We hope that by now the confetti has been cleaned up and the empty champagne bottles have been recycled….it’s time for a brand new year!

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to get thinking about the year ahead. Whether you hope to spend more time with your family, plan to get fit, we’ve drummed up a few fun Oregon ideas to help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

Family Time: You know the old saying: A family that plays together, stays together. Well, we’ve got a whole lot of family-friendly activities to offer-up. Check out these family fun getaway ideas.

Mind Your Budget…Camp for Less:
In Oregon there are plenty of inexpensive ways to explore our beautiful state, from camping outings to road trips and all the spectacular scenery and activities that go along with them. And what’s more, through April 30, you’ll find state park campsites much easier to come by, and lower rates to boot with special “Discovery Season” rates and packages.

Get Cultural:
Get out and experience Oregon’s eclectic culture! Each February, jazz takes over the city of Portland—and you’re invited. This year’s Portland Jazz Festival runs February 16-25, 2007, and features some 125 performances at a number of venues, both big and small, throughout downtown Portland. This is your chance to hone your musical palate with performances from such inspiring musicians as Chick Corea & Gary Burton, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Don Byron and so many others. Performances run throughout the day, with midnight jam sessions at various venues closing out the nights. Visit www.pdxjazz.com for ticket prices and schedules, and www.traveloregon.com for a list of nearby hotels and inns.

February also marks the beginning of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 72nd season. The Tony-award winning festival is located in the charming Southern Oregon town of Ashland. It runs from February 16 to the end of October, giving you plenty of time to see all 11 plays in its repertoire. Despite the festival’s name, William only penned four of this season’s plays (“The Tempest”, “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “As you Like It”). Other classic or contemporary plays were written by such talents as August Wilson, David Linsay-Abaire, and Moliere. Visit www.osfashland.org for ticket prices and schedules, and our site for a list of nearby hotels and inns.

Get Pampered!: Who says resolutions have to be selfless? We’ve got plenty in the way of luxury pampering, from beautiful resorts to decadent spa treatments to incredible scenic beauty. Check out these ideas for a day of rejuvenation.

Finally, here’s a tasty pork chop recipe and you have one last chance to win a ski vacation to Hood River and Mt. Hood Meadows!

See you in Oregon! ~ The Editors (Mo & Emily)

about 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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