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Jennifer Rockwell is the administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Did you all remember to spring ahead today? Spring officially begins in less than 2 weeks and that means that we are in for longer days, warmer weather and a little extra time to go exploring. Should your explorations bring you to the Coast, may I suggest some great ways to spend your time in Reedsport and Winchester Bay?

Forest Hills Country Club is welcoming a new Golf Pro, Dick Dorn. Swing by this beautiful 9-hole public golf course seven days a week for a round of golf on a picturesque, well-maintained, course. If you could use a few pointers Dick will be there to help. Not enough time for a full game? Head to the driving range and practice green with a bucket of balls from the Pro Shop. For more information visit www.GolfReedsport.com.

Feeling more like being indoors? Visit the Umpqua Discovery Center on Reedsport’s waterfront for a trip back through time. Learn about the rich history of this area, enjoy videos, interactive displays and take a slide into the bear den. They also have a gift shop with lots of fun and interesting finds.

There are multiple art galleries well worth your time. In Gardiner you can visit Three Rivers Gallery and Tsunami Gallery, both filled with unexpected treasures. Just around the corner from the Umpqua Discovery Center is the Mindpower Gallery. They have been open in Old Town Reedsport for more than 30 years. With rotating displays and artists there is always something new to experience. In addition to their impressive gallery, they offer regular wine tasting events and fun classes.

You can check out lots of other fun crafty classes in Old Town Reedsport at Creative Mercantile, Driftwood Farms Yarn & Candle Co and The Timber Faller’s Daughter. There is a little something for everyone young and old, novice and expert alike. Visit their Facebook pages or give them a call to find out about some great upcoming adventures in fun and learning.

It’s always a splendid idea to head out to Winchester Bay. With a great expansion taking place at both the Winchester Bay RV Resort and the Umpqua Dunes Campground there will surely be ample camping space. You’ll have the perfect excuse to experience all that there is to do. Visit the Umpqua River Lighthouse, take a tour, see the fascinating history in the museum and pick up a memento in the gift shop. There’s a great view from up there of the vast Pacific Ocean and tall, expansive dunes.

Head to the waterfront businesses for an array of delicious food and unique shopping experiences. You will find clothing, books, trinkets, jewelry, art and so much more as you peruse the shops in quaint Winchester Bay. You can find more information on all that Winchester Bay has to offer by visiting www.WinchesterBay.org. I think it’s really best summarized there: “Winchester Bay is a vacationer’s paradise; home to miles of undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife, lake and ocean fishing, Lake Marie, nearby hiking trails, plenty of campgrounds, three beach parking areas and vast stretches of off-road riding fun.”

I would be remiss not to remind you that with the onset of Spring also comes the opportunity to visit the Hinsdale Garden. It’s a stunning hidden paradise that you have probably passed countless times on Highway 38.

It only opens for a select few days each year in April and May. Keep an eye on www.HinsdaleGarden.com for the dates it will be open to the public in 2020. They offer a free shuttle from the Elk Viewing Area to the Hinsdale Garden. You are welcome to tour the garden at your leisure. There are friendly and helpful volunteers to answer questions you might have. They even offer a few plants for sale if you arrive early enough.

Jennifer Rockwell is an administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce and can be reached by phone at 541-271-3495.

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