Winter Gems in Eastern Oregon

Winter in Eastern Oregon is a tapestry of rugged beauty — snow-covered mountain peaks, frozen lakes and frosty plains. And without the crowds of summertime, this part of the state offers unique opportunities for outdoor play in wide-open spaces. Kick and glide: Located just 20 miles west of La Grande in the Umatilla National Forest,…

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La Grande

La Grande offers a unique blend of country-casual and urban culture, thanks in part to the presence of Eastern Oregon University.

Concerts, plays and art exhibits take place throughout the year and a burgeoning art community offers studio tours and Third Thursday gallery events. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Park at Blue Mountain Crossing, the Union County Museum, the Eastern Oregon Fire Museum, the Elgin Opera House and the Elgin Museum & Historical Society highlight the area’s fascinating history. The surrounding mountains provide outstanding recreational fun.

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The city of La Grande is home to a lot of great hikes, including the Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA). At 3,669 acres, MERA is one of the most elite trail systems in Eastern Oregon — plus it’s only two miles from downtown La Grande. If you have a day to spare, I highly recommend traveling a…

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