Oregon's urban fall color season beginning, with spectacular foliage into November

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By Terry Richard

The eyes will soon be delighted with the arrival of Oregon's urban fall color season.

With most of the state's forests made up of evergreen trees, Oregon's showiest fall color is often found in non-native deciduous trees that have been planted in parks, arboretums, on college campuses, in formal gardens, along streets and in neighborhood yards.
By all means, venture out of the cities to see the native fall color, especially the cottonwoods of the river valleys, but keep an I peeled in the cities, too.

The Oregon Department of Forestry sends along this list of places to see spectacular fall color in Oregon:

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Best Affordable Fall Foliage Towns

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his artsy town in southern Oregon—a few hours south of Portland—has galleries, ethnic restaurants, and day spas that utilize the Lithia Springs mineral waters. It’s a good combination with the amazing fall foliage, which peaks in mid-October. Hike or mountain bike in the surrounding hills to really appreciate the changing scenery.

Fall Color Hotel: Chanticleer Inn is a six-room bed-and-breakfast with a view of the Cascades. It has a garden, koi pond, and hammock.

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The Place To Be For Fall Foliage

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The travel Web site TripAdvisor revealed Ashland as the most affordable destination in the country for weekend getaways, to check out the changing leaves this fall.

Ashland came in first out of 10.

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Elizabethan Theater Experience

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by Patricia Vanikiotis

My husband and I viewed two very different types of theatrical performances a week apart in the same venue, but we enjoyed each one on its own merits. We are blessed to live a short 30-minute drive from one of America’s oldest Elizabethan theatres and a Tony-awarding winning theater company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The company has been producing plays since 1935 and today produces works by Shakespeare, premieres of new plays, musicals and comedies in three venues during a season running from February through November. My favorite stage is also the oldest, although it has seen updates over the years. This is the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, so named to honor the $3 million grant the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation provided in 1993 to build a roofed pavilion of balcony seating around the original bowl of orchestra seating, which still remains open to the stars.

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