In Oregon, snow is piling high, buildings are decked out in holiday lights, and we’re celebrating the season with many local festivities.

As always, there’s no sales tax in Oregon and we have many great ideas on finding that perfect gift. And if you’re in the market for a Christmas tree, bundle up and take the kids out to one of Oregon’s many ”U-cut” Christmas tree farms.

Finally, we have a sweet holiday recipe and a ski vacation giveaway to Hood River and Mt. Hood Meadows!

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

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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  1. L.W. says…

    I was extremely disappointed and put off to see this in my inbox! Have some sensitivity and don’t advertise for snow trips in Oregon on the day James Kim was unfortunately found.

    Written on December 6th, 2006 / Flag this Comment
  2. Mo & Emily says…

    Travel Oregon Regrets Newsletter Timing

    Yesterday certainly was not the best day to send out our e-newsletter promoting adventures in Oregon’s snow and mountains. We’re heartbroken over the news of James Kim, and apologize for what must have felt like gross insensitivity on our part.

    The Kim family was visiting Oregon for a tourism experience, and so all of us at Travel Oregon take it personally. To those of you who had a reaction to the “Let It Snow” email, thank you for expressing your feelings about it. There is some comfort in knowing that others are equally affected.

    Unfortunately, the regrettable coincidence of our newsletter being delivered on the same day that the news of James Kim was delivered heaped insult on injury, and we’re very sorry about that. Our e-newsletters – the topics, editorial content and distribution – are scheduled months in advance. Our schedule for distributing this newsletter happened to coincide with the news – to the hour, even – of James Kim being found.

    If we could take it back, we would. It’s some consolation that, since we send them out in shifts, only one-third of our newsletters were emailed yesterday. We’ve put a hold on the remaining newsletters, out of respect for those who are grieving. It’s the least we can do.

    In times of crisis, our first thought is for the safety of visitors to our state. In response to the Kim tragedy, we’ve started uploading to our website more safety links and information for winter travel in Oregon. In the days ahead, we will be considering how we can communicate more effectively with Oregon travelers to insure their safe visit in any season.

    Please accept our sincere apology for the error of coincidence. The staff shares your grief and extends our deepest sympathy.


    On behalf of all at Travel Oregon,

    Mo & Emily
    Editors, Travel Oregon E-newsletter

    Written on December 7th, 2006 / Flag this Comment

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