North by Northwest

Paddle Oregon.

ROW boats at work     Photo: Photograph by Tom Bear/ROW Adventures

If your idea of an ideal float involves low cost, high refreshment, and Oregon's lush landscapes, have we got a trip for you. Two, actually. On Rogue Wilderness Adventures' Paddles and Pints trip, 18 guests spend three days rafting the Rogue's Class IV rapids and two nights sampling the finest local hops with the Golden Valley Brewery's Mark Vickery, who spent ten years brewing up magic at Bend's Deschutes Brewery. August 27–29; $935; Meanwhile, on ROW Adventures' Kayaking 101 trip, aspiring river rats learn to read whitewater, paddle an inflatable boat, and prepare camp meals on eastern Oregon's fir-lined, Class III Grande Ronde. You'll cover ten miles of smooth water per day, cook Dutch-oven ribeye by night, and, by trip's end, be ready to lead your own expedition. Three departures in June and July; $1,000;

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