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Can you surf in Oregon? Do you have to reserve in advance accomodation? – Francois C.

You certainly can surf in Oregon, but you’ll need a wetsuit, booties and a hood as well as a board. You’ll also need to know a lot about the local swells and weather, so you should check in at the local surf shop before you go. They usually have full rental packages (between $100 and $150 a day) and the latest swells and location dish. There’s plenty of camping in Oregon State Parks. You can reserve spots through their website.

We live on the central coast. My husband is an enthusiastic beginning surfer, and he usually goes to Otter Rock (just north of Newport). Our favorite local shop is Ossie’s in Newport, but Oregon Surf Shop in Lincoln City is good, too. Stay stoked!

Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We hope to drive from San Francisco, CA to Portland along the coast but only have four days. Is that enough time to enjoy the most outstanding features? Will a standard medium size car do the trick? – Ethel

I think that four days is enough time, but you might consider taking the fast, inland route up 1-5 from San Francisco to Medford and Grants Pass, Oregon. Then, head west to Coos Bay — that would be a day’s journey by itself, but once you got there, you could slow down and really enjoy the coastline with its many dramatic vistas, seafood restaurants and beaches. You could turtle all the way up to Astoria, if you liked, and then follow the Columbia River back to Portland. If you spent three days in that 8 hour drive, you would have time for cheap but wonderful things like hiking, picnics and leisurely beach-combing. And you won’t need a four-wheel drive car. A medium sized car or even a compact car would be fine. We have pavement!

Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Where can I get information about the sightseeing train trips around the Mt. Hood? Also, can one get to the station from a local hotel by public transportation? – Bo B.

The Mount Hood Railroad website should give you all the information you need. Depending on where you are staying in Hood River, you can either walk, take a bus, or grab a taxi to the depot. Determine your route on the bus system in Hood River with their Trip Planner. Enjoy your train ride!

What’s the best place to golf near Medford? – K.D.

There are two really great public play courses I would recommend you check out. One is Eagle Point Golf Course. This is a Robert Trent Jones design and one of his last pieces of work done in his storied career.  It is not expensive and good pace of play.  They are going through bankruptcy but that in no way is effecting the conditions or quality of play at the course.  The other course is Centennial Golf Club.  This is a John Fought design – very wide open and much like a links styled course in the middle of Medford.  They have a great restaurant attached to the pro shop and the head pro there, Vince Domenzian, will take great care of you.

As part of your planning, visit the Southern Oregon Visitor Association’s website. They can tell you a lot about the Southern Oregon area
including all the golf that is to be played.  And if you pick up the latest Golf Digest May issue, there is a six page story on Oregon Golf and it has a lot of great information.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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What are the best sight-seeing things in or close to Portland? – Colette J.

I recommend checking out the Travel Portland website, for sight seeing ideas around town.  Also for events, check out my blog: Dave Knows Portland.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

If you were going to get engaged in Oregon, where would you do it? – A.C.

You are in luck because I have a few ideas to  share with you! I happen to have a B & B in the Willamette Valley and we host many newlyweds so noting the locations our brides and grooms chose to “tie the knot,” can also be some of the most romantic places to “pop the question.” If I could give you just one answer, I would chose smack dab in the middle of a hazelnut orchard!  Off Highway 228 between Brownsville and Sweet Home, Oregon, you’ll find the sweetest orchard with old trees anchored solid in to the earth in the most perfect rows.  They have been there forever and their branches hang like arms in protection of something special and what a peaceful place. You will find many hazelnut orchards all throughout the Willamette Valley and just using Google, you can find more.

The Willamette Valley is gorgeous so choosing any outdoor venue would be  perfect. At Mary’s Peak after a nice long hike to the top, behind the falls at Silver Creek Falls, at Left Coast Cellars in between the rows of grapes or while enjoying a picnic at one of Linn County’s covered bridges.  Wherever you choose, I wish you luck and very romantic and memorable moment.

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What is a easy 3-5 mile hike close to Portland? – Leslee R.

In Portland proper, you’ll find a number of nice hikes in that range in Forest Park, Mt. Tabor, Powell Butte, and Tryon Creek State Park. In the Columbia River Gorge, a short drive out of town, you’ll find numerous trail heads along the Historic Columbia River Highway, including at Multnomah Falls.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I would like to take a tour to the Oregon coast from Portland but I have only 5 to 6 hours for this trip. I would love to stop at Astoria first and then to the coast, but I have no idea where to go next. Could you suggest any interesting attractions or beaches?

Five to six hours might be just enough time. You can get to Astoria on Highway 30 from Portland in about 2 hours.  From there you can travel south on 101 to Seaside, Cannon Beach, etc., and return to Portland on Highway 26 – which is again about a 2 hour trip.  On 101 you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pull over at scenic viewpoints or to stop in towns or at parks. If you have slightly more time I’d recommend staying on 101 south all the way to Tillamook, home of the famous cheese factory, and then return to Portland via Highway 6.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We plan to fly into Portland in late July or early August with our 14 year old grandson who is intent on visiting the University of Oregon in Eugene. What activities might be in the area that he would be interested in seeing?

I love that your grandson is so intent on seeing the University of Oregon!  It’s a gorgeous campus so please be sure to take the whole tour!  As far as baseball games go, check out the University of Oregon’s baseball website. Also, please see my friends at the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Adventure Center in Springfield when you come to town.  There you will find tons of info on so many very cool things to do. From Portland to Eugene, please take the slow road, highway 99 and enjoy our scenery, hiking trails and perhaps a stop at our beautiful Silver Creek Falls.  You will be amazed to find such a place right here in Oregon.

Eugene is surely the place for fun and lots of outdoor activity to keep a 14 year old very busy.  Perhaps renting bikes at Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life and riding along the Willamette River would be fun.  Taking a picnic lunch and exploring by bike is one of the best ways to experience the city.
Also, if you need someplace for lunch or a dinner, check out of the McMenamin’s in Eugene as well. Delicious local food and something on the menu to please every age.

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I’ve never been to Oregon before and I get slightly overwhelmed trying to plan a trip to a place that has so much to offer. I don’t know where to begin. We have about a week. What places would be your “not-to-miss” places along the coast and around Portland? – Lynn S.

Around Portland the not-to-miss stops probably include Multnomah Falls, Powell’s Books, Saturday Market, and the Portland Farmers Market.  If you like beer, you have to visit some of Portland’s breweries and pubs.  If you’re partial to wine, visit some wineries a short drive out of town in the Willamette Valley. On the North Coast I recommend stopping in Astoria, Oregon – the oldest American settlement in Oregon, and one of the oldest west of the Rockies.  If you’re a fan of the movie The Goonies, you’ll love Astoria even more.  It’s a quaint cute town at the mouth of the Columbia.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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