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The Pacific Northwest Fuels Your Senses

Oregon and Washington. . . The Pacific Northwest stirs our senses. Perhaps it’s the moisture in the air, but the colors are almost textured. This area was inhabited by indigenous people who thrived on plentiful seafood. We still savor wild salmon, halibut, shellfish, berries of all sorts, plus native fruits, vegetables and cheeses. We also love the microbreweries, wines, and ciders. Boats ferry us between islands. The region is blessed with diverse cultures and vibrant communities. The coast has black sand beaches and the interior has wild rivers and superb wineries. The art scene is cutting-edge and nature is treasured. Experience it.


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A Taste of Autumn in the Pacific Northwest

The vivid autumn colors of harvest fill the Pacific Northwest with dazzling reds, golds, and oranges, making even New England jealous. The air teases your senses with scents of a bountiful earth. There are changing-leaf festivals and hiking trails—The Enchantments and Blackbird Island are perfect for exploring. (See brilliant colors reflected on the waters of mountain lakes.)

Northwest rainforests are mythic in the fall, waterfalls are more intense, and salmon swim in creeks where otters wait to catch them. Northwestern urban areas have parks with forests, streams, sand dunes, and meadows; all framed by the legendary Mt. Hood, Rainier, the Cascade Range, and the Olympic Forest. The Columbia River Gorge is a mixed blaze of color and pines.

Fall is prime time for fishing—discover the Jubilee Salmon Derby. Imagine a cheese-tasting trail. How about an entire city block, made Halloween-eerie, with ghosts and spirits. Homemade fudge and caramel corn. Whale watching on the San Juan’s as the gentle giants head south for the winter. Harvesting hops. Luscious apple orchards. A traditional Bavarian village, or a six-course farm-fresh banquet. The Pacific Northwest revels in autumn!

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  • Multi-course meal, sourced from farm and regional wines
  • Whale watching and prime salmon fishing
  • Cheese-tasting at the oldest dairy farm in the Northwest
  • Harvesting hops at a craft brewery
  • Vineyard tours with Release Tasting
  • Worthy of a Road Trip!

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A Winter of Wonder in the Pacific Northwest

A winter vacation in the Pacific Northwest offers a world of extraordinary choices. Snow-covered and mythic, mountains rise up from legendary rivers. Lodges are designed for cozy evenings. Days can be filled with adventures or a tranquil escape where the texture of winter’s silence makes life a gentle idyll. Dining is exceptional, and wineries are ready for private tastings during their “cellar season.”

Skiing, both downhill and cross-country, is sublime and the options are many. There’s also snow-shoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, sledding, and ice-skating. Come evening, have a night cap or indulge in s’mores by a fjord-side fire pit. Perhaps soak in a hot tub with a local glass of Pinot Noir. If you want moody charm, head to the ocean and feel the power.

Trek a wildlife park with a guide—cooler weather brings out roaming animals. Go on a walkabout in the evergreens. Delight in fresh Dungeness crab—the season opens in late fall—and oyster farms. Discover creative arts in charming communities that welcome you. This is the time of year for truffles and wine pairings. Imagine holiday cheer that eases you straight through the winter months.

Inspirational Winter Resorts
Washington: Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, Badger Mountain
Oregon: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Ashland and Hoodoo — near the charming town of Sisters

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  • Wine cave tour
  • Wintertime Walkabout with Local Forestry Guide.
  • Chocolate and Winery tasting
  • Beachside feast on historic marina
  • Heli-skiing in the Northwest mountains
  • Wildlife park trek with a guide

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WASHINGTON

Pacific Northwest Island-hopping

Seattle and Puget Sound are the stars of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is the perfect walking city, steeped in history and cutting-edge glory. The Sound has stunning shorelines, charming towns, and inspiring mountains. Exploring Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a must-do—catch a flying salmon, find local crafts. Dive into Starbuck’s flagship store, and discover an extraordinary museum of art glass.

Drive Northeast, catch a ferry to Orcas Island. Immerse yourself in this green paradise, a mix of arts and culture, forests and lakes, and outdoor adventures. Head to the ferry and Friday Harbor, gateway to a slower pace. It’s an enchanting step-back in time. Revel in lighthouses and bald eagles. All lodgings have extraordinary views that sing you to sleep.

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  • Take in Forever Views over Puget Sound by Sea Plane
  • Ride the Largest Ferris Wheel in America, Overlooking the Bay
  • Explore Seattle’s Subterranean Storefronts and Sidewalk Shops
  • Stunning Whale and Wildlife Boat Journey
  • Sunset Sail in a Traditional Schooner

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OREGON

Authentic Oregon, from Coast to Cascades

Portland is a chic town with a kicky personality. Consider exploring a Japanese Garden with tea room, the arts district, or a planetarium with hands-on exhibitions. Out of the city and to the ocean, the coast is a soft place that feels like a watercolor painting. Sunsets melt into the sea. In Central Oregon, miles of sand dunes and freshwater lakes wait to be discovered.

Heading inland, colors become more vibrant with every shade of green imaginable. There’s a hot springs. Stop. Soak. Rest in a sweet lodge on the mighty Umpqua River. (Dreams come easily here.) The Umpqua National Park is nestled on the western slope of the Cascades—there is drama here. Heading north, Eugene is the place to kick back and go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Every lush slice of this life could only happen in Oregon’s Pacific Northwest.

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  • Portland Local Wine and Foodie Tour
  • Scenic Columbia River Gorge with Guide
  • Wine Tasting and Waterfalls
  • Raft the Mighty Umpqua River
  • Willamette Valley Wine and Cheese Outing

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Washington, Oregon

The Pacific Northwest is more than Seattle and Portland, although they’re the engines. The region attracts people with the promise of innovation and a laid-back culture that glories when the sun comes out. Head east, over the Cascade Mountains, and you’re in cowboy country. Regardless of which side of the mountains you’re on, the people are adventurers who love the outdoors.

In 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition reached Washington where the Snake and Clearwater Rivers meet. They practically flew down the Snake and Columbia River, and it became clear their goal was in sight—the Pacific Coast. Go to the Columbia River now. Feel her power. Imagine the explorer’s awe and their gratitude to the woman, Sacagawea, who was their guide, with full voting rights. Just do it.

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