Five Ways to Have a Fabulous Fall in RealOregon
Contrary to what the rest of the country may think, it doesn’t rain year-round in Oregon. In fact, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. For many of us Oregonians (or, born-again Oregonians such as myself), fall is our favorite season of the year. The warm days often continue through mid-October. The current forecast calls for high 70s for the weekend, making this the perfect time to discover new trails, flavors on local menus, and experience wineries at their busiest time of the year.
Here are our five best ways to have an awesome autumn:
- Fall Foliage Hikes, Bikes and Drives
Sorry New England, but you aren’t the only ones with wicked cool fall color. Our seasonal foliage is AMAZING! Plus, whether you are a hiker, cyclist or just like going for scenic drives, you can see the cornucopia of colors right before your eyes. Hike to Sweet Creek Falls near Florence for a fabulously, fall (and family-friendly) hike. Pedal through a tunnel of color on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway. For an outstanding drive, head to the Aufderheide Scenic Drive that connects Highways 58 and 126. Be sure to have a full tank of gas before you go. Follow the Oregon Fall Foliage Blog for weekly leaf updates from around the state.
- Florence Oktoberfest Gemütlichkeit! Munich is moving to the central Oregon Coast on October 4, 2014, for the Florence Oktoberfest. Dig out your lederhosen for authentic German food, bier, wiener dog races, and music.
- Pumpkins for Your Pumpkins
Spend the day searching for the perfect pumpkin at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm’s Colonial Harvest Days. Our coworker and her three-year-old spent all afternoon there last year. (read more on her blog post) What makes Northern Lights so special is that the pumpkins are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fall fun on the farm. Pony rides, a giant hay bale in the shape of a ship called “The Hayflower,” pie eating contests, a bonfire, and a pumpkin-launching trebuchet will keep everyone entertained for hours.
- Harvest at the Wineries
Fall is the time to see our wineries at work. September’s harvest brings an extra energy and buzz (pun intended) to the tasting rooms and tours. Once the grapes are picked, the leaves transform to oranges and golden yellows. Brigadoon Vineyards in Junction City is a hidden gem. Surrounded by the foothills of the Coast Range, the Shown family pours their heart into every glass of their delicious pinots.
- Haunted Hayrides and Hikes Dorris Ranch comes alive with ghosts, goblins and zombies during the Haunted Hayrides, October 20 – 22, 2014. The rides sell out fast so call 541.736.4544 to reserve a spot. Nearby Nature guides will lead hikes for the whole family along the pumpkin-lit trails of Eugene’s Alton Baker Park at the 18th Annual Haunted Hike on October 25 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Special guests, like Grandma Spider and a giant bat, will magically appear along the route. After the hike, the kiddos can create creepy crafts and feast on yummy treats. To register, call Nearby Nature at 541.687.9699.
For more autumn ideas, visit www.eugenecascadescoast.org/fall. Make sure to check out our Fall Deals, where you’ll find discounts on everything from dune buggy rides and wine tours to hotels and scenic jet boat trips.