The time has come to say goodbye to another year. 2009 brought us a plethora of Oregon adventures and we’re excited to embark on another year of exploring Oregon. Whether we’re  sipping the perfect Oregon pinot, skiing fresh powder, or casting a line to catch dinner; we’re thrilled to have our fantastic readers to share these experiences with.

Hidden Gems in Oregon’s Small Towns: So many of Oregon’s “hidden gems” can be found in its small towns. From birding in Klamath Falls to sandboarding at Sandmaster Park to enjoying local fare at Silverton’s Silver Grille Cafe, there is a smorgasboard of options to plan one last summer getaway. (full story)

Pick a Site and Pitch a Tent: Camping in Oregon – Camping in Oregon is a feast for the senses. There’s the smoky smell of campfire, the sweet taste of sticky marshmallow S’mores, the sound of chirping birds and babbling creeks, the sight of green trees and colorful wildflowers, and the feeling of your cozy sleeping bag at the end of a glorious day spent in the outdoors. (full story)

Recipe of the Month – Each month, we feature a recipe that uses local, fresh ingredients from a local restaurant. Some of your favorites (and ours, too!) were Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Soup, Basque Community Tomato Salad, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with White Bean Pancetta Ragu, and Arugula Salad with IPA-Honey Marinated Salmon and Citrus Vinaigrette. (find more recipes)

Road Trip! – This spring, take advantage of stable gas prices and hit the Oregon road. These three scenic drives offer displays of Oregon’s brilliant spring colors, from vibrant fields of tulips to soft pink and white cherry and pear blossoms. Hurry… (full story)

Wildlife Viewing: Whales & Birds – Spring in Oregon is a great time to spot wildlife, from migrating gray whales to hundreds of bird species resting and feeding along the Pacific Flyway. (full story)

Let’s Brunch – Oregon’s culinary scene is one of the nation’s most exciting places to eat thanks to all the fresh, available ingredients and creative talent. In Portland alone, you can spend an entire vacation eating your way through just one neighborhood. And it doesn’t have to blow your budget. Many of Portland’s stellar dinner spots offer just-as-delicious daylight hour menus—and the tab at the end won’t give you heartburn. Now let’s brunch! (full story)

Get Back to Nature: Urban Hikes – In Oregon, you can have an exciting city experience and get back to nature in the same trip – often in the same day. Most, if not all, major cities in Oregon offer nature trails and forested hiking areas close-by. Here are a few to get your wheels spinning. (full story)

Gone Yurting... – The price is right! From around $27 to $39 per night, Oregon State Parks have yurts and cabins available to rent at some of the most scenic areas in the state, from Beverly Beach State Park at the coast to Champoeg in the Willamette Valley. (full story)

Grant’s Getaways: Shore Acres Holiday Lights – The Oregon coast is a many splendored place boasting unique sights and sounds that will amaze you anytime of the year. In this week’s “Grant’s Getaways,” we go to Shore Acres State Park along the southern Oregon coast for a unique holiday light extravaganza. (full story)

Grant’s Getaways: Clamming & Crabbing – On this Grant’s Getaway, all you need is a rake, a bucket and a spirit of adventure to try raking bay clams along the Oregon coast. Summer mornings along the coast are often met by folks in hip boots with shovels or rakes – but they’re not there to work, rather they’ve come to play; especially on a minus low tide on Tillamook Bay at a place where clamming is king. (full story)

Happy New Year from the team at Travel Oregon! (and be sure to tell us what your favorite post from this year is!)

About the 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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  1. katherine says…

    Definitely the Shore Acres blog of course : )

    Written on December 30th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  2. Helen Koba says…

    So many great places…so little time! Loved them all, but I just love the picture for this post…those are the most beautiful red clouds- where is that?

    Written on December 30th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  3. Rhiannon West says…

    Helen – the photo was taken in Central Oregon. I believe that the mountain in the background is one of the Three Sisters.

    Thanks!

    - Rhiannon, Travel Oregon

    Written on December 31st, 2009 / Flag this Comment
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