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.
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