Have Some Father’s Day Fun in Oregon

We’ve got seven fantastic ideas — Golf tournaments, barrel tastings, backstage tours — to make this June 18 the bestest, baddest, most awesomest Father’s Day ever…

Father’s Day with the Blackbird Spy Plane
Want to hear about one of the most magnificent military jets ever developed? Make your reservation now for dinner on Saturday, June 17, at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, home of the famous Spruce Goose (minus Leonardo). At this Father’s Day feast, you’ll nosh on BBQ beef tri-tip, crisp green salad and a smorgasbord of desserts as you listen to Rich Graham, author of “SR-71 Revealed” and “SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends”. Located in the Willamette Valley wine country town of McMinnville, Dinner tickets are $30 per person, $15 for kids 12 and under.

RSVP Today: www.sprucegoose.org or 503.434.4023

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
Sign up now for a friendly golf tournament at McMenamins Edgefield’s 18-hole pitch-n-putt Pub Course in Troutdale, on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area just 25 minutes east of Portland. There’s a 9 a.m. check-in and a 10 a.m. shotgun start. All ages are welcome. Stay on for lunch and a taste of McMenamins’ craft beer, which is brewed onsite (we suggest the Hammerhead or Ruby). Reservations required for the tournament.

Check out www.mcmenamins.com for more information or call at 800.669.8610 or 503.669.8610

For the Love of Beer
Take dad to the Central Oregon town of Bend for Deschutes Brewery’s Third Annual Open House and Barrel Tasting event on Saturday, June 17, 2006. The open house, from noon to 4 p.m., includes a tour of the Brewhouse and Bottling Facility. It’s self-guided, though brewers will be available to answer any questions about the craft brewing process and any other related topics. The best part? Free beer samples and great food. The Barrel Tasting event, which includes eight barrel-aged beers and six appetizers, runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with pre-sold tickets only. Call 541.385.8606 for your $35 tickets

For more information visit www.deschutesbrewery.com

Champ Car Grand Prix
Got a racecar fan on your hands? Take him to the Champ Car Grand Prix at the Portland International Raceway, where you get to walk through the infield paddock area for an up close and personal look at the Champ Cars, and the muscle behind them. Take a break from the track action and explore the souvenir booths and grab a snack at the food and beverage concession stands. Race events take place June 16-18, 2006, at the Portland International Raceway (1940 N. Victory Blvd.).
Want to know what it feels like to drive a champ car?…download the video!(Windows Media or required)

For more information visit www.portlandraceway.com or call 503.821.4344.

Sandcastle Day
On Saturday, June 17, 2006, take dad to the northern coastal town of Cannon Beach to watch artists and non-artists alike create some pretty amazing sand sculptures (racecars, mermaids, Egyptian pyramids, SpongeBob, Smokey the Bear and countless others) at the 42nd annual Sandcastle Day. Make sure you get there early (sculpting starts at 9:15a.m.), before the tide sweeps in and carries out the day’s creations.

For more information visit www.cannonbeach.org/events/sandcastle.htm or call 503.436.2623 ext. 3

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Take dad on a backstage tour of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and follow it up with a night of incredible theater. The walking tour explores the history, technology, design and talent behind the Tony Award-winning theater located in the charming Southern Oregon town of Ashland. Buy tickets now for The Importance of Being Earnest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona or any of the 2006 season’s 11 plays. The season runs through October.

Call to reserve your spot on the tour, and to purchase tickets. www.osfashland.org

Sumpter Valley Railroad “Father’s Day Ride”
Load up the car and head to the historic gold town of Sumpter, located in Northeastern Oregon, for an unforgettable Father’s Day Ride on a steam train. Hauling gold, lumber and other freight, this railway once served as the lifeline for many Eastern Oregon towns. After falling out of use for many, many years, a group of volunteers pooled together in 1970 to resurrect the Sumpter Valley Railroad. Today, there are five miles of tracks and daily passenger rides from Sumpter to McEwan, Oregon. On dad’s special day, dads get discounted fares!

For more information visit www.svry.com or call 866.894.2268 or 541.894.2268. | Reservations recommended.

These getaway ideas and photo are provided by Travel Oregon. For more Oregon travel information and ideas for your next Oregon adventure, visit http://www.TravelOregon.com.

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