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From Mt Hood to the Oregon Coast, Explore Oregon

A new world opened up above the snow-laden evergreens the first time I crunched toward the summit of Bennett Pass, with Mt. Hood standing sentinel over the sparkling valley. It looked like I was trapped in a snowglobe. The post

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Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo ski areas are synonymous with winter sports in Central Oregon, both epic playgrounds for families as well as adrenaline-loving ski and snowboard enthusiasts as soon as the fluffy stuff hits. But the fun doesn’t stop below 9,000 feet. Farther downhill in the pristine foothills of the Cascade Moun

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Welcome to the sport of disc golf — a long-underground pastime that’s quickly gaining steam among outdoors lovers in Oregon, thanks to the addition of beginner-friendly courses at several Oregon State Parks. The post

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Oregon's vibrant communities love to host a big event — because there are plenty of things to celebrate here. The post Top Oregon Events in November 2019 appeared first on

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At 11,245 feet, Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon — and a symbol of outdoor adventure for locals and visitors alike. The post All the Skiing at Mt. Hood appeared fi

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In my family, a good day of vacation includes a nourishing breakfast (with a strong cup of coffee), a long day of hiking or skiing, and then a well-earned meal at the local craft brewpub. Often, when we pull back into the driveway at the end of a road trip, we feel exuberant but not quite refreshed. The post

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Waterfalls are alluring in any season. The cascade is transfixing to the eye, but the anticipation that builds when you hear the falls off in the distance — or the pounding of your chest when you stand next to one — heightens the senses and does something pretty special for the soul. The post

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Oregon’s tallest peak and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge are a bonanza of outdoor fun all year round — a hub for waterfall hikes, scenic bike trails, friendly farms and unending vistas. As temperatures drop, the landscape is transformed as the alpine rivers and lakes become new worlds of exploration for snowsho

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While the 363 miles of Oregon coastline are stunning, pristine and accessible all year long, a winter trip always delivers unexpected treasures. Visitors often find the Coast’s winter temperatures warmer than inland climes. Many come for the storm watching — crashing waves, looming clouds and rain-washed beaches —

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Creativity isn’t just nurtured in Portland; it’s a way of life. From its homespun craft beverages (coffee, tea, kombucha, beer, wine and spirits) to its nationally lauded food scene (known to be more accessible and affordable than larger cities), Portland is a hotbed of innovation all year long. The post

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You may be well steeped in the story of the Oregon Trail, the Missoula floods and other events that shaped the Beaver State into the region it is today. But not many locals or visitors know about the Modoc War — a battle that happened in Southern Oregon in the 1870s that is called one of the costliest in the United Sta

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Say goodbye to the beeps and pings that keep you tethered to your inbox and social media accounts all day long. In the northeastern corner of Oregon, surrounded by the Blue and Wallowa mountain ranges, you can get your endorphin rush instead from the rush of the creek outside your cabin, the luxuriousness of your restore

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The sunny, high-desert landscape of Central Oregon brings happiness in myriad ways. The post Winter Trips in Central Oregon appeared first on T

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World famous for its pinot noir but also rich in bountiful agriculture, arts, culture, history and stunning natural beauty, the Willamette Valley offers an astonishing number of popular and back-road delights any time of year. The post

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It’s a dream come true for chocolate lovers and oenophiles. Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon wine country, Portland chocolatier Moonstruck Chocolate has partnered with four of the region’s most celebrated vintners — Stoller Family Estate, Sokol Blosser Winery, Montinore Estate and Erath Winery — to

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Sprawling out for more than 10,000 square miles of high desert, the southeastern corner of Oregon is the ultimate off-the-grid destination, with little-known trails, scenic vistas and remote campsites. This adventurous territory is all contained within the massive Harney County, so large that it outsizes states like Mary

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Ask any local and they’ll agree: Mt. Bachelor is one of a kind. Located just 20 minutes south of Bend, a Central Oregon hub with year-round recreation, Mt. Bachelor beckons to skiers and snowboarders. The post

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It's hard to deny that Oregon wine is some of the world's best. From our famed pinots to new innovative blends, the Oregon wine industry continues to attract international and national acclaim. The post

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The Wild West spirit is alive and kicking in much of Eastern Oregon, where cattle ranches, rolling hills and wide-open roads intersect with small-town communities deeply connected to their land and culture. The post

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Southern Oregon is home to a tremendous cache of natural treasures. Here’s how to take a road trip and soak it all up this winter. The post Winter Trips in Southern Oregon appeared first on

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Kirsten and Christopher Shockey once pickled 52 varieties of vegetables in one year. From arugula and asparagus to winter squash and zucchini, they pickled it all — and featured their top recipes in a 2014 cookbook that received high praise from chefs, noted fermentation experts and fans of this growing lifestyle of no

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Honey, rosemary, hops, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, maple syrup and more — they may sound like ingredients for a mouthwatering pie, but they’re also flavor notes of some of the thirst-quenching ciders being produced nowadays in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region. The post

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With more craft breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S., Portland’s beer-tasting scene is enormous — full of beers of different styles, tasting profiles and ABVs. If you’re the type of person who likes to do it all, we can promise you, that’s not really possible — at least in a weekend. At last cou

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For a group of three photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, traveling through Oregon was a one-of-a-kind experience. The post Finding Big Thrills in Oregon appeared first on

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Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a weekend exploring Eugene? We thought so too. The post Win a Trip to Eugene appeared first on Travel Oregon.

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Think back to the last time you had a picnic on the grass, a stroll on the beach, a ramble through the woods, a walk in the park. It’s kind of hard to be stressed while you’re in motion outside, right? It’s not an illusion. Expert studies in recent years have shown that being outside in nature brings very real chan

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Two months ago it was waterfalls, wildlife, caves and sand dunes that were captivating Rob and Chris Taylor and their family as they road tripped through Southern Oregon. This time around, it was the science and history, color-drenched landscapes, and starry skies of the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon that brought wonde

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So you just booked that dream camping trip with extended family in Oregon’s wilderness. Moment of truth: How do you coordinate all of the gear? From tents and sleeping bags to food, lanterns, rain tarps and cooking utensils, it’s often an elaborate endeavor to sort out who’s bringing what gear so you can enjoy Oreg

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Today, Central Oregon’s maker scene goes far beyond the remarkable beverages that so many know, and a new video series aims to highlight the folks behind it. Here are snapshots of a few craftspeople harnessing their passions to bring wonderful sounds and flavors to the state. The post

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It’s no secret that Bend is as close to a modern, grown-up summer camp as a town can get: World-class mountain biking, the birthplace of sport climbing, sapphire lakes set against snow-capped peaks, a culinary scene to match the legendary craft breweries, and a trout-laden river running through it all. The post

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