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: