Weekly Update 11/11/2010

Some remaining fall color in Emerald Park in EugeneEmerald Park in Eugene. Though many leaves have fallen,
some vibrant fall color remains throughout Oregon.

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Colors are fading to orange and brown, and piles of leaves fill the parks and yards of local residents. Snow has been frosting the trees on Willamette Pass, and we’re on the countdown to ski season. Come to downtown Eugene to shop at the last Saturday Market before they move indoors for the Holiday Market season.

Coast
The leaves are past peak along the Oregon Coast. Fall storms haven’t knocked all the leaves off the trees; there are still some vibrant reds and yellows of alders and maples lining the streets. The view from the parking lot of the Astoria Column (or the top of the column if you’re up for the 164-step climb!) gives a wonderful view of the entire area. You can see the stark contrast of yellow and orange hues against the brilliant blue river and ocean waters. Hop on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley on the weekend to enjoy the scenic color change along the Columbia River waterfront.

Willamette Valley
Fall colors in Salem and the surrounding valley are in the peak-to-starting-to-fade range. Drive Highway 22 East into the Cascade Range to catch a fading glimpse of fall color. Get ready for Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon Wine Country, when hundreds of wineries open their tasting room doors for special events and seasonal deals.

Greater Portland
The leaves are past peak in the Greater Portland area, and our friends in PDX are gearing up for the holiday season. Enjoy the colorful display at downtown Portland’s holiday pop-up shops, where you’ll find unique holiday gifts from local designers.

Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
Snow has arrived on the mountains and the foliage is past peak with lots of leaves on the ground. A drive through the Gorge still offers spectacular scenery.

Southern Oregon
The leaves are past peak in Crater Lake National Park. Winter is on its way to Ashland, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls, and many of the leaves have already fallen.

Central Oregon

The first snowflakes of the season fell this week in Central Oregon, while orangish-red, mustard yellow and crimson leaves still cling to the trees throughout the area. The leaves are normally gone by this time of year, but the Central Oregon region has experienced an extended period of wetter and warmer fall temps, resulting in a longer foliage season. Head to Bend to take a stroll through the Old Mill or along Drake Park; the maples are still displaying a spectacular range of red, orange and gold.

Eastern Oregon
The leaves have all fallen in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and the snow has arrived. Malheur Wildlife Refuge has just a few leaves and chilly temps; bundle up and enjoy some bird watching, which is fantastic in this area year-round.

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