A beautiful, leisurely drive past bountiful hay fields, lofty forest trees, pastures with grazing horses, cattle and buffalo all with Mt Adams sparkling in the distance.
It's the path to the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, at The Farm B & B.
July 19 and 20, the 13th annual festival will again hold forth in Trout Lake; look for the colorful signs to point the way.
Admission is free and there's plenty of free parking. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Fifty juried artists will show a wide variety of work including jewelry, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, multi-media work, glass, handmade books and paper, photography, wood furniture, sculpture, weaving, calligraphy and more.
The site features a rustic barn plus lovely grounds all filled with art. Visit with the artists and browse the displays of beautiful and affordable art.
Live music is performed all weekend with a wide range of musical styles: marimba, folk, bluegrass, jazz, singer-songwriters and festival favorite -- the Gorge Winds Concert Band. Listen in the shade of the backyard, with food and drink nearby.
Will's Lemonade, Maryhill wines, Otto's Sausage (featured in Gourmet Magazine), Nora's Fish House, offering a variety of wraps, salads and gazpacho and the festival pub will all have taste tempting food and drink available for your pleasure.
Children may create their own art masterpieces at the interactive art and music projects which provide hands-on fun for the kids.
Travel into down town Trout Lake to visit the Saturday Market at the Grange Hall. The Market features quilts created by the local quilters, there is also fresh produce, home made bread, cinnamon rolls and huckleberry pies, plus arts and crafts of all kinds.
Your perfect summer evening can be topped off on Saturday July 19, with dinner and a concert. This event is by reservation only and benefits the Trout Lake Arts Council which sponsors the Festival.
For a reservation form and more information about the event, as well as more details of the festival visit the website at www.troutlake.org/arts or call 395-2101.