Crisp mornings, golden leaves and blue skies, mugs of hot cider and spicy chai tea, pumpkin bread and butternut squash — fall is here!

Driving to work through picturesque Highway 20 (between Corvallis and Albany) this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the obvious signs that this wonderful Oregon summer is slowly fading away. Though the skies are still blue and it’s almost 75 today, the days keep getting shorter and fiery red and gold leaves are falling softly on the ground…only to be gently swept away by a slightly chilling west wind. What a perfect time for harvest, Halloween and foliage!


Having spent most of my formative and young adult days in Southern Arizona, fall is totally alien to me and I continue to be awestruck by nature’s magnificent show. Fall also means it’s time to sample the latest vintages and artisan products at local wineries; take part in harvest festivals around the state; dine at fine restaurants featuring distinctive menu items and meals created from Oregon’s rich bounty; enjoy one-of-a-kind overnight stays; and, meet the growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewmasters who make it all happen. Check our Oregon Bounty page for how to do all of this…use the map and pick a region to find out what’s going on there.

Incidentally, if you’re looking for some charming road trip ideas that combines Oregon’s heritage with fall foliage, here is an idea for a drive through Willamette Valley’s covered bridges.

And for what the leaves look like here, have a look at this travelogue I found on the web. ~ Cheers, Mo

About the Author: Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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