The Looking Glass Inn has a dog run with its own fire hydrant.
Photo by John Clark
Glassblowing 101: Take a beginner’s lesson at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio, a city-owned glassblowing foundry. Your teacher, a resident artist, helps you shape a glob of molten glass into a delicate candy-colored balloon, fluted bowl, or paperweight that you can take home. From $65; jennifersearsglassart.com
Get to know the old Taft District: At the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, see the life-size diorama of Taft’s Redhead Roundup beauty queens, a nod to the all-redhead pageant that drew thousands of visitors in the ’30s. Or peek through the oil drum–size kaleidoscope from the Pixieland theme park, which closed in 1973. Free; 4907 S.W. U.S. 101; 541/996-6614.
A pie shop with character: At Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry Shop, owner Dan Draper wears a three-cornered hat and carries a cutlass, the better to carve thick slices of marionberry pie. Try it and see if his motto—“It takes a pirate to do pie right!”—holds up. 5070 S.E. U.S. 101; 541/996-4600.