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Fun Things to Experience in Oregon this Fall

Fall in Oregon brings brisk air, bright foliage, and beautiful scenes of harvest — from the state’s famous wine grapes to heirloom squash, apples and pears. A new crop of lodging around the state offers memorable escapes to wine country and Eastern Oregon. Add in old-growth tree-climbing excursions and a new rail-biking trail and there are plenty of reasons to plan an autumn getaway to Oregon.

For Wine Connoisseurs

  • Antica Terra, a small producer with a devoted following, partnered with local experts to pair fishing and foraging excursions with exceptional wine and hospitality. At Sea takes guests on a private fishing trip followed by a dockside crab boil with wine pairings. For budding foragers, there’s In the Forest, a naturalist-guided venture through the Tillamook Forest followed by an elegant picnic and wine flight.
  • Located in the wine-country town of McMinnville, the Willamette Valley’s newest hotel and restaurant offers an exquisite sense of place. Envisioned as a “sanctuary of slow,” the culinary-focused Tributary Hotel has eight luxury suites with soaring wood ceilings and well-appointed wet bars. Some suites feature soaking tubs, fireside sitting areas and private terraces. Ōkta, the on-site restaurant, is one of the state’s most anticipated dining destinations of the year. Led by chef/partner Matthew Lightner, formerly of NYC’s two-Michelin-starred Atera, the tasting menu is inspired by Mother Nature and shaped around the restaurant’s dedicated farm a few miles away.

For Adventure Seekers

  • Soar to new heights with Tree Climbing at Silver Falls. The newest guided tree-climbing program offers multiple ways to experience the beauty of giant old-growth trees and learn about their unique ecology. From introduction courses and multiday climbs to a sunset climb with night rappelling, there’s an option for all levels to scale 300 feet up into the canopy of some of the tallest trees in the world. A battery-powered ascender opens the experience up to individuals with physical restrictions.
  • For more family fun, head to the Next Level Pinball Museum in Hillsboro. Located a short drive from downtown Portland, this pocket of nostalgia is home to one of the world’s largest arcades. You’ll find over 400 pinball and arcade games with a balance between vintage and modern versions. Expect iconic favorites from Donkey Kong and Frogger to Pacman and Pengo.
  • Autumn in the Columbia River Gorge is gorgeous with golden foliage and vibrant pumpkin patches. Even better, there’s a new and immersive way to experience the region offered by Mt. Hood Railroad. Reserve one of their custom-built, two-person rail bikes and pedal the railway through evergreens and past the waterfalls and vineyards of the Hood River Valley. Or relax on a classic excursion train that offers stunning views of the snow-capped Mt. Hood. Either option brings you to The Fruit Company, where a restored 1940s-era factory boasts a new retail store and Heritage Museum. (Note: Rail biking is offered July 15 through October 15 and train rides run from April through October 29, with a Christmas train offered from November 17 through December 28).
  • Adventure seekers will appreciate the fully renovated 1950s motor lodge that recently opened in downtown Pendleton. Located along the original Oregon Trail, halfway between Portland and Boise, MotoLodge Pendleton is a 40-room independent boutique hotel celebrating the open road and American heritage. Surrounded by rolling wheat fields and the painterly Blue Mountains, the new lodging provides a great excuse to road-trip to Eastern Oregon. Distinctive amenities include a year-round outdoor heated pool and a stylish Pendleton Whisky™ Barrel Sauna. Other perks include a handy pet-wash station and an on-demand mobile bike/vehicle wash.

No matter where you decide to travel to in Oregon this fall, there is no doubt you will find a majestic display of fall colors and a variety of activities to enjoy.

October 11, 2022

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