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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! 

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(503) 474-0762

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We know during winter the weather can give us some ups and downs. The last few years our Oregon weather has been very mild when it comes to storms.  This last week we have been experiencing those wind and rainy storms that remind us of 1996/1997. Many of our small communities have had flooding from the rivers, streams and creeks that are within our beautiful state.

We know that we need the rain during the winter and spring months. It helps to bring snow into our mountain ranges. Those snow packs help us with our water supplies throughout the state. The snow packs also help to prevent forest fires during the summer months. Which is a very good thing. We here in Oregon are big for the outdoors. Spending time in our forests and enjoying outdoor sports are a life style for us. We need the snow in the mountains to have fun in the summer.

In the mean time we sometimes experience those creeks, rivers and streams to over flow their banks. We come together with neighbors to help out those who need help during these times. To help those small business owners who need us to be patrons as they rebuild their businesses after being flooded.

So, please remember those who are in your neighborhoods who need a helping hand during this time. They may not ask but reach out to see if there is something you can do. You may not have money to give but, you may be able to give some blankets, clothes or even some food from your cupboards that could help. You could even give an hour or two to pitch in and do some cleaning. We have many elderly folks in our neighborhoods who would love to see you stop by to help to rake some leaves.

Enjoy giving and helping those who need you!

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Our 2015 Oregon Mystery Tour was an enormous success as we discovered more of Oregon. Our mystery tour took us on a journey to the oldest settlement in Oregon… the city of Astoria. It sits at the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful city has gorgeous scenic views of the mountains, ocean and the river. With the opportunity to have many adventures.

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This years mystery tour allowed us to visit many of the highlights in this quaint city and some of the surrounding area. We took time to explore but, it was just not enough time to capture all of the sites. It leaves us wanting to go back for a revisit to Astoria.

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The Oregon Mystery Tour journey took us to experience good food and drink, fun music, a chance to see museums, a fort and to go below deck on the Coast Guard’s ship, The Columbia. It was a great time had by all.

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We are looking forward to see where the 2016 Oregon Mystery Tour will take us next year. Will be at a fort like this years Fort Clatsop?

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Remember…. It will be a mystery location with great events. Are you ready for an adventure in 2016? We are!

If you would like to join us sometime… Give us a call we love adventures.

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

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Yesterday was a great day! We had a wine tour with seven wonderful guests. When setting up the wine tour we talked to Dave Walker at Tresori Vineyards. Dave invited us to sample some of Tresori Vineyards delicious Pinot Noir wines.

They were unsure about where to have us sample the wines. The new tasting room is under construction and not ready for this big Memorial Day Weekend winery opening. I told them to put out those signs that we were coming to visit.

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With open arms Dave Walker, Joseph and Maureen Longo and the family greeted us. Joseph’s sister Jackie had decorated the building with her wonderful paintings and art. We were lucky to be their first visitors at Tresori Vineyards new tasting room. As we sampled these delicious wines more guests showed up. It was a great time enjoying wine, conversation and the valley view from this soon to be completed tasting room.

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Let us know if you would like to join us on one of our great Oregon adventures.

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

sales@embraceoregon.com

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We sometimes look at visiting big cities, other states and other countries. We forget to look in our own backyards. One of those quaint places in Oregon is the city of Bandon. Bandon is a coastal village with has an arch that greets you as you enter the city limits and thanks you when you are leaving.

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There are wonderful shops for you to explore and you may just find a treasure to take home with you. When you get tired of looking over the town it is a great place to enjoy a bit to eat while overlooking the bay. There are many boats at the docks and activities like fishing taking place.

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Before you leave this little city you need to take a stroll along the boardwalk to view the art that decorates the walkways.

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So before you book that trip our to state or country. Think about the hidden treasures that are in our beautiful state of Oregon. We are happy to take on a tour to see them. Just give us a call.

Call us at: (503) 474-0762

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It is almost time… The McMinnville UFO Festival is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for May 15th through May 17, 2014. There will be fun in the streets with booths of food and fun and don’t forget the parade on Saturday.

Put on your tin foil, grab your extra eye balls and come and have some fun.

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We need to think local and support businesses in our own neighborhoods. With things the way they are with our government we need to pay attention to those in our communities. Keeping our dollars in our communities will help keep our neighbors in business and be able to keep their associates on the payroll.

So, as you look to buy the food for your cupboards, clothes for your children, a car or a computer look in your local neighborhood’s and keep your community strong. Think U.S.A made and use the services that are offered in your community.

We can all help even if we do not have much money to spend. Think Local!

Have a great day in Oregon!

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As summer ends and fall begins we all try to grab onto all the things we still want to do. Some of us are not ready for the weather change and lack of daylight. We can look back on the summer fun that we had.

The summer has given us the chance to meet so many wonderful new friends. Our Embrace Oregon tours have given us the chance to have some wonderful moments with our new friends. There were many laughs, stories along with great food and wine. We have enjoyed showing our new friends some of Oregon and giving them a chance to embrace a moment.

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We had great times at city events, softball, olive oil and wine tasting. Our travels have taken us all around the state of Oregon to explore and embrace each of the seven Oregon regions.

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We want to thank all of our new summer friends for a great time and we hope to see you all again. Now, it is time for us to gear up for the fall season and all the fun we are going to have as well as all the new friends we are going to meet.

If anyone wants to view some of the photo albums of our summer. They are on our Embrace Oregon.com Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Embrace-Oregoncom/290794928817?ref=hl

If you would like to have some fall fun with us check out our website: http://www.embraceoregon.com or give us a call.-We would love to talk to you: (503) 474-0762

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When we look around our state of Oregon for fun things to do… don’t forget about our small town fun. Every weekend now through the summer there are town and city fairs and festivals. Take time to visit these events and embrace them and the fun you will have.

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It is a great opportunity to see your neighbors and have some family time. Attending these events can enrich your family life. Shopping local can also be very rewarding for you and your community. Farmers markets take place all around our beautiful state of Oregon. There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables from our local farms.

To learn about more Oregon events log onto: http://www.embraceoregon.com to sign up for an Oregon tour call: (503) 474-0762

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Yes, it is here! A fun time in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Rose Festival has many great activities from fun runs to auto racing and don’t forget there is food, fun rides, parade and much more now through June.

The first event is the Rose Festival City Fair
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Portland, Oregon 97201 (503) 227-2681
Start Date: 5/24/2013 End Date: 5/27/2013
Description: Friday hours: 5-11pm, Saturday – Monday 11am to 11pm. Music, food, beer, wine, spirits and lots of fun.

Check out our website for more fun Oregon events: http://www.embraceoregon.com

Have fun everyone!

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