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    7. Outdoors & Nature
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    11. Tour Companies & Guides
  2. Recreation
    1. Birding
    2. Camping
    3. Cycling
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    6. Guides & Charters
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      2. Bicycle Guides
      3. Charter Boats
      4. Fishing Guides
      5. Hunting Guides
      6. Jet Boat Charters
      7. Outdoor Guides
      8. Whitewater Guides
    7. Hiking
    8. Indoor Sports
    9. Jet Boating
    10. Kayaking
    11. Oregon Adventurecations
    12. Rafting
    13. Scenic Byways
    14. Snow Sports
    15. Sustainable Travel
  3. Eat & Drink
    1. Artisan Producers
    2. Beer & Breweries
    3. Coffee & Tea
    4. Culinary Experiences
    5. Distilleries in Oregon
    6. Farmers' Markets
    7. Farms & Farm Stays
    8. Oregon Food Trips
    9. Picking & Foraging
    10. Ranches & Ranch Stays
    11. Restaurants
      1. American
      2. Asian Fusion
      3. Cajun / Creole
      4. Chinese
      5. French Bistros
      6. Greek
      7. Irish
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      9. Japanese
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      11. Mediterranean
      12. Pacific Northwest
      13. Pizza
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      15. Southern
      16. Thai
    12. Seafood
    13. Wineries & Wine
  4. Oregon Heritage
    1. Covered Bridges
    2. Ghost Towns
    3. Heritage Areas
    4. Heritage Museums
    5. Indian Country
    6. Lighthouses
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  5. Natural Wonders
    1. Bodies of Water
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      2. Rivers
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    2. Forests, Parks & Refuges
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      3. State Parks
    3. Mountains & Hills
  6. Events
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    7. Oregon Food Trips
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  1. All Regions
    1. Adams
    2. Adel
    3. Adrian
    4. Agness
    5. Albany
    6. Allegany
    7. Aloha
    8. Alsea
    9. Amity
    10. Antelope
    11. Arch Cape
    12. Arlington
    13. Arock
    14. Ashland
    15. Ashwood
    16. Astoria
    17. Athena
    18. Aumsville
    19. Aurora
    20. Azalea
    21. Baker City
    22. Bandon
    23. Banks
    24. Bates
    25. Bay City
    26. Beatty
    27. Beaver
    28. Beavercreek
    29. Beaverton
    30. Bend
    31. Blachly
    32. Black Butte Ranch
    33. Blodgett
    34. Blue River
    35. Bly
    36. Boardman
    37. Bonanza
    38. Boring
    39. Bridal Veil
    40. Bridgeport
    41. Brightwood
    42. Broadbent
    43. Brogan
    44. Brookings
    45. Brothers
    46. Brownsville
    47. Burns
    48. Butte Falls
    49. Buxton
    50. Camas Valley
    51. Camp Sherman
    52. Canby
    53. Cannon Beach
    54. Canyon City
    55. Canyonville
    56. Carlton
    57. Cascade Locks
    58. Cascadia
    59. Cave Junction
    60. Central Point
    61. Charleston
    62. Chemult
    63. Cheshire
    64. Chiloquin
    65. Christmas Valley
    66. Clackamas
    67. Clatskanie
    68. Cloverdale
    69. Colton
    70. Columbia City
    71. Condon
    72. Coos Bay
    73. Coquille
    74. Corbett
    75. Cornelius
    76. Corvallis
    77. Cottage Grove
    78. Cove
    79. Crabtree
    80. Crane
    81. Crater Lake
    82. Crawfordsville
    83. Crescent
    84. Crescent Lake
    85. Creswell
    86. Crooked River
    87. Culp Creek
    88. Culver
    89. Curtin
    90. Dairy
    91. Dallas
    92. Days Creek
    93. Dayton
    94. Dayville
    95. Deadwood
    96. Deer Island
    97. Depoe Bay
    98. Detroit
    99. Dexter
    100. Diamond
    101. Diamond Lake
    102. Dillard
    103. Donald
    104. Dorena
    105. Drain
    106. Drewsey
    107. Dufur
    108. Dundee
    109. Durkee
    110. Eagle Creek
    111. Eagle Point
    112. Echo
    113. Eddyville
    114. Elgin
    115. Elkton
    116. Elmira
    117. Enterprise
    118. Estacada
    119. Eugene
    120. Fairview
    121. Fall Creek
    122. Falls City
    123. Fields
    124. Florence
    125. Forest Grove
    126. Fort Klamath
    127. Fort Rock
    128. Fossil
    129. Fox
    130. Frenchglen
    131. Gales Creek
    132. Grandview
    133. Gardiner
    134. Garibaldi
    135. Gaston
    136. Gates
    137. Gearhart
    138. Gervais
    139. Gilchrist
    140. Gladstone
    141. Glendale
    142. Gleneden Beach
    143. Glide
    144. Gold Beach
    145. Gold Hill
    146. Government Camp
    147. Grand Ronde
    148. Grants Pass
    149. Grass Valley
    150. Gresham
    151. Haines
    152. Halfway
    153. Halsey
    154. Hammond
    155. Harbor
    156. Harper
    157. Harrisburg
    158. Hauser
    159. Hebo
    160. Helix
    161. Heppner
    162. Hereford
    163. Hermiston
    164. Hillsboro
    165. Hines
    166. Hood River
    167. Hubbard
    168. Huntington
    169. Idanha
    170. Idleyld Park
    171. Imbler
    172. Imnaha
    173. Independence
    174. Ione
    175. Ironside
    176. Irrigon
    177. Jacksonville
    178. Jamieson
    179. Jefferson
    180. John Day
    181. Jordan Valley
    182. Joseph
    183. Junction City
    184. Juntura
    185. Keizer
    186. Keno
    187. Kent
    188. Kerby
    189. Kimberly
    190. Klamath Falls
    191. La Grande
    192. La Pine
    193. Lafayette
    194. Lake Oswego
    195. Lakeside
    196. Lakeview
    197. Langlois
    198. Leaburg
    199. Lebanon
    200. Lexington
    201. Lincoln City
    202. Logsden
    203. Long Creek
    204. Lorane
    205. Lostine
    206. Lowell
    207. Lyons
    208. Madras
    209. Malin
    210. Manning
    211. Manzanita
    212. Mapleton
    213. Marcola
    214. Marion
    215. Marylhurst
    216. Maupin
    217. McKenzie Bridge
    218. McMinnville
    219. Meacham
    220. Medford
    221. Mehama
    222. Merlin
    223. Merrill
    224. Midland
    225. Mikkalo
    226. Mill City
    227. Milton Freewater
    228. Milwaukie
    229. Mitchell
    230. Molalla
    231. Monmouth
    232. Monroe
    233. Monument
    234. Moro
    235. Mosier
    236. Mount Angel
    237. Mount Vernon
    238. Mulino
    239. Murphy
    240. Myrtle Creek
    241. Myrtle Point
    242. Nehalem
    243. Neotsu
    244. Neskowin
    245. Netarts
    246. New Pine Creek
    247. Newberg
    248. Newport
    249. North Bend
    250. North Plains
    251. North Powder
    252. Noti
    253. Nyssa
    254. Oakland
    255. Oakridge
    256. O'Brien
    257. Oceanside
    258. Odell
    259. Ontario
    260. Ophir
    261. Oregon City
    262. Otis
    263. Oxbow
    264. Pacific City
    265. Paisley
    266. Parkdale
    267. Paulina
    268. Pendleton
    269. Philomath
    270. Phoenix
    271. Pilot Rock
    272. Pleasant Hill
    273. Plush
    274. Port Orford
    275. Portland
    276. Post
    277. Powell Butte
    278. Powers
    279. Prairie City
    280. Princeton
    281. Prineville
    282. Prospect
    283. Rainier
    284. Redmond
    285. Reedsport
    286. Remote
    287. Rhododendron
    288. Rice Hill
    289. Richland
    290. Rickreall
    291. Riddle
    292. Riley
    293. Ritter
    294. Riverside
    295. Rockaway Beach
    296. Rogue River
    297. Rose Lodge
    298. Roseburg
    299. Rufus
    300. Saginaw
    301. Salem
    302. Sandy
    303. Scappoose
    304. Scio
    305. Scotts Mills
    306. Scottsburg
    307. Seal Rock
    308. Seaside
    309. Selma
    310. Seneca
    311. Shady Cove
    312. Shaniko
    313. Shedd
    314. Sheridan
    315. Sherwood
    316. Siletz
    317. Silver Lake
    318. Silverton
    319. Sisters
    320. Sixes
    321. South Beach
    322. Sprague River
    323. Spray
    324. Springfield
    325. St. Benedict
    326. St. Helens
    327. St. Paul
    328. Stanfield
    329. Stayton
    330. Steamboat
    331. Sublimity
    332. Summer Lake
    333. Summerville
    334. Sumpter
    335. Sunriver
    336. Sutherlin
    337. Sweet Home
    338. Swisshome
    339. Talent
    340. Tangent
    341. Tenmile
    342. Terrebonne
    343. The Dalles
    344. Thurston
    345. Tidewater
    346. Tigard
    347. Tillamook
    348. Tiller
    349. Timber
    350. Timberline Lodge
    351. Toledo
    352. Tolovana Park
    353. Trail
    354. Troutdale
    355. Tualatin
    356. Turner
    357. Tygh Valley
    358. Ukiah
    359. Umatilla
    360. Umpqua
    361. Union
    362. Unity
    363. Vale
    364. Veneta
    365. Vernonia
    366. Vida
    367. Waldport
    368. Wallowa
    369. Walterville
    370. Walton
    371. Warm Springs
    372. Warren
    373. Warrenton
    374. Wasco
    375. Wedderburn
    376. Welches
    377. West Linn
    378. Westfall
    379. Westfir
    380. Westlake/Dunes City
    381. Weston
    382. Wheeler
    383. White City
    384. Wilbur
    385. Wilderville
    386. Willamina
    387. Williams
    388. Wilsonville
    389. Winchester
    390. Winchester Bay
    391. Winston
    392. Wolf Creek
    393. Woodburn
    394. Yachats
    395. Yamhill
    396. Yoncalla
    397. Zigzag
  2. Central Oregon
    1. Antelope
    2. Ashwood
    3. Bend
    4. Black Butte Ranch
    5. Brothers
    6. Camp Sherman
    7. Crooked River
    8. Culver
    9. Dufur
    10. Grandview
    11. La Pine
    12. Madras
    13. Maupin
    14. Paulina
    15. Post
    16. Powell Butte
    17. Prineville
    18. Redmond
    19. Shaniko
    20. Sisters
    21. Sunriver
    22. Terrebonne
    23. Tygh Valley
    24. Warm Springs
  3. Eastern Oregon
    1. Adams
    2. Adrian
    3. Arlington
    4. Arock
    5. Athena
    6. Baker City
    7. Bates
    8. Boardman
    9. Bridgeport
    10. Brogan
    11. Burns
    12. Canyon City
    13. Condon
    14. Cove
    15. Crane
    16. Dayville
    17. Diamond
    18. Drewsey
    19. Durkee
    20. Echo
    21. Elgin
    22. Enterprise
    23. Fields
    24. Fossil
    25. Fox
    26. Frenchglen
    27. Grass Valley
    28. Haines
    29. Halfway
    30. Harper
    31. Helix
    32. Heppner
    33. Hereford
    34. Hermiston
    35. Hines
    36. Huntington
    37. Imbler
    38. Imnaha
    39. Ione
    40. Ironside
    41. Irrigon
    42. Jamieson
    43. John Day
    44. Jordan Valley
    45. Joseph
    46. Juntura
    47. Kent
    48. Kimberly
    49. La Grande
    50. Lexington
    51. Long Creek
    52. Lostine
    53. Meacham
    54. Mikkalo
    55. Milton Freewater
    56. Mitchell
    57. Monument
    58. Moro
    59. Mount Vernon
    60. North Powder
    61. Nyssa
    62. Ontario
    63. Oxbow
    64. Pendleton
    65. Pilot Rock
    66. Prairie City
    67. Princeton
    68. Richland
    69. Riley
    70. Ritter
    71. Riverside
    72. Rufus
    73. Seneca
    74. Spray
    75. Stanfield
    76. Summerville
    77. Sumpter
    78. Ukiah
    79. Umatilla
    80. Union
    81. Unity
    82. Vale
    83. Wallowa
    84. Wasco
    85. Westfall
    86. Weston
  4.   The Wallowas
    1. Baker City
    2. Enterprise
    3. Imnaha
    4. Joseph
    5. La Grande
    6. Lostine
    7. Union
    8. Wallowa
  5. Greater Portland
    1. Aloha
    2. Banks
    3. Beavercreek
    4. Beaverton
    5. Buxton
    6. Clackamas
    7. Clatskanie
    8. Colton
    9. Columbia City
    10. Cornelius
    11. Deer Island
    12. Fairview
    13. Forest Grove
    14. Gales Creek
    15. Gaston
    16. Gladstone
    17. Gresham
    18. Hillsboro
    19. Lake Oswego
    20. Manning
    21. Marylhurst
    22. Milwaukie
    23. North Plains
    24. Oregon City
    25. Portland
    26. Rainier
    27. Scappoose
    28. Sherwood
    29. St. Helens
    30. Tigard
    31. Timber
    32. Tualatin
    33. Vernonia
    34. Warren
    35. West Linn
  6. Mt. Hood / The Gorge
    1. Boring
    2. Bridal Veil
    3. Brightwood
    4. Cascade Locks
    5. Corbett
    6. Eagle Creek
    7. Estacada
    8. Government Camp
    9. Hood River
    10. Mosier
    11. Odell
    12. Parkdale
    13. Rhododendron
    14. Sandy
    15. The Dalles
    16. Timberline Lodge
    17. Troutdale
    18. Welches
    19. Zigzag
  7.   Mt. Hood
    1. Estacada
    2. Government Camp
    3. Parkdale
    4. Rhododendron
    5. Sandy
    6. Timberline Lodge
    7. Troutdale
    8. Welches
    9. Zigzag
  8.   The Columbia River Gorge
    1. Cascade Locks
    2. Corbett
    3. Eagle Creek
    4. Hood River
    5. Mosier
    6. Odell
    7. The Dalles
  9. Oregon Coast
    1. Agness
    2. Allegany
    3. Arch Cape
    4. Astoria
    5. Bandon
    6. Bay City
    7. Beaver
    8. Blodgett
    9. Broadbent
    10. Brookings
    11. Cannon Beach
    12. Charleston
    13. Cloverdale
    14. Coos Bay
    15. Coquille
    16. Depoe Bay
    17. Eddyville
    18. Elkton
    19. Florence
    20. Garibaldi
    21. Gearhart
    22. Gleneden Beach
    23. Gold Beach
    24. Hammond
    25. Harbor
    26. Hauser
    27. Hebo
    28. Lakeside
    29. Langlois
    30. Lincoln City
    31. Logsden
    32. Manzanita
    33. Mapleton
    34. Myrtle Point
    35. Nehalem
    36. Neotsu
    37. Neskowin
    38. Netarts
    39. Newport
    40. North Bend
    41. Oceanside
    42. Ophir
    43. Otis
    44. Pacific City
    45. Port Orford
    46. Powers
    47. Reedsport
    48. Remote
    49. Rockaway Beach
    50. Rose Lodge
    51. Seal Rock
    52. Seaside
    53. Siletz
    54. Sixes
    55. South Beach
    56. Tidewater
    57. Tillamook
    58. Toledo
    59. Tolovana Park
    60. Waldport
    61. Warrenton
    62. Wedderburn
    63. Westlake/Dunes City
    64. Wheeler
    65. Winchester Bay
    66. Yachats
  10.   Wild Rivers Coast
    1. Bandon
    2. Brookings
    3. Gold Beach
    4. Langlois
    5. Port Orford
  11.   Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
    1. Seal Rock
    2. Waldport
    3. Yachats
  12. Southern Oregon
    1. Adel
    2. Ashland
    3. Azalea
    4. Beatty
    5. Bly
    6. Bonanza
    7. Butte Falls
    8. Camas Valley
    9. Canyonville
    10. Cave Junction
    11. Central Point
    12. Chemult
    13. Chiloquin
    14. Christmas Valley
    15. Crater Lake
    16. Crescent
    17. Crescent Lake
    18. Curtin
    19. Dairy
    20. Days Creek
    21. Diamond Lake
    22. Dillard
    23. Drain
    24. Eagle Point
    25. Fort Klamath
    26. Fort Rock
    27. Gardiner
    28. Gilchrist
    29. Glendale
    30. Glide
    31. Gold Hill
    32. Grants Pass
    33. Idleyld Park
    34. Jacksonville
    35. Keno
    36. Kerby
    37. Klamath Falls
    38. Lakeview
    39. Malin
    40. Medford
    41. Merlin
    42. Merrill
    43. Midland
    44. Murphy
    45. Myrtle Creek
    46. New Pine Creek
    47. O'Brien
    48. Oakland
    49. Paisley
    50. Phoenix
    51. Plush
    52. Prospect
    53. Rice Hill
    54. Riddle
    55. Rogue River
    56. Roseburg
    57. Selma
    58. Shady Cove
    59. Silver Lake
    60. Sprague River
    61. Steamboat
    62. Summer Lake
    63. Sutherlin
    64. Talent
    65. Tenmile
    66. Tiller
    67. Trail
    68. Umpqua
    69. White City
    70. Wilbur
    71. Wilderville
    72. Williams
    73. Winchester
    74. Winston
    75. Wolf Creek
    76. Yoncalla
  13. Willamette Valley
    1. Albany
    2. Alsea
    3. Amity
    4. Aumsville
    5. Aurora
    6. Blachly
    7. Blue River
    8. Brownsville
    9. Canby
    10. Carlton
    11. Cascadia
    12. Cheshire
    13. Corvallis
    14. Cottage Grove
    15. Crabtree
    16. Crawfordsville
    17. Creswell
    18. Culp Creek
    19. Dallas
    20. Dayton
    21. Deadwood
    22. Detroit
    23. Dexter
    24. Donald
    25. Dorena
    26. Dundee
    27. Elmira
    28. Eugene
    29. Fall Creek
    30. Falls City
    31. Gates
    32. Gervais
    33. Grand Ronde
    34. Halsey
    35. Harrisburg
    36. Hubbard
    37. Idanha
    38. Independence
    39. Jefferson
    40. Junction City
    41. Keizer
    42. Lafayette
    43. Leaburg
    44. Lebanon
    45. Lorane
    46. Lowell
    47. Lyons
    48. Marcola
    49. Marion
    50. McKenzie Bridge
    51. McMinnville
    52. Mehama
    53. Mill City
    54. Molalla
    55. Monmouth
    56. Monroe
    57. Mount Angel
    58. Mulino
    59. Newberg
    60. Noti
    61. Oakridge
    62. Philomath
    63. Pleasant Hill
    64. Rickreall
    65. Saginaw
    66. Salem
    67. Scio
    68. Scotts Mills
    69. Scottsburg
    70. Shedd
    71. Sheridan
    72. Silverton
    73. Springfield
    74. St. Benedict
    75. St. Paul
    76. Stayton
    77. Sublimity
    78. Sweet Home
    79. Swisshome
    80. Tangent
    81. Thurston
    82. Turner
    83. Veneta
    84. Vida
    85. Walterville
    86. Walton
    87. Westfir
    88. Willamina
    89. Wilsonville
    90. Woodburn
    91. Yamhill
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I will be in Eugene for a meeting on Jan 14th and 15th and would like to see some of the Oregon Coast; perhaps on the previous weekend or maybe starting on Jan 10th. What area would be relatively easy to drive to from Eugene or Portland? What kind of weather should I expect? Can you suggest some B&Bs? — Lois

From the coast, the most direct route to Eugene is from Florence on the Oregon Coast via OR 126 (just under 1.5 hours). You didn’t mention where you are traveling from, but it sounds like you may be coming from the north and you could easily spend four days traveling the North and Central coast between Astoria and Florence. Astoria is famous for bed & breakfasts in historical Victorian homes. If you are looking for more ocean beach destinations, I would consider starting in Seaside or Cannon Beach. In Seaside, you may want to try the Gilbert Inn B&B (historic home). In Cannon Beach, consider Song of the Sea B&B (modern home, close to town and beach). Just south of Cannon Beach is the unique French Chateau-like Arch Cape Inn. In the Newport area, you may want to consider the Sylvia Beach Hotel. It’s actually a historic beach hotel, but very B&B like with a literary slant. Rooms are furnished and decorated based on famous authors. Another unique B&B stay would be the Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B, the original lighthouse keepers’ home (near Florence).

Weather is typically mild and rarely below freezing on the coast, so your travel along the coast should not be a problem. You will want to check on pass conditions as you pass through the Coast Range on your way to and from the coast. From the Portland/Longview area, the lowest elevation on the North Oregon Coast is Highway 30 into Astoria (the Washington side of the Columbia is even closer to sea level). Highway 26 is the most direct route to the coast from Portland, but the Coast Range summit is about 1500 feet and is most likely to have mountain travel conditions. The highest point on OR 126 from Florence to Eugene is under 800 feet.

Weather in January is typically cool with highs average in the high 40s and lows in the mid to high 30s. It is one of the wetter months of the year, averaging nine or more inches of rain during the month, so be prepared. Many come to the coast for storm watching this time of year. There can be high winds. The storm tossed seas can be an awesome site.

Hope this helps.

Happy travels!
Gary

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 17th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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What are the most beautiful sites in Southern Oregon? What is the best beach for RVs?

In the Southern Oregon Region, the most beautiful site arguably is Crater Lake, the centerpiece of the state’s only national park and a sacred site to native tribes long before settlers “discovered it.” The summertime and wintertime landscapes each show unique facets of this natural wonder.

In Southern Oregon, there are several sites I recommend at various points along the coast. Starting with the farthest south, Harris Beach State Park has 36 full-hookup sites; http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_79.php About 80 miles north in Bandon, Bullards Beach State Park is larger with 104 full-hookup sites. About 25 miles just outside Charleston, Bastendorff Beach county park has 74 full-hookup sites: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/CoosCountyParks/Bastendorff.aspx.

And although Bastendorff Beach isn’t quite as easy to access on foot as beaches at the previous two sites mentioned, this is my personal favorite beach on the South Coast, and the one I always go to. On the south end of the Coos Bay jetty, the beach is long and flat with finely textured sand. A sandstone cliff borders one end that makes for nice tidepooling and surf fishing at low tide. Water is shallow for a quite a ways in the surf zone. It’s popular with surfers and people flying kites and walking dogs. On a clear day, Cape Arago lighthouse (isolated, closed to the public and hard to spot from almost any other point on the coast) is visible from the beach’s north end.

Enjoy your stay,
Sarah Lemon

 

Answered by Sarah Lemon on October 17th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We are looking to spend 5 days around the coast in June 2013. We have found lots of cool lodges to stay in, but they mostly want at least 2 nights minimum stay. Would you recommend hotels and moving around the coast? Or, base ourselves in a lodge and travel from there each day? — Pete

I would recommend you plan your itinerary to base yourself strategically in two places and make day trips north and south from each base. For instance, to explore the South Coast, you could stay in Bandon and spend one day exploring north to the great State Parks southwest of Coos Bay (Shore Acres, Sunset Bay and Cape Arago) and another day going south, perhaps as far as Samuel H Boardman State Park near Brookings. On the Central Coast, you could base your stay in Yachats, then venture north to visit the attractions in Newport like the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the historic bay front and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. To the south, you could explore the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Heceta Head Lighthouse and Florence where you can experience the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. If you wanted to explore the North Oregon Coast, you could have a base in Cannon Beach or Manzanita that would offer day tripping north to Ecola State Park, Seaside and Astoria. For a day trip south, I would recommend the Three Capes Scenic Route that begins west of Tillamook and includes Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.

I hope this helps, but if you narrow down the areas you’d prefer to visit, I may be able to help with some more specific recommendations on itinerary, attractions or lodging based on your interests.

Happy Exploring!
Gary

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 17th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We are thinking of visiting Oregon in either November, December or during the Spring. One of the things we would like to do is clam digging, is there anyone that offers this activity? – Lori

Most of the razor clamming on the coast is in Clatsop County (Warrenton to Cannon Beach). These beaches have the most stable populations of razor clams. There are other beaches that support razor clams including (north to south): Short Sands (Oswald West State Park); Cape Meares beach; Agate Beach; North Beach and South Beach (Newport); Waldport beach; North Umpqua Spit; Bastendorff beach and North Spit (Coos Bay); Whiskey Run (Bandon); and Meyers Creek beach (Gold Beach), but about 95 percent of the razor clamming is on Clatsop County beaches.

Razor clamming is open on Clatsop beaches from October 1 to July 14. The most popular times for clamming is during the spring and summer, when tides are lowest. There are some minus tides during daylight hours this year in November and December that would be your best opportunity this year, so check a tide table for those dates. Tidal predictions for the north jetty of the Columbia River would be the most accurate for Clatsop beaches.

A license for recreational clamming is required through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and clammers are limited to the first 15 clams taken. The ODFW website can offer more information on licenses and regulations. I don’t know of anyone who offers razor clamming as an activity commercially.

Hope this helps and happy clamming!
Gary

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 17th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We love cycling, although more road cycling than mountain biking, and I’m not too great on hills! Are there any particularly good (and relatively flat) cycle routes you could suggest? -Gill

Yes… as a matter of fact, where I live in Albany, OR we are actually right in the middle of an awesome scenic bikeway. I actually have a B & B there and we get bicyclists from all over the world stay with us because of our location. Check out this site, and we often have guests ride our covered bridges that begin just a few miles from Albany. You can certainly find shorter distances within these rides and many areas offer flat riding areas. That happens to be why our scenic bikeway and covered bridge area in Linn County is so popular.

Also, many people ride the bikeway just partially let’s say from Albany to Eugene and then take the train back to Albany for example. Amtrak has a great schedule and is a great resource for our bicyclists wanting to ride only a portion. You can certainly just enjoy a ride around one of our towns such as Corvallis! It’s all flat and riding to Oregon State University and around the downtown will offer you some great sites. There’s even a bicycle renting shop downtown if you aren’t bringing your own. They are all super nice and helpful.

Hope this helps!
Debbie

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I’d like to plan a trip to visit colleges in Portland and Eugene. I’d also like to visit Medford all in 3-days! ~ Marnie S.

First of all, you can certainly fly in to the Medford area or begin even in Eugene or Portland.  That depends on you of course.  Portland is just shy of 2-1/2 hours north from the Eugene area.  Medford is about 3 hours south of Eugene.  So, if you fly in to Portland, you can spend one whole day enjoying the city and touring a few colleges.  As you may already know, Portland is home to many colleges/universities and I just happened to have driven by Reed College today… it’s gorgeous!  You could really spend several days here but I know you have three days so one day in Portland will give you a small idea of what it’s like here.

From the Portland area, I would almost say to jet down to Medford and spend one night there and come back up to Eugene from there the next afternoon or evening.  Usually I tell folks to stay of I 5 driving however you have a lot of ground to cover.  So, heading from Medford back up to Eugene, I would first stop at Lillie Belle Chocolate:  http://www.lilliebellefarms.com for some road snacks!  Also, grab some of Southern Oregon’s delicious cheese right next door at Rogue Creamery:  http://www.roguecreamery.com/store/  You can grab some bread there too and to experience the greatness of Southern Oregon on a road trip is a good thing!  Both places are just outside Medford in Central Point.

The University of Oregon is a gorgeous campus.  Take the tour!!  You will find the campus has a certain feel that exudes it’s history, it’s place in Oregon and a vibe that is young and exciting.  I have taken the tour of the campus a few times and suggest that you bring your camera and settle somewhere for a coffee and enjoy!

For lodging ideas, I am going to suggest you check out www.obbg.org  I happen to be an B & B inspector for The Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild and there are tons of great B & B’s along the route for you to choose from!

Here’s a list that may make it easier:

Touvelle House B & B:  http://www.touvellehouse.com  In Jacksonville if you decide you have time to drive just a tad further than Medford.  This is totally worth the extra few miles and plus… Jacksonville is a “must see” as far as I am concerned!

C’lest a Vie Inn is a great neighborhood location in Eugene and not too far from Ninkasi… a place to grab a delicious local beer.  In the Portland area, I would highly suggest you check out Ace Hotel, it is the best location to “feel the city” and experience true Portland fun!  Kenny and Zukes on the corner have the best bagels and Powell’s is just a block away… you have to check out Powells!

I hope this info has helped and please let me know if I can help you further!  You have a lot to cover in just three days!  Have fun and thanks for your AskOR question!

Debbie

Travel Oregon AskOR Willamette Valley Expert.  You can find my blog at: www.whitebreadandjam.blogspot.com

p.s.  in Eugene… check out The Vintage for food and the Sweet Life for dessert!!  Yum!!

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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If I had 3 days in Oregon, where would I travel to? Love sun, water and rock formations. Love to eat seafood (especially shell fish).

Sounds like you need to plan a trip to the Oregon Coast! If sun is an important part of the equation, you should plan your trip for July, August or September. Of course, the coast is spectacular no matter what the weather, but those are the months with the best chance of dry days and sunny skies. The rocks, water and seafood are the easy part. The Oregon Coast is known for its coastline punctuated by nearly 2000 sea stacks and small islands that are all part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. They are great areas for exploring tidepools and watching birds, marine life and crashing waves. On the North Oregon Coast, the state’s most famous landmark is Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. From Cannon Beach, you can also see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse built on a small rock a mile from the shore. Pacific City also has a Haystack Rock a little further offshore and the beautifully sculpted sandstone headland, Cape Kiwanda. On the Central Oregon Coast, Seal Rocks is named for it’s rock formations at the edge of the shoreline. Other great geologic formations include Devil’s Punchbowl in Otter Rock and Devil’s Churn in the Cape Perpetual Scenic Area near Yachats. On the South Oregon Coast, the beach at Bandon offers numerous rock formations. These are just a few examples. Here’s a recent story we did on the Oregon Coast’s sea stacks.

Wherever you choose to go on the coast you will find great, fresh seafood. Dungeness Crab, oysters and razor clams are among the Pacific shellfish delicacies you will find. If you’d like to provide more information on what area of the coast you are interested in or where you are coming from, I can make some more specific recommendations. I hope this helps for now.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I’m looking for history or information about Thor’s well?

Thor’s Well is also known simply as Spouting Horn and is located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near Yachats. It can be viewed by taking the Captain Cook Trailhead from the Visitor Center. When surf is up, water shoots upward from the bowl carved out of the basalt shoreline, then drains back into the opening. Many photographers trying to capture the action report how dangerous it is to try to get close to the spouting horn when it’s active, so if you visit, be careful and keep your distance.

Formations like these are typically formed over long periods of time geologically. They begin as a sea cave and eventually the top of the cave collapses, leaving an opening where the tide surges in, then shoots upward with dramatic force. Similar dramatic formations can be seen nearby at Devil’s Churn and at Devil’s Punchbowl in Otter Rock to the north.

Editor’s Note: Our own Grant McOmie traveled to Cape Perpetua earlier this year; see the story and video here.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We are thinking of doing a road trip through Oregon for 2 weeks in early July 2013. We’re most interested in mountain / wildlife scenery in Oregon and coastal and wine experiences. We would also like to know if it is easy to do this by motorhome rather than car? – Gill W., Cardiff, Wales.

I believe I can give you some great ideas on how you can road trip your way around Oregon and see as much as possible in two weeks! First of all, let me say that either way you choose to travel, you will love it. I personally would love a road trip via motorhome because of all the perks of “having your home ride with you” and it will give you a chance to pick up some delicious food from many regions and prepare and enjoy it yourself. Although, traveling via auto isn’t bad either cause I do enjoy dining at a different place each day when I’m out and about so be sure to treat yourself to some of our local restaurants too if you do motorhome it! We have some pretty amazing chefs in our towns and cities that LOVE to share all the goodness found here.

I would probably begin in or near the Portland area. From there, I would def stop at Multnomah Falls and possibly enjoy a short hike and of course take tons of photos. It’s quite beautiful there and if you have never seen it, you will wonder what took you so long!

Moseying along hwy 84 east, you will find the town of Hood River. You must stop and stay a day to enjoy all it has to offer!   There is always something delicious going on in that region!  Also, as you may well know, a stunning Mt. Hood awaits your visit too!  Gaze and be amazed at our mountain and be sure to bring your camera and binoculars!  Here’s more info about the area.  There is hiking at my favorite Mt. Hood area trail called Tamanawas Trail;   it’s pretty easy and worth the surprise at the end!

If you can tear yourself away from Mt. Hood, head east once more and follow the road to places such as Pendleton, Enterprise and Joseph, Oregon.  I would suggest a night in Joseph so you can enjoy the beautiful Wallowa Mountains  via Hells Canyon Scenic Byways.

This site is awesome and will take you on a wild ride of beauty and the “all natural” side of Oregon!  Baker City is where I would suggest you take a break!  I loved this route when I took it a few years ago.  Don’t be surprised if you see a “real” cowboy herding cattle or find some restaurant in some quaint western Oregon town where everyone turns and looks at you when you walk in.  You aren’t a local but it’s all good cause you’ll sit and enjoy a burger made of all local ingredients and smile as you enjoy every bite!

From the Baker City area, it’s time to head to Bend and Sisters Oregon!  Stay a night in either town and enjoy our Central Oregon region. I have taken a Lava Cave Tour in Bend, I have taken the beer tour at Deschutes Brewery… and I love downtown Bend!  If you decide to drive a car, you have to check out The Old St. Francis School for lodging.  I have also enjoyed snowmobiling a few times too at Mt. Bachelor but of course there won’t be any snow however, driving around and enjoying some of our cascade mountains in this region is quite spectacular.  See Sisters, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Bachelor and the rest!  You can see many of these mountains when you take hwy 20 toward the Willamette Valley!  Hwy 20 is also the part of the Over The River and Through The Woods Scenic Byway!  Enjoy the gorgeous ride all the way to Albany, Corvallis and up in to hwy 99W!

You are now nestled quite nicely in to the Willamette Valley so it’s time for some delicious wine!  You can certainly find info on our hundreds of wineries or you can wing it and enjoy finding some on your own!  I always enjoy finding new things and experiences by chance but for just a little guidance, here are a few of my fav wine stops:

  1.  Van Duzer:  http://www.vanduzer.com
  2. Left Coast Cellars:  http://www.leftcoastcellars.com
  3. Adelsheim:  http://www.adelsheim.com

It’s a little tough to choose here but if you’d like, you can shoot over to the coast whenever you want from the Willamette Valley.  If I could suggest a few cities that I love along the Oregon Coast… Canon Beach, Seaside, Tillamook and Astoria!  I truly love all of it and the cities I listed are all pretty much in our North Coast and so would be doable in a day or two depending on your timing.  Once you are in Astoria, you aren’t too far from Portland.

You can of course change up this route as much as you want and if time allows, you can shoot down to Crater Lake in Southern Oregon around the Albany area taking I 5.  It’s probably a “must see” if I may say so but I wouldn’t stuff so much in that you can’t take your time to enjoy where you are!

As far as enjoying our Oregon wildlife, you will find that we do take preservation of many things very serious.  Our reserves and estuaries are protected wildlife areas and to name a few places for viewing wildlife:

William Finley:  http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/finley/  (loved this area)

Oak Park Refuge:  http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=490&action=ViewPark  (I’m actually hiking this refuge tomorrow!)

Sauvie Island:  http://www.pdxinfo.com/hikes/sauvie.php (awesome hikes and scenery!)

Here’s a few links to check out when you choose which mode of travel you will be taking:

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www.obbg.org

This is a lot of info to take in so please let me know if I can overwhelm you some more!  I can provide more detail about roads to take, etc. but I am sure part of the fun in planning is finding your way and finding those out of the way places that will make your trip so special.

Please feel free to follow my on Facebook page… look for Oregon Bliss and on my blog at www.whitebreadandjam.blogspot.com I am Sweet Bliss there!  You can follow me around Oregon and beyond at both these sites.  I enjoy Oregon and my new experiences and share all of them!

 

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What is the best time of year to visit Oregon, drive along the scenic coast, antique…? –Gus

The Oregon Coast is different and spectacular in each season. Summer is the warmest and driest, but busiest time. Spring is beautiful with new growth on the foliage, blooming wildflowers and is good for enjoying birds and wildlife. Winter is a favorite for storm watchers and those who like it quiet and secluded. The ocean is a totally different experience in the winter with dramatic crashing waves. There are many savvy travelers that wait until after the summer rush (after Labor Day) and enjoy the usually beautiful Indian Summer and fall. I personally love mid-September to mid-October. There’s still a good chance of warm weather and it can be beautiful or dramatic with fog, mist and beautiful cloud formations.

If you like to antique along the way, I would suggest the quieter seasons. Lincoln City is  known for it’s numerous antique stores. Astoria and Seaside also features several. Each February, Lincoln City hosts Antique Week – actually 10 days of antique sales and events. We just did a story on Antiquing in Lincoln City you can find HERE.

Hope this is helpful.

Happy Exploring!
Gary

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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