Oregon Fall Foliage Update 11/22/2013

University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art by benjaminbarnes via Instagram

University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art by benjaminbarnes via Instagram

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall colors have mostly faded throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast. However, you can still find dark oranges and yellows in southeast Eugene on the border of Springfield. The temperature is hovering right around freezing, so expect the remaining leaves to drop within the next couple of days.

Get an early start to the holiday shopping season at the Eugene Saturday Market’s Holiday Market at the Lane Events Center. The Holiday Market is open Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve, and features handcrafted gifts, an international food court and live music.

Pick up the perfect Christmas tree at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill. Hop on a hay-ride to the over 80 acres of Nobles, Douglas, Frasers, and Norman Firs.

Oregon Coast
Little color remains on the Oregon Coast, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the rest of the beauty. Bundle up in a warm coat for winter storm watching and the massive waves that come with it. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is a great place to spot the stormy seas and see the waves as they crash into the rocky shoreline. While in Newport, warm up to some of the best seafood the coast has to offer at Local Ocean Seafoods. Watch the chefs prepare the freshly caught seafood, and catch views of the fishing boats in the harbor.   

Salem by mfifer1 via Instagram

Salem by mfifer1 via Instagram

Willamette Valley
The fall color is just about done in the Willamette Valley. The hills around Benton County are still holding onto patches of bright oranges. With the holidays on the horizon, bid adieu to harvest season by stopping in at the various wineries during the Heart of Willamette Wineries Thanksgiving Open House. This is a great chance to drive around and see the last specks of seasonal splendor along with the natural beauty of the Willamette Valley, and to sample some of the many boutique wineries in this region.

If you are looking to get a jump start on winter, head up to either Santiam Pass or Willamette Pass to play in the snow that has already sprinkled upon the Cascade Mountains in a shimmering white gloss.

Greater Portland
Autumn colors can still be found around the Rose City. Take advantage of the sunny forecast by heading outdoors this weekend. Savor the remaining orange hues and bright yellows at Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge. The park packs a triple threat right now, with seasonal foliage, natural beauty and unique architecture, making this one of Portland’s most scenic and tranquil places for photographers.

Cathedral Park by reneekuvelas via Instagram

Cathedral Park by reneekuvelas via Instagram

Mt. Hood/the Gorge
Snow covered vistas have quickly replaced autumn beauty in the Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge region. Keep up to date on ski, snow and travel conditions surrounding Mt. Hood at the Mt. Hood National Forest website.

Central Oregon
Winter has officially arrived in Bend! Sub-freezing overnight temperatures mean fall is definitely over in Central Oregon. However, the skies are a beautiful blue and the mountains are sparking white, so layer up and get outside.

Continue your adventures through the winter season by attending today’s limited opening of Mt. Bachelor. The Terrain Park will be open along with the rails and boxes, under the Sunshine Accelerator lift, as well as the Nordic Center and Snowblast Tubing.

Eastern Oregon
With snow arriving in Eastern Oregon, fall foliage has been steadily moving its way out. All that remains are dwindling leaves that are pushed around by the cool winter air. With snow and bare trees throughout the region, the next thing to look forward to is the holiday season.  Have a one-of-a-kind experience this December aboard the annual Sumpter Valley Railroad Christmas Train. The trip includes majestic views of a winter wonderland of scenery for the whole family to enjoy and is accompanied by the joyful cheers of Santa Claus.

Ashland by blueflowersecrets via Instagram

Ashland by blueflowersecrets via Instagram

Southern Oregon
Freezing temperatures have been quick to end the remaining splashes of fall color throughout Southern Oregon, but Ashland still has plenty of activities worth checking out, including their 21st Annual Festival of Light, Saturday, November 29. Expect the town to be full of music with live entertainment playing on the Plaza Stage. Don’t miss the parade, which goes through the heart of downtown and ends with the Grand Illumination, lighting up downtown with one million lights.

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