We love traveling around our scenic state of Oregon and taking in nature as we give sightseeing and wine tours. There is always time to enjoy some of nature’s gifts like seeing wildlife. We have been able to enjoy seeing this delightful butterfly many times as we tour Oregon.


The Swallowtail  Butterfly is also known as Papilio oregonius. This beautiful butterfly is native to the United States and can be found all around Oregon and the northwest.


Oregon adopted the Swallowtail Butterfly as Oregon’s Official State Insect in 1979.

       Swallowtail Butter State insect 1979

The adult Oregon swallowtail feeds on nectar from many types of wildflowers. Observing these charming butterflies also allows you to view the wildflowers in the area. 


   This butterfly was featured on a US postal stamp, it was one of the first four of the butterfly series issued in 1977. 


  We love discovering Oregon and embrace the nature that surrounds us. Whenever you visit Oregon take time to discover some of the little things that my just fly by. 

We do have fun in Oregon!

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The time is here to make those great Oregon vacations plans. Have you made your plans to visit Oregon this year? There is much to do in Oregon’s seven regions with all its diversity. Embrace Oregon loves showing off Oregon to all its visitors.

Just a couple weeks ago we were on the Oregon Coast. Now you may think that the winter time is not a good time to visit the Oregon Coast. But, it is a great time of the year as well as the summer. Many people love to see the stormy waves coming up on the beach. To stroll the beach for shells and treasure that wash ashore after a stormy night.


There are miles of beaches for you to discover on the Oregon Coast.




The wildlife that appears out of the blue for you to discover can be a highlight. Just like the picture of two Bald Eagles on the beach looking at the ocean. I know this picture is a little blurry because I was a little to far away when I took it. What a wonderful discovery.


So, matter what your plans are for an Oregon vacation. We are here to help you embrace a marvelous time.

Give us a call (503) 474-0762 and check out our website: http://www.embraceoregon.com . We look forward to hearing from you.

We do have fun in Oregon!


Yes, it is time to look at your plans for a vacation this year. Bookings at the last-minute can be tough. So, this is the time of the year when you need to take a look at where you would like to go and what you would like to do.

Many people look at going out of country to enjoy their vacation. But, it is always fun to take a look at what we have in our own backyard. 

Seven fascinating regions make up Oregon with so much to do and see. Oregon for example, has award-winning wines, beer and distilleries.

If, you are looking for adventure it can be found in right here in Oregon. Embrace whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, skiing, windsurfing and much more. There are many waterfalls, ocean beaches, snow caped mountains and lakes along with wonderful golf courses. There are picturesque views and fine dining.

So, yes this is the time of year to take a look at what you would like to do on your vacation. Then give us a call and make your reservation for a great vacation in Oregon.

We do have fun Oregon!


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We always have fun when our returning guests come back to visit. This time they are a spunky group of ladies who love to laugh and enjoy sampling many types of wines.


We started our day at the Red Lion Inn & Suites McMinnville and headed on a journey to visit some Yamhill County wineries.



Our first visit was in the Dundee Hills at Wine Country Farm Bed & Breakfast and Armonea Wines. While sampling the wines we were able to see the horse riders coming in from a wine tour through the vineyards.


Then we headed south to visit Methven Family Vineyards to sample the wine and enjoy a few snacks.There was a little time for some great conversation. 

Time allowed for us to visit Brooks Wines and enjoy another array of wines. Some we were a little surprised by. We also learned about biodynamic farming.


To end our day we took a little drive down McMinnville’s Historic Third Street to check out sites and then headed to the hotel.



It was a lovely day with my returning friends. The next time you are in our neighborhood give us a call and we can enjoy the day with you.

We do have fun in Oregon!

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Wow! It has been 26 years since it has happened in the United States. This is the year for the solar eclipse to pass through our area here in Oregon. It is when the moon passes between the sun and the planet earth. It will bring a couple minutes of darkness to happen about 10:15 am.

There are many celebrations to celebrate the total solar eclipse of 2017. We have some fun planned for after the eclipse here at Embrace Oregon. Join in on some fun with us with one of our…  After the Solar Eclipse Wine Tour specials going on August 21st through 27th.

Give us a call if you are interested in sampling some award winning wines at our week of solar eclipse fun.

 Reservations can be made by calling (503) 474-0762

The time is here. It spring time in Oregon. The flowers are coming alive and peeking out of the ground. Many of the trees are flowering and showing signs of life. 

It is also time for the Wooden Tulip Festival. There are miles of beautiful tulips of all colors. Just outside of Woodburn Oregon you will find a fun festival of tulips for you to see.

Take you camera the view is breath taking.

We do have fun in Oregon!


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Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

Historic Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

This Queen Anne Style Victorian-era residence was built in 1888 by Dr. T.W. Shelton. He had Oregon builder Walter Pugh build this home on the hillside overlooking the city of Eugene and the train station. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1888 Living room parlor

This historic home is open to the public to view. The house is furnished for the era of which it was built. It give you a great look at what it was like to visit this home in the late 1800’s.

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House bedroom

This house is now named after the three families who lived there. It is now owned by the city of Eugene, Oregon and is open to the public for viewing, tea parties and more. It is a great place to visit. Don’t forget to enjoy the garden when visiting. 

Join us for a Oregon adventure. We do have fun in Oregon! 

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Waterfall Hike

We have many wonderful waterfalls in Oregon. Some are in remote places and others are very easy to get to. It is always an adventure to head to the countryside to spend the day visiting mother nature and take a hike. Oregon waterfalls are icing on the cake at the end of the hike.

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Bridal Veil Falls is just one of the many waterfalls to embrace here in Oregon. It is a short hike about 0.6 mile round trip hike. It will get your heart to pumping on the way back to the parking lot. It is all up hill.

There are benches for those of you who would like to stop and enjoy the woods and take a break.

This is a fun hike with a great view of the waterfall when you reach the end of the trail.


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A platform for you to get a better view of Bridal Veil Falls is at the top of a short staircase.

Discover a beautiful treasure at the end of the hiking trail. Bridal Veil Falls is a picturesque site in this wooded haven.



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We do have fun in Oregon!

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Zebra's enjoying the sunshine.

Zebra’s enjoying the sunshine, Winston, Oregon. 

The time is here…. It is vacation time for many of us.

As we start our vacations and spread our wings to have fun checking out wildlife in our area and around the world. We must remember to keep our distance and respect that they are wild animals.

They do not read the signs, warning postings which maybe around the area. Animals live a very different life style than we do. We must remember they are wild animals and look at other small animals and people as lunch or dinner.


Everyone admires the beauty of our planets wildlife. Their coloring, fur, size, shapes, and the noise that they make… such as the roar of the lion. Some Wildlife & More 084animals like the water, holes in the ground and some like being in the trees and rocks. Where ever you are keep your eyes open and remember this is their home we are visiting as well as ours. Go about your day and try not to disturb their home.


It is wonderful to study them and see the habitat in which they live. There are things you need to know when you visit their homes. Do not touch or move their babies. The mother’s of these babies will come back and take care of them, even if you do not see the mothers. If, you are concerned. Contact a ranger and let the rangers handle the situation.  Always stay your distance. Animals move fast and you may be in their pathway or too close to their babies. Always stay calm and do not run from them. This could cause the animal to chase after you. Wildlife & More 430

 Read up about the area you are going to visit. This way you will be prepared for situations that may arise. Make sure you have food, beepers, maps and let others know where you are going and what your plans are. Be smart in the woods and be safe as you enjoy your vacation time.


We do have fun in Oregon!

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The weather is changing and it is getting nice outside. This is the time where many of us are making plans with our family and friends to have fun this year. Sometimes we get all caught up with going, we are forget to really prepare for these fun adventures.

Getting to know the plants on the trail.

Getting to know the plants on the trail.

Make sure you prepare for those adventures. Get to know your surroundings and have a plan in case of an emergency. Take extra food and water, an emergency/first aid kit, and make sure everyone on the outing knows where to meet if separated from the group.  It is always good to know of some of the dangers like poisonous plants in the area that you are visiting.

Here in the Pacific Northwest and all around the Willamette Valley we have many plants which are very friendly but, we do have some that are not so friendly.

Poison oak is one of those plants that is not friendly to us. It can grow as a vine or a shrub. It can be without leaves in the winter. During the spring and fall the leaves will be red and green and very pretty. During the summer poison oak will be a solid green. It can look just like small oak trees. But, don’t be fooled. If you touch this plant it will give you a very uncomfortable itchy rash. Sometimes with blisters… And, it will spread if you scratch it.

Poison oak is a plant in the Pacific Northwest.

Poison oak is a plant in the Pacific Northwest.

We want you to have lots of fun and to beware of the dangers that may be out there when you are having fun this year.

So, as you get ready for your adventures and journeys this year. Make plans to be safe and enjoy all the exciting moments you, your family and friends are going to have.

We invite you to take a look at our website and give us a call if you would like to join us for one of our adventures. We have many of them throughout the years.


We do have fun in Oregon! 

You can be our friend on: Facebook, Twitter, TripAdvisor , Yelp & our Blog!

Call us for Gift Certificates for our Oregon tours.

(503) 474-0762