Author Archives: Liz

About Liz

I'm the editor of Discover Yamhill Valley. I moved here from Virginia, and I'm falling in love with with Oregon. My weekdays are spent writing and editing. This blog is all about my weekends, which I spend adventuring and exploring, either from the back of a bicycle or with a glass of wine in my hand. Or a mug of beer balanced on my head. You never know.

Take me to the river

Excellent timing. A Discover Yamhill Valley reader told me there were kayaks and canoes for rent in Newberg. I called around to find out, and got Kat Ricker, the public information coordinator for the Chehalem Park and Recreation District. That … Continue reading

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Old stuff, but new to me

There’s an extraordinary amount of cool stuff packed into the Yamhill County Historical Museum’s two buildings in Lafayette. Look at photos, furniture, clothes, tools, toys — anything you can think of that will illustrate what life was like when Lafayette … Continue reading

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That’s beautiful! What is that?

I’m coming up on a year in Oregon. It’s so cool! And I mean that literally. I love how I can bike 15 miles on a June morning and still show up at my destination looking like a human being. … Continue reading

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Blissed out, with a pleasantly sore core

No sympathy. And I’m not expecting it. Part of my job in the beautiful Yamhill Valley is writing a blog about how beautiful it is here, and how there are so many fun things to do. Thus, part of my … Continue reading

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Coffee — an education

Put on a pot of coffee. Right now. Seriously — I’ll wait. You’ll be craving it by the time you’re done with this post. Bonus: It will be like reading in Smell-O-Vision. Got your cup of giddyup? Let’s go. I’m … Continue reading

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McMinnville’s firehouse: Part public safety, part museum

Firefighters don’t generally retrieve kittens from trees anymore. Fighting fires requires science, strength, stamina and speed. Modern firehouses are temples to efficiency and order. They are not quaint. Except maybe a little. McMinnville’s fire station on First Street is a … Continue reading

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Burgers, ice cream and monkey

Tourist trap implies something less than awesome. This is not a trap! It’s Americana. Alf’s Ice Cream and Burgers in McMinnville is a tourist draw for sure, but it delivers on its promise. Its promise is, specifically, burgers, ice cream … Continue reading

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