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Visiting Ashland, Oregon with 2 Power Wheelchairs

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Ashland, Oregon is stunningly beautiful. Nestled in a valley, the surrounding hills blanketed in green create a magical place. Home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland offers great food, friendly people, world-class entertainment and glorious sunsets. Our gang of three, two using power wheelchairs and one who walks, left the San Francisco area yesterday to begin our six hour drive to Ashland. We soon left behind the dry, wide-open fields and climbed through the Shasta National Forest into thousands of green acres.  The late June weather favored us and the cool mountains soon dropped us into Ashland in early...

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The Inn @ Northrup in NW Portland, Oregon

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The colorful Inn at Northrup Station is located in the NW part of Portland, Oregon. Conveniently, the Portland Tri-Met or the “Max” lightrail station is located directly in front of the hotel if you are without your own vehicle. Each day the hotel will provide each guest with one free ticket to ride the lightrail. Otherwise, there are two handicapped parking spots available complimentary just feet away from the entrance. The entrance does not have an automatic door nor does the front desk have a lowered section for wheelchair using guests. Opposite to the front desk is the dining...

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Accessible Attractions by Portland, OR

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Oregon is a beautiful north-west state with lots to do in the great outdoors, even in Portland Oregon culture is mixed with an appreciation of nature. The state of Oregon, has put together a nice PDF about accessible recreational options for fishing and hunting spots as well as trails and picnic areas throughout the state. People from all over the world come to fish in Oregon and with its pristine surroundings it’s no wonder. Below you will find some more ideas about what there is to see and do just outside of Portland. Willamette Valley Wine Country Southwest of Portland, on Highway 99W, lies...

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Bend, Oregon Accessible Travel Guide

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Bend, Oregon  is a growing city attracting many young adults who thrive in outdoor culture and golf lovers alike. Surrounding Bend are cascading mountains with lakes, rivers and streams to explore followed by a sprinkling of golf courses before you reach the center of town. Paved bike paths weave all around the city and are wheelchair accessible but manual wheelchairs will encounter the occasion varying slope. Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District are the most popular parts of town where locals and tourist mingle (see map). Between them is the Les Schwab Amphitheater where you can enjoy some...

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Wheelchair Access

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The water was so blue I felt like I was gazing at the eternal pool of life. I had come to Crater Lake National Park once before when I was a child and seeing beautiful aftermath of a violent volcanic eruption again sent wonderful memories rushing over me. It was worth the 40 miles trip each way from Highway 97. The most populated area is where the lodge, café/gift shop and visitor center is located, which are all wheelchair accessible with paved walkways, cub cutouts and a few handicapped parking spots. However, there are inclines. A wheelchair accessible public...

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DoubleTree Hotel in Bend, Oregon

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The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton is located in the heart of Downtown Bend, Oregon on a small but steep hill. This hill makes traveling up it in a manual wheelchair nearly impossible so to go to and from the hotel you will need your own transportation unless using a power wheelchair. The entrance has an automatic door but unfortunately no lowered section to the front desk for wheelchair travelers. Nearby is the elevator and dining hall. No rooms are located on the ground floor. For the mornings guest can enjoy a paid breakfast buffet that will feature eggs or...

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3 of the Best Wheelchair Accessible Destinations in the World

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Travelling the world is a must-do for people of all ages, abilities and background, and usually the restricting factors are time and money, but if you are born with a disability or have an accident and are required to use a wheelchair all the time or from time to time you may encounter problems that even time and money can’t overcome. Here at Stechford Mobility we specialise in mobility aids for all, including many types of wheelchairs. We want to keep our customers mobile and independent, and to help make travel dreams possible we have put together a list...

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Portland, Oregon Wheelchair Access Travel Guide

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The city of Portland was settled because of the transporting potential for passengers and cargo, especially lumber along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Portland, or the “city of roses,” is a thriving metropolis with a quirky vibe all its own. One of the most “green” or environmentally friendly cities in the United States, from buildings to food, organic or sustainable. Bio-dynamic farming, an ethical, ecological and spiritual style of farming, is very popular in Portland. Today, Portland is divided into a few different neighborhoods: North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest Portland and within these neighborhoods are districts varying in...

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Oregon, McKenzie River: Hot Springs & Gardens

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In McKenzie Bridge, Oregon along the McKenzie River is the Belknap Hot Springs, a natural wonder is turned into a peaceful get-a-way. It was established in 1869 and today has two modern hot spring pools surrounded by beautifully landscaped lush gardens that can be enjoyed by a wheelchair traveler. The lodge is equipped with wheelchair accessible dressing rooms for the hot spring mineral pools as well as restrooms. Just to the left of the lodge are a few picnic tables in case you want to bring something to eat. This wheelchair friendly destination is a hidden gem of Oregon....

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Oregon, Astoria: Coastal Town Access Travel Tips

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The town of Astoria is one of the oldest and continuously populated settlements west of the Rocky Mountains and marked the end of the historical journey for the frontiersmen known as Lewis & Clark. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and where the Columbia and Young River merge, Astoria has many historical landmarks, lighthouses and culture to discover. The overcast weather draws some of the biggest and independent filmmakers from all over because the lighting is ideal for shooting. “There’s almost always a movie being filmed,” says a man who has lived in Astoria for twenty-five years. The Columbian Theatre...

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Visit the King Estate Winery in Eugene, Oregon

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The King Estate Winery sits on top of a hill in the southwest part of Eugene, Oregon in the beautiful wine country of Lane County. Circling the property are spectacular views of the 1,033 ares of certified organic vineyards. The style of the King Estate is modeled to reflect architectural traditions of Europe. The tasting room is open daily from 11am to 9pm. There is always a complimentary tasting of the King Estate’s Signature Pinot Gris, Signature Rose, and Next: Pinot Noir. For a $5 fee, four additional wines may be tasted that chosen by the staff daily. Wines...

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Ridding the TriMet “MAX” in Portland in a Wheelchair

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In Portland, Oregon the Tri Met is the wheelchair friendly light rail public transportation service that makes it easy and convenient to get around just about anywhere in Portland that you want to go to, even to the airport (see map). In many stations the Tri Met comes about every twenty minutes. For the wheelchair traveler, the accessible doors to the Tri Met are clearly marked to be accessible by a button with the universal wheelchair symbol. All one has to do is press it and a the door automatically opens and a ramp comes out. Inside there is a space...

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A Day-Trip to Newport on the Oregon Coast

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Newport Beach is a historic part of Oregon’s beautiful coastline. It became a US city in 1906 and is the home of John Wayne. Besides breathtaking scenery, Newport is based around an active harbor and fresh fish market, so a taste for seafood is a must. Local Ocean Seafoods is a restaurant and market specializing in the freshest seafood. Whether you are dining out on the patio or indoors with high ceiling glass windows, you can enjoy the view of the harbor and Yaquina Bridge. There is a one stall restroom inside that is wheelchair accessible. Yaquina Head Lighthouse...

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Nines Hotel & Urban Farmer Restaurant in Portland, OR

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Portland, OR – The Nines Hotel is a luxury hotel set right across from Pioneer Square. Within feet are stops for Portland Oregon’s public transportation system, which is convenient for a wheelchair traveler with a light amount of luggage The staff is extremely courteous and all about customer service. While you stayed at the hotel, you were provided with a key that allowed you alone to access the elevator and your room. The handicapped room that was available did not have a roll-in shower but the bathroom itself was very large. The sink was not adequate to roll under...

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