Oregon, Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated
In 2018, we did something no tourism brand has ever done: We animated our state. (As if the actual scenery in Oregon isn’t inspiring enough.) This year we’ve taken it to the next level with more stunning animation and only slight exaggerations of the wonder you’ll find here. Like grey whales migrating through the sky, sea-stack creatures controlling the sunrise and tree spirits soaking in volcanic hot springs. Go behind the scenes of Only Slightly Exaggerated, and check out the new video to find your own Oregon inspiration. We have no doubt you’ll find some magical story ideas within.
Revamping History in Oregon Hotels
What’s old is new again when it comes to hotels in Oregon. Restoring, renovating and revamping historic buildings has paved the way to some exciting new lodging properties across the state. From the ultra-chic Woodlark Hotel in downtown Portland, to the Central Hotel in Burns, charm and character of years gone by is artfully blended with all the modern amenities and luxuries. Although the historic hotel is a trend we’re seeing in all corners of Oregon, each destination offers its own unique and exciting experience. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself. Here’s a list to get you started:
The Landing Hotel, Hood River Hotel, Woodlark, Central Hotel, Last Stop Hotel & Saloon, Wolf Creek Inn.
Taste Your Way Through Oregon’s Food Trails
Oregon has some new trails to add to its already epic list. We’ve recently launched the Oregon Food Trails program, offering a delectable and easy way to explore the state’s bounty. The brand new South Willamette Valley Food Trail offers up fairy-tale-like eats with things like lavender farms, open-air markets, farm-to-fork restaurants and more. Grab some grains at Camas County Mill, wander one of six wineries at Prairie Mountain Wineries, hand pick your own produce at Thistledown Farm or Detering Orchards, or brush up on your mushroom foraging with tips from the Cascade Mycological Society. Oregon Food Trails offer something for every taste. Take a bite out of other recently organized trails like the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail, The Great Umpqua Trail or The East Gorge Food Trail. Your taste buds will want to thank you, but they’ll be pretty darn busy.
50 Years of Country Fair Fun
Nestled under a forest canopy just outside of Eugene, along the banks of the Long Tom River, the Oregon Country Fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Referred to lovingly by locals as “The Fair,” this three-day annual festival explores living artfully and authentically while nourishing the spirit and celebrating human expression. While meandering through the forest you may find everything from vaudeville and aerial acts, to poetry slams and jam bands on one of the 19 entertainment stages. Not to mention the more than 300 artisans selling their hand-crafted goods and 80 food booths serving specialties from around the world. There’s no better year than 2019 to head to The Fair. Our advice to fully experience this unique culture gathering? Let yourself get lost.
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