Medford and the Rogue Valley

July 2013

Northwest Wildfires Rage, Campfires Banned in Washington State Parks

Posted: July 31, 2013 As anyone with a Northwest veggie garden knows, this summer has been extremely dry. Our forests and grasslands know it, too; wildfires are burning from Wenatchee to the Umpqua. What does this mean for you? If you live in an area experiencing a wildfire, you are probably evacuating your home or […]

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Six Great Camping Getaways from Portland

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We paired six fabulous campgrounds near Portland, Oregon with great nearby hiking trails and post-hike eateries. Keep your camping gear at-the-ready all summer long as you camp your way through these campgrounds near Portland, one sunny getaway at a time. And just so you can make a full trip out of your excursion, we’ve included […]

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Q: Best Hike in North Cascades National Park?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Help! What one hike should we do in North Cascades National Park? – Brian  Schmidt, @BWandering Dear Brian, If I had only one day to hike in North Cascades National Park, I’d make it count. Cascade Pass to Sahale Arm is considered by many to be the most spectacular day hike in Washington […]

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Destination: Bremerton

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Bremerton is a small city surrounded on three sides by the waters of Puget Sound. Depending on who you ask, Bremerton is either charming and livable, or run-down and a bit boring. We think of it as the former, especially for its slowly-but-surely revitalizing downtown, good places to eat and panoramic views of the Cascades […]

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Stay & Play: Mount Baker

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There are two kinds of Northwesterners – those who know about the awesomeness of Mount Baker, and those who don’t (yet). I’m about to put you in the first camp, and once you visit Baker for the first time you will go back, again and again. The Mount Baker Highway (Hwy 542) is a spur route that […]

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How to Score a Great Vacation Rental

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Looking for a fun alternative to a hotel, but dislike the lace and frills of a traditional bed and breakfast? There’s another lodging option you can book with the click of a mouse–the vacation rental. From rustic mountain cabins to deluxe oceanfront condos, vacation rentals often come loaded with perks and might even save you […]

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Day Trip: Escape to Jetty Island near Everett

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Set sail on a free ferry boat. Spend the day on a wide sandy beach. Build sandcastles. Unplug. Have fun.   If the ferry lines to nearby escapes like the San Juan Islands have you staying close to home on perfect summer days, there’s a little escape you need to know about. It’s called Jetty Island and […]

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Destination: Oceanside

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Looking for a place on the northern Oregon Coast off the beaten path? Go to Oceanside, a quaint little beach town eight miles west of Tillamook. In summer, Oceanside makes a terrific home base for exploring the greater Tillamook area’s many parks and trails, from the Bayocean Spit to the north, to Cape Lookout and […]

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What’s on your local travel list this month? We dive right in with our monthly Must List for the Pacific Northwest in #July. Keep cool, y’all! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hit […]

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The Best of Northwest Small Towns

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They dot the map and sit well off the interstate, and most of us pass them by on our merry way to somewhere else. But what if that small town was your destination? The Northwest is full of historic townships, country villages and mountain communities that make for unique, low-key getaways. On our recent #NWTripChat on twitter, dozens […]

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