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Hermiston
    Hermiston, Oregon

    A haven for budding explorers, Hermiston is located in the heart of the Columbia Basin in Eastern Oregon. Walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, who famously passed the nearby Hat Rock, as you discover unparalleled scenic beauty. With over 100 acres dedicated parks, landscape areas, and community enjoyment, you'll never run out of places to explore.

    Hermiston is the heart of the Columbia basin agricultural boom, this area represents one of the best climates for growing in the nation. Everything from Wineries to Orchards, famous watermelon farming to potatoes.

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    About Hermiston

    As the largest and fastest growing city in Eastern Oregon, Hermiston is a popular stop for travelers with itsmodern conveniences and outdoor options. The town was a popular overnight spot for horseback travelers inthe 1860s who frequented an Old West hotel and bar, the town still proudly exhibits the hospitality that made it popular. Hermiston saw an agricultural boom in the 1970s, which was the start of its now famous watermelon farming.

    A warm, friendly town, Hermiston is a focal point of Eastern Oregon. Monte Vista Homes builds the best new homes in the most popular neighborhoods of Hermiston – Population about 18,200 with a very low crime rate. Monte Vista Homes is proud to have been voted “Best New Home Builder in Central Oregon for 2018.”

    HIGHLAND SUMMIT is MonteVista Homes premier new home community in HERMISTON featuring large home sites with a view.

    Where Life Is Sweet

    A warm, friendly town, Hermiston is the best place to live in Eastern Oregon. Monte Vista Homes builds the some of the best new homes, in the most popular neighborhoods of Hermiston Population about 18,200 with a very low crime rate. Monte Vista Homes is proud to have been voted “2018 Home Builder of the year in Central Oregon.” As the largest and fastest growing city in Eastern Oregon, Hermiston is a popular stop for travelers, business and sports. The town was a popular overnight spot for horseback travelers in the 1860s who frequented an Old West hotel and bar, the town still proudly exhibits some of the hospitality that made it popular.
    Hermiston is the heart of the Columbia basin agricultural boom, this area represents one of the best climates for growing in the nation. Everything from Wineries to Orchards, famous watermelon farming to potatoes.

     

    BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE

    Looking for a nice place to have a picnic? Or take your dog on a walk? Maybe play some basketball? Or just looking for a place to take your children to play? Hermiston’s parks system has plenty of options for outdoor recreation activities offering 12 public parks.

    There’s plenty to see and do in Hermiston. For example, Riverfront Park provides 16 acres of recreation that includes fishing, walking paths, a boat ramp, picnic areas, and play grounds. Hike to the top of Hermiston Butte for an incredible view of the city and countryside surrounding it. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery passed the distinctive outcropping of Hat Rock, now a state park, and wrote about it in their journals.

    A MECCA FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

    Monte Vista New Homes for Sale in Hermiston bring recreation opportunities to your front doorstep. Eastern Oregon Oregon is a world-renowned mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, with year-round access to mountains, rivers, hiking and mountain biking trails. Living less than 30 minutes away from any one of these activities, residents enjoy a true life-work balance that make the ‘great outdoors’ an everyday adventure. Monte Vista affordable, Award- winning new homes make living in Hermiston a wonderful experience.

     

    Wide open spaces and the magic provided by the outdoors is priceless. Riverfront trails and paths stretch for more than 20 miles along the Columbia River. Cross over the Columbia River via the pedestrian path that will take you over the border into Washington State. At Hat Rock you will bike on gravel and bark paths as well as the historic Lewis and Clark trail with a few easy sandy sections, perfect for the entire family.

    All these paths have breath taking vistas of the Columbia River. Remember to ride along the river trail and around the point to see the wildlife and unique rock formation – you will be amazed! Trail heads and small ponds are perfect spots for a family outing.

    To experience the outdoors is to live life at its fullest. There really is nothing like Eastern Oregon on a sunny day. Let the fresh air work its wonders on your soul and heighten your senses. Take in the sights and sounds of the river and listen for the cry of an osprey soaring overhead. You will have a greater appreciation for life as you soak up the peace and serenity found here.

    The popularity of biking has put Eastern Oregon on the map, like events such as the ECHO RED 2 RED XC MTB RACE along with the Oregon XC series. Bike trails offered here are like no other rides in the country. Scenic views of the Blue Mountains, Echo Red to Hat Rock, Columbia and Umatilla Rivers are truly spectacular, must-see spots in Eastern Oregon.

    ELEVATE YOUR SENSES AS YOU EXLORE ALL ASPECTS OF HERMISTON

    Once summer months warm up, magic starts to happen in the fields and farms around Hermiston. By July, this town turns into a watermelon wonderland. In the heart of Hermiston’s bustling downtown district, seek
    out Walker’s Farm Kitchen. Owners Larry and Cynthia Walker offer delightful scratch-made foods in an airy bungalow. Sit down for their tasty soups, salads or sandwiches for lunch or a hearty pasta dish, chicken or steak for dinner, featuring products from area producers. For eating on the go, Bellinger Farms & Gourmet Shoppe is a bountiful roadside farm stand with a cafe that serves lunch six days a week. Along with Hermiston’s famous sweet watermelons, onions and fruits in season, there are pickles, jams, salsas and sweets for the road.

    While in Hermiston, stop by Purple Ridge Lavender, Eveland Farm (miniature Nubian goats, by appointment), Vazza Farms honey and K & K Blueberries (U-pick mid-June to mid-July). Bennett Botanicals is a verdant outdoor event space and gardens. Created by Doug Bennett, a landscape designer, and Kris Bennett, owner of KRISanthemums floral design studio, it is open to the public by appointment.

    Juicy, sweet watermelon, and the melons grown here are pure perfection.

    FESTIVALS AND FUN

    Here are just to name a few:

    JULY Join us for Hermiston’s Funfest, held annually on the second Saturday in July. The fun-filled event takes place on Main Street and McKenzie Park. The festival includes children’s activities, exhibits, food booths, vendor booths and live music from local entertainers. The Hermiston Classic Car Club has their annual show at McKenzie park

    NOVEMBER Farm Fair is Hermiston’s annual agriculture trade show. Farm Fair brings in vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest to present innovative ag products and services both inside and outside the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center. Ag-related seminars are offered all three days for continuing education credit

    AVENDAR FESTIVAL

    Seasonal tourist attraction open for limited days in June/July hosting the Purple Ridge Lavender Festival the 2nd Saturday in July offering live plants, products made from lavender & U-Pick lavender.

    FCPR held its first professional rodeo in 1988.Each year the rodeo hosts top rate contestants, livestock and contract personnel — timers, secretaries, specialty-act performers, bullfighters and pickup men. A top-notch local rodeo offering the best in professional rodeo action as cowboys compete for points to take them to the biggest rodeo of all, the National Finals Rodeo, held December in Las Vegas.

    July 4, 2019 Time: TBA Vendors, Games, Bubble Balls, Dunk Tank, Stilt Walkers, Bounce Houses and MORE!!! In Butte Park Events with Fireworks at 10PM

    July on Main Street, Hermiston. With help from the community, this event has become one of the most popular and largest events in Hermiston. It helps raise funds for Hermiston youth sports. Various activities are available for the entire family and include: Slam Dunk Competition, 3 Point Shoot-Out, And , the 3 on 3 tournament. Many food and beverage vendors will be onsite, and the downtown merchants are open. http://www.hermiston3on3.org/

    If you’re looking for something super fun to do this summer, visit Umatilla County Fair. From concerts and livestock auctions to pro rodeos and carnival rides, there are entertainment options for your whole family! Our fair has been providing family-friendly fun since 1912, and our fairgrounds have buildings of various sizes.

    ‘A BUSINESS-FRIENDLY’ COMMUNITY

    Job growth is leading the way in Hermiston. Walmart and other companies have chosen Hermiston for regional distribution centers, major manufacturing and food processing companies. Amazon choose Hermiston as the central location for a hub of 30 data centers which when fully built out will add an estimated 1,800 high paying jobs to the local Hermiston economy. That is just the beginning. Hermiston is in the heart of the Columbia Basin in Eastern Oregon. It is the perfect business location with major fiber optic communication lines, hydro-electric power resources, excellent water and sewer capacities, all at the crossroads of rail lines, interstate freeways, and the majestic Columbia River. Hermiston is a place of growth with both an Enterprise Zone featuring local tax and development incentives and a large Opportunity Zone for major new investment into the area. The impact of these will be in the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of investment and local revenue. The regional fair grounds and events center attract tourists and business events year-round.

    MonteVista Homes is poised to capitalize within the local housing market as the regions premier home builder. As Hermiston continues to grow by bringing more employers to the area, Monte Vista new homes will provide quality affordable new homes in this growing market. Hermiston is also a growing retirement market and our mix of multi- generational home designs is the perfect both the labor force and retirement housing markets.

    Opportunity Zones provide federal tax relief for certain investments The Opportunity Zone is a federal tax incentive allowing for the reinvestment of capital gains income in certain census tracts. Hermiston has eligible tracts, all located in the center of town. Once federal rulemaking is completed, certain investments in these areas will be eligible for preferential federal tax treatment when it comes to the private investment of capital gains in local businesses and land development opportunities. investment rules and guidelines have been under development by the US Department of the Treasury.

    *For more information about Hermiston call:  541-516-1999

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