Attractions

Wandering has never been so much fun

By Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
When going on an adventure in Oregon, it’s easy to find a trailhead or kayak rental place and explore on your own.
 
Region: 
Central Oregon

Shopping and soaking is worth a stop in Depoe Bay

City: 
Depoe Bay
By Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
Standing at the sea wall at Depoe Bay is a truly unique experience.
 
During sunny days, you are right on the ocean and can see out to the horizon, catching glimpses of whales, sea lions, birds and charter and fishing boats. Stand at the edge of the sidewalk, looking out into the ocean during a stormy day, you better be prepared to get wet.
Region: 
Central Coast

Deschutes offers educational and delicious tour

City: 
Bend
Deschutes Brewery in Bend OregonBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
The trick to visiting the Deschutes Brewery is pacing.
 
When you walk into the main brewery, near Bend’s Old Mill District on the banks of the Deschutes River, you are greeted by a bar with all of their beers on tap, ready to be tasted.
 
Region: 
Central Oregon

Blacksmith offers fine food in casual setting

City: 
Bend
Blacksmith Restaurant in Bend OregonBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
You know a recipe is good, when it takes a food that you normally wouldn’t like, and makes it the best thing you have ever eaten.
 
Take for example, apple chutney. Honestly, chutney doesn’t do it for me. I would rather eat something plain than slather what I consider to be a poor-man’s relish on it.
Region: 
Central Oregon

Fresh seafood aplenty

City: 
Newport
By Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
For the past few years, sustainability and locally-grown foods have been catch phrases in the culinary world.
 
Things like 100-mile breakfasts and sustainable farming practices and even fair market restaurants and foods have been cropping up all over the country.
 
Region: 
Central Coast

A lighthouse with a history lesson

City: 
Newport
By Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
While other lighthouses on the Oregon Coast feature small museums about the history of the area, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse offers a significantly sized interpretive center and natural area which shouldn’t be missed.
 
Region: 
Central Coast

Believe it or not, Ripley’s and Wax Works next door

City: 
Newport
Ripley's and Wax Works in NewportBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
Whether it’s Michael Jackson, or a guy with two pupils, meeting reproductions of Hollywood celebrities and freaks of nature are next door in the historic bay front of Newport.
 
Region: 
Central Coast

From shipwrecks to pianos

City: 
Newport
Oregon Coast History CenterBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 

Newport is blessed with not one, but two museums less than a block from each other.
 

The Oregon Coast History Center is just that, a center for learning about the history of not only the development of Newport, but Native American traditions and cultures as well.
 
 
Region: 
Central Coast

History, food and craftsmanship, all in one place

City: 
Pendleton
Hamley’s in Pendleton OregonBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
It’s easy, driving along in your car, to completely miss the Western experience that is Pendleton.
If you don’t visit during the Pendleton Round-Up, it’s easy to visit the museums, visitor centers and businesses and totally miss the old western vibe the community offers.
 
Region: 
Eastern Oregon

Telling their own history

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute - photo by Dallas D. DickBy Patrick Johnson
For Oregon.com
 
It’s one thing to read about history in a book, or see a movie, but it’s quite another to see, feel and walk through the history of a people from their unfiltered point of view.
 
Region: 
Eastern Oregon
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