Day Tripping: Camp Sherman — an Ideal Autumn Escape

A century ago, Camp Sherman made a name for itself as the ideal summer retreat. Nestled amid the dense Ponderosa pine forests of the Deschutes National Forest in the heart of the Metolius River Basin (about nine and a half miles northwest of Sisters), Camp Sherman offers ample opportunities for all sorts of outdoor recreation — everything from hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding to fly-fishing, wildlife viewing and bird watching. Its expansive network of trails (including a nice stretch of the 100-mile Metolius-Windigo Trail) provides endless opportunities for exploring. But with so much emphasis placed on Camp Sherman’s longstanding history as a summer destination, you might not know that it’s also an outstanding autumnal retreat. Last weekend, Jack and I were treated to a two-night stay at the Metolius River Lodges. And what it treat it was! Our rustic cabin, the Green Drake, is perched on the edge of the Metolius River (well-known for its outstanding fly-fishing) and just across the street from the historic Camp Sherman Store (a staple in this close-knit community since the early 1920s). But perhaps most importantly, our cabin offered direct access to the scenic Metolius River Trail. The popular hiking trail (no horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles allowed) is a sight to see, garishly adorned in its vibrant fall colors. I spent an afternoon with camera in hand just puttering along the river banks, and easily could have lingered longer. On Day Two, we ventured down the trail for a mile or so. Below are some photos from the trip:                      ...

Day Tripping: Blinded by Redmond’s Gorgeous Fall Colors

Let’s say you’re looking for memorable fall color, but you can’t head too far from town. Lucky for you there are few more picturesque spots than downtown Redmond, which comes alive each October with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Need an excuse to make the trek to Redmond? Check out the event schedule below, which includes two harvest-related locales that are annual destinations for many Central Oregonians.   Oct 1-31: D&D Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Hunt for your own pumpkin or just explore the ranch. Fridays-Sundays, the DD Ranch offers hayrides, pony rides & a petting zoo, plus hamburgers and hot dogs with homemade potato chips. DD Ranch barn  features arts and crafts from Central Oregon artists. 3836 NE Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne. 541-548-1432. Oct. 1-31: Central Oregon Pumpkin Company. Navigate the “Jurassic Ranch” Corn Maize, visit the pumpkin patch,  take a wagon ride, check out the pumpkin cannon or ride the zoo train. 1250 NE Wilcox Ave., Terrebonne. 541-504-1414. Oct. 21: Downtown Pub Crawl. The Route: Rumors at 5 pm (drawing at 5:30); Cafe Alfresco at 5:45 (drawing at 6:15; Avery’s at 6:30 (drawing at 7 pm); Cross Creek at 7:15 (drawing at 7:45): 7th Street at 8 pm (drawing at 8:30); Brickhouse at 8:45 (drawing at 9:15): Rumors for an after-party at 9:30. Admission options: a new teddy tear, a tea cup or $5. Proceeds benefit Redmond/Sisters Hospice. 541-504-9792, Oct. 22-23: Central Oregon Women’s Expo. Designed by women for women, with more than 130 vendors, speakers, entertainment and a bachelor auction.  Auction proceeds benefit Grandma’s House. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond. 541-385-7988. Oct. 30: Howl-O-Ween. Humane...
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