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November
23

Experience Albany's Historic Districts

Albany Historic Districts

There's so much history to be discovered in Albany and Corvallis, from fascinating museums to the many historic buildings which have been preserved into the present day. Albany's historic districts each offer something unique to see, including historic homes, businesses, and museums that tell the story of how the community has developed over centuries. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Albany's historic districts and attractions.

Monteith District

The Monteith brothers were Scottish immigrants who moved to Oregon from Albany, NY, and played a key role in starting the city of Albany, OR, that we all enjoy today. The Monteith District, which bears their family name, is home to the Monteith House museum, which showcases the history of both the family and the community they helped start, all housed in a beautifully, authentically restored historic home.

Nearby, you'll discover the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, the perfect place for getting kids interested in local history. The carousel is historically accurate to the period when it was first built more than a century ago and has been updated with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals. After the kids have had their fun riding the carousel, be sure to check out the museum and gift shop, which are located at the same site.

This district is also where you'll find some of Albany's most spectacularly designed historic churches, with the English Gothic-style United Presbyterian Church, as well as the towering spires and Carpenter Gothic design of the Whitespires Church, which was constructed in 1891. You can download a guided walking tour of the Monteith District, provided by the Albany Visitors Association, to ensure that you get to visit every interesting landmark.

Hackleman District

The Hackleman District is largely a residential district, though it is home to St. Paul's Methodist Church, the earliest church building in Albany that's still in existence today. The big highlights in this district, however, are the spectacular historic homes that were built here. The Chamberlain House, the historic home of former Oregon Governor and Senator George Chamberlain is still known as the tallest home in Albany. The Ralston House, located across the street, is known for its stained-glass windows and ornate design, while the Goltra House was the first plaster-walled house in the city.

Downtown Commercial District

The Downtown Commercial District features one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in Albany, which is no surprise since this is where the Monteith brothers opened the community's first general store. Today, the Downtown Commercial District features historic homes and businesses built from when the community was settled in the 1840s through the early 1900s. Notable buildings include the Flinn Block, constructed in 1887, the Straney & More Livery Stable, built in 1892, along with many other buildings converted into present-day homes and businesses.

Airport District

In addition to its diverse collection of historic homes and businesses, Albany is also home to the oldest airport in the Northwest and one of the oldest in the world. First established in 1909, a few short years after the Wright Brothers' flight, the Albany Municipal Airport has been in continuous operation ever since. It's also the only airport in Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by to see the historic airport, learn more about its stories, and see the classic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet that's on display.

Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Albany? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany area.

November
15

Corvallis & Albany Holiday Events

Corvallis and Albany Holiday

Are you ready for some festive fun just in time for the holidays? There are events coming up in Albany and Corvallis to suit every interest, from live holiday music to local shopping and fun runs. Our real estate agents have more details on some of the holiday events around Corvallis and Albany that you'll want to mark down on your calendar.

  • The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas – 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
    You certainly don't have to be Scottish to love The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas, but it doesn't hurt! This rousing performance will be coming to the Corvallis High School Performing Arts Center on December 17, 2022, at 7:00 PM, with live music, traditional dance, and songs dating all the way back to the 1300s.

  • Corvallis Community Band Holiday Concert – 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Corvallis is home to many talented musicians, so the Corvallis Community Band Holiday Concert is sure to be a hit this year. This annual performance features a family-friendly vibe with a mix of classic holiday tunes and new favorites. The show will be taking place on December 18, 2022, starting at 2:00 PM, and admission is free for everyone.

  • Corvallis Turkey Trot – 100 SE Fischer Ln., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Healthy fun is also on the menu this holiday season, and you don't have to wait until December to start celebrating the season. The Corvallis Turkey Trot includes a 5k run/walk, 10k run/walk, and a Little Gobblers 1k, perfect for families. Costumes are encouraged but not required at this event, which kicks off on Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2022, at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields in Corvallis.

  • Christmas Parlor Tour 2022 – Monteith Historical District, Albany, OR 97321
    Turn back the clock to historic eras of Albany with the Christmas Parlor Tour 2022 hosted by the Monteith Historical Society. This event offers the opportunity to visit, tour, and explore some of the most interesting historic homes around downtown Albany, fully decked out for the holidays. The highlight for many visitors is the tour of the Monteith House, which is open to visitors during the Christmas Parlor Tour on December 11, 2022, in downtown Albany.

  • Shop Small, Dine Small on Small Business Saturday – Downtown Albany, OR 97321
    You don't have to travel far for some outstanding holiday shopping this year, with the Shop Small, Dine Small on Small Business Saturday event highlighting all that you can find close to home in Albany. Many of your favorite local small businesses will be offering special deals, with holiday music in the air and beautifully lit trees as you travel from one place to the next. The fun starts on November 26, 2022, with most shops and restaurants officially opening their doors around 10:00 AM.

  • Holiday Film Series: White Christmas – 170 High St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
    Some classics never go out of style, and the Holiday Film Series: White Christmas showing at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem is perfect for introducing younger family members to some of the classic films from holiday seasons gone by. This event will highlight the 1954 classic White Christmas, written by Irving Berlin and starring some of the biggest names of the time, like Bing Crosby.

Is a home for the holidays at the top of your shopping list this year? Our team is here to help you achieve your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.

November
7

Visit Albany & Corvallis Art Destinations

Corvallis Art

If you love art, then you're sure to find some fantastic places to explore around both Albany and Corvallis. With historic theaters, amazing art galleries, vibrant arts centers, and extensive educational resources, you can easily connect with the local arts scene whether you're interested in discovering new art or learning more about how to create your own. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 6 destinations for art lovers around Albany and Corvallis.

  • Albany Civic Theater – 111 First Ave. W., Albany, OR 97321
    Few local art organizations can match the long history of the Albany Civic Theater, which has been putting on performances for the community for more than 70 years. There are some big shows coming up to close out 2022, including performances of Murder on the Orient Express and the 72nd Annual Albany Civic Theater Telethon.

  • Art in the Valley – 209 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 9733
    A cooperatively owned art gallery that has been going strong for more than 30 years, Art in the Valley is a great place to check out the work of local artists in a wide variety of media. Exhibits at the gallery are updated every month, and there is a special reception for the Artist of the Month on the third Thursday of each month.

  • The Arts Center – 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Whether you want to explore art created by others, attend interesting events, or sharpen your own artistic skills, you're sure to find plenty to love at The Arts Center in Corvallis. Catch up on the latest exhibits, like Through a Veteran's Lens, Natura: Sarah Ciampa, or the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection. Enjoy art classes for youth and adults, as well as monthly artist meetups.

  • Majestic Theatre – 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Do you want to be part of the audience or part of the show? Either way, you're sure to enjoy a visit to the Majestic Theatre, where you can find live theater, music, dance, and so much more. The team at the Majestic Theatre also offers a diverse selection of classes and lectures taught by experts in a variety of artistic fields.

  • Giustina Gallery at Lasells Stewart Center – 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis, OR 97331
    Located on the scenic Oregon State University campus, the Lasells Stewart Center is the place to be for live music, engaging educational lectures, and more. It's also home to the Giustina Gallery, which is the largest art gallery in the Willamette Valley, with a strong focus on showcasing the work of local artists, including university staff and students. The most recent exhibition, 100 Views of Oregon, is a great example of that focus on local art in action.

  • Linn County Arts Guild – 605 Main St., Lebanon, OR 87355
    If you love local art, you won't want to miss the chance to visit the Linn County Arts Guild. There are tons of classes here where you can learn new artistic skills, like Watercolor Painting with Donna Lee, the Scratchboard Art Class, and the Nuno Felting Class with Annette Riesbick. The Linn County Art Guild also welcomes the work of local artists and crafters in any medium, making it a great place to shop for unique gifts.

Ready to find your next home near all of your favorite theaters, art galleries, and arts centers? Our local team is here to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.

October
18

Try Local Beer at These Willamette Valley Breweries

Corvallis Breweries

Oregon's Willamette Valley is known as one of the West Coast's great wine regions. But we also have a burgeoning craft beer scene here, with exciting new microbreweries popping up all the time. 

Cool fall weather makes this the perfect time of year to savor the best local, seasonal flavors these brewers have to offer. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Willamette Valley breweries!

  • Calapooia Brewing - 140 NE Hill St, Albany, OR 97321
    Pacific Pilsner, River Jump IPA, and Turkish Coffee Stout are just a few of the staple beers at Calapooia Brewing, a local microbrewery that traces its roots in the Willamette Valley back to 1993. Their excellent brews are served alongside mouth-watering pub grub at the brewery's cozy Albany pub location, which is shared with Vivacity Fine Spirits, a local craft distillery based in Corvallis. 

  • Deluxe Brewing Company - 635 NE Water Ave, Albany, OR 97321
    Deluxe Brewing Company can trace its humble beginnings back to a home brew kit purchased at a local brewing supply store by co-founders Howie and Jamie Howard back in 2005. Today, it's become a staple of the Willamette Valley craft brewing scene, offering signature brews like Wild Beaver Amber Lager and Sintillator Dopplebock. The 15-barrel brewery is also operated in conjunction with Sinister Distilling, and you can sample both at their Albany tasting room. 
  • The Garage - 229 3rd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321
    There's something for everyone at The Garage, with 54 taps to choose from! Their rotating taps include cider, seltzer, mead, and of course, beer. Stay up to date on their taps with their website, which even shows how full the kegs are. Besides their tap list, they also offer an impressive cocktail menu. Pair your beverage with tasty offerings from their kitchen, like mac and cheese bites or one of their flatbread pizzas. 

  • Block 15 Brewing Co. - 300 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
    With more than a dozen rotating taps, Block 15 Brewing Co. is one of the best breweries in Corvallis. Their IPAs, lagers, and unique barrel-aged beers are on a whole other level, and the tap room serves a great menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Block 15 Brewing Co. is also dedicated to keeping their brewery as local and sustainable as possible, using ingredients grown in the Willamette Valley and powering their operations with 40% solar power.

  • Sky High Brewing & Pub - 160 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Great beer and a fun, welcoming atmosphere are combined to create a perfect experience at Sky High Brewing & Pub. Their tasty, eclectic, and sustainable ales are always changing and evolving, but you can count on a great variety of beers to suit every palate, from bitey IPAs to rich lagers. Plus, their 4th-floor brewpub and rooftop bar offers some of the best views in town. There's no better place to watch the sunset!

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse - 33930 SE Eastgate Circle, Suite E, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Experience all things cider when you stop by 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Their tap room offers a wide range of ciders to sample, with over 20 rotating taps. Be sure to check out their website to see an updated list of their beer, meads, cider, and hard seltzer. Plus, you can take your favorite beverages home with you, with cans, bottles, or growlers available for purchase.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas. 

October
12

Corvallis: One of America's Friendliest College Towns

College Town Corvallis

Our real estate agents know that choosing a college can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Even beyond the learning aspect, there's something to be said about the unique culture of a college town. When you're looking at Albany and Corvallis real estate, the perks and benefits stand out.

In fact, Corvallis has been called Oregon's "Best College Town."

The news comes from a recent report by Reviews.org, which used a variety of data, including the cost of living, population, college graduation rates, and employment, to find the best Oregon college town with 250,000 or fewer residents. 

It could be said that Corvallis has a little bit of everything, which is part of its unique strength.

While many colleges create a friendly and outgoing vibe around their campus, only a select few can get into the Top 50 Friendliest College Towns in America. This honor, researched by Great College Deals, is another way Corvallis stands out: It is ranked #2 Friendliest College Town in the United States.

The report specifically calls out Corvallis' beautiful scenery, which has been carefully preserved through decades of community efforts to keep green spaces healthy and lush. First-time visitors will also find many opportunities to tour the community and its surrounding amenities.

For example, you can get a free tour of pristine Starker Forest and its managed forest lands, appropriate for individuals or small groups. Or tour Chintimini Wildlife Center to see Oregon State University students and alumni work to rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals.  

Plus, Oregon State University itself holds tours on a regular basis. With a history dating back more than 150 years, it is the state's largest university – its community encompasses about 33,000 students (including some 27,500 undergraduates) and more than 2,600 academic staff.

Oregon State University Is the Centerpiece of College Life in Corvallis

Oregon State University's 420-acre main Corvallis campus is the heart of Corvallis and only about two hours south of Portland. In 2008, the original campus designed by renowned architect John Charles Olmsted was designated a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.

Many local events have a strong connection to the Corvallis campus, and it is not unusual to see the public visiting for dramatic performances, sporting events, music, or guest lectures. With 16 distinct residence halls, there is something to suit every taste. The great majority of first-year freshmen live on campus.

Oregon State University has an elite reputation for its athletics programs. Reser Stadium, located on the campus grounds, is home to the football team. The official golf course, Trysting Tree Golf Club, offers both a 50,000-square-foot green and a state-of-the-art practice bunker.

Oregon State University has long been a leading force in online education. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report named its online bachelor programs #5 overall in the United States. The online psychology B.A. ranked #2, and the Bachelor's in Business program was ranked #4.

Corvallis Is a Terrific Place to Learn, Launch a Career, or Grow a Family

Lots of Oregon State University graduates choose to stay in Corvallis, while some migrate to Albany or other larger cities. No matter your choice, Corvallis will give the student in your life the opportunity to build a foundation for success in class and beyond.

Contact us to find out more about life and real estate in the Corvallis community.

September
12

Fall Events in the Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Fall

There's so much to look forward to this fall around the Willamette Valley, including a busy schedule of special events for every interest. Whether you're in the mood to hunt for antique treasures, meet up with auto enthusiasts, or enjoy a classic community festival, there's an event coming up with your name on it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop.

  • Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market – 36417 Airport Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355
    You might already be familiar with the folks from Maple Market for their upcycled furniture and home décor. They'll be holding the Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market on September 23, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM at their shop in Lebanon. The event will feature a fall-themed basket giveaway, along with complimentary snacks and drinks for guests. Stop by to check out all of the great fall décor at the shop, meet the people who produce it, and shop for unique handmade items.

  • The Great Junk Hunt – 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
    Consistently ranked as one of the best flea markets in the country, The Great Junk Hunt is a two-day event on October 24-25, 2022, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Why is this market so highly rated? Start with the two large buildings packed with antiques, collectibles, vintage items, handmade crafts, and treasures of all types. Enjoy a delicious selection of seasonal cocktails along with live music while you hunt for treasures. Want the best chance of grabbing a real treasure? For a slightly higher admission price, you can get in hours early and start shopping hours before the crowds arrive.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival – 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    The Corvallis Fall Festival is a fun, family-friendly annual event held in Corvallis at the scenic Central Park. This festival puts a spotlight on artists and artisans from all around the Pacific Northwest. There will be more than 180 booths featuring arts and crafts from around the region, perfect for getting an early start on your holiday shopping. You will also get to enjoy live music, plenty of great food, a young artist's marketplace, the Saturday night street dance, and an art discovery zone for the kids. This year's Corvallis Fall Festival takes place on September 24 & 25, 2022.

  • October Cars and Coffee – 1260 Price Rd. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Arranged by the Willamette VDub Club, October Cars and Coffee is an opportunity for Volkswagen owners from around the Willamette Valley to come together and celebrate their favorite cars. If you have a Volkswagen of any year, model, size, or style, you're welcome to join this event, which will be held in Albany on October 15, 2022.

  • Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest – 1423 27th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321
    Looking for a place to flex your pickleball skills? The Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest event is a round-robin pickleball tournament with an exciting playoff finale to award gold, silver, and bronze medals. This weekend-long competition will be taking place on October 14-16, 2022. It's open to all pickleball players aged 12+, and registration is required in order to participate.
  • The Great Pumpkin Run – 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Support a great cause and have fun in the process when you participate in The Great Pumpkin Run, which will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2022. There will be 5K and 10K runs in the morning, as well as a fun obstacle course event for kids. There's also a costume contest for participants of all ages. This event supports the Home Life organization, which assists community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let us help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.

September
6

Plan Ahead for These Willamette Valley Winery Events

Winery Events

Local wineries are gearing up for a packed schedule of special events near Albany, Corvallis, and throughout the Willamette Valley this fall, with something to suit every taste. Sample some of the best wine that the Willamette Valley has to offer while you enjoy fun activities like rooftop yoga, live music, comedy shows, and even salsa dancing classes. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 events from local wineries to look forward to this fall.

  • Yoga Retreat at the Independence Hotel – 15 C St., Independence, OR 97351
    Take a retreat from the daily grind without traveling far from Independence homes for sale when you sign up for the all-inclusive Yoga Retreat at the Independence Hotel, which starts on September 9, 2022. This event features kayaking, yoga by the river, rooftop yoga, cycling, and food and drink from the excellent Territory Restaurant. Also included in the package will be a trip to Adante Vineyard, where you'll sample some excellent wine and have a scenic yoga session.

  • Emerson Vineyards Summer Music Series – 11665 Airlie Rd., Monmouth, OR 97361
    The Emerson Vineyards Summer Music Series may be winding down for the year, but there's still one more great concert to enjoy before the calendar flips to fall. The final concert of this year's series will be a performance from the Fionnghal Celtic Trio. Enjoy it in a beautiful vineyard setting around the corner from Monmouth homes for sale on September 9, 2022, at 6:00 PM.

  • Swing & Standards at Ankeny Vineyard – 2565 Riverside Rd., South Salem, OR 97306
    In the mood for an old-school musical performance? Swing & Standards at Ankeny Vineyard will be a lovely afternoon performance on November 13, 2022. Enjoy live music from the Swing & Standards jazz band in a fantastic setting with even better wine from Ankeny Vineyard.

  • Salsa & Salsa at Cubanisimo Vineyards – 1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304
    Learn some new dance moves from acclaimed instructor Jason LaFontaine while you sample the latest vintages with Salsa & Salsa at Cubanisimo Vineyards near Salem homes for sale. There will also be complimentary chips and salsa provided by local businesses. This event is a fundraiser for the Women at the Well Grace House and takes place on September 25, 2022.

  • The Winery Comedy Tour – 1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304
    Another fun event at Cubanisimo Vineyards will be The Winery Comedy Tour, with dates on Friday nights once per month from September through December. These shows are part of a nationwide comedy tour featuring top touring comics, and there will be new comics to see each month. Of course, you will also get to sample some of the distinctive wines from Cubanisimo Vineyards while you laugh the night away.

  • Wine Club Pickup Party at Airlie Winery – 15305 Dunn Forest Rd., Monmouth, OR 97361
    Are you part of the wine club at Airlie Winery? Then you'll want to mark September 17, 2022, on your calendar for the Wine Club Pickup Party at Airlie Winery. This event will feature live music, a pig roast, and of course, some outstanding wine from Airlie Winery. All of your wine from your club membership will be packed up for you to take home after you enjoy the party with other wine club members and guests.

Searching for a home close to your favorite Willamette Valley winery? Our team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.

August
22

Get to Know Downtown Albany

albany oregon

While downtown Albany is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a vibrant present and future! Much like Corvallis, Albany's Willamette Valley neighbor, the city has retained downtown's classic charm while incorporating art, restaurants, and other contemporary features.

Our real estate agents take a look at some of the places and events that make downtown Albany a must-see location for locals and tourists alike.

  • Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show - Broadalbin St., Albany, OR 97322
    Turn back the hands of time at the 23rd annual Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show. Upwards of 50 vendors will be on hand with glassware, clothing and accessories, jewelry, and other vintage items. Get some great photos of the whole family alongside more than 100 stunning classic cars lining the streets up the Promenade to the Courthouse. When it's lunchtime, you're within walking distance of great downtown restaurants along with the farmers' market. Proceeds from this year's show benefit the Albany Fire Fighters Community Assistance Fund. The show takes place Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Albany Antique Mall - 145 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97322
    Founded in 2009, the Albany Antique Mall is still in its teenage years, but the merchandise on display dates back over the last century. With more than 25,000 square feet of selling space across two stories, the mall accommodates a fascinating variety of items to fit any interest. Furniture, books, Depression glass, and toys are just a few of the categories on display. The Vintage Boutique is the Willamette Valley's top source for vintage clothing, footwear, and accessories for men and women. Visitors from around the world stop by for incredible bargains. The mall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Albany Regional Museum - 136 Lyon St. S, Albany, OR 97321
    There are many ways to connect with Albany's past in the downtown area! Albany Regional Museum is home to an array of exhibits exploring Albany's past and offers interactive elements that kids, in particular, will enjoy. Be sure to check out their website for the latest information on current exhibits. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Albany Civic Theater - 111 First Ave. W, Albany, OR97321​
    Living near downtown Albany means you don't have to travel far for live theater! Now in its 71st season, Albany Civic Theater has delighted theater patrons for decades. Plus, the theater allows you to buy individual tickets or take in the full season with a season pass. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows starting at 2:30 p.m.

  • Local Restaurants in Albany
    After walking around downtown, you've probably worked up an appetite! Luckily Albany has fantastic local restaurants to choose from, and many of them reside in the downtown area. With a mix of bistros and cafes, you'll have options for either a delightful sit-down or carry-out meal. Here are a few local options to get you started.  

Whether you're looking for Albany homes for sale or Corvallis homes for sale, we've got you covered. Contact us at Valley Brokers to get started.

August
15

Get to Know Downtown Corvallis

Downtown Corvallis

At a time when many downtown areas are declining due to the appeal of the suburbs, Corvallis and Albany are bucking the trend. Both cities have received awards for successful revitalization of their downtown areas

Its thriving downtown is one of the factors that landed Corvallis in the top 15 of Liveablity.com's best small to mid-sized cities to live. Our real estate agents know there is something for everyone in the downtown area.

  • Corvallis Farmers' Market - 1st & Jackson, Corvallis, OR 97330
    No need to travel outside the city for fresh produce. Head downtown to the Corvallis Farmers' Market for a full assortment of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, from basil to zucchini. Fill your shopping bags with artisan baked goods, specialty gourmet foods, and other delicious products. For added convenience, order online for pickup at the pet-friendly market. Hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through November 23.

  • The Majestic Theatre - 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Movies thrill with their larger-than-life images, but the intimacy of live theatre creates a special type of energy. The Majestic Theatre, which celebrates its 109th anniversary this year, started out as a vaudeville house. Today, the theatre hosts productions of top shows, such as Elf: The Musical, along with musical performances, workshops, and special events. Visit the website for current schedule and ticket prices.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival - Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Who says outdoor festivals are just for summer? Corvallis Fall Festival keeps the fun going while the leaves are dropping. Beautiful Central Park, with its proximity to downtown and the Oregon State University Campus, has been the festival's home since its inception in 1973. The Art Discovery Zone, where families can create their own masterpieces, makes a welcome return in 2022. Other activities include live music, a 1K/5K/10K run, and the newest event, Story Walk. Bring your appetite and support the food vendors, who team up with local charities. This year's festival takes place 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, September 24 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, September 25.

  • Escape Corvallis - 301 SW 4th St., Suite 280, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Crosswords and sudoku are so last century. Modern puzzle lovers challenge their problem-solving skills at Escape Corvallis. Choose from four themed escape rooms with varying levels of difficulty to fit both novices and experts. Due to popular demand, Escape Corvallis has added a kids' room for ages 6-10. Once the puzzle is solved, participants "escape" into a game-filled room that's perfect for a birthday party or just hanging out. If you have a larger group or you're planning a team-building event for work, the "Happy Hour" room accommodates up to 14 players. Visit the website for reservations and pricing information.

  • The Arts Center - 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    In 1963, the Corvallis Arts Council became the first community-based arts organization in Oregon. Fast-forward to 2008, when they changed their name to The Arts Center, representing the goal of promoting inclusivity for anyone seeking a connection to art. In addition to exhibits of art in all forms, the center features artist meet-ups on the first Thursday of each month and Arts Day for kids and adults on the second Saturday of each month. Hours are noon - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free, though donations are welcome. 

Corvallis homes for sale? Albany homes for sale? You can't go wrong either way. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers to learn more.

July
18

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

June
27

Order Something Sweet From These Willamette Valley Shops

Willamette Valley bakeries

The Willamette Valley is celebrated for its small family-owned restaurants, diners, and eateries of all kinds. Our real estate agents know well that also includes plenty of bakeries. 

Let's take a closer look at just a few of your many local options:

  • Sidekicks by Pastega – 832 Lyon Street South, Albany OR 97321
    Sidekicks by Pastega has been around the Albany area since all the way back in 1995, so they have had plenty of time to perfect both their baked goods and the coffee that pairs so well with them. You can enjoy products made from local ingredients by neighborhood bakers. It's always your choice of indoor or outdoor seating, too! Sidekicks is an ideal people-watching experience with a full menu in a historic locale.

  • Little Wuesten Cafe – 115 Ellsworth Street Southwest, Albany, OR 97321
    Little Wuesten Cafe brings the baking traditions of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland right here to the Willamette Valley. The Cafe began with a simple concept: Delicious Longbottom Coffee along with the beloved German soft pretzels. The idea was a hit, and Little Wuesten has since grown into an area highlight with all kinds of baked treats – each one using old-fashioned recipes and techniques.

  • Yuly's Bakery – 1177 Santiam Highway Southeast, Albany, OR 97321
    Welcoming Yuly's Bakery will dazzle you with its takes on traditional Spanish and Latin American baked specialties. Delight in a wide range of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors where your baked favorites are coupled with fresh fruit. Dulce de leche, churros, and a full range of others are waiting just beside your favorite cakes, muffins, doughnuts, bagels, and the rest. Don't overlook the traditional Rosca de Reyes or "King Cake."

  • Crumbl Cookies – 1705 Northwest 9th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330
    The Corvallis Crumbl Cookies location will satisfy your sweet tooth. Billing itself as the home of the world's best cookies, it provides delivery, curbside pickup, and even catering for your special events. The centerpiece of its selections is the warm chocolate chip, of course, but you'll also find fun and innovative flavors like "Nilla Bean Cheesecake" and "Kentucky Butter Cake." Many favorites are served warm, while some, like "Caramel Coconut Fudge," are always chilled for your convenience.

  • Dough Hook Bake Shop – 1970 Lancaster Drive Northeast, Salem, OR 97305
    For baked goods near Salem, you can't go wrong with Dough Hook Bake Shop. "It's time to make the doughnuts" every morning at Dough Hook, which is particularly well known for its jelly donuts. Local and fresh, with vegan options to boot, it tempts your taste buds with customized doughnut boxes and striking flavors like "Churro," "Creme Brulee," "Raspberry Lemonade," and more.

  • Le Patissier – 956 Northwest Circle Boulevard, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Le Patissier is devoted to introducing the authentic French baking tradition to the Willamette Valley. Led by the highly experienced Chef Didier, it has made a name for itself with its traditional Bûche de Noel. This popular "Yule Log" is usually made without flour and served in countries including France, Belgium, and Switzerland, as well as right here in your Oregon neighborhood. 

See for yourself why life in the Willamette Valley is extra sweet. Contact us today to discover more about the local area.

June
20

Historical Spots in Albany and Corvallis

Historic Benton County

Albany and Corvallis are both communities filled with fascinating sites, from wonderful museums to gorgeous examples of historic architecture. Summer is the perfect time to explore the historical spots in this corner of Oregon. Our real estate agents have the details for a memorable history tour near Benton County.

  • Avery Helm Historic District Walking Tour – Corvallis, OR 97333
    Get a peek into Corvallis of the past when you head over to Avery Helm Historic District, where many of the community's historic homes are located. The Avery Helm Historic District Walking Tour will take you throughout this neighborhood on a self-guided tour that highlights many of the historic properties located there. The tour is especially focused on how the community and local architecture evolved from 1870 through 1949.

  • Benton County Historical Society Corvallis Museum – 411 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    The Benton County Historical Society Corvallis Museum is an excellent destination for learning more about local history, from pioneer times to the present day. It's home to 4 large galleries which showcase art and artifacts from local history. Visiting with a group? Schedule in advance to enjoy a 45-minute guided tour and learn more about the exhibits from museum experts.

  • Benton County Courthouse – 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Originally constructed in 1888, the Benton County Courthouse has played an important role in the community ever since. It has been renovated multiple times since it was first built but still retains its historic architecture and charm. Visit for a window into the past and a look at how the courthouse still serves an important role today.

  • Albany Municipal Airport – 525 Aviation Way SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Did you know that the Albany Municipal Airport is actually one of the most historic places near Albany? Initial construction on the airport was finished all the way back in 1931, and in 1998 Albany Municipal Airport was the first airport in the state of Oregon to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The airport is still in use to this day, and in 2019 a historic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet was added as a permanent display which you can find at the airport's entrance.

  • Monteith House – 518 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97231
    Constructed by a duo of pioneer brothers in 1849, the Monteith House is an excellent example of living history in Albany. Today, the home is maintained by the Monteith Historical Society, housing many fascinating artifacts and antiques from throughout the community's history. The home was the site of the first sermon delivered in Albany in 1850 and was where community members discussed state formation in 1856. Enjoy a guided tour, or attend one of many special events at the museum.

  • Albany Historic Carousel & Museum – 503 First Ave. W., Albany, OR 97321
    It's easy to get younger family members interested in history when you have great destinations like the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum. The carousel is still in use today, and kids love it just as much as ever. There's also a delicious Carousel Cafe located on-site, as well as a gift shop where you can find fun souvenirs.

Whether you're buying, selling, or just looking, our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany and Corvallis, OR areas.

June
6

Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Willamette Valley

Farm to Table

The fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley supports an incredible variety of local farms that produce everything from organic fruits and vegetables to poultry, eggs, and honey. As a result, we also have some incredible eateries that serve locally-sourced fare. Our real estate agents recommend ordering farm-to-table dishes from these local restaurants!

  • Frankie's Farm to Table - 641 Hickory St NW #160, Albany, OR 97321
    Locally-grown meals are the sole focus at Frankie's Farm to Table, an excellent Albany eatery that serves imaginative New American cuisine. Almost everything on their menu, from the greens in their creative salads to the beef used for their signature braised short ribs, is locally sourced. Even most of the alcohol used in their craft cocktails is made here in Oregon. It's all served up in a warm, welcoming space!

  • The Depot Restaurant - 822 Lyon St S, Albany, OR 97321
    With a seafood-focused menu, The Depot Restaurant opened in a historic former Trailways bus station in Downtown Albany in 1976. Ever since, they've earned a reputation for serving the best fish n' chips in the Willamette Valley, and although their fish is Alaskan cod (sold by a company in Oregon), all the produce served at the Depot is locally sourced. It's also a family-owned business that's become a beloved staple of the Albany area for decades.

  • Sybaris Bistro - 442 1st Ave W, Albany, OR 97321
    The eclectic cuisine at Sybaris Bistro draws inspiration from French techniques, global flavors, and the unique local ingredients available here in the Pacific Northwest. Everything right down to the ketchup is made from scratch in-house, and almost everything is locally sourced. The folks at Sybaris get their vegetables from local farms, their meat from local ranches, and the wines they pair them with from wineries right here in the Willamette Valley. 

  • Castor Kitchen & Bar - 458 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Southern-inspired and sourced from here in the Northwest, the food at Castor Kitchen & Bar is always full of surprises. That has a lot to do with their commitment to serving farm-to-table fare, resulting in a menu that constantly changes with the seasons. Castor Kitchen & Bar also serves a great selection of local wines in their charming space. 

  • Gathering Together Farm - 25159 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370
    The farm and the table have never been closer together than they are at Gathering Together Farm. This beloved Philomath farm has been growing fruits and vegetables in the Willamette Valley since 1987, on parcels of land totaling 67 acres. In 2003, they opened the Farmstand, which not only sells local produce, meat, dairy, and other goods but also serves homemade lunches Tuesday through Friday and dinners Thursday through Saturday.

  • Bellhop - 150 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Nestled in the heart of Corvallis, a block away from the Willamette River, Bellhop is a fun, funky spot that serves globally-inspired comfort food and tasty craft cocktails. Much of what you'll find on their wide-ranging menu is locally sourced, and their ever-changing specials are closely tied to the turning of the seasons. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! Fresh farm-to-table food is just one of many things that make our little corner of the world special, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Benton County and the surrounding areas. 

May
23

6 Ice Cream Shops in the Willamette Valley

Ice Cream Benton County

After a day of viewing Corvallis homes for sale and Albany homes for sale, you deserve a treat.

Thankfully, Benton County and surrounding areas have plenty of ice cream shops that your sweet tooth is sure to enjoy! 

Take another tip from our real estate agents and stop off for a frosty ice cream treat at one of these great restaurants in the Willamette Valley.

  1. Yogurt Extreme - 922 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330
    It's a family affair at Yogurt Extreme, where everyone can find "happiness by the ounce." Two sisters joined forces to open a shop combining their love of frozen yogurt and passion for giving back to the community. With more than three dozen rotating flavors, such as Caramel Kettle Corn, Grandma's Apple Pie, and Irish Mint, there's always something new to try. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  2. Sugar J's Ice Cream Workshop - 134 SW 1st St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    At Sugar J's Ice Cream Workshop, they're taking a craft beer approach to everyone's favorite dairy treat. All ice cream is made from scratch in small batches for superior quality and taste. Creative flavors include After School Snackies, Brown Butter Pecan, and Cotton Candy, along with four types of vegan ice cream. Sugar J's is open noon - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Hasty Freez - 655 Lyon St. S., Albany, OR 97321
    No matter how much of a hurry you're in, there's always time for a delicious ice cream cone from Hasty Freez. This old-school, no-frills stand keeps people coming back with their reasonable prices and generous portions. In addition to a large selection of cones, sundaes, and shakes, the menu features burgers and other traditional lunch items. There's a handy drive-thru window for your convenience. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  4. BJ's Ice Cream Parlor - 2705 Santiam Hwy. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    What's better than an ice cream cone? How about a whole cake? Pick out a colorful ice cream cake from the case at BJ's Ice Cream Parlor or place a custom order for a special occasion. For five generations, BJ's has been serving handmade ice cream made from fresh ingredients with no chemicals or stabilizers. BJ's is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  5. King Kone - 1515 Salem Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97321
    If you're in the mood for the full meal deal, the hamburgers at King Kone are as popular as the ice cream. Heartier appetites love the signature King Kong, but the menu includes several different sizes and options. For dessert, choose from hard-pack or soft-serve ice cream. Dine in or use the drive-thru window for carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 6 p.m.

  6. Sweet Taste Bakery - 6020 NE William R Carr St., Adair Village, OR 97330
    There's something for everyone at Sweet Taste Bakery! Located in Adair Village, this local bakery serves up fantastic blended coffee beverages along with a rotating bakery case. But, if you're going for ice cream, be sure to check out their monthly milkshake flavor. 

Life is sweet in the Willamette Valley. Learn more when you contact us at Valley Brokers for all your real estate needs.

May
9

Stock Up on Local Produce From Pick-Your-Own Farms

Corvallis Farms

The Willamette Valley is home to so many high-quality farms, meaning there are ample opportunities to pick your own produce!

Visiting local pick-your-own farms is a favorite pastime for our real estate agents. It's not only a great opportunity to stock up on some freshly grown fruits and vegetables, but it's also a weekend activity that's fun for the whole family. Plus, it helps support our local farmers! Here are some of our favorite Oregon pick-your-own farms. Many of which are open year-round while others will be opening soon for the summer harvest!

  • Midway Farms - 6980 US-20, Albany, OR 97321
    This classic Albany farm has been a popular family destination since 1998. Midway Farms has all your favorite farm-grown fruits, and veggies, with many events throughout the year. They also have a huge farmhouse store and gift shop offering salsa, pickles, and loads of gluten-free baked goods. The farm is also unique in the sense that it's all farming is done using organic practices and eco-friendly techniques. The farm is open year-round from 10 am to 6 pm.

  • Anderson's Blues - 8793 NW Arboretum Rd, Corvallis, OR 97330
    One of the very best pick-your-own blueberry farms in the Pacific Northwest is located right here in CorvallisAnderson's Blues has over twenty varieties of blueberries available throughout the season. You Pick Season runs from July through October, and blueberries are $1.75 per pound. Containers are available, or you're welcome to bring your own. The farm is also pet friendly, so it's truly fun for the whole family. The farm is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm.

  • Fairfield Farm - 29204 Lakeside Dr, Corvallis, OR 97333
    A great place to find some of the area's freshest organic strawberries is Fairfield Farm. Strawberries are available from summer into fall for your picking pleasure, or you can buy some pre-picked strawberries in the shop. Be sure to bring your own container. Business hours are daily from 10 am to 6 pm, weather permitting.

  • Adair's Orchard -  36452 OR-226, Albany, OR 97322
    Head on over to Adair's Orchard to pick your own apples, peaches, apricots, and more. Locally owned and operated since 1972, this farm is surrounded by some of Oregon's most beautiful countryside. Don't feel like picking your own? Grab some freshly picked produce or other farm-made products from the stand. The farm is open most days from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Kiger Island Blues 2322 SE Kiger Island Dr, Corvallis, OR 
    No sprays or pesticides are used at this great blueberry farm that focuses on sustainable farming practices. Kiger Island Blues focuses on growing Duke, Bluecrop, Elliot, Legacy, and Liberty blueberries, all of which are sold at various local stores, but you can get them straight from the source by visiting this farm. All blueberries are available to pick. Appointments can be made on their website or by calling 541-752-2787.

  • Piefer Family Farm - 2575 NE Strawberry Ln, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Stop by this family-owned farm in Corvallis for fresh strawberries in the spring, and pumpkins in the fall. Peifer Family Farm has some of the freshest produce in Oregon, and it's a great place for the kids and pets for a weekend of fresh air. The farm is usually open daily between 10 am and 4 pm.

Contact us today for more local recommendations.

April
21

Brunch Spots in Benton County

Benton County Brunch

No matter if you're looking for homes in Corvallis or Albany, Benton County is a welcoming place known for its natural beauty, vibrant local economy, and plenty of restaurants full of culinary delights. One unbeatable Benton County tradition is brunch, that meal between breakfast and lunch.

Our real estate agents know that a spot of brunch is a terrific way to boost your energy before you head out for a day looking at the best local homes. You have plenty of ways to enjoy brunch in and around the Benton County area, but which one will tempt your tastebuds the best?

Let's look at some of the most popular spots for brunch in Benton County:

  • Pop's Branding Iron – 901 Pacific Boulevard SEAlbanyOR 97321
    Heading to downtown Albany for the day? Pop's Branding Iron is situated on the overpass heading into downtown and makes a great stop for brunch, lunch, or dinner. In fact, this local spot has been open for almost 50 years! Start your morning out with one of their hearty breakfast options, including many varieties of three-egg omelets. All of them are served with hash browned potatoes and toast. Or, if you're there for dinner, opt for one of their 1/3 lb burgers. 

  • Sam's Station – 1210 NW 29th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Is coffee an essential part of your brunch plans? Then head over to Sam's Station for locally roasted coffee that you can pair with one of their delicious baked goods made in their in-house bakery. Be sure to check their website for their latest bakery creations or order off their breakfast and lunch menus.

  • WiseCracks Cafe – 119 SW 3rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Homemade is the name of the game at WiseCracks Cafe. There during your brunch, you'll enjoy homemade jam and house-made sauces that add the perfect flavorful touch to your meal. Located just a couple of minutes from the OSU campus, WiseCracks Cafe is a favorite among college students wanting a homecooked meal and of Corvallis families. There's even a kid's play area at the cafe for the little ones to enjoy! 
     
  • New Morning Bakery – 219 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Everything is baked to absolute perfection at New Morning Bakery, making it a perfect stop for your brunch or lunch plans. The bakery offers plenty of pastries that your sweet tooth will enjoy, but don't overlook their savory options, like quiche! Their menu rotates based on what they have freshly baked. So be sure to stop in and see what new items the bakery is serving. 
     
  • Brick & Mortar Cafe – 222 1st Avenue West, Suite 4, Albany, OR 97321
    Brick & Mortar Cafe is ensconced in a memorable location in historic Downtown Albany. It will thrill you with breakfast and lunch backed by a full on-site bakery. Breakfast is replete with options, from hash, omelets, and eggs Benedict to crepes, pancakes, and waffles. Lunch is just as impressive: You can find sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups, salads, and a whole slew of side dishes.

  • Sweet Waters Family Restaurant – 2830 Santiam Highway SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Bring the whole family to enjoy a fantastic morning meal at Sweet Waters Family Restaurant. They open up bright and early at 6 am every day to serve up breakfast favorites like breakfast burritos and three-egg omelets. Make sure to save room for their pie which is made at their in-house bakery. Options include cream pies, fruit pies, and even cheesecake. See for yourself why this family restaurant has been a favorite for many families in the Albany area.

Every morning is a good morning when you start your day in Benton County. Contact us to learn more about what Benton County has to offer.

March
3

Wineries in the Willamette Valley

Wineries Willamette Valley

Stretching 150 miles through Oregon, the Willamette Valley is legendary for being one of America's great wine regions. At the heart of the valley, is Corvallis and Albany which both offer spectacular scenery, plenty of art and culture, and some of the best wineries in the Pacific Northwest.

Spring marks the beginning of the wine season for many local wineries, and it's a great time to savor the flavors of the Willamette Valley.

  • Vulcan Cellars Wine Tasting Room - 341 SW 2nd St, Suite 3, Corvallis, OR 97333
    One of Oregon's premier family-owned wine labels, Vulcan Cellars is known for crafting extraordinary wines using locally grown grapes. Owner Juan Pablo brings more than 15 years of wine-making experience from his years in Argentina and Oregon. Vulcan Cellars Wine Tasting Room offers tasting flights, wine by the glass, and excellent charcuterie and cheese platters.

  • Fullerton Wines - 804 NW Buchanan Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Fullerton Wines is another impressive local winery. It's a labor of love for the Fullerton family, who started making wine in their garage before expanding to multiple brick-and-mortar locations across the Willamette Valley. Their tasting room in Corvallis is a great place to get acquainted with Fullerton's outstanding wines. Sample a flight featuring six of the latest releases; the cost of the tasting is waived with a wine purchase over $100. 

  • Panache Cellars - 3328 Stoneboro Pl, Philomath, OR 97370
    The wines at Panache Cellars are known for being handcrafted and unique. The folks at Panache are proud to be one of Oregon's smallest wineries, where every wine is made in small batches. Their Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Rogue Valley Sangiovese are some of the best you're ever likely to taste. Panache Cellars is located in the community of Philomath, just a few minutes outside Corvallis. 

  • Tyee Wine Cellars - 26335 Greenberry Rd, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Tryee Wine Cellars is located on the historic Buchanan Family Century Farm, which has been in operation for over 130 years. Their pinot noir was named one of Oregon's best wines in 2014, and the farm offers sweeping views of the Willamette Valley. Tryee Wine Cellars is also proud to be solar-powered, and their indoor and outdoor spaces frequently cost live concerts and other events throughout the summer months. 

  • Pheasant Court Winery - 1731 Pheasant Ct, Philomath, OR 97370
    Opened in 2001, Pheasant Court Winery produces distinctive wines with big flavors. Their bold reds and dessert wines are made using Oregon and Washington-grown grapes, and you can sample them at Pheasant Court's tasting room in Philomath. The winery opens for the season during the first week of May, a little later than some local wineries, but well worth the wait. 

  • Bluebird Hill Cellars - 25059 Larson Rd, Monroe, OR 97456
    Known for handcrafted wine and beautiful scenery, Bluebird Hill Cellars is located just 20 minutes from Corvallis in the rural countryside of Monroe, Oregon. Their small-lot wines are made using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, and their Pinot noirs and Chardonnays have been awarded multiple times. Sample a selection of their wines in their Monroe tasting room (reservations required January through April) or join their wine club to get a great deal on multiple bottles. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Corvallis and Albany. It's a truly unique place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the Willamette Valley. 

February
23

Local Getaways for Spring Break in the Willamette Valley

Local Getaways Willamette

Are you already dreading the spring break cries of, "There's nothing to do?" Fortunately, that's not the case around Corvallis and Albany, which offer convenient access to a wide variety of family and couple-friendly attractions. Our real estate agents are putting these wonderful activities and places on their spring break itinerary.

  • Splatter Box - 131 Montgomery St. NE, Albany, OR 97321
    At Splatter Box, painting isn't just an activity, it's an event. Enjoy some 1990s nostalgia as you unleash your creativity to a background of black lights and classic music. While you can paint a canvas, t-shirt, or hat, no surface is off-limits. Decorate yourself, splatter colors onto the mural wall, or participate in a good old-fashioned paint war. Reservations are required and may be booked individually or by a group. Prices start at $30 per person. 

  • Oregon Coast
    Many of the 29 million people who visit Oregon each year are drawn by the dramatic beauty of the state's Pacific shoreline. Fortunately, Albany and Corvallis are no more than an hour away from the iconic Oregon Coast. Centrally-located Lincoln City and Depoe Bay are frequently found on lists of the most scenic coastal towns. With charming shops, historic boardwalks, whale-watching, first-class restaurants, fishing, and hiking, there's never a dull moment. Even stormy days provide some spectacular natural views. 

  • Edelweiss Manor - 1708 Springhill Dr., Albany, OR 97321
    Want to go the whole staycation route, getting a change of scenery without taking a long, expensive trip? Edelweiss Manor is a charming bed and breakfast that will make you feel far removed from everyday life. The B&B is a historic local landmark, located in a farmhouse that dates back to 1908. Shopping and golf courses are just a short walk away, or you could indulge in some pampering at the on-site spa. Take in the stunning sunsets from the home's wraparound veranda that overlooks the peaceful tree- and flower-filled grounds. Rates start at $150 per night.

  • Albany Historic Carousel & Museum - 503 First Ave. W., Albany, OR 97321
    Carousels have been a staple at fairs and carnivals. Albany Historic Carousel & Museum continues this tradition by creating the "finest carousel in the world." After painstakingly restoring a 1909 carousel mechanism over a period of 10 years, the museum began adding the menagerie of animals, which will eventually total 52. Watch the process in the painting and carving studios inside the museum. Admission is free, and carousel rides are only $2. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 

  • Talking Water Gardens - 577 Waverly Dr. NE, Albany, OR 87321
    Taking its name from the sound made by a cascading waterfall, Talking Water Gardens offers a fascinating look at how modern processes can still be environmentally friendly. The engineered water treatment wetland uses natural cleansing and cooling to safely return treated water to the Willamette River. More than two miles of pet-friendly trails allow an up-close view of the process, along with opportunities to spot birds, small mammals, reptiles, and other wildlife that make their home in this habitat. Talking Water Gardens is open daily from sunrise to sunset and admission is free.

Whether you follow an active lifestyle or prefer cultural pursuits, the Willamette Valley is the perfect place to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers for answers to all your real estate questions.

February
25

Covered Bridges You'll Spot Near Corvallis & Albany

Covered Bridges in Corvallis

Covered bridges are a charming link to our state's past. Spend a beautiful Oregon day exploring these covered bridges not far from Corvallis and Albany.

  • Oak Creek Covered Bridge
    Oak Creek Covered Bridge is located on the edge of the Oregon State University campus, but it feels like a world away. Built in 1954, the bridge was designed to cross the Willamette Slough along Irish Bend Road, about 15 miles south of Corvallis. The name "Irish Bend Covered Bridge" is still used sometimes as a nod to the original location. When traffic dropped off in 1975 after the road was realigned, the bridge was finally dismantled in 1988, causing it to lose its spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Benton County and OSU joined forces to have the bridge reconstructed as part of a path through a research farm on university property, where it also regained its standing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

  • Harris Covered Bridge
    Like a Hollywood actor, Harris Covered Bridge has been rather coy about revealing its true age. Benton County records indicate that the bridge was built in 1936 to replace an older covered bridge at the same site. According to some locals, the bridge actually dates back to 1929. The rounded portal design lends a graceful appearance, while narrow windows just below the roofline allow natural light to fill the interior. H.W. Fiedler built the bridge, but the structure and the surrounding community both take their name from George Harris, a local pioneer landowner. Be sure to stop off at the Harris Bridge Vineyard, conveniently located within walking distance of the bridge. In addition to the tasting room, the vineyard includes lush grounds that are perfect for games and picnics.

  • Chitwood Bridge
    It was once the centerpiece of a small but thriving community that included a post office, telephone office, and several shops and houses. Today, Chitwood Bridge stands alone as a testament to that long-ago time. In the early 1900s, Chitwood's economy revolved around logging, while the town was also a principal stop for the railroad that ran between Yaquina and Corvallis. When Lincoln County officials determined that the bridge needed repairs or replacement, a public hearing convinced the commissioners to do a complete renovation. Now the barn-red siding provides a picturesque contrast amidst the surrounding greenery.

  • Hayden Bridge
    Out of the 50 covered bridges that remain in Oregon, only seven were built before 1920. With a construction date of 1918, Hayden Bridge is one of the "golden oldies," as well as the last covered bridge on a primary state highway. The 91-foot bridge spans the Alsea River, which was a popular site during the heyday of covered bridges. When the bridge was rebuilt in 1945, the rounded portals were converted to a more modern shape to accommodate larger vehicles. Despite the change, the bridge required additional repairs in 2006 when a logging truck crashed into it. Visitors to Hayden Bridge often make side trips to the nearby Leaping Lamb Farm and Alsea Fish Hatchery.

Corvallis is surrounded by a wonderful mix of history and natural beauty. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers to learn more from our real estate agents

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