My article Escape to the South Willamette Valley won the Bronze Award in the Illustrated Story Category at the North American Travel Journalists Association’s 29th Annual NATJA Awards Competition. This award has special meaning because it is my first award for my travel writing. In the past, I have won awards and Certificates of Excellence for my pet articles.
The article weaves its way through four south Willamette Valley cities; Corvallis, Eugene, Springfield, and Cottage Grove. Each town is different, but they all have a central mural theme. Each city explores art through its murals. This commonality ties each of these cities to the south Willamette Valley. They are also united by wine as the South Willamette Valley has many wonderful wineries to explore.