Articles by Amy Whitley

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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…

July 5th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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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…

June 24th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Are there places to stand-up paddleboard near Ashland?

Excellent question! Yes, there are several great places to SUP near Ashland. In fact, my family regularlypaddleboards. At Emigrant Lake, which is located just a few miles from town, maybe people SUP from the boat dock area at the county park, or…

June 9th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Besides Crater Lake, where should we stop in Southern Oregon?

Before you get to Crater Lake, I suggest exploring Ashland and the greater Rogue Valley. Outside Ashland, I highly recommend spending some time in the Siskiyou Mountains. Whether you have kids or not, Willow Witt farm is a wonderful retreat. Stay…

May 20th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What attractions are recommended for kids in Southern Oregon?

You’ll have a great time with kids in Southern Oregon! On the Oregon Coast, I highly recommend staying at Whaleshead Resort. They have very unique and beautiful cabins for rent that overlook the ocean, and a pedestrian walkway takes you…

May 6th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where should we visit after Crater Lake?

Glad to hear you have time to explore more of Oregon after visiting Crater Lake! I suggest driving from Crater Lake National Park north on Highway 97 to Highway 138 toward Roseburg (known as the Waterfall Highway). There are many places to stop road…

April 22nd, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Are there really tree house hotels in Oregon?

Yes, here in Southern Oregon, we have the amazing Out ‘n About Treesort, filled with tree houses to stay overnight in. We had a wonderful experience there with kids, but of course it’s just as magical for adults. You’ll want to…

April 14th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Can you swim in Crater Lake?

Good question! Short answer, yes, but there is actually only one place where it is safe and legal to get down to the lake shore and swim at Crater Lake National Park. It is the Cleetwood Cove Trail, which usually opens mid to late June. The…

April 6th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Can you tell me the best camping spots near the Grants Pass/Medford area?

Glad to help you find a camping site in Southern Oregon! Currently, it’s pretty wet and chilly in the Medford/Ashland area, but fun camping spots do exist. Just expect full rivers and streams and some rain. For seclusion, I love camping at…

March 27th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where are the best places to see wildflowers near Ashland in April?

April is a lovely time to visit Ashland! Right in town, I suggest spending some time in Lithia Park, which offers acres of cultivated gardens, duck ponds and wooded walking trails. For wildflowers, you’ll find them at higher elevations. The…

March 8th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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About Author Amy Whitley

Amy Whitley is an outdoors and family travel writer making her home in Southern Oregon. An avid backpacker, skier, and hiker, Amy has written features celebrating Oregon travel experiences from yurt camping to hut-to-hut skiing for local and national publications. Passionate about families getting outdoors together, Amy authors the NWKids column in OutdoorsNW Magazine, and spends her free time trying to keep up with her three school-aged sons in the backcountry. A lover of travel across the US and internationally, Amy is an editor at Trekaroo, and founder of Pit Stops for Kids.

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