A vacation you’ll wish would never end
Seattleites are experts at maximizing their vacations. Never content with just one activity, they look for retreats that offer plenty of outdoor recreation, top-notch food and dining (with plenty of local wine) as well as something unique to write home about (or post on Instagram). Situated within the winerich Willamette Valley and just an hour’s drive from the wild and beautiful Oregon coast, Corvallis is the perfect spot for a quick wine-focused getaway with a fun twist. The town of around 55,000 is home to incredible outdoor activities, a thriving arts and culture scene and, of course, OSU football.
Start your visit with an afternoon spent in Corvallis’ downtown area, browsing through charming boutiques and shops and checking out the Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets. Add a little adventure to the tour with a mural scavenger hunt, which will take you through the history and culture of the region.
Don’t forget that autumn is football season—and Corvallis loves football. Plan your trip around a game and take in the experience of seeing the Beavers play at Reser Stadium.
Enjoy a bike ride through beautiful scenery
Corvallis is a great town for biking and hiking. Over 60 miles of bike trails traverse the region, and downtown boasts a bike share program as well as a bike rental shop.
Be sure to stop at the Peoria Road Farm Market, where you can pick up fresh produce and wander in the flower fields for a while. Mushroom foraging during a Pacific Northwest autumn is a time-honored tradition, and Corvallis sits in the middle of several ideal spots to try your luck.
Ride the new scenic byway, Marys Peak to Pacific, meandering along the Alsea River and enjoy the journey to the Oregon coast, where crabbing, kayaking and fresh seafood await.
Grab your binoculars and head to William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, where over 230 species of birds reside. Winter is a prime time for catching a glimpse of waterfowl like geese and swans, but keep an eye out for river otters and elk as well.
Pick out a souvenir from the many local shops and boutiques downtown
First and foremost, Corvallis is in the middle of Oregon wine country. With approximately 20 wineries of all sizes in Benton County and literally hundreds more in the Willamette Valley, it is easy to get lost in the beauty of rolling vineyards and the back roads that take you there.
From April to November, Gathering Together Farm serves sustainable, farm-to-table Pacific Northwest-inspired dishes, all made from scratch. Before your meal, take a tour of the farm producing your ingredients.
Tour the murals in downtown Corvallis
The Courtyard by Marriott is centrally located in downtown Corvallis and puts you in the heart of the action. If you would prefer non-traditional lodging to cap off your visit, try the Leaping Lamb Farm Stay. Guests can enjoy the peaceful solitude of the remote farm, and animal lovers can lend a hand with collecting eggs and feeding sheep before retiring to a private two-bedroom cottage or larger farmhouse, perfect for big groups traveling together.
Lumos Wine Co. is a local vineyard located on the site of a former dude ranch. The family farm boasts stunning views as well as a rental cabin for those who want to sleep among the vines.
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Try a farm-to-table meal from the seasonal, French- and Italian-inspired menu at Gathering Together Farm