Articles by Jennifer Rouse

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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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Can you recommend affordable hotels near wineries in the Willamette Valley?

For the most concentrated wine tasting area, stay either in the Yamhill Valley (Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville area, where the majority of the Willamette Valley’s wineries can be found) or in Salem (easy access to the Eola-Amity Hills AVA).…

January 11th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where can I photograph the most covered bridges in 3 days?

You can definitely photograph dozens of Oregon’s covered bridges in a three-day journey. How many you can hit just depends on how much driving you want to do and how early you want to get up and get started! Assuming you start on the north end of…

August 2nd, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Are there lakes we can kayak in the Eugene and Roseburg area?

I love kayaking and it’s a great vacation idea! Here are a few spots in that area you might try: Fern Ridge Reservoiris a really big lake just a few miles west of Eugene with nice park areas on the shore and plenty of room for kayaking.…

July 17th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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What are your favorite U-pick berry farms around Salem?

Berry picking is one of my favorite things to do in the summer! Greens Bridge Garden in Jefferson, a little south of Salem, is one of our family’s favorite U-pick farms. They have a really large variety of fruits and berries to pick, and they have…

June 29th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Where can we hike somewhere close to McMinnville or Dundee?

Dundee and McMinnville are beautiful areas! Most of the countryside directly surrounding Dundee and McMinnville is covered in vineyards, and some vineyards actually have hiking or walking trails. Here are a few to check out: Sokol Blosser, just…

June 2nd, 2015- Post Your Answer
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About Author Jennifer Rouse

Jennifer Rouse relishes the chance to write about Oregon in her roles as project manager for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association and marketing specialist for the Albany Visitors Association. 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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