Collected by Gabrielle Watkins
310 Oak St #1, Ashland, OR 97520, USA
TOT always is serving the unexpected. They have a new special everyday. This is a picture of Sean, owner of TOT, who always smiles. His friend Andrew, is the other owner and chef. Andrew is great at creating new flavor experiences and was french...
565 Rim Dr, Klamath Falls, OR 97604, USA
Don't miss the chance to sleep on the rim of the beautiful Crater Lake, while staying at the historical and charming Crater Lake Lodge. The views are unmatched, the staff is friendly and you already know it's my favorite national park breakfast in...
531 SW 13th St, Bend, OR 97702, USA
During your visit to Bend, there's a high probability that you'll do the local 'float' through town on the river and end up with a cold, craft beer at the Deschutes Brewery. A classic must! If you're looking to do more than float, then head...
18200 NE Lewis Rogers Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
If you are fan of Oregon pinot made with old-world style, be sure to check out Brick House Vineyards. Open by appointment only, you will have the opportunity enjoy a two-hour leisurely tasting in the old barn...what a fantastic setting. Steve Guy...
155 1st St SE, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
The juiciest fish taco I ever met was at Tony's Crab Shack. Enter this strange world, a place packed with people, yet not a soul talking. The incredible flavor of the food hypnotizes all who enter. The only time we spoke was to order. Many people...
Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A black, awe-inspiring lava landscape is the welcome mat to our trek into Oregon's iconic volcano reserve. The Three Sisters: Faith/North, Hope/Middle, and Charity/South are ringed by a trail network that includes a stretch on the infamous Pacific...
McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A trip up to the Dee Wright is a required trek for all my guests who visit Oregon. If you want to experience the power and beauty of the planet, the Old McKenzie Highway delivers an eyeful. Starting in Ponderosa Pine forests and climbing to 5,300...
295 W 17th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA
Cornucopia at 17th is a little, neighborhood haunt with big personality and great, local food and drink. I love Corny's for breakfast but they also have a faithful following for their happy hour, beer garden, dinner menu and eclectic bottle beer...
29645 NW Quail Run Dr, Gaston, OR 97119, USA
Summer and Scott Catino, owners of Quail Run Creamery, are truly passionate about cheese making, their really cute goats, and most of all running a sustainable business. Located in the beautiful coast range, the farm is populated by Nigerian Dwarf...
2007 21st Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116, USA
Forest Grove Oregon has a delicious secret. Maggie's buns serves some of the best breakfast and lunch meals in Washington county Oregon. All of this made from scratch food simply adds up to magic. I happen to love cinnamon, so naturally I had to...
Yachats Ocean Rd, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
All I could say when I saw this stunning lighthouse perched on the rocky cliff near Yachats, Oregon was "Wow". I am certainly a sucker for lighthouses, especially ones that have the dramatic landscape surrounding it. The Heceta Head is about 15...
34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
2540 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
Off the Waffle is one of our favorite spots in Eugene for a great meal, and we certainly aren't alone. Starting as a food truck, these two brothers and their father created a wonderful community business serving Liege waffles topped with local...
53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
25 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA
This was always my favorite place to tuck in for an early morning espresso when I was trip leading for Backroads on our cycling trips in the area. On a cool morning, it's cozy, cool, creative and intimate. Plus, the artwork on the exterior of the...
Sandy River, Oregon, USA
This 35 mile loop ride will steal your heart. If you live in or are traveling through Portland, here's my suggested itinerary. Head out to the McMenamins Edgefield hotel property in Troutdale. Grab some serious coffee at their espresso bar in the...
Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
Even on a cold, gray day in winter, this state park is something to be celebrated. (The last time I was this impressed with a six-mile hike I was in the diverse and mind-blowing landscape known as the South Island of New Zealand.) Smith Rock State...
2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060, USA
I love all of the McMenamins properties I've stayed at over the years on travel through the Pacific Northwest, but I may have a new favorite: McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, right at the western mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. As always, the...
US-101, North Bend, OR 97459, USA
This is a hike that, on a day when the weather is cooperating, is a transformative experience—it's just that beautiful. I lucked out when my arrival to the John Dellenback Dune Trailhead coincided with a break in the rain and clouds I'd seen all...
Row River Trail, Dorena, OR 97434, USA
On a recent road trip hiking and biking my way through Oregon, I fell hard for the entirely car-free, 17 miles of paved biking/walking trail just outside of Cottage Grove called the River Row Trail. Pine forests, roaring rivers, Dorena Lake—it was...
Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT 59065, USA
A 20-minute drive from the northern Yellowstone boundary, nestled under the wing of the Absaroka Mountains in Montana’s Paradise Valley, the Chico Hot Springs are an exercise in rejuvenation, and must feature on any Yellowstone travel itinerary....
Proxy Falls, Oregon 97413, USA
Proxy Falls is a lush waterfall located in central Oregon. An easy trail meanders through old lava fields and rhododendron. The main attraction here is obviously the falls. It's wispy cascade gives a fairytale look to it. Another, less impressive...
2525 Allison Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
With its indoor pool and lavish spa, the Allison Inn & Spa is the most comfortable place to recharge between Willamette Valley wine tastings. At the restaurant Jory (named for a local soil that’s ideal for growing pinot noir), chef...
657 E Main St, Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
The Axe and the Fiddle is a proper pub and a place where loggers and organic farmers alike seem to settle in and become convivial. The building is a restored Burkholder Woods building with ample space to create great acoustics for the live bands...
91814 Cape Blanco Rd, Port Orford, OR 97465, USA
I'd had a magical day working my way down the southwestern stretch of the Oregon coast, stopping along the way for hikes on the state park trails to stretch my legs. With two hours left of daylight I arrived at Cape Blanco to check out the...
U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
The perfect place for some dramatic, coastal hiking when you're on the Old US Highway 101 is Harris Beach State Park. After viewing Arch Rock, head south on the well marked Coastal Trail for an incredible out and back hike to the Natural Bridges...
1020 Lighthouse Rd, Winchester Bay, OR 97467, USA
While scouting out the remaining lighthouses left standing on the Oregon coast, I was lucky enough time my visit with two gray whales. There's a vintage whale watching station just across the parking lot at the Umpqua River Lighthouse and with a...
315 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
On a chilly November morning in McMinnville, Oregon, I was instructed to go and sample the coffee and breakfast scramble at the cozy and cool Community Plate. They have communal tables that represent more than a place to gather with friends over...
879 W Main St, Silverton, OR 97381, USA
The Oregon Garden in Silverton Oregon is a beautiful destination, and only a 40 minute drive south from Portland in Marion county. The garden covers 80 acres that include 20 specialty gardens, a heritage oak tree that is more than 400 hundred...
I'm always impressed by sunsets that I rarely take the time to wait for the moon to rise. I'm happy I waited this time! Here's a picture of an almost full moon rising over Crater Lake on July 5th. This was taken near Watchman Tower (the trail to...
12470 NE Rowland Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
15155 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
In the mid 1980s, Michael Etzel and his brother-in-law, influential wine writer Robert Parker, bought a former dairy farm in Yamhill County and transformed it into a pinot noir vineyard. Etzel’s three pinots have consistently earned high praise...
Dundee, OR 97115, USA
Tucked away in the Willamette Valley, located just a short distance outside Portland, is the winery Domaine Drouhin. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Drouhin winemaking was originally established in Beaune, France, but the family has also...
900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
At the end of July each year, about 600 folks gather at Linfield College in McMinnville to celebrate the pinot noir grape at the IPNC. The event is always marked by amazing meals as well as outstanding wine tastings, but the evening of the Pacific...
6475 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR 97114, USA
Having spent the sun-soaked afternoon spoiling my tongue with pinot noirs, we stumbled upon the "tree-house" at Vista Hills Vineyard. We'd visited most of the more well-known vineyards on the deservedly touted Dundee Hills, and we had not known of...
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA
At the first hint of daylight, I jump from bed to see the view I’ve been anticipating all night. I swing wide the double doors of my spacious, antiques-appointed room, and the cool morning air drifts in from grapevines just steps away. Beyond I...
Waldo Lake, Oregon, USA
Some say this cobalt blue lake is so clean, it feels like distilled water, but that isn't quite true. In fact, it is seven times more pure--perhaps the most pristine lake in the United States, fed almost entirely by snowmelt from the Cascade...
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