Seasonal Features Autumn

Autumn in Oregon means cooler days, solitude on the trails and a few pints shared with good friends. It’s the season for local bounty and festive colors — for revisiting favorite places and discovering new ones.
For many Oregonians, fall is the state at its finest. From camping out in a lookout tower to tapping your toes to Portland’s jazz legends, here are a few ideas for making the most of it.
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    A Night in the Life of Mel Brown

    At 72, Portland’s legendary jazz drummer still keeps the beat.

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    Mt. Hood Hiker’s Bucket List

    Try these can’t-miss trails on Oregon’s top volcano.

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    7 Fire Lookout Tower Escapes

    Pack a sleeping bag and head to a remote mountaintop hideaway.

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    A Theater Lover’s Guide to Oregon

    From classics by the Bard to genre-bending fringe, see it on the state’s many stages.

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    Handmade and Homespun in Pendleton

    Meet the makers carrying on traditional crafts in this Western town.

Enjoy the Season Stories from Autumn

five of 69 Stories about Autumn in Oregon
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    Portland’s Bike and Brew Tour

    written by Lucy Burningham on February 28th, 2016

    Beer and bike cultures naturally overlap, and not just because beer tastes great after a long ride. Exploring the city’s beer scene through pedal power is an unforgettable experience. Not only can you indulge in two of Portland’s greatest…

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    The Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

    • Distance: 50 M / 80 Km
    • Minimum Driving Time: 2-5 Hours
    • Best Time to Drive: Year-round

    Winding through the heart of Tualatin Valley’s vineyard country, this tour route beckons you to enjoy the region’s agricultural and viticultural bounties among bucolic rural scenery.

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    Top Fall Hikes

    written by Eileen Garvin on September 11th, 2015

    We asked some of the state’s best guide companies where to hike for excellent fall fun. Here’s what they had to say about hiking in the Wallowa Mountains, Coast Range, Newberry Crater National Monument and along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River.

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    Buddies, Birdies, Brews and Bend

    written by Chris Santella on September 9th, 2015

    Every two years, my college buddies and I (proud class of ’85) organize a golf trip.A few of us play with some regularity; for others it’s a once-every-two-years activity.While we appreciate experiencing some nice courses, these trips are…

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    Best Fall Mountain Bike Rides

    written by Eileen Garvin on September 8th, 2015

    As the days cool down and the morning air brings a kiss of dew, we bid farewell to summer. We’ll miss you. But, oh, autumn! We welcome you with open arms and helmets and knobby tires. Because fall in Oregon was made for mountain biking.

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  1. Any travel (food, lodging, wine tours) suggestions for the Thanksgiving weekend in Williamette Valley?

    Thanksgiving is probably my most favorite time of year in the Willamette Valley. The leaves are in full fall color and it's cool enough outdoors that a B & B would provide the coziest stay. Many B & B's are taking guests over the Thanksgiving holiday. You can find one by checking out the FB page Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. Also, check this link.

    Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Expert
    Written on January 25th, 2012
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