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LORANE Now home to wineries, artists, and charming bed and breakfasts, the economy of this small town was once centered in timber, livestock, and fruit orchards. Nearby, guests can visit Siuslaw Falls. MAPLETON This small community borders the banks of the Siuslaw River, 15 miles from Florence. The Mapleton Boat Ramp is a visitor favorite during the steelhead and salmon runs. MARCOLA This is an unincorporated area in Lane County. Visitors may want to explore Earnest Bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge appears in the classic 1965 James Stewart movie "Shenandoah." Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce 555 SW Coast Highway | Newport, Oregon 97365 541-265-8801, 1-800-COAST44 info@newportchamber.org, www.newportchamber.org OTTER ROCK Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Highway 101, this small coastal community takes its name from a rock located about a half mile offshore, around which otters used to live. PHILOMATH This town of approximately 4,500 residents is home to the Philomath College Building completed in 1876 that now houses the Benton County Historical Museum. REEDSPORT This small town boasts an eleven-acre park with year round shelter. The park has many activities to offer such as volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, baseball fields, and jogging paths. Visitors to Reedsport will enjoy outdoor activities such as freshwater and open sea fishing, beachcombing, exploring the Oregon Dunes National recreation Area, as well as visiting the Riverfront Revitalization Project which includes the Umpqua Discovery Center. MONROE This Willamette Valley community boasts wonderful local wineries in the nearby foothills, covered bridges, historical sites, and is a popular golf destination. For more information, contact: Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce 855 Highway Avenue | Reedsport, Oregon 97467 541-271-3495; 800-247-2155 Website: www.reedsportcc.org MONMOUTH A college town taking pride in educational and cultural offerings, Monmouth is home to Western Oregon University, Main Street Park, and several historical museums as well as wineries. Hiking, fishing, kayaking, and bicycling are popular outdooractivities in the area. SCIO NEWPORT SCOTTSBURG Known as the “Dungeness Crab capital of the world,” there is a plethora of activities in this lively Highway 101 town to choose from, such as hiking, biking, fishing, and crabbing to name a few! Visit Nye Beach, Deco District or the historic Bayfront area to find many shopping, dining, and lodging choices. Head to South Beach and find more activities such as the marine science center and brewery. Annual community events cover a wide variety of interests such as Whale Watching Week in January, Seafood and Wine Festival in February, Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest in May, and Jazz at Newport in October. Along the tidewater of the Umpqua River, just 20 miles up from the Pacific Ocean, this small community was once known as a major river port. Today it serves as a popular place for both locals and tourists to fish for salmon and steelhead. MILLERSBURG For more information, contact: DID YOU KNOW? Held the third week of May each year, guests can enjoy the celebration of the Lamb and Wool Festival held in downtown Scio. The festivities are rounded out with parades, crafts, food, and entertainment. SODAVILLE Located just three miles from Lebanon, this small community holds an annual Blackberry Festival in the city park each August. SOUTH BEACH This unincorporated area is along Highway 101 on the banks of Yaquina Bay near Newport. Visitors can enjoy fishing, surfing, diving, crabbing, and clamming in the area. FINDERS KEEPERS is an annual promotion which runs from Mid-October to Memorial Day and features hand-crafted glass floats being placed along the 7 1/2 miles (12 km) of public beach in Lincoln City, from the Roads End area to the Cutler City area. You find it, you keep it! 40 OREGON TRAVEL AND RECREATION GUIDE