by SHERIDAN WARRICK
Wine Country no longer just means Napa or the Willamette. Here are seven places in the West where you can get hip to some amazing sips.
If the idea of a weekend in wine country brings to mind only California's Napa or Oregon's Willamette Valley, think again. Alternative getaways—with great wine, yes, but also outstanding places to eat, play, and shop—are blooming around the West. Pluck your favorite from this tour of the best. Read More...
Photo by Sean Bagshaw, Outdoor Exposure Photography
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01 November 15 Recreation | Hiking
by MARK FREEMAN
MEDFORD, ORE. — A late October hike along the stretch of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail between Wolf Gap and Bear Gulch offers more than a testament to the fall colors of Southern Oregon.
The oak leaves are now popping neon splashes of browns and rusty reds on ridge after ridge after ridge all the way to the Red Buttes of Northern California.
"That's got some gorgeous views of the ridges around the Little Applegate and beyond," says Hope Robertson of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, which works on the trail. "And the colors of the oak woodlands are just gorgeous."
This sliver of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is one of five fall hikes that highlight the turning flora and returning fauna of Southern Oregon — including the spawning fall chinook salmon of the Rogue River Basin.Read the full report in The Olympian >
08 September 15 Nature | Music
In July 2016, members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake with performances at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the entire lake as the backdrop. The musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake. Read More...
By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
Salt needs pepper. Romeo needs Juliet. And your epic nature trip to Crater Lake might need a cultural detour.
Enter Ashland, Ore., which sits in the bucolic Bear Creek Valley about 90 miles southwest of Crater Lake and 16 miles north of the California border.
It was born in the 19th century as a mill town on the banks of Ashland Creek. But things took a turn in the early 1890s. Read More...