Travel

2012-Winter-Central-Oregon-Travel-Bend-downtown-dog-with-scarf

Oregon Travel: Bend

In 1915, the two largest sawmills in the country (Shevlin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon) sat facing each other across the Deschutes River in Bend. It’s doubtful that anyone could have, through all that smoke, predicted that one day the small timber town would morph into a winter recreation destination. Perhaps a few of the Swedish and Norwegian loggers and mill workers, who brought the ski sports to Bend and Central Oregon, might have had a momentary flight of fancy that involved a future with an alpine ski area, miles of cross-country ski trails and possibly more breweries than churches.

2012-Winter-Southern-Oregon-Medford-Harry-and-David-chocolate-dipped-pears

Artisan Chocolate

Charlie Douglass faces supreme temptation daily. Nearly every morning he has a rendezvous with an enrober, a machine that releases a sensual wave of shining liquid chocolate over row after row of truffle centers.

2012-winter-oregon-coast-outdoors-pacific-city-salmon-fishing-dory

Oregon Dorymen and the Best Season that Never Happened

In the early and mid 1970s, hundreds of dory fishermen set off from Pacific City in a quest that generously produced fishing legends. Ray Monroe had been there then, alongside his father and grandfather. As a young man, Monroe was one of the 300 or so commercially licensed salmon fishermen sailing dory boats out of Pacific City to harvest the bounty for which the Oregon Coast is renown. The old salts recount stories of making thousands of dollars in a single haul, full of fish, prized for its fight, profit and taste.

1859-explore-willamette-valley-oergon-eugene-inn-at-the-5th-lobby

Inn at the 5th

Inn at the 5th is a very special boutique hotel in Eugene Oregon, offering luxurious, spacious, and inviting guest rooms, personalized amenities and a variety of business-friendly features.

2012-Winter-Oregon-Tours-Government-Camp-Timberline-Lodge-fireworks

Timberline Lodge

With its rough-cut stones and exposed timbers, the Timberline is a special place any time of the year. Warm, comfortable and inviting, Timberline Lodge was built by hand to withstand the elements and the ages. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline is an authentic piece of Pacific Northwest heritage and a delight for any traveler.

2012-Winter-Oregon-Tours-Columbia-Gorge-Hood-River-Columbia-Cliff-Villas

Columbia Cliff Villas

There are plenty of great ways to soak in the wonder of the Columbia River Gorge. But a weekend at Columbia Cliff Villas is definitely top of the list. Think private veranda perched high above the river, cocktail in hand and soulmate by your side.

2011-Autumn-Oregon-Bounty-Willamette-Valley-Wandering-Aengus-crate-of-apples-for-hard-cider-production

An Apple Refined

Kevin Zielinski’s eyes light up as he names the apple varieties he tends at his Willamette Valley orchard, just outside of Salem. Champagne Rienette. Douce Moën. Muscadet de Lense. St. Martine. The sinuous vowels and soft consonants even sound delicious. Eventually, they become fluid when Zielinski transforms these French heirloom apples into a traditional sparkling hard cider that leaves many searching for words.

Grain-Elevators-gallery-autimn-2011-2

Grain Elevators in Eastern Oregon

We sent photographer Aubrie LeGault out to Heppner and highways 207 and 74 to capture what we thought might make an interesting photo subject—grain elevators. She stunned us with this beautiful tribute to farmers in the Blue Mountain Valley. Her photos represent a heightened attention to detail and a love affair with the subject. Here we created an online gallery for Aubrie’s excellent photos.

2010-Autumn-Southeastern-Oregon-Travel-Outdoors-Steens-Mountain-Alvord-Desert

Backpacking the Steens

The Steens are not what you think. To most drivers-by, The Steens appear to be an endless medley of sagebrush and volcanic basalt set into a desert scalp of blonde grasses. If you never set fool’s foot outside of your car, that description will play nicely.

2011-Autumn-Oregon-Travel-Columbia-River-Gorge

Oregon Travel: Columbia River Gorge

Eons of spewing volcanoes and cataclysmic floods created the Columbia River Gorge, where Oregon’s grandest river rolls through towering cliffs of basalt. Even Congress agreed this place was special. Twenty-five years ago, it named the Columbia River Gorge the country’s first National Scenic Area, protecting the Columbia’s most dramatic stretch, the eighty-five miles between the Sandy and Deschutes rivers.