Seasonal Features Summer

Summer brings balmy days that can feel eternal — shady trails beckon, the waterways glisten and the sun shines late in the evening. But these precious hours won’t last forever, and we’ve got a fresh batch of stories to help you squeeze out every ounce of adventure.
Test your skills with whitewater SUPing, kick it on the Coast and camp under a blanket of glittery stars. Or celebrate the heritage of Oregon’s diverse peoples and get lost in the drama of the stage. Consider this your summer bucket list.
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    Loving the Van Life at Cascade Lakes

    A family of friends chases adventure in an unspoiled corner of Central Oregon.

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    Why You’ll Love the Oregon Coast Trail

    This little-known trail makes for stunning day hikes along the entire coastline.

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    Pedal and Sip in the Applegate Valley

    A quiet weekend of bike touring and wine tasting in a rustic wine region.

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    Artists Transform Portland’s Blank Walls

    The Forest for the Trees mural festival is turning the city into a big, open-air art museum.

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    Wacky Willamette Valley Detours

    Seven spots show off Oregon’s offbeat and outlandish side.

Enjoy the Season Stories from Summer

five of 78 Stories about Summer in Oregon
  1. Moonlight Kayaking on Hosmer Lake

    written by Mike & Kristy Westby on May 8th, 2017

    It’s a summer evening on the shore of a high alpine Cascade lake in Central Oregon. The day is done, the sun has set, and it’s nearly dark. Thankfully, your kayaks are lashed atop the car. Now is the perfect time to put them in the water for a…

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    Scenic Adventures with Oregon Coast Railriders

    written by Grant McOmie on July 8th, 2016

    Explorethe northwest corner of the state witha scenic adventure that you must pedal to enjoy. But this is no ordinary cycling adventure, rather, it’s a new form of railroading that will get your heart rate going and leave you with mile-wide…

  3. Off-Season Ski Area Adventures

    written by Jen Anderson on June 28th, 2016

    The snow has (mostly) melted, but that doesn’t mean Oregon’s gorgeous ski areas are closed for the season. Five ski areas across the state take on another personality for the summer as they switch from snow sports to one-stop shops for chairlift…

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    How a Play Comes to Life

    written by Jon Shadel on May 26th, 2016

    There’s a scene in the fifth act of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) production of Twelfth Night when twins Viola and Sebastian appear together onstage. It’s a rare moment of magic due not only to the glamorous set design but also…

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    Whitewater SUPing on the Lower Deschutes

    written by Becky Brun on May 26th, 2016

    My legs shook as I used a long, one-bladed paddle to push my stand-up paddleboard (SUP) away from shore. I engaged my core, bent my knees and kept my board at a 45-degree angle to the current. Remember, look where you want to go, said Tim…

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  1. What are the best lakes to wakeboard near Bend in June?

    I'd say the most popular place for wakeboarding in Central Oregon is Lake Billy Chinook. It's strikingly beautiful and large. Three rivers come together and are dammed into a fantastic waterway for boating. Another popular spot is Cultus Lake. Both Billy Chinook and Cultus are about the same accessibility from Bend, but they are vastly different in terms of surroundings. Cultus is surrounded b…

    Written on June 3rd, 2016
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