Oregon sure has aged gracefully. The forests remain plentiful and lush, the beaches are pristine and areas of serene high desert go untouched, if not undiscovered.

We hope you’ll come see for yourself. While you’re here, check out one of the 150th birthday bash celebrations we have planned. It’s sure to be a fun time!

Also this month, we have a fantastic giveaway to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as a very special birthday recipe from Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene.

See you in Oregon, where we’re taking a walk through Oregon’s history, and Crater Lake.

-The Editors

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. Name: Kathy Renskers says…

    Hello Oregon. 150 years old. 50 years ago I was ten years old, raised in LaGrande, in Eastern Oregon. We “girls” all made and dressed up in Centenial dresses, and had a wonderful time with parades, etc. I still have that dress. The High School Home Economics girls made it for me. My Mother being a High School teacher at the time.

    My Husband was also 10, raised in the Medford area, and his horse riding club was part of the pony express that “ran” from border to border (from North to South) for the occassion. What fun for him – old enough to “ride” and remember. We have the pony express saddle bags that were used for that area’s run hanging in our home entry way right now. Beautiful, but “used” leather saddle bags – stamped “U.S.” on them. Just thought you’d like to know this. Sure doesn’t seem 50 years ago. Thanks for the memories.
    Kathy Renskers

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  2. Sandra Simmons says…

    How do you enter the giveaway to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival?
    Thank you

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  3. Rhiannon West says…

    Thank you, Kathy! What a wonderful memory of Oregon’s Centennial!

    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Contest Entry Page is here: http://www.traveloregon.com/Seasonal-Offerings/Escape-to-Ashland.aspx


    Rhiannon West

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  4. Thomas Kilpatrick says…

    Thank you for the info, keep sending. Thank you

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  5. Kay Ramsey says…

    I’m very excitedly looking forward to the last two weeks in April when I’ll be vacationing along the southern pacific coastline! Can’t wait to bask in that fabulous beauty I keep hearing about!!!


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  6. Wayne Petrie says…

    It’s fun getting the newsletters. But, the recipe section really needs pictures of the dishes to help us visualize and salivate over all the great recipes.

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  7. Lyn says…

    My husband and I will be visiting family in Eugene this June. It will be our first visit. We are English and live in the south of England and my Oregon cousins’ ancestors left our village in the 1800′s for an unknown life in the New World, after marrying in our parish church here. We found each other again in 2001 after a genealogy search by my daughter. When my new found cousins visited us, we stood in our village church and re-lived the story; it was very emotional. Five years ago we were invited to share Thanksgiving with them when they lived in California for a short while, and found ourselves sitting among many of our hitherto unknown family. What an event that was. Everyone shared the cooking; the table looked beautiful laid with china from England called ‘Country Roses.’ But my cousin is now back in her beloved Oregon, hence our upcoming visit. I find your newsletters fascinating and educational, and only wish we could spend more than two weeks in your beautiful state – so much to see, so little time to see it. I’m sure we will come back again and again. Thank you.

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  8. Marilyn K says…

    Had a wonderful time on the Coast in mid-January while the mercury hit -40 F here in Wisconsin. It was fabulous to walk on green grass wearing just light clothing! Wish we could visit more often!

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  9. Rhiannon West says…

    Wayne – Thanks for the feedback. For step by step instructions with photos, check out this post: http://blog.traveloregon.com/2009/02/05/recipe-of-the-month-pear-hazelnut-frangipane-tart/

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  10. Dick T says…

    Enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast, Kay! One of the lesser known beaches is Miners Creek (it’s really exceptionally scenic), about 15 mi. south of Gold Beach. It’s a little bit of a hike down to it. There’s some parking (no fancy lot) but only a little signage. A great Oregon Parks camping spot is Humbug Mtn. S.P., about 6 mi. south of Port Orford.

    An Oregon native who had to leave the state during the Korean War, I finally got back in 1984 and am looking forward to the 150 years anniversary celebrations this year. And, Oh! I’ll never leave again.

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  11. Bill R says…

    Oregon is the best of America. I’m from Missouri and have traveled extensively the last forty years and nowhere’s better than Oregon. Your state is magnificent in every way. The beauty of Oregon is breath-taking, the people are a joy and the progressive political attitudes are a model to follow. Happy birthday Oregon, you’re luckier than you know!

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