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Drive the Highway of Waterfalls......34 Experience Noah’s Ark.................35 Take a Drive-Through Safari...........35 Learn About Douglas County’s History ..................................36 40. Take an Oakland Walking Tour.........36 41. Go Snowmobiling & Cross-Country Skiing.....................................36 42. Tour a Winery............................36

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56. Discover the Little Log Church Museum ..................................46 24. Walk the Peavy Arboretum............27 25. Cross the Bridge to Brownsville ......27 57. See Seascape Views and Hike in a Rainforest ..........................46 26. Walk Around a Wildlife Refuge........27 58. Take a Hike Along the Yachats 804 Eugene & Springfield Trail ......................................46 59. Go Camping on Cummins Creek ......46 27. Drift the McKenzie River ..............28

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Lincoln City ~ Depoe Bay 7. Jet Down a Waterslide! ................14 8. Up, Up & Away! Take a Hot Air 43. Check Out the World’s Shortest Balloon Ride .............................14 River .....................................38 9. View Vineyards From a Helicopter.......16 44. Go Horseback Riding on the Beach 10. Let Your Imagination Take Flight.......16 or Trail ...................................39 Salem 45. Visit the Oregon Coast’s Only Working Winery .........................39 11. Take a Tour of Wild Oregon............18 46. See the Devil’s Punchbowl ............39 12. Visit the Roger Yost Gallery of 47. Visit Devil’s Lake State Fine Art ...................................18 Recreation Area ........................40 13. Go For a Ride on a Carousel ...........19 48. Wander Through the Connie Hansen 14. Visit a Sausage Company & See Garden ...................................40 Sausage Made ............................20 49. Hike the Trails at Cascade Head 15. Taste Wines from Oregon’s Oldest Preserve ..................................41 Producing Winery .......................20 50. Try Your Luck at a Casino ..............41 16. Discover A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village ....................................21 Newport 17. Have Fun at the KROC Community Center ....................................22 51. Learn About Marine Life...............43 52. Blow Your Own Unique Albany Glass Sculpture .........................43 18. Explore Covered Bridge Country.......23 53. Climb Yaquina Head Lighthouse ......43 19. Stroll Through an Antique Mall ........25 Waldport 20. Uncover Historic Downtown Albany...25 21. Help Build an Historic Carousel...... 26 54. Visit the Alsea Interpretive Center ...45 22. Take a Tour of Historic Homes.........26 55. See Seals & Sea Lions at Seal Rock ..45 23. Visit Talking Water Gardens ...........26

28. Discover Art from Around the Globe. 28 29. Shop for Local Handcrafted Goods ..32 30. Visit a Living Tree Museum............32 31. Stroll Through Hendricks Park ........32 32. Visit a Museum of Natural & Cultural History.....................................33 33. Get Nose to Beak with Some Amazing Predators .....................33 34. Spend the Day Shopping at Valley River Center ....................33 35. Learn to Scuba Dive ...................33

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All Around Western Oregon ............ 8-12 Albany ....................................23-26 Bandon ...................................72-75 Charleston................................66-67 Coos Bay..................................64-65 Coquille ..................................68-70 Lebanon, Brownsville, Corvallis .........27 Depoe Bay ...............................38-41 Eugene ...................................28-33 Florence .................................47-59 Lakeside .................................62-63 Lincoln City .............................38-41 McMinnville .............................13-16 National & State Parks Directory ........71 Newport .................................42-43 North Bend ..............................64-65 Reedsport ...............................60-61 Roseburg..................................... 34-37 Salem ........................................17-22 Waldport .....................................44-45 Welcome ..................................... 7 Winchester Bay ........................60-61 Yachats ......................................46 OUTSIDE THE AREA Southern Oregon .......................76-77 California, Northern Coast ...........77-78

MAPS County Map ................................4-5 Albany ...................................... 23 Bandon ................................... 73 Lebanon, Brownsville, Corvallis ...... 27 Charleston ............................... 66 Coos Bay .....................................64 Coquille .....................................68 Eugene .......................................29 Florence .....................................48 Florence Old Town .........................56 Lakeside......................................62 Lincoln City .................................38 McMinnville .................................13 Newport .....................................42 North Bend ..................................64 Oregon Dunes Natl. Rec. Area............. 7 Reedsport ...................................60 Roseburg.........................................34 Salem ............................................17 Waldport ........................................44 Winchester Bay .............................60

Visit us at www.101things.com/westernoregon 67. See Carnivorous Plants at a Botanical Park ..........................51 68. Rent an ATV or Buggy and Play on the Dunes ............................52 69. Tee Off at Sandpines Golf Links ......52 70. Go Treasure Hunting in the Antique District .........................53 71. See the Sights From a Helicopter ....54 72. See the Brightest Light on the Oregon Coast ...........................55 73. Have Fun at Woahink Lake ............57 74. Visit the Gateway to Florence........59

Reedsport & Winchester Bay 75. Stroll Through an Art Gallery .........60 76. Visit the Umpqua Discovery Center....61

Lakeside 77. Swim, Boat & Camp at Tenmile Lakes .....................................62 78. Climb the Umpqua River Lighthouse 63 79. Go Fishing at William M. Tugman State Park ...............................63 80. Got Rocks? ...............................63 81. Rent a Boat at Ringo’s .................63

Coos Bay & North Bend 82. Ride on the Dunes at North Bend ....65 83. Make the Oregon Connection .........65 84. Play, Dine, Dance at Mill Casino......65 85. Take a Tour of Umpqua Valley Wineries .................................65

Charleston 86. Check Out Cape Arago State Park and Lighthouse .........................66 87. Visit an Estuarine Research Reserve..66 88. Take a Walk at Shore Acres............66 89. Catch a Charter Fishing Trip.............67

Coquille 90. Sit Under a Sitka Spruce................68 91. Visit a Logging Museum.................68 92. Get Melodramatic at a Melodrama...69 93. Spend the Day at the Coquille River....69 94. Take a Peek at a Mural.................69

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60. Try Your Hand at Beading..............47 61. Hike the Trail to Sweet Creek Falls ..49 62. Go Sandboarding on Oregon’s Coastal Dunes ...........................49 63. Take a Walk on the Beach .............50 64. Enjoy the Arts - Live Theater or Visual Arts ............................50 65. Take a Trip to the Past & Arrive in the Future .................50 66. Take the Elevator to Visit the Sea Lions............................51

95. Go Fishing in Old Town Bandon ......72 96. Birdwatch at a National Wildlife Refuge ...................................72 97. Taste Local Cranberries ...............72 98. Visit Bullard Beach & Coquille River Lighthouse .......................72 99. Walk Through Old Town Bandon......75 100. Explore the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge..............75 101. Experience the Breathtaking Beaches of Bandon.....................75 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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mbark on a new adventure through the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast. On the coast is an area encompassing Bandon to the south and Lincoln City to the north. Inland, the lush Willamette Valley is dominated by the State Capital of Salem to the north, and Eugene, Springfield and Roseburg to the south. Farther east are the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests. Visitors come to these areas of Oregon for a variety of reasons: to enjoy a scenic wilderness area, to relax at a luxurious resort or to view abundant wildlife. Whatever the reason, this area of varied natural beauty is sure to impress. The counties that make up the region are as diverse as the great State of Oregon. Between the mountains of the Coast Range and the much higher Cascade Range, lie verdant valleys with some of the world’s most productive agricultural land, giant, old-growth forests and miles of volcanic wasteland. The opportunities for fun and adventure in this area are as varied as the terrain. In fact, this magazine offers 101 Things To Do just in these locales. Two north-south traffic corridors connect the region. Inland, I-5 bisects the fertile valleys of the Umpqua and Willamette rivers. On the coast, Hwy 101 skirts the edge of the continent between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean, offering visitors spectacular views of rocky coastline, lighthouses and crashing surf. In Lincoln County you can enjoy whale watching or go deep-sea fishing. Visit Newport’s historic Nye Beach, tour the lighthouse, or walk the Bayfront. Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (see map on the right) spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 miles north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as three miles inland in some places. A series of inland freshwater lakes, created when the dunes dammed up small streams, provide excellent places to fish, sail or swim. There are national, state, county and private campgrounds throughout. The sand dunes eventually give way to one of the world’s largest forest products ports, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. The three towns around the bay—Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston—make up the largest urban area on the coast known as Oregon’s Bay Area. A combination of beaches, rivers and sloughs provide nature lovers with a variety of recreation possibilities. At Bandon, the southwestern-most town in Coos County, magnificent sea stacks stand just offshore along miles of sandy beaches. The Historic Old Town invites strolling and has a good variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Inland in Lane County lie the cities of Eugene and Springfield, part of the fertile Willamette Valley and Oregon’s third largest population center, after Portland and Salem. East from I-5 in Springfield, State Hwy 126, known as the McKenzie River Highway, leads to McKenzie Pass in the Cascades. Highway 58 east from Eugene is the route to Willamette Pass, which offers hiking, white-water rafting, kayaking, fishing and spectacular natural beauty. Roseburg is 67 miles south of Eugene, in the heart of Douglas County. East on Hwy 138 is the fascinating Colliding Rivers Viewpoint, where the waters of the North Umpqua River collide with those of the Little River. Diamond Lake and the summit of the Oregon Cascades are 79 miles away, and Crater Lake National Park is just 20 miles farther. Wineries throughout western Oregon are open for tours and tastings; discover local appellations. Outdoor adventurers will find abundant hiking, biking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding in western Oregon, and there are ample opportunities for hunters, anglers, and explorers. Discover beautiful scenery and bustling cities as you explore western Oregon.

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Take a Good Look at Some Elk Bring your camera! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to take some beautiful shots of some of the most majestic and interesting animals in Oregon. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, about 3 miles east of Reedsport on Highway 38, is an important part of the state’s elk management program. The viewing area provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy photographing and observing these beautiful animals. The herd of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk roams freely in the protected pasture, woodland and wetland areas which are provided by the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with public viewing and education in mind. The viewing area has a large parking lot as well as restroom facilities and handicap access. www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info. php?siteid=31

Cross a Covered Bridge

Nothing quite compares to the rustic charm of a covered bridge, and coming upon one of Oregon’s beautiful covered bridges is like walking into a bucolic watercolor painting. Beginning in the mid-1850s, close to 450 covered bridges were built in Oregon; today 51 of those remain, giving Oregon the most covered bridges west of the Mississippi River. Covered bridges can be found in abundance in western Oregon, and in a variety of architectural structures, from converted railway cars to classic pioneer construction. Maps of covered bridge locations are often available from local chambers of commerce, and covered bridge books, calendars and postcards are typically available in local bookstores. For a visual guide to some bridge locations, see our county maps on pages 4 and 5. The Oregon Covered Bridge Festival, is the only event of its kind on the West Coast; it gives residents and visitors alike a chance to enjoy these beautiful bridges and learn about their heritage. For more information on the festival, call the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon at (541) 752-8269, or to chat with a covered bridge historian, call (503) 399-0436. www.covered-bridges.org www.ocbfestival.com

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There are many opportunities for finding quilts or quilting supplies throughout western Oregon. If quilting is your thing, or if you just enjoy the beauty of a handmade quilt, be sure to visit the Bi-Annual People’s Choice Quilt Show in August, hosted by the Rhododendron Quilt Guild of Florence. The event takes place at the Florence Events Center and features quilters, food, vendors and a gift boutique. The event holds a raffle to help local charities. You can enter to win a beautiful quilt. Oregon coast quilt shops also host an annual “quilt shop hop” - the “Quilt Run 101” in February. Quilters receive a passport and visit all 14 shops from Astoria to Brookings every year for a chance to win prizes or just to enjoy the Oregon coast. This annual event entices quilters from all over the United States. For more information about these events, contact Wenz-Daze Quilters Emporium at (541) 997-3293, see ad on page 49.

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Get Up Close & Personal with Wild Animals

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Experience West Coast Game Park, the original walkthru safari, where visitors meet, pet, film, and walk among hundreds of free roaming wildlife. Pet a cub, a pup or kit, enjoy and meet the many and varied species of youngsters presented by park attendants for an extra special visitor interaction with nature’s wildlife.

Founded in 1968, West Coast Game Park has become one of America’s Largest Wild Animal Petting Parks

While hand-raising and presenting the wild has been our specialty for over 44 years, visitors can expect to see an extensive array of majestic lions, tigers, snow leopards, bears, chimps, black panthers,cougars, lynx, bison, camels, zebras and elk to name a few. Visitors of all ages

Attendants Announce Special Events and Showings Over 450 Animals / 75 Different Species, including Lions, Tigers, Chimps, Leopards, Zebras, Bears and many more are amazed, entertained and astonished by the original and innovative way of meeting, mingling, petting and seeing wildlife, offering an unsurpassed adventure in meeting the wild and a one-of-a-kind, lasting, exciting memory in getting to know the wild.

Thanks entirely to park visitors attendance, West Coast Game Park Safari has become Oregon’s largest, totally self-supported, wild animal attraction, dedicated to propagation, preservation and education, while reminding all that extinction lasts forever. www.gameparksafari.com

Family Owned Since 1968

West Coast Game Park 46914 Hwy 101 S Bandon, Oregon 97411

541-347-3106

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Take a Taste of Oregon Wines

Vineyards and winemaking have been a part of Oregon’s history since the days of the early pioneers in the 1840s, when precious starts were carefully brought overland on the perilous journey to the “Oregon Country.” It was just over 40 years ago that Oregon’s modern wine industry and commercial wine production got its start, when Richard Sommer established Hill Crest Vineyards near Roseburg. Sommer, like most of Oregon’s modern era wine producers and winemakers, was a refugee from the University of California at Davis, who defied conventional wisdom and planted Vitis vinifera grapes in cool viticulture sites. He and like-minded modern pioneers were convinced that Burgundian varieties could be grown better in Oregon than in California. When you visit Western Oregon’s Wine Country, you’ll soon discover that its winemakers consider themselves stewards of the land. For many, sustainability is both a priority and a lifestyle. Indeed, a surprisingly large percentage of the vineyards are certified as sustainable, organic or biodynamic. Western Oregon encompasses parts of two of Oregon’s most prominent regions—the Willamette Valley and Umpqua Valley appellations. In addition to traditional wines, western Oregon is home to Honeywood Winery, the oldest producing winery in Oregon. Honeywood Winery, originally called Columbia Distilleries, produced fruit brandies, cordials and liqueurs. Eventually they settled on making premium wines and decided a name change was in order. They also specialize in producing a wide range of fruit wines from berries, apricots, pineapple, and many other fruits. Please see page 20 for more information.

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This is the coolest of Oregon’s wine regions. It is bordered in the north by the Columbia River, to the south by the Calapooya Mountains south of Eugene, to the east by the Cascade Mountain foothills, and to the west by the Coast Range. Most of the wine grapes grown in the Willamette Valley come from vineyards located on bench-lands on the western side of the valley. However, there are a few vineyards and wineries to the northeast of Salem in the eastern Willamette Valley. The valley’s climate is particularly well suited for the early-ripening Pinot Noir grape, but it also produces large amounts of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay, as well as smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Sémillon and Zinfandel. Dozens of wineries, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations, are located in the southern Willamette Valley Appellation. Please see pages 30 & 31 for more information.

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Visit Historical Reed Opera House

An absolute “mustsee” for Salem visitors is the Reed Opera House. The Italianate brick structure built in 1870 by Oregon’s Civil War adjutant general, Cyrus Reed, has been fully restored by owner Roger Yost. The building now contains eclectic shops, fine restaurants, a popular bakery, art galleries, and several personal care salons for hair, facials, nails, eyelash extensions, massage therapy and spray tans. It is also home to the third floor Trinity Ballroom, which has a sweeping view of Downtown Salem and is the city’s most elegant venue for weddings, proms, class reunions, birthday parties and life celebrations. On many weekends leading vocalists and bands from throughout the Northwest perform in the ballroom or in the Cyrus Reed Theater on the second floor. The Reed was the center of Salem’s early social life, and remains so today. During its rich history, Susan B. Anthony and Abigail Scott Duniway campaigned for women’s suffrage from its stage. Political cartoonist Thomas Nast, Author Samuel Clemens, Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison, and John Philip Sousa’s Marching Band were among many of the celebrated figures to appear before audiences in the building. For upcoming events call 503-391-4481. www.reedoperahouse.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Port of Siuslaw Campground and Marina • 100 Harbor Street Florence, OR 97439 • 541-997-3040 • portofsiuslaw.com

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• Located on the Siuslaw River in Historic Old Town Florence within walking distance to shops, restaurants and performing arts • Full-service campground w/ lots to offer the weekend traveler or long term guest , including Cable TV and free WiFi • Facilities include new restroom/shower and Laundromat, Gazebo, Marina, Boat ramp; Pets Welcome

Umpqua Valley contains the drainage basin of the Umpqua River, and is warmer and drier than its northern neighbor Willamette Valley. It is not a simple open basin, but a series of valleys and undulating hills, hence its unofficial name, “The Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua.” The region surrounding Roseburg has a long history in the wine culture of Oregon. The resurgence of the wine industry in Oregon began at Hillcrest Winery in 1961 with Richard Sommer planting, among other varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon. This was the first premium winery in Oregon’s modern day wine industry, and earned Sommer the title of “the father of the Oregon wine industry.” Forty years ago the Umpqua Valley was the only area producing wine in Oregon. Now the region is experiencing a renaissance in winemaking and growth, and is a fine wine destination. With its varied micro-climates, the Umpqua Valley is cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, yet warm enough to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These micro-climates allow Umpqua Valley growers to experiment with new varietals, being the first in the U.S. to plant both Grüner Veltliner and Tempranillo grapes. Wine enthusiasts will find a wide selection of wines including, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and even a few respectable Zinfandels. Currently the Umpqua Valley hosts a number of wineries that are family-owned. This allows the taster to experience a friendly “down home” feel on their winery visit. Most wineries do not exceed 5,000 cases and are only available locally or at the winery. Experience the Umpqua Valley and enjoy an unspoiled wine country. Please see #42 on page 36 for more information.


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When Mohava Marie Niemi, Newport’s crusty, big hearted chain smoking mother died in 1992 at the age of 79, she left behind much more than a successful business and a trunk full of colorful anecdotes. Her greatest legacy, perhaps, was the work ethic she instilled in her family, which survives to this day.

World Famous Clam Chowder Visit us at one of these locations

Mo’s Story

Mo’s entry into the business world began in 1940 when she and her father bought the Bay Haven Inn on Newport’s salty waterfront. In 1946 they sold the tavern when Mo joined her friend Freddy Kent, to start a café called “Freddie and Mo’s” (a few years later when Freddie became ill, Mo bought her friend out, thus sealing the legacy of Mo’s.) The newly divorced mother of two growing sons found it necessary to take a second job, so she became an announcer at local radio station KNPT, where she did a neighborhood talk show, a job she kept until the mid-seventies. Mo married a second time in 1955. Her new husband, Kaino “Dutch” Niemi, was a Finnish fisherman with whom Mo had a happy thirty-six year marriage.

Newport - Mo’s Original 622 SW Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 541-265-2979

Newport - Mo’s Annex 657 SW Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 541-265-7512

Otter Rock - Mo’s West open seasonally

122 1st Street Otter Rock, OR 541-765-2442

In the early years, it was Dutch’s lucrative fishing venture aboard the F/V Sea Lion III that helped make ends meet at the restaurant. Later, when Dutch turned the wheelhouse over to a younger crew, he could be found every morning at a table in Mo’s commiserating with his old fishing pals, solving the problems of the world and smoking his trademark stogie. The combination of Mo Niemi’s warm, hospitable personality and many unforgettable events gave the “little joint on the waterfront” its unique charm. Early one morning a woman returned to her car parked outside the restaurant, put it in drive instead of reverse, and crashed through the front of the café. Mo far from disgruntled, put her arm comfortingly around the woman and said, “Well, we’ll just put in a garage door so you can drive in anytime you want.” To this day, the garage door on the front of the restaurant is raised on nice days and turns Mo’s into an instant sidewalk café. Mo liked the majority of the people she met, and she did meet many people over the years, including the rich and famous. It was her giving way to come down to the “joint” during the dinner rush and play hostess. She’d see the line of people waiting for a table, then go straight to the cook and say, “Give me a plate of Halibut, and some of those oysters,” which she would then pass out to the hungry people standing in line. “Here,” she’d say, “You’d better try some of these.” In this same way she entertained dignitaries such as Governor Tom McCall, Senator Mark Hatfield, and Representative Les AuCoin. Once news commentator Paul Harvey walked in and asked, “is there a Mo here? I’m supposed to meet her.” Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Henry Fonda, Lee Remmick and the entire cast and crew of “Sometimes A Great Notion,” the movie made from author Ken Kesey’s novel, became friends of Mo’s while filming in Newport. Mo, herself, was in a scene which took place in the Bay Haven Inn, renamed The Snag in the film. Senator Robert Kennedy, who came through Newport on his presidential campaign tour in May of 1968, liked the chowder so much he took a couple of buckets with him on the plane and even invited Mo to join them for the trip to Los Angeles. She politely declined, and then bitterly regretted her decision. Shortly thereafter Kennedy was shot to death after a campaign speech at the Ambassador Hotel. The summer of 1968 also earmarked the opening of Mo’s Annex, sister to Original Mo’s, across the street and overlooking Yaquina Bay. Four years later in 1972, Mo’s West at Devil’s Punchbowl in Otter Rock opened.

Mo’s Lincoln City on the Siletz Bay

860 SW 51st Street Lincoln City, OR 541-996-2535

By the mid-seventies, Mo was taking a less active role in the chowder business and was beginning to leave the nuts and bolts of management to her granddaughter, Cindy McEntee, who had been working in and around the restaurant since grade school. About this time the idea of packaging chowder base and selling it frozen to retail outlets was born. Today not only can you buy the frozen base in many grocery stores, you can also order Mo’s fresh clam chowder base on-line, to be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Since the early days, the atmosphere of Mo’s has remained unchanged. Only the two stories of chowder factory, packing and shipping facilities added to the rear give a hint to the widespread popularity and demand for Mo’s Clam Chowder. The Chowder Factory produces about 500,000 pounds of clam chowder a year, some packaged and shipped to grocery stores and the rest delivered fresh to all the Mo’s Restaurants.

Mo’s Cannon Beach 195 Warren Way Cannon Beach, OR 503-436-1111

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Mo’s Florence in Old Town 1436 Bay Street Florence, OR 541-997-2185

In the late seventies and early eighties, Mo’s expanded to Lincoln city overlooking Siletz Bay, Florence on the Siuslaw River and Cannon Beach with its ocean view.Mo and her restaurants have been and continue to be written up in dozens of newspapers and magazines around the United States. In 1999 Mo’s Clam Chowder was a featured entrée at the first luncheon ever held in the Smithsonian Institute, which celebrated “Best American Regional Foods.” She was very proud of the notoriety, but most of all grateful for the restaurants’ popularity, and she gave back graciously to her community. Mo gave of herself completely, promoting “Newport the Friendliest,” with her time, energy and money. That legacy continues to this day in her granddaughter Cindy McEntee. For her “outstanding development of her business and her contributions to the community” Cindy was awarded the 2001 1st runner up, National Small Business Person of the Year from President George W. Bush. Cindy continues to run the business today along with the help of her daughter Gabrielle and son Dylan. In January of 2005 Cindy published a book, Mo’s On The Waterfront, Tradition Turned Legend to honor the life of her beloved grandmother and to celebrate the business she created over 55 years ago.

A trip to the Oregon Coast is not complete without a stop at Mo’s. We look Forward to serving you! Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Downtown McMinnville & Evergreen Aviation Museum photos by Bill Miller, Allegory-commercial photography, www.allegory-photo.com

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cMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon’s agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on Hwy 99. This quiet, friendly city enjoys a central location to Pacific Ocean beaches (50 miles), to Portland (30 miles to the northeast), and the state capitol (Salem - 25 miles southeast), with an easy scenic drive to Mt. Hood and other local ski areas. The mild climate is ideal for growing wine grapes; McMinnville is surrounded by Yamhill County’s 200 plus vineyards and 90 wineries; more than in any other county in Oregon. The McMinnville Downtown Historic District comprises 100 commercial buildings of architectural and historical significance. The revitalization efforts of the McMinnville Downtown Association have made the downtown area one of the most charming and vital in the state. Visitors can enjoy shopping, live theater and fine restaurants. A self-guided historic building walking tour is available at the Chamber Visitors Center. The McMinnville Farmers Market blossoms seasonally from June through October on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Cowls St., between 3rd and 2nd Sts. McMinnville has several wonderful parks, and Oregon’s oldest county fair is also held here in early August. The Yamhill County Fair features old fashioned fair food, rides and exhibits, and is host to a 3-day NPRA Rodeo and top name entertainment.

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Delicious Old Fashioned Ice Cream •Old Fashioned Floats •Handmade Waffle Cones •Old Fashioned Sugar Cones •Banana Split

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Treat Yourself to Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Experience the smell of homemade waffle cones mingled with fresh baked cookies and cornbread as you endeavor to choose between more than one of your all-time favorite ice cream flavors. The player piano tickles the ivories in the background amusing itself as you attempt to make a choice. Do you go with what you know or what you know you love, or do you get a double scoop! Welcome to Serendipity Ice Cream. Serendipity Ice Cream is an old fashioned ice cream parlor located in downtown McMinnville’s historic Cook's Hotel, built in 1886. In 2000 Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc. renovated the Hotel's elegant entrance and lobby to its original turn-of-the century charm and opened Serendipity Ice cream. Serendipity Ice Cream’s purpose is to provide job opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities while bringing back the sights, sounds and tastes of small town America’s simple pleasures. Wendi and her staff would love to have you enjoy not only our historic setting and fresh homemade delectable treats, but join us for lunch and free WIFI. Bring in your ticket stub from any McMinnville attraction featured in this issue of "101 Things To Do©-Western & Coastal Oregon" and receive a free regular ice cream cone. www.serendipityicecream.com

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Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is an educational waterpark that includes ten waterslides, a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. Consisting of classic Evergreen Museum building design, the space features nearly 70,000 square feet of educational fun, topped by a massive Evergreen International Aviation B747-100 aircraft on the top of the building. Throughout the structure, Waterpark visitors will learn about the power of water and its effects on society through dozens of interactive exhibits and learning tools. Both the Museum and the Waterpark aim to serve an important community education role and further distinguish McMinnville as a premier location for teaching students of all ages about the wonder of science. For more information, call (503) 434-4185. www.evergreenmuseum.org

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Up, Up & Away! Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Imagine floating over Yamhill County’s beautiful wine country in one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime. Between April 1 and October 1, you can see Oregon from a wonderful and unique perspective! Your adventure will begin one-half hour before dawn at Sportsman Airpark in Newberg, Oregon. You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in the inflation process of the balloons or just relax and watch as the huge lengths of rainbow colored nylon are unrolled. Watch as the crew holds the balloon tight while industrial sized fans breathe life into the fabric. Finally the propane jets are ignited and the balloons rise ten stories into the morning sky. Then you’ll take to the sky to enjoy the view as you fly over the beautiful countryside. Conclude your adventure with the balloonist’s traditional full catered breakfast and complimentary flight souvenir. For more information, or to book your adventure, contact Vista Balloon Adventures at (503) 625-7385 or (800) 622-3309. www.vistaballoon.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


McMinnville is Oregon's Favorite Main Street Downtown McMinnville is the perfect place to unwind and savor the feeling of a quieter time, on Oregon's Favorite Main Street. It has been the heartbeat of Yamhill County since before it was incorporated in 1876. The McMinnville of today is rich in history and small town charm, while providing amenities typically only associated with much larger cities. Nestled in the heart of Oregon's wine country, you'll find bursts of color in cascading flower baskets in the summer, green skin and tin foil hats in May and glittering lights and festive displays during the holiday season; all welcoming you to community events such as McMinnville's summer Farmers' Market, UFO Festival, or the Holiday parade. Music fills the air from the farmers’ market performers and outdoor concerts all summer long, and pours out of restaurants and pubs on winter evenings. In downtown McMinnville, you'll want to visit the wealth of wineries in the area and taste locally produced wines - see adjacent page for more information. Great wine naturally deserves excellent food. Visit downtown to dine at one of many restaurants from casual barbecue and pizza, to elegant Spanish tapas and fine French and Italian cuisine. While downtown, shop to your heart's Oregon's Rooftop Bar content at an eclectic selection of quaint boutiques, unique shops, courtesy Hotel McMenamins Hotel Oregon and local galleries. You'll find clothing and accessories, crafts and hobbies and shops dedicated to local products. No trip to downtown McMinnville would be complete without a visit to McMenamins Hotel Oregon's legendary Rooftop Bar, named one of the top ten rooftop bars on the west coast by Sunset Magazine. Have a beer or glass of wine and take in panoramic views of downtown, the surrounding countryside and nearby Coast Range.

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Visit the McMinnville Bank & Schilling Building. Constructed in 1885, the McMinnville Bank Building is a narrow, two-story Italianate brick structure covered in stucco. Several operations have occupied this building, including the McMinnville Business College, physicians' and surgeons' offices, as well as a meat market and a boot repair shop. Next door, the Schilling building, built prior to 1884 as a saloon, is possibly the oldest brick building on Third Street. The stucco and raised ornamented parapet was added by Schilling in 1905. Don't miss the Fenton House, located at 434 N Evans Street. This house, along with the McMinnville Downtown Historic District, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Yamhill County. For more information about these beautiful homes, contact the McMinnville Downtown Association at (503) 472-3605 or visit them at 105 NE Third Street in downtown McMinnville. www.downtownmcminnville.com

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The landscape of the McMinnville area and the beautiful wineries of the Yamhill Valley are a must see. To view the scenery from the air in a helicopter is one of the most stunning ways to experience this, as well as the beauty of other areas of Oregon. Konect Aviation offers helicopter scenic tours of a vast portion of Oregon, ranging from the ripe vineyards in the Willamette Valley Winecountry to the splashing waters of Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River Gorge and the expansive and pristine Oregon coast. Take your special someone up on a romantic wedding flight, or propose while flying over beautiful rolling hills. Tours can be customized to include destinations of your choice. Experience the thrill of viewing the amazing Pacific Northwest from its most beautiful side: from above, in one of the scenic tours at Konect Aviation. To schedule your tour, call (503) 376-0190. www.konect-aviation.com

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Let Your Imagination Take Flight

While in the McMinnville area, be sure to visit the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which proudly displays a large number of military and civilian aircraft and spacecraft, including the famous Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose.” The museum is located across the street from the headquarters of Evergreen International Aviation, and Route 18 separates the museum from the company’s operations and McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV). First envisioned by Capt. Michael King Smith, son of Evergreen International Aviation founder Delford Smith, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is the realization of his dream. The museum first began with a small collection of vintage aircraft on display in a hangar located at the headquarters and was called the Evergreen Museum. There are now two main large exhibit centers open to the public, consisting of aviation, where the Spruce Goose acts to anchor the other exhibits, and space flight, in another new large building. The current center of the space flight exhibit building is occupied by the SR-71 ‘Blackbird,’ which originally rested under one wing of the Spruce Goose. An IMAX theater opened in 2007, and a second exhibit hall focusing on the Titan II ICBM and space technology opened in 2008. Flight simulators for landing the space shuttle, as well as for Gemini capsule docking and the Lunar Excursion Module moon landing, are available for use by visitors now. For more information, reservations and tickets, call (503) 434-4185. www.evergreenmuseum.org Spruc e Goose photo by Judy Adam s

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McMinnville Parks McMinnville Community Center is headquarters for the McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department, which administers several parks throughout the city. Among these are Joe Dancer Park, which was named after a longtime city manager. It is a 100-acre park with soccer, baseball, and softball fields, a playground, and the Drew Ottley Memorial Skate Park. City Park is within walking distance from the downtown business district. Wortman Park is a large forested park with a small stream running through it. A disc golf course was installed 1991 and is home to the annual Squirrel Open, an Oregon Disc Sports Association's Oregon Series tournament. For more information about these and other parks, contact McMinnville Community Center at (503) 434-7359. www.ci.mcminnville.or.us/city/residents/city-parks/

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alem, the capital of Oregon, is located in the north-central Willamette Valley. It is the third largest city in the state. The Willamette River runs through the city and forms a boundary between Polk and Marion counties. The 45th parallel, the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole, passes through Salem’s city center. Salem is nicknamed the “Cherry City” due to the past importance of the local cherry growing industry. Agriculture has played an important role in Salem’s history and has been celebrated in festivals and parades throughout the years. It was only fitting that in 1861, Salem was chosen as the permanent site of the Oregon State Fair, which is held annually the end of August through Labor Day. The fair offers exhibits, competitions, music and carnival rides. Downtown Salem is home to the Mission Mill Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Elsinore Theatre, Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum, Riverfront Park, the Willamette River as well as some of the oldest buildings in Oregon. Don’t miss the A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, and interactive childrens’ museum; a great place to take the kids. During May through October, you can visit the Salem Saturday Market, located north of the Capitol building. You’ll find local products such as crafts, baked goods, produce, meat, and various other items. During the summer months, there is a Wednesday Farmers’ Market in downtown Courthouse Square and a Holiday Gift Market during December. There is also an indoor Saturday Public Market which is open year round. With Salem as the capital, there are many government agencies housed in buildings with varying architectural designs. Some were built in the early 20th century while others are state-of-the-art design. The modern Greek structure of the Capitol building, highlighted by four different types of marble and Depression Era art, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When you visit the beautiful building, located at 900 Court Street NE, be sure to experience the Capitol Rotunda. You will find historic murals which are surrounded by functional and decorative polished marble. You’ll be amazed at the size and scale of the great room. There is plenty to see and educational opportunities abound. Climb either of the two staircases to the Oregon House of Representatives and the Oregon Senate. You may visit the capitol between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Tours are available Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and leave on the hour. There are also self-guided walking tours of the Capitol grounds. Your tour of the Oregon State Capitol building would not be complete without a visit to the Observation Deck. View Salem from this spectacular vantage point. One hundred twenty-one steps of marble, concrete, & metal with catwalks and ramps lead to a narrow spiral staircase which leads to a heavy door that opens at the base of the guilded “Golden Pioneer”. Tours are conducted every thirty minutes, Monday through Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call (503) 986-1388 to confirm the tour schedule.

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Take a Tour of Wild Oregon See the sights of Oregon with your own personal tour guide. Some of the amazing scenery you can experience include waterfalls, old growth trees, rugged mountains/cascades, local geology, natural history and mining history and much more. Take a half-day tour to Silver Falls or travel through the wonderful town of Silverton and the Cascade foothills on the way to beautiful Butte Creek and rugged Abiqua Creek Falls. These waterfalls are hidden beauties, and out of the way, well kept secrets. Stop along the way to see the 1880s burial church at Miller cemetery and visit the reincarnated Enoch Long. You will also learn about the battle of Abiqua and the Native American tribes that once called this area the end of the trail. You might want to schedule a full-day or two-day tour of the Central Oregon coast. Schedule a wonderful sightseeing trip to Cascade mountains. Take a gold mining and mining history excursion in eastern Oregon and pan for gold. Or you can be daring and schedule a Mystery Adventure! Wild Oregon Tours trip advisors will help you plan your adventure to the amazing and beautiful places you’ve always wanted to see, or perhaps to a place you didn’t even know existed! Call Wild Oregon Tours to book your tour. (503) 319-4637 www.wildoregontours.com

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Visit the Roger Yost Gallery of Fine Art

Among the biggest surprises in the City of Salem is the Roger Yost Gallery. Why? It rivals any in San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York and is generally believed to be the largest international art gallery in the Pacific Northwest.

The downtown gallery spans two floors of a former bank space in Yost’s Capitol Center building – Salem’s tallest – an art deco tower built in 1927. It is within walking distance of fine restaurants, theaters, other galleries and the state Capitol Building. More than 80 collectible artists from Prague, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Lima, Buenos Aries, Seoul, Vilnius, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, Tehran, Tibilisi, Orlando, Washington D.C., Hollywood, Atlanta, and New York have works in the Yost Gallery. Besides original oils on canvas, boards and copper, one will discover extraordinary lacquer sculpture from Vietnam, art glass containing ashes from the Mount St. Helens eruption, and an exclusive collection of Disney Fine Art and paintings inspired by films from the Pixar Animation Studios. To arrange personal tours of the gallery at 388 State Street in Salem, call (503) 370-9951. www.rogeryostgallery.com 18 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

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Located in vibrant downtown Salem’s Riverfront Park alongside the Willamette River sits the ‘Jewel of the Mid-Willamette Valley’. Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is more than just an amusement park ride by anyo n e ’s s t a n d a r d s . Open seven days a week, this tourist and community hotspot attracts local and global attention year round. With its calliope sounds reverberating and its old-world style, hand-crafted horses and artwork proudly shining, one can’t help but feel young at heart and drawn in for more. Visitors might come to ride but get more than they pay for – a memorable experience and perfect mix between elegant ambience, cultural diversity, and family-fun. The first thing you experience is the welcoming smiles and shared stories from the dedicated volunteer workforce, widely known as the Carousel’s most valuable assets. The second thing you notice is the beehive of engagement opportunities throughout the facilities. You can see exhibitions of woodcarving in the artisan’s workshops and studios, or join the fun of a scavenger hunt and Brass Ring game play. In need of refreshments? Grab a latte, assorted snacks or a bag of popcorn while you wander around. Shopping for a special someone? You’ll find choices galore in the Gift Gallery from plush animals, children’s books, everyday gifts, handmade and baby items, unique collectibles, artwork, home décor and more. You can even have your items gift wrapped while you wait! Need a special place to celebrate a special occasion? The ‘Prancing Pony’ party room and building facilities are a popular venue offering a variety of amenities and affordable pricing, and everyone is guaranteed a good time! Celebrations of all shapes and sizes are a common occurrence; from field trips for school kids to birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries, proms and graduations. Make the Carousel your destination for baby’s 1st ride, your 1st date or your relatives’ 1st visit. Visiting around a holiday? You’ll find all kinds of fun on the Carousel’s annual calendar to participate in like Winterfest! or Luck O’Irish Spring Fling. There’s a Dr. Seuss’ StoryHour and honors given to service personnel on Veteran’s & Memorial Day. Join the annual food drives at Christmas and New Year’s, help out with school supplies at the Back-To-School Fun Drive, or come in costume for the Scarousel Bash. Signature Events also include hanging out with Peter Rabbit or Mrs. Claus and having tea, and joining Santa for some extraordinary merry-making and yummy breakfast! Don’t just make it a visit, make a day of it and bring a picnic, toss a Frisbee, take a boat ride, or gallivant at the public playgrounds, splash fountain and children’s museum nearby. Whatever pleasure you might be seeking – the Carousel’s got you covered! The living history and prospects for this non-profit organization knows no bounds. Since 2001, it continues to stand on an amazing foundation built around community cohesiveness, cultural and education programs, and exceptional service that help it to shine like a beacon on even the grayest of Oregon days. Anytime is the perfect time for a memorable excursion and a great photo opp because Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is where magic happens year round! Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is located at 101 Front ST NE . Call (503) 540-0374 for more information. www.salemcarousel.org

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RIDE our exquisite handcrafted carousel SHOP our unique Gift Gallery PARTY year round at any of our signature events or an occasion of your own in our Prancing Pony event room. CELEBRATE with us where community & culture, education & outreach, and family & fun all come together along the Willamette River in vibrant downtown Salem Oregon.

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Make a trip to Mt. Angel Sausage Company and watch and learn how authentic handmade artisan sausage is made. Then be sure to enjoy one...or two. Mt. Angel Sausage Company is a family-owned business where Jim Hoke and his son James make all the natural products. Their sausage making business has been featured on the Food Network. Outrageous Food’s “Big Chef”, Tom Pizzica took his quest to unearth the most jaw-dropping, eye-popping, occasionally heart-stopping foods in the country to Mt. Angel Sausage Company and found what he was looking for. Tom made up a batch of Fire Haus Brats with sausage maker Jim Hoke. The local volunteer fire fighters taught him how to eat the super spicy delights. Other locals gave their take on these hot links and sausage etiquette. When you visit you’ll find that numerous tips abound on how to savor the special tastes of the brats. For more information, call (503) 845-2332. www.ropesausage.com

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Taste Wines from Oregon’s Oldest Producing Winery

In 1933, Honeywood Winery was founded by Ron Honeyman and John Wood. It was originally called Columbia Distilleries, and produced fruit brandies, cordials and liqueurs. Eventually, they settled on making premium wines and decided a name change was in order for the winery. Contrary to the obvious, Honeyman and Wood did not use a contraction of their names to make Honeywood, and in fact, objected to the name on those grounds. An advertising consultant provided the rationale with a line from Oliver Goldsmith’s play, “The Good Natured Man,” wherin the products of fermentation were referred to as, “smooth as HONEY…aged in WOOD…the drink of “the good natured man.” Honeywood became synonymous with the elite in wines. A winery must be close to its source of ingredients, and so it is with Honeywood. Located in Salem, in the heart of Oregon’s great and fertile Willamette Valley, the winery is minutes away from some of the world’s finest vineyards, cane berry fields and fruit orchards. Honeywood is the oldest producing winery in Oregon. The winery produces a full line of premium vinifera wines, and the most extensive listing of premium fruit and specialty wines. They offer complimentary tasting, and their tasting room includes a gourmet marketplace that sells Oregon food products and wine related gifts. From wine experts, to the casual wine enthusiast, everyone will enjoy the tasting experience at Honeywood Winery. Honeywood Winery is located at 1350 Hines St. in Salem. For more information, call 503-362-4111. www.honeywoodwinery.com 20 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

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Discover A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village

A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village is an award-winning nonprofit children’s museum in Salem, Oregon. The museum offers yearround fun with indoor & outdoor interactive exhibits. The mission of the museum is to “inspire children of all ages to learn and grow through play.” Kids & adults alike enjoy three historic houses, and a 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center. The largest communitybuilt project in Salem’s history resulted in the finest outdoor children’s discovery center in the Northwest. It took 19 days, over 6,000 volunteers, 20 miles of lumber, 2 tons of nails, and unending community support to create the masterpiece of A.C.’s Backyard. Climb the world’s largest erector set tower, play marimbas in the musical ensemble deck, explore the inside of an animal cell, or become the captain of a paddle wheeler. These are just a few of the fantastic adventures you will have in their Outdoor Discovery Center. Inside the three historic houses you’ll find interactive displays and discovery opportunities, like the “Village Grocery”. This bright colorful exhibit features child-size shopping carts, cashier aprons, a cash register with a scanner, cloth reusable shopping bags, learning cards to assist young shoppers in selecting a balanced diet, and well stocked shelves to make any shopping list complete. This new realistic pint-sized market enables children to make choices, build color and shape recognition, solve problems, practice social skills, obtain math readiness skills, and introduces the food pyramid. “Recollections” is a colorful, dazzling projection that allows visitors to create vivid, full-size, time-delayed images of themselves. Combining computer technology, a color camera, a large screen projector, and a special retro-reflective screen, artist/software designer Ed Tannenbaum has created an environment that allows the user to explore time and motion in beautiful colors. Over 256 colors can be displayed on the screen at one time as visitors move and become part of a dynamic work of art. “Undersea Cave of Frozen Shadows” is designed with marine murals and glowing jellyfish suspended from the ceiling, the Shadow Room remains a favorite exhibit. Press the button, walk over to the wall, pose, and, flash! your shadow remains on the wall. The material on the wall of our Shadow Room absorbs light energy and re-emits it for several seconds. Where you make a shadow, less light hits the wall and less light is re-emitted. Your shadow remains after you move away. Also, take a dive in the USS Gilbert Submarine Station with a peak-a-boo view into the Shadow Room. “Dinostories” takes a fresh look at an ancient age. This colorful, hands-on exhibit from The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry gives visitors a chance to explore the lives and habitats of these “terrible lizards.” You can unearth a fossil cast of an ancient dinosaur or sit and visit in chairs that resemble real dinosaur heads. Try your hand at generating dinosaur names (there’s an interesting logic behind it), and create etchings of your favorite dinosaurs to take home with you. There’s even a dinosaur slide! All this, and so much more for everyone to explore! Families, groups and individuals are welcome to enjoy a truly unique educational experience in downtown Salem’s Riverfront Park. A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village is open everyday; Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. The museum is located at 116 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. For more information call 503-371-3631. www.acgilbert.org

Who Was A.C. Gilbert? A. C. Gilbert was born in Salem, Oregon on February 15, 1884. In 1900, at the age of 16, Gilbert attended Tualatin Academy, a prep school for Pacific Academy in Forest Grove. In 1903, Gilbert transferred to Yale University and studied medicine, planning to use his degree to become a coach. To help pay his tuition, Gilbert performed the magic tricks he learned as a child, often making as much as $100 a night. Gilbert and his friend, John Petrie, began to manufacture the magic sets in a tool shed in Westville, Connecticut. Early in 1911, Gilbert got the idea for his Erector Set while riding a train from New Haven to New York. Railroad crews from New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad were raising new power lines that would convert the train from steam to electricity. Gilbert was fascinated by the architecture of the steel towers that carried the power lines. Gilbert and his wife cut out some cardboard girders and worked with them until the pieces fit together and could be used to build a variety of objects. Gilbert’s educational sets revolutionized the toy industry. He was one of the first toymakers who believed that playing was essential to learning. Gilbert sensed the possibilities of scientific toys which would enable a child to play with ideas and hypotheses, and at the same time teach them about the laws of physics, engineering, and nature.

The Man Who Saved Christmas – 1918

In World War I, Gilbert testified before the U. S. Council of Defense on behalf of the toy industry, after Congress declared a moratorium on the manufacturing of toys. Gilbert testified that not only were these construction toys valuable learning tools, but they showed the long-term effects of fostering inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity, and problem solving abilities. Gilbert told Congress that we must take care of our current human resources, “our children,” for the perpetuity of American ingenuity and the value of learning. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Visitors and residents of the Mid-Willamette Valley looking for quality family recreation and fitness activities can find it all during a visit to The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Located conveniently off of I-5, the 91,000 square foot facility houses an aquatics center, NBA-sized basketball court, fitness area, art room, game room, media center and more. Reach new heights on the 33 foot rock climbing wall*, take a stroll in the lazy river, and then venture down the 150-foot water slide. An indoor leisure pool, junior Olympic-sized competition pool and seasonal outdoor splash pad provide hours of water fun and fitness. Visitors and members alike can exercise on state-of-the art fitness equipment, participate in a variety of fitness classes, exercise creative talents in the art room, or just relax with a good book in the media center. Daily or monthly rates, the Salvation Army Kroc Center is affordable for the whole family. Bring the kids and grandkids for a day full of family fun! There’s no need to pack a lunch; tasty food and beverage selections are available at the café. The Salvation Army Kroc Center also offers birthday party packages, meeting and conference room rentals, and picturesque outdoor settings: including an amphitheater and prayer garden. A great location for reunions, company picnics, corporate retreats, and more! Professional catering services are available for both on and off-site events. Make sure to stop by and experience this celebrated Willamette Valley recreation destination! For information and hours of operation: call 503-566-5762. *Signed rock wall waiver required; legal parent/guardian signature required for youth under 18. www.salvationarmysalem.org

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Albany Shimanek Covered Bridge, photo by Gary Thurman

Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the west and one of the largest in the nation. Nine of these authentic wood covered bridges are located in Linn County. The quiet roads linking these bridges are ideal for touring by bicycle, automobile and motorcycle. Five bridges located around the town of Scio, east of Albany, are included in a driving tour that is marked by signs along the approximately 30 mile route. Most of the bridges are painted white, however the Shimanek Bridge is set apart by its beautiful red color. Larwood Bridge and Wayside Park located on the picturesque Crabtree Creek still has an old water wheel that was used to produce electricity for the area many years ago. Linn County covered bridges were originally built during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Bridge builders often camped out at remote sites, living off the land or contracting with local farmers for food. Early covered bridge owners often financed construction by charging tolls; 3 cents for a sheep, 5 cents for a horse and rider. The life span of a wood bridge is about 10 years; however, by covering the bridge it could last eighty years or more. The Howe truss-type construction was used on all Linn County Bridges. Named for Massachusetts born architect William Howe, the trusses are a series of half “A” timbers sloping toward the center, where they form “X”s with vertical tie rods.

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(1) Gilkey Bridge is 120 ft. over Thomas Creek, built in 1939 this bridge is still open to automobile traffic. The bridge is a standing reminder of what was once the town of Gilkey. This beauty exhibits open sides and curved portal openings. (2) Hoffman Bridge was built in 1936. Spanning 90 ft. across Crabtree Creek, the bridge was built primarily with hand tools, the upper timbers show marks where workers shaped them by hand. Instead of the usual open sides, this bridge has gothic windows. (3) Shimanek Bridge is the only red covered bridge in Linn County. Built in 1966 this special bridge boasts Gothic louvered windows on each side and a cedar shake roof. (4) Jordan Bridge once connected Pioneer Park and Wilderness Parks in Stayton, and was moved from Thomas Creek in Linn County to the Salem Canal in neighboring Marion County. On December 20th, 1994 the bridge caught fire when Christmas lights ignited the roof. Local citizens constructed a new covered bridge at the site throughout 1997 and 1998. The new bridge was dedicated in September 1998. (5) Hannah Bridge has spanned Thomas Creek since 1936 and was built on land from an original Donation Land Grant from 1846. Hannah Bridge handles daily automobile crossings and is popular with those who like to swim and fish. (6) Larwood Bridge built near the confluence of Roaring River and Crabtree Creek in 1939; this bridge stands proudly at Larwood Wayside Park. This is a great spot for a picnic and fishing. A water powered wheel that once provided electricity to locals is a reminder of simpler times. (7) Weddle Bridge in Sweet Home’s Sankey Park features exposed trusses and rounded portals. The bridge was built in 1937 and carried traffic over Thomas Creek for 43 years until being by-passed in 1980. The structure was moved to Ames Creek in 1989. (8) Short Bridge was built in 1945 and was commonly known as Whiskey Butte Bridge but was renamed for a long time area resident, Gordon Short. It is one of the few remaining bridges to have a wooden shingle roof. The Short Bridge is the most eastern covered bridge in Linn County. (9) Crawfordsville Bridge and town were named for Philemon Crawford whose land the town was established on. Crawfordsville Bridge features slit windows on each side. Originally the portals were rounded, but were later enlarged. By-passed by the highway in 1963, the bridge now stands beside the main road. McKercher Park, one mile downstream, is an excellent picnic spot. For a map, suggested tour route and directions, call 541-928-0911. www.albanyvisitors.com

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Stroll Through An Antique Mall

If you love browsing through antique stores, stroll down memory lane at the Albany Antique Mall located in historic downtown Albany. You’ll find beautifully displayed, quality items in this two-story, 20,000 sq ft mall. With their friendly and knowledgeable staff, clean organized displays, and spacious aisles, you’ll find yourself happily whiling away an entire afternoon in this delightful mall. Take a step back in time as you peruse the fabulous possibilities among the 100 plus booths. You’ll find antique furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, books, Depression glass, china, Fiesta ware, toys, artwork, and more. Whether you are looking for a specific item or just browsing, there is something in the Albany Antique Mall for everyone. The mall also boasts of one of the valley’s largest vintage clothing boutiques. “The Vintage Boutique” includes a fabulous selection of clothing from the past century, a large variety of hats, shoes and accessories and a men’s section as well. Next time you’re in Albany, stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a stroll through one of the largest quality antique malls in Oregon! For more information, call (541) 704-0109. www.albanyantiquemall.com

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Uncover Historic Downtown Albany

Shortly after the founding of Albany in 1848, the Monteith brothers moved into their new house on the edge of the present downtown, where they opened a general store. Other businesses soon followed. By 1878, downtown Albany boasted grocers, dry goods stores, a wagon dealer, cigar stores, butchers, livery stables, a tailor, a “shaving salon,” shoe stores, a printer, saloons, hotels, an agricultural implements dealer, and a furniture dealer who doubled as an undertaker. The first steamboat came to Albany in 1851, and the downtown quickly developed into the mid-valley’s riverboat landing. By 1866, five riverboats owned by an Albany man made regular trips between Albany, Corvallis and Portland. Remnants of this era of river travel still exist in the former riverbank warehouse and steamboat landing located at the foot of Broadalbin Street. Downtown Albany bears reminders of other modes of transportation as well. Starting in 1851, E.M. Briggs’ ferry crossed the Willamette from the foot of Ferry Street. The ferries charged 75 cents to cross the river with a wagon and team. Pack horses and mules cost 20 cents, foot travelers paid 12.5 cents, loose cattle were 10 cents, sheep and hogs 5 cents, and 100 pounds of freight cost 5 cents. The ferry was replaced by the Albany Steel Bridge in 1892. The footings of the bridge are still visible, carrying power lines across the river. Street repairs sometimes uncover trolley tracks along First and Lyon streets, yet another form of early transportation. The trolleys were at first pulled by horses, then steam engines, then horses again (because the steam engines scared the horses on the street), and were finally electrified in 1908. The Straney and Moore building, 321 Second Avenue SW, was originally one of several livery stables downtown that serviced the trolleys. At the turn of the century, Albany was known as the “Hub City” of the Willamette Valley, with “unrivaled shipping facilities”, railroads radiating in nine different directions, and a passenger service with fifty trains per day.” During Albany’s early commercial building period, impressive and ornate structures sprang up downtown. When it was built in1887, the Flinn Block, 222 First Avenue, boasted one of the most ornate French Second Empire facades in the Northwest. The Straney and Moore Livery Stable is a fanciful Queen Anne structure built in1891. The S.E. Young Building, 136 Lyon SW, was built in 1887 and rolled on logs to its present location by two horses and a “capston pulley” winch in 1912. Architectural styles of the Downtown Historic District include: Italianate, Queen Anne, American Renaissance, Commercial Brick, Art Moderne, Twentieth Century Period Revivals, and a modified French Second Empire. Stability marks the history of Albany’s Downtown Historic District. Many of the buildings and businesses pictured in fading old photographs still exist as evidence of the downtown’s continuing vitality and charm. The Downtown District remains the civic, commercial ,and social center of Albany. For more information about the Historic Downtown District self-guided tour, call 541-928-0911. www.albanyvisitors.com

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- Calapooia Brewing Co. is Albany’s only microbrewery and is located on the Willamette Riverfront. They offer great food as well as a multitude of microbrews. Watch for their name in places around Oregon that offer microbrews. Educational tours of the brewery are available. Call (541) 928-1931 for tour schedule. www.calapooiabrewing.com

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Take a Tour of Historic Homes

Albany’s historic downtown is just 3 miles west of the I-5 freeway and boasts over 700 historic homes and buildings in many different architectural styles. Self-guided tours of these historic districts are available. Be sure to tour the historic Monteith House Museum, built in 1849 for Albany’s founders. Open seasonally or by appointment, visitors can discover what life was like for early settlers of the Willamette Valley in this very well preserved home. Call (541) 928-0911 for more information. www.monteithhouse.com www.albanyvisitors.com Ralston House, Hackleman Histo ric District

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Imagine a grand, classic carousel, populated by prancing bears and leaping salmon, galloping horses and bounding hares, a veritable Noah’s ark built by hand and ready to carry a new generation of children into a wonderful world of art and imagination. This dream is coming to life at the Historic Carousel and Museum, a non-profit volunteer-driven organization dedicated to building a traditional carousel. The project began in 2002 and it is estimated that it will be completed in 2015; the finished carousel will feature 52 animals and 2 chariots, each hand-painted and carved from basswood with hand tools. Become a part of this incredible project by volunteering to help with the carving and painting of the carousel pieces. No experience is necessary, and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Help build a more beautiful community in Albany by supporting the carousel project. The Historic Carousel and Museum is located at 503 First Ave W. in Albany, and is open 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday, and until 9 pm on Wednesdays. To volunteer, arrange a group tour or for more information, call (541) 791-3340. www.albanycarousel.com

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Visit Talking Water Gardens

The Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens is the first public/private engineering project of its kind in the United States; a constructed wetland designed to provide an additional level of natural treatment for a combined municipal and industrial wastewater flow. It will be the final step in returning this treated water safely to the Willamette River. Talking Water Gardens was built on the former site of a plywood mill. The land has been transformed by the wetlands by providing a sustainable long-term solution which preserves the surrounding land, including a 200-acre environmental preserve bounded by creeks, a backwater river channel oxbow, and the Willamette River. Trails and signage explain the hydrological forces at work in the wetlands, naturally conditioning the water for its return to nearby streams. Talking Water Gardens has become a destination for walking, wildlife watching and environmental education opportunities. It is an area that respects the history of the land – past, present and future. Floating wetlands vegetation, wildflowers, scrub and marsh plants and trees have been planted to prevent erosion and help reduce water temperature by providing shade in the wetland cells. Plants were selected to provide an aesthetically pleasing and varied natural environment that promotes biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Waterfalls and weirs provide aeration, mixing, and sound…hence the namesake “talking water.” The natural topography is used to provide aeration and mixing by waterfalls to enrich oxygen content in the water, and enhance growth of plants and organisms that will consume the nutrients. Since its grand opening in June of 2012, the 50 acre Talking Water Gardens offers visitors a chance to see waterfowl, western pond turtles, and wild mink just to name a few. More than 50 varieties of native plants and trees can be seen along the two miles of hiking trails, with waterfalls and bridges along the way. Talking Water Gardens has won several engineering and environmental awards, and is a must-stop for Albany visitors interested in wildlife watching. Call the Albany Visitors Association at (541)928-0911 for more information. www.albanyvisitors.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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estled in the Willamette Valley between the breathtaking scenery of the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast Range, Eugene is often referred to as “The Emerald City.” Douglas fir forests border Eugene on three sides and account for its past reputation as a lumber town. The city of Eugene is often named one of America’s most livable cities and it’s not hard to see why. It is home to the University of Oregon, has renowned cultural activities, abundant recreational opportunities and enjoys a beautiful setting and mild climate. The area is so pleasant the Kalapuya people, the first inhabitants of the Willamette Valley, are thought to have occupied the area for centuries. However, by the mid-1800s settlers were displacing the Kalapuya. Eugene Franklin Skinner built the first cabin in the area in 1846. It was used as a trading post and officially designated as a post office in 1850. In another two years, Skinner and a local judge had Eugene City laid out. After heavy rains proved their first location to be rather soggy (the site became known as “Skinner’s Mudhole”), they moved the town site to higher ground. Settlers kept arriving in the fertile region. Several sawmills were built to process nearby timber, and by 1858 there were more than 500 people in Eugene City. In 1862, the city was finally incorporated and two years later changed its name to City of Eugene. Eugene is now home to more than 150,000 people, and with its neighbor Springfield, makes up the third largest metropolitan area in Oregon, after Portland and Salem. It is located 426 feet above sea level and covers approximately 36 square miles. But statistics do little to describe Eugene. It is a vibrant community, the quintessential college town, full of active people who make it a point to enjoy their surroundings and the arts. A favorite spot to congregate is along the banks of the peaceful Willamette River, which meanders through the city. Miles of biking and running trails line the river in Alton Baker Park. Canoes and kayaks can be rented for leisurely boating. Summer temperatures can reach the 80s and 90s and the cool grass along the river is perfect for outdoor concerts, fairs and festivals. Additional cycling is available on more than 300 miles of bike paths in Eugene and Springfield, most of them flat. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular on the nearby McKenzie, Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. Flower-lovers will want to visit the renowned Rhododendron Garden at Hendrick’s Park. This 12-acre garden contains more than 6,000 rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, viburnums and other plants. Paths wander through the garden to secluded seating areas. The rhodies bloom from February through July, with peak flowering in April and May. Another flower-lover’s mecca is the Owen Rose Garden in Skinner Butte Park where 4,500 roses scent the air. The park is where city founder Eugene Skinner built his cabin in 1846. In all, Eugene has 133 diverse city parks that encompass more than 3,000 acres. For further information, call (541) 682-4800. If you love wine or love to tour wineries and vineyards, you’ll find dozens of them, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations, are located in the southern portion of the Willamette Valley. See pages 30 and 31 for more information. Neighboring Eugene is Springfield, the second largest city in Lane County with a population of over 55,000. Springfield’s name has a unique origin. In 1894, after a long trip across the country via the “southern route,” Elias M. Briggs and his wife Mary built their house near a babbling spring. Briggs developed a town around the spring in a meadow near his homestead—now Springfield, Oregon. These pioneers were typical of the generations of hard workers who followed them. As soon as the early settlers dug millraces and opened their flour and lumber mills, Springfield became known as a mill town. Though it has been 150 years since the first settlers spawned Springfield’s reputation, important mill icons remain embedded in the psyche of many of the town’s residents. Even Springfield High School’s mascot is the Miller. Incorporated as a city in 1885, Springfield continues to attract new businesses and residents with its prime location and high quality of life. Springfield lies between two rolling rivers in the heart of the Willamette Valley in western Oregon—the McKenzie River, famous for its fly fishing waters, and the Willamette River. Springfield is a friendly place to live, work and play, and is a popular choice for statewide events, due to its convenient location on Interstate 5, halfway between the coast and the Cascade Mountains. Summer in Springfield is full of many special events and festivals, such as the Fiesta Latina, the Springfield Filbert Festival and many concerts in the park. The area offers local access to camping, boating and some of the best freshwater fishing in the state. The Lively Park Swim Center Wave Pool is a favorite with kids. Much of the community’s historic heritage has been preserved. The Washburne Historic District, adjoining downtown, shows a fine example of working-class mill cottages. Editor’s Note: Former Springfield Mayor Sidney Leiken and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce contributed to this report.

Drift the McKenzie River

The famous McKenzie River is truly one of the most beautiful and easy-to-enjoy rivers in the world. This partially spring-fed river originates high in the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range at Collier Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in North America, and is located on the western slope of the Middle Sister, in the remote Three Sisters Wilderness. The McKenzie begins its decent, rumbling and tumbling its way westward through the lush green foothills of the Cascade Mountains and picturesque Willamette National Forest. Cutting its way through heavily-forested canyons, the river slows briefly as if to enjoy the beauty it helped to create at Clear Lake. The crystal clear, blue McKenzie continues its journey westward, cascading through pure stands of Douglas fir and western red cedar, mixed in with white alder and big leaf maple along the banks. This is where the “Wild & Scenic” section begins, near Olallie Campground. This section is ideal for rafting and fishing, and can be accessed at many points along the McKenzie River Highway (SR-126). Wild osprey fly overhead looking for fish as you float past charming cottages, nestled in a lush forest setting with colorful wildflowers in full bloom. A number of local rafting outfitters are available to make your trip along the McKenzie both safe and fun; for more information, call The Caddis Fly Angling Shop, (541) 342-7005. www.caddisflyshop.com www.oregonflyfishingblog.com

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Discover Art from Around the Globe Visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene for cultural exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art from around the world in a variety of media. The museum recently underwent a major renovation and expansion project and the facility has nearly doubled in size. Visitors can visit galleries featuring American, European, Korean, Chinese and Japanese art, and can take a break in the Campbell Memorial Courtyard. Private and public tours of the permanent and traveling exhibits are available. Have lunch at the Marche Museum Café and drop in the gift shop to take home a souvenir. The museum is located on the western side of the University of Oregon’s campus next to the Knight Library. For more information, call (541) 346-3027. jsma.uoregon.edu

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Specializing in Mesquite-grilled Steaks, Seafood and Pasta

Each Saturday, April through mid-November, Lane County’s favorite artisans, chefs and musicians bring their creations to Saturday Market, Eugene’s weekly open-air marketplace, creating a vibrant event that nurtures local commerce and community. Founded in May of 1970, Eugene’s Saturday Market is Oregon’s original Saturday Market, and the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States. Wander among the nearly 200 booths filled with fine handcrafts, sold by the artisans themselves. Jewelers, potters, seamstresses, candle makers, glass workers and many more bring their arts to sell. The International Food Court features 18 food booths serving a wide array of meals prepared fresh on site, including burritos, pad thai, pizza and cheesecake. The Market Stage showcases local and regional musicians playing everything from original folk to jazz, Celtic music to rock-and-roll all day long. The Lane County Farmers Market is just across the street each Saturday. Two nearby parking structures provide plenty of free parking, and the area is fully wheelchair accessible. The Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through mid-November, on the Park Blocks at the corner of 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene. For more information, call (541) 686-8885. www.eugenesaturdaymarket.org

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Adjacent to the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, on the rolling slopes of Mt. Pisgah, is the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, a 209-acre living tree museum. There are seven miles of trails winding through oak savanna, dense forests, wildflower meadows and along rivers and water gardens. While exploring the natural beauty of Mt. Pisgah visitors view wildlife such as deer, coyote, foxes, bats, turtles and redlegged frogs, just to name a few. This Arboretum is a fabulous place for bird watching too. There are jays, finches, robins, quails, hawks and many more. The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum is located at 34901 Frank Parrish Road in Lane County’s Howard Buford Recreation Area, off of I-5, outside of Eugene. For more information, call (541) 747-3817. mountpisgaharboretum.org

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Stroll Through Hendricks Park

In the heart of bustling Eugene sits the beauty of the country at Hendricks Park. This 78-acre park has several different sections, including a worldrenowned rhododendron garden. Over 5,000 rhododendrons can be found blooming during their peak months of April and May. There is also a mature forest with trails winding through, leading past white oaks and Douglas fir that are more than 200 years old. There is a native plant garden offering a chance to see the beauty of the distant Southern Willamette Valley. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. A free guided tour of the premises can be reserved in advance. Hendricks Park is on Summit Ave. off Fairmont Blvd. in Eugene. For more information, call (541) 682-4800. www.eugene-or.gov

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Learn to Scuba Dive

What better way to see the exotic aquatic life of Oregon than skin diving? Since the 1950s, the best way to experience diving is through Eugene Skin Divers Supply. When planning a dive trip with Eugene Skin Divers Supply, all details are handled. The company makes travel arrangements, organizes the boat diving and even the lodging accommodations. Eugene Skin Divers Supply teaches classes at the University of Oregon and at the City of Eugene pools. More than 1,000 people are certified in scuba diving every year by their staff. The shop is located at 1090 West 6th Avenue. For more information, call (541) 342-2351. www.eugeneskindivers.com

Find out what the world was like thousands of years ago at the Natural and Cultural History Museum at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The museum holds one of Oregon’s most significant collections of Native American cultural and archaeological artifacts, spanning 15,000 years. Exhibits include a display of Oregon’s geological past with an interactive hands-on laboratory. There is also a fascinating exhibit dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The displays are not all about Oregon—there are artifacts from Africa, Asia, Europe and many other places. Altogether, these collections comprise more than half a million objects. The Natural and Cultural History Museum is located at 1680 E 15th Ave; for information and directions, call (541) 346-3024.

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Get Nose to Beak with Some Amazing Predators

Nestled on a wooded hillside in southeast Eugene, the Cascade Raptor Center has one of the most extensive displays of native birds of prey in the Northwest. Take a walk on the wild side and visit over 60 birds of 30 native species, from pygmy owls to eagles, all housed in spacious outdoor aviaries. The Cascade Raptor Center is a non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital specializing in birds of prey. Visitors can learn about the rich natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Self-guided tours of the nature center allow visitors to see up-close both the common and hard to find raptors of Oregon. Educational displays guide visitors throughout the center, including details on each species on display. Open Tuesday - Sunday (plus Monday -holidays) year round. Call (541) 485-1320 for more information. www.eRaptors.org

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Shop, Dine & play eVeRy Day Featuring over 120 national and local retailers and restaurants-including over 70 that are market-exclusive to the western Oregon-Valley River Center, in Eugene, is the largest enclosed mall between Portland and San Francisco. Situated along the beautiful Willamette River and adjacent to the Valley River Inn, anchor stores include Macy’s, JC Penney, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas’ state-of-the-art 15 screen theater with a new I MAX screen. Children will love the interactive play area featuring a covered bridge entrance, slide-through lighthouse and University of Oregon branded tunnel. The doors open early to welcome mall walkers who enjoy a warm, flat and safe place to exercise and meet up with friends. Located adjacent to JC Penney, the Guest Services booth provides a variety of services to enhance your shopping experience, including American Express gift cards, wheelchairs, electric carts, stroller rentals, lost and found, bus passes and shopping information. The food court offers a variety of food selections with full service options at Chili’s Bar & Grill and the Terrace Café. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. Valley River Center is located just off Delta Highway between I-105 and Beltline. For more information, call (541) 683-5513. www.valleyrivercenter.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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State highway 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, is commonly known as the “highway of waterfalls,” and for good reason: there are 15 waterfalls along this route, which winds its way alongside both the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers. The full scenic route covers 172 miles and takes about 5 to 7 hours, traveling from Roseburg to Diamond Lake and the north entrance to Crater Lake, and then south to Gold Hill. Along the way, you’ll find well-marked trails leading to dramatic waterfalls and cliffs. Take a short hike to double-tiered Toketee Falls, which drops a total of 120 feet over columnar basalt and offers visitors an observation platform to take in the spectacular views. Or stop at Watson Falls, one of the highest in southwestern Oregon at a staggery 272 feet. Most hikes are easy to moderate and less than a mile, though there is typically some climbing involved to reach the best vantage point. For more information, contact the BLM’s Roseburg District Office at (541) 440-4930, or the Roseburg Visitor’s Bureau at (541) 672-9731. Byway brochures, with detailed information on waterfalls and other features along the route, are available from the BLM and from area visitor bureaus, and can be downloaded online at: www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/ ScenicByway

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Experience Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark opened in August 2000 after more than two years of preparation. It represents a dream come true for the operators, Irvin and Shirley Thrush, who put extensive research into the project. The building is more than 18,500 square feet inside. It is 75 feet wide by more than 300 feet long, including the bow and stern sections. It is situated on 6.34 scenic acres. Full-sized, painted wooden animals walk toward the Ark and hand painted murals grace the interior. The metal building, which has a bow and stern that resembles Noah’s Ark, houses a gift shop, restaurant, and wilderness tabernacle. The gift shop includes items from as far away as the Holy Land and Alaska. In the restaurant, called Noah’s Galley, children can sit at small wooden tables and chairs or play in the 18-foot long playhouse and ride the rocking elephant or giraffe. Visitors may take the Ancient Mystery Temple tour, an excursion into the journey of the Hebrew people as they traveled to the Promised Land from Egypt. The tabernacle was recreated to the exact proportions as described in the Bible or Torah. There are only two others like it and this is the only permanent display of the full-sized tabernacle on the West Coast. For more information, call (541) 784-1261. www.noahsarkwinston.com

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Wildlife Safari in Winston is the closest thing you will find to an African Safari. Hop in your car and the adventure begins. Seen through the windows of your own vehicle are animals from all over the world wandering around in a natural habitat. You will find animals from Africa such as lions, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs and elephants. Animals from Asia include camels and Siberian tigers. There are also animals from the Americas as well, such as bald eagles, bear, elk and bison. Don’t be surprised if these amazing animals stroll right up to the car to take a peek inside.

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Wildlife Safari has a long history of successful conservation. They have witnessed the birth of 161 cheetahs since the park opened, more than at any other facility in the United States. Cheetahs are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. Currently, the captive population still requires the genes of wild cheetahs to remain healthy. Wildlife Safari works very hard improving their successful breeding program, and helping other zoos become successful breeders as well. Cheetahs may be extinct in the wild in as little as 20 years. Wildlife Safari works with the Species Survival Plan to decide on breeding pairs that would best help the captive population genetically, and are committed to keeping a healthy zoo population, so even if wild cheetah numbers dwindle, they can ensure that cheetahs will be in this world for a long time to come. To get to Wildlife Safari, take Interstate 5 to Exit 119 (Hwy 42) and follow the signs. For more information, call (541) 679-6761. www.wildlifesafari.net

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The Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural History has thousands of artifacts to amaze and educate, with many exhibits showing the culture of native people who lived in the area before the pioneers. Visitors will be treated to a closer look at the lives of early explorers and pioneers who crossed the Applegate Trail on their way to the west coast. There are many historic photographs showing how the first settlers lived and worked in the town of Roseburg. The Lavola Bakken Research Library offers rare books and maps of the county. The Children’s Discovery Room can give children wonderful handson experience. There are also many exhibits that display changes to the environment over the years, including volcanic eruptions that have altered the land. There is a complete section of the museum dedicated to the Oregon and California Railroad Depot. To get to the museum, take I-5 to Exit 123. For more information on hours, admission or special events, call (541) 957-7007. www.co.douglas.or.us/ museum courtesy of Douglas County Museum

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The perfect old-fashioned, small town experience can be found on a trip to Oakland, 16 miles north of Roseburg. Walking tour and informational pamphlets are available at the Chamber of Commerce on 3rd Street in downtown Oakland. Exploring this quaint town offers a beautiful architectural sampling of buildings from the late 19th Century. These historic properties helped Oakland become Oregon’s first historic district recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. There are over a dozen wonderful antique stores located in Oakland along with several curio shops and art galleries. The downtown brick storefronts will take you back to a time when life was simpler and time moved more slowly. Most of the buildings have placards that include the year the building was built as well as its original use. www.historicoaklandoregon.com

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards is 100% Estate Grown and produced on 40 acres of hillside vineyards and was voted 2010 Small Winery of the Year. It is situated a mile in from the North Umpqua River, off a gravel road lined by Douglas Firs, and down a simple slope with stately views of vines, forestry, and imaginarium. It is a place where Wine Club Members frequent, recognized as old friends, to taste consistently highquality, high-value, award-winning wines. It is a picturesque scene: A Wine Club Amphitheater overlooks Romancing Rock Vineyard, and a single blue door leads to a quiet bench surrounded by colored stones and French Lavender. Chickens roam the property, and a paved path for two winds down from the vegetable garden...through the fruit trees, and resting in a perfect view of the pond. Summer at the winery sees tasters out on the patio drinking wine under shaded umbrellas, while winter draws them inside the toasty Reception, being greeted by a warm smile. Within the winery, guests receive a brief tour as they pass through a dimly lit hallway of oak barrels in the underground Wine Cave and Tasting Room. Constructed by local builders and artisans in 2008, it is reminiscent to those who have visited the French Wine Caves of old. The experience culminates in a sit-down wine tasting and appetizer pairing with a Wine Educator, either in the Grand Hall or one of the three Catacomb Tasting Rooms. And, every so often, in the middle of a tasting, one may be surprised with a visit from the Winemaker himself, and a sampling directly from the barrel or stainless steel tanks. Come, taste for yourself, and see. ReustleVineyards.com

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Go Snowmobiling and Cross-Country Skiing

Imagine speeding through the snow with the wind whipping up along the trails, surrounded by snow-dusted trees. There is nothing like being in the heart of nature, away from traffic and ringing phones in white winter scenery. At Diamond Lake, roughly 80 miles from Roseburg, visitors can enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. It is one of the most popular places in the northwest for snowmobiling. There are over 300 miles of trails to explore alone or on a guided tour. The North Rim Overlook is an easy trail and great for beginners. It offers one of the area’s most spectacular views. Cross-country skiers will find miles of groomed ski trails and plenty of places to rent all the needed equipment. For more information on snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, call the Diamond Lake Resort at (541) 793-3333. www.co.douglas.or.us/countyinfo/dl.html 36 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

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incoln City, situated on the northern edge of the central Oregon coast, boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic trails, antiquing opportunities and so much more. Go golfing, bike riding, hiking, or fresh- or saltwater fishing. Stop by the North Lincoln County Historical Museum to learn more about the city. And if you’re traveling with kids, Lincoln City offers abundant opportunities to entertain children. Arcade games can be found at the local casino, and batting cages and mini golf are also located in town. And for the more adventuresome kids, check out the 8,000-square-foot skate park. Lincoln City is an antiquing hot spot, with more than 30 antique shops and used book stores, and over 80 dealers. Country Home Magazine has named Lincoln City one of the great undiscovered places to antique in the United States. To celebrate, each February the city hosts Antique Week, a ten-day long event which features citywide deals on antiques, live performances and workshops. You’ll find much to see and do in Lincoln City. For more information, contact the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce at (541) 994-3070.

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Just 9 miles south of Lincoln City is picturesque Depoe Bay, pictured above. Depoe Bay is known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast”. You’ll want to visit the Depoe Bay Whale Center to learn about and view the resident gray whale pod that makes its home here for 10 months out of the year. Depoe Bay Whale Center is the home of the highly acclaimed “Whale Watching Spoken Here” program. The center is dedicated to sharing information about whales and helping visitors to understand and appreciate these amazing creatures. For more information, call (877) 485-8348.

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Go Horseback Riding on the Beach or Trail

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There is no better way to experience the Oregon Coast and all of its breathtaking scenery than on the back of a horse. Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides offers guided one and two hour rides on the Beach and Dune Trails of Bob Straub Park in Pacific City. Horse owners from all over bring their horses to the same place, making it one of the best places to ride on the Oregon coast. Get your pictures taken on horseback with landmark “Chief Kiwanda” in the background. “Chief Kiwanda” is the largest of the 3 haystack rocks on the Oregon coast. The Mountain Trail Ride leaves the facility and climbs into the Siuslaw National Forest on trails groomed by the local elk herds. These rides are easily tailored to accommodate more advanced riders. Pony rides and Pony Birthday Parties are additional fun things to do at Green Acres Equestrian Center. Rainy day activities include riding lessons in the large indoor arena. Green Acres Equestrian Center is the premier, full service boarding facility on the central Oregon coast. It covers 63 acres and boasts a 40 stall barn with a large indoor arena. Boarding, leasing, training, lessons are all available. Get a tour of the property and meet all the different horses, ponies, and pets. Kids love this experience! For more information, contact Green Acres Boarding Stables at (541) 921-6289 or(541) 603-1768.

The Devil’s Punchbowl is named after a unique rock formation that really looks like a punchbowl. Especially during stormy weather when the ocean slams into the hollow rock formation—the surf churns, foams and swirls into a violent brew. It was most likely created by the collapse of the rock roof over two sea caves, then shaped by eroding waves. After viewing the punchbowl, take advantage of the great picnic area and its phenomenal views. Look just off the coast for Otter Rock, a large seabird rookery, or to catch a glimpse of a whale. The park is exceptional in its rugged and scenic beauty. Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area can be found approximately 17 miles south of Lincoln City, west of Hwy 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_217.php Devil’s Punchbowl photo by Ian Poellet

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Visit the Oregon Coast’s Only Working Winery

Oregon’s most unique winery is perched on a cliff high above the blue Pacific Ocean. The Flying Dutchman Winery has been producing premium wines since 1997 and is located next to the Devil’s Punchbowl State Park in the coastal village of Otter Rock. This is 8 miles north of Newport or 15 miles south of Lincoln City on Highway 101. The winery is open every day from 11 to 5 pm (11 to 6 pm during the summer months) and offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling and two delightful berry wines made with raspberries and blackberries. A couple of tastes are offered for free. You may taste a full slate of 12 wines for only $10. Most of these wines have won gold and silver medals in recent wine competitions. With advance notice, winery tours and barrel tastings can be given most days. Pack a picnic lunch and eat at the winery picnic area. This unique area is sheltered from the summer winds by a beautiful grove of shore pines, yet it has a broad view of the ocean beaches, the tidepools, and Cape Foulweather. The picnic area is ideal for small gatherings of up to 50 people, and is a popular place for small musical events, wedding receptions and the like. Also, stop by the gift shop and find a gift (unlike any other in the area) for that special someone. Don’t forget to take a picture of JoAnn’s 1934 Dodge truck, turned into an ice cream shop, offering old-style Oregon ice cream, espresso, soft drinks, candy and snacks Call the winery at (541) 765-2553 for information or to set up a tour. www.dutchmanwinery.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Visit Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area

With downtown Lincoln City mere minutes away, you can glide quietly by canoe or kayak on Devil’s Lake while you watch for coots, loons, ducks, cormorants, bald eagles and grebes. As the only Oregon coast campground located in the midst of a city, the lake is a center of summertime activity. Visit Blue Heron Landing Boat & Bike Rental to rent kayaks, paddleboats, or motorboats or to have family fun in bumper boats. (See ad on this page for details.) The wetland ecology trail is a great chance to observe several species of birds that make the 678-acre lake their home. The lake is a primary wintering ground for migratory geese and ducks—the density of waterfowl here is greater than any other coastal wetland in Oregon. Swimmers will enjoy Sand Point Park. The park lies on a peninsula and reaches out into the lake with large beaches for swimming or relaxing and picnic areas for a meal in the great outdoors. The campground offers RV and tent sites, yurts and a hikerbiker camp. To make reservations, call (800) 452-5687. For information, call (541) 994-2002 or (800) 551-6949. The park is located at 1452 NE 6th Drive in Lincoln City. www.oregonstateparks.org/ park_216.php

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Wander Through the Connie Hansen Garden

For a truly delightful treat, visit the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City, where more than an acre of color and fragrance await. Visitors on the many garden paths are surrounded by an extensive collection of unusual plants including more than 300 rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese and Siberian iris and geraniums. The rich variety of plants makes a visit at any time of year a treat. Flowers add fragrance to the air and birds provide the music. This sensational coastal garden was developed by well-known botanist Connie Hansen, with her own hybrid and exotic plants, creating an oasis of blooms, ponds and trees. A volunteer conservancy has maintained the garden since Hansen’s death. The garden, located at 1931 NW 33rd St., is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Hosts are on site Tuesday and Saturday, and tours are available upon request. For more information, call (541) 994-6338. www.conniehansengarden.com

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Hike the Trails at Cascade Head Preserve

Lincoln City’s Only RV Park West of Hwy 101

One of the best ways to appreciate the rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities that were once abundant along the Oregon Coast, is to take a trip to Cascade Head, a Nature Conservancy preserve located just north of Lincoln City, off Hwy 101. The spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Visitors may encounter elk, coyote, deer, snowshoe hares and giant salamanders. Bald eagles, great horned owls, northern harriers, red-tail hawks and peregrine falcons make hunting forays over the Preserve’s grassy slopes. The Preserve and the surrounding National Forest lands won recognition in 1980 as a National Scenic Research Area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Try to spot the stunning and rare hairy Checkermellow flower. Serenity and wildlife are the two things that can always be expected from a trip to Cascade Head. Bikes and pets are prohibited, since the Preserve harbors ground-nesting birds and other wildlife that are extremely sensitive to disturbance. For more information, call (503) 802-8100. www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/oregon/preserves/art6796.html

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Try Your Luck at a Casino

Pull that shiny lever, peek at your cards, and hope that you hit the jackpot. Going to a casino can be a rewarding experience so head up to Lincoln City to Chinook Winds Casino Resort. With a wide variety of casino slots and video poker machines, full-pay games and one & two cent slots, plus 23 table games with betting limits starting at $5, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy full beverage service as well as non-smoking tables. Play Keno, Bingo or take advantage of the newly expanded poker room. Plan an overnight trip and stay in the beautiful Chinook Winds Resort Hotel which features 227 rooms, including 49 pet-friendly standard ocean view rooms. Take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool or relax in the sauna and spa. Choose from the many dining choices at the resort, from coffee and espresso to fine dining. Call 1-888-CHINOOK (1-888-244-6665) for more information. www.chinookwindscasino.com

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If you have ever wondered how a lighthouse works either today or a century ago, or just want to experience the amazing views from Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is a sight that you cannot afford to miss. Standing at 93-feet-tall, the lighthouse is situated on a peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse was built in 1873 and is now fully automated. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide and learn the facts and stories, then climb the 114 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Explore the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area or visit the Interpretive Center, which is home to exhibits showcasing the area’s natural features. The Natural Area is also home to a man-made tide pool that was previously part of a rock quarry. Check out the harbor seals who are now yearround visitors and the Quarry Cove viewing area. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located three miles north of Newport at 750 North Lighthouse Drive, west of the town of Agate Beach, off Hwy 101. For more information, call (541) 574-3100. www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina/index.php

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport provides a unique opportunity to have fun while learning about marine life, with many interactive exhibits. The center describes itself as “part aquarium and part laboratory.” An enormous Pacific octopus greets visitors at the entrance. The center’s goal is to showcase scientific discovery through exhibits that display four different viewpoints: global, birds-eye, eyelevel and microscopic. Check out the Tidepool Touch Tanks. Roll up your sleeves and reach into tidepool tanks and gently stroke fish skates and sea stars. The center offers a variety of different opportunities for all levels of education, from young children to graduate students. Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-0226. hmsc.oregonstate.edu

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The thrill and exhilaration of hot molten glass can be yours through a hands-on glass blowing experience under the supervised instruction of the staff at Oregon Coast Glassworks, located on the corner of Hwy 20 and Fogarty Street in Newport (616 E. Olive Street). They strive to allow your creativity to flow while ensuring your completion of a unique piece of glass art. Each experience is custom tailored to you. You choose the color and design of your signature piece. Their gaffers are trained to deliver the highest quality of service whether you’re 10 years old or 100! Visit their gift gallery, featuring world class Venetian glass sculpture as well as amazing glass art from their studio. You’ll also find agates, handcrafted jewelry and beads along with artwork from other local artists. Shop for that one-of-a-kind gift or choose to create your own piece from a large menu. Call 541-574-8226 (UCAN) to schedule some excitement. Glass is blown one day and available the following day. Open daily during the summer. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday during the fall and winter months. www.oregoncoastglassworks.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Visit the Alsea Interpretive Center

The Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center in Waldport is operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department with help from the Waldport Chamber of Commerce. The center was created as part of the bridge replacement project in the 1990s. A park naturalist leads daily bridge tours at 2pm during the summer which cover the story of the bridge replacement. Inside the Interpretive Center, there are interactive displays and models of the reconstruction and timeline of the historic bridge. You’ll also find interesting brochures in the Center along with friendly rangers to guide you to activities in the Waldport area. Learn how to go clamming and crabbing when you attend a demonstration led by guides from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Look for a schedule posted in the Interpretive Center during the visitor season. Locations and times vary with the tides. For more information, call (541) 563-2002. www.waldport-chamber.com

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The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is a small but beautiful strip of coast that offers a variety of fun and relaxing activities. Seal Rock is part of a fascinating habitat for seals, sea lions, birds and other marine life. Seals and sea lions in particular love this large basalt rock formation—the younger mammals play and frolic on and around the rocks, while the adults simply sunbathe. The area is excellent for tide pooling or clamming. Some of the best littleneck clams in the area are harvested from this area. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area and many shady picnic areas. The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is located 10 miles south of Newport, directly adjacent to Hwy 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949. www.oregonstateparks.org/ park_207.php

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achats (pronounced “YAH-hots”) is a little community nestled between the lush green mountains of the Coast Range and the dramatic waves of the Pacific surf. It is the ideal place for discovery and renewal, rest, recreation and romance. In 2007, Budget Travel Magazine named Yachats one of the “Ten Coolest Small Towns of the U.S.A.,” and Virtualtourist dubbed it one of the “Top 10 U.S. UpAnd-Coming Vacation Destinations.” Fishing on the Yachats River offers trout and freshwater salmon. Between April and October, people come to catch the sardine-like smelt. Yachats is one of the few ocean beach areas where smelt come ashore to spawn. During the second Saturday in July, Yachats has a huge fish fry, where they serve more than 500 lbs. of the dainty silver fish. There are restaurants for every type of budget, ranging from take-away to specialty gourmet dining. Accommodations in Yachats include secluded suites, cabins and bed and breakfast inns, many of which take advantage of the spectacular views available in the area. For more information, contact the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce (541) 547-3530.

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See Seascape Views & Hike in a Rainforest

The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest. This forest is actually a temperate rainforest that has more dense vegetation than the Amazon jungle. A good place to start is to take the steep road up to the Cape Perpetua Visitor and Interpretative Center, located two miles south of Yachats off Hwy 101. There are many guided hikes and educational programs available, or set out on your own. Hiking trails lead through the forest and allow for encounters with spotted owls, marbled murrelets, deer and elk. Follow the Giant Spruce Trail, which leads past trees as large as 10 feet in diameter, and at low tide, check out the marine garden. Visitors who take the Overlook Road to the West Shelter, just north of the Visitor Center, will be rewarded with arguably the most stunning view along the Oregon coast. For more information, call (541) 547-3289. www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/recreation/tripplanning/capeperpetua

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Take a Hike Along the Yachats 804 Trail

Over the years, the cross-shaped Little Log Church and Museum has become a source of pride for the residents. It was built from local timber and was dedicated for church use in 1930. The building Take an easy hike along the coastline on the historic Yachats 804 Trail and view expansive ocean now houses a museum and exhibits items of historical interest as well as traveling art exhibits. There vistas beginning at Smelt Sands State Wayside south to the Yachats River. There are benches is a framed map that shows the State of Oregon and the Washington Territory, which was printed and picnic tables around 1880. The museum also houses a 48-star flag that was used at the church before Alaska along the trail, so and Hawaii became states. pack a snack and There are also many other mail, fax or postal mail with changes indicated and we will send a revised proof. enjoy a sunset or interesting items, such as watch the waves books and artworks ly needed if approved: sign and return or just reply to this emaildonated “ad is approved.” crash on the rocks. by local residents, which Ad proofs not returned by deadline will be assumed asc hshown. Sitka Spruce and c o m mcorrect e m o r a t e Ya ats Shore Pine forest, and the surrounding area. publisher will not be responsible for any errors, the client assumes full responsibility for accuracy and completeness of oceanfront meadAnyone who is intrigued by ation, and for payment of advertisement. Color represented on this proof may differ ows, riparian wethistory and slightly heritage from shouldthe actual printed ad. land areas and a definitely visit the Little small pebble beach (intro-rate) Log Church and Museum at AD:___________page ANNUAL FEE: $________________________________________ billed after printing can all be found 328 West 3rd Street in Yachalong the trail. ats. For more information, The Yachats State call (541) 547-3976. photo by Nate Kaplan Recreation Area, www.ci.yachats.or.us/ photo by Judy Adams located at the west Little%20Log%20Church. end of 2nd Street in htm downtown Yachats, offers an excellent view of Cape Perpetua, the big mouth of the little Yachats River and the beautiful Yachats bay. The park includes a viewing platform for tidepools and other sea life, including gray whales during their migration period, as well as a grassy picnic area. Portions of the trail are wheelchair accessible. Pick up a copy of the Yachats Trails brochure at the Yachats Chamber of Commerce, located at 241 Hwy.101, or call (541) 547-3530 for more information. www.yachats.org

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Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is a 9,100-acre spot that features the only remaining old-growth Sitka spruce forest on the Oregon coast. While heavily forested, the area still offers stunning views, scenery and wildlife. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area ranges in elevation from 100 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The dramatic elevation changes allow the area to show off many different kinds of vegetation and animal life. Camping allows for longer stays and more exploration. The 6.5 mile long Cummins Ridge Trail bisects the Wilderness, and is the only trail in the wilderness area. It passes through magnificent stands of western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir. In the spring and summer, the wilderness area springs forth with the color of rhododendron, elderberry, salmonberry, salal and thousands of wildflowers. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is located in the Siuslaw National Forest just north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information, call (541) 750-7000. www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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n the central coast of Lane County, the lovely town of Florence is located on a bend of the Siuslaw River, where it turns north to flow to the Pacific. Florence grew from its riverfront origins, and historic Old Town is a good place to absorb its nautical flavor. Surrounded by Victorian buildings, it’s easy to imagine when life in the city revolved around the coming and going of boats. The river, ocean and nearby lakes provide numerous sites for fishing, swimming, paddling and sailing. Florence is the northern gateway to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, 47 miles of coastal dune habitat rich in unique plant and animal species, with more than 137 different birds. The dunes can be explored on several hiking trails, on horseback or aboard dune buggies available at several outfitters. Spend time exploring antique stores, art galleries and specialty shops along Hwy 101, Florence’s antique district. Antique stores offer items from times past, “one-of-a-kinds,” or some things more common. See page 58 for information about the Florence Antique District. Florence celebrates several annual events including the January Winter Folk Festival; the March Oregon Dunes Mushers Mail Run; the Rhododendron Festival the third week in May when the local shrub is in full bloom; the Chowder, Blues and Brews Festival in the fall; and the annual Dickens Christmas in December. For more information regarding Florence, contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 290 Hwy 101, call (541) 997-3128. www.florencechamber.com The Port of Siuslaw is your launching point for maritime adventure; take a stroll down the boardwalk and have a look at the many commercial and sport boats moored here, during fishing season you may be able to buy fresh seafood directly from the vessels. The Port’s RV campground offers travelers all the usual amenities with a gorgeous view, and all within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Florence Events Center and more. For more information on the Port of Siuslaw, call (541) 997-3040.

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Anyone, from novice to expert, young or old, can create a one-of-a-kind necklace, bracelet or earrings during your visit. A unique jewelry design studio is staffed by some of Florence’s top boutique and gallery bead artists. Whether you wish to string your beach-combing treasure or design something complex, the staff can often help you complete your project on the spot using an inventory of fabulous findings and beads-the “instant necklace” a specialty. Fun, family friendly environment, great staff, and beads by nationally recognized artisans as well as fine regional and local bead artists make Florence the premier bead resource in Oregon. For more information about beading, call Waterlily Studio at (541) 997-7339. www.waterlilystudiobeads.com

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Only a few miles inland from Florence, you can find the Sweet Creek Trail, which follows the scenic cascading waters of Sweet Creek. You will encounter 11 waterfalls in all as you hike along the trail under a canopy of Douglas-Fir, Alder and Big Leaf Maple. Homestead Trailhead, about 10 miles east of Highway 126 on Sweet Creek Road, is where you will begin your approximately 3 mile hike. You can make this hike year round, but making the trip in April or May might allow you to see woodland wildflowers, including big white trilliums and a rare breed of pink fawn lilies. You’ll also see columbines and wild woodland iris among the rocks in the sides of the trail. Ferns and mosses of various shades of green cover rocks, trees and downed logs. Metal catwalks have been built into the trail, making it an easy hike. For more information about Sweet Creek Falls, call (541) 750-7000.

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Quilts & Fabrics To Whet ANY Quilter’s Pallet

ßweet Creek Falls photo by Carla Hervert

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/ recarea/?recid=42667

Asian, Novelty, Flannel, Batiks Patterns, Books, Notions Long-Arm Quilting Handi-Quilter Sales & Service

Open Monday - Saturday 10 - 5 Sunday 12-5 (May-Oct.) Located Just North of Fred Meyer

5045J Hwy 101 ~ Florence

541-997-3293

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Go Sandboarding on Oregon’s Coastal Dunes

No snow? No problem. You won’t need winter weather to break out your board at Oregon’s famous coastal sand dunes. Sand Master Park in Florence — the world’s first sandboard park — boasts beginner to advanced slopes, bowls, a 40-foot ramp, jumps and rail slides centered on 40 acres of private sand dunes and surrounded by 200 acres of public dunes and forest land. The annual Sand Master Jam event is held the third full weekend of June, along with the popular Battle of the Bands series of free concerts throughout the summer months. Groups and parties are welcome to take a lesson from a world sandboard champion, and the pro shop offers board rentals and all of the necessary gear, including sandboards, sand sleds, boogie boards and skim boards. Sand Master Park is located on Hwy 101 at the north end of Florence. For more information, call (541) 997-6006. www.sandmasterpark.com

Level Concrete Sites

• Close to Shopping, Dining, Golf, Dunes, Fishing • Club Meeting Room • Monthly Social Activities • Pool Table, Ping Pong Table, Card Table, Puzzles, TV • Convenient Local Transport to Town Center Recreation Room

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• 20/30/50 Amp • Free Wi-Fi & Cable TV • Ultraclean Restrooms & Laundry • Inside Storage Units • Large Off-Leash Pet Run

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FAMILY DISH

Take a Walk on the Beach

 

Voted Best Asian & Chinese Restaurant in Town

Chinese & American Food

Find a treasure on the beach in Florence. Search for shells, glass floats, driftwood and agates. Access the beach via the South Jetty, North Jetty, Sutton Creek, Heceta Beach, or Siltcoos Dunes. Investigate tidepools during a minus tide. Enjoy the numerous sea birds that inhabit the beach. Watch for pelicans gliding in formation over the surf. Bring a kite and let the fresh, coastal air take it high in the sky. For more information, contact (541) 997-3128. www.florencechamber.com

Hong Kong  Mandarin  American

Food To Go

Excellent Service Friendly Family Atmosphere Open 7 Days a Week 11am to 9pm

photo by Judy Adams

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3620 Hwy 101  Florence

your ticket to creative amusements everything for papercrafting...and more!

575 B Highway 101 Florence, Oregon 97439 Rosie Hill, Proprietor

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If live theater is what you’re looking for, why not take in a show at the Florence Events Center, Florence’s own state of the art 457 seat, professional theater. Interested in art? Visit the year round art galleries located on the premises, featuring many local artists’ work. Something’s always happening at the Florence Events Center. Call (541) 997-1994 or (888) 968-4086 for more information. www.eventcenter.org

(541) 997-5996

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“We are a Fun Store - Not Just a Store” • Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage & New Jewelry • Fossils, Gems, Minerals, Nautical & Shells • Elvis, Beatles, Rock & Roll Memorabilia • Crafts from Over 40 Oregon Artisans • Numerous Arts & Crafts Classes Monthly And, every inch a History Lesson!

595 Highway 101 - Florence, Oregon • 541-902-7986 www.browndoggie.com 50 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

Enjoy the Arts - Live Theater or Visual Arts

Take a Trip into the Past & Arrive in the Future

A trip to Brown Dog Antiques and Gifts in Florence, Oregon is a treasure trove of history. With over 40 Oregon vendors and artisans scouring the state of Oregon seeking unique antiques and collectibles and the many local artisans making handcrafted modern treasures for your enjoyment, a stop at this unique store may well be one of the highlights of your Oregon exploration. Young and old come in the door and leave saying “I came in for 5 minutes and I lost track of time, I must have been here all day!” From 360 million year old fossils, civil war memorabilia, early Americana collectibles, to modern day Oregon arts and crafts, you are in for a fun time any time at Brown Dog Antiques. Shake, Rattle and Roll-Elvis, Beatles, Classic Rock & Roll music memorabilia. Over 24 classes are conducted here monthly. Browse the store for an amazing collection of history. If you’re interested in Oregon nautical or seashells, you’ll find them there. You’re always welcome to sit down and play a family board game while dodging a coastal shower. You will find fantastic accessories to meet your decorating needs, with a large collection of pottery, art, collectibles, glassware, clocks, vintage and new jewelry, toys, primitives, radios, shells and fishing floats and nostalgic signs, even rustic birdhouses! As one young boy said to his dad as he left the store, “Dad, this is a fun store, not just a store”. Brown Dog Antiques and Gifts, 595 Highway 101, Florence, (541) 902-7986. www.browndoggie.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Take the Elevator to Visit the Sea Lions

Anyone interested in seeing an amazing one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon should take a trip to Sea Lion Caves, featuring the world’s largest sea cave. The cave was formed almost 25 million years ago and is now home to about 200 Steller sea lions. There is elevator access 208 feet down into the enormous cave. The cave is about 12 stories high and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter months this amazing cave may be filled with fun-loving sea lions. The rock ledge below the lookout located just outside the cave is the sea lions’ home during the spring and summer, and is where they breed and bear their young. Great care is taken to maintain the cave as a natural habitat for the sea lions. Flash photography is not allowed in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is located 11 miles north of Florence, at 91560 Hwy 101 North. For more information, call (541) 547-3111. www.sealioncaves.com

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See Carnivorous Plants at a Botanical Park

The Darlingtonia State Natural Site provides visitors with a very rare opportunity to see the Cobra Lily, a carnivorous plant. Though the Cobra Lily appears beautiful to humans, it is a treacherous predator for insects. The Cobra Lily’s magnificent reddish purple top leaves and sweet smelling nectar attract the bugs, but once inside the plant, life ends. The plant traps the insects, which slide down and get digested and absorbed by the plant. The 18-acre Botanical Park has a very nice boardwalk trail leading to the plants. It is also home to other lush vegetation and wildlife, and has a picnic area. It is free to use and located just five miles north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information about the Darlingtonia State Natural Site and the carnivorous Cobra Lily, call (800) 551-6949. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_115.php

photos by Judy Adams

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Rent an ATV or Buggy and Play on the Dunes

Visitors are sure to find exciting things to do at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Over the years, winds have carved out the sand to form dunes of up to 500 feet above sea level. Located just south of Florence off Hwy 101, the dunes cover a 40-mile stretch of coast making it the largest coastal dune area in North America. Off-roading is allowed in three designated areas for ATVs and dune buggies. Visitors can take a self-guided tour by renting or bringing their own. There are several companies in the area that offer tours, lead by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Buggies photo by Gary Welton can carry anywhere from one, two, four or 13 people. For more information, call Sandland Adventures at (541) 997-8087, or Sand Dunes Frontier at (541) 997-3544. Hiking trails and camping areas abound in the area as well. Those looking for a change should check out sand camping in dispersed sand camping sites. Vehicles accessing campsites should be capable of off-highway travel over soft sand in a dune environment. For more information, call Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (541) 271-3611. www.sandland.com www.sanddunesfrontier.com

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Tee Off at Sandpines Golf Links

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Nestled amidst wind-swept sand dunes and towering pines, Sandpines Golf Links is a breathtaking location for coastal golf. The Rees Jones designed course was honored as the “Best New Public Course in America” in 1993. As one of the premier courses in the Northwest, Sandpines received a 4½ star rating from Golf Digest’s list of “Places to Play in the USA.” The par 72, 7190-yard course is a true test of the game to golfers of all levels. Both nines incorporate the beautifully rugged canvas that is the Central Oregon Coast. The outward nine is sculpted out of a forest of towering pines and majestic crystal blue lakes reminiscent of those found on the Monterey Peninsula. The inward nine, with its traditional links style, brings you back to the soul of the game, with the rolling dunes at the forefront from tee to green. The 9,000 square foot clubhouse with the Tavolo Restaurant & Lounge is the centerpiece, featuring breathtaking views of the golf course and fresh, local cuisine. The golf shop offers the latest in golf equipment, apparel and accessories for both men and women, and instruction with a PGA professional is also available. For more information, call 800-917-4653. www.sandpines.com

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CABLE TV DESIGNATED PET ROOMS EXTRA LARGE ROOMS AT EXCELLENT RATES

One of your best golf experiences...Ever.

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Playroom Soothing Suds - Lots of Love Cage Free Suites Afternoon Yappy Hour Play Time Walk-In Self Serve Dog Wash

1487 B Highway 101 ~ Florence, Oregon

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Go Treasure Hunting in the Antique District

Antiques and antique stores abound on the Oregon Coast, and shopping for antiques in Florence is like taking a trip into the past, while you add to your collection. Whether you’re a casual collector, or a passionate lifetime antique enthusiast, there’s something for everyone, just waiting to be discovered in any of the fine dealers located in and around the Florence area. Start your hunt for that certain time piece, period furniture, jewelry or apparel that you’ve always wanted, but could never find. Talk to the friendly staff at any of the dealers about your quest, and if they don’t have it or can’t get it, they will lead you to another source. Please visit these fine dealers in the Florence Antique District: Diane Archer Estate Sales, Bellissimo, Eccentricity, Florence Antiques, Mon Ami, Purple Pelican Antique Mall, Thrifty Threads, and Treasures By The Dunes. For dealer locations, see the Florence Antique District Map below.

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84755 Highway 101 541-999-7609 TreasuresbytheDunes.com

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See the Sights From a Helicopter

Experience the Oregon Coast like you’ve never seen it before. View Heceta Head Lighthouse, Sea Lion Caves, whales, coastal mountains, sand dunes, coastal lakes and the Old Town Bay Front from a unique perspective only possible from the air. Enjoy panoramic views from your seat in the helicopter. Tours are available year round from dusk to dawn. Choose from a variety of tours along the Oregon Coast and Coastal Mountains.

No MSG added & 100% Vegetable oil

Lunch Specials Senior Specials Beer ~ Wine ~ Sake ~ Cocktails Full Top Shelf Bar Kids Menu

2515 highway 101 ~ florence oregon

541-997-8868

www.ichiban-restaurant.com photos by Curt Peters, Digital Dunes Photography

Combine your tour with dining, wine, and hotel rooms for the ultimate experience. Perfect for almost any occasion from birthdays to anniversaries to weddings. Truly an experience that can be enjoyed if you’re 3 or 103! Guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime! To make reservations, call Apex Helicopters at (541) 997-3270. Tours take off from Florence Airport located at 2001 Airport Way, Florence. www.apexheli.com

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2217 Highway 101 Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-2440 (888) 758-8904

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85034 Highway 101 S. Florence, Oregon 800-392-0441

See the Brightest Light on the Oregon Coast

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Manicured Lawns Giant Douglas Fir Trees Nearby Restaurant Gas & Groceries Pets Welcome

Genuine Knotty Pine Decor One & Two Bedroom Units Three Bed-Family Size Rooms Full Kitchen Suites Available

Full Kitchens • Fireplaces Full Dining & Living Areas BBQs & Picnic Tables Covered Patio Decks

www.parkmotelflorence.com

Heceta Lighthouse photos by Judy Adams

The Heceta Head Lighthouse is as quaint and beautiful as it is powerful. The 56-foot tall lighthouse is rated as the brightest light of any of the lighthouses on the Oregon coast—its “first order” Fresnel lens is visible some 21 miles out to sea. The views from the lighthouse are amazing. Since it sits 205 feet above the sea on a jagged and rugged cliff line, its sightline is unobstructed. The Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House has been restored to its original splendor. By day the first floor serves as an Interpretive Center, and the home is a bed and breakfast at night, welcoming guests year-round. Guests are encouraged to visit the lighthouse after dark, a rare experience. A seven-course gourmet breakfast is served each morning, and is included in the price of the room. For further information, contact the Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, (866) 547-3696. During the summer months occasional night tours of the lighthouse start at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint at 9 p.m. and include a walk to the lighthouse to learn about the history of the area and how the lens works. Special Christmas tours are given on two weekends before Christmas. The area surrounding the lighthouse is well-known as an outstanding wildlife area. Common murres lay their eggs on the bare rocks, and can be seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans commonly fly by, as do bald eagles. May is an especially good time to look down on migrating gray whales as the mothers and their calves travel close to shore. Other natural attractions are natural caves, tidepools, and a very attractive sandy beach. In addition, there are plenty of hiking and picnicking areas. This is one trip that will definitely be fun for everyone. The park is located off of Hwy 101 just 13 miles north of Florence. For more information, call (541) 547-3416. www.hecetalighthouse.com

Authentic Mexican Food Family Friendly Prices & Atmosphere HOURS

1015 Hwy 101 Florence, Or 541-997-4499

Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9:30 pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 10 pm

Lunch & Dinner Specials Full Top Shelf Bar

“Everything’s Good!” Also Located in Veneta, Or at 24965 Hwy 126 ~ 541-935-5767

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Lighthouse Inn

Providing Quality, AffordableLodgings for Over 70 Years On-Site Cafe/Market WI-FI Ample Parking Convenient Location

Walk to Riverfront • Old Town Shops Art Galleries • Boutiques • Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Restaurants

155 Highway 101, in Scenic Florence 866-997-3221 www.lighthouseinn-florence.com

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International C-Food Restaurant Mo’s Restaurant

Bonjour! Boutique Funky Monkey Toys Coast Jewelers River House Inn

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On Your Feet With a Splash Kelly’s Cantina Bay Street in Old Town photo by Judy Adams

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Steps from Old Town and the Siuslaw River. Near Ocean Beaches, Oregon Dunes, Golf Courses. Continental Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Microwaves, Refrigerators. Pets Welcome.

Have Fun at Woahink Lake

Woahink Lake is a lovely place offering visitors a perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and have a lot of fun. The lake, just three miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and just south of Florence on Hwy 101, provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and other outdoor activities. The area is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, so named because of the fantastic dunes that line the lake. Boats and a variety of watercraft are available for rent. The fishing is spectacular in Woahink Lake, and includes warm-water species such as yellow perch and largemouth bass, as well as cold-water species such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and kokanee. There is a large public swimming area. For the hiker, explore any of the trails in the bordering 522acre Jesse M. Honeyman State Park. The shaded picnic areas adjacent to the lake are especially pleasant. For more information about any of the activities on Woahink Lake, call (541) 997-3338. www.oregonlakes.org/gallery/woahink/woahink.html

Reservations: 1-800-570-8738

170 North Highway 101, Florence

www.old-town-inn.com

On the beautiful Siuslaw River in Old Town. Near Oregon Dunes, Ocean Beaches, Golf. Some Private Spa Rooms. Free Wi-Fi, Continental Breakfast, Microwaves, Refrigerators. A Smoke Free Inn. Meeting Room Available. Sorry, no pets.

photos by Judy Adams

Reservations: 888 824-2829 • 1202 Bay Street, Florence

“We’re not just a shop. We’re a shopping experience.”

ICM Restaurant Family Friendly Fresh Seafood Dining Only Wild Caught Seafood! All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness Crab Every Day of the Year! 100% Trans Fat Free Only Range Fed Beef  

 

Steak & Lobster $26.95 !

Riverfront Patio Pets Welcome Hours 11 am - 9 pm

541-997-7978

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Riverfront Sports Bar

1498 Bay Street Old Town Florence

Comfort Shoe & Fashion Boutique in the Heart of Old Town Florence 1377 Bay Street • Florence, Oregon

541-997-7463

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Coast Jewelers The Art of Fine Jewelry Jeweler & Designer On-Site

541-997-7676

Lakeshore Myrtlewood

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Fine Wood Products

1220 Bay Street • Florence, OR

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Daily Homemade Soups & Specials

Lunch & Dinner Served Open 11:30 am-9 pm

Sophisticated Comfort Food in a Relaxed & Comfortable Atmosphere 165 Maple Street ~ Florence, Oregon

541-997-9811

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Lighthouses Bowls Kitchen Items Myrtlewood Carvings And Much More...

83530 Hwy 101 • Florence, Oregon * Located 5 miles south of the Florence Bridge * Open 9 to 5 most days

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Florence has many things to offer and one of the gemstones is its Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. It is easily seen from Highway 101 as you arrive at the “Maple Street - Gateway to Old Town Florence”, located in the original old Florence School building at 278 Maple street. Do the Old Town walking tour and experience the ambiance of Florence’s Historic Old Town with its quaint shops and many great restaurants. The museum’s hours are 12 noon to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday November through May. During June through October it is open seven days. You are invited to come and see why visitors are saying this is the best little Museum on the Oregon coast, bar none. As you come into the parlor and gift shop, warm and friendly people will greet you and make you feel right at home. You will be directed to display areas where you can see how people made their living and lived in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Upstairs you will see displays of business machines, cameras, rifles, military medals and the original AT&T Switch Board for Florence, taken out of service in 1960. You will also see many Native American Artifacts and one of the most extensive collections of historical pictures collected by one man anywhere. On the covered porch that connects the museum and the library you will find dugout canoes, a real Siuslaw River drag net fishing boat and an interactive display of the original 1936 draw bridge controls. The coffee is always on and if you time it just right, the cookies may be warm. The library has history files on over 800 families stemming from the Siuslaw Region of the Central Oregon Coast. Call (541) 997-7884 for more information.

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SIUSLAW PIONEER MUSEUM The Best Little Museum on the Oregon Coast Hours 12 - 4 PM

Open 7 Days June - October

Tuesday - Sunday February-May November-December

278 Maple Street - Florence, Oregon 541-997-7884 www.siuslawpioneermuseum.com

FLORENCE...paradise on the Oregon Coast Whether Crabbing, Fishing, Sandboarding, Dune Riding, Golfing, Shopping or Dining,

Florence is a wonderful place to live! Lynnette Wikstrom has lived in Florence since 1979.

She’s the one you want to talk to if you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate.

Contact Lynnette at Coldwell Banker, right next to the bridge.

541-999-0786 cell or 541-997-7777

Homegrown Public House Organic, Locally Sourced Food & Beverages •NW Micro-Brews, Wines & Spirits •Natural, Free Range PacNW Meats & Fresh Produce from Local Farms •Fresh Local Seafood Fresh, Local, Organic Cuisine Creatively Presented in a Soul-Satisfying Style

Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Drinks, Dessert Kids Menu

“There’s No Place Like Homegrown” 294 Laurel Street Old Town Florence, Oregon

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Visit the Umpqua Discovery Center

Located on the Umpqua River, the Umpqua Discovery Center houses numerous award-winning exhibits. This interactive educational and cultural center provides fun for people of all ages and interests as its interactive exhibits and programs illustrate how land, water and people have shaped each other over time in this part of coastal Oregon. Travel back in time in the award-winning cultural history exhibit “Tidewaters & Time.” Listen as a woman from the Kuuich Indian tribe tells stories to the children. Learn about the early explorers, canneries and logging of the area in the early days. Visit life in a tidewater town of the 1900s and hear stories from the past in “I Remember, I Remember.” Hike the “Pathways to Discovery” on an indoor trail through the natural history of the area. Slide into the bear cave where you will find the bears hibernating, then travel up the trail to the weather station and listen to storm stories. The Subterranean Education Room provides video viewing on elk, bats and sand. The trail ends at summer sunset on the dunes. The wonderful murals throughout the Center were painted by Artist Peggy O’Neal of WOW Arts & Exhibits. Find the unique and unusual in the Book and Gift Shop. The Umpqua Discovery Center is located at 409 Riverfront Way in Reedsport. For more information, call (541) 271-4816. www.umpquadiscoverycenter.com

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THE COAST - Lakeside

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Swim, Boat & Camp at Tenmile Lakes

Tenmile Lakes—actually two natural lakes connected by a manmade channel—are the perfect place for swimming, sailing, fishing, water skiing, boating or anything having to do with water. The 2,000-acre Tenmile Lakes are one of Oregon’s most popular water spots, with superb year-round fishing for large mouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The lakes are unique because they drain almost directly into the ocean via Tenmile Creek, which provides great steelhead runs in the spring and fall. Make a picnic lunch and go down to one of the many tables or shelters. There are areas for swimming and wading. One day might not be enough to enjoy everything these lakes have to offer, so pitch a tent or park the RV at one of the many campgrounds, such as Osprey Point RV Resort where you’ll find full hook ups, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Osprey Point RV Resort also has boat rentals and a general store. The lakes are located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101. For more information, call Lakeside Visitor Center at (541) 759-3981. www.ospreypoint.net www.tenmilelake.net

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The beautiful 65-foot-tall Umpqua River Lighthouse guards the entrance to Winchester Bay and offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area. The current building was completed in 1894, and the lens remains in operation with its distinctive two-white, one-red pattern. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and leased to Douglas County. Guided tours are available from May through October. A small museum in the Coast Guard building adjacent to the lighthouse features historical displays. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is located 6 miles south of Reedsport off Hwy 101. For more information about the lighthouse tours and museum, call (541) 271-4631. Camping is available in the nearby Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park. The park offers overnight camping for RVs and tents as well as a variety of one-room cabins and rustic yurts. For more information, call (541) 271-4118. www.oregonstateparks.org/ park_121.php

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Whether you’re the captain of your own boat, or have never had a boating experience, the folks at Ringo’s Lakeside Marina can make sure that your day at beautiful Tenmile Lakes is fun, relaxing and safe! Tenmile Lakes is located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101 in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and is known throughout the Pacific Northwest as one of the best recreational lakes in the region. Excellent fishing, great water for swimming and boating, and miles of uninhabited shore line make it a perfect choice for a vacation or family getaway. If you love to go fishing, Tenmile Lakes is known for big hauls of Bass, Trout, Steelhead, Catfish, and buckets of Perch, Bluegill and Crappie. Treat the family to some fun on the water, and rent a boat by the hour or by the day! Ringo’s has everything you need for a safe and fun family excursion, even if you don’t have boating experience. Before every boat leaves their dock, the driver is thoroughly trained in safe boat operation. If you need more help, the folks at Ringo’s will take you out on the water and show you how. Before taking the family out on the water, make sure to pick up your supplies for the day. Ringo’s has everything you need; from fishing licenses and life vests, to fishing tackle and bait, hats and other apparel, and snacks like pretzels, chips, coffee, beer & wine, and candy and ice cream. Ringo’s Lakeside Marina is located at 325 S. 8th Street in Lakeside, Oregon. For more information call 541-759-3312. www.ringoslakesidemarina.com

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Despite its close proximity to Hwy 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Located only about one mile from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, this quaint and rustic area provides everything needed for a relaxing getaway. There is a picnic area that may be reserved, a public access boat ramp and a public fishing dock. The park boasts beautiful campsites tucked away in a strand of mature shore pine, and 16 yurts for lodging available by reservation. The park is located on scenic Eel Lake, excellent for boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and sailing. The bushy shores provide areas for bass fishing and the lake is full of rainbow trout, steelhead, crappie and Coho salmon as well. You can also hike a great trail that follows the southern side of the lake and traces the many unique coves and inlets that shape the lake. For more information, call (800) 551-6949. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_98.php

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Spend the afternoon in an Oregon lapidary treasure trove. This is a great educational and entertaining spot for families. Bill and Doris Usrey are rock hounds who are in it for life. They run their unique specialty rock and bead shop, Usrey’s Rock Bin, in Lakeside and have drawn in hobbyists from all over the country as they travel up and down the Oregon Coast. They have “lots and lots of rocks,” according to Doris. There are millions of beads along with cut and polished stones and even more rough rocks for people who want to cut their own. They have a bit of everything mineral, from magnetic jewelry to amethyst geodes. They have a large selection of rocks native to Oregon including sunstone, opals, agates, jasper, gemstones, thundereggs and of course, gold. Don’t just see something, make something. The Usreys offer lessons on bead stringing and wire wrapping, along with hand tools, grit for rock tumblers and other lapidary equipment for the experienced hound. (They also have an RV storage business onsite.) Usrey’s Rock Bin is next to Tugman State Park at 72445 Hwy 101 in Lakeside. For more information, call (541) 759-2321.

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THE COAST - Coos Bay / North Bend

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his unique section of the Oregon oceanfront is known as Oregon’s Adventure Coast for several reasons, and when you arrive in the area, you will easily see why. With indoor, outdoor, water-centric sports and nature providing the backdrop for your visit, there are certainly lots of things to do. The Coos Bay Area is comprised of more than one community. Coos Bay (the water, an estuary of several rivers) is dominated by Coos Bay (the city), and its neighbors, North Bend and Charleston. For a closer look at the waterfront activity, as well as the opportunity to learn about Coos Bay’s ties to the maritime and timber industries—both past and present—take a stroll along the Coos Bay Boardwalk and visit the Interpretive Center located in downtown Coos Bay, at 50 Central Avenue, (541) 269-0215 or (800) 824-8486. www.oregonsadventurecoast.com Coos Bay is the largest city on the Oregon Coast and is the area’s commercial and cultural hub. There are many intriguing restaurants, gourmet coffeehouses, bookstores, antique shops, gift shops and comfortable lodging. Just about anything the traveler might require is available in this unique community. North Bend is situated on the north bend of the bay and the town is surrounded on three sides by the waters of Coos Bay. Downtown North Bend today offers a variety of restaurants and shops to explore. The Conde B. McCullouch Memorial Bridge dominates much of the skyline in North Bend, and the surrounding areas that front Coos Bay. This cantilevered bridge is in excess of one mile long, and at 150 feet high, allows large ships to pass below. At the time it was built it in 1936, it was one of the most expensive, and certainly the longest bridge in Oregon. It is considered remarkable because its architect, Conde McCullouch, focused on architectural beauty in lieu of the typically unpleasant appearance of cantilevered bridges. With its soaring spans and elegant arches, it is the official symbol of North Bend. Immediately north of Coos Bay is the southern boundary of the extensive Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, administered by the Siuslaw National Forest. The dunes are the largest expanse of coastal dunes in North America—wind-sculpted dunes that tower up to 500 feet above sea level. The area’s recreational opportunities include hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, camping and off-highway vehicle use. Visitors can enjoy thick “tree islands” that are remnants of buried coastal forests, as well as open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. For further information, contact the Siuslaw National Forest at (541) 750-7000.

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THE OREGON CONNECTION/ HOUSE OF MYRTLEWOOD

Ride on the Dunes at North Bend

According to local residents, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the place to go ATVing or dune buggy riding. The Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay and North Bend. The dunes vary in size, some even as high as 500 feet above sea level, and because of the wind, the dunes change from day to day to create some of the most amazing terrain. However, the Recreation Area is not just dunes. There are also forested trails and over 10 miles of exquisite beach that all can be accessed with an ATV. Your adventure can begin at Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rentals, located at 67045 Spinreel Road in North Bend, (541) 759-3313. www.ridetheoregondunes.com

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Make the Oregon Connection

One of the oldest continuously working myrtlewood factories on the Southern Oregon Coast, The Oregon Connection welcomes you to browse the many unique and interesting gifts available. Their items are made to the highest quality standards, each one-of-a-kind piece hand turned by skilled craftsmen, assuring a product of incredible beauty that is sure to grace your home for many years to come. While you’re there try their Wooden Touch Putters on the inside green, and check out the other golf accessories. If your sweet tooth kicks in, take home some of their wonderful homemade fudge, order ice cream, have coffee and browse other Oregon foods. The Oregon Connection is located at 1125 South First St. in Coos Bay. For more information, call (800) 255-5318. www.oregonconnection.com

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Play, Dine, Dance at Mill Casino

The Mill Casino Hotel on the waterfront in North Bend features a variety of gaming, hotel accommodations, an extensive RV park and lots of dining options. The Casino features more than 700 slot machines, ranging from a penny to $5, plus a variety of table games: blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. The casino holds poker tournaments throughout the week. The hotel features more than 100 full-service rooms, many with views of the bay. The Mill’s RV Park is one of the most advanced on the West Coast. It features 102 level sites and 65 slanted pull-throughs, up to 63 feet in length. Free Internet access is available and pets are welcome. Other amenities include on-site showers, laundry, a convenience store and a free shuttle to the casino. The Mill Casino also has five restaurants and cafes, ranging from the quiet, elegant and smoke-free Whitecaps to the Saw Blade Buffet and the Timbers Café. Nightly live entertainment completes the package. The Mill Hotel Casino is owned by the Coquille Indian Tribe and is located on Hwy 101 at 3201 Tremont Ave., North Bend. For more information, call (800) 953-4800, or locally (541) 756-8800. www.themillcasino.com

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Take a Tour of Umpqua Valley Wineries

One of the most popular activities for people visiting Western Oregon is wine tasting and going on wine tasting tours. The Umpqua Valley wineries are a popular wine tasting destination, offering award-winning varieties that have caught the attention of winemakers and wine enthusiasts around the globe. The diversity of microclimates created by the many hills and valleys, and diversity of soil types in this region make it possible to grow and harvest over 30 wine grape varieties. The Umpqua wine region is cool enough to produce high-quality Burgundy wines from varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, yet warm enough to grow Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot. Add that to the fruity and floral Rieslings and Gewürztraminers, and you begin to appreciate the versatility this region allows the winemaker. The Umpqua Valley currently hosts 23 wineries, all providing unique and comfortable settings to enjoy a wine tasting experience that you’ll remember for years to come. When you embark on your tour, you’ll get a behind-the-scene look at the processes that turns grapes into wine. No two tours will be the same; from the northern side to the southern end there are many wineries to explore. Learning the methods and history of winemaking, food and wine pairing and visiting these magical venues is more than just a tasting experience. Whether you’re on the coast or in the valley, there’s nothing paranormal about Gray Ghost Tours; just the down-to-earth pleasures that the world famous Umpqua Valley wineries have waiting for you. For more information, call Sherrill or Doug at 541-260-8687. www.grayghosttours.com

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Cape Arago State Park may be at the end of the Cape Arago Hwy, about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, but it can be the beginning of your experience exploring this very scenic part of the Oregon Coast. The Cape itself is one of the most scenic headlands to be found on this section of the Oregon coast, and was first sighted by European explorers in the late 1500s, by Sir Francis Drake’s expedition. However, even in the early 1500s the site had long been used by Native Americans.The South Cove Trail will take you down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can see many intertidal plants and animals—but please enjoy them with your eyes only. The North Cove Trail provides access to favorite fishing, beachcombing and viewing sites for offshore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island. The trail is closed March 1 to June 30 to protect seal pups. The park also offers picnic tables, gazebos and restrooms. The park is free and open year-round. The Cape Arago Light is found on Cape Arago Hwy, at the entrance to Coos Bay. If you would like more information about the lighthouse, call the U.S. Coast Guard at (541) 756-9669. For more information about Cape Arago State Park, call (800) 551-6949. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_94.php

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The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1974 to better understand what affects the health and productivity of the various habitats of the Coos estuary, and to determine a way to restore and prevent further habitat destruction. The Reserve contains over 4,700 acres of freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, eelgrass meadows, open water habitats and forested uplands. Visitors will see animals such as black-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, beavers, seals and bald eagles. There are also many varieties of plants, many of which are only found in this area. Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center before heading out on the trails. Major activities at the reserve include K-12 and adult education, ecological research and monitoring and wetland restoration. The reserve is open from dawn to dusk everyday and is located about four miles south of Charleston on Cape Arago Hwy. For more information, call (541) 888-5558. www.oregon.gov/DSL/SSNERR

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Take a Walk at Shore Acres

Take Cape Arago Hwy south and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the paradox that is Shore Acres State Park. Here a rugged and pristine seashore contrasts with the cultivated beauty of carefully tended gardens. The dramatic and wild seascape is complimented by the orderly Victorian gardens. Stroll down the trail to Simpson Cove, a secluded inlet where turbulent waves crash into weathered rocks, or skirt the cliffs on the trail above and stop at the overlook to watch sea lions cavort. In season, the overlook also provides an observation point for migrating whales. Friends of Shore Acres sponsors a half dozen botanical events annually, from mid-April through late September. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve the gardens are ablaze in holiday lights. A fully enclosed observation building with excellent views of the sea offers a comfortable vantage point. Shore Acres State Park is near the end of Cape Arago Hwy, 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay, (541) 888-2472. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_97.php www.shoreacres.net

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When it comes to fishing on the Oregon Coast, Charleston has a number of charter fishing companies, offering seasonal excursions that leave from the Harbor. On a typical charter excursion from Charleston harbor, you can fish for a wide variety of bottom fish, like Blue, Black, Tiger and China Rock Fish; Cabazone, Quill Back, Yellow Tail, Vermilion and Ling Cod are abundant as well. Most Charters in Charleston also offer seasonal excursions for Salmon, Tuna and Halibut, which are found in the deeper coastline waters. Whether your entire family likes to fish, or just take in the magnificent ocean scenery and wildlife, chartering an excursion out of Charleston will give you a perspective of the Oregon coastline that can only be experienced from the sea. Depending on the time of year, you can see ocean mammals that migrate through, or make their home in the local waters, such as seals, sea lions, otters, whales and more! One of the long-time charter mainstays in Charleston is Betty Kay Charters. Their priority is your safety and making your charter trip a memory that lasts a lifetime. They also offer nature eco tours. There is a minimum of 6 passengers to book a nature cruise. This cruise includes Charleston harbor, the Cape Arago Lighthouse, the beautiful Charleston bay and the coastline. You’ll learn about and view the maritime industry at work, as well as birds and mammals of the Pacific Ocean coastline. For more information, or to book your charter trip, visit www.bettykaycharters.com, or call Betty Kay Charters at (800) 752-6303.

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Walk the Plank to Fishermen’s Wharf

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Fishermen’s Wharf in Charleston, Oregon, is a whole experience for seafood lovers, and those who enjoy the picturesque scenery that the Charleston Harbor and Marina have to offer. Located at the foot of “D” Dock, you can walk down the plank to the dock where all the action is and talk to local fishermen who’ve been fishing here for years, some for generations. Charleston is renowned for the variety of fresh-caught seafood, like sweet Dungeness crab, and several varieties of bottom fish caught seasonally throughout the year, along with salmon, tuna and halibut, found in the deeper coastline waters. Ask the folks at Fishermen’s Wharf about the 250 gallon live tank, where you’ll see various seasonal live fish or Dungeness crab. Learn about the latest technology and procedures that preserve the catch in a frozen state, and challenges anyone to tell the difference from that “just-caught” seafood taste. Bring the family and have a picnic at the picnic tables! Watch the boats coming and going…you may even see some sea lions! Fishermen’s Wharf is located at 63534 Kingfisher Rd., “D” Dock in Charleston. For more information call (541) 888-8862. www.fishermenswharforegon.com

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Incorporated in 1885, Coquille (Kó-kél’) has remained the county seat since 1896. The town boasts a moderate climate, easy accessibility to the Coast (half an hour away), abundant fishing in the Coquille River, and an excellent hospital and emergency care facility. Quality education with an eye to the future is offered in their schools. The Coquille Valley Art Association offers exhibits and classes for varied artists. Coquille has an excellent Community Center with a pool that is open for swimming during the summer. A wide variety of properties can be found at affordable prices. Spectacular scenery marks the drive to many parks throughout the county with day and overnight camping available. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking -- Coquille has it all, plus an active Senior Center for older citizens. Stop by the chamber office and say hello. For more information, call (541) 396-3414. www.coquillechamber.net

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At the entrance of this spacious city park, there stands an historical marker in memory of the “Spruce Soldiers” of World War I. During the war, aircraft production was vital to the war effort. Early planes were constructed of linen over a wood framework. Because of it’s lightweight flexibility and strength, Sitka spruce was the wood of choice. This western tree thrives in the fog belt of the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Kodiak, Alaska. Only Oregon and Washington, however, provide trees of sufficient size and abundance for the production of aero-lumber. During the early 1900’s, the average spruce tree in this region exceeded 4 feet in diameter and 160 feet in height. Within the first six months of the war, the Spruce Products Division was organized under the command of Brigadier General B.P. Disque to increase lumber production. General DIsque recruited 27,661 enlisted men and 1,222 officers from the United States Army and after group muster at Fort Vancouver, Washington, “spruce soldiers” joined civilians to work for private companies in logging camps and sawmills. In 1918, the Sitka Spruce Company operated a sawmill on the site of Sturdivant Park with soldiers of the 103rd Spruce Squadron. A two story barracks on these grounds was occupied by fifty-two enlisted men and two officers who worked around the clock to fill a government order for 1,000,000 board feet of aero-lumber. The war ended on 11 November 1918, and the Spruce Products Division quietly disbanded. In less than two years, the Spruce Soldiers had increased lumber production by 300%, as nearly 10,000,000 board feet left the Pacific Northwest each month. Today, Sturdivant Park is a popular spot for class reunions, the community-wide City Garage Sale in August, picnics, camping, RV parking, fishing, and other forms of recreation. A boat ramp offers easy access to the Coquille River and ducks and often seagulls can be seen along the banks. It’s a great place to stop on a hot afternoon, within walking distance of downtown Coquille. www.coquillechamber.net 68 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

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On the corner of Seventh & Maple in Myrtle Point, just nine miles east of Coquille on Highway 42, stands a pioneer replica of Rive ther famous Salt Lake City Tabernacle, erected in 1910 and now on SIXES Sixes the National Register of Historic Places. It was abandoned as a place of worship long ago, due to the dreadful acoustics which produce bizarre sounds, making it a magical place for a museum and Coquille River Fallsspot marked on the floor where a sure delight to children. When you visit, ask to be directed to the the strange echos areORFORD at their peak. PORT Natural Area At the entrance, handsome carved doors of Port Orford white cedar catch the eye. Designed by Myrtle Point artist Tom Johnson, the carving was done by himself and Ken Means in memory of longtime museum organizer and curator Curt Beckham. Inside the building, well-worn crosscut saws sit alongside a collection of 1940’s gas-powered chainsaws. Selected tableaus take you on a visual journey back in time to the days in Oregon when Curry WO logging was king. A special area of the museum is dedicated to those Port Orford Cedar who died in timber industry accidents, one of the mostCounty dangerous professions in the world. Rare photographs show more than Forest harvesting timber and proa century of the hardy men and woman who workedExperimental in logging camps, LE cessing it at the mills. r e v of nine large myrtlewood panels handcarved Of great interest in the museum is a collection Ri OPHIR by the late Portland artist, Alexander Benjamin ue Warnock, depicting the glory days of logging in g Josephine AGNESS bas-relief. A gift of the Roundhouse Trust, these bring to the exhibit a major art collecRo carvings tion of national reputation. The museum is a non-profit educational institution supported by local County BEACH fundraising events andNESIKA individual and corporate bequests. Now open year round, summer hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-4 pm on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You M can arrange year-round personal tours by calling (541) 572-1014. The Coos County Logging Museum is located at 705 Maple Street in Myrtle Point. www.loggingmuseum.org

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Get Melodramatic at a Melodrama

From the early 1800’s until the 1920’s, a kind of theater evolved that had never been seen before. It did not fit the classic definitions of either drama or comedy, and some enterprising critic coined the word “melodrama” as a description of this new kind of theatre. A perfect blend of music (melody) and drama. On any given Saturday night (and most Fridays) in Coquille between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can experience a trip down memory lane by attending the Sawdust Theatre. The performers refer to themselves as Sawdusters. Sawdusters, all volunteers, come from many walks of life; teachers, lawyers, homemakers, merchants, and many others comprise the casts and crews. The pleasure of working together and performing for an audience is payment enough for their time and effort. These otherwise sane people practice for months memorizing scripts and rehearsing songs and dance steps for the summer-long performances. Each play character is double cast so all summer long a variety of combinations perform. Each olio performer must master every part of every olio act. The play and olio casts, the audience and the chemistry between them, makes each show a new experience. The Sawdust Theatre has been visited by governors, senators, and people from all over the world. Audience participation (Boo, Hiss, Ahh) is what makes the theatre unique and contributes to making it one of the finest and oldest melodrama traditions in the western United States. Once you have been here you will want to come back again and again! www.sawdusttheatre.com

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Spend the Day on the Coquille River

The Coquille River flows past downtown Coquille, enhancing the beauty of the area while offering year round boating and fishing opportunities to catch fall Chinook Salmon, winter Steelhead Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Striped Bass and White Sturgeon. The river is also home to the Brown Bullhead Catfish, Starry Flounder and Cabazon Sculpin, if you know where to look. A detailed pocket map and recreational river chart of Coquille’s navigable waters is sold at the Chamber of Commerce office, 119 N. Birch, showing popular fishing spots, boat ramps and restrooms as well as interesting data not found on other maps, including the effects of wind on water and land. www.coquillechamber.net

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As you enter town from the west on Highway 42, a beautiful mural street scene will catch your eye. It is painted on the wall of Coquile’s former movie theater located on the corner of 1st and N. Birch. It is so realistic that a stranger to Coquille once attempted to drive up the street in his car. This mural was painted in 1995 by former resident Lee Wilder Snider, who now lives in Corvallis. Working out a composite from two historical photos of Coquille taken in the early 1900’s, Lee positioned authentic businesses and local citizens in the street scene, including retired undertaker Ernest Amling riding in his buggy pulled by two black bays. Ernie gave frequent buggy rides to visitors and townspeople for fifteen years but has now retired his beautiful Morgan draft horses, Starlite and Little Babe, to the Blue Heaven Therapeutic Riding Academy in Estacada where they will help the disabled and live out their lives in a positive environment. Ernie owns the Carriage Museum located behind the chamber office at 201 & 1/2 N. Birch where the door is usually open to anyone wanting to see his collection of buggies and an ancient hearse. The Harley Davidson motorbike in the mural was placed there at the request of a former owner of the theater building, George McGrath. The mural was paid for with a grant from Coos-Curry-Douglas Counties Regional Strategies. Farr’s True Value Hardware furnished the paint. It took twelve weeks to complete, with fascinated citizens watching in admiration as the sepia tones were transformed into a realistic historic street scene. Lee was assisted by local artist Rachel Ordway Smith and several interested people who helped with the finishing touches. It is holding up well over the years, still beckoning to come take a walk into the past and see firsthand how it really was.

Coquille Stay Awhile, Stay Forever Recently named one of the ten best small towns in America by Travel Holiday Magazine.

• Spectacular Scenery • Beautiful Historic Homes • Hunting, Fishing, Biking, Hiking • Community Center with Swimming Pool • Active Senior Center • Excellent Hospital & Emergency Care Facility • Summer Melodrama Performances

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Coquille Valley Hospital

LOOKING TO RELOCATE? VISIT US ON THE WEB FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES! Take Highway 42 from Highway 101 in the beautiful, historic Coquille River Valley.

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Coquille Valley Hospital has been serving the Coquille River Valley for more than 40 years and offers a full array of services and state of the art technology. state of the art operating rooms

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Western Oregon’s County & State Parks & National Forest Campgrounds County Parks Lincoln County Public Works 880 NE 7th St., Newport, OR 97365 (541) 265-5747 • www.co.lincoln.or.us/lcparks Cannon Quarry Park - located on the peaceful Yaquina River in Toledo. Day use only. Dock, boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms, nature trail. Five Rivers Boat Launch - gravel boat launch for drift boats, kayaks & canoes on the Alsea River. Just past milepost 20 on Hwy 34. Day use only, no restrooms. Knight Park - at the mouth of the Salmon River, boat launch, restrooms, hiking trail. Day use only. Just N of Lincoln City, Hwy 101 to Three Rocks Rd. Moonshine Park - on the banks of the Upper Siletz River. Day use only. Boat launch, single & group campsites with fireplaces & picnic tables, two RV sites, potable water & accessible restrooms. Open year ’round, but restrooms closed Nov. 1-Mar. 31. Hwy 229 to Siletz, E on Logsden Rd., go approx. 7.5 mi., L on Moonshine Park Rd. for approx. 4 mi. Elk City Park - a quiet park with 12 campsites, accessible restrooms, dock & boat ramp, horseshoe pits, barbecues. Open year ’round, but restrooms closed Nov. 1-Mar. 31. Hwy 20 to exit on Bus. Loop 20 into Toledo. Turn S at the light, follow Butler Bridge Rd. past GeorgiaPacific paper mill. Stay on Elk City Rd. for 3 mi. (bear left at all Ys). Jack Morgan Park & Campground - 11 acres along both sides of Hwy 229. Boat ramp on Siletz River, restrooms, picnic tables, day use & camping. No water; campground closed Nov. 15-Mar. 15. Six miles N of Siletz on Hwy 229 at milepost 17.5. Strome Park - Day use only with boat launch & restrooms, on the Siletz River. 10 miles N of Siletz near milepost 14 on State Hwy 229. Turn W when roadway splits. Twin Bridges Park - picnic tables, restrooms, boat launch with access to Siletz River. Day use only. Hwy 229 to Siletz, E on Logsden Rd. for 4.7 mi., R on Sam’s Creek Rd. Mike Miller Educational Park - interpretive brochures available for one-mi. educational nature trail. Day use only, 1.2 mi. S of Yaquina Bay Bridge on Hwy 101. Drift Creek Covered Bridge - moved to this new location after reconstruction. Hwy 18 E from Lincoln City. At milepost 4.9, turn S on Bear Creek Rd. for approx. one mile, bridge is on L. Park and walk in. Logan Road Wayside - beach access. Turn N off Hwy 101 at milepost 112.8 on Logan Rd. for approx. 1.5 mi. Seal Rock Wayside - beach access, informational signs. Just N of Seal Rock off Hwy 101 near milepost 150.

Lane County Parks Office 90064 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97408 • (541) 682-2000 www.co.lane.or.us/Parks www.lanegov.com/Parks/laneParks.htm Armitage - 90064 Coburg Road, five mi. N of Eugene on the McKenzie River. Summer day use only. Baker Bay - 29 mi. S of Eugene on Dorena Reservoir. Seasonal day use and reservable group campgrounds. Camp Lane - in Siuslaw National Forest, 42 mi. W of Eugene. Open May 1 to October 31. Summer group camping by reservation only. Historic 60-year-old- lodge with facilities. Harbor Vista Park - above N. Jetty of Siuslaw River, 3 mi. N of Florence on North Jetty Road. Reservable tent and RV camping year ‘round. Hendricks Bridge - about 13 mi. E of Eugene on Hwy 126. Summer day use only. Reservable group picnic area. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Orchard Point - on Fern Ridge Reservoir, W of Eugene. Summer day use, boat and jet ski rentals & supplies, marina & boat ramp. For more information call Orchard Point Concessions at 541-461-7886. Perkins Peninsula - on Fern Ridge Reservoir, W of Eugene. Summer day use facility. Offers a beach and unsupervised swimming area, playing field, and boat ramp with boat-trailer parking as well as a fishing pier. Richardson Park - on Fern Ridge Reservoir, W of Eugene, summer day use. Boat ramp and marina with moorage, seasonal camping by reservation, (541) 682-2000.

Douglas County Park Department 6536 Old Hwy 99N, P.O. Box 800 Winchester, OR 97495 For reservations call (541) 957-7001 www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/parktour.asp Amacher Park - located on the North Umpqua River 5 mi. N of Roseburg. One of the few Myrtlewood groves in the country. Closed Oct-Apr. Ben Irving Reservoir - located 12 mi. W of Winston. Day use only, (541) 679-4695. Coastal Visitor Center - former Umpqua River U.S. Coast Guard Station about two mi. S of Winchester Bay, tours of the Umpqua River Lighthouse (May-Sept.). Call for off-season group tours, (541) 957-7001. Day use only. Open May 1st-Sep-30th, daily 10 a.m.-5p.m. Cooper Creek Reservoir - near Sutherlin, boat ramps, restrooms, picnic areas. Day use only. Galesville Reservoir - by Azalea, largest manmade reservoir in the county. Day use only. Mildred Kanipe Park - outside Oakland, day use only March 15 through November 15st. Pass Creek Park - located off I-5 at Curtin, exit 163; campsites with RV hookups, tent sites, restrooms, showers, reservable pavilions. River Forks Park - at confluence of North and South Rivers, two wading pools with spouting whales, sports fields, pavilion, picnicking, boat ramp, large beach area. Day use. Stanton Park - on the South Umpqua River at Canyonville off I-5 northbound exit 99 or southbound exit 101; picnic area, pavillion, restrooms, showers, reservable group campsite. Whistler’s Bend Park - 15 mi. E of Roseburg off Hwy 138, rustic setting adjacent to North Umpqua River. Seasonal camping. Closed during winter. No hookups. Disc golf course, showers, restrooms, reservable yurts and campsites. Windy Cove - adjacent to Salmon Harbor at Winchester Bay via Hwy 101, 4 mi. S of Reedsport; sand dunes, whale watching station, campgrounds, RV sites. 24 full hookup sites and 4 non-hookup sites.

Coos County Parks & Recreation Department 1309 W. Central, Coquille, OR 97423 (541) 396-3121 ext. 354 www.co.coos.or.us/ccpark/main.html Bandon South Jetty - in Bandon on the S side of Coquille River. Beachcombing, fishing, whale watching, kite flying, agate hunting, picnicking, and swimming. Bastendorff Beach - 1/4 mile off Cape Arago Hwy, 2 mi. W of Charleston; nearby beach access. RV or tent camping year ’round, first come, first serve basis; restrooms, showers. For information call (541) 888-5353. Charleston County Park - in Charleston, N of Cape Arago Hwy, W end of South Slough Bridge, adjacent to Pacific Ocean (South Slough of Coos Bay). Charleston Information Center, restrooms, picnic area, fishing dock, restroom. La Verne Park - on North Fork of the Coquille River, 15 mi. N of Coquille on Coquille-Fairview Road (Hwy 42), and five mi. N of Fairview. Year ‘round RV or tent camping, first come, first serve basis; restrooms, showers.

Powers Park - Powers, Oregon, 18 mi. from the junction of Hwys. 42 and 242. Open year ‘round for RV, cabin or tent camping, restrooms, showers. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge - historic covered bridge on Sandy Creek, adjacent to the Middle Fork of Coquille River off Hwy 42 in Remote, 31 mi. W of Roseburg. Tourist information booth, footbridge, picnic areas, wayside rest area. Tenmile Lake Park & Boat Ramp - 11th Street and Park Ave. Day use area, boat ramps, picnic shelter, electricity, barbecues and restroom. For information call (541) 759-3176. West LaVerne Park - day use and group camping reservation only. Just W of LaVerne Park on Coquille-Fairview Road. Covered picnic areas with kitchen, RV sites, sports fields.

Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department 1115 Commercial St. NE Salem, OR 97310 Information: (800)551-6949 Reservations: (800)452-5687 www.oregonstateparks.org Some state park campgrounds offer reservations, but unreserved sites are first-come, firstserved. Reservations for campsites and yurts (domed, tent-like structures with beds) can be made year ’round by calling (800) 452-5687, or (503) 731-3411 in the Portland area.

LINCOLN COUNTY Beachside - a few miles S of Waldport and N of Yachats, reservable camping just minutes from the beach. Beverly Beach - Just N of Newport on Hwy 101. Reservable camping near Yaquina Head. Devil’s Lake - near downtown Lincoln City. Reservable camping, kayak tours. Devil’s Punchbowl - intriguing geology, scenic beaches, whale watching, just N of Newport off Hwy 101. Day use only. Fogarty Creek - just N of Depoe Bay off Hwy 101, day use only. Gov. Patterson Mem. - a short hike from the mouth of Alsea Bay, off Hwy 101 near Waldport. Beach access, day use. H.D. Ellmaker Wayside - On Hwy 20 between Newport and Corvallis, picnic area, restrooms. Day use only. Lost Creek - 7 mi. S of Newport, beach access, open for day use year ’round. Neptune Scenic Viewpoint - just S of Yachats, beach access, day use year ’round. Ona Beach - 8 mi. S of Newport, beach access, day use only. South Beach - Just S of Newport, beach access, kayak tours of Beaver Creek. Reservable campsites. Also near Yaquina Head. Yachats - in Yachats, turn W on 2nd St. from Hwy 101. Beach access, restrooms, picnic tables, day use only. Yaquina Bay - in Newport at the N end of Yaquina Bay, historic lighthouse, interpretive tours. Day use only.

LANE COUNTY Carl Washburn - N of Florence on the ocean. Darlingtonia - Just to the N of Florence, nature trail, day use only. Elija Bristow - on the Willamette River, off Highway 58 SE of the Eugene. Reservable picnic area, horseback trails. Heceta Head Lighthouse - 12 mi. N of Florence, day use only. Jessie Honeyman - S of Florence, adjacent to Oregon Dunes Recreation Area.

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COOS COUNTY Bullard’s Beach - 2 mi. N of Bandon, runs along the Coquille river and the beach. Golden & Silver Falls - E of Coos Bay, day use. Sunset Bay & Shore Acres - 9 mi. from Coos Bay, beach access and botanical gardens, day use only.

Natl. Forest Campgrounds Camping in most sites in the four national forests in Western Oregon is mostly on a first-come, firstserved basis, although some accept reservations. For general information, contact the National Forest office nearest your destination. Siskiyou National Forest - One million acres in SW Oregon; west from I-5 to the coast. 2164 NE Spalding Ave. Grants Pass, OR 97526, (541) 471-6500 www.fs.fed.us/r6/siskiyou Siuslaw National Forest - located along the coast in western Tillamook, Lincoln, Lane, Douglas, and Coos counties. Includes Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (see map page 6). 4077 Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333 (541) 750-7000, www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/ Umpqua National Forest - comprises eastern part of Douglas County on western slopes of the Cascades. Nearly one million acres of recreational opportunities. 2900 NW Stewart Pkwy. PO Box 1008, Roseburg, OR 97470 www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua, (541) 672-6601 TDD: (541) 957-3459 Willamette National Forest Office - located in eastern Lane County along the western slopes of the Cascades, about one hour east of Springfield. 211 E. 7th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 (541) 465-6521 www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette

More Camping Areas Army Corps of Engineers - Public Affairs, (503) 808-5150 P.O. Box 2870, Portland, OR 97208 Bureau of Land Management - OR/WA State Office, Public Affairs 333 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3440 P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208 (503) 808-6002, www.blm.gov/or

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Bird Watch at a National Wildlife Refuge

For bird watchers, the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is a “must do.” The refuge sits at the mouth of the Coquille River, located just north of Bandon on Riverside Drive off Hwy 101. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge protects the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. This 712-acre refuge is an oasis for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl and endangered birds. This may be the premium shorebird site on the Oregon Coast. Thousands of shorebirds of numerous species are routinely found here, and peak counts have reached 60,000. An observation deck allows viewing of species such as sandpipers, whimbrel, dunlin, California brown pelican and bald eagle. Stairs lead down to the mudflats. The observation areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. For more information, call (541) 347-1470. www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh

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Taste Local Cranberries

Get to know the surprising cranberry in Bandon. Cranberries may be linked in the public mind to the flinty shores of New England and the bogs of Wisconsin, but they also love Bandon, Oregon, where they thrive in the sandy soil and mild climate. Bandon loves its favorite fruit, honoring it annually with an Annual Cranberry Festival that’s been going on since 1947. The festivities begin in early September and are just a warm-up to the main event, the October-long harvest. If you’re a fan of these tart little not-really-berries, Bandon is the place to go. Bandon’s Cranberry Festival takes place on the second weekend in September. The event features a blessing of the harvest, crafts, food, music, a street fair in Old Town Bandon, the Queen’s Coronation, Grand Parade, Lions BBQ, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Golf Challenge and the Cranberry Bowl Football game. For more information on Oregon “crans,” visit www.oregoncoastcranberries.com

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Visit Bullard’s Beach & Coquille River Lighthouse

In 1896, the Coquille River Lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Coquille River. The lighthouse with its fourth order Fresnel lens was decommissioned in 1939, then was vandalized and fell into disrepair. However, through community involvement, the Oregon State Parks and Army Corps of Engineers have restored the lighthouse to its former glory and original beauty. Today, there is a highly informative guided tour of the lighthouse from May through October. Access to the lighthouse is through Bullard’s Beach State Park, just two miles north of Bandon on Hwy 101. The park is endowed with grassy fields, lowland forests, bike paths, over four miles of beach, and is a popular place for horseback riding. There are campgrounds as well. For more information, call (541) 347-2209. www.oregonstateparks.org/ park_71.php www.lighthousefriends.com/light. asp?ID=127

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The Old Town Dock offers crabbing and fishing opportunities, considered to be some of the best on the coast. Bait and tackle needs are met at Port of Call, Bandon Bait & Tackle, or Prowler Charters (where reservations for fishing can also be made). A number of area restaurants will serve up your catch, and offer robust menus to tide you over if the fish aren’t biting. Charter boats are available in Bandon to carry sport fishermen out onto the water, or catch Dungeness crab right off the pier. In these waters you’ll also find steelhead, salmon, halibut and sturgeon. Surf fishermen can cast their lines for Perch right on the beach. For more information on angling opportunities, lodging and activities in Bandon, contact the Visitor Center at (541) 347-9616. www.bandon.com 72 Western Oregon • www.101things.com

Come feel the difference at West Coast Game Park. Family owned since 1968, this facility has become Oregon's largest,totally self-supported wild animal attraction. West Coast Game Park is dedicated to propagation, preservation and education while reminding all that extinction lasts forever. Guests who visit will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with many different exotic animals. Please see page 9 in the All Around Oregon section for more information. www.gameparksafari.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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In 1936, a devastating fire spread throughout the small town of Bandon and only a few buildings survived. These 19th century buildings can be found in the recently renovated Old Town District. A brick chimney on the site of the old bakery stands as a memorial just off Hwy 101. The Sprague Theatre is the venue for live-theater productions. A visitors information center is located at the entrance to Old Town near the welcome arches. This district is a haven for local artists, galleries and quaint gift shops. There are numerous places to grab a bite to eat, from restaurants to coffee shops. The city park is a venue for many varied activities throughout the year. Down by the water you will encounter windsurfers, fishermen and crabbers, and there is ample access to picturesque beaches. For more information, call the Visitors Center at (541) 347-9616, located at 300 Second St, Old Town Bandon. www.bandon.com

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The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge provides sanctuary for 1.2 million nesting seabirds on 1,853 picturesque rocks, reefs and islands along the Oregon coast. From nearly every viewpoint on the Oregon coast, colossal rocks can be seen jutting out of the Pacific Ocean creating postcard images. Each of these rocks is protected as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. A wide variety of birds and mammals including puffins, oyster catchers, seals and sea lions, which use the areas for breeding, can be observed. A spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals, as well as explore the beach, is Coquille Point, a mainland unit of the Refuge. The point overlooks offshore rocks that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Full and Brandt’s Cormorant, as well as harbor seals and intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail makes its way over the headlands and features interpretive panels that provide insight about the area’s wildlife and its rich Native American history. Stairs on opposite sides of the headland allow visitors to make a loop on the beach (tides permitting). Coquille Point can be accessed by taking Hwy 101 and turning west on 11th St. in Bandon, but other parts of the refuge can be seen from all along the highway. For more information and directions to the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, call (541) 867-4550. www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/oregonislands

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Experience the Breathtaking Beaches of Bandon

If you’re driving along the Oregon coast, you’ll want to make a point of spending at least one day in Bandon to take in the full beauty of the beach. Walk along the beach or take a leisurely drive along Beach Loop Drive and you’ll be amazed at the unique and stunning views. Bandon beaches include some of the most gorgeous and spectacular rock formations. Keep your camera handy for shots of these most interesting craggy sea stacks. Look for Table Rock, the Garden of the Gods, Elephant Rock and Cat & Kittens Rock. The most famous and stunning formation is known as Face Rock. Local legend says that Face Rock is the face of an Indian maiden that was frozen into stone by an evil spirit. Legend also says that Cat & Kittens Rock had been her animals who were thrown into the sea and turned to stone by the same evil spirit. Bandon is likely one of the most beautiful beaches along the Oregon coast and shouldn’t be missed. www.bandon.com

The Legend of Face Rock Face Rock, a unique rock formation off the coast at Bandon, is rooted in local Indian legend. Many, many years ago, the legend begins from the Nah-So-Mah tribe. Chief Siskiyou, from the far mountains, traveled with his family and clansmen to the coast to trade with the four tribes who lived by the great sea they called Wecoma. In his honor, the four chiefs planned the greatest potlatch in all memory. They roasted bear, salmon, elk and deer. Huge quantities of clams and mussels were steamed. Cedar bark trays were filled with honey and red and blue huckleberries. The local tribes were all in great fear of Seatka, the evil spirit who lived in the sea. It was feared that Seatka might cause trouble for the people and their guest. Armed warriors stood guard on the bluff. However Princess Ewauna, the beautiful daughter of Chief Siskiyou, and those in her tribe who lived in the mountains were not afraid. Ewauna was enchanted by the sea. After the feast when people were sleeping, she slipped away from camp, carrying a basket with her cat and kittens nestled inside, followed by her faithful dog, Komax. She wandered down to the ocean where she danced and played with delight. The moon was full and Wecoma ran silver. Ewauna, who did not fear Seatka, swam in the sea, farther and farther from shore. Komax barked a warning but it was too late. The evil Seatka had captured the beautiful princess. The dog, carrying the basket of kittens, swam to his mistress and buried his teeth in the hand of Seatka. Howling, he shook off the dog and threw the cats into the sea. Seatka tried to make Ewauna look into his eyes, but she refused to look away from the great round moon. When her father awoke, he raised the alarm. Everyone rushed to the shore of Wecoma. There they saw the lovely face of Ewauna gazing skyward. Her dog was on the beach howling for the princess, and the cat and kittens were in the sea to the west. In time, they all turned to stone, frozen forever as they were that long ago dawn. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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outhern Oregon’s Josephine and Jackson Counties are east of Curry County and offer warmer summertime temperatures, winter skiing, whitewater excitement, wineries and Shakespeare performances. The major communities of these counties are situated along Interstate 5. Small, charming villages can be found along east-west routes such as Hwy 199 and Hwy 62. Just north of the California/Oregon border is Brookings, the southernmost town in Oregon’s Curry County. It offers many retail amenities and is near spectacular coastal parks such as Harris Beach and Samuel H. Boardman State Parks. Farther north, Gold Beach and the tiny village of Wedderburn flank the mouth of the Rogue River, where fishing is a major activity year-round. The Rogue is also well known for its jet boat trips. Since 1895, the Rogue River Mail boat Trips have been delivering the U.S. mail up the Rogue River to the remote community of Agness. This rural river mail route remains one of the few in existence in the United States. Presently, from May through October the mail is delivered by boat, and the other six months by 4-wheel drive. They also take these powerful boats filled with 40 to 70 people up the wild and scenic Rogue River. Mail Boats and Jerry’s Rogue Jets have joined forces on the Lower Rogue River. Find them at the Port of Gold Beach. Call Jerry’s Rogue Jets at (800) 451-3645 for more information. www.roguejets.com

Gold Beach is also one of the Northwest’s choice bases for launching yourself into whitewater jet boating, kayaking, windsurfing, wilderness mountain hiking or biking, or maybe just seeing an eagle, otter or bear in the wild. Beach Resort at Turtle Rock offers beautiful sunsets, magnificent whale watching, joyful otters and ocean breezes. The oceanside resort on the Page 1 of 2 southern end of Gold Beach has ocean beach vacation rentals with full accommodations, and large full hook up RV sites. For more information, call (800) 353-9754.

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At the crossroads of Hwy 101 and County Road 595 in Gold Beach, many travelers zipping along don’t realize what making that turnoff could do for them. County 595 becomes Agness Road after about 20 miles, and leads to the small town of its namesake, Agness. The world famous Rogue River runs right through the center of town. Located where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area, and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area connect, the 35-mile drive is slow-going, but full of beauty. Travelers can stop many times along the way. Singing Springs Resort in Agness offers Rogue River visitors hospitality, fine food, casual overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle of everyday life. They feature experienced driftboat operators and fishing guides on the Rogue. For information and reservations for the Singing Springs Resort experience, call (877) 330-3777. www.singingspringsresort.com

Highway 199 travels east out of Crescent City, California and into Josephine County. The picturesque highway is known as the Smith River Scenic Byway along the portions that parallel the Wild and Scenic waterway of that name. After crossing into Josephine County, the road leads to Cave Junction, a cozy community named for the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument. Several family-run wineries offer tastings just off Hwy 46, which leads to the caves and its historic chateau. Tours of the caves are available March through November. Further east, Highway 199 intersects with Interstate 5 at the Josephine County seat of Grants Pass (population 23,000). The city is also situated on the Rogue River and local outfitters offer jet boat trips, as well as raft and kayak excursions. Josephine County sits amidst the foothills of the Cascade, Siskiyou and Coast mountains, so hiking, fishing, picnicking and other outdoor activities are abundant. The Grants Pass Visitors Center will provide historic walking tour brochures.

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Thirty miles southeast of Grants Pass is Medford, the county seat of Jackson County. Medford, with a population close to 64,000, is one of the largest cities in Southern Oregon. At the north end of Medford, Highway 62 intersects with Interstate 5 and leads northeast to Crater Lake National Park. Medford has a vast array of dining, lodging and shopping opportunities. A visitor center is located at the Country Village complex, which can be reached by traveling west on Barnett Road from Exit 27 off Interstate 5. Other attractions include the Southern Oregon History Center and the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre, both in the downtown district. Ten miles south of Medford is Ashland, known internationally as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The town has maintained and honored many of its historic homes and commercial buildings. Next to the town plaza is beautiful Lithia Park with 100 acres of gardens, duck ponds, grass and trails enjoyed by all who visit. South of town is the Mt. Ashland ski area, which offers day and night skiing and snowboarding. Its 23 runs are served by four chairlifts.

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Del Norte County, above Crescent City, photo by Steve Hammons

alifornia’s northernmost coastal county—Del Norte—contains miles of unspoiled beaches and rivers famous for salmon and steelhead. Most of the communities in the county are situated along coastal Hwy 101. Del Norte County is located 366 miles north of San Francisco via Hwy 101 and 383 miles south of Portland via Interstate 5 and Hwy 199. Towering redwood forests can be seen in Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Just 13 miles south of the California/Oregon border, is the tiny, quiet agricultural community of Smith River. The majestic Smith River flows to the ocean and offers a number of recreational activities, including rafting, inner tubing, kayaking, fishing and more. Each year, several hundred acres of lily bulbs are planted in Smith River and, along with Brookings to the north, account for 90 percent of the Easter lilies sold in the nation during the holidays. Further south, Crescent City (population 7,000) is the county seat and Del Norte’s largest city. The Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center is located at 1111 Second St. Attractions include Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City Harbor, scenic drives, public fishing piers, a history museum and the Elk Valley Casino. The town also has a wide variety of stores, restaurants, RV Parks and lodging facilities. Klamath’s most popular attraction, Trees of Mystery (800) 638-3389, offers tours through a pristine redwood forest. The Skytram takes visitors on an aerial tour through the lofty canopy

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Natural. rogue river. legeNds. On the banks of the legendary Rogue River, Grants Pass offers some of the Northwest’s best whitewater rafting, river trails, fly fishing and jetboating. 800.547.5927 visitgrantspass.org

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Mendocino County, Humboldt County and Western Oregon Your next stop

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umboldt County is a haven for travelers and residents alike. It boasts half the remaining old growth redwoods, including the world’s tallest trees; 160 miles of unspoiled beaches, much of them along the fabled Lost Coast; as well as bustling seaports, quaint farming communities and historic fishing villages. Everywhere in the county, travelers will find exceptional accommodations, fine restaurants, a multitude of shopping and numerous campgrounds. The county is situated on the Northern California coast 90 miles south of the Oregon border. The largest towns are adjacent to Hwy 101. The county is 200 miles north of San Francisco and 350 miles south of Portland. In northern Humboldt, Orick is the gateway to Redwood National Park, home of the world’s tallest trees. Many notable redwoods are along the Newton B. Drury Parkway, a short stretch of old Hwy 101. Orick has its own distinctive products to sell, such as redwood burl furniture and

sculptures. California Native Woods has an incredible inventory of finished and unfinished burlwoods with easy access off Hwy 101. For more information, call (707) 488-5155.

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Humboldt Bay National Wildife Refuge, photo by Steve Hammons

Just south of the park is the fishing village of Trinidad, which overlooks a beautiful sheltered harbor. Ten miles south along Hwy 101, McKinleyville has the Arcata-Eureka Airport, the county’s only commercial airport. A few miles south is Arcata, home to Humboldt State University and a unique marsh and wildlife area that serves as a natural wastewater treatment system. East of Arcata, along Hwy 299 is sunny Willow Creek, known for recreation along the Trinity Rivers, and as the birthplace of Bigfoot. Eight miles south of Arcata is the Victorian seaport of Eureka on Humboldt Bay, which offers kayaking, fishing and wildlife watching. There are harbor tours aboard the M.V. Madaket, and the Woodley Island Marina is a great spot to enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfront. Eureka is the county seat and contains many fine examples of Victorian architecture, particularly along the waterfront in Old Town, which includes the ornate Carson Mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in California. Eureka’s population of nearly 28,000 makes it the largest coastal city between San Francisco and the Oregon border. Eureka has many excellent restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and lodging facilities. The city is also known for its large and active arts community. In fact, Humboldt County has the distinction of having more artists per capita than any other of the state’s 58 counties. Further south, five miles west of Hwy 101, is the Victorian Village of Ferndale. The entire town has been named a State Historical Landmark because of its outstanding preservation of commercial buildings and residences. Seven miles southeast is the sunny inland town of Fortuna, or the Friendly City. Right along Hwy 101, it has many newer hotels and an attractive community lodge overlooking the Eel River. East of Fortuna along State Hwy 36 is Grizzly Creek State Park, a favorite for hiking, camping and summer sun. Further south on Hwy 101 is Scotia, an historic timber mill town. In southern Humboldt, Hwy 101 and nearby roads are lined by some of the finest examples of old growth redwoods. From Redcrest south to Phillipsville, motorists can detour along the renowned Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile stretch of two-lane road that parallels Hwy 101 and winds through stands of huge redwoods along the Eel River. Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which is located along the Avenue of the Giants, covers more than 51,000 acres. The park includes the Rockefeller Forest, the largest single stand of virgin redwoods. After leaving the avenue, the traveler will once again be on Hwy 101. A jaunt east on side roads that exit Hwy 101 will lead travelers to the King Range National Conservation Area and the legendary Lost Coast. This adventure leads to hamlets such as Hidden Valley, Whitethorn, and ultimately ends at the town of Shelter Cove. Near the southern county line, 9 miles south of Garberville, Richardson Grove State Park is a magnificent 2,000 acres of redwoods. The state acquired the area in the early 1920s, making it one of the oldest state parks in California. For more information, contact the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1034 2nd St., Eureka, (800) 346-3482. www.redwoods.info

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Coquille Stay Awhile, Stay Forever Recently named one of the ten best small towns in America by Travel Holiday Magazine.

• Spectacular Scenery • Beautiful Historic Homes • Hunting, Fishing, Biking, Hiking • Community Center with Swimming Pool • Active Senior Center • Excellent Hospital & Emergency Care Facility • Summer Melodrama Performances

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