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May – June E-news: Highway sign customer appreciation issue

Posted on: May 30th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments


The Gorge White House

2012gorge2Oregon visitors and motorists are truly lucky—in fact, one might pose the following question: where on the planet is there a more scenic place for a drive than Oregon?

Heading east from Portland on I- 84, the scenery transitions quickly from urban jumble to a motorist’s first sightings of Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls, and the awe inspiring Columbia River.

If you happen to make the journey from Portland to Eastern Oregon and beyond, a great stopping point is Hood River.

Four miles past downtown on the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the Gorge White House has stood as a landmark for more than a century.

“We are a 103-year old ‘house-wine-tasting-room,’” said Camille Hukari, whose family has owned the working farm and National Historic Register home since 1947. Hukari runs the business with husband Jerry Tausend at her side.

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Tree to Tree Adventure Park

2012t2t01High atop the pinnacle of a giant fir tree is a place usually reserved for nesting birds or licensed arborists. Most people don’t scamper along suspension walkways or shoot across the treetops 30-feet above ground—unless you’ve found your way to Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Gaston, Oregon.

Tree to Tree (or T2T as it’s called by co-owner Julie Beres) is an aerial paradise that encourages people to step outside their comfort zone in a safe and certified, outdoor environmental “classroom.”

Beres’ family started the business in 2010 following a visit to a friend’s tree adventure park in the Adirondacks. “My daughter, Marissa Doyle, was the brainchild behind getting the business established in Oregon. Once we had our plans in hand, we put on a big search for land, looking for just the right mix of trees, topography, and location.”

Beres and Doyle found the talent for design and construction within their own family. “We’re fortunate that all of our family members are so full of talent,” said Beres.

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Customer Appreciation Issue

This is a particularly happy issue for us. What’s so special you might ask? For one thing, it’s an opportunity to give back to some of our great highway business sign customers.

In the March E-news, we asked OTE sign customers to step forward and be interviewed in customer spotlights for the new“Places to Stop” feature on our website. We were able to catch up with several busy owners and are delighted to share their stories with subscribers.

OTE customer spotlights are provided free of charge to our highway business sign customers. If you missed the open call last month and are just finding out about this service, make sure to contact us to arrange for your own business story.

Fish Lake Resort

2012fishlake1When OTE’s off-Interstate sign customers tell us their signs really work, we believe them. In the case of rural Fish Lake Resort near Upper Klamath Lake, highway business signs are essential for directing motorists and alerting visitors to the resort’s open status.

Owners Jim and Debbi Blodgett have owned and operated the resort for 10 years. At an altitude of 4,600 feet and nestled near Mount McLaughlin’s base, the resort is accessible and open year-round via Highway 140. The drive from Medford, Oregon to Fish Lake and old growth forest can be made in under an hour.

Debbi describes the resort’s ambience as a family-style resort that people come back to visit year after year. “I always say we are the ‘Cheers’ of the resort industry,” said Debbi. “We get to know a good portion of the customers by name and feel as though we have established long-lasting friendships.”

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Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals

2012cannon beach1From rugged cliffs to mile long sandy beaches perfect for gathering seashells, the Oregon Coast invites exploration. Many Oregonians are feverish in their love for the beach and highway traffic leading to the coast moves in a continuous westward direction at all times of the year.

Cannon Beach is probably one of the most loved spots for both natives and first-time visitors. With its easily accessed beaches or boutiques and galleries filled with locally crafted treasure, this gentle small town has big time appeal.

Brian Olson is General Manager for Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, an OTE highway business sign customer who promotes his community with gusto.

“I think Cannon Beach has to be one of the best beaches on the Oregon Coast, and that’s saying something since I grew up in another coast town north of here,” said Olson. “Cannon Beach is the kind of place where you can find the perfect quiet spot or be right in the middle of the downtown action. And it’s only a day trip to many other destinations along the Oregon Coast like Tillamook, Astoria, and Seaside.”

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Where’s my business?

Feeling left out? Don’t! If you are one of our sign customers, you qualify to be featured on our website and linked to from our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

The first step is to contact us. Then we set up a mutual time for a phone interview. The interview takes about 10 minutes. Our Communications Office prepares the article and posts it to our site.

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



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