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Q: Wine Tasting Trip to the Willamette Valley?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi, We are travelling to Portland Oregon in late June for a 4 day long weekend and are looking to spend some time wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Any recommendations for restaurants, vineyards or B&B’s in the area? We will have a car. Thanks! -Kathleen from Calgary Dear Kathleen, Yes! A visit […]

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Wine for Thanksgiving in the Willamette Valley

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UPDATED for 2015 Before we were parents, before the mornings of waking up at 3am to our son singing Band on the Run in his underwear after turning on every light in the house, my husband and I took leisurely romantic getaways. Ah, the memories. Our favorite, perfect Northwest weekend getaway was wine tasting in Oregon’s […]

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Explore the Willamette Valley

View Oregon Trip Finder Map in a larger map >> rolling vineyards The Willamette River flows for more than 150 miles from south of Eugene to the Columbia River at Portland. The river snakes gently in its valley between Oregon’s two major mountain ranges, the Cascades to the east and the Coast Range to the […]

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Campfire Bans for September 2017

Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATED: September 1, 2017 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place. In fact, 2017 marks the fifth summer in a row that has seen restrictions on campfires in the Northwest. It seems it is our new normal. […]

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Five Great Urban Paddle Day Trips in the Pacific Northwest

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One of the greatest assets of living near so much water is getting out into it. In much of the Pacific Northwest, our cities and neighborhoods are literally surrounded by sparkling bodies of water—rivers, small lakes, large lakes and even a big, beautiful saltwater sound. And while all this water is lovely to look at, it’s […]

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Q: Oregon Campervan Trip Ideas?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hey there!  My fiancé and I are headed to Oregon to elope in April,  we are renting a camper van! Any recommendations on must sees? I was thinking a mix of woods/coast?   – Nicki Dear Nicki, Congrats on your engagement and uber-cool upcoming honeymoon! What a cool trip, and perfect season to do […]

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Quick Escape: See the Skagit Tulips

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Why go now: There’s something about rows upon rows of brightly-colored tulips that screams: Goodbye winter, hello spring! The time is now to catch the flower fireworks show that blankets Skagit Valley farmland each April. Festival of flowers: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2017. Sprawling fields of technicolor bulbs dot the landscape from Mt. Vernon west […]

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Ready for Fall? Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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Welcome to fall! If you ask me, this is the best season for Northwest weekend getaways for a number of reasons. That’s why I’ve written a book on it! Autumn offers unique, colorful and delicious opportunities to explore the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and […]

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Best of the Northwest: July

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

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Tulip Festivals Jump Start Spring in the Northwest

There’s something about rows upon rows of brightly-colored tulips that screams: GOODBYE, WINTER! HELLO, SPRING! How to See the Tulips The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2016. We have a nice scenic drive itinerary for the Skagit flats that might help you plan your trip, with places to eat and things to do in the Skagit Valley. […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest