Update 9/14/12

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Green’s still the word here in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. We’re loving these warm days and cool nights. It’s the perfect weather for a fall adventure. Check out the pictures from our tourism team’s jet boat ride up the Willamette River.

Jump in a raft or a boat to pick sweet, ripe, end of season blackberries. The best are accessible from the water.

The Pole Creek Fire burning near Sisters is limiting traffic up Highway 242. It’s probably a good idea to check fire and road conditions before you head east.

Coast
The coast is yellowing along the rivers. The leaves are starting to wilt and show signs of the season. It is a great week to get out for salmon fishing.

Willamette Valley
Things are still pretty green in Corvallis and Benton County, but the trees in the north end of town are just now starting to yellow. There are some little bursts of, if you look closely.

Check out the bright reds and greens Debbie at Oregon Bliss found in Downtown Albany.

Debbie’s apples are almost cider (or insert favorite apple dessert here __) ready!

This week is also Corvallis Beer Week 2012, and this weekend is the Rhapsody in the Vineyard, plus a whole host of other fun harvest events. Come down and join in the autumn celebrations while we all wait for the trees to turn!

The tips of Salem’s trees are just beginning to show some fall colors.

Drive Highway 22 East into the Cascade Range and/or Highway 22 West into the Coastal Mountain Range.

Enjoy an urban walk in one or more of Salem’s city parks including,  Minto-Brown Island Park, Bush’s Pasture Park and Salem’s Riverfront Park . Walk the grounds of Historic Deepwood Estate and Willamette Heritage Center.

Sip a cold one under the crisp fall sky at Oregon’s best-loved Oktoberfest. Mount Angel Oktoberfest  is a traditional harvest festival celebrating the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation—fun for the entire family.

Trade the stein in for a Saturday show ‘n shine. Detroit Lake Cruz-In features classic cars, motorcycles and boats from the ‘30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond.

Greater Portland
The leaves are still pretty green around the Greater Portland Area.

Spend the final sunny and dry weekend mornings on a breakfast tour of the city. Take your Stumptown to go. Head to the Lan Su Chinese Garaden, and join in a game of Mahjong .

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge
It is still green on Mt Hood. Expect some superb colors at Lolo Pass Rd in 2- 2.5 weeks. Multnomah Falls and the Gorge are also still green.

Central Oregon
The leaves are just starting to change color from green to yellow and wild grasses are also beginning to turn to gold tones.  The morning chill can be seen now as the water vapor rises off of Scott Lake.

Some of the deciduous trees in the downtown areas of our communities, Bend, Redmond, Sunriver & Sisters are beginning to show that fall is approaching with greens turning to yellows and fluttering leaves floating to the ground.

Catch the early colors as you stroll the western-themed streets of sisters at the Fall Street Festival. Arts, crafts, local food and brews await you.

Detroit’s car show has some competition. Coined “The Northwest’s Premier Car Enthusiasts Weekend”, the Oregon Festival of Cars sets up shop Saturday at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.

Eastern Oregon
The Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge is still full of vibrant greens. The birds have not started migrating yet. The western larch is almost ready to wow. One former Baker County resident describes the fall mountains as looking like the UO cheer squad’s pom poms.

Happy 150th Birthday, Sumpter! The tiny but robust Baker City town continues its sesquicentennial celebration this weekend with an Antiques Appraisal Fair at the Sumpter Municipal Museum. Mark your calendars for October 13, as a Fall Foliage Train Ride helps mark the sesquicentennial finale.

Southern Oregon
This time of year cities can offer the best fall color viewing, beautiful gardens and plantings from around the world. Go to the VA Hospital Grounds in Roseburg (Go on Garden Valley turn left at the Fred Meyer) Drive Hwy 38 towards the coast to see the first signs of fall reflected in the Umpqua River. This drive will be great all fall, especially in late October.

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