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Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop Tour

Set in the rolling foothills of the Blue Mountains, the Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop is the perfect way to explore the abundant orchards and wineries and meet artisan producers who create the fresh, delicious food and finely crafted beverages. … Continue reading

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Sip Trip: The Brews Byway

They say the secret’s in the water. Eastern Oregon’s majestic mountains aren’t just there to look pretty, they also provide a unique filter for the water; infusing it with subtle flavors you won’t find anywhere else. The end result has … Continue reading






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Tractors & Hot Air Balloons: A Visit to the SAGE Center

It’s no secret that Eastern Oregon has deep agricultural roots. In the spaces between our mighty rivers, pristine forests, and majestic peaks, you’ll find miles of rolling terrain and honest, hardworking farmers carefully cultivating crops that feed people around the … Continue reading






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Winter Wonderland: Plan Your Wintercation

Winter brings a whole new feel to Eastern Oregon. The tranquility and peace here seem to deepen with the snowbanks, beckoning even the most casual adventurer to bundle up and explore. They have a term for that Winter Wunderlust here: … Continue reading






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Agri-Trekking Through Eastern Oregon

An agritourism journey into the heart of Eastern Oregon brought me an amazing array of activities. While I came to this beautiful and rugged country for the Salt Lick Auction, I saw that and did so much more. The idea … Continue reading






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Exploring the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

The first question most people ask about riding the newly designated Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway is which route to take. It’s a reasonable question considering the odd shape of the route, with three out-and-back options that bring riders past two units of … Continue reading






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A Summer Roadtrip: Southeast Oregon

Situated in the southeast corner of the state, the Steens Mountain Wilderness Area encompasses more than 170,000 acres of some of the wildest, most remote land in Oregon. Here summer means open roads, friendly communities, endless sunny skies, and adventures … Continue reading






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Pedal Power: Cycling Northeast Oregon

There’s a place where traffic-free roads meet stunning natural beauty and Eastern Oregon’s special brand of small town hospitality. Northeast Oregon is a haven for bicyclists in the know; a place where two-wheel is spoken fluently. And with Summer’s long, … Continue reading






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Ultimate Pendleton Let’er Bucket List

 It started as “a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting for the championship of the Northwest.” And over the last 106 years, the Pendleton Round-Up has been that and so much more. … Continue reading






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Cottonwood Canyon: Wild, Scenic, Wonderful

Nature lovers rejoice! Summer is here, and Cottonwood Canyon State Park (Oregon’s second largest) is welcoming visitors and offering an experience like no other: wild, scenic, wonderful. It’s located less than three hours from Portland and a world away from … Continue reading






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‘Glamping’ It Up in Eastern Oregon

With its lush forests, pristine lakes, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, it’s no wonder Eastern Oregonians are nature lovers. There are opportunities to explore this natural beauty 365 days a year, but summer is an exceptional time here; one filled with … Continue reading






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An Eastern Oregon Story: The John Day River Territory

Are you sure you want to do this? The novelty will wear off in about a year and a half, and you will be left with a piece of property you can’t sell. These were the words that churned around … Continue reading






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Cornucopia Lodge: A Mountain Paradise

Winding up the gravel road to Cornucopia, you can’t help but stare at the craggy mountains that surround you. The sense of anticipation builds as you round each corner. Sunshine dapples the road and the peaks get larger and larger on … Continue reading






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All Aboard! Rolling on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Around the turn of the 20th Century, the promise of fortune lured iron rails to the most remote corners of Oregon. The expanding railroads also meant big riches for bandits, who performed daring heists of trains carrying gold and other … Continue reading






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Hidden History: Kam Wah Chung

From the outside it doesn’t look like much. Given its location,  standing alone in a city park in the small eastern Oregon town of John Day, the stout little structure might be mistaken for some kind of shuttered concession stand—a place to … Continue reading






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