Weekly Update 9/22/2011

Fall creeping in at Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene

Happy Fall Equinox! Throughout Oregon the fall colors are just beginning, while the warm weather continues through the weekend. Take advantage of the late summer to get out on the rivers, visit farm stands, and celebrate at festivals around the state.

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The color change is just beginning in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Tinges of red have touched street trees in Eugene, and the slightest hint of yellow can be seen on Highway 126 to Florence. Spend the warm afternoons this weekend near the water. Search for spots of color in the foothills of the Cascades while watching the Columbia Drag Boat Association Northwest Nationals at Dexter Lake, or take the kids out for Family Fishing Day at Willamalane.

Leaf watchers spotted hints of gold on a jet boat ride in Gold Beach

Coast
The fall color change is just beginning along the Oregon Coast. The best spot for coastal color is still along the lakes and streams. Grab a paddle and float the peaceful Siltcoos River Trail. Or see early color in Gold Beach on a jet boat ride on the Rogue River.

Willamette Valley
The fall color change is just beginning in the Willamette Valley. As you drive or bike through Oregon Wine Country, notice the first hints of the patchwork of red, gold and yellow that graces this region each fall. Harvest festivals kick off this weekend with the Veneta Harvest Festival and Chili Cookoff, including a Wineries without Walls wine tasting at the Fern Ridge Chamber. See every color under the sun as you stroll through offerings from some of the northwest’s best artists at the 39th Corvallis Fall Festival.

Greater Portland
The fall color change is just beginning in the Greater Portland area. The leaves are turning from dark green to light with a bit of yellow. This weekend’s beautiful sunny weather is a great opportunity to head out to Sauvie Island for farm stand stops and a trip through the Portland Maze. This year’s enormous corn maize is shaped in honor of the Portland Timbers.

Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
The fall color change is just starting in Mt. Hood Territory and hasn’t started yet along the Columbia River Gorge. Take advantage of the predicted warm weather by visiting the Adventure Park at Mt Hood Skibowl. Stock up on Oregon’s bounty at farm stands along the Hood River County Fruit Loop.

Southern Oregon
The fall color change has not started in Southern Oregon. Head to the Prospect Hotel for Music in the Mountains, home to exceptional weather, a gorgeous setting and two days of music to keep your toes tapping.

Central Oregon
The fall color change is just starting in Central Oregon. Even with high temperatures in the 80s, the colors have started to change. Travel to the west side of Bend to see the best display of early color. With the last hours of summer still hanging on, it’s the perfect climate to enjoy two of this region’s favorite pastimes: brews and bikes. This weekend, visit the Sisters Mountain Bike Festival and the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, featuring local microbrews with freshly picked hops brewed the same day. Bend is also hosting their annual OktoberFest.

Eastern Oregon
The fall color change is just starting in Eastern Oregon. It may be winter season in the programs at the John Day Fossil Beds, but the weather has other ideas. Rangers are on hand to answer your questions when you visit this amazing natural wonder.

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