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Pat Pendley’s Get to Know Oregon Volume #5 Oregon Wine Country

Ultimate Guide to Oregon Wine Country

by Alia Hoyt
Oregon Wine Tours

Touring the vineyards of Oregon is a prime opportunity to not only sample top-tier wines, but also to enjoy the picturesque and diverse landscapes unique to the region. Beaches, mountain ranges, canyons and impossibly green prairies can all be found within the state’s wine countries.

Visitors can choose between solo or guided tours, but many wine enthusiasts swear by the value of group excursions. The best tour leaders provide interesting facts and behind-the-scenes info that would otherwise be difficult to learn. You’ll have multiple companies to choose from for guided group tours, but make plans (and reservations, if possible) in advance. Tours book up quickly during the peak season, and it always pays to do a bit of research before you hop on board.

Before choosing a tour, you should know:

•What Kind of Vehicle You’ll Be Traveling In: Tour rides range from limousines to older compacts, so choose carefully.
•If Tasting Fees Are Covered: If the tour price excludes tasting fees, you’ll pay an additional charge to sample each winery’s wares, which can be quite pricy on outings with multiple stops. Unfortunately, pay-to-taste tours are becoming the norm.
•The Length of the Tour: An experienced tour guide can take a group through multiple wineries over several hours, so make sure you know how long you’ll be gone before departing and whether lunch will be provided.
•What the Guide is Drinking: Which should be nothing alcoholic, since he’ll be the one driving.

Oregon Wine Festivals

Good food, music and even a road race can make a nice glass of wine taste even better. Oregon is home to dozens of wine festivals of all sizes and types, so check out the following sampling of the state’s good-time offerings:
•Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon: Held in the Willamette Valley region, runners proceed through breathtaking wine country and cross the finish line in the town of Carlton, where they’re greeted by the Wine and Music Festival.
•Grape-stomping Festival at St. Josef’s Winery: Why go to the beach for the feeling of sand between your toes when you can head to St. Josef’s to mush grapes with your feet? This annual event is topped off with authentic German cuisine and live music.
•Labor Day Weekend Party at Cubanisimo Vineyards: Get ready for a Cuban party, Oregon-style! The label’s delicious pinot noir is complemented by salsa dancing complete with lessons, Cuban tapas and live music.
•Best of Oregon Food and Wine Festival: If you can only make it to a single wine-focused festival in Oregon, you can’t go wrong choosing one with the word “best” in the title. More than 100 premium wines from dozens of wineries are available, which can be sampled alongside local culinary options, from pizza to oysters to cupcakes.

Regardless if you come for the festivals, the tours or even just the vino, you’re sure to enjoy your time in Oregon. The state might not yet be the first place you think of when you consider American wine countries, but after you visit, it’ll be the last place you’ll forget.

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Pat Pendley’s Get to Know Oregon Volume # 4 Silver Falls Part 2

This video gives you are virtual tour of Silver Falls.

Pat Pendley’s Get To Know Oregon Volume #3



Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is much larger than the nationally recognized falls area. It is the largest state park in Oregon, some 8700 acres in size with a multiple-use trail system of more than 22 miles.
The most well-known feature of the park is the “Trail of Ten Falls” which is the focus of this tour. Several choices of routes make hikes of 2, 5, 7 and 9 miles. You can hike from the top (North Falls) down, or park near the lodge and hike from South Falls up. Trails have a moderate grade, places to rest and are well-maintained.

This Tour begins in the Main Park Parking Lot, crosses the South Fork of Silver Creek and continues west, crossing again with views of South Falls. The routes follows the red line clockwise as seen in the map at the upper right of this page.

Silver Falls State Park has rental cabins, overnight camping, picnic shelters, and hand-crafted structures including a lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The lodge and other buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A detailed history of the area is available at the lodge.

Day-Use Fees apply, so be sure to use the vending machines to purchase a day-use parking permit to display on the dashboard of your vehicle. Visit the lodge for maps of the trail system and an historic overview of the park. Any time of the year is a good time to visit the park. Foliage and stream flows vary to offer an unlimited variety of scenery.

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Pat Pendley’s Get to Know Oregon Volume #2


Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

From world-famous Crater Lake National Park to one of America’s richest bird refuges, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway owes its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife to its rich volcanic past.

The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway skirts lakes, diverse wetlands, and scenic ranches, all against a stunning backdrop of volcanic landscapes. You’ll encounter the ancient natural forces that shaped exquisite mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks all throughout this “volcano to volcano” driving adventure that stretches from Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount Lassen in Northern California. Along with spectacular scenery, you’ll enjoy rich history, charming towns and extraordinary recreational and cultural opportunities.

Crater Lake National Park and its historic Lodge are certainly “high points” of this Byway. Crater Lake was formed after the collapse of an ancient volcano, posthumously named Mount Mazama. This volcano’s violent eruption, 7,700 years ago, was 42 times as powerful as the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The basin or caldera was formed after the top 5,000 feet of the volcano collapsed. Subsequent lava flows sealed the bottom, allowing the caldera to fill with approximately 4.6 trillion gallons of water from rainfall and snow melt, to create the seventh deepest lake in the world.

A little farther along, the Byway passes 90,000-acre Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon’s largest lake. Famous for its diverse birdlife and oversized rainbow trout, Upper Klamath Lake is the centerpiece of the Klamath Basin, the largest freshwater ecosystem west of the Great Lakes. The six National Wildlife Refuges scattered across the Basin host over one million birds during peak migration periods, and serve as wintering grounds for as many as 500 bald eagles.

Approach to Crater Lake’s North Entrance

The Byway begins at Diamond Lake Junction, about halfway between Bend and Klamath Falls on Route 97. Here, Oregon Route 138 gradually climbs through the Fremont-Winema National Forests to the north entrance of Crater Lake National Park. Because of snow, this entrance is usually only open from June through October; the south entrance, however, is open year-round.

The Wonders of Crater Lake National Park

Words can’t do justice to your first breathtaking look at Crater Lake, which was created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama. From a six-mile wide, 8,000-foot high caldera, you take in the bluest—and- deepest—lake you’ve ever seen. Crater Lake National Park is the nation’s fifth oldest national park, dedicated in 1902. Natural wonders abound, and the 71-room historic Crater Lake Lodge is worthy of its grand surroundings. The lodge (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) was built in 1915 to boost the tourist potential of the new park. In the early 1990s the lodge underwent considerable restoration and renovation.

During summer, visitors can navigate the 33-mile rim drive around the lake, enjoy boat tours on the lake or hike some of the park’s various trails, including 8,929-foot Mt. Scott. The winter brings some of the heaviest snowfall in the country, averaging 533 inches per year. Although most park facilities close for this snowy season, visitors can view the lake during fair weather, enjoy cross-country skiing, and participate in weekend snowshoe hikes. Crater Lake National Park is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, elk, pine marten and bald eagles—though these creatures are secretive and not often seen. On a clear day, 9,182-foot Mt. Thielsen—known as the Lightning Rod of the Cascades, for its tendency to attract strikes on its spire-like peak—will be in view to the north.

Fort Klamath

Exiting Crater Lake Park through the south entrance and turning left on Oregon Route 62, you’ll follow Annie Creek through peaceful pastures to the historic town of Fort Klamath. The Fort that the town takes its name from played an important role in the 1864 Peace Treaty of “Council Grove” and in the conduct of the Modoc War of 1872-1873, including its use as the site for Modoc War trials and executions. The historic site of the military installation now features a reconstruction of one of the original buildings and several historical displays. Located in the heart of the lush Wood River Valley, Fort Klamath today boasts a thriving cattle industry. The Fort Klamath area is also the site of major wetland restoration projects. The Wood River — a spring creek that bubbles up from the ground north of town—is highly regarded for its native brown and rainbow trout. The Cascade Range forms the mountainous panoramic view to the west.

Klamath Lake

The Byway continues on Weed Road to Sevenmile Road west, then south on West Side Road. Soon you’ll reach the edge of the upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge and Upper Klamath Lake. Covering 133 square miles, Upper Klamath Lake is Oregon’s largest body of fresh water, filling a basin created when the earth’s crust dropped along fault lines on both sides. The lake and refuge are situated in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, which attracts more than 350 species of birds, including sandhill cranes, American white pelicans and bald eagles. During peak migration times in the spring and fall, more than a million birds pass through. Upper Klamath Lake is also renowned by anglers for its mammoth native rainbow trout, some of which approach 20 pounds. West Side Road meanders through towering trees on the Fremont-Winema National Forests with views of the wetlands in the distance. In the shadow of Mt. McLoughlin, West Side Road connects with Oregon Route 140 along the lake. Howard Bay is a common place to see nesting American white pelicans, blue herons, and Clark’s grebes. The southern end of the lake is home to bald eagles all year-round.

Klamath Falls

The Byway continues south as Oregon 140 meets U.S. Route 97 two miles south of downtown Klamath Falls. Ideally located halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Klamath Falls began to realize its potential when the railroad arrived in 1909, and with the construction of the magnificent White Pelican Hotel. The city’s stately new landmark set the stage for a building boom, which turned Klamath Falls into a playground for wealthy San Franciscans. A thriving “entertainment industry” soon sprang to life; in the 30s, brothels and saloons were packed on Friday nights with loggers and ranch hands, and theatres held live performances. Today, the art deco Ross Ragland Theater remains intact. Another architectural tribute to Klamath Falls’ past is the Baldwin Hotel, built in 1906, which features period furnishings; the Baldwin is where President Theodore Roosevelt signed the papers creating Crater Lake National Park. Also notable is the Favell Museum, which displays over 100,000 Western and Native American artifacts, works of over 300 major contemporary Western artists, and the largest miniature gun collection in the world.

Other Refuges

After passing through cropland along the Klamath River, you’ll travel between the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. This segment of the Byway ends on the California border at the Francis S. Landrum Historic Wayside, which commememorates the Applegate Emigrant Trail. The Volcanic Legacy All-American Road extends south into California past Mt. Shasta and on to Lassen National Park.

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Crater Lake

Early Native Americans witnessed the collapse of Mount Mazama, and kept the event alive in their legends. One such legend of the Klamath people tells of two Chiefs, Llao of the Below World and Skell of the Above World, pitted in a battle that ended in the destruction of Llao’s home, Mt. Mazama. The mountain’s eruption led to the creation of Crater Lake. The Klamaths revered the lake and the surrounding area, shielding it from white explorers until 1853, when three gold prospectors stumbled upon it. But gold was more on the minds of settlers at the time, and the discovery was soon forgotten. Captain Clarence Dutton, commander of a U.S. Geological Survey party, was the next white man to visit Crater Lake. From the stern of his survey boat, the Cleetwood, Dutton sounded the depths of the astonishingly blue waters with lead pipe and piano wire. His recording of 1,996 feet was amazingly close to sonar readings made in 1959 that established the lake’s deepest point at 1,932 feet — which makes Crater Lake the deepest in the United States.

Enjoying The Lakes

If you’re interested in experiencing Klamath Lake and its environs more closely, several options are available. Visitors will find self-guided canoe trails at Upper Klamath Lake, Tule Lake and Klamath Marsh refuges. The mix of marsh, open lake and forest provides a rich habitat for many plant and wildlife species including wocus, a yellow pond lily. Canoes may be rented for use at Upper Klamath Refuge from nearby concessionaires; brochures on each of these canoe areas are available from Refuge Headquarters. Early mornings are best for bird and wildlife viewing. Angling for trophy-size rainbow trout in Upper Klamath Lake peaks after ice-out (usually early June), and again in late September, as the lake cools down. Interpretive trails have been constructed at the Tule Lake and Klamath Marsh refuges. A steep, 1/3-mile foot trail near the Visitor Center at Tule Lake Refuge provides a spectacular view of the surrounding area from 150 feet above the basin. At Klamath Marsh Refuge, a 10-mile trail meanders by the marshland and through the forested upland. Waterfowl, ring-necked pheasant and several other wildlife species may be hunted on the refuges in accordance with state and federal regulations.

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Travel Oregon

Business Happenings and Employment Opportunities Around the State Of Oregon

For the week ending February 1, 2013


  • Door to Door Nails, a mobile nail service, opened in Curry County. Curry Coastal Pilot, 1/26/2013
  • A Dutch Bros. Coffee stand will open in Lincoln City. The News Guard, 1/23/2013
  • North Coast Lawn in Tillamook added two employees. Headlight-Herald, 1/16/2013
  • The Eleventh Street Barber opened in Astoria. It offers haircuts, shaves, and free beer to its customers 21 and over. The Daily Astorian, 1/10/2013


  • Siskiyou Community Health Center’s Acute Care Clinic opened in Grants Pass. Grants Pass Daily Courier, 1/23/2013
  • Two clothing stores, Rue 21 and Marshalls, will open at the Roseburg Valley Mall. Rue 21 is expected to open next month and Marshalls in midsummer. The News-Review, 1/21/2013
  • Beaver State Plumbing opened in Melrose. The News-Review, 1/21/2013
  • La Femme Boutique opened in Roseburg. It offers women’s clothing, handmade candles, and jewelry. The News-Review, 1/14/2013


  • Choices Recovery Services, a substance abuse counseling service, opened in Prineville. Central Oregonian, 1/22/2013
  • Enchilada Express opened in Madras. The Madras Pioneer, 1/16/2013
  • Los Primos Taqueria opened in Madras. The Madras Pioneer, 1/16/2013
  • Rasa Wellness, a life coaching business, opened at Sisters Art Works in Sisters. The Nugget Newspaper, 1/13/2013
  • Black Buffalo Coffee House in Chiloquin will close. Herald and News, 1/12/2013
  • Inside Out Fitness will open in Hood River. Columbia River Gorge Business Review, 1/8/2013
  • Kids World in Bend will close. It specializes in educational toys and supplies. The Bulletin, 1/5/2013





  • Enviro Board Corp. plans to open a facility in John Day to produce environmentally friendly building materials, converting agricultural waste into low-cost building panels. It expects to begin operations early next year and will operate five production lines, creating eight jobs per line per shift. Blue Mountain Eagle, 1/30/2013


  • Daimler Trucks North America will lay off 250 workers at its Portland factory next month as demand stalls for new trucks. The Oregonian, 1/30/2013
  • Honey Toast Café opened in Beaverton. It offers Taiwanese-inspired street food. The Oregonian, 1/30/2013
  • Elements Massage opened in Wilsonville. Wilsonville Spokesman, 1/29/2013
  • Cardinal Club, a bar, opened in northeast Portland. The Oregonian, 1/27/2013
  • Uncle Dick’s Deep Fried Hot Dogs opened in downtown Portland. The Oregonian, 1/27/2013
  • Retro Revival, an antique and furniture store, opened in Oregon City. The Oregonian, 1/27/2013
  • Rachel’s Classic Burgers in Hillsboro closed. The Oregonian, 1/27/2013
  • SolarWorld in Hillsboro laid off 50 workers. The Oregonian, 1/25/2013
  • Rose City Local Market will open in Beaverton. It will offer local and raw products, as well as specialty items for people with food sensitivities and allergies. The Oregonian, 1/25/2013
  • The Soup Shack, a specialty soup and sandwich shop, opened in McMinnville. News-Register, 1/22/2013
  • Agile Chiropractic and Massage opened in Hillsboro. Hillsboro Argus, 1/17/2013
  • Portland-based Black Rock Coffee Bar will lease two retail spaces in Vancouver formerly occupied by Tully’s Coffee outlets. The Columbian, 1/14/2013


  • Pepsi Beverages Co. will close its distribution warehouse in northeast Salem next month. It employs 66 people and many of them may transfer to jobs in Portland or Corvallis. Statesman Journal, 1/28/2013
  • A Texas Roadhouse restaurant and a BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery will open at Eugene‘s Valley River Center. Construction is to be completed this summer. The Texas Roadhouse will employ around 100. The Register-Guard, 1/19/2013
  • Gilgamesh Brewing will close The Lounge in Salem. Statesman Journal, 1/9/2013
  • The Dancing Weasel Toy Store opened in Eugene. The Register-Guard, 1/7/2013

Pat Pendley’s Get to Know Oregon Series Volume #1


The First Installment Of My Get To Know Oregon Series

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Old-style seaside resorts, western fishing villages, awesome natural landmarks, migrating whales and the western terminus of Lewis and Clark’s great adventure—The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway has something for everyone!

The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway traces the entire Oregon coastline along Highway 101, bringing travelers to the sea and away again, winding past marshes, seaside cliffs, lush agricultural valleys and wind-sculpted dunes. The northern half of the Byway is marked by majestic temperate rainforests, a rugged, rocky coastline and resort towns that cater to urban dwellers from Portland. The Oregon coast is one of the most photographed regions in the nation.

This Byway offers many natural wonders. Sojourners who visit between November and June will want to scan the horizon to catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales. Several rock formations are home to large colonies of seals and sea lions, and shorebirds abound in the countless estuaries. This Byway also offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, from salmon fishing in the Pacific or coastal rivers to riding an off-road vehicle in the dunes. Plentiful parks and public lands offer access to many hiking trails. Thanks to a landmark Oregon law all beaches are open to the public, making the Oregon coast The People’s Coast. For many visitors, beachcombing for shells (and perhaps even a glass fishing float) in a quiet cove as the sea breeze blows and the waves crash is about as good as it gets!

Astoria to Cannon Beach

Your Pacific Coast Scenic Byway adventure begins in Astoria, at the northwest tip of Oregon. Astoria, named for the fur trader John Jacob Astor, was the first permanent European settlement in the Pacific Northwest, established in 1811. The town has a rich Scandinavian heritage, which is celebrated each June at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Astoria has a number of attractions, including Fort Clatsop National Memorial, the Flavel House Museum (a splendid Victorian mansion built in 1885), the 125-foot tall Astoria Column and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, home to one of the nation’s finest displays of model ships and nautical artifacts. Down Highway 101 is Seaside, a popular beach resort known for its promenade. A few miles south of Seaside you’ll reach Cannon Beach, a charming community known for its art galleries and seaside vistas. Haystack Rock, a 235-foot monolith, towers over the beach and is one of the state’s most photographed natural wonders.

Tillamook to Lincoln City

The Byway hugs the coast for the first few miles out of Cannon Beach, climbing to 700 feet above the Pacific; nowhere else does the Byway offer such an elevated ocean view. The road then drifts slightly inland to Tillamook, Oregon’s unofficial dairy capital. Much of the county’s annual milk production of 25 million gallons is made into natural cheddar cheese. Cheese aficionados will want to stop at Oregon’s largest cheese factory for a tasting tour or visit any of several “boutique” cheese purveyors. Historic downtown Tillamook offers good shopping, antiquing and several restaurants. If it’s salmon season (spring and fall), anglers may want to book a charter trip out of Tillamook Bay.

After wending through deep forests, the Byway returns to the coast just north of Lincoln City. The wind can really blow in these parts and kite flyers have learned to take advantage. In fact, Lincoln City was recently recognized by Kite Lines magazine as the best place to fly a kite in North America.

Depoe Bay and Newport

Just south of Lincoln City you’ll reach Depoe Bay, the world’s smallest navigable harbor and a departure point for fishing and whale watching excursions. A few miles south, a short side trip on the Otter Crest Loop brings you to some of the coast’s most photographed seascape—Devil’s Punchbowl and Cape Foulweather. Devil’s Punchbowl is a collapsed cavern that churns with seawater at high tide. Cape Foulweather, perched nearly 500 feet above the pounding surf, offers spectacular vistas of towns up and down the coast. Next, you’ll reach Newport, one of the north coast’s most popular vacation spots. Still a working fishing village, Newport boasts a historic bay front, an ample accessible beach front and many shops and restaurants. In the southern part of town, visit Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. The Oregon Coast Aquarium and Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center are “must-see” stops.

Waldport to Florence

The Byway hugs the coast, passing through the small towns of Waldport, about halfway down the coast, and Yachats. Just below Yachats you’ll come upon Cape Perpetua, which towers 800 feet above the Pacific, and a narrow shoreline channel called Devil’s Churn. Cape Perpetua is an exquisite natural landmark which encompasses tide pools, ancient spruce forests and piles of discarded shells—some as high as 40 feet—that bear testimony to earlier Native American habitation along the coast. The next wonder is manmade—Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s most powerful beacon. Past Heceta Head, you’ll soon reach Sea Lion Caves, one of the world’s largest sea caverns, and home to wild sea lions year-round. A high-speed elevator transports spectators to an observation deck from which hundreds of sea lions—some more than 1,200 pounds—can be viewed. In Florence, billed as the City of Rhododendrons, enjoy the bright blossoms in the spring and tour the recently restored historic district at the mouth of the Siuslaw River.

The Dunes to Reedsport

South of Florence the rugged coastline gives way to 47 miles of gently rolling dunes that extend nearly to Coos Bay—the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area. The mounds of cream-colored, ever-shifting sand were created over millions of years as sedimentary rock from nearby mountains began to erode and particles were carried to the ocean. In time the particles became sand and were washed inland by the tides. Jessie Honeyman State Park is an excellent spot to wander the dunes. Nearby Reedsport hosts the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area Visitor Center. Reedsport is also home to the Dean Creek Elk viewing area, a thousand acre preserve where approximately 100-150 majestic Roosevelt Elk roam freely.

The Bay Area and Bandon

The neighboring cities of North Bend, Coos Bay and Charleston—collectively known as the Bay Area—comprise the Oregon coast’s largest urban area. With the largest natural harbor between Seattle and San Francisco, Coos Bay is a shipping and manufacturing center; North Bend and Charleston are home to active commercial and sport fisheries. Midway between the Bay Area and Bandon is Cape Arago, which is just a short side trip off the Byway. A loop road (part of the Charleston/Bandon Tour Route) takes you through the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve, home to black bear, black-tailed deer, over 150 kinds of birds and many good hiking trails. The loop also leads you past three state parks. Returning to Highway 101, you’ll soon reach the quaint coastal village of Bandon, a popular retreat. Each September, Bandon hosts the annual Cranberry Festival. Bandon is also home to numerous hotels, restaurants and four of the most famous golf courses in the world. An alternative path from the Bay Area to Bandon is the Charleston/Bandon Tour Route, which showcases a glorious stretch of coastline as well as the wildlife areas of Cape Arago.

Port Orford to Brookings

After a splendid sojourn past fir forests, open plains and lush farmlands, you’ll reach Port Orford, a busy fishing center. Anglers visit the region to ply the waters of The Sixes and Elk Rivers for salmon and steelhead. Look for Thousand Island Coast, a rock formation off Port Orford, which is home to many harbor seals and sea lions. Down the coast at Gold Beach, the legendary Rogue River meets the Pacific. The Rogue’s salmon and steelhead were made famous in the early 1900s in articles by western novelist Zane Grey, and today attract fishermen from far and wide. Non-anglers will also appreciate the lower Rogue’s scenery, which can be experienced on a jet boat cruise. The last eight miles of the Byway leading into Brookings offer some of the Byway’s most magnificent scenery, with unobstructed views of the seascape. Because of its mild climate, Brookings is known as the Banana Belt of Oregon. Ninety percent of the country’s Easter lilies are grown in the region. Five miles farther down the road, the redwood forests of California await.

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Lighthouse Highlights

There are nine lighthouses along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. They include Cape Blanco, the light at Coquille River (pictured at right), Cape Arago, Umpqua River, Heceta Head, Yaquina Bay, Yaquina Head, Cape Meares and Tillamook Rock. While each has distinguishing characteristics, lighthouse aficionados are especially fond of the Umpqua River and Heceta Head Lights. Dating from 1894, the Umpqua River Light (south of Reedsport) is 65 feet tall and features an unusual—and some say, mesmerizing—revolving, octagonal, red-and-white lens. Just north of Florence you’ll see Heceta Head, which was also erected in 1894. Resting 205 feet above sea level, Heceta Head is notable for its postcard-like surroundings and its unusually large lens. If you visit in the evening, the Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House serves as a bed and breakfast.

Whale Watching

Thousands of whales make their way past Oregon each fall and spring, but only a few species venture close enough to be viewed from shore. Gray whales—which grow up to 40 tons—are the most common visitors, venturing past the Oregon coast en route to the Arctic Ocean to feed between February and June, and returning 6,000 miles to the waters off Mexico to breed between November and January. The best time to spy a whale is from mid-December to mid-January and calm, overcast days are best for spotting whales from shore. Look for telltale “blows” (a white puff of vapor from the whale’s blow hole), then periodic spouts. There are 29 locations along the Oregon coast where specially-trained volunteers can help you spot whales and learn about whale behavior and habits

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Travel Oregon

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