OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

Rest Area Rules

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

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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

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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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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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Summer travels and Oregon rest areas

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 4 Comments

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Gear up for fun on Oregon roadways

With the 2016 Memorial Day holiday behind us, vacation season begins in earnest—and graduation parties and BBQs will be here before you know it. However, summer’s crowded highways are sure to test everyone’s patience.
We thought it might be easier to plan your Oregon road-trip if you know what our most common rest area amenities are and what to look for when you stop. You’ll …

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Arrive alive this Memorial Day

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

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Memorial Day signals the start of many summer vacations and road trips. Whether you’re planning to hitch up your boat or load up the trail bikes and tents, you and millions of others will head out onto Oregon roadways this Friday. As part of your holiday experience, we want you to stay safe, and recognize when it would be a good time to stop and take a brief nap or …

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Local honey-makers land in rest area

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Swarm of bees captures attention

Southern Oregon is no stranger to honeybee shortages. According to a University of Maryland study, beekeepers across the nation lost more than 40% of their colonies in 2015, and Oregon suffered an approximate 20% domestic colony loss over the study’s one year span. In addition to domestic honey production colony disorders, wild honeybee populations are declining across 2016. According to a University of Vermont national wild …

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Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Reporting back from Pendleton

As part of our ongoing partnerships with the Oregon Tourism Commission (DBA Travel Oregon), destination marketing organizations, and local government officials and state agencies (and other travel and tourism industry organizations), OTE sponsored an information booth at the 2016 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism earlier this week.
The conference was held in Pendleton and over 450 industry representatives attended. During exhibitor breaks, conference-goers had the opportunity to stop …

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Storm-water and wetland upkeep

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Boardman Rest Area partners with neighbors

Story submitted by Joleen Odens, Boardman Rest Area Supervisor

It all started out when Rachel Muniz (our Boardman Rest Area Specialist) was just going to burn down the old and ugly cattails that were present in our storm-water lagoon.
As Rachel got started with her burning project, we got to thinking how a better fence line would keep any litter blown in from the highway from entering …

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Suncrest Rest Area improvements

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Suncrest improvements

Safety enhancements for travelers

With spring-temperatures soaring, OTE rest area employees are busy nearing completion on a project in sunny Southern Oregon. Suncrest Rest Area is located on I-5 at Milepost 22, south of Medford. Several decades of harsh weather had taken its toll on a pedestrian walkway and island between the truck parking area and the restrooms. Alone on the island, the Blue Star Memorial was isolated and surrounded by …

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