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WALDPORT This metropolitan area is hugged by the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Its temperate climate allows for year-round outdoor activities and community events. Take a walk through the historic district, shop for antiques, gifts, and art, and afterward enjoy a meal at one of several unique diners or restaurants. Featured destinations include the historic Springfield Depot, Emerald Art Center, the Springfield Museum, and Wildish Community Theater. Tourists looking for both the beauty of the forest and the sea need look no further than Waldport. Nature lovers will admire the mingling hiking trails, scenic beauty, wildlife preservation, and sandy beaches. The Port of Alsea has easy access to both the bay and the river, and opportunities abound for fishing, boating, crabbing, and camping abound. For more information, contact: Springfield Chamber of Commerce 101 South A Street | Springfield, Oregon 97477 541-746-1651 www.springfield-chamber.org SWISSHOME This small, unincorporated area is eight miles from Mapleton on Highway 36. It sits just above sea level on the Siuslaw River. TANGENT For more information, contact: Waldport Chamber of Commerce PO Box 669 | Waldport, OR 97394 541-563-2133, chamber@peak.org www.waldport-chamber.com WALTERVILLE Ten miles east of Eugene, Walterville offers the outdoor enthusiast a great place for hiking, fishing, boating, and whitewater rafting. WESTFIR Just south of Albany, this community has an abundance of outdoor activities centered around the Willamette River such as fishing, river tours, hiking, and hunting. This small community is tucked in the mountains along the Willamette River. Once a logging town, the area is now well known for excellent fishing, hiking, and some of the best biking trails in the country. TIDEWATER WINCHESTER BAY Home to the White Wolf Sanctuary and Educational Facility, this popular travel destination is a nonprofit organization that rescues and protects wolves. A three-hour walking tour is available by appointment on most afternoons. Reservations can be made by calling 541-528-3588. Located in the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Winchester Bay attracts visitors looking to ride the dunes, photograph beautiful scenery, and camp and fish to their hearts' delight. Annual festivities include the Chainsaw Sculpting Contest, Art by the Bay, and Crab Bounty Hunt. Winchester Bay is off Highway 101 between Florence and Coos Bay. TOLEDO Just east of Newport along Highway 20 lies a town rich in local artistry and historical heritage. Take a stroll down Main Street to visit art galleries, gift shops, and eateries and enjoy the scenic vistas of the Yaquina River and the surrounding foothills. For more information, contact: Toledo Chamber of Commerce PO Box 249 | Toledo, Oregon 97391 541-336-3183, www.visittoledooregon.com TURNER Known as “the good neighbor town,” Turner is nestled along Mills Creek, a tributary of the Willamette River. There are three community parks and a public pool as well as local boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. REGION 2: CENTRAL COAST SPRINGFIELD For more information, contact: Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce 855 Highway Avenue Reedsport, Oregon 97467 (541) 271-3495, 800-247-2155 www.reedsportcc.org YACHATS A charming coastal community off of Highway 101, this beautiful city offers the best of both ocean and temperate rainforests. There are several hiking trails offering breathtaking views. More popular trails include the Historic 804 Trail and the Amanda Trai l. VENETA Central to the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this community is home to many local wineries of the Willamette Valley. Annual festivities include Spring Egg Hunt, Fern Ridge Wings and Wine Festival, and Holiday Light Parade. The community offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities through their eight community parks and public pools. WWW.OREGONTRAVELCOUNCIL.COM 43