It’s 4 a.m. The aroma of fresh bread comes from flaming ovens. Buttery croissants are rolled, cut and shaped by hand at Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Portland. An hour later, the sweet smell of fresh baguette dough wafts past four bakers in jeans, t-shirts and aprons, their heads down, their floured hands dividing and shaping smooth, long loaves. The oven door clanks as the bread goes in.
Oregon’s fabled outdoor adventures are just out the door – whether it’s heartthumping whitewater on a wild and remote river, a mountain bike ride in old growth timber, a kayak trip to see a Great Blue Heron, surfing at the Oregon coast or fly-fishing from a historical ranch. 1859 carves out some fascinating places for the perfect Oregon weekenders.
Hit the road on two wheels and really dive into Oregon’s identity—add beer to that and you’ll be an expert by week’s end. Check out Hood River’s Post Canyon, best known for its challenging trails with steep downhills. Finish it off with a few drinks at Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, an unpretentious pub in the heart of downtown Hood River.
Blanc is the new black, or more accurately, the new noir. At least that’s what they are saying in Paris, New York, London and of course, Oregon wine country. The French have been making Blanc de noir for centuries, a style of sparkling Champagne made into a colorless wine—and created exclusively from dark grapes (Pinot noir and Pinot munier). French wine is often the inspiration for new wine endeavors in Oregon. Consequently, a handful of Oregon producers decided to give the Blanc a whirl, but with one big omission: no bubbles.
The non-effervescent venture was a success. The trail blazer, Domaine Serene, is set to release their seventh vintage of the glistening, white Pinot this year. Others have followed suit with great success. Anne Amie and Ghost Hill both have Pinot noir blanc currently available and Matello will be releasing their first Blanc de noir in May. Oregon Riesling superstar, Trisaetum Winery and Vineyards, is one of the latest to turn noir to blanc with their inaugural release of the 2010 Pinot noir blanc.
With customers as their muses, the folks at Trisaetum decided to dive in after their club members repeatedly asked for the wine. “My co-winemaker Greg McClellan and I decided we’d use some of our leanings from making six different Rieslings each year, and apply them to making a white wine from Pinot noir clusters,” said James Frey, co-winemaker and proprietor of Trisaetum Winery.
Pristine beauty, tide pools and seafood— the Oregon Coast is a world unto itself, and perfect location for a weekend getaway. Explore by car, and travelers soon find that Oregon’s coastal Highway 101 is a treasure trove of quaint fishing towns embedded with rivers, state parks and waysides. Luxuriate in Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium, Lincoln City’s Kite Festival, Bandon’s world-class golf courses, Seaside’s shoreline promenade and Cannon Beach’s haven of artists, cooks, collectors, connoisseurs and choices for lodging. And if checking out and exploring the coast by foot sounds like your type of coastal getaway, explore the smaller beach hamlets of Manzanita, Neskowin, Oceanside, Netarts and Yachats, where visitors can beach comb for shells, floats and other goodies that drift in from all over the world.
Spend your vacation or weekend getaway in Portland, Oregon—the premiere spot for arts and odditites. From its craft beers, neighborhood pubs and coffee, to its locavore dining and, of course, bikes, Portland is the Northwest’s culture cauldron and creative den. Experience Portland’s culinary brilliance in multiple eateries scattered throughout the city while taking in its thriving arts scene chock-full of writers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, musicians and performance artists. Also get the most out of your visit and explore Portland by foot, bike or public transportation—either way, you’ll get a full dose of its ‘Portlandia’ character and receive local praise for going ‘green.’
If it’s wind-blown, then it happens in the Columbia River Gorge, from windsurfing to kiteboarding and down-winder stand-up paddling. Add to that Oregon’s premiere destination for skiing—Mt. Hood, a winter oasis for the snow obsessed. Tailored around the active traveler, both places offer a plethora of things to do. Hike to waterfalls, then soak in a mineral bath. Take a snowboarding lesson, then settle down to a couple of local microbrews. Mountain bike through a fir forest or sagebrush, then sample wines or eat sushi. Sports, scenery and aweinspiring geology—get them all in this region of Oregon.