Happy Veterans Day weekend! Make sure to thank veterans for their service and pay homage to them by attending one of the many Veterans’ Day events near you this weekend.
Although the leaves across the state are generally starting to fade, our never ending search has still found pockets of color in many different regions.
Eugene, Cascades & Coast
A few autumn tones remain among the trees in Eugene as they cling on for the remainder of the season. Even with the temperamental weather that has been making an appearance in our area, it’s no reason to stop having fun. To see the last of the fall foliage in Eugene, head to the Mount Pisgah Arboretum for their 5th Annual Play in the Rain Day. This free event is the perfect opportunity for families and discover how fun and easy it is to spend time outdoors in nature, complete with hay rides, tree climbing, nature crafts, and more.
The coast has been relatively slow to lose its color compared to the rest of the state. Coos Bay is halfway through the fade, so expect to enjoy only another week or two of the seasonal colors. Florence is currently in full swing, as the trees are hitting their peak. Through Historic Old Town Florence, the streets are lined with golden yellows that will be a perfect accessory to the Ninth Annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday at 1 p.m.
Foliage in Polk County is just starting to drop, blanketing the ground with glorious red, gold, and orange tones. In Benton County only a few leaves remain to dot the trees in reds and oranges, as most are now scattered on the valley floor.
For some great photography opportunities within the Willamette Valley, head to Mary’s Peak, the tallest point of the Oregon Coast Range. This is an ideal place to capture the remaining autumn colors (aim to be at the top to see the sun set if the weather cooperates).
The vibrant leaves of Portland are still clinging to the trees as long as they can. The peak of colors has passed, but there is still plenty of yellows and crimsons to enjoy, as well as some underlying greens.
If you’re in Portland, head over to the Japanese Gardens, just west of downtown. Here you will find exquisite colors that you won’t find anywhere else, all reflecting from their crystal clear ponds. Make your visit on Monday, November 11 to take advantage of free admission.
Mt. Hood/The Gorge
The autumn colors have ended as the new season of snow is coming into swing on and around Mt. Hood. There are areas along the Columbia Gorge that still have some sparse spots of color, but they won’t be lasting for long. Now’s the time to start looking forward to all the great skiing and snowboarding that lies ahead for this upcoming winter.
Leaves have fallen and the soft, fluffy piles are being blown, raked, and swept away like it never happened. Winter has arrived in Central Oregon as snow is falling in the mountains, and the McKenzie Pass and Cascade Lakes Scenic Byways are now closed for the season.
Even with the foliage gone in these parts, there are still plenty of things to do. This weekend in Bend is The Nature of Words Annual Literary Festival, with numerous lectures, workshops and guest author readings. In addition, the Bend Veterans Day Parade will kick off in downtown at 11 a.m.
Snow has been hitting the mountains as well as the valley floor, meaning that the seasonal colors are mostly over for Eastern Oregon. What remains are the fallen leaves being swept by the high winds within the valley.
The colors of Southern Oregon are still in full swing. While a few leaves have been steadily falling, there remains an abundance of colors that should last for a few more weeks. Umpqua Valley has an assortment of deep burgundies blended with oranges, as well as plenty of golds and yellows.
A great place to take in the stunning colors is Lithia Park, a gem at the center of Downtown Ashland. Walk along one of the many trails that takes you through groves of beautiful sycamores showing off their autumn tones. While in the area, make sure to stop by the 7th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival from November 8 -10 at the Historic Ashland Armory. Cheer on local chefs as they battle for the title of Top Chef 2013, sample local appetizers, beers, and wines, and don’t miss the 4th Annual Best Dessert Competition on Sunday.