From learning about its violent volcanic history to marveling at the serene clarity of its water (one can usually see a coin to a depth of 120 feet) to spying an island resembling a ghostly galleon, Crater Lake is awe-inspiring.

Man’s contribution to this exquisite national park is the 71-room Crater Lake Lodge, originally opened in 1915 and located on the edge of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake.  Unfortunately they are not pet-friendly, but we kept Carson cool outside while we enjoyed lunch in the restaurant. Everything is on a grand scale at the hotel. Check out this fireplace.

We were sorry to leave the natural beauty of Crater Lake, but discovering a former gold rush town helped us recover. Located about five miles west of Medford, Jacksonville, Oregon‘s streets are lined with inviting storefronts and restaurants. The first town in America (here we go again) to be named a National Historic Landmark, a promotional flyer describes it as “Mayberry Meets Napa”. We agree. On our next visit we’ll likely stay or at least dine at Jacksonville Inn, but this night we opted for Déjà Vu Bistro and Wine Bar. The antipasto plate was excellent, and since the town is gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail’s 18 vineyards, we found some fine libations as well. Cheers!

About Tricia Pimental

Brooklyn-born Tricia Pimental moved to Portugal in 2012, where she found rural life so idyllic she wrote a piece for the Living the Dream section of International Living Magazine. Today she serves as their Portugal Correspondent. The former actress and Toastmaster has written three award-winning books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, Slippery Slopes, and A Movable Marriage. Other writing credits include two travel books for International Living: The Old-World Charms of Portugal and Escape to Portugal, and a 15-part video series entitled Portugal 101. Tricia has discovered one of the best parts about living in Europe is the ability to sample the culture (especially all that food and beverage) of many countries via road trips. She and her husband Keith—and their intrepid Maltese, Carson—have traveled through Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, and more, as well as Ireland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Baltic States. After renting in various regions of the country, Tricia and Keith now own a quinta in central Portugal. She blogs at www.triciapimental.com.
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6 Responses to Oh…Oregon!

  1. Ks Shopping says:

    Excellent OOXXOO

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Ninette Bravo says:

    Kurt & I spent Thanksgiving along the Oregon coast one year. Love the picture of Crater Lake. Enjoy keeping up with you, Keith & Carson on your travels 🙂

  3. S says:

    Always love traveling vicariously with you!

  4. Pat says:

    My mother in law was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. Her mother is buried there. My husband went on a search for her grave once, when we were up there.

  5. Pingback: O is for Oh…Oregon! | My A to Z Blogging Challenge

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