Oregon Travel Experience participates in state employees toy drive
We all know what a mad dash of stress the holidays can bring: pressures to shop, prepare big meals and host out-of-town guests. Most of us weather the additional activity pretty well—agreeing that happy young faces are a major part of what the season is truly about. However, many children face the prospect of no joy during the holidays, particularly those whose …
“Love” letter delivered via email
Every once in awhile, we receive a letter (totally unsolicited) that helps us improve our services. These thoughtful remarks made by our customers are reviewed by our staff and end up contributing to our plans for a better Oregon. Recently, we received what the writer herself called a love-letter. You can read Nancy K. Anderson’s letter below, with some of the great photos she took on …
Many hands raise new awareness to historic Dayton and its Fort Yamhill Blockhouse
This week, OTE’s sign crew and their Oregon Department of Transportation brethren were onsite at Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park, drilling holes and securing a brand new historic marker into place.
OTE’s crew; Mike Bryant, Josh LoBue and Cameron Sulak, were elated that ODOT helped to erect the marker.
“Normally, if we arrange for ODOT’s sign crew to drill deep post …
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Oregon Travel Experience’s annual heritage publication, “Deep Roots” is now available to read online, or you may request a copy be mailed to you or your organization. (We have a limited amount of this publication, so make your request early.)
The newspaper-styled publication includes articles about OTE’s 2013 …
When OTE assumed management of the Tillamook rest area one year ago, its onsite rest area team embarked on a vigorous campaign to revitalize the surrounding landscape. The team’s goal was to improve visibility and safety for motorists, and at the same time, highlight the rugged beauty of Oregon’s North Coast.
In 2012, OTE held a grand rest area “re-opening” event and invited the Tillamook community to celebrate with us. However, …
The little rest area at Government Camp on Highway 26 is growing up. Since OTE assumed supervision of the small A-frame building, regular commuters and visitors will note many improvements by our onsite team. Rest area team members John Garmon and Barry Reed have barely been able to catch their breath since initiating the refurbishment project in 2012.
“Looking back at our first year in operation at Government Camp, the big …
OTE’s digital 2012 Annual Report
We thought you might enjoy a little history about our agency and the many ways we’ve grown over the years. We produced our digital 2012 Annual Report to help reduce paper mass. (If you start to yawn, just stop the report at any point by clicking on the pause button.)
The following video is best viewed in Quick Time (QT). However, if your computer or mobile device …
When families travel long distances on the highway, favorite toys or belongings packed from home can mean the difference between a contented child and an unhappy one. Most every parent can identify with the cliché “Are we there yet?” However, when those same beloved items are lost or left behind in public places like rest areas, the probability of their return by strangers is very slim.
Luckily, for travelers Angela and …
An Oregon motorist’s holiday vacation was nearly ruined until Santa’s helpers stepped in to set things right. As thousands of travelers take to the road for family gatherings, Janice Conover found herself in the middle of a potential nightmare. At first, things seemed to go well: Conover stopped at the I-5 Baldock rest area near Wilsonville to use the restroom and stretch her legs. She then jumped in her car …
Guest blog by Sarah Flores, OTE Free Coffee Program Coordinator
As the Oregon Travel Experience Coffee Program Coordinator I am pleased to announce we are now accepting Free Coffee Program applications for the following five I-84 rest areas that OTE will manage beginning January 1, 2013:
Memaloose, Milepost 73, east and westbound
Stanfield, Milepost 187, east and westbound
Charles Reynolds, Milepost 269, east and westbound
Baker Valley, Milepost 295, east and westbound
Weatherby, Milepost 336, east …