry & David as the folks who ship those amazing pears…well, that’s true… but I learned they are that and so much more!

This post is very picture-heavy and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few of these already…

Let’s have a look!

 

I flew from Newark to San Fransisco…there I met up with the adorable Ali from Gimme Some Oven and we hopped the world’s smallest plane to Medford, Oregon.

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Yeah, my seat was THAT close to the propeller.

 

We checked in to the lovely Winchester Inn in Ashland.  It is the quaintest little Inn.

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The rooms felt like you were at home, and I was greeted with a gorgeous Harry & David basket!

I was in a little cottage next to the main building…

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Isn’t it adorable?

 

That first night we were invited to Sandy’s house.  Sandy is the blogger behind The Reluctant Entertainer and she was SUCH a gracious host!

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Her backyard is straight out of a magazine…and the table she set was one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen!

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Later that evening we made ourselves comfortable inside her house…more than comfortable actually!

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The next day we got a chance to visit the Harry & David orchards…

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If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend South Oregon in the fall.  Simply gorgeous!

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Of course we got a group photo…

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Matt shared with us lots of information about the orchards and the harvesting…

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And that huge stack of wooden bins there on the right?  That’s a LOT of pears, man.  They are stored in a temperature controlled warehouse.  It was the hugest walk in refrigerator ever!

We visited the Harry & David headquarters and were able to see all the behind the scenes details!

Look at all that Moose Munch!

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Then we got to make our very own fancy-schmancy chocolate!

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Amanda looks so cute!

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An expert chocolate painter, I am not.

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We were able to visit the sweetest little town called Jacksonville and have lunch and so a little shopping!

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Every meal we had in Oregon was phenomenal…all the details that went into the tables, the presentation and the flavors were perfect!

And the breakfasts from Alchemy, inside The Winchester were outrageous!!!

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We were able to sample chocolates…PicMonkey Collage9And tour the Rogue Creamery, who produces some cheese exclusively for Harry & David.

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I also go the chance to meet my sweet friend, Robyn for the first time!

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We had lunch that day at Penny and Lulu

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And can I tell you their shop made my heart go pitter-patter.

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All the gorgeousness was too much to take!

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This is Robyn, Sandy and I at lunch that day.  Sweet sweet sweet.

We even got the chance to shop at the Harry & David store and then package up our own gift baskets and ship them to anyone we wanted!  My dad and stepmom got mine!

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Our last dinner together was bittersweet.  It was such a great night, but I was so sad to say goodbye to all my blogging and Harry & David friends!

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From left to right:

Robyn from Add A Pinch

Ali from Gimme Some Oven

Angie from Bakerella

Michael from Inspired by Charm

ME!

Helen Jane from HelenJane.com

Gina from Skinnytaste

Cassie from Bake Your Day

Julie from The Little Kitchen

Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil

Amanda from Kevin and Amanda

Melissa from The Inspired Room

Sandy from The Reluctant Entertainer

A huge thank you to Harry & David for hosting such an amazing few days and also to Sandy for coordinating all the details!  It was amazing!

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brandi
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November 7, 2013 9:00 am

what a great group! sounds like such a fun trip! i would inhale all that moose munch. yum.

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
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November 7, 2013 9:11 am

It was so much fun following along on IG!!! What a gorgeous setting and a fun group!!!

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
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November 7, 2013 9:25 am

That restaurant looks amazing! I love the activities you can do here, art and craft is so often over looked as od fashioned but i love it

Emily ~SoDomesticated~
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November 7, 2013 11:44 am

Looks like you had a wonderful time! My in-laws live in Southern Oregon and I love visiting Harry & David when we venture down there! I always seem to buy way more than I need 🙂

Meagan
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November 7, 2013 11:46 am

What a wonderful trip, Shelly! Looks absolutely gorgeous with the scenery and foliage alone. And the chocolate, the pears, the lovely company… such a blast!!

Laura @ Laura
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November 7, 2013 12:16 pm

Wow! That looks like an amazing fun trip 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer
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November 7, 2013 12:25 pm

Love your post, Shelly. And loved being able to spend 3 days with you in Southern Oregon! H&D is such a great company! Love and hugs!

Jen @ Fresh from the...
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November 7, 2013 3:00 pm

Wow, I’m from Oregon and didn’t even realize the Harry & David headquarters were there! Jealous!

Alejandra Morin
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November 7, 2013 5:32 pm

Officially jelly!!! Glad you had a fabulous time and learned lots. Must say, the food looked AMAZING 🙂

Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
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November 7, 2013 5:43 pm

Awesome chocolate leaves!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful adventure!

Cassie
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November 7, 2013 5:46 pm

Such a beautiful time! So good to see you again, Shelly!

JulieD
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November 7, 2013 10:05 pm

Ahhh I miss Sandy’s backyard at the amazing breakfast meals we had at the Inn!! It was so good to see you again and can’t wait to see you this weekend!!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
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November 8, 2013 9:32 am

Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip! 🙂

Jennifer | Bake or Break
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November 8, 2013 12:04 pm

This looks like such fun! I was just at CIA with Gina, and she was telling me about the trip. What a great experience!

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