Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OREGON

(does not include Portland)

GENERAL
Sights & Sites
Oregon Coast Birding Trail – oregoncoastbirding.com; coast divided into 4 sections & 173 sites.



BENTON COUNTY
Alsea
Restaurants
Deb’s – 185 West Main Street; 541-487-4424; eatatdebs.com; homemade pies.

Corvallis
Sights & Sites
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve – 19000 Caves Highway; 541-592-2100; nps.gov/orca; rare marble cave; Cave Chateau nearby has river running through it, literally.



CLACKAMAS COUNTY
Timberline
Hotels
Timberline Lodge – Timberline Road; 503-231-5400, 503-272-3391 or 800-547-1406; timberlinelodge.com; memorialized visually in Stanley Kubrik’s Shining; constructed during Great Depression as WPA project; classic alpine ski lodge overflowing with craftsmanship; grand stone fireplace, huge exposed beams, and wide-plank floors in lobby impress every first-time visitor; woodcarvings, imaginative wrought-iron fixtures, hand-hooked rugs, and handmade furniture; guest rooms, which vary considerably in size, not as impressive as public areas; smallest rooms lack private bathrooms, and windows in most rooms fail to take advantage of phenomenal views.



CLATSOP COUNTY
Cannon Beach
Hotels
Stephanie Inn – 2740 South Pacific Street; 503-436-2221 or 800-633-3466; stephanie-inn.com; gorgeous; on ocean.
Sights & Sites
Ecola State Park – off Highway 101, 2 miles north of Cannon Beach; 503-436-2844 or 800-551-6949; oregonstateparks.org/park_188.php; in 1806, Capt. William Clark and 12 Discovery Corps members climb over rocky headlands and fight through thick shrubs and trees to get to beached whale in what is now Ecola State Park; today, paved road winds through towering Sitka spruce, until emerge on Pacific Ocean view; at Indian Beach, begin expedition on Clatsop Loop Trail, interpretive trail; surf at Indian Beach; tidal pools; many bird and wildlife species (migrating gray whales during spring and winter).



COOS COUNTY
Bandon
Bars & Nightclubs
Alloro Wine Bar – 375 2nd Street SE; 541-347-1850; allorowinebar.com; extensive Northwestern wine selection; also, superb Italian entrees.
Hotels
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – 57744 Round Lake Drive; 541-347-4380 or 888-345-6008; bandondunesgolf.com; luxurious.
Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast – 650 Jerry Road Southwest; 541-347-9316; lighthouselodging.com; 5 rooms, some facing Coquille River estuary; lovely walk to Old Town and beach.
Restaurants
Alloro Wine Bar – 375 2nd Street SE; 541-347-1850; allorowinebar.com; superb Italian entrees.
Lord Bennett’s Restaurant & Lounge – 1695 Beach Loop Drive; 541-347-3663; beach view and seafood entrees.



CURRY COUNTY
Brookings
Hotels
Best Western Beachfront Inn – 16008 Boat Basin Road; 541-469-7779 or 800-468-4081; bestwestern.com; only lodging right on ocean.
South Coast Inn Bed & Breakfast – 516 Redwood Street; 541-469-5557 or 800-525-9273; southcoastinn.com; in town.
Restaurants
Café Kitanishi – 632 Hemlock Street; 541-469-7864; cafekitanishi.com; sushi and teriyaki.
Smuggler’s Cove Restaurant – 16011 Boat Basin Road; 541-469-6006; smugglerscovebrookings.com; across from Best Western; seafood and steaks.
Sights & Sites
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor – Oregon Highway 101; 541-469-2021 or 800-551-6949; oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=56; 2 mile, forested, linear park with rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small sand beaches; 300 year-old sitka spruce trees, Arch Rock & Natural Bridges; 27 mile Oregon Coast Trail weaves through giant forests; seaside prairies, spectacular vistas, secluded cove beaches, rugged cliffs & forested sea stacks; old shell middens.

Gold Beach
Hotels
Pacific Reef Resort – 29362 Ellensburg Avenue; 541-247-6658 or 800-808-7263; pacificreefresort.com; spacious, unremarkable motel rooms.
Tu Tu’Tun Lodge – 96550 North Bank Rogue; 541-247-6664 or 800-864-6357; tututun.com; 1st class lodge on Rogue River banks; beautiful.
Restaurants
Indian Creek Café – 94682 Jerry’s Flat Road; 541-247-0680; breakfasts.
Nor'Wester Steak & Seafood – 10 Harbor Way; 541-247-2333; norwesterseafood.com.
Spinner’s Seafood Steak & Chophouse – 29430 Ellensburg Avenue; 541-247-5160; heft portions; grilled duck breast, Alaska halibut, and ribeye.

Port Orford
Hotels
Wildspring Guest Habitat – 92978 Cemetery Loop; 541-332-0977 or 866-333-9453; wildspring.com; 5 cabins set in evergreen forest; hot tub and deck outside breakfast room have distant ocean view.
Restaurants
Crazy Norwegian – 259 6th Street; 541-332-8601; fish and chips.
Griff’s on Dock – 490 Dock Road; 541-332-8985; fish and chips.
Paula’s Bistro – 236 6th Street; 541-332-9378; entrees like vegetarian Thai curry or French lamb chops.



DESCHUTES COUNTY
Bend
Bars & Nightclubs
Bend Brewing Co. – 1019 Northwest Brooks Street; 541-383-1599; bendbrewingco.com; overlooks Deschutes River at Mirror Pond.
Boneyard Beer – 37 Northwest Lake Place, Suite B; 541-323-2325; boneyardbeer.com; brewery that serves beer.
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House – 1044 Northwest Bond Street; 541-382-9242; deschutesbrewery.com; craft ales and beers.
Platypus Pub – 1203 Northeast 3rd Street; 541-323-3282; platypuspubbend.com; beer.
Ten Barrel Brewing – 1135 Northwest Galveston, Building A; 541-678-5228; 10barrel.com; fire pit.
Hotels
Oxford Hotel – 10 NorthWest Minnesota Avenue; 541-382-8436 or 877-440-8436; oxfordhotelbend.com; boutique-ish hotel with emphasis on recycling.
Riverhouse Resort – 3075 North Business 97; 541-389-3111 or 866-453-4480; riverhouse.com; affordable, average accommodations in beautiful setting.
Restaurants
Bend Brewing Co. – 1019 Northwest Brooks Street; 541-383-1599; bendbrewingco.com; overlooks Deschutes River at Mirror Pond.
Café Rosemary – 1110 Northwest Newport Avenue; 541-317-0276.
Ten Barrel Brewing – 1135 Northwest Galveston, Building A; 541-678-5228; 10barrel.com; fire pit; serves pizza.
Shopping
Mark Thill – 22911 Highway 20 East; 541-385-6828; taxidermy.
Sights & Sites
High Desert Museum – 59800 South Highway 97; 541-382-4754; highdesertmuseum.org; brings regional wildlife, culture, art & natural resources together to promote understanding of natural & cultural heritage of North America’s high desert country; indoor & outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural-like habitats & living history demonstrations to help people discover & appreciate high desert environment.



DOUGLAS COUNTY
Glide
Sights & Sites
Umpqua National Forest – 18782 North Umpqua Highway; 541-672-6601; fs.usda.gov/umpqua; home to more than 250 wildlife species (black bear, cougar, deer & elk), as well as bats, fox, raccoons & squirrels; raptors such as eagles, osprey, owls & even peregrine falcons; 535K old growth acres; Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway extends 172 miles (277 km) through Rogue River–Siskiyou & Umpqua National Forests.

Idleyld Park
Hotels
Dogwood Motel – 28866 North Umpqua Highway; 541-496-3403; dogwoodmotel.com; straight out of Twin Peaks; bait & fly fishing right on North Umpqua River, miles of hiking trails, waterfall tours, river rafting.



JACKSON COUNTY
Ashland
Hotels
Ashland Creek Inn – 70 Water Street; 541-482-3315; ashlandcreekinn.com; 7 plush suites in converted mill, each with geographic theme; each sittingroom-bedroom combo has own entrance and balcony over creek; convenient to downtown.
Mount Ashland Inn – 550 Mount Ashland Road; 541-482-8707 or 800-830-8707; mtashlandinn.com; romantic log home lodging in Siskiyou Mountains; handcrafted of incense cedars cut from property; on 40 private acres of large trees and mountain wilderness; guest living room with inviting rock fireplace; 5 guest suites.
Willow-Witt Ranch – 658 Shale City Road; 541-890-1998; willowwittranch.com; 440 acres wildflower meadows, conifer and oak woodlands, springs, wetlands, and streams flowing from Bear Creek Watershed in Southern Cascades; educational tours, private campground, wetland restoration, energy independence, and sustainable agricultural and forest management offered and practiced.
Restaurants
Chateaulin Restaurant – 52 East Main Street; 541-482-2264; chateaulin.com; small, intimate French restaurant with full-service bar, and adjacent wine and gourmet food shop.
Services
Adventure Center – 40 North Main Street; 541-488-2819 or 800-444-2819; outdoor expeditions, including Klamath River rafting.
Sights & Sites
Clark R. Bavin U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Forensics Laboratory – 1490 East Main Street; 541-482-4191 (call to arrange tour); lab.fws.gov; founded in 1988, only laboratory in world devoted to wildlife law enforcement; by treaty, also official crime lab for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) & Wildlife Group of Interpol; maintains online feather database (Feather Atlas, available on website).
Oregon Shakespeare Festival – 15 South Pioneer Street; 541-482-2111; osfashland.org; season lasts from February to October.

Jacksonville
Hotels
McCully House Inn – 240 East California Street; 541-899-1942 or 800-367-1942; mccullyhouseinn.com; average bed & breakfast with lovely library and good food.

Talent
Restaurants
New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro – 2210 South Pacific Highway (180 miles from Eugene); 541-535-2779; owners met at Chez Panisse; quirky restaurant; try black cod & sorrel terrine and grilled Umpqua Valley lamb chops.



JOSEPHINE COUNTY
Cave Junction
Restaurants
Deb’s – 185 West Main Street; 541-487-4424; eatatdebs.com; homemade pies.
Sights & Sites
Oregon Caves National Monument – 19000 Caves Highway; 541-592-2100; nps.gov/orca; guided tours, spelunking & hiking in ancient caves made of highly complex marble.



KLAMATH COUNTY
Crater Lake (White City)
Camping
Mazama Village – Route 62 (near Annie Spring Entrance); 541/830-8700 or 888-774-2728; xanterra.com; managed by private company.
Hotels
Crater Lake Lodge – 1211 Avenue C (White City); 541-830-8700 or 888-774-2728; craterlakelodges.com; Crater Lake National Park is among National Park Services’ crown jewels; no place else on earth combines deep pure lake, so blue in color, sheer surrounding cliffs, almost 2K' high, picturesque island, and violent volcanic past; lodge consists of peaceful cabins.
Sights & Sites
Crater Lake National Park – Rim Drive; 541-594-3100; crater.lake.national-park.com; established in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt; nation’s 5th oldest national park & only one in Oregon; encompasses Crater Lake caldera, destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, caldera & surroundings; lake is 2K' deep, which makes it deepest U.S. lake, North America’s 2nd deepest & world’s 9th deepest; Crater Lake has no streams flowing in or out (all water that enters eventually lost to evaporation or subsurface seepage); lake’s water commonly has striking blue hue; unlicensed fishing allowed without any limitation of size, species, or number; Ranger Station operates boat tours to Wizard Island (cinder cone inside lake) daily during summer (541-594-3000); numerous observation points along caldera rim accessible by automobile via 33-mile Rim Drive; to swim, take Cleetwood Cove Trail to lakeside; to hike, easiest trail is Watchman Trail, gives great area view at end; also, make sure to take Crater Lake National Park Boat Tour (Volcano Boat Cruise).

Klamath Falls
Sights & Sites
Klamath Basin Birding Trail – klamathbirdingtrails.com; abundant & diverse bird life due to habitat variety (marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow & rocky cliffs); over 350 species call this major Pacific Flyway layover home.



LAKE COUNTY
Plush
Sights & Sites
Dust Devil Mining Co. – BLM Road 6115 (in Windy Hollow Draw); 503-559-2495; dustdevilmining.com; Oregon’s premier sunstone, fee-digging venue.



LANE COUNTY
Florence
Restaurants
Mo’s Seafood Restaurant – 1436 Bay Street; 541-997-2185; moschowder.com; great chowder.

Oakridge
Bars & Nightclubs
Brewers’ Union Local 180 – 48329 East 1st Street; 541-782-2024; brewersunion.com.



LINCOLN COUNTY
Gleneden Beach
Hotels
Salishan Spa & Resort – 100 Salishan Drive (7760 Highway 101 North); 541-764-2371 or 800-452-2300; salishan.com; recently renovated; still, older resort that has seen its day.

Newport
Hotels
Ocean House – 4920 NorthWest Woody Way; 541-265-8953 or 888-553-8933; oceanhouse.com; Oregon Coast lodging in beachfront setting; views from every window; all rooms have private baths, some with 2 person Jacuzzis, king or queen size beds; bird and whale watching; short private path leads to miles of beach; legendary breakfasts.
Tyee Lodge Bed & Breakfast – 4925 Northwest Woody Way; 541-265-8953 or 888-553-8933; tyeelodge.com; owned by Ocean House people; lovely and romantic.
Sights & Sites
Newport Historic Bayfront – Southwest Bay Boulevard; newportchamber.org/history.htm.
Oregon Coast Aquarium – 2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road; 541-867-3474; aquarium.org.
Yaquina Head State Park & Lighthouse – 750 Northwest Lighthouse Drive; 541-265-5679 or 800-551-6949; oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=148; Yaquina Head Light, also known early in its existence as Cape Foulweather Lighthouse, is tallest lighthouse in Oregon.

Yachats
Sights & Sites
Cape Perpetua – 2400 Highway 101; 541-547-3289; fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42265; phenomenal view over ocean from inside & deck; make sure to hike to see Amanda Statue & Thor’s Well (natural hole that seems to be draining sea).



MARION COUNTY
Silverton (includes Sublimity)
Sights & Sites
Silver Falls State Park – 20024 Silver Falls Highway Southeast (Sublimity); 503-873-8681 or 800-551-6949; oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151; “crown jewel” of Oregon State Parks system; nestled in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains’ foothills, less than hour east of Salem; 9.2K acre property is largest state park in Oregon & among most popular; walk behind famous South Falls & see what 177' water curtain looks like from behind; part of Trail of Ten Falls, spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through dense forested landscape, passing series of breathtaking waterfalls along rocky canyon & descends to winding creek at forest floor; 7.2 mile loop is moderate hike, with overall elevation change of 800'; several connecting trails with separate access points make shorter routes.




POLK COUNTY
Independence
Sights & Sites
Rogue Farms – 3590 Wigrich Road; 503-838-9813; rogue.com or roguefarmsblog.wordpress.com/tag/tygh-valley; hops farm & brewing center; tasting center & tours; worth special trip for smells alone.

Monmouth
Shopping
Dancing Oaks Nursery – 17900 Priem Road; 503-838-6058; dancingoaks.com; more of arboretum than commercial establishment; display garden with metal statues and blown glass throughout.



TILLAMOOK COUNTY
Pacific City
Bars & Nightclubs
Pelican Brewery & Tap Room – 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive; 503-965-7007; yourlittlebeachtown.com/pelican.

Tillamook
Sights & Sites
Cape Lookout State Park – 13000 Whiskey Creek Road; 503-842-4981 or 800-452-5687 (reservations); oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=134; sharp rocky promontory along Pacific Ocean coast, approximately 10 miles southwest of Tillamook, just south of Netarts Bay; promontory extends 1 mile perpendicular to coast; Siuslaw National Forest part; Cape Lookout Trail is popular hiking trail, extending 2.5 miles through Sitka spruce forest to promontory tip; cliff-top viewpoint offers views over Cape Kiwanda & Cascade Head to south, and Cape Meares & Neahkahnie Mountain to north; migrating whales seen, generally December-June; during WWII, location of B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crash, of which was 1 survivor (bombardier), Wilbur L. Perez.



UMATILLA COUNTY
Weston
Restaurants
Long Branch Café & Saloon – 201 East Main Street; 541-566-3478; perfect country breakfasts.



WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Dayton
Hotels
Wine Country Farm – 6855 Breyman Orchards Road; 503-864-3446 or 800-261-3446; winecountryfarm.com; popular wedding spot.
Restaurants
Joel Palmer House – 600 Ferry Street; 503-864-2995; joelpalmerhouse.com; mushroom-centric cuisine.

Dundee
Hotels
Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard – 9600 Northeast Worden Hill Road; 503-429-4114 or 866-429-4114; blackwalnut-inn.com; Tuscan villa-like.
Inn at Red Hills – 1410 North Highway 99 West; 503-538-7666; innatredhills.com; 20 rooms; affordable.
Restaurants
Farm to Fork Restaurant – 1410 North Highway 99 West; 503-538-7970; innatredhills.com; both land (from Carlton Farms) and sea-based food.
Red Hills Market – 115 Southwest 7th Street; 971-832-8413; redhillsmarket.com; café.
Shopping
Red Hills Market – 115 Southwest 7th Street; 971-832-8414; redhillsmarket.com; best place for stocking be-all-end-all picnic basket.

Eugene
Bars & Nightclubs
Bel Ami Lounge – 1591 Willamette Street; 541-485-6242.
Shopping
Market of Choice – 1960 Franklin Boulevard; 541-687-1188; marketofchoice.com; conventional and organic groceries.
Sights & Sites
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – 1430 Johnson Lane; 541-346-3027; jsma.uoregon.edu.
Willamette National Forest & Salt Creek Falls – 211 East 7th Avenue; 541-225-6300; fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4529; Salt Creek Falls is spectacular site & 2nd highest falls in Oregon; best view is about half-way down trail towards falls base.

Newberg
Hotels
Allison Inn & Spa – 2525 Allison Lane; 503-554-2525 or 877-294-2525; theallison.com; 85 guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces; signature restaurant; spa with 12 treatment rooms; fitness studio; swimming pool; immaculate grounds on 35 acres; fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to vineyards and picnic area.
Restaurants
Jory – 2525 Allison Lane; 503-554-2525; theallison.com.
Painted Lady – 201 South College Street; 503-538-3850; thepaintedladyrestaurant.com; market-driven dishes.

Salem (includes Jawbone Flats)
Hotels
Opal Creek Cabins – National Forest Development Road 2209 (Jawbone Flats, in Willamette National Forest) or 721 Northwest 9th Avenue, #236 (Portland); 503-892-2782 (private organization phone number); fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4212 or opalcreek.org; cabins.
Sights & Sites
Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area – National Forest Development Road 2209 (Jawbone Flats, in Willamette National Forest) or 721 Northwest 9th Avenue, #236 (Portland); 503-892-2782 (private organization phone number); fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4212 or fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4211; 20.5K acres of steep & rugged forested hillsides; 2 major creeks (Battle Axe & Opal Creek), which join to become Little North Santiam River, studded with sparkling pools; western portion dominated by 2 prominent peaks, Whetstone & Henline Mountains; 8 trails totaling 36 miles, which are remnants of early day prospecting & fire access routes.

St. Paul
Hotels
Inn at Champoeg – 8899 Champoeg Road Northeast; 503-678-6088; innatchampoeg.com; tiny but lovely.

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