- Alsea Fish Hatchery: Visit and learn about how the hatchery raised Steelhead and Rainbow Trout for release into the area waterways.
- Benton County Historical Museum
- Corvallis Farmers Market
- Finley National Wildlife Refuge
- Garland Nursery and Gift Shop
- Starker Forest Tours
- The Arts Center
- The Thyme Gardens
- Historic Walking Tours
- EE Wilson Wildlife Area
- Beazell Memorial Forest
- Fort Hoskins Historic Park
- Covered Bridges of Benton County
- Corvallis Fall Festival
- Garden of Gentle Breeze
2 Towns Ciderhouse is a local brewery making delicious hard apple cider using all Northwest ingredients, and never any chemical flavorings or additives. All sugars are derived from fruit, and naturally gluten free!
4 Spirits Distillery is a new craft distillery located in historic Adair Village, Oregon, and just 7 miles north of Corvallis on Highway 99W. We specialize in superior hand crafted spirits, bottled with a unique Oregon flair. The distillery and tasting room offer a truly unique snapshot of military history dating back to World War II. Call anytime to schedule a private tour and tasting. For additional information visit their website.
DAY ONE – Arrive in the mid-morning. First stop is the Buchanan Family Farm. This is a Century Farm and for over five generations the family has not only farmed but has over 200 acres dedicated and protected under the Wetland Reserve Program. The farm practices sustainability and is organic. The farm currently has crops in hazelnuts and wine grapes and also operates Tyee Wine Cellars. Wine tasting after farm tour. Head now to one of our top organic farms in the area Gathering Together Farms for and educational opportunity and a fabulous lunch featuring local and organic cuisine. Back to Corvallis and check into your hotel. Head downtown for shopping and Dinner this evening is on the Willamette River Waterfront District. Visit our various craft local breweries, shops and art galleries in the downtown area.
DAY TWO – After breakfast we head out to a full day of Agricultural experiences. Corvallis is the home to Oregon State University which houses the College of Agricultural Sciences. They offer many programs based upon research and outreach and extension and have Agricultural Experiment Stations in 15 locations. Programs from Art about Agriculture, Outreach in Biotechnology and Water Quality and Management to name a few. You will spend the day doing 1-3 different locations or fields of interest. Dinner on your own this evening.
DAY THREE – Breakfast at the hotel and then check out. This morning you will head to OSU’s College of Forestry for an educational session on Forestry Management at Peavly Arboretum. Next stop is First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op where you will learn about farming in the area and the co-op and then have an educational session. Examples of sessions would be – Getting your hives ready for winter, the best way to compost or starting and maintaining an organic farm or garden. Lunch is at their fresh Deli made from the bounty of local Co-op farmers.
After lunch you head home or to another part of the state for additional Agricultural experiences.
Airlie Winery is certified sustainable, LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon Safe.
Thirty-two acres of grapes consisting of eight varietals – Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, and Muscat Ottonel – make up 65% of the grapes used in making Airlie Wines. BeckenRidge Vineyard, located 20 miles away west of Dallas Oregon, supplies the remaining grapes.
Tasting Room Hours: Thursday – Monday, 12pm – 5pm, March through November
Spend an afternoon strolling Madison Avenue in Corvallis’ lovely downtown. This self-guided tour will take you from the north end of Madison Avenue at 8th Street, all the way down to our beautiful Riverfront Commemorative Park. As you explore, you can view over 25 sculptures, enamel-on-metal reproductions of poems, photographs, and silkscreen prints.
Along the way, take a short detour to wander Central Park, and visit the Arts Center, across the street. Be sure to stop at the historic Whiteside Theatre at 4th Street and Burst’s Chocolates, a gourmet chocolatier who’s been creating hand-crafted confections in Corvallis for 75 years, located right next door. From there, step across the street to the Book Bin to browse new and used books for a bit (be sure to say “Hi!” to the store kitty, Tess).
At 3rd Street, you’ll encounter plenty of great shopping opportunities like Many Hands Trading, Melhaf’s Clothiers, the Pottery Place, and more. There’s also some delicious options for lunch, such as Evergreen Indian Cuisine, just a bit north on 3rd Street from Madison, or Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse or Block 15, both a block south on Jefferson Avenue and 3rd Street.
Continue along Madison to 2nd Street, where you’ll find an abundance of shopping, art galleries, dining, and more. Of particular note are American Dream Pizza and Francesco’s Gelato, right next door to each other a short walk south from the corner. Directly across the street from pizza and handmade gelato you’ll find New Morning Bakery, a local favorite, and Grass Roots Books and Music and Avalon Wine, both great places for gift shopping.
Your Alley Art walk ends at 1st Street, where you’ll find the Riverfront Commemorative Park, another great place for walking and art appreciation.
Alsea Falls Park is located 25 miles south of Corvallis, near Alpine, Oregon. These picturesque waterfalls are on the south fork of the Alsea River. Day use picnic facilities are operated by the BLM. The fishing is excellent including fall Chinook salmon and winter steelhead. Searun cutthroat can be caught in August and September.
The Alsea Fish Hatchery raises cutthroat trout and steelhead for the coastal streams. It’s operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and offers group tours. There are several parks with picnic areas located along the Alsea River. Camping is limited to the lower river.
Art in the Valley offers a wide assortment of original arts and crafts at affordable prices. These include paintings, original prints, pottery, calligraphy, stained glass, furniture, fine porcelain, book art , jewelry, rock art and sculpture. A selection of cards and reproductions is also available.