OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

Boardman Rest Area janitorial contractor sought

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Request for Quotations open

The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) has formally opened the Request For Quotations (RFQ) process for contracted janitorial services at the eastbound Boardman Rest Area, Milepost 161.
There will be a pre-bid conference at the Boardman eastbound OTE office on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
Download the PDF of the RFQ guidelines, bid submission and scope of duties.
The deadline to submit the RFQ application …

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Notable Oregon tree advocate sought

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments


Committee opens nomination process for 2017 Maynard Drawson Award

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are accepting nominations for the annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. (*The award nomination form is located below in the “Submit your nominations” section of this article.) This will be the third year that the annual award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and …

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Tall tales from Interstate 84

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments


Remember the American folktale about Babe the Blue Ox? You could say that Babe and his sidekick Paul Bunyan were a just a tad bit on the extra large size—gargantuan even. Recently, real life mimicked folklore when two supersized oxen calmly grazed inside a horse corral at Oregon Travel Experience’s Stanfield Rest Area. Travelers were eager to take a closer look at the real-life giants and learn more about them.
“I …

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Falling into a darker season

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments


Beating seasonal fatigue

You wake up, but it’s black as midnight. The alarm is buzzing and the dog is hopping on the bed trying to get your attention. What’s up with moonlight in the morning? Well, it’s fall. In Oregon.
Adapting to seasonal shifts and time changes is challenging—and feeling as though you’re not quite awake when you sit behind the wheel when the sun isn’t up is downright dangerous.
At Oregon Travel …

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Rest Area Rules

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

New containers working great at Santiam rest area

Learn what’s possible and what’s not

Oregon’s public rest area system has a lengthy history of welcoming travelers and providing safe clean facilities for motorists to refresh. At OTE managed rest areas, dedicated employees provide a range of services. From helping families find lost keys and pets to ensuring that the grounds are free from obstructions and hazards, our specialists are present during peak travel hours, seven days per week and …

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Grove of the States Restoration Project

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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What is this project about?

Oregon’s Grove of the States is located at the French Prairie Rest Area (southbound I-5 at Milepost 281), near Wilsonville. The Grove is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The concept for the Grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way …

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Labor Day weekend travel caution

Posted on: August 20th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments


During the holiday weekend, September 2-5, 2016, Oregon State Police (OSP) will increase patrols on state highways to ensure motorists in Oregon have safer travels. Despite those efforts, the public is asked to prepare for their long weekend road trips. Plan ahead where to stop and refresh. Use our rest area location page to find out more about Oregon rest areas. Reduce the risks of crashes by agreeing to set …

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Grove of the States Sponsorships

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Newsletter | No Comments

Become a friend of the Grove of the States! Sponsorships opportunities start at a modest price for individual trees and advance up the ladder for Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. The sponsor program enables individuals, non-profits, and commercial businesses to contribute to the restoration of the Grove.
Depending on the level you choose, your business name will be seen by millions of travelers on new signs. Over two million travelers stop …

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Surge in Oregon road travel equals new business

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Summer is officially here—and much like turning a page on the calendar, Oregonians turn their thoughts towards outdoor activities. Many of these prospective vacationers will plan road trips far in advance—performing online research and outlining the perfect route to their chosen destinations. They’ll schedule stopping points for meals and driving breaks, and collect travel brochures and other tourism publications that invite them to explore nearby points of interest.
The Portland Tribune …

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