For more than 35 years, guests of Courthouse Fitness have conquered every hindrance to personal health, taking advantage of a multilayered approach that addresses fitness, diet, and broader facets of well being. Beyond basic features such as weight training, cardiovascular equipment, and immobile floors that force walking, membership grants access to more than 320 group fitness classes that populate each week's schedule, integrating practices such as Pilates and yoga along with aqua Zumba and Jazzercise. Courthouse Fitness's follow the philosophy that being fit means being empowered to embark on any kind of adventure you want. A core tenet within that philosophy is the belief in fun.
The staff does not emphasize a rating system or hierarchy, instead evaluating progress in terms of whether clients become more able to experience an enjoyably active life. Onsite childcare providers take care of young ones while parents work out, and many youth activities also keep kids busy, including swimming and special-needs dance classes. Courthouse Fitness is also part of a network of 70 clubs in the Pacific Northwest; members can work out at those facilities as guests when on the road.
When your berries and pies are sold all around the country, you need to have a lot of them. And indeed, Willamette Valley Pie Company's team handles 20 million pounds of fruit every summer and makes 2,400 pies during each eight-hour shift at the bakery. Its berries?all of which are individually quick-frozen so they won't stick together?also go into yogurt, muffins, ice cream, and smoothies.
At its core, however, the company is local and family-owned. That's why it opened its Farm Store in 2009, creating a place where visitors could order freshly baked pies, tour the facilities, and even pick their own berries from the fields. The store also hosts an annual Pie and Harvest Festival in October. There, guests partake in classic autumnal activities, from exploring mazes to going on speed-dates with pumpkins to find their perfect match.
Cory Cochran devised the inaugural Survive The Burn run by combining his love for running with his experience as a professional firefighter. To raise awareness for burn victims as well as funds for the Burn Foundation, the run mixes a scenic course, which participants can run or walk across for 5- or 10- kilometer, with CrossFit workouts and fun runs for kids. The race even includes a firefighter challenge, in which participants complete the course laden with firefighting gear.
For nearly 30 years, Mudslinger Events/Oregon Trail Runs has encouraged Oregonians to explore their state by foot or by wheel. Started by a group of mountain biking enthusiasts, the organization creates runs and rides that get the blood pumping?including its namesake event, the Mudslinger, which sends cyclists racing through the Starker Forests. Off the bike, trail runs to the top of Mary's Peak and probably not through the Alsea Falls give participants a new perspective on the lush Northwest landscape.
It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.
Run by an energetic husband-and-wife team, Banks Country Fitness CrossFit is a gym dedicated to functional fitness. Here, lifts, pushing, and squats are paired with gymnastics movements and weight work, giving the entire body a full workout. The CrossFit discipline is known for featuring a different Workout of the Day each day, preventing students from growing bored or hitting fitness plateaus. Clients can work out individually or as a team as they burn fat, boost their metabolisms, and build muscles as hard as month-old bagels.