Farewell Fall Foliage 2012!

Leaves are coming down all over the state as we slowly start to slip into winter. We hope that this blog has been helpful to all who have followed it. We are grateful for all those leaf watchers, photo snappers, and commenters who have made it possible. We would like to help you one last time as we transition into winter with a reminder of all the possibilities that lie before us here in Oregon, because we are lucky enough to enjoy four beautiful seasons.

Eugene from Skinner Butte

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall foliage is almost over throughout Lane County, but that doesn’t mean you need to head indoors.

5th Street Market

The 5th Street Public Market comes alive tonight with Night of a Thousand Stars. Welcome the holiday season with live music, performances and snow!

Many adventures await you this winter. Christmas tree permits are on at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center. There are also many sno-parks on our mountains. Frolic in the snow at Ray Benson Sno-Park, only an hour away from Eugene. However, if staying indoors sounds like your cup of tea, this weekend is the start of the Eugene Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Peruse the crafts of local artisans this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is famous for being beautiful regardless of the season. With the leaves gone, leave the foothills of the Coast Range and walk along the beach for some grays and blues. This Friday, enjoy wine and pleasant company at the North Bend Sip and Stroll. Then on Saturday head over to Charleston and learn how to Feed Birds in the Winter.

Willamette Valley
In the Willamette Valley the colors are almost all over, with some resilient stray trees here and there with remnants of beautiful color.

Albany (courtesy: Oregon Bliss)

Indoor activities this weekend include In Windsor Forest, a musical take on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor,” and Thoreau’s ramblings. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be putting on Things That Fly at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville this Saturday.

Greater Portland
Portland’s fall color is over. The Rose City will be bustling with different events this weekend. For foodie fare you should celebrate Japanese Pub Culture this weekend at Izakaya. For the more cosmologically minded, view the extraordinary discoveries made by the Hubble Telescope at the Washington County Museum.

Mt Hood/ The Gorge
Fall colors at Mt Hood are over, and the Gorge is fading, but rangers say that a trip out to the Gorge to see the fall colors is still worth it. Look forward to skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Hood.

Mt. Hood (courtesy: Jack Crocker Photography)

Central Oregon
Fall colors are over in Central Oregon, but snow season is just beginning. With ski areas like Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo, skiers and snowboarders have a lot to look forward to.

Eastern Oregon
Fall colors are over in Eastern Oregon, but as this door closes look for winter fun in Eastern Oregon. Look for cross country skiing at places like Anthony Lakes. Also, head out to Condon on Tuesday for their Fall Festival.

Southern Oregon
Colors in Southern Oregon are fading, and locals would like to remind us of all the beauty of their snow covered peaks. Diamond Lake offers a good base camp for winter activities like skiing and snowmobiling, and it is very close to Crater Lake National Park. You can also head to Roseburg this weekend for holiday activities. This Sunday, head out to Umpqua Community College for the Nutcracker Ballet. After it is over, drive through the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights, which reopens for the season.

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