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23. Harry & David tours

Harry & David has arguably been the region’s flagship enterprise since the 1930s, and its tours entice locals and tourists alike.

Harry & David pairs its famous pears and fine fruits with cookies, candies, confections and other gourmet goodies. For many, tasting these treats is the highlight of the company’s hourlong tours.

Tour groups meet at Harry & David Country Village, 1314 Center Drive, Medford, where a company van departs for the nearby candymaking facility. A video played during the drive tells the story of founders Harry and David Holmes, brothers who trademarked the term “Fruit-of-The-Month-Club.”

Entertaining tour guides explain about the company's history while visitors watch chocolate truffles, creamy cheesecakes, baklava and Moose Munch being made.

Inside the company’s candy kitchen and bakery, visitors observe production through expansive windows while relishing aromas of sugar and butter. September and October are the prime months to view Harry & David in full swing for the holidays. The packing and production building, with a detour through one of the original pear orchards, wraps up the tour.

Tour times are 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. each weekday. Admission is $5 and includes a $5 off coupon on purchases of at least $40 at the Country Village.

Call 877-322-8000 (541-864-2099 locally) or email tours@harryanddavid.com.

Tours of Harry & David facilities are popular with many visitors. [Mail Tribune / File Photo]