Columbia River Gorge
will then travel north through the Monterey Bay Peninsula and Cannery
Row, onward through the Northern California mountain passes framing
snow covered Mount Shasta and across Oregon's Siskiyou pass into
the lush Rogue Valley
in Southern Oregon. It is here that we mine deep into the History
of the West from
the Gold Rush era to the roaring 20's.
Ashland, Oregon the roaring 20's come to
life in the image of a grand great hotel and the history of Lithia
Springs, where bathers once came from miles around to bask in the
healing waters rich with Lithium. Here rejuvenation still comes
to the traveler who visits the Ashland
and the Blue Giraffe Spa. This grand hotel has been restored to
it's previous grandeur and houses rare collections of botanicals,
etchings and artifacts that
complement the theme that has drawn people to Ashland for several
centuries to experience the healing properties of nature and the
natural balance of life. Ashland Springs Hotel is walking distance
to the world famous Oregon Shakespearean Festival where we celebrate
the timeless enchantment of moonlit evenings of Shakespeare under
the stars. Just minutes from downtown Ashland is the Mount Ashland
Ski Resort and a short drive up Dead Indian Memorial Hwy is Howard
Prairie Lake with it's Pine
covered Islands in the forefront of snow covered Mount Mackenzie.
in nearby Jacksonville, the Gold Rush Era is relived at Jacksonville
Inn where the Honeymoon Cottages are indescribable "suites extraordinaire",
and Gold Dust can still be seen in the walls of the Historic Inn.
The Jacksonville Inn is #9 on the National Historic register and
is also a five star restaurant. The Britt Festival is located in
this landmark town, where all summer long world-class performances
are held in Britt gardens, an outdoor theatre overlooking the Rogue
Valley. Just a short drive away you can take in the beauty and wildlife
seen on a backcountry jet boat excursion
down the Rogue River, or gaze into the deep waters of Crater Lake,
the deepest Lake in the United States of America.
through the mountains and fertile valleys of Western Oregon toward
Portland one could hardly imagine there could be even more splendor
waiting at our next destination but as we approach the Columbia
River Gorge we are greeted by the Majesty that awaited Lewis and
Clark. It is here that the weary pioneers realized their reward
after crossing the Country and forging the Oregon Trail and the
awards for today's travelers are many. Along this great river, a
national treasure we discover the old scenic highway lacing through
groves of maple, birth trees and pine along the cliff then rising
high above the gorge offering breathtaking views of the river and
Washington State. Majestic waterfalls plunge off the cliffs along
this quaint historic road and visitors can stop to view them along
the way, including the famous Multnomah Falls.
on an excursion train aboard Mount
the spectacular countryside is viewed from inside a 1920's Pullman
while enjoying delicious four-course meals and sipping Northwest
high above the Columbia River Gorge is the grand and elegant Columbia
Gorge Hotel, built in 1904 by pioneer Bobby Rand and
was named "Waw Gwin Gwin" the Native American name for rushing waters
for the hotel's 208 foot waterfall.
grand hotel has been lovingly restored to perfection. The hotel
features an award-winning restaurant and your stay includes the
World Famous Farm Breakfast, which leave guests whether or not they
are dreaming and "No it is not a choice, you get it all".
trip down from Portland to Albany and traveling West toward the
coast through the lush green and fertile Willamette Valley will
take you through more of Oregon's wine country. The Wineries of
the Willamette Valley pour award winning Oregon wines and provide
scenic and memorable stops along your journey to the coast.
on the Coast of Oregon you will find rugged pine covered cliffs,
huge offshore boulders, coastal villages, port towns and miles of
sand dunes, hiking trails and river outlets teaming with salmon
and steel head.
is the home of the Oregon
Coast Aquarium and two of Oregon's most enchanting lighthouses,
Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
north of Newport is Depoe Bay, known as "The Whale Capital of the
West" for it's spectacular viewing bay where the gray whales showoff
on their migration down the coast to California.
recommend you stay in the romantic village of Yachats, at Overleaf
Lodge, a luxurious spa resort overlooking the Pacific. Yachats
attractions include Yachats Heceta Lighthouse, the covered bridge,
and Little Log Church Museum. One of Yachats most popular events
is the annual Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony that takes place in February.
you travel down the coast after enjoying Yachats, you will arrive
in Florence, the northern gateway to the Oregon Sand Dunes where
there are Dune Buggy Tours and the nearby Sea
Lion Caves. Just South in Reedsport, you will drive through
the "heart of
the Oregon Dunes recreational area" and also find Dean Creek Elk
Preserve where there is a viewing area to spot these beautiful animals.
Driving South in Coos Bay, an International Port is the Coos Bay
Historical Museum as well as the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.
Coos Bay also has the largest indoor mall on the Oregon Coast.
Coos Bay and traveling toward the Southern coast of Oregon, you
will encounter the culinary delights of Bandon where cranberries
are grown in cranberry bogs and many yummy cranberry treats can
be tasted and taken home.
In Gold Beach, south of Bandon, the Rogue River flows into the pacific
and jet boats provide exciting and scenic tours up the Rogue, a
salmon and steelhead fisherman's paradise. A favorite spot for hiking
is the Schrader Old Growth Trail. Oregon's most Southern coastal
city, Brookings boasts a Performing Arts Center, a thriving commercial
flower industry with tours open to the public and the nearby Redwood