Living in Oregon, one grows accustomed to a certain way of living. There’s the pure air, the beautiful scenery, the amazing local coffee and beer, the state traditions and everyday routines. From our beloved sports teams to our stunning mountains, there are some things most Oregonians just can’t live without.
13. Rainy days
There's something so peaceful about a day spent in while the rain patters on the roof and speckles the window. For many of us, rainy days are a time for introspection, appreciation, and relaxation. The rain makes the world green, and provides a perfect excuse to spend the day relaxing indoors with a book and a cup of tea.
12. A bit of wilderness
One thing Oregonians love most is the abundant natural beauty of our state. The great outdoors is right at our doorstep, and there is so much to see and explore.
11. Awesome restaurants.
From truck stop burger joints to mom & pop seafood to five star gourmet restaurants, we have grown to love the abundance of delicious restaurants all over our state.
10. Great coffee
From Stumptown to Heart Roasters, Oregon arguably has some of the best coffee in the world, and we know it.
9. Book stores
Oregon is one of the few places in the U.S. where book stores are still thriving , and it's for two main reasons: We love books, and we love local businesses.
8. Our many wonderful festivals and fairs
There's the Oregon State Fair, Oregon Country Fair, film festivals, rodeos, Brewfest, art festivals, music festivals, and so much more. Basically, Oregonians love to celebrate the things we love.
How could we forget the Oregon Shakespeare Festival? If you haven't been yet, be sure to head over to Ashland during the festival season to see some amazing classical and contemporary theater.
6. The freedom to be a weirdo
Oregonians enjoy the freedom of expression, and choose to express themselves in many different ways. This is part of what makes Oregon such a wonderful place to live.
5. Quirky ice cream
Salt & Straw, Fifty Licks, Ruby Jewel, What's the Scoop?, Slugs ‘n’ Stones... We Oregonians love our gourmet ice cream with a passion, and are often drawn to unique flavors like Honey Lavender, Coconut Lemon Saffron, and Bourbon Toffee.
Oregon produces some of the best beer in the country, hands down. With breweries like BridgePort, Full Sail, Rogue Ales, and Deschutes right at our fingertips, we wouldn't have it any other way.
3. Our beloved sports teams
Whether you're a lover of the Ducks, the Beavers, the Trail Blazers, the Timbers, or other Oregon teams, there's a sports team for everyone.
Oregonians love their bikes, and are great about choosing the environmentally friendly alternative to driving when possible.
1. The mountains
Oh, the Oregon mountains. There is a special place for them in every Oregonian's heart. They are majestic from every angle.
There is an infinite amount of things to love about Oregon. What is it about this beautiful state that you just can’t live without? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.