With summer-like temperatures in the forecast, Joel Porter pays a visit to the Oregon Coast and attractions around Florence for a story set to air April 30.
Spending time in the garden or just a little time around animals can always put you in a good mood.
And there are a few country destinations not far from Corvallis where you can relax.
This week will be a busy one for the Easter bunny. You may spot the bunny at an Easter egg hunt near you. This weekend, there are several places where kids can hop to it as they fill up their baskets.
It was the home of some of Oregon's first settlers and it was the setting for the movie "Stand By Me."
But people who still call Brownsville home say the town is always welcoming to visitors.
People who visit Brownsville may appreciate the rich history or the quiet streets.
As you head west on highway 34 from Corvallis to the coast, it's easy to miss the town of Alsea.
You'd have to pay close attention to even find it on the map.
But this small town has plenty of charm.
Much like a Robert Frost poem, Highway 34 is indeed the road less traveled.
Warmer days mean that you'll soon see more garage sale signs popping up around town.
But if you're looking for something a little more nostalgic, you can head for Riversdale Valley Farm in Douglas County.
With a sunny weekend expected in the Willamette Valley, there'll be a bouquet of activity happening north of Eugene.
Many people will be heading to Junction City for the 42nd annual Daffodil Drive.
Little yellow beacons are blooming along Ferguson Road west of Junction City, just in time for organizers to open up Long Tom Grange for this weekend's Daffodil Drive.
“All of the flowers coming up, the daffodils in bloom, it's a great time to remember it's a chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Jolene Thomson said. Thomson works for Guaranty RV in Junction City.
“Probably the best daffodil festival - as far as weather goes - we've had in the last ten years,” Danuta Pfeiffer said. Pfeiffer is organizing this year’s drive.
After a mostly dry winter, late season snow has more people returning to the Cascades to enjoy the final few weeks of winter.
And Sisters is a small mountain town with big charm.
Heavy snow is a welcome sign in the Cascades.
The elusive snowfall has been a late arrival this season.
“It was just killing us, from November, almost through the end of January, the snow finally showed up and it's just been fantastic ever since,” skier Erik Hoefer said. Hoefer drove from Stayton to ski at Hoodoo.
After mammoth-sized snowfall in February, it's ski season on the mountain, but construction season in the town of Sisters. The town is undergoing a project to repave Highway 20.
This weekend, avid movie watchers will find out which motion pictures will win Hollywood's top prize.
Nine movies are vying for this year's best picture at the Academy Awards.
And you can still see just about all of them playing on the big screen.
It's wet and windy on the Oregon coast, but you'll still find beach goers up and down the surf in Lincoln City. But it's after the storm when buried treasures are unearthed by the waves.
“So as long as the ocean is pulling sand out and not pushing sand in, it's exposing bars of gravel that're there all the time, they're just hiding under the sand,” Rock Your World store owner Laura Joki said.
That's precisely why geology buffs venture to Lincoln City to stroll the beach with a sharp eye.
You don't need a lift ticket to get a good view of the mountains in Oregon. In this week's all in a day's drive, we'll strap in for hike through the deep snow on a journey through some of Oregon's forests.
While skiers and snowboarders are taking the chair lift to the summit on Mount Bachelor, this group has something a little more relaxing in mind.
“I was really rusty at skiing, and I wasn't sure I wanted to get back into it,” first-time snowshoer Lynne Rossi said. Rossi and a group of friends traveled from Eugene to try out the sport.
“It seemed a lot safer,” Lee Rumbarger said. “And also, a lot more peaceful. A way to enjoy the beautiful snow and forest here.”
The High Desert Museum just outside Bend offers families a glimpse at how some of Oregon's first settlers lived and lets them see wild animals up close.
“Have any of you ever hear the phrase, 'flash in the pan?'” An interpreter asks while showing off an old black powder rifle. “We get that phrase from flintlock muskets just like this.”
Families and kids are all ears, as interpreters show them a piece of frontier life in Oregon. But the smoking gun is just one attraction on this path. There are 135 acres for families to learn and explore.
Our lack of snow in the Cascades doesn't have to put a damper on your winter time fun. The McKenzie River offers several places where you can warm up on a chilly day.
Golf in the summer is both time-consuming and expensive.
You often can't play without a tee time, and players can feel rushed as they try to putt through a round.
Winter is a change of pace as those same golfers often put away the clubs and forget about them for months.
But those golfers who continue playing during cold months won’t be as rusty come spring and they can play cheaper and avoid the crowds.