Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory has a wonderful diversity of attractions, ranging from exciting outdoor adventures, a rich heritage and culture, and amazing farms, wineries and breweries. What makes these even more special is the people who made these attractions. Territory Tales is a podcast telling the stories behind the fascinating men and women who make Mt. Hood Territory a world-class destination.
Lisa Halcom of Happyrock Coffee has turned an already popular coffeehouse into a staple in her community. Learn the story of how she came to own the shop, and make the lifeblood fo so many people, coffee, her life.
What could be more fun that celebrating Christmas year round? Well, it may be a lot of work, but it's work that William Kaiser of Merrywood Farm has loved since he was a child. Learn how he made Christmas trees his life at his farm outside of Oregon City.
The Lakewood Center for the Arts is a testament to the city of Lake Oswego's thriving arts scene. The theater is one of the longest continually-running theaters in Oregon, and the center itself is the hub for almost all things artistic. At the helm is Andrew Edwards, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. Hear his story and the tale of Lakewood Center for the Arts on our latest podcast.
Imagine walking 2,000 miles to get to your new home. That's what hundreds of thousands of people did when they took to the Oregon Trail to make their way here. Bob Hill is a volunteer at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which sits on the very spot weary pioneers completed their journey. Here as he drops a few bits of new knowledge about the trail, and discusses his own personal connection to the history.
In an area known for its booming craft beer scene, Ken Johnson with Fearless Brewing is one of the originals in the industry. His brewery in Estacada has been delighting locals and visitors alike for nearly 17 years. Hear how a hobby to help keep him from obsessing over his job, became the new job he obsesses over.
How did an American bussinesman bring English style cider to Estacada? Hear the story behind Dan Lawrence and Stone Circle Cider outside of Estacada.
What can make someone trade in a calculator for kitchen apron? A love for food and a passion for ensuring quality at all stages, from the moment it's planted to when it ends up on your plate. Learn how Kitchen at Middleground Farms is more than a clever name but part of a motto, and how you can take some of the most fun and delicious cooking classes out there.
Imagine going from not even liking water to becoming an Olympic paddler. That's the story of Sam Drevo, owner of eNRG Kayaking. Our latest podcast tells the story of how he became part of the US Olympic team, open a business and become a steward of Oregon's rivers.
Alpacas are prized for their fiber, which is known for being soft, durable and for being hypoallergenic Bill and Jennifer Cameron started Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch 15 years ago and in that time have quickly become one of the leading alpaca ranches around. Their story is as fascinating as the animals are adorable. Hear how these two shifted gears to become alpaca ranchers in our latest Territory Tales Podcast.
Did you know that Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory is home to more reported Bigfoot sightings than anywhere else in Oregon? That's why Finding Bigfoot star Cliff Barrackman is opening the North American Bigfoot Center in the town of Boring, just outside the Mt. Hood National Forest. Cliff is a leader in the Bigfoot community and wanted to open this museum to help inform those who haven't been exposed to the truths behind the sasquatch. The museum opens in mid July, 2019.
In its 21 years, Pickathon has grown from a small gathering to a model of how a festival can focus on experience over profits, and be successful. From limiting tickets based on comfort of attendees versus getting as many people as possible in the gates, eliminating almost all waste, this music festival is leading the way. Hear how it came to be from the event founder, Zale Shoenborn.
Dan Davis is with the Bureau of Land Management, an entity responsible for some of the most beautiful recreation areas throughout Mt. Hood Territory. The story of how Dan went from a veteran learning to cope with a return to civilian life to finding his solace in the outdoors and then helping others do the same is fascinating and inspiring. Our latest podcast learns the story behind Dan Davis and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is a beautiful annual event that brings thousands of people to the fields in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. The story behind how Wooden Shoe went from a simple farm to a major attraction is as fascinating as the blooms are gorgeous.
St. Josef's Winery is one of the first in a region that is now known the world over for creating quality wines. Now run by the founder's daughter and her husband, St. Josef's Winery truly is a family run business. Hear the fascinating story of how this award-winning winery came to be.
Our second podcast tells the story of Timberline Lodge, and how this iconic retreat on Mt. Hood was almost lost to history. Learn about Jeff Kohnstamm and his father, who made the world-famous Timberline Lodge and Ski Area what it is today.
Our first podcast is with Tim Hohl, owner of Coin Toss Brewing in Oregon City. Tim is a self-ascribed beer geek and history nerd. Somehow he found a way to combine those two passions into a history-themed brewery in Oregon City, the official End of the Oregon Trail. Oregon City itself is home to quite the booming craft beverage industry, and Tim talks about how the community works together to build a popular scene.