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Skiing on Mount Hood

March 8, 2012 in Recreation, Visitors Guide

Mount Hood on Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range has some of the best snowboarding in the entire country with many great ski resorts within an hour ofPortland. The US Olympic Ski Team uses Mount Hood for training throughout the year.

On Mount Hood there is the world famous Timberline Lodge as well as Meadows and Ski Bowl. Timberline has the most expensive ski lift tickets but they also offer the greatest lodging and restaurant options. Between sessions skiers can enjoy a hot beverage in the lodge with beautiful views of the mountain. Timberline is also open year round for those skiers that cannot get enough. Members of the United States ski team are known to do training on Mt Hood. A little further down the mountain is Meadows Ski Resort. Meadows has the advantage of offering the most ski lifts with a variety of trails down the mountain side. Ski Bowl is the closest to Portland based out of Government Camp.

For skiers on a budget they can do night ski that is more affordable and night lift tickets usually run for $30. During the day lift tickets are almost twice as much. Before the season starts skiers can purchase season passes for night ski for as little as $100. For those who plan on going multiple times during the season may consider buying a season pass.

Top Oregon Attractions

March 7, 2012 in Attractions, Things To See

Portland,Oregonhas been blessed with an abundance of diversity.  There is an unlimited amount of options a visitor can participate any day.  From hiking outside the city to biking within the city,Portlandhas something for everyone.  In one day someone can be snowboarding on Mount Hood and then be surfing on thePacific Ocean(a wet suit needed).  The city is also beautiful and it is no coincidence that its nickname is the “RoseCity”. The greenery around the city makes it no ordinary looking city. Portlandprides itself on being a green city and it is evident in how the city and companies run their businesses.  Here is our list of best attractions.

Top 5

  1. Multnomah Falls
  2. Timberline Lodge
  3. Smith Rock
  4. Crater Lake
  5. Downtown Portland

Multnomah Fallsis one of the most popular visitor attractions.  You may not have been there but chances are you have seen a postcard ofMultnomah Falls.  It makes for a great place for pictures during all seasons.  Visitors can enjoy a tasty meal in the lodge and then begin a hike up the waterfall.  The hikes vary in length but there is usually an option for all levels of fitness.  To just get to the top of the falls is about a mile hike but serious hikers can keep going on trails that go anywhere from 8 to 15 miles.  There are many other waterfalls nearby including the Eagle Creek hike.

The picturesque Timberline Lodge is located onMount Hood.  It is a thing of beauty for visitors to be able to take in.  Timberline was built in the late 1930’s to help create jobs during the Great Depression.   Visitors can enjoy year round world class snowboarding conditions and afterwards warm up inside the lodge.  Visitors do not need snowboarding to have incentive to go up the mountain.  Many families make day trips to visit timberline lodge.  It has some spectacular views, in the winter with all the snow it looks like a scene straight out of a Chronicles of Narnia book.

Smith Rock is a premier destination for rock climbers around the world.  They come from all over to climb, repel and hike in the area.  Smith Rock is located in centralOregonnear the city ofBend.  It is a different side ofOregon’s beauty that people do not know about.  The area is dry with less greenery than aroundPortlandbut it is just as beautiful.  One advantage of centralOregonis that the weather is more cooperative.

While inOregonyou can take a drive several hours to the southern part of the state and visit the lake calledCrater Lake.  The lake is located inside a crater and the crater keeps on going an additional 1996 feet.  It is the second deepest lake in the world and definitely worth the drive.  In the middle of the lake there is a large volcanic island which just adds to the beauty.  It is a great summer trip but is also a beautiful site during the winter with all the snow.

Downtown Portlandprovides an endless number of activities from live music to coffee shops to festivals going on at the water front.  During the summer you can enjoy the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in May, the Rose Festival in June, 4th of July festivities and the Italian Festival in August.  These are just a few of the things going on for visitors to enjoy.  There are many more activities going on in between including microbrew festivals where visitors can try some of the famousPortland microbrews.  Visitors will not be disappointed.  There are an unlimited number of great restaurants in downtown.  From great franchise chains like P.F. Changs to local restaurants like Henry’s Tavern there are great dining options.

Best of Central Oregon

March 7, 2012 in Attractions, Visitors Guide

Central Oregonis one of the premier destinations in the Northwest with its mix of beauty, great climate, and fun attractions.  Portlanders love going to Bend because of the climate contrast fromPortland. Central Oregonis a dryer climate with less rain and more of a desert setting.  The best starting point for exploring Central Oregon is the town ofBend. Bendhas something to offer everyone. 

For families there are many resorts and great activities for children.  For young people there are so many active things to do in the area.  From snowboarding onMountBachelorto white water rafting on theDeschutesto hiking around Smith Rock the options really are endless.  For shoppersBendhas many great shopping areas where you can find great national stores to cute trendy local stores.  You will also be able to find great restaurants with cuisine from all around the world. Oregonis one of the best places in theUSto get Asian food. 

Visitors toBendandCentral Oregonend up falling in love with the area.  Many of these visitors end up choosing the area for their retirement.  Amazing restaurants, great golf and beautiful homes, what more could you ask for!


Oregon’s Tulip Festival

March 7, 2012 in Attractions, Events

Every year Woodburn, Oregon is the home of the Tulip Festival.  The Wooden Shoe Farm has acres full of beautiful tulips. Visitors to this one of a kind farm are welcome to walk down the farm to look at all of these beautiful flowers blooming.  The Wooden Shoe farm has many unique features that will make guests feel like they are on a tulip farm in Holland.  Definitely take advantage of this opportunity and make sure to bring your camera.

Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!
Buy cut flowers.
Order bulbs for fall planting.
Children’s Acre.
Visit our Gift Shop.

Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.

Oregon Coast – Seaside Beach

March 6, 2012 in Things To See, Visitors Guide

Seaside is one of Oregon’s premier beaches.  This little bustling coastal town has a wide open beach where many events are held throughout the year.  During the summer visitors can watch or take part in volleyball tournaments on the sand.  The town has many great shops for guests to do some shopping.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

March 6, 2012 in Attractions, Entertainment

Omsi is an educational museum with five exhibit halls and eight science labs. Featuring over 200 interactive exhibits, the five-story high Omnimax Theater, and the Northwest’s largest planetarium, OMSI is an especially popular destination for school fieldtrips as well as families. Tours of the USS Blueback, a diesel-powered U.S. Naval submarine, are also available at OMSI.  

Day Flooring Company

March 2, 2012 in Business Services, Flooring, Home Services and Repair

We are a local company serving residential hardwood flooring needs in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR markets. Most of our work is referral work, and we truly appreciate past customers who continue to refer us to their friends and acquaintances. Our customers are typically looking for a hardwood flooring contractor with the experience to look at their existing floors, recommend what needs to be done with them and give them ideas for floor repairs, additions, deal with transitions to other flooring materials, update metal heat vents with flush wood vents, deal with door thresholds, add decorative elements (borders, medallions), update the perimeter baseboard moldings and suggest stain colors and finish sheens that are compatible with the rest of their home.

D-Lux Hardwood Floors

March 2, 2012 in Business Services, Flooring, Home Services and Repair

In 1980 Doug Lux ( certifications) started D-Lux Hardwood Floors. With over 31-years of experience and product knowledge in the wood flooring industry, D-Lux Hardwood Floors is the premier retailer and distributor in the Pacific Northwest for environmental and sustainable products. Our flooring craftsmen provide the highest quality service, assuring you the best, finished product, with no detail going unnoticed. And, all our workmanship is guaranteed for one full year. For your flooring needs, we pride ourselves in offering eco-friendly, reclaimed, and FSC certified products. The up-front cost of new hardwood floor may surprise you; we offer competitive pricing and unparalleled service. Visit our online Job Calculator for comparative pricing or contact one of knowledgeable sales staff for a free job site estimate

Lynch Brothers Hardwood Floors

March 2, 2012 in Business Services, Flooring, Home Services and Repair

LYNCH BROTHERS HARDWOOD FLOORS provides hardwood floor installation, refinishing and repair services for new construction and remodeling projects in the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon. LYNCH BROTHERS are licensed, bonded and insured in the State of Oregon and specialize in hardwood floors with Swedish no wax and low VOC finishes. We are committed to offering the most dependable and highest quality value to home owners, contractors, and landlords, both residential and commercial. WITH AN OWNER ALWAYS ON-SITE, our clients can count on superior craftsmanship and customer satisfaction at affordable prices.

American Plumbing Services

March 2, 2012 in Home Services and Repair, Plumbing

We are a second generation; family run plumbing company in Portland, Oregon with 14 full time employees. Three of us are brothers. The rest of our staff are family members or best friends. We’re in this business for the long haul and want you to feel appreciated and completely satisfied with our work. Do you have a small project such as installing a new faucet, replacing a toilet, need a drain cleaned or do you just need a plumber? Well we can take care of that for you! Just click on the link here and we will contact you shortly to arrange a service call on a “time and material” basis and give you a rough idea of how long it will take.