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  1. Attractions
    1. Amusement Parks
    2. Aquariums & Zoos
    3. Art Galleries & Studios
    4. Casinos
    5. Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6. Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7. Outdoors & Nature
    8. Performing Arts
    9. Shopping
    10. Theater
    11. Tour Companies & Guides
  2. Recreation
    1. Birding
    2. Camping
    3. Cycling
    4. Fishing
    5. Golf
    6. Guides & Charters
      1. Back Country Guides
      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 Winter Trips
    12. Rafting
    13. Snow Sports
    14. Sustainable Travel
  3. Eat & Drink
    1. Artisan Producers
    2. Beer & Breweries
    3. Cideries
    4. Coffee & Tea
    5. Culinary Experiences
    6. Distilleries
    7. Farmers' Markets
    8. Farms & Farm Stays
    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
      8. Italian
      9. Japanese
      10. Latino
      11. Mediterranean
      12. Pacific Northwest
      13. Pizza
      14. Seafood
      15. Southern
      16. Thai
    13. Seafood
    14. Wineries & Wine
  4. Oregon Heritage
    1. Covered Bridges
    2. Ghost Towns
    3. Heritage Areas
    4. Heritage Museums
    5. Indian Country
    6. Lighthouses
    7. Old West & Oregon Trail
  5. Natural Wonders
    1. Bodies of Water
      1. Lakes & Reservoirs
      2. Rivers
      3. Waterfalls
    2. Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1. National Forests & Parks
      2. National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3. State Parks
    3. Mountains & Hills
  6. Events
    1. Animal & Agriculture Events
    2. Culinary Events
    3. Cultural Heritage Events
    4. Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5. Fairs & Festivals
    6. Flower & Garden Events
    7. Oregon Food Trips
    8. Performing Art Events
    9. Snow Sports
    10. Sports Events
    11. Visual Art Events
    12. Volunteer 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. Damascus
    91. Days Creek
    92. Dayton
    93. Dayville
    94. Deadwood
    95. Deer Island
    96. Depoe Bay
    97. Detroit
    98. Dexter
    99. Diamond
    100. Diamond Lake
    101. Dillard
    102. Donald
    103. Dorena
    104. Drain
    105. Drewsey
    106. Dufur
    107. Dundee
    108. Durkee
    109. Eagle Creek
    110. Eagle Point
    111. Echo
    112. Eddyville
    113. Elgin
    114. Elkton
    115. Elmira
    116. Enterprise
    117. Estacada
    118. Eugene
    119. Fairview
    120. Fall Creek
    121. Falls City
    122. Fields
    123. Florence
    124. Forest Grove
    125. Fort Klamath
    126. Fort Rock
    127. Fossil
    128. Fox
    129. Frenchglen
    130. Gales Creek
    131. Grandview
    132. Gardiner
    133. Garibaldi
    134. Gaston
    135. Gates
    136. Gearhart
    137. Gervais
    138. Gilchrist
    139. Gladstone
    140. Glendale
    141. Gleneden Beach
    142. Glide
    143. Gold Beach
    144. Gold Hill
    145. Government Camp
    146. Grand Ronde
    147. Grants Pass
    148. Grass Valley
    149. Gresham
    150. Haines
    151. Halfway
    152. Halsey
    153. Hammond
    154. Harbor
    155. Harper
    156. Harrisburg
    157. Hauser
    158. Hebo
    159. Helix
    160. Heppner
    161. Hereford
    162. Hermiston
    163. Hillsboro
    164. Hines
    165. Hood River
    166. Hubbard
    167. Huntington
    168. Idanha
    169. Idleyld Park
    170. Imbler
    171. Imnaha
    172. Independence
    173. Ione
    174. Ironside
    175. Irrigon
    176. Jacksonville
    177. Jamieson
    178. Jefferson
    179. John Day
    180. Jordan Valley
    181. Joseph
    182. Junction City
    183. Juntura
    184. Keizer
    185. Keno
    186. Kent
    187. Kerby
    188. Kimberly
    189. Klamath Falls
    190. La Grande
    191. La Pine
    192. Lafayette
    193. Lake Oswego
    194. Lakeside
    195. Lakeview
    196. Langlois
    197. Leaburg
    198. Lebanon
    199. Lexington
    200. Lincoln City
    201. Logsden
    202. Long Creek
    203. Lorane
    204. Lostine
    205. Lowell
    206. Lyons
    207. Madras
    208. Malin
    209. Manning
    210. Manzanita
    211. Mapleton
    212. Marcola
    213. Marion
    214. Marylhurst
    215. Maupin
    216. McKenzie Bridge
    217. McMinnville
    218. Meacham
    219. Medford
    220. Mehama
    221. Merlin
    222. Merrill
    223. Metolius
    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. Rome
    298. Rose Lodge
    299. Roseburg
    300. Rufus
    301. Saginaw
    302. Salem
    303. Sandy
    304. Sauvie Island
    305. Scappoose
    306. Scio
    307. Scotts Mills
    308. Scottsburg
    309. Seal Rock
    310. Seaside
    311. Selma
    312. Seneca
    313. Shady Cove
    314. Shaniko
    315. Shedd
    316. Sheridan
    317. Sherwood
    318. Siletz
    319. Silver Lake
    320. Silverton
    321. Sisters
    322. Sixes
    323. South Beach
    324. Sprague River
    325. Spray
    326. Springfield
    327. St. Benedict
    328. St. Helens
    329. St. Paul
    330. Stanfield
    331. Stayton
    332. Steamboat
    333. Sublimity
    334. Summer Lake
    335. Summerville
    336. Sumpter
    337. Sunriver
    338. Sutherlin
    339. Sweet Home
    340. Swisshome
    341. Talent
    342. Tangent
    343. Tenmile
    344. Terrebonne
    345. The Dalles
    346. Thurston
    347. Tidewater
    348. Tigard
    349. Tillamook
    350. Tiller
    351. Timber
    352. Timberline Lodge
    353. Toledo
    354. Tolovana Park
    355. Trail
    356. Troutdale
    357. Tualatin
    358. Turner
    359. Tygh Valley
    360. Ukiah
    361. Umatilla
    362. Umpqua
    363. Union
    364. Unity
    365. Vale
    366. Veneta
    367. Vernonia
    368. Vida
    369. Waldport
    370. Wallowa
    371. Walterville
    372. Walton
    373. Warm Springs
    374. Warren
    375. Warrenton
    376. Wasco
    377. Wedderburn
    378. Welches
    379. West Linn
    380. Westfall
    381. Westfir
    382. Westlake/Dunes City
    383. Weston
    384. Wheeler
    385. White City
    386. Wilbur
    387. Wilderville
    388. Willamina
    389. Williams
    390. Wilsonville
    391. Winchester
    392. Winchester Bay
    393. Winston
    394. Wolf Creek
    395. Wood Village
    396. Woodburn
    397. Yachats
    398. Yamhill
    399. Yoncalla
    400. 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. Rome
    73. Rufus
    74. Seneca
    75. Spray
    76. Stanfield
    77. Summerville
    78. Sumpter
    79. Ukiah
    80. Umatilla
    81. Union
    82. Unity
    83. Vale
    84. Wallowa
    85. Wasco
    86. Westfall
    87. 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. Damascus
    11. Deer Island
    12. Forest Grove
    13. Gales Creek
    14. Gaston
    15. Gladstone
    16. Gresham
    17. Hillsboro
    18. Lake Oswego
    19. Manning
    20. Marylhurst
    21. Milwaukie
    22. North Plains
    23. Oregon City
    24. Portland
    25. Rainier
    26. Sauvie Island
    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. 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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What are sightseeing activities between Portland and Eugene for non-city folk?

That’s a big area but there are a lot of options. It’s good that you say you’re not big city people, because the Willamette Valley is short on big cities but big on quirky smallish cities and towns.

Here are a few broad ideas about things you might like to see and do as you make your way from Portland to Eugene:

Wine/Beer Tasting: The Willamette Valley is particularly known for having wonderful wine, craft beer, and great food. In fact, it was named the #1 wine region in the world this year! If you’d like to do some wine tasting on your way down, I’d recommend taking Highway 99W south from Portland to Eugene. It will take you a little longer than staying on Interstate 5, but you’ll be driving right through the heart of the wine region. A middle of the week trip will be a good time to do wine tasting too, as it won’t be crowded–just make sure you check ahead with smaller wineries, as some may not be open on a weekday, although most are happy to accommodate with an appointment if they know you’ll be stopping by. You can find some wine touring ideas here.

Just like the Willamette Valley is big on wines, it’s also known for great craft beer; check out this site for some ideas of Willamette Valley breweries. If you take 99W south, about midway between Portland and Eugene you’ll hit Corvallis, which is a great spot in the microbrew scene.

Evergreen Air & Space MuseumAnother spot to visit that’s just off 99W! This is a very cool museum all about the history of air travel and space flight. It’s home to lots of historic aircraft, including the Spruce Goose, built by Howard Huges in the 1940s, made entirely of wood, and still the largest airplane ever constructed.

Covered Bridges tour: Another fun thing to do as you’re making your way south would be to get off the beaten track with a covered bridges tour. One of the nicest loops to drive or bike, which will take you past half a dozen picturesque bridges, is just outside Albany.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway: The nation’s very first designated bike touring route runs through the valley. You could rent bikes and ride a portion of the bikeway if the weather’s nice. This has info about bike rentals and touring assistance: http://rideoregonride.com/resources/

Silver Creek Falls: One of the most famous hikes in Oregon, but it shouldn’t be too crowded if you go on a weekday in March. Plus it’s famous for a reason! You get to walk over, under, and behind 10 waterfalls on the Trail of Ten Falls.

McDowell Creek FallsAnother great waterfall hike that’s a little more off the beaten path. And if you go on a weekday in March, you probably will have the entire trail to yourselves. This is a good one to combine with if you do the Covered Brides tour, as it’s in the same area of the valley.

McDonald-Dunn ForestThis is the forest you’ll find me in most weekends. It’s an entire forest managed by Oregon State University for their forestry research, but it’s open to the public for everyone to enjoy. Truly a gem, with trails for hiking and mountain biking that criss-cross throughout it. If you’re driving south on 99W, you’ll literally drive right by it! Even if you just stop and do a quick loop to stretch your legs, it’s worth it.

B&B recommendations: Youngberg Hill or the Black Walnut are both gorgeous inns on the site of working vineyards. Another fun place that isn’t exactly a B&B is The Vintages, a place where can rent a vintage Airstream trailer for the night. The Hanson Country Inn is another good B&B that would be a nice place to stay if you were interested in checking out the Corvallis beer scene.

Can you snowshoe at Crater Lake in March?

Glad you asked your question! Crater Lake is gorgeous in winter, and yes, March is still definitely winter there! Right now, you can still snowshoe, and I do recommend it; this is a great way to see the park in winter.

If you’re coming from the Klamath Falls area, I suggest you check out this Travel Oregon story (full disclosure, written by yours truly), which outlines itinerary ideas.

It’s written specifically for family adventures, but can be applied with or without kids in tow. For a guide, I recommend Roe Outfitters (in Klamath Falls) if you want a tailor-made day in Crater Lake National Park just for you. We have spent time with Roe and they’re fantastic.

You can also sign up for snowshoe tours directly at Crater Lake, provided you visit on a weekend. Go here to find out more. This is a great budget way to explore the park and be guided by a ranger.

If you’re snowshoeing on your own, and want a GPS tracker, I recommend the InReach or SPOT. You can see a comparison of the two here.

Always check for park closures and road closures before heading to Crater Lake in winter. I see that right now, the south entrance (which is usually open in winter) is temporarily closed due to heavy snow. Check here for updates.

What are the playable golf courses along the Oregon Coast and beyond?

You are in a win, win situation exploring Oregon’s many golf offerings.

The Oregon Coast

You are looking at 363 miles from California to Washington and 27 golf courses along the way.  Your Oregon Coast golf experience is all about how much time you have and how much money you want to spend along the way.  The most famous, internationally celebrated golf resort on the course is Bandon Dunes.  It is everything that you have heard and more.  Truly a great test of golf surrounded by the ocean’s beauty and a resort staff that is there to spoil you at every turn.

From the Central Coast you have gems like Sandpines. And farther north from that course is Gearhart Golf Course. It has lots of history and is one of the first courses built along the Oregon Coast.

If you make it to the South Coast, Salmon Run Golf Course is one of those quiet gems……under new ownership, this course has the ocean views and fun zig zag holes crossing repeatedly the Jack River. Very cool.

Greater Portland

Beyond the great food and drink, Portland has several great courses ranging from a variety of price ranges. A must is the famous Pumpkin Ridge. This celebrated public course has hosted the US Open, US Amateur, Champions Tour events during it’s storied history.  It’s walkable and has pure Oregonian feel with tree lined holes and tight greens.  It’s a must and about a 20-minute drive from downtown Portland.

Willamette Valley

Another great course that is more southeast from downtown Portland is Langdon Farms. This public course has great vistas where you can better appreciate the enormity of the Cascade mountains.  It also has a complexity of holes where your tee to green range fluctuates with the hills in the course.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on February 15th, 2017 - Post Your Answer

Where should we stay for a romantic coastal getaway?

On the North Oregon Coast, Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach is one of the coast’s most luxurious lodging options. Cannon Beach offers quick access to scenic areas including miles of sandy beach, Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock and beautiful Ecola State Park. For a runner-up, the views of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock can’t be beat from Hallmark Resort and Spa.

On the Central Oregon Coast, Overleaf Lodge and Spa is an upscale lodging property overlooking a turbulent section of the oceanfront in Yachats. It is just minutes away from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area with attractions like Devil’s Churn and Cook’s Chasm with Spouting Horn and Thor’s Well. As a runner-up, the Heceta Head Lighthouse lightkeeper’s cottage is operated as a bed and breakfast just south of Cape Perpetua. The cottage overlooks a beautiful cove and the seven-course breakfast is famous.

On the South Oregon Coast, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging’s Vern Brown Addition offers some of the most stunning view rooms of Bandon’s oceanfront rock formations and beach. The day trip north to Cape Arago is one of the Oregon Coast’s scenic gems with three interconnected State Parks on the cape. A runner-up or alternative would be WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford. The property is in a beautifully wooded setting with small cozy cabins that are richly decorated. You can explore the private grounds with outdoor art in every direction or soak in the ocean view hot tub. Port Orford is a scenic location and it’s easy to explore the stunning South Oregon Coast scenery all the way to the southern border on a day trip or you can venture north to Cape Blanco State Park and Bandon.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on February 3rd, 2017 - Post Your Answer

What are your favorite Oregon winter adventures?

During winter, there are tons of activities you can do, from skiing or snowboarding, to snowshoeing, hiking and soaking in hot springs! You can camp in the national forests or wilderness areas, or there are some campgrounds open too, depending on where you want to go. There are also some fun places to stay, like a fire lookout or the Tilly Jane A-Frame on Mt. Hood, which would be more rustic and would require reservations in advance. Alternatively, you could book a hotel or vacation rental in one of our mountain towns, like Government Camp, Hood River, Sisters, Bend or Sunriver. We’re having a great winter in Oregon, so if you’re looking for snow, you can find it across the state!

Can you name the best restaurants in Ashland and Medford?

Thanks for your question! Of course, ‘best’ is a subjective term, but I’m happy to give you my personal recommendations for Ashland and Medford restaurants, as a local. There are many we love!

In Ashland, I highly recommend checking out Brickroom for an upscale pub-like atmosphere; their cocktails and appetizers are their strongest suit, so they’re a good happy hour location as well. For a fine dining experience, Amuse gets my vote (it’s down in the Railroad District), and if you want the largest wine selection, Liquid Assets is a cozy wine bar right by the park.

You also can’t go wrong at Lark’s, located in the Ashland Springs Hotel. They’re another excellent cocktail location. For casual fare, check out Flip, a simple but delicious burger and fry place by the park…they’re owned by the same family as Amuse. Martolli’s is another solid causal dining option.

In Medford, our favorite pub and pasta place is Porters, located in an old railroad depot. They have a great happy hour menu with sliders, salads, and the like, and excellent cocktails. Lark’s also has a Medford location now, located in the Inn at the Commons. There are several fun breweries in Medford, including Walkabout and Bricktowne. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list. I also recommend Jasper’s burgers on Highway 99 between Medford and Central Point.

Hope this list gets you started!

Answered by Amy Whitley, Ask Oregon Southern Oregon Expert on January 25th, 2017 - Post Your Answer

What are the public transportation options in the mid-Willamette Valley?

Public transportation to small towns in the Willamette Valley is somewhat sporadic. Some towns have regular bus service, while others have none at all. Here are some of the best resources for public transportation in the Linn/Benton county area:

Linn-Benton Loop: The Linn-Benton loop will connect you from Corvallis to Albany.

Linn Shuttle: From Albany, you can hop on the Linn Shuttle. This will connect you with several small towns east of Albany: Lebanon, Sweet Home and Foster.

Coast to Valley: This bus service connects Corvallis and Albany to small towns on the way to the Coast, like Toledo and Eddyville.

Also from Albany, you can hop on the Amtrak train, Bolt Bus or Greyhound which will take you north to Salem or south to Eugene.

Once in Salem, you can connect with the Salem/Keizer bus system. This will connect you to many small towns such as Mt. Angel, Silverton, Woodburn, Dallas, Independence, Monmouth, Turner, Mill City and Gates.

If you go south to Eugene, you can connect to Lane County Transit, which will connect you to communities like Junction City, Coburg, Cottage Grove and Veneta.

Sadly, some of the small communities in Linn County are not on any public transit lines that I am aware of. Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, and Scio are all difficult to get to without a car — in these cases a Corvallis or Albany-based taxi service might work.

Cascades West Rideshare is probably your best local transportation info resource. They might even be able to match you up with a local carpool or commuter that would allow you to reach some of these smaller communities.

Good luck with your writing research, and enjoy your travels around the mid-valley!

Are most mountainous areas in Oregon, particularly the Cascades, free of snow in June?

That’s a great question. Depending on the amount of snow we get this winter and how warm the spring is, much of the Oregon Cascades can still be under snow in June. It’s the time of year, however, when trails do start to open up and there will definitely be some trails free of snow. Late June is also a perfect time to start looking for wildflowers! The short answer to your question is that the lower elevation trails will be snow-free and the high alpine (say, above 6,000′) will most likely still be under snow. Also, trails on south-facing terrain will be less likely to have snow than trails north-facing terrain that see more shade and cooler temperatures. The Columbia River Gorge will offer some great snow-free hiking during June, and there are some incredible views of waterfalls and mountains to be found on many of those trails. The trails around Mt. Hood will be a little bit more dependent on the pace of the snowmelt.

What Gorge activities do you suggest for seniors?

I think you’ll find plenty to explore here in the Gorge!  Here are some accessible outdoor and indoor activities:

As for outdoor activities:  Drive the Historic Columbia River Highway along the waterfall corridor to see multiple majestic waterfalls directly from the road. These waterfalls are a must-see — especially in January! For a 3- to 4-hour outing (from Hood River or Portland), I suggest using exit 35 off I-84, and then driving west.  You’ll pass Horsetail Falls on your left, which has a parking area and is absolutely worth a stop. Hop back into your car for a short, but beautiful drive to the famous Multnomah Falls.  Then journey on to the Vista House for panoramic Gorge views and a history lesson. However, these are very popular sights and parking is limited, so I recommend you visit early or on a weekday.

To extend your outing or to avoid the crowds, I recommend a short walk around the Starvation Creek Trail area to see three waterfalls in less than a mile of walking! Take Exit 55, which can only be reached on I-84 Eastbound (if driving west, take the Wyeth exit and turn around). You’ll find Starvation Creek Falls just at the trailhead, but if you stroll .5 miles west on the flat, paved path, you’ll find Cabin Creek Falls and Lancaster Falls.  It’s quite the bang for your buck!

One last idea for the outdoors: Walk along Hood River’s waterfront trail to view the mile-wide Columbia River and stop at pFriem Brewery, Solistic Woodfire Cafe, or Camp 1805 Distillery, all of which are locally owned. To access this area, turn north off exit 62.

 

If you’re looking for cozier activities, consider taking a sternwheeler cruise on the Columbia River, poke around the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, brave the winter roads to visit Timberline Lodge, or ease into a gentle flow yoga class at Flow Yoga.

 

Since the Gorge prides itself with an abundance of artists, breweries, wineries and cideries, wandering the small towns and sampling their specialties is always a fine choice.  Gorge locals are quick to boast about their craft beverage industry, so you’ll find a tasting space just about anywhere you go. Explore the quaint downtown of Hood River and you’re sure to stumble into local art or drinks. Or drive around the countryside and visit some local vineyards. Marchesi, Cascade Cliffs, Mt. Hood Winery, WyEast Vineyards,  and Syncline are some favorites, but call ahead because winter hours can be less predictable.

Is it possible to hike the entire Oregon Coast?

You can hike the entire length of the Oregon Coast, but it is not reasonably possible to plan on staying in towns with lodging and restaurants each night. The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) offers a truly unique way to experience the spectacular views and natural areas along Oregon’s coastline, but it is not actually a single trail that leads from border to border. The trail includes about 40 percent paved roads, including some portions of Highway 101, with the remainder of the trail on the beach, hiking trails and unpaved roads. The actual hiking distance is approximately 425 miles if you do this trek as a thru-hike.

Thru-hiking the trail can involve a lot of planning. Due to many bays, estuaries and headlands, many portions of the trail can only be passed at low tide and others require following alternate (road) routes or arranging boat crossing to get past these areas. Hikes between hotels and restaurants is also a limiting requirement since most of the OCT is designed for overnights within Oregon State Parks.

Depending how far you would like to hike each day and your willingness to leave the trail and hike additionally on roads into nearby towns, you may be able to reasonably do much of the North and Central Coast as you have suggested. There are some stretches of the South Coast that would require hiking in excess of 8 hours per day between towns with lodging.

There are some guide books that describe the OCT and you can find some basic information and maps on the Oregon State Parks website. Here is a link to a blog from an author of one of the guidebooks.

It sounds like you would be better off selecting some portions of the trail that fit your requirements for hotels and restaurants, as well as offer the kind of hiking experience you are after.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on January 6th, 2017 - Post Your Answer
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