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Historic Camp Sherman General Store
Editor’s note: Travel writer Sue Hansen travels the Northwest in search of hidden treasures from the past that are still very much alive. Watch for more stories about Northwest hidden treasures from Sue.
Over the river and through the woods, the historic mountain community of Camp Sherman is home to 250 residents within Oregon’s Central Cascades, about a half-hour from Sisters. Settled in the late 1880s, the village is divided by the National Wild and Scenic Metolius River with 10,495-foot Mount Jefferson and the Deschutes National Forest as its backyard.
Around 1908, Camp Sherman’s rustic charm attracted Sherman County wheat farmers who came to fish during summer. To direct travelers, “Camp Sherman” was written on a shoebox lid and nailed to a tree at a fork in the road. As more tourists found their way, a “supply station” became necessary. The first Camp Sherman General Store went up in 1915. Initially a tent, then a building, the structure burned down in 1917 and the present structure was constructed.
Now, nearly a century later, this store continues as the gathering place for locals and visitors. Beyond the wood-planked porch, fresh-brewed coffee and homemade maple bars are welcoming aromas in the morning. In addition to general groceries, colorful fishing supplies lure fly fishers to the back of the store. Local fish tales and trout tips are free. Call 541-595-6711 for open days and hours. For more information, visit campshermanstore.com. To stay a while in style, check into the nearby Metolius River Resort, metoliusriverresort.com.
Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Oregon
Spend a day in Newport, Oregon (only a two-hour drive from Portland) whose claim to fame is the Dungeness crab capital of the world. Follow the signs off of U.S. 101 to Newport’s historic Bayfront, one of this city’s distinctive neighborhoods and home to one of Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleets. At the Bayfront, you’ll experience a working waterfront with interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and fish processing plants occupying the salty old storefronts.
On the Bayfront, stop in at Marine Discovery (345 SW Bay Blvd.; marinediscovery.com) and board the cruise on Marine Discovery Tours to explore this active fishing port. Gray whales, harbor porpoise, seals and sea lions are just a few of the many animals frequently spotted on the cruise.
Finish up your day on the west end of the Bayfront at Ocean Bleu Seafoods at Gino’s Fish Market (808 SW Bay Blvd.; oceanbleuseafoods.com) for fresh, local and sustainable seafood. You know the food’s great when the other patrons are the local fishermen. And check out their market area for fresh seafood to pack home with you.
While you’re in Newport, visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium (2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd.; aquarium.org), one of the premier aquariums on the west coast, located across the bay from the Bayfront.
For more information about Newport, visit discovernewport.com.