Saturday, February 28, 2009
We were on the Oregon coast. Newport, specifically. Every year in late February, their chamber hosts the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. This was their 32nd annual, and we finally got around to checking it out. Because we like seafood. And wine. There's a definite Mardi Gras feel to the event...very festive. But then, how can you not be happy when you're sampling fresh crab, crab cakes (heaven on a plate), clam chowder, lobster and shrimp cocktail...along with approximately 80 different wineries from Oregon and beyond. No, I didn't taste from all of them. But, if I had to pick two favorites, I really enjoyed each of the Pinot Gris from Vitis Ridge and Sienna Ridge Estate. Crisp, and fruity without being sweet.
Overall, a very fun event. One hint: If you're claustrophobic, go before noon on Saturday or any time Sunday. I think the entire OSU student body was there Saturday afternoon.
This was also my first trip to Newport in about six years, and it reminded me how much I love the stretch of coastline that runs from Depoe Bay to Yachats. Beautiful.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy 150th! I've only lived here 27 of them, so I can't really call myself a native. But, I believe that being from the State of Jefferson makes me close to one. In tribute to our beautiful state, here are a few of my favorite places in and around Central and Southern Oregon:
Curiosity seekers along a float trip on the Wood River, Southern Oregon.
While these don't begin to illustrate the diversity of our geography and seasons, I hope they at least have you itching to get out and explore one of the most beautiful states in the union. Happy Birthday, Oregon!