Oregon Travel, a slick, newsy magazine touting the the state's virtues in breezy, feature-length articles, begins publication this month.

Loosely patterned on the highly successful Arizona Highways, the twice-a-year publication from the Oregon Tourism Commission will be available beginning Feb. 22 at visitors centers and 'welcome centers' throughout the state, as well as at hotels, chamber of commerce offices and other places frequented by tourists.

The free magazine Ñ published by Portland-based MediAmerica Inc., the company that produces Oregon Business Magazine Ñ is designed to appeal not only to out-of-state visitors but also to longtime Oregonians who want to learn more about the state, said Tori Benson, the tourism commission's communications manager.

The first edition will include articles by such notable Portlanders as cookbook author Janie Hibler, who writes about Oregon's summer-fruit stands and offers pie recipes, and writers Susan Hauser and Ketzel Levine on 'cultivated pleasures,' spectacular gardens throughout Oregon.

Ñ Mary Bellotti

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