After running a sawmill for 15 years in Corvallis, Mode and Babe sold it, retired, and bought a 74-acre parcel of land just because they wanted it—even though they had no plans for its use. At the urging of their friends, Mode and Babe decided to build a nine-hole golf course, not letting their lack of experience with the game dissuade them. Since that spontaneous founding in the 1950s, Marysville Golf Course has been operated by the same family and has served Eugene-area golfers with a nine-hole USGA-rated course that’s appropriate for all ages and experience levels. A first-come, first-served policy rewards early risers and sleep-skipping permagolfers, and new sand traps and greens comprise an elegant landscape over which golf balls briefly orbit before being dragged down by gravity. Additionally, a covered driving range allows for long-distance putting during thunderstorms or temporary ice ages, and the pro shop carries name brands such as Nike and Callaway in addition to a selection of new and used clubs.
A USHPA-certified advanced and tandem instructor, John of Oregon Hang Gliding School has taken to the skies on hang gliders since 1990 and taught the sport to newcomers since 1997. He also advises the curriculum for a university engineering program laying out pointers in a systematic way, and discouraging the use of protractors as weapons. Under John’s guidance, students begin with introductory lessons and ground school before advancing along the path to earning individual pilot ratings.
Snuggled up next to the gorgeous Yaquina Bay, Oregon Coast Aquarium showcases the intricate sea life found on the Pacific Coast. Visitors can peer into the personal lives of outgoing ocean dwellers in the Passages of the Deep, which guides guests through the underwater ecosystems of the state's coast. Disciples of the sea can chat about the Wall Street Journal ’s recent article about the ink market with the giant Pacific octopus or watch public feedings of the largest sea otter community in the state—featuring the antics of the cheeky charmer northern otter Mojo. Merry mariners can swap shanties with the sleek and vocal sea lions or harbor seals, and touchy tourists can acquaint themselves with tide-pool residents in the Rocky Shores touch pool.
The fishermen could carry their bounties off in coolers, but by the time the boat reaches the marina, each angler stands clutching a fat salmon for all bystanders on the dock to see. After posing for photos and recounting the battle with the day's largest catch, the anglers drop by the on-site cleaning shop to have their hauls filleted, packed, and readied to take home.
Barbara and Jerry Powell—a third-generation fisherman with more than 50 years of experience—charter ocean adventures like these year round to fishing destinations such as the inner reefs of Yaquina Bay. Aboard USCG-inspected and certified boats, the Powells' team outfits anglers with well-maintained equipment to hook deep-sea creatures such as halibut, shark, and Aquaman. Alternatively, captains take parties into tidal waters to catch bay crabs, or journey out toward open waters on whale-watching cruises.
The crew at Captain's Reel Deep Sea Fishing recommends guests check out the trip-preparation and FAQ pages before they head out. Guides can also furnish one-day licenses to those who lack the proper documents.
Captain Ryan of Coastal Pro Guide Service has been fishing the waterways of Oregon for his entire life. He knows the glint of the salmon's scales, the movement of a sturgeon's passage, and the favorite hiding places of crabs and clams like the back of his hand. He shares that expertise with guests on guided fishing trips aboard his 17- or 22.5-foot boat. In addition to providing the means of transport, Coastal Pro Guide Service supplies fishers with rods, bait and tackle, and safety gear. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, fishing license, and sunscreen. Captain Ryan loves to entertain his company, sharing the joy he gets from fishing every day.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Most popular offering: Fall chinook
Pro Tip: Dress for the weather
Good for Kids: Yes
As the story goes, Jeff Tobin and his wife Kathy fell in love over a batch of home-brew in Vermont in the '80s. Since then, brewing is a part of their lives. Focusing primarily on Belgian-style beers, the Tobins keep close watch on the fickle, delicate yeasts that create the full-bodied flavor characteristic of the style. Beer lovers can sip on the finished product at the taproom, where bartenders fill pints and growlers with the Saison D'etre, Gran Cru, and Belgian-style blonde ale. Visitors can supplement sips with to-go bottles and merchandise sold in the taproom.