Last Weekly Update of 2011: 11/17/2011

Winter weather is fast approaching as peak  fall color winds down throughout the state. Oregonians will spend the week watching the first snow fall in the mountains and uncorking wine in preparation for Thanksgiving weekend winery open houses. With the onset of wintery conditions in some areas, visit before taking off on your adventures around the state.

A big thank you to all our leaf peeping friends around the state who helped report on color changes throughout the fall foliage season. We’ll see you again next year!

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The fall color change is starting to fade in the lower elevations of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, and the leaves have fallen at higher elevations. Find a special gift and pet an alpaca at Fleece Navidad, or treat your taste buds to an assortment of winter beers at the 2nd Annual Eugene Winter & Strong Ale Festival. Work off some calories on the Kidical Mass: Giving Thanks Ride or run for a good cause at the 5th Annual EWEB Run to Stay Warm. Start planning ahead by checking out our favorite winter adventures.

Beautiful fall day in Seaside

Beautiful fall day in Seaside

The fall color change is starting to fade along parts of the Oregon Coast. Hike along Marys Peak or Shore Acres to take in the final signs of fall. Fuel up the car and enjoy the Shore Acres Festival of Lights, and bring the beauty of the forest home at Holiday Wreath Making at the Tillamook Forest Center. Spend the holidays in Seaside at the annual Yuletide Parade of Lights and Gingerbread Christmas Tea at the Butterfield Cottage.

Willamette Valley
The fall color change is at peak and fading fast in the Willamette Valley. Enjoy the beauty of fallen leaves as you wrangle up some family fun at the Thanksgiving Thunder Rough Stock Rodeo. Spend Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon Wine Country at the Heart of Willamette Wineries or on the Territorial Wine Trail.

Image courtesy Kelly Smith.

Greater Portland
The fall color change is at peak in the Greater Portland area. Catch the best views when you wander through Bald Peak State Park or Benson Lake State Park. Try to solve a holiday mystery at Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol or mingle with artisans and winemakers at the 22nd Annual Holiday Art, Wine & Music Festival.

Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
The fall color change is almost over in Mt. Hood Territory and along the Columbia River Gorge. Winter is right around the corner and Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows all provide a surplus of snow activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and more.

Southern Oregon
The fall color change is starting to fade in Southern Oregon. Patches of peak color are still visible in Roseburg, though the leaves are steadily falling. Catch the holiday fever at the Nutcracker Ballet or A Christmas Carol. Tickle your taste buds with a tour of the Umpqua Valley Wineries before appeasing your eyes at the Festival of Lights.

Central Oregon

The fall color change is almost over in Central Oregon. Though chilly temps and stiff winds have knocked most of the leaves down, Bend is a hot spot for winter activity. Augment your adrenaline kick at Mt. Bachelor or Hoodoo Ski Area for snowboarding and downhill skiing, or explore the area’s expansive Nordic system. Slip on your skates and let the music guide you at Seventh Mountain Resort’s Cosmic Skate.

Eastern Oregon
The fall color change is fading in Eastern Oregon.  Check out the Historic Family Weekend on the Oregon Trail or investigate the haunted Geiser Grand Hotel at Ghost Hunters Weekend.  Find holiday gifts for the family at the Condon Fall Festival before enjoying the upcoming Twilight Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Discover why Baker City was once known as “The Queen City of the Inland Empire” at the 27th Annual Historic Baker City Holiday Homes Tour.


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