Articles by Jennifer Rouse

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How should my group take a cheese tour of the Willamette Valley?

I happen to love local cheese, so I love that you are asking this question! I am not aware of anyone offering a pre-set cheese tour of the valley. However, I would suggest you contact Black Tie Tours; they are based in the Dundee area and offer…

July 25th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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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…

July 1st, 2016- Post Your Answer
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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…

June 21st, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What is there to see and do in the city of Lebanon?

Lebanon is a great little town that has undergone some big changes in the last decade; it’s gone from being mostly dependent on the timber industry to being the home of a small medical school and regional health care facilities the growth…

May 24th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Which Willamette Valley sites are not-to-miss or off the beaten path?

Glad to hear you’ll be visiting the Willamette Valley! An early welcome to you. Wineries, historic sites, scenic spots, good food, and off the beaten path experiences–those are some of my favorite things too and you’ll definitely…

May 13th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Are there flower fields not too far off Interstate 5?

You’re in luck there are a lot of gorgeous flower farms in the Willamette Valley, and most are not more than 20 minutes east or west of Interstate 5, the main north-south route through Oregon. Depending on what time of spring or summer you…

April 27th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What are the rules on wild foraging in forests?

My very simple, condensed answer about foraging is: as long as you are picking small amounts of non-endangered species for personal use, it’s most likely going to be fine. (i.e. picking a few berries or mushrooms while you’re hiking)…

April 18th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where are the best places to watch the sunset near Salem?

What a great question! Here are my ideas for good sunsets near Salem. Willamette Valley Vineyardsisjust south of Salem is on a hill facing west toward the Jory hills and the Coast range. The west facing views at Willamette Valley Vineyards are…

April 11th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What are the best wineries, restaurants and hotels in the Willamette Valley?

Picking the best hotels, wineries and restaurants in the Willamette Valley is a little bit like picking a favorite child…they’re all so great it’s hard to pick just one. But I’ll do my best! Hotel: For the fanciest hotel near…

March 10th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Are there sites in the Willamette Valley which are approachable by power chair?

I can answer this one pretty well, as one of my relatives uses a power chair and we’ve gone many places together over the years. Are you looking for camping sites? Or parks and natural areas? Here are a few ideas: Sunnyside Park and RiverBend…

January 30th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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About Author Jennifer Rouse

Jennifer Rouse relishes the chance to write about Oregon. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Jennifer loves running, wandering through bookstores, and feasting on local wine and cheese. Alongside her husband and three daughters, she likes to explore hidden corners of the state via car, foot, bike and canoe.

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