Editor’s Note: We recently unveiled Ask Oregon, a program that allows travelers to ask “Oregon Experts” about traveling throughout the state. We’d like to introduce you to our experts and will be featuring them periodically here on the Travel Oregon Blog. This week, we’d like to introduce you to our Willamette Valley Ambassador, Debbie Lusk!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon?

I have only lived in Oregon for four years and it’s hard to pinpoint one favorite thing but if I have to, it would be the food. I never been anywhere where it’s done like this.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Oregon?

My favorite way to enjoy Oregon is either taking a road that’s not marked or walking/hiking. I love going down a road and being unsure what I will find. I have had many exciting things happen on these roads and stopped at exciting places and met some amazing people. And, I have found that the best way to discover any city in Oregon is to walk it…over and over again.

What’s the one tip you always give to visitors?

The one tip I always give visitors to stay at least a week. There is so much to do, so much to see and experience that they need at least that much time and then it’s still not really enough.

Describe your perfect Oregon Vacation…

My perfect Oregon vacation would be to take off with Ray and my camera and not have a plan.

Fall is my favorite time of year…this photo was taken at Left Coast Cellars in the Willamette Valley. I wanted this darling bee box to be in the background. Besides wine tasting, Left Coast Cellars sells honey too!

Have a question for Debbie? Ask her here in the comments or find out other ways to contact her on our Facebook Page.

about author Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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