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Wineries Featured in the 2022 Heart of Willamette Wine Passport

Wineries Heart of Willamette Passport

A drive through the Willamette Valley reveals one of America's most productive wine regions. With more than a dozen wineries within 30 miles of Corvallis, our real estate agents are always proud of the wines our local vineyards produce. 

The Heart of Willamette Wine Passport is a great way to get acquainted with some of those wines. This passport offers an opportunity to experience 13 amazing wineries, including these local favorites: 

  • Arlie Winery - 15305 Dunn Forest Rd, Monmouth, OR 97361
    With its dog-friendly outdoor picnic area and expansive views across the Willamette Valley, Arlie Winery has a truly great atmosphere. They have great wines, too, including some exciting new releases like their 2021 dry Gewurztraminer, pinot gris, and pinot blanc. This Monmouth winery opened in its current iteration in 1997 on land that had already been growing wine grapes since the early '80s. It's the type of place that invites you to sit and sip a while.

  • Benedetto Vineyards - 14020 Orchard Knob Rd, Dallas, OR 97338
    Benedetto Vineyards was established in 2017, but the land it resides on just outside Dallas is a mature vineyard that has been producing wine grapes for generations. That land is now home to Benedetto's tasting room, and this winery has earned a reputation for producing some of the best pinot noir and chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. 

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars - 24241 Cardwell Hill Dr, Philomath, OR 97370
    Dan and Nancy Chapel purchased the land that is now Cardwell Hill Cellars in 2000 and, after years of hard work, produced their first vintage of pinot noir in 2003. Located in the shadow of Mary's Peak 12 miles west of Corvallis, the land's rich, volcanic basalt soil is absolutely perfect for growing wine grapes. Cardwell Hill Cellars opened up a tasting room in Philomath and this elegant space with a 14-foot oak bar is the perfect spot to sample their expertly-crafted wines. 

  • Compton Family Wines - 810 Applegate St, Philomath, OR 97370
    Matthew and Tabitha Compton's family-owned Compton Family Wines produces sustainably-grown Oregon pinot noir, pinot blanc, and pinot gris. Compton Family Wines operates with a focus on regenerative agriculture. That means that, in addition to growing wine grapes, their 17-acre farm is grazed by sheep, pigs, and chickens, which help create a fuller and healthier farm ecosystem. Their inviting, family-friendly tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday.

  • Fullerton Wines - 804 NW Buchanan Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Owned and operated by the Fullerton family since 2012, Fullerton Wines started out as simple as it gets. From two brothers making wine in their garage, this winery has expanded to become one of the leading pinot noir and chardonnay-producing wineries in the Willamette Valley. Today, Fullerton Wines encompasses 8,000 acres and has a warm, welcoming tasting room just minutes from Corvallis.

  • Lumos Wine Co. - 24000 Cardwell Hill Dr, Philomath, OR 97370
    The land that Lumos Wine Co. currently resides on has a lot of history. A Dude ranch in the 1940s and a productive vineyard for three generations, it's now a beautiful, rustic winery with one of the best tasting rooms in the Philomath area. You can enjoy a stunning view of the Oregon Coast Range from the deck while you sip a flight of Lumos' excellent pinot noir, pinot gris, aligoté, and chardonnay. 

Contact us to learn more about living life to the fullest in the Willamette Valley, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding the perfect home in Corvallis or Albany


Tips for Updating Your Home Security Features

home security

Home is where the heart is! And a part of having a home you love is making sure you feel safe and secure. This is why home security features are more popular than ever among homebuyers or those who just recently purchased a home.

If you just purchased a new home and it's not quite as buttoned-up as you'd like, then it's time to make changes. Our real estate agents know that home security features are both impressive and functional. Consider these security updates.

  • Check Your Window Locks
    People often focus on their doors in terms of security, but a lot of break-ins happen through windows. Window locks can fail and become less functional as windows age. So, especially if your home has older windows, it's a good idea to walk around and check all of the window locks.

    If you find window locks that don't work, you have two options. You can have that window replaced, or you can buy an aftermarket window lock to add. Most hardware stores sell them. Also, make sure everyone in your home knows to lock the windows before they leave home.

  • Install a WiFi Camera
    WiFi cameras, or smart cameras, have come a long way in recent years. You can set one up near your home's main door. You'll get an alert on your phone whenever someone walks within the camera's range. If you look at the video and see someone trying to break in, you can easily contact the police. You'll even have the video footage to help them catch the perpetrator.

    If you have multiple doors, set up a WiFi camera at each door. The apps associated with these systems make it easy to monitor multiple cameras.

  • Install Motion-Activated Lights
    Lights are a really simple deterrent for criminals. If a potential thief is walking up to your home and a light suddenly kicks on, they're likely to be scared off.

    You can purchase motion-activated lights at most hardware stores. If you don't already have wiring to connect them to, consider hiring an electrician to install them. Also, keep in mind that many WiFi security cameras come with a built-in motion-activated light for this purpose.

  • Add a Deadbolt
    Deadbolts have been around for years, but they remain a tried-and-true way to secure your home's doors. You can lock the deadbolt to keep yourself and your family safer when you're home.

    Today, there are even deadbolts you can connect to your smart home monitoring system. With this technology, you can lock and unlock them remotely. This makes it easy to let your kids in the door if they get home before you do or to let a trusted friend or family member into your home while you're away.

  • Adjust Your Door's Position
    Look closely at the way your door sits in its frame. Is there a gap between the door and the sash? Is that gap wide enough for someone to stick an object, such as a credit card, down? If so, you will want to adjust the way your door sits in the frame in order to close that gap.

    Often, you can adjust a door's position simply by tightening or loosening some screws that hold the door on its hinges. If this does not work, consider contacting a door company or handyman service.

With the tips above, your new home will feel like a fortress. If you're still looking for Albany homes for sale or Corvallis homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We'll help you navigate the housing market and find the perfect place for your family.


Where to Listen to Music in the Park in Corvallis and Albany

Music in the Park

In cities and towns across the country, residents are invited to bring blankets, folding chairs, and snacks to settle in for an evening of live music at their local park. 

Not only are these local concert series a great way to discover more of the talented musicians in your area – but they also provide the perfect excuse to become better acquainted with your neighbors. Both Albany and Corvallis host their own Music in the Park events each year, and our real estate agents have loved attending them. Check out the schedule for this year's concerts to see if one of these events might be of interest to you too. 

Albany's River Rhythms

River Rhythms is Albany's annual concert series, and many locals look forward to it all year long. The event takes place Thursday evenings at 7 PM in Monteith Riverpark at 489 Water Avenue NW (with a brief break on July 14 when the park hosts the local fair). Admission is free, but guests are strongly encouraged to make donations of $1 per person at the park's main gate on Water Avenue to help cover some of the costs of the event. 

This year, River Rhythms is also hosting a secondary event: Rock Out Against Hunger. This fundraising and donation drive is being run on behalf of the Fish of Albany food pantry, a non-profit that feeds local families in need. Those who attend the concerts are encouraged to donate canned or boxed non-perishable food in the donation barrels that will be on-site at each event. The pantry will also be taking cash donations at this time. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while enjoying the talents of local artists. 

The 2022 River Rhythms schedule is as follows:

  • July 7 – Sheena Easton
  • July 21 – Blue Oyster Cult
  • July 28 – Ruthie Foster
  • August 4th – ARRIVAL from Sweden ("The Music of Abba")
  • August 11 – Eddie Montgomery (of Montgomery Gentry)

The Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series

If you're not in the Albany area, don't worry. People who live near Corvallis can attend the Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series instead. This free concert series takes place Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM in Central Park at 650 NW Monroe Avenue. The band will play in the park's main gazebo, but guests are encouraged to enjoy the music from any location in the park. Pets are welcome, too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along if they tolerate noise and crowds well. 

Each week, the band will play a different set list of instrumental music. Check out their schedule below to see which shows you'd be most interested in attending. 

  • July 5 - Celebrate America
  • July 12 - Favorite Movie Music
  • July 19 - Rodgers & Hart
  • July 26 - Sousa
  • August 2 - The Music of John Williams
  • August 9 - Game Day
  • August 16 - "B" Tunes
  • August 23 - Celebration of Oregon
  • August 30 - Small Ensemble Performances

Both Albany and Corvallis are close-knit communities that go out of their way to bring people together. These summer concert series are just one of the ways they do this. Get to know more about this area when you contact us today. We'll gladly help you find the right property to settle down in. 

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