The Place You Go After You’ve Seen The Rest

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Sparks Lake, Oregon (Image (c) Central Oregon Visitors Association)

Sparks Lake, Oregon (Image (c) Central Oregon Visitors Association)

Where is it?
Oregon.
It was described to me so. This is the place where not too many Brits or Irish go yet. It’s where California was 25 years ago. This is where you go to see America as it was. Very neighbourly. A place to explore at your own pace. It has deserts and year round snow-topped mountains where can ski 12 months of the year at the high levels, 363 miles of world class beaches and untouched wilderness. Golfing, fishing and skiing, rafting and biking are just some of the pastimes and sports to be enjoyed. More than anything it’s the outdoors that is to be enjoyed and marvelled at.
Oregon is the United States in a microcosm.
The state is the coastal state above California on the west coast of the United States. It’s biggest city is Portland a place that some badges carry the slogan, “Keep Portland Weird.” Why I still don’t know. What’s weird about a city that makes over 50 different spirits from gin to absinthe and from ouzo to whiskey. What’s weird about a place that has nine micro distilleries and offers a walking tour where you can sample 7? What’s weird about a place that has 450 different food starts to stop at?
Like California, Oregon has a thriving wine growing industry. In the Willamette Valley you don’t pay tasting fees like you sometimes can in California or elsewhere. And here it is the winegrower who is likely to take you around. There are over 200 wineries in just this valley with many more different suppliers than you are likely to find in even the best wine shops. Even within half an hours drive from central Portland you can find 14 vineyards. To cover all of them, the tourist website suggests 2 days. It doesn’t say that you might be better with a teetotal driver so you can enjoy the sampling!
Fishing is another big pastime especially since, unlike her for example, you can fish for trout all year around. Unlike here you can fish for sturgeon.
But if all that’s too energetic, how about the Ashland Chocolate Festival which takes place over a weekend each March?

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