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Dune buggy rid­ing, Florence:

❚ The vast, un­du­lat­ing dunes at Florence beach are ideal for hooning up and over. Strap your­self in an eight-seater with Sand Dunes Fron­tier and en­joy the thrill. ❚ Long, flat stretches of com­pact sand make for ex­cel­lent bik­ing. Hire your bikes from Fatty’s on the Beach. ❚ The ca­sual or com­mit­ted wine en­thu­si­ast couldn’t help but be im­pressed with the sig­na­ture va­ri­ety pinot noir and chardon­nay – and the idyl­lic set­ting at the vine­yards in Day­ton. ❚ It can be weath­erde­pen­dent, but the ea­gle-eyed will want to be first to see a whale as they mi­grate to and from Alaska and Mex­ico at De­poe Bay. If you can’t spot a whale, you’re bound to have more luck with the smaller aquatic crea­tures at Ot­ter Crest Loop. ❚ Sit­ting at the 6000-feet level of Ore­gon’s tallest peak, Mt Hood, which is the only area in the US to of­fer year-round skiing. I had a small sense of recog­ni­tion as we drove up but couldn’t quite place it un­til I got in­side – where you read and im­me­di­ately click that the lodge was used in the clas­sic hor­ror movie The Shin­ing. Here’s Johnny! ❚ You can shop for what you fancy at Glass Forge Gallery and Stu­dio in Grants Pass, but it’s more fun to have a go your­self and cre­ate some­thing with your own hot air. ❚ Drink­ing a Shadow War­rior with ex­cep­tional com­pany while look­ing over Port­land. ❚ Want a ri­val to Ben and Jerry’s? Iconic in Port­land and Los An­ge­les, Salt and Straw’s Choco­late Gooey Brownie still makes me let the belt out a notch just think­ing about it. ❚ Pizza, pasta, wine – you have to try to sam­ple as much as you can from the menu, so go with friends in McMin­nville and share.

Fat tire bik­ing, New­port Beach: Stoller Fam­ily Es­tates win­ery: Whale watch­ing: Tim­ber­line Lodge: Glass blow­ing: Rooftop cock­tails at De­par­ture: Salt and Straw ice creams: Nick’s Ital­ian Cafe:

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