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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

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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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Grove of the States Image Gallery

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Summary of the project and its significance to Oregon’s public

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 …

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Sign Customer Spotlight – Gordon House

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop | No Comments

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For those enamored with mid-20th century innovation, Henry Moore, Herman Miller, and Frank Lloyd Wright remain iconic masters of artistic form and function. From furniture to art and architecture, these visionaries helped push the clean lines of their inventions into mainstream culture and consciousness.
Where do the correlations between mid-century modernism and Oregon’s rustic beauty exist? If you drive through the northern Willamette Valley, one such “progeny” from the marriage between …

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Highway business sign customer spotlight

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop | No Comments

King City Public Golf Course

OTE sign customer – King City Public Golf Course

Many small Oregon communities struggle with getting the word out about local amenities, and King City is no stranger to the challenge of attracting new traffic. However, J. Patrick Moore, King City’s former Civic Association manager, would like to help spread the word about the area’s public golf course.
“Ron Sorensen had a vision back in the mid-1960s,” said Moore, “and that was …

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Council member spotlight – Danuta Pfeiffer

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop | No Comments

The pavilion encloses the crush floor and is surrounded by vines and water features.

From farm to bottled treasure

Jaeg Road in Junction City leads deep into a Willamette Valley plein air paradise—verdant meadows, fuzzy alpacas, horses, and wooly sheep nestle together—while gentle foothills support uniform rows of Pinot Noir vines.
There is a special light at the end of the road where blacktop dissolves to gravel. Cherry blossoms, softly buzzing pollinators and muted sunshine embrace the visitor with a palpable peace and serenity—part of the …

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Slow and easy – Turtle Rock RV Resort

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop | No Comments

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Perhaps the best secret about Gold Beach, Oregon, is that visitors can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Oregon Coast without shattering the family piggy bank. Kachina Starr, owner of Gold Beach’s Turtle Rock RV Resort, told OTE that the location is un-crowded and easy on the wallet.
“Our resort is about a seven hour drive from Portland, but that entire drive is one of the most beautiful in Oregon,” said …

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Monarch Hotel and Conference Center

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop | No Comments

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When Sam Allen helped build the Sunnyside Best Western in South Portland in the mid-1980s, he received phone calls about conference accommodations before the property opened its doors to the public. Allen transformed his string of “wake-up calls” into a full-service hotel and conference center on land directly across the street from the Sunnyside.
The Monarch Hotel and Conference Center hosts 20,000 square feet of prime event space. Monarch’s Director of …

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A Newberg delight – Yamhills Gallery

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop | No Comments

A peek inside Yamhills Gallery

While Newberg, Oregon is considered a small town (its population hovers at around 20,000), the community is a mixture of urban sensibilities, agricultural roots, and faith-based heritage. Newberg was the first community in Oregon to hold Quaker services. George Fox University (originally known as the Friends Pacific Academy) was founded by the Quakers in 1885. Newberg incorporated at the same time the town’s newspaper (The Newberg Graphic) fired up its …

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Tillamook Bay City RV Park

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop | No Comments

Tillamook Bay photo courstesy of Cam McMinn

From a custom body shop in Portland, an entrepreneurial couple take to the Oregon Coast
In 2001, Frances and Norman Hartwell made the decision to leave big city life behind and move to the Oregon Coast.  The Hartwells were experienced recreational vehicle campers, so when their realtor showed the couple a listing for a Tillamook RV park, they sold their Portland auto body shop and pocketed the keys to their new …

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Antique Powerland Museum

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop | 6 Comments

Antique Powerland image courtesy of Audrey Lawson

Things that go bump, rumble, and roar

Imagine a mechanical wonderland filled with tractors, motorcycles, Caterpillars, steam powered saws, fire engines and streetcars. And that’s just a handful of the rumbling, smoking, crawling and rolling vehicles housed on Antique Powerland Museum’s 62-acre site. Powerland is a non-profit museum association, housing 14 independent museums under its umbrella.
Located in Brooks, Oregon, the museum log is impressive: The Pacific Northwest Truck Museum; Willow Creek …

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