Wine Enthusiast magazine names Southern Oregon a Top 10 international wine destination

Wine Enthusiast magazine unveiled its annual list of top wine travel destinations and perhaps turned some heads with a non-traditional collection of international locations. Gone are many of the familiar destinations that typically make such top 10 lists. Instead, the magazine / website offers its readership new places to consider and lists Ashland and Southern Oregon among the top 10 for 2016.
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Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

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Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

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Britt Festival sets 2016 season

The Northwest’s premier outdoor summer music festival presents performances by artists in pop, rock, country, bluegrass, folk, classical, world music and more.

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Find Your Thrill in a Raft

Photo courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers provide a beautiful and thrilling rafting experience for any skill level. Few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than beautiful Southern Oregon.

Select a Southern Oregon rafting outfitter and map your way directions on your mobile device.

 

 


Photo courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

 

Whitewater rafting on Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers offers breathtaking scenery, abundant forests and waterfalls, and a full range of mild to expert trips. The area is rich in Western history with old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Indian settlements dotting many runs.

Scroll down to see a map pinpointing area outfitters.

"When it comes to river rafting, there’s nothing like Southern Oregon,” says Pete Wallstrom, owner of Momentum River Expeditions. “In the spring, one of the craziest rides is on the Illinois River.  In the summer, we have the Rogue River. It’s everything people imagine a wilderness trip would be.”

Then there’s the Upper Klamath River, another of Pete’s favorites. “It’s one of the best stretches of summer whitewater in the country,” he says. “It’s a little less well known and that's the reason we go there.”

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Lonesome Duck: Your quiet getaway

Photos courtesy Lonesome Duck Ranch

Lonesome Duck Ranch as an ideal place for fly fishing and bird watching along the tranquil Williamson River. It's located 25 miles north of Klamath Falls and 39 scenic miles from the crater’s rim inside Crater Lake National Park. Two comfortable, fully equipped guest houses await you.

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Watch art take shape at The Glass Forge

A visitor takes a close look at an ornament in the making after blowing the glass herself. / Photos by Dan Shryock

The Glass Forge treats visitors as guests. You have an open invitation to look around, ask questions, stay as long as you like.  

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Zip High Near Crater Lake

Photo courtesy Crater Lake Zipline

Here's a chance to soar through the trees. All you need is a harness, a helmet and a spirit of adventure smack in the middle of a forest canopy.

“We have views to the mountains, to Klamath Lake – plus we are in these amazing giant trees that just take your breath away.”

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Escape to Union Creek Resort

Union Creek Resort is located on Highway 62 south of Crater Lake National Park.

Climb into a big, soft bed. Pull the blanket up to your neck and snuggle in for the night. And just before you doze off, remind yourself how great it is to sleep in the forest. This is what happens when you stay at the Union Creek Resort, the roadside lodge near Crater Lake National Park.

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All Rogue Valley is a stage

Music, film, and theaters, oh my! Out & About columnist Bonnie Glidewell highlights several venues in the Rogue Valley where theater arts take center stage.

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Ride Ashland's Scenic Bikeway

Cascade Siskiyou Scenic BikewayPhoto by Muuqi Maxwell

Ready to ride? The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,085 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah into fir forests, showcasing the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the region. The route starts and ends in beautiful Ashland.

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Crater Lake, China park are sisters

China s Wuyishan National Park includes gardens producing some of the finest tea in the world.Photo courtesy Tea Journey mobile magazine

Crater Lake National Park and Wuyishan National Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in China, are now sister parks. The agreement encourages cultural and environmental study exchanges between the two parks.

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Lighthouses on the Coast

Umpqua River Lighthouse

Lighthouses have always been a classic beacon home to those at sea. The five situated on the Southern Oregon Coast are a must-see for every explorer, whether on land or water.

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Crater Lake in winter

To appreciate Crater Lake, it may help to first understand how it came to be. Once there was Mt. Mazama, a 12,000-foot volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range.

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Crater Lake caters to cyclists

The National Park Service is setting aside  vehicle-free  days from Rim Drive around Crater Lake.

Distance riders get rare opportunities to peddle along a beautiful route without traffic concerns.

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Discover Southern Oregon On the Go

Southern Oregon is home to world-class fishing and rafting rivers, mountains for skiing, biking and hiking, and green valleys that produce award-winning wines. It's also home to North America's deepest lake and Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake, which graces the back of Oregon's state quarter.

From the valley to the high desert, wildlife and nightlife share space. Southern Oregon is home to a pair of well-known attractions - the Britt Music Festival and Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival - and to dozens of museums, art galleries, theaters, antique malls and tax-free shopping.

A ribbon of National Scenic Byways await, just a short drive from the California border. Follow the Redwood Highway to Grants Pass and the legendary Rogue and Umpqua rivers, where you'll find river adventures, jetboating, rafting, fishing and much more.

Discover Crater Lake National Park on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and experience the mountain lakes and world-class birding of the Klamath Basin and Oregon's Outback region.

History buffs will recognize the region as the site of Oregon's 19th-century gold rush, an era preserved within the boundaries of Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark town.

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