Located one hundred miles north of the California border, and two hundred miles south of hip and happening Portland, the tiny town of Canyonville (population 2000-ish) is perfectly situated for fun in the fall, one of the most scenic seasons in Oregon.
Whether you’re arriving at Alumafandango from the north, south, east, or west, “refined and rugged adventures” await that you’ll find nowhere else but Southern Oregon.
Here’s a sampling (with their distance from Alumafandango, the premier Airstream event in the Northwest):
The world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival—80 miles
The 2014 season of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland includes comedy, romance and tragedy in all three theatre spaces.
Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Tempest will be presented, as well as works not by The Bard: the Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods”; “The Cocoanuts” (a Marx Brothers farce), the science fiction fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time”, and much more.
Crater Lake—114 miles
Often assigned as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, cobalt blue Crater Lake is an Oregon must-see.
The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake offers hiking, boat and trolley tours, ranger-guided programs, swimming, and fishing. The view is magnificent from the deck of the historic Crater Lake Lodge, a thousand feet above the lake.
The Oregon Coast—123 miles
Port Orford, Gold Beach, Bandon…the Southern Oregon coastline is wild and rugged, unspoiled and uncrowded. More of a sightseeing and beachcombing location than a bikini beach, the pines, cliffs, and bracing sea air will revitalize you.
Port Orford, due West of Alumafandango, is the oldest town site on the Oregon coast and one of the best whale watching spots in the state.
Oregon Caves National Monument—93 miles
Rainwater from an ancient forest formed the “Marble Halls of Oregon” near Cave Junction, where rare and unique plants and animals thrive. Your guide will lead you deep into the spectacular (and surprisingly spacious) caves to see stalactites, stalagmites, and weird flowstone formations. Take a jacket…it’s cold down there.
Rogue River -42 miles
The raging Rogue is famous among outdoor enthusiasts for salmon fishing, whitewater rafting, and gorgeous, rugged scenery. It begins near Crater Lake and flows through the Cascades.
For a day trip from Alumafandango, consider visiting the quiet South Umpqua River, which passes right through Canyonville.
This river guide service offers a one-day fishing trip on the nearby South Umpqua, an exciting four-day fishing trip in September and October through the “wild and scenic” section of the Rogue, and, for the thrill ride of your life, a three-day rafting trip in the Rogue canyon (which includes a couple of Class-5 rapids).
The Oregon Vortex- 58 miles
For sheer camp you can’t beat the Oregon Vortex. Well known in the northwest, it’s a “glimpse of a strange world…of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena, which can be captured on film. No matter your education or profession you will find a challenge to all your accepted theories.” Maybe. Fun for all!