A Valentine’s Walk-About

We haven’t been doing much traveling lately, but we did a morning trip to the very southern end of the Willamette Valley to the quaint town of Cottage Grove.

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The historic Main Street is probably most famous for the parade scene at the end of the movie, “Animal House”. The core of the district is about three blocks long and hasn’t changed much since filming days. 🙂 The town leaders have kept the charm and are refreshing the faded murals and adding more.

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The mural of silent film star Buster Keaton greets you as you enter downtown. He starred in “The General” way back when and lived in the Cottage Grove Hotel during the six months of filming. Now the hotel houses some apartments in the upper levels and a fantastic restaurant called Buster’s Main Street Cafe in the street level. Trust me when I say it is worth the drive! Stuffed French Toast with candied bacon, Eggs Benedict and Elk Shank Ossobuco are just a few of our favorites!

But I digress….. 🙂  Cottage Grove is a charming place to spend some time.

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There is even a quilt store within these historic blocks! Pandora’s Box is full of fabric treasures and today I picked up these. The seascape is one of the new laser printed fabrics, which looks just like a photograph (these pictures really don’t do the fabric justice!).

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Truly a fun morning with Hubby! Hope you have a sweet weekend.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting

 

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Weekend Chore Revolt!

My Hubby and I just couldn’t take it any more and recently went away for the weekend. Tired of every Saturday being filled with endless chores we decided to go where no ugly weeds would be glaring defiantly at us, where there would be no piles of laundry, and… well, you get the idea. 😉

We made a mad dash down I-5 to Southern Oregon. Okay, not so mad, more like a “poke along” since we stopped along the way for gas, then coffee and then a few chances to soak up some history as well. The first bit of history was in the tiny town of Wolf Creek. The highlight there is a former stage coach stop and wayside, which served travelers bound for Portland or Sacramento.

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Built between 1868 and 1873, the Wolf Creek Inn currently has a restaurant, gift shop and is open for overnight stays. We took a self-guided tour of the building where many famous people have stayed over the years. Hollywood types including Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Robert Redford and others. Even President Rutherford B. Hayes stopped in for lunch.

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Writer Jack London’s room is in the museum part of the building. The bed has an old quilt on it, which of course interested me. 😉

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Downstairs in the parlor area, there were other quilts displayed. I am fairly sure these are old quilts (or really good, stained replicas!), but a third one was definitely a new quilt so I didn’t take a picture of it. These two were quite nice, though.

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Over the years, the Inn has been used by many different kinds of travelers. Apparently the attic (which was locked because it now houses the heating & cooling system) was used by ranch hands passing through. They couldn’t afford a room, but paid a few cents to sleep across the rafters. The upstairs ballroom used to have three guest rooms, each with its own window. You can see the outline of the rooms on the ceiling.

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The Inn has even been used as a commune! A group of “Hippies” owned it for a few years in the early 1970’s before the State of Oregon acquired it. After being restored, the Inn reopened in 1979 and is operated by the State Parks & Recreation division.

Our next history lesson was just a few miles away in the old mining town of Golden. Make that “ghost town” because all that remains is a few buildings under the care of a historical society and the state of Oregon.

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The church was built in 1852 and looks very much like it did “back in the day”, except it needs a new paint job. 😉

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The intricate design of the steeple woodwork would make a great quilt pattern, don’t you think?

The old school house in is the process of getting a new foundation. My Hubby really got a kick out of the doorstop – recognize the VHS machine? It was almost like going back to the future!

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The general store is still standing and the cemetery was used as recently as 1995 for a veteran’s burial.

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If you read the sign in the photo above, you know this was an area rich in gold. The mining fields are also being restored. Ponds are being created where the dredge went through.

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Along the path, some interesting plants:

Wild sweet peas
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Oregon grapes
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Madrones with their peeling, red barks
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And the dreaded POISON OAK!
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Back in the car, we’re headed for Jacksonville which deserves its own post, plus there’s a quilt show to mix with the history!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!