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Travel

We love telling a story. We capture the travel experience and describe what people can expect when they visit a destination. Our work has taken us throughout our home state of Oregon and across Europe as we write for both magazines and destination marketing organizations (DMOs).

 


 

UFO Festival: The Truth About This Flying Saucer

It happens every spring. ET, Klaatu, Darth Vader and the Coneheads invade downtown McMinnville.

With them are every form of alien, some adorned in tin foil, others wearing rubber masks. It’s the annual UFO Festival and it has become a must-be-seen event for anyone who beamed down or drove into town to greet them.

But here’s the question few people ask during the big UFO Festival Parade: Why is all this happening in McMinnville?

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Hop On This Downtown Beer Trail

It’s been an active day. A cold craft beer and some good food are now in order. But where in downtown Corvallis can one find a variety of beer styles to suit different tastes all under one roof?

There actually are five breweries that deliver unique craft beers and food to go with it and they all are within a four-block radius.

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McMinnville Cycling: Getting Out in the Country

Full disclosure: I used to take a bus between my Salem home and downtown McMinnville so I could ride my bike home from work. Did I do it for the exercise? Sure. For the love of cycling? Of course.

I also did it for the Yamhill County countryside. I rarely went the same way two days in a row; I liked to vary it up so I could enjoy different routes, different scenery.

Not much has changed ...

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OSU Baseball: A Diamond to Discover

A billboard along Highway 34 leading into Corvallis drives home its message like a deep drive over the centerfield wall. There’s great baseball played here.

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Red Hills Kitchen: Great food with a dash of kindness

Jody Kropf is excited. He can’t stop grinning as he talks about his new restaurant, Red Hills Kitchen. Kropf, well known to local foodies for his successful Red Hills Market in nearby Dundee, opened his new venture this March inside the luxury Atticus Hotel. The executive chef and owner is enthusiastic bordering on exhilarated about what he and his team are adding to the already compelling McMinnville food scene.

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Finding That Special Coffee in Corvallis

There’s routine and then there’s special. When it comes to coffee, Collin Schneider, of Tried and True Coffee Company, and Paul Tostberg, of Coffee Culture, say they’ve got something very special.

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Downtown McMinnville: Never far from a great beer

While McMinnville is famous for its wines, beer is quickly making a name for itself. That comes as no surprise to Rick Allen who decided to create his brewery in McMinnville for one key reason- the water.

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A Sweet Walk in Downtown Corvallis

Anyone searching for sweet tooth satisfaction can stroll downtown Corvallis and find something to savor. If you don’t have a craving for specialty donuts, consider handmade chocolates and sweets at Burst’s Chocolates, a Corvallis institution for 80 years. Or, surrender to la dolce vita with Francesco’s gelato. It’s all within a five-minute walk.

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A Wine Country Discovery: Fantastic Coffee

Searching for a really good cup of coffee can be like a treasure hunt. Sure, there are plenty of shops and kiosks throughout McMinnville where you can find a jolt of caffeine but where is that rare drink that makes you stop, stare into your cup and do a taste bud double take?

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Winter Birding In The Klamath Basin

Bird watching is much like a treasure hunt. You start with a list of birds to see and pictures to help identify them. Once you’re in a good location, use binoculars or perhaps a long camera lens and start looking. If you’re in Klamath Falls or the wider Klamath Basin, bird watching can become much easier than you think. Stand by the side of a quiet road and you may spot some Snow Geese. A Great Egret is flying over you. Then there’s the Killdeer, the Canada Geese and, of course, the Bald Eagle.

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