Fill Your Pantry: Farmers Markets in Winter

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A new way to stock up on healthful staples and boost your local economy in one annual shopping spree is taking root. Aptly called Fill Your Pantry, these one-day farmers markets fill community halls, schools and granges with food producers and consumers for one big, all-local sale that leaves everyone with a sense of accomplishment.

Tetherow Golf Course Pursues Environmental Excellence

Tetherow Golf Course to Receive Environmental Award

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Tetherow Golf Course’s environmental achievement Tetherow’s Director of Agronomy, Chris Condon will receive the Mike Hindahl Environmental Stewardship Award from the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association. From its natural building materials to it’s commitment to education and wildlife, Tetherow goes above and beyond when it comes to sustainability. Below are are some of the resorts unique strategies.       Buildings incorporate recycled building material and natural resources such as plants, rock and soil. Buildings, patio spaces and pathways around the property incorporate rock mined from Hole 13. Crews also landscaped using plants that were moved during the construction process. Commitment to wildlife: Staff installed 80 bird boxes resort wide including boxes for Lewi’s Woodpeckers, which are on the endangered watch list. The greens: The grass blend on the course allows Tetherow to use half the amount of water, fertilizers and pesticides compared to other courses in the region. Education:…

Scenic View at the Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast

Tiny Towns on Route 2

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Familiar to winter sports aficionados making a beeline from the Seattle metro area up to the Stevens Pass ski area, Route 2, along part of the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, offers enough scenic wonders and offbeat attractions to warrant a far more leisurely drive during summer or fall.

Gregory Gourdet Portrait

Chef Gregory Gourdet

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Chef Gregory Gourdet takes his healthy lifestyle to the next level written by Mackenzie Wilson | photography by Andy Batt Gregory Gourdet doesn’t have his own cooking show on television, but he’s as close to a celebrity as a chef can get. In the past four years, the 41-year-old, who lives and works in Portland, has been on the “best of” chef radar for the Northwest food scene. His innovative use of local ingredients at Departure, where he is the executive chef, has earned him accolades including “Chef of the Year” from the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2013 and Eater Portland in 2014. The James Beard Foundation named him a semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest and he took runner-up on season twelve of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef in 2015. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gourdet moved to Portland in 2008 and made a monumental shift in his way…

Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Written by Lindsay Williams More than 6 miles in, the straps of my backpack begin to dig heavily into my hips and collarbone. The back of my shirt is drenched in sweat, my purple boots now the color of a dusty trail. Finally, a wooden sign at an intersection of trails is carved with guidance, the first we’ve seen in many miles. Eagle Cap, straight ahead; Mirror Lake to the left; Minam Lake to the right. “We’re here,” says my partner. Suddenly fueled with adrenaline, we stride toward the twinkling reflection of Mirror Lake in the distance. We drop our backpacks. “Wow.” Photos by Lindsay Williams The Eagle Cap Wilderness, nestled inside the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is Oregon’s largest wilderness area. Within its boundaries are nearly sixty alpine lakes, four designated Wild and Scenic rivers and more than twenty-seven peaks. “That’s some beautiful country out there,” said our host at…

Pop Artist or Conman? The Time Andy Warhol Came to Oregon. And the Time He Didn’t.

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Written by Ben McBee On October 6, 1967, students and faculty at the University of Oregon filed into the Erb Memorial Union at the heart of campus, taking their seats in the ballroom, their eyes locked in anticipation on an empty stage. The room was packed. Its large Friday night crowd was a true indication of the honored guest’s celebrity status – especially considering the excitement and distractions that come with a new school year. A man appeared at the front of the audience, a trail of smoke floating from a loosely held cigarette. His pale face was disguised by dark Ray-Ban shades; a mop of white-blonde hair covered his head. Andy Warhol, the idiosyncratic Prince of Pop Art had arrived in Eugene, Oregon. Or had he? In the late 1960s, Warhol was at the peak of his fame. From his enigmatic New York City studio, The Factory, Warhol’s artistic,…

Rachel Martin squeezing grapes at Red Lilly Wine

A Touch of Spain in Southern Oregon

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Red Lily Vineyards quest to create the perfect Spanish wine written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503 For Rachael Martin, winemaker and co-owner of Red Lily Vineyards, winemaking is truly a family affair. Rachael’s husband, Les, worked in the hospitality industry for years, and on their frequent travels to Europe they fell in love with Spanish Tempranillo. When they found the future home of Red Lily just outside of Jacksonville, they knew what would come next. In 2004, they planted their first Tempranillo grapes, and shortly thereafter Rachael, Les and their two kids moved to the small town. Growing the Tempranillo Red Lily Vineyards—named for the rare red flower found in the neighboring Siskiyou Mountains—opened in 2011 and focuses on the Tempranillo grape, which grows beautifully in Southern Oregon. Their wines reflect their passion for Tempranillo as well as their passion for family. They’ve named wines after their children including…