OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

July – August 2012 E-news

Posted on: July 9th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments


Government Camp rest area dedication

Oregon Travel Experience at Government Camp rest areaWhen the special Legislative session ended earlier this year, Senate Bill 1591transferred nearly all highway safety rest areas into OTE’s hands.

As part of the 2012 legislation, the popular Highway 26 Mt. Hood rest area at Government Camp is now supervised by OTE staff.

On June 13th, Senator Chuck Thomsen, Representative Mark Johnson, Clackamas County Commissioners, The Villages at Mt Hood, and OTE formally recognized the community effort which saved the rest stop from closure.

The weather was somewhat chilly for summertime, but everyone was in good spirits and warmed up with hot coffee and cookies.

Community leaders and volunteers who worked diligently to save the rest area had a firsthand opportunity to see the rehab work performed by OTE’s new supervisory team.

We’ve posted an image gallery to our OTE Facebook page. Come see what you missed.

Places to stop

The local Oregon businesses listed below are part of our OTE highway business sign family.

Make sure to follow the links to their full stories on our website and you may discover a new “place to stop” on your next trip or Sunday drive.

Sea Sprite Guest Lodgingsea sprite 1

Since the 1950s Sea Sprite Guest Lodge has become a mainstay of Oregon’s Cannon Beach. Read more

Oak Ridge Hostel and Guest House

In 2009, Lynda Kamerrer and her husband searched the Oakridge community for a place to start their dream business. Read more

Out of This World Pizza and Play

“The entire play area is designed to keep kids moving and in motion. Nothing is sedentary,” says Don Milford. Read more

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Do the smell of oil and grease and the sound of an open throttle heighten your sense of adventure?  Read more

Jubitz Corporation and the Portlander Inn

“In 2003 the Fox Travel Channel stopped here and dubbed us ‘The World’s Classiest Truck Stop.’” Read more

B.J.s Fabric and Quilts

Vacations mean something different to every member of the family, or even the solo traveler. Whatever and wherever you go, your hobbies tend to follow. Read more


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Summer stories

Events of the season

Since our last E-news, OTE’s heritage programs have ushered in a brand new Regional Historical Marker at Coos Bay and welcomed the latest Heritage Tree at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in Cave Junction.

On our way to the events, we traveled along some of Oregon’s most beautiful highways. This issue’s banner photo is from the O.H. Hinsdale Interpretive Center’s elk viewing platform on Highway 38 near Reedsport, Oregon.

Southern Oregon Coast Regional Marker

Image of Oregon Travel Experience at Coos Bay Historical Marker DedicationOn May 19th, OTE, The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and Three Rivers Casino celebrated the latest regional marker installation with the citizens of Coos Bay.

The Southern Coast Regional Marker interprets the cultural history of the tribes who lived in the region. It also depicts how early gold prospectors built their homes and businesses within the Coos Bay area; from the first commercial salmon canneries in the 1850s to modern tourism in the 21st century.

Come see our photo gallery on Facebook. We’ve posted plenty of photos and even a video or two from the marker dedication.

Smokejumper dedication

Oregon Travel Experience image of Siskiyou Smokejumpers Base historical photoOn June 23rd, the community of Cave Junction went above and beyond most local dedications by hosting a heartfelt tribute to a scrappy Jeffrey pine tree.

Volunteers from the Siskiyou Smokejumpers Base Museum, local firefighters and law enforcement, National Parks and State Parks rangers, and former Siskiyou smokejumpers hosted a pancake feed, children’s activities, plane rides, and historical demonstrations.

Oregon Travel Experience gives special thanks to Cave Junction community organizer Roger Brandt, for his masterful event coordination. And, as a special exciting note, we would also like to extend our congratulations to Roger for his recent appointment to the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee.

You might want to visit OTE’s image gallery on Facebook, where we’ve posted some great photos of the day’s events planned by Roger and his team of volunteers.

What do you think?

OTE wants your opinionWe would like to hear from you about our programs and services. Is there something about us you would like to learn more about? Have you stopped at one of our OTE supervised rest areas and have comments or suggestions? Is there an area where we could improve our customer service in any our programs?

Let us know. As an entrepreneurial and semi-independent state agency, we value what all of our customers have to say.

Email your comments, ideas and suggestions to the OTE Communications Division.


Where’s my business?

Image of Oregon Travel Experience Highway Business SignFeeling left out? Don’t! If you are one of our sign customers, you qualify to be featured on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

After our last newsletter, OTE received numerous phone calls from our highway business sign customers who wanted to be interviewed for our “Places to Stop” web and email feature.

OTE will be posting the stories in groups as we wind our way through the summer.

If you are a highway business sign customer who was interviewed, but don’t see your business listed in this issue, be reassured your story will be posted to the website soon.

This service is always free of charge but does require a small time commitment from you.

The first step is to contact us. Then we set up a mutual time for a phone interview. The interview takes about 15 minutes. Our Communications Office prepares the article and then posts it to our Places to Stop feature on our website.

That’s all there is to it. Ready to get started?




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