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

An afternoon doesn’t give you much time, so I’ll limit this list. Were you to be staying longer, this list could grow quite a bit.

Deschutes in downtown Portland (actually the Pearl, but that’s not important) is definitely one of the best places to consider. You may well know Deschutes, but it’s really worth visiting the local location here. They have a small brewery on site, and they have something like 22 taps, most of which serve beers you’ll never see outside the pub. Deschutes has always had, from top to bottom, one of the best taplists in the country. Great variety of styles, all excellent quality. If you’re looking to eat, they do nice food, too.

The other big brewery to consider is Breakside. It is a little bit remote in the city (out to the north of downtown), but no brewery is making better, more interesting beer in Portland. Like Deschutes, they do a lot of different styles, so you’ll definitely find something there of interest no matter what your tastes. But they do specialize in IPAs, and they’re at the forefront of the modern palate (lots of juicy, fruity flavors). They’re one of the most influential breweries in Oregon right now. They also have a great menu.

There are a bunch of other excellent breweries, and you could spend a week trying to go to them all. Other good choices are: Ex Novo (nice selection of different styles), Upright and The Commons (farmhouse beers), Cascade (sours), Hair of the Dog (big, boozy beers), Ecliptic (standard ales, by the original brewer at Deschutes), Hopworks (standard ales), Lucky Lab on Hawthorne (somewhat average standard ales, fantastic location), Occidental and Zoiglhaus (German beer styles), Widmer (huge selection of beers you can’t get elsewhere).

Answered by Jeff Alworth, Ask Oregon Beer Expert on July 22nd, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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Should we visit Crater Lake or the Painted Hills?

I’ve fielded quite a few difficult questions, but this might take the cake. My initial response is, “why not both?”

If you have time for both, obviously it’s a no-brainer.

If not, there is no ultramarine blue that comes close to Crater Lake. I wish I was kidding when I say this but the first time I saw Crater Lake in person, I cried. Seriously. It is so beautiful. And it’s history is so interesting. Can you imagine: a mountain, taller than Mt. Hood, standing in it’s place? Can you imagine it erupting, spewing lava and ash and smoke and debris and then just sitting empty for hundreds of years? Yeah. Me neither.

But also, can you imagine a giant hole in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rich soil and a resilient ecosystem slowly coming back to life, one saved raindrop at a time? You probably can’t. At least I couldn’t anyway, until I saw it for myself.

I vote Crater Lake. The water is cold, crisp and refreshing if you’re up for cliff jumping. The views are jaw-dropping if you’re into sunset or killer views, or both. The hiking is rewarding if you’re up for old fire lookout vista picnics. The food is decent, I’d bring a few snacks. But Crater Lake wine is something you won’t want to leave without trying.

Novice tip for you: fill up your gas tank before you get to the park. There are no stations and people run out ALL THE TIME. Don’t be one of them.

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What are your top 5 places to spend a night (or two) on the Oregon Coast?

My choices would be Cannon Beach, Newport, Yachats, Bandon and Gold Beach for the following reasons:

Cannon Beach is a good base for nearby attractions like Haystack Rock, Ecola State Park, Oswald West State Park, Hug Point and towns like Seaside, Astoria and Manzanita. Follow the Three Capes Scenic Route (Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and cape Kiwanda) as you drive south to Newport.

Newport has many local attractions like Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, the historic bay front, Oregon Coast Aquarium and easy day trips to Devil’s Punchbowl at Otter Rock, Cape Foulweather (Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint) and the town of Depoe Bay. Visit Seal Rock State Recreation Site as you drive south to Yachats.

Yachats is not far from Newport, but it offers the best access to the many attractions of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area including hiking trails, Devil’s Churn, Spouting Horn, Thor’s Well and panoramic views from the top of the Cape. Heceta Head Lighthouse makes an easy day trip. Explore the town of Florence and the Oregon Dunes as you drive south to Bandon.

Bandon offers a spectacular beach with interesting rock formations, a nice Old Town area and the Coquille River Lighthouse. The three State Parks on Cape Arago make a great day trip from Bandon if you don’t have time to visit them as you travel between Yachats and Bandon. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is an easy day trip to the south of Bandon. Explore the town of Port Orford, Port Orford Heads State Park and Battle Rock Park as you travel south to Gold Beach.

Gold Beach is a great base for exploring the wild and scenic Rogue River, the stunning Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor to the south and other great stops include Meyers Beach and Cape Sebastian. Otter Point State Recreation Site is a nice short trip north of Gold Beach.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on July 6th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where can I pan for gold in Southern Oregon?

For gold panning, the Rogue River is a great place. We’ve seen many people panning for gold along the lower Rogue around Grave Creek (just past the little town of Galice…take the Merlin Exit of I-5 north of Grants Pass). You can pan on any public land stretch of river, and 1/4 a mile up any tributary. Further south, what’s known as the Gold Nugget site is on the Rogue by Gold Hill in Highway 234. People also pan in the Applegate River (take Highway 138 outside of Jacksonville). This BLM pdf gives you more specific information.

Where do you recommend a short wine tasting cycling trip in the Willamette Valley?

My top pick would be the Eugene area for cycling to wineries. You’ll find a higher concentration of wineries in the Dundee/Newberg area, but the roads are more highly trafficked with very minimal shoulders, and not as good for cyclists. In the Eugene area there are a couple of different routes that will take you to several wineries within 15-20 miles.

The Territorial Wine Trail is the name for the main Eugene-area wine tasting route. You could do either the north section or the south, but the whole thing might be pretty ambitious on bikes.

North section:

If you look at the map for the north section, you’ll see it lists five different wineries. If you’re looking for only 15-20 miles, I’d suggest leaving off Domaine Meriwether and Novelle, and instead starting off with Pfeiffer Vineyard. Then head to Brigadoon and Benton-Lane. Another nearby winery you could add in that’s not shown on that map is High Pass Winery, just a couple miles from Pfeiffer. (High Pass is small, and only open on weekends, so you’d have to leave it off if you’re planning a weekday ride). All of these wineries are smallish, family-owned, and in a very pretty area.

South section:

The south section takes you to some beautiful wineries as well. As with the northern route, I’d suggest paring down the wineries a little bit to make it easier for cycling. I’d say start at Sweet Cheeks Winery, then head to Sarver (right across the street!). From there, a pretty 6-mile ride south to Iris Vineyards. After Iris, it’s about 2 miles further south to King Estate. This route offers more of a contrast of different types of wineries–King Estate is larger, while the others offer a smaller, more intimate experience. They’re all lovely, and King Estate also has an amazing restaurant on-site. The perfect place to reward yourself after a ride!

Another option: book a winery ride with The Bike Concierge, a bike tourism service based in the northern Willamette Valley. They offer a guided winery ride that includes several wineries, including Villa Catalana Cellars, one of the most beautiful wineries I’ve ever visited! They will also help you do a cycle route in any area you have in mind–they can drop you and your bikes off at one end and pick  you up at the other, so you don’t have to plan for your return route. I’ve ridden with them before and they’re extremely nice people with tons of cycling expertise. They’ll give you as much or as little support as you need.

Happy cycling!

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What is Cannon Beach’s most secluded, away-from-tourists beach?

Relatively speaking, a quiet beach in Cannon Beach during the summer is a bit of on oxymoron. However, Crescent Beach, just north of Cannon Beach, is much more secluded than other Cannon Beach area beaches because it is a hike-in location from Ecola State Park. Generally speaking, the further you get away from Haystack Rock to the north or south, the less populated the beaches will be. Ecola Creek and limited parking isolates the north end beach from the biggest crowds. The beach stretches much further to the south and becomes much less crowded between Silver Point and the Arcadia Beach parking area.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on June 29th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What are the perfect hikes for our family vacation?

I wish my parents were as cool as you are when I was a kid! So it depends when your vacation will start but if it’s this summer, which I’m assuming it is… here’s a quick list of places you can check out within your six-day trip:

From Portland, Head to the Columbia River Gorge

  • Waterfalls to check out include:
    • Multnomah Falls – Sure, it’s super touristy, but it’s also second tallest year-round waterfall in the U.S. and will drop your jaw)
    • Oneonta Falls – This is a slot canyon that includes a hidden waterfall. The trail is right off the side of the scenic highway and includes a scramble over a log jam. If you can get there mid-week, you’ll have it all to yourselves. The water is cold, but on a hot day, does it matter? The waterfall at the end will make you think you’re in Jurassic Park.
    • Angels Rest Hike – This five-mile round-trip hike is well known for sunrise dawn patrol runs, mid-afternoon hikes and of course a great place to watch the sunset over the Columbia Gorge.
    • Larch Mountain Hike – This hike can be broken up into multiple distances, the longest of which being close to 16 miles, the shortest, .5 miles. On a clear day, you’ll see up to 7 volcanos from the summit.
  • From the Gorge, head to Hood River
    • In Hood River, you can rent mountain bikes, SUPs, trail run or drive the Fruit Loop, a scenic loop that takes you to various farm fruit stands (including a u-pick lavender farm)!
    • Check out Doppio Cafe for some great coffee, gluten free options, and other tasty snacks. If you’re realllly hungry, check out Solstice on the waterfront. Insider tip: the pizza is delicious!
  • From Hood River, head up the back side of Mt. Hood
    • Stop 1. Tamanawas Falls — a short (4mile roundtrip) hike to yep, you guessed it, another waterfall tucked away in the wilderness. You can get pretty close to this one if you’re careful.
    • Stop 2. Ramona Falls — this waterfall looks like something out of Avatar or Fern Gully. And the hike is only 7 miles round trip. Take the back way toward the waterfall for killer views.
    • Stop 3. Tom Dick and Harry Mountain via Mirror Lake — my all-time favorite. But also, everyone else’s. Parking is along the highway and the trail starts as soon as you cross the log bridge and dip into the forest. Hike 2 miles up to Mirror Lake for a snack then head up the hill another mile or so to expansive views of Mt. Hood. You won’t regret it.
  • From Mt. Hood head back to Portland. Grab some coffee. A snack. Whatever you like. Then take off for the Oregon Coast.

Your easiest coastal options from Portland are Tillamook (left) or Seaside/Astoria (right) as the road splits. If you’re a Goonies fan, you might want to lean right and head toward Astoria. Stop at Ft. Stevens State Park and check out the Peter Iredale Shipwreck on the beach before heading into Astoria for some fresh seafood. If you can find the Goonies House, it’s worth a peek.

If you decide to head towards Cannon Beach or Tillamook, stop at Ecola State Park and hike down to Indian Beach. This is a great place to watch surfers shred some seriously cold water. But it’s also a picturesque rocky, wild, Oregon beach. Watch out for the wild elk that like to roam the area. They’re friendly, just big.

Tillamook is known for it’s cheese and ice cream. So if you have chance to swing into the factory and get in line for the massive scoops of ice cream, it might be worth your time. You can also sample the squeaky cheese upstairs.

If you continue heading south, check out the Arch Cape or the Tillamook Bay Ocean Spit, a seven-mile roundtrip hike that remains flat and tours you alongside the freshwater bay and then wraps you back around to the ocean. Seashells are abundant and there are plenty of photo opportunities, trails to explore, and interested things to see. Once, I found seven starfish attached to the rocks on the jetty at the half-way point.

From here, if you can swing it, there’s a cool place called The Jetty Fishery. It’s a crabbing outfitter that allows you to rent boats and try your hand at catching dinner. The staff is amazing, hilarious, and also very knowledgeable. If you’ve never crabbed before, no worries, they’ll show you exactly what to do. And (!) when you bring back a bucket full of Oregon Dungeness crab, they’ll cook it up for you as you relax by the fire pit. How cool is that?

There’s so much more to see and do along the Coast! All of the following are within driving distance from Cannon Beach and are great places to check out:

  • Haystack Rock
  • Oswald West State Park — Short Sands Beach
  • Hug Point (sea caves + waterfalls!)
  • Neahkahnie Mountain (hike up and overlook Manzanita Beach)
  • Cape Falcon lookout
  • Cape Lookout State Park + hike
  • The Oregon Coast Trail

What are the most dog-friendly towns in Southern Oregon?

Oregon in general is a very dog-friendly state! In my opinion, Ashland and the smaller, historic town of Jacksonville are the most dog-friendly towns in Southern Oregon, with plenty of restaurants that allow dogs on their decks and lodging options for travelers with dogs. Four-legged friends are welcome on all forest service trails in the area, on leash. We’ve taken our dogs on hikes such as Upper and Lower Table Rocks, in Medford, Grizzly Peak in Ashland, and along the Rogue River Trail, outside of Grants Pass.

The Redwood Highway, which runs from Grants Pass to the coast at Brookings, is a beautiful drive, and the state park trails and forest service trails there also accept dogs.

Enjoy Southern Oregon!

We’re staying in Vida during the Olympic Trials in Eugene; what should we check out?

Vida is pretty remote but it’s in a very, very pretty spot with lots of outdoorsy things to do. It’s right along the McKenzie River which is one of the prettiest rivers in the state.

From Vida, it’s about a 40-minute drive to the trailhead for an easy hike to Tamolitch, the Blue Pool–this one is on my bucket list of hikes that I need to do. Everyone I know who has done it tells me it’s really unbelievably pretty!

Another hike in that area is to Sahalie and Koosah Falls–fairly easy hike and the waterfalls are gorgeous.

The Sahalie and Koosah hike is one segment of the McKenzie River National Trail, which is one of the country’s top mountain biking trails. I don’t know if you’re into mountain biking or will have access to bikes, but if you are then you should not miss out on that option. If you don’t have mountain bikes, you can rent them for the day from McKenzie River Mountain Resort, which also provides a shuttle service. If you’re not into mountain biking, you can also go hiking or trail running on the McKenzie River Trail–TheClymb.com named it one of the country’s top five running trails.

The area around Vida is known for having some fun natural hot springs to visit, such as the Terwiliger Hot Springs. (Be aware that as with many natural hot springs, clothing is considered optional for some visitors here.)

If you like swimming, you can do that at Cougar Reservoir.

If you like fishing, some of the state’s best fly fishing is on the McKenzie River, and there are lots of outfitters who will rent you gear and take you out. Paddling and rafting on the McKenzie River is very popular too. Get ahold of a number of guides who will take you fishing or rafting and rent you gear. You can also opt to go rafting on the McKenzie.

I hope your visit to Oregon for the Olympic trials is fabulous–have a great time!

Where should we stop to play golf between Redmond and Bandon?

Before you leave Redmond, I recommend playing the courses at Eagle Crest Resort. The Eagle Crest owners also own Brasada Ranch, which is about 20 minutes east of Eagle Crest and is a fantastically fun golf experience.

As far as the trip from central Oregon to Bandon, I have a “no-brainier, must play” recommendation…..Tokatee Golf Course.  It is located about an hour south from Eagle Crest next to the town of Blue River.  It is family owned gem that is easy to walk and has tremendous views of our Cascade mountains.  It is modestly priced and the beer is real cold!

If you want to get further down the road before playing golf, I would travel to Florence where you can play Sandpines Golf Club.  It is right on the ocean, great public play course.  And, just up the hill from Sandpines is Ocean Dunes that too is more modest in design but an easy golf course to get around and modestly priced.  In any event, you are experience great public play courses along your travels from Bend to Bandon.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on June 17th, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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