As the crisp winter air descends upon the picturesque landscapes of Oregon, adventurers are eager to know what to do during their stay there. Oregon winter temperatures can vary from mild to extreme, depending upon the location. What’s best about this state is that it provides for all sorts of winter experiences. Whether you are a skiing fan or are just here for fossil hunting, Oregon won’t disappoint you at all.
Unique Things to do in Oregon in Winter
Here’s a list of things to do in Oregon in the Winter season:
Go Fossil Hunting
Oregon is rich in fossils and if you are also a fan of such an activity, there’s no better place to go. From the Coast Range to the Cascades, there are plenty of opportunities for digging up fossils. Although fossil hunting is illegal on private property, make sure you get permission from the owners and the government before digging.
Also, keep yourself informed about the recent changes in such laws. Some of the best places in this regard include Willamette River and its tributaries, the town of Fossil (there’s a reason why it’s named as such), Delintment Lake Area, the Nehalem River, and Beverly Beach.
Book a Romantic Winter Getaway
Searching for a romantic getaway for you and your partner? Look no further! Oregon offers some of the dreamiest locations in all of the United States for couples and families.
And while making a list, how can we forget one of the best places out there, i.e The Bali House. This cozy cabin is located near Silverton and rates start from $211 per night. Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa is also worth visiting, as who wants to miss out on the scenic Columbia River’s view from the balcony.
Located in Lincoln City, Salacia Chalet is another romantic getaway that you surely want to try out. This AirBnB is located on the coast of Gleneden Beach and is one of the most relaxing places in town. Don’t forget to visit the Allison Inn And Spa during your stay there. This spa is located in Newberg and its rates start from $555 per night.
Visit Chocolate Shops
Tried everything and still don’t want to go back? Check out Portland’s chocolate shops. The city boasts some of the finest chocolate markets out there and you don’t want to miss out on such deliciousness at all. We have compiled a list of chocolate shops for you to try out during your visit there.
Some of the best shops include Enchante and Woodblock Chocolate in Milwaukie, Azar Indulgences and Creo Chocolate in Portland, Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates in Central Point, Euphoria Chocolate Company in Eugene, and Missionary Chocolates in Damascus.
Indulge in Coast Golfing
There are coast golfing options too in Beaver State and we assure you, this is one of the best things you will ever experience in your life. The Highlands Golf Club is present at a 10 minute drive from the beach of Seaside and is very affordable. 9 holes cost $22 and 18 holes cost $39 and there is a special discount for early birds too. Apart from this, the Gearheart Golf Links in Gearheart and Manzanita Links in Manzanita are also good options.
Spend a day in Cozy Cabins
Apart from the stunning landscapes and delicious food items, Oregon has still much more to offer. If the idea of staying in a cozy place with a cup of hot chocolate with your loved one is your dream vacation, we got you covered here. Oregon has a number of cozy cabins, perfect for couples looking for a romantic date. Here are some of the best options:
- Cedar Cabins, present near Mount Hood
- Mt. Tabor Treehouse, present at a 10 minutes drive from downtown Portland
- Oceanfront Cottage, present in Oceanside
- Red Blanket Cabin, present near Red Blanket Cabin
Enjoy Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the most visited places in the state, a regional theater with over thousands of spectators annually. Held in Ashland, this festival was started back in 1935 by Angus Bowmer. It offers three unique theaters and a wide range of other events. Apart from this, other educational programs are also provided. Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2024 will be held in April from 26th to 28th, June 28-30, July 26-28, and September 13-15.
Check out Oregon Coast Breweries
Oregon is home to more than 200 breweries which produce high quality beer. Portland alone has 70+ breweries and is considered the brewery capital of Oregon. Here are some of the best breweries in the state which you should definitely try out
- Fort George Brewery and Public House
- Rogue Nation Brewery and Spirits
- Chetco Brewing Company
- Arch Rock Brewing Company
- Beachcrest Brewing Company
Oregon Winter Itinerary
Planning a road trip to Oregon and don’t know where to start? Well, Oregon is a very large state with its diverse geography and exploring all of it within a short trip isn’t really possible. However, here is a summary of what you will be doing in your 2 weeks roadtrip in the state.
- Day 1-2: Start the roadtrip by arriving in Portland. Rent a car and roam around the city to explore its natural beauty.
- Day 3-4: Drive to Cannon Beach along the scenic Oregon Coast. Visit Haystack Rock and get to know about its art galleries and shops.
- Day 5-7: Head towards Bend and explore the Old Mill District.
- Day 8-9: Drive to Crater Lake National Park and enjoy the winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
- Day 10-12: Move towards Willamette Valley and check some of Oregon’s finest wineries.
- Day 13-14: Visit Hood River, and then explore Columbia River Gorge and its waterfalls like Multnomah Falls. Drive back to Portland and return the rented car.