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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.

September
20

How to Keep Your Yard Looking Its Best This Fall

Fall Landscaping

Thanks to rainy fall days and falling autumn leaves, it's important to remain vigilant about your lawn care during the upcoming months. Otherwise, you risk the high precipitation levels and leaves permanently damaging your lawn. Here in the Willamette Valley, fall weather brings its fair share of landscaping challenges. Whether you live in Corvallis or Albany, you're probably all too familiar with what this season can do to your yard. 

The good news is, with a few simple steps, you can keep your yard well-maintained during this season!

Our real estate agents encourage you to consider completing the following tasks to keep your yard healthy and green through the autumn months. 

  • Keep Mowing Your Lawn
    Though your grass will likely grow slower during the fall months, make mowing a part of your weekly lawn care regimen until your lawn stops growing. During your last mowing session of the season, mow the grass about half an inch high to prevent mold caused by snow and winter precipitation. When it's time to stop mowing, spend a couple of hours on lawnmower maintenance, like sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and completing any repairs, so it's ready when spring rolls around. 
  • Water Your Lawn as Needed
    Keep an eye on your lawn during the autumn months to see if it needs watering. If your lawn doesn't get an inch or more of moisture per week, make time for a quick watering session. 
  • Regularly Rake Your Leaves
    It's important to make sure that you regularly rake throughout the fall months. When leaves stay on your lawn for an extended period, they can cause excessive moisture that leads to fungi.
  • Aerate Your Lawn
    Aerating your lawn will remove soil plugs so that your soil isn't as compact; this makes it easier for nutrients to reach your grass. Fall aeration ensures that your grass is ready to grow during the spring months. 
  • Fertilize Your Lawn
    Fall is the best time for you to fertilize your lawn. Your lawn will get the nutrients it needs to survive the winter months, and when spring arrives, the nutrients will help strengthen your grass. Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer throughout your lawn. 
  • Seed Your Lawn as Needed
    If your lawn has bare patches from the summer heat or wear and tear from your kids and pets, reseed these bare spots with a grass blend that's suited to your lawn's needs. A quick-growing grass blend can help you fill in these bare areas before winter arrives. 
  • Prune Your Plants and Bushes
    Remove dead branches and old flowers from your plants and bushes. This will help keep them healthy and encourage them to produce even more blooms next year. Pruning also helps your garden look tidy during the winter months when your plants aren't blooming. 

Spending time working on your yard will ensure that your gardens and grass look their best during the fall and winter months. Want to upgrade to a home with more outdoor space? Contact us to get started!

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.

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.

August
9

Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Front Yard

If you're planning to put your home on the market in the Albany or Corvallis area, our real estate agents know that updating your front yard is an excellent way to help your home sell faster and look its best. Follow this guide to add valuable curb appeal to your home.

  • Start with the Basics
    Before you decide to undertake a huge landscaping project or give your home a fresh coat of paint, make sure that your front yard is clean, clutter-free, and well-maintained. A clean, maintained yard instantly appeals to potential buyers. Pick up any old toys, stray sticks, or wayward trash, as these items make your yard look cluttered and "dirty." Then, see that any garden tools or outdoor toys and accessories have a dedicated storage spot, like a shed or storage chest. Examine your front yard for anything that's broken or past due for repairs. For example, if your mailbox has a dent, fix the dent or replace it. If your gutters are broken, they should be replaced or repaired. 
  • Upgrade Your House Numbers
    House numbers are frequently overlooked as a design element by many homeowners. Your house numbers should use an attractive font and complement your home's style, color, and other exterior features. 
  • Refresh Your Front Entryway
    Giving your front entryway a makeover instantly adds more curb appeal to your home. If your door is in bad shape or doesn't suit your home, replace it with a door that helps your home make a terrific first impression. If your entryway has vinyl siding or cement, use a pressure washer to ensure that these areas are dirt-free. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and any trim or features in your entryway. Consider replacing your front door knob with an updated piece that complements the style of your home. Use decorative items, like doormats, potted plants, and outdoor furniture, to make your front entryway appear inviting and attractive to potential buyers. 
  • Check That Your Garage Door Works
    Before you list your home, make sure that your garage door works properly and coordinates with the rest of your home. See that it's clean, free of dents, and open and closes with ease. A garage door that looks old and worn-out will negatively impact your home's entire exterior appearance. Replace a garage door that's past its prime so that it doesn't detract from your home's positive features. If you have a garage door opener, confirm that it's programmed correctly and working properly. 
  • Add Flowers and Hardscaping
    Your landscaping is a vital element for optimizing your home's curb appeal. Start with your lawn; it should be neatly mowed, free of grass clippings, and appear healthy. If your lawn has bare patches, use sod or a fast-growing grass blend to fill them in. Next, turn your attention to your trees, shrubs, and bushes; they should all be neatly trimmed. Consider planting colorful flowers in your garden so that your home appears vibrant and welcoming. A fresh layer of mulch is also useful for helping your front yard look its best. Make sure to remove any dead plants or decaying vegetation. Now that your plants are tended to, consider adding hardscaping elements to your yard. These are especially appealing since they are low maintenance and offer a visual break from your greenery. Elements like stones and brick paths help make a visual impact. 

By making a few simple changes, you can add features to your front yard that will help your home sell. Ready to list your home? Contact us to get started!

August
1

Marathons and Fun Runs Throughout Benton County

Benton County Running

Hoping to run a marathon? Our real estate agents have a few leads!

Every year, millions of people all throughout the United States participate in a running event for charity. The two most common are marathons – where participants race to a distance of just over 26 miles – and fun runs, which are less formal and can take many different forms. No matter which of these two is most interesting to you, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy them around Benton County.

Most events are organized for charity, with fees the racers pay going to a good cause. 

Let's look at some of this year's marathons and fun runs around the area:

  • Superhero Fun Run and Walk – 100 Southeast Fischer Lane, Corvallis, OR 97333
    If you're eager for something fun and exciting to do near Corvallis, you're in luck – the Superhero Fun Run and Walk will be taking place on Sunday, August 20. This first-ever event, a tradition in the making, will take place at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields. As a family-friendly event, participants are encouraged to dress up in their best superhero attire and choose a pace that's comfortable.

  • Fall Festival Run – See Website for Location Details in Corvallis, OR
    With more than 40 years of history behind it, the Fall Festival Run is an event local runners look forward to all year long. The run brings its participants all through the picturesque OSU campus. Organized by a local nonprofit, Heart of the Valley Runners, the proceeds will go to support local running in all its forms. It takes place on September 25, with 5K, 10K, and Kids' Fun Run options to choose from.

  • Lebanon Explosion 5K & 1 Mile – 550 Cascade Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
    Lebanon's Seven Oak Middle School track and field facilities will serve as the setting of the Lebanon Explosion 5K and 1 Mile. Sponsored by none other than the Lebanon Explosion Dance Team. Funds collected for the race will go directly to support the Lebanon High School dance team's trip to the Nationals.

  • Bush Park Cross Country Run Series – 890 Mission Street Southeast, Salem, OR 97302
    Salem homes for sale aren't far from the Bush Park Cross County Run Series, which takes place every Thursday throughout the month of August. Starting out from Bush's Pasture Park, one of Salem's top public parks and a botanical garden, racers will have the option of participating in a 5K, a 3K, or a kid-friendly fun run on each date. It is sure to be fun for everyone.

  • Albany Beer "Run" – 140 Northeast Hill Street, Albany, OR 97321
    Billed as "a run for the rest of us" and dedicated to "the below average athlete," attendees of this Albany event will be running about 0.3K – a fraction of the average race. Unlike most of the other events around the area, dogs are welcome at the Albany Beer "Run" as long as they are friendly and safely leashed at all times.

Contact us to discover more of all that Benton County has to offer.

July
5

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. 

June
13

Easy Hiking Trails Near Benton County

Benton County Hiking

June is Great Outdoors Month, and it's the perfect time to take a hike! Here in Oregon's Benton County, we have endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share our favorite easy hiking trails in the Corvallis and Albany areas. These trails offer incredible scenery and are ideal for hikers of all ages and fitness levels. 

  • Bald Hill Nature Area - 6455 NW Oak Creek Dr, Corvallis, OR 97330
    About 5 miles of hiking trails wind their way through Bald Hill Nature Area, traversing prairie and oak savannas, mixed forests, and wetlands. The Mulkey Creek Trail, which stretches 2 miles between trailheads on Oak Creek Drive and Reservoir Avenue, can be hiked as a 4-mile out-and-back trail. Bald Hill Nature Area is located adjacent to the Benton County Fairgrounds, minutes from many Corvallis homes for sale

  • Chip Ross Park - NW Lester Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Spanning a little over 125 acres, Chip Ross Park is a beautiful area of restored oak forest and hilltop prairies. You can enjoy sweeping views from the park's 1.5-mile hiking trail, which is just north of Corvallis. The park was designed as an off-leash area for dogs, so it's a great place to bring your four-legged friends for a hike. 

  • Beazell Memorial Forest - 37283 Kings Valley Hwy, Philomath, OR 97370
    The 586-acre Beazell Memorial Forest was donated to Benton County by Fred Beazell in 2000 and has become a favorite hiking destination for families with kids. Located in the temperate rainforest of the Central Oregon Coast Range about 10 miles west of Corvallis, the park includes an easy 3.9-mile loop trail that takes hikers through a diverse landscape of open meadowlands and lush forests.

  • Talking Water Gardens - 577 Waverly Dr NE, Albany, OR 97321
    In Talking Water Gardens, innovative wetland science has been used to transform the landscape into a natural water treatment facility. Once cleaned wastewater leaves Albany's water treatment plant, it tumbles through a series of waterfalls and weirs in Talking Water Gardens, where it is cooled, oxygenated and naturally treated before being returned to the Willamette River. There are also several easy hiking trails that meander through the gardens around Albany homes for sale.

  • Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area - NW Buena Vista Rd, Albany, OR 97321
    Made up of two parcels of land that total over 900 acres, Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area is a beautiful destination for both hiking and kayaking. The park is situated along the Luckiamute and Willamette rivers and features several easy hiking trails and paddling access. The 3-mile North Unit Loop, accessible via the North Trailhead, is a great place to start. 

  • Takena Landing Park - 656 Albany Corvallis Hwy, Albany, OR 97321
    Takena Landing Park is just minutes from downtown Albany and encompasses a lovely forest of cottonwood trees, blackberry bushes, and ivy along the Willamette River. The Takena Landing Trail (sometimes referred to as the Eagle Trail) offers an easy 3.6-mile out-and-back hike alongside the river.  

  • Simpson Park - 725 Waverly Dr NE, Albany, OR 97321
    With its shady, 3.2-mile out-and-back hiking trail, Simpson Park is a perfect place for an easy afternoon walk in a picturesque woodland setting. The park includes the ruins of a historic sawmill and is surrounded by mixed Douglas-fir and riparian woods that are home to a wide variety of bird species.

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Benton County. 

May
16

9 Plants for Your First Garden

New Gardener Tips

When you finally find your dream home, one of the biggest benefits will be having a place to plant your own garden. 

After all, the Willamette Valley is home to many fantastic farms, and after visiting one, you might be inspired to start your own mini version with a backyard garden!

If you're new to the hobby and don't have much experience in the garden, your plants might not grow how you want. Don't worry. Here are a few easy plants to start with that will grow with just a little care and practice!

  1. Cucumbers
    The main thing to remember about cucumbers is to water them once a week - more if it's really hot. Without proper moisture, they'll still grow, but they may have a bitter taste. Other than that, just make sure they get plenty of sunlight, and your cucumbers will flourish.

  2. Sweet Asylum
    These beautiful, fragrant flowers come in snowy white as well as shades of pink and purple. Bees like them, which means they propagate well. They do best in a little sun, but they'll still grow in the shade and even a light frost.

  3. Strawberries
    The taste of homegrown strawberries beats the store-bought variety any day. Put them in a planter or a small pot, water them regularly, and give them at least six hours of sunlight per day. They'll yield their delicious, sweet fruit from spring all the way through autumn.

  4. Marigold
    There's no flower easier to grow than marigolds - and there are few that are as pretty. They'll thrive in both wet and dry conditions and can survive both heat and cold. For the best results, give them a heavy watering once a week.

  5. Tomatoes
    The main thing tomatoes need is a metal cage to support them as their heavy fruit grows. Other than that, give them direct sunlight and water them once a week, and you'll have delicious, vine-ripe tomatoes better than anything in the store. One caveat: if you plant both tomatoes and strawberries, keep them far apart. They don't grow well together.

  6. Jade
    These plants thrive on neglect. They store moisture in their leaves, so they'll survive weeks without being watered. Give them direct or indirect sunlight, or even shade, and they'll survive for years. Not only are they pretty, but they're also great for the environment, absorbing high amounts of CO2.

  7. Zucchini
    The difficult thing about zucchini is getting it to stop growing. Give it a few hours of sunlight and water it daily, and you'll have zucchini all summer, not just for yourself but plenty for your friends and neighbors too.

  8. Begonias
    These beautiful flowers come in a variety of vibrant colors. They grow well in both sun and shade. Water them every few days, and they'll grow well. They're particularly good in window boxes and porch planters.

  9. Herbs
    Most herbs are really easy to grow. Basil will thrive as long as temperatures stay above 50 degrees. Parsley tolerates a wide range of temperatures. Sage will thrive in a drought. Most common herbs are fairly low maintenance. The only one to be careful of is mint - not because it's difficult but because it grows TOO well. It grows in virtually any condition and can take over the rest of your garden unless you keep it carefully contained.

Even if you don't have much experience growing things, you can still have a beautiful, thriving garden. If you're ready to find a home in Corvallis or Albany where you can plant that garden, contact us. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect home to meet your 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.

May
2

Go Birding Near Corvallis and Albany

Birding Corvallis

Oregon has long been known as a haven for birds and a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. The arrival of springtime in the Willamette Valley is a particularly great time to be out in the wilderness with your binoculars and birding checklist. 

The Corvallis and Albany areas are located directly under the Pacific Flyway, and hundreds of bird species may be spotted in this part of the Willamette Valley. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite birding locations in the region. 

  • Riverfront Commemorative Park - 2 NW 1st St, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Located between the Willamette River and 1st Street in the heart of downtown Corvallis, Riverfront Commemorative Park is a prime location to spot water birds close to home. Herons are common along the waterfront, and osprey and bald eagles may both be observed hunting above the river. Colonies of cliff swallows commonly nest under the bridges, and you might also spot the rarer northern rough-winged swallow. 

  • Bryant Park - 801 Bryant Way SW, Albany, OR 97321
    A great outdoor resource in the community of Albany, Bryant Park overlooks the Willamette River and offers a variety of wooded riverside habitats. Keep an eye out for osprey nests atop utility poles in and around the river! Bald eagles are often sighted, too, as are kingfishers and various species of ducks. Bryant Park is also a popular fishing spot and features outdoor ball fields and a disc golf course. The Dave Clark Riverfront Trail passes through Bryant Park, making it easily accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Mary's Peak Day Use Area - NF-3010, Philomath, OR 97370
    The highest peak of the Oregon Coast Range, 4,097-foot Mary's Peak, offers some of the best opportunities for mountain birding close to the Willamette Valley and in the Philomath area. The Mary's Peak Day Use Area, located within Siuslaw National Forest, is just 45 minutes from Corvallis. Summer songbirds like thrushes, sparrows, and warblers are common, and both mountain quail and northern pygmy-owl are residents here. The "hooting season" for sooty grouse extends from March through June, and Cascade species like Clark's nutcrackers and Gray-crowned rosy-finches sometimes show up. 

  • Jackson-Frazier Wetland - 3600 NE Lancaster St, Corvallis, OR 97330
    You'll find great opportunities to get a look at marsh-dwelling birds in their natural habitat at Jackson-Frazier Wetland. This county park just outside Corvallis features an extensive boardwalk through the wetlands, opening up the normally-inaccessible marshy area to visitors. More than 70 bird species have been spotted here, some of the most common being red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, and sparrows. Carriers and coopers hawks frequently hunt in the area as well. 

  • EE Wilson Wildlife Area - 29555 Camp Adair Rd, Monmouth, OR 97361
    Located less than 15 minutes from both Corvallis and Albany, EE Wilson Wildlife Area spans over 1,700 acres. It's one of the richest bird habitats in the region, hosting the Willamette Valley's largest summer population of yellow-breasted chats. EE Wilson Wildlife Area encompasses woodlands, marshes, and open meadows, allowing it to host a great diversity of birds, including waterfowl and various raptor species, including owls. Vagrant species more common to the Cascade Range may also be seen due to Monmouth's proximity to the Cascade foothills.

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in the Willamette Valley, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas. 

April
25

About the Corvallis Arts Walk

Arts Walk

Beginning at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, the abundant creativity around Corvallis and Albany is on display as the Corvallis Arts Walk shines a spotlight on the talented artists in our community. Our real estate agents love to visit these participating galleries during the event or at any time of year.

  • The Arts Center - 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Founded in the 1960s, The Arts Center was a groundbreaking initiative. Under its original name of the Corvallis Arts Council, the Center was the first community-based arts organization in Oregon. In addition to showing and showcasing art, the Center conducts events such as 2nd Saturday Arts Day, when the public is invited to participate in an arts-and-crafts activity. Gallery and shop hours are noon - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Art in the Valley Gallery - 209 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Art in the Valley Gallery is a cooperative formed and operated by artists around Corvallis and Albany. Featured works are in a wide variety of media, including paintings, photographs, pottery, and glassware. The gallery is also known for having an incredible assortment of greeting cards. A different artist is showcased each month, with a reception held in their honor during Arts Walk. Hours are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.

  • Terra Viva Gallery - 354 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    After earning a degree in Ceramic Arts and Sculpture from the Art Institute of Ukraine, Anna Russell moved to Oregon and opened Terra Viva Gallery. While Anna still does occasional ceramic pieces, primarily vases and other home decor items, her focus has turned to jewelry. All the earrings, necklaces, and rings in the gallery are original designs made by hand. Nurture your own creativity at one of Anna's jewelry-making workshops, where you mount a semi-precious stone into your choice of ring, earrings, or pendant. Terra Viva is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Truckenbrod Gallery - 517 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Explore the latest innovations in contemporary art at Truckenbrod Gallery. Curator Joan Truckenbrod is noted for her work in using art to bridge nature and technology, such as in her video sculptures. Joan's pieces have been exhibited around the world, and some of her works can be found in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. During Arts Walk, the featured artist at Truckenbrod offers fascinating insights into their work in Gallery Talks. Hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • RemarkableArts - 460 SW Madison Ave. #16, Corvallis, OR 97333
    There's no end to the creative output at the appropriately-named RemarkableArts. Professional and personal partners Adrienne Fritze and Mark van der Pol founded the gallery as an outlet for their varied interests and talents. Conundrum House, located inside the gallery, is a whimsical collection of games, books, puzzles, and other mystery-related items. The shop also hosts events such as murder mysteries and displays photos and artwork by Adrienne and Mark. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Whether it's in Corvallis or Albany, Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers can help with all your real estate needs. Contact us today to learn more.

April
11

Willamette Valley Biking Trails to Visit

Biking Trails Willamette Valley

Whether you're interested in moving to Corvallis or Albany, any cyclist is sure to find plenty of options to choose from here in the Willamette Valley. Cycling is one of the most popular ways to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. Our real estate agents know within Corvallis, cyclists can discover nearly 20 miles of paved multi-use trails. You can also enjoy cycling throughout much of the community. Many roads have wide shoulders for cycling and see light traffic.

But sometimes, you want to hit the trail – the bike trail, that is. The Willamette Valley will not disappoint. Not only are the trails carefully kept and in great condition, but many of them have also even been expanded in recent years. 

Let's take a look at some of your options:

  • Bald Hill Natural Area – See Website for Location Details
    Bald Hill Natural Area is known for the Bald Hill Barn, an event venue in a picturesque, rural setting. The Barn is original to the site and has a capacity of 120 guests. Around the surroundings, you'll find paved, dirt, and gravel paths suitable for cycling.

  • Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway – See Website for Location Details
    Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway follows a trail of more than 130 miles from Salem to a point just north of Eugene, largely along the beautiful Willamette River. The ride brings you through an eclectic assortment of small towns and historic communities.

  • Decker Ridge and Benton County Backways Ride – See Website for Location Details
    Decker Ridge and Benton County Backways Ride is an ideal selection if you want a ride that both starts and ends right in Corvallis. At 29 miles in total, much of this quiet and serene route brings you through iconic Willamette Valley farmland. 

  • Buena Vista Ferry Loop – See Website for Location Details
    Buena Vista Ferry Loop tops out at 25.4 miles and will give you a new appreciation of rural life across the span of Polk and Marion counties. It curves into the Willamette River Basin and requires a quick trip on the historic Buena Vista Ferry to complete. Consider refreshments at the small town of Independence.

  • Albany Lewisberg Loop – See Website for Location Details
    When it's time for a challenge, the 40 miles of the Albany Lewisberg Loop beckon. This loop is largely backroads and can be tiring for newcomers, but it is very worthwhile. You'll see local wineries and ponds up close and may even have the chance to spot one of the Valley's beloved pond turtles.

  • McDonald-Dunn Forest – See Website for Location Details
    Just 15 minutes north of the Oregon State University Campus, the McDonald-Dunn Forest is used for a variety of ecological research tasks. It also has several trails that will take you through the rich forested areas – truly unparalleled when you want to witness wildlife up close.

  • Alsea Falls Recreation Site – See Website for Location Details
    Alsea Falls Recreation Site is beloved by families for the opportunities it provides to camp with a big group. It is also the centerpiece of the region's mountain biking scene, with a rigorous loop that rises to more than 1,500 feet in elevation during its nine-mile run.

Outdoor adventures are one of the many benefits of calling this area home! Contact us today to find out more about the Willamette Valley.

March
29

What's the Marion Farm Loop?

Marion Farm Loop

Want to bring farm-to-table dining to your own home in Corvallis or Albany? A bounty of fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods is waiting for you just minutes away along the Marion Farm Loop. Plan your trip with this helpful information from our real estate agents

About the Marion Farm Loop

Spanning the scenic Willamette Valley from Aurora to Jefferson, the Marion Farm Loop is one of five routes operated by the Oregon Agritourism Partnership. The loop connects a network of 24 local farms that offer fresh produce and much more. Visitors can enjoy various entertaining and educational activities, including wine tastings, live music, and nature walks. 

What's in Season?

The Marion Farm Loop can be traveled any time of year, allowing for different experiences each time you go. Want to know when to get your favorite foods? Here's a look at what's in season.

  • Spring through Fall: Spinach and salad greens, table grapes, kale
  • Summer and Fall: Berries, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic, cucumbers, peaches and nectarines, eggplant, tomatoes
  • Fall: Apples, winter squash, pumpkins, sweet corn
  • Year-round: Beef, lamb, honey, eggs

Places to Visit

  • Beilke Family Farm - 4925 Rockdale St. NE, Brooks, OR 97305
    Have some little ones who want to join in the fun? Beilke Family Farm features a 10-acre apple orchard that dates back to 1959, including dwarf apple trees that can be easily reached by kids. Pick your own tomatoes from 1,000 plants. The farm is open August through November, with hours from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • E.Z. Orchards Farm Market - 5504 Hazelgreen Rd. NE, Salem, OR 97305
    Donuts might not be the first thing to come to mind on a farm loop, but E.Z. Orchards Farm Market and their signature homemade donuts are trying to change that! Baked fresh every day, the donuts come in seasonal flavors such as apple cider, blueberry, and pumpkin. During the summer months, indulge your sweet tooth with their equally beloved peach and berry shortcakes. Stop by while viewing Salem homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  • French Prairie Gardens - 17673 French Prairie Rd., St. Paul, OR 97137
    In 1987, French Prairie Gardens started as a modest roadside stand. Less than 10 years later came the farm store, followed by a full garden center and scratch bakery. In addition to running the entire operation, the Pohlschneider family hosts lively events such as their Mother's Day Brunch and "Berries, Brews & BBQs" in June. French Prairie Gardens is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting March 4.

  • Honeywood Winery - 1350 Hines St., Salem, OR 97302
    While Honeywood Winery was founded by Ron Honeyman and John Wood, the name is not taken from theirs. It refers to a line from a play that describes the wine as "smooth as honey ... aged in wood." As the oldest producing winery in Oregon, Honeywood offers a full line of premium vinifera, fruit, and specialty wines. Proceeds from Honeywood's Dog Gone Wine label, including Ay Chihuahua Sangria, Poodle Pinot Noir, and Retriever Riesling, help support various animal-focused non-profit organizations. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

There's always something new and exciting to discover around Corvallis and Albany. Find out more when you contact us at Valley Brokers.

March
21

Explore the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail

Corvallis Trail

Spring has arrived in the Willamette Valley, and it's a mighty fine time to get outside and take a hike! Our real estate agents can think of no better place to do so than the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail. 

True to its name, the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail connects Corvallis to the Pacific Ocean. This trail spans 62 miles and offers one of the region's greatest backpacking routes. Along the way, you'll get to experience unique flora in several distinct ecosystems. 

Creating the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail

Crating a footpath from the Willamette Valley to the Pacific was a dream of local hikers in the Corvallis area since the 1970s. The C2C Trail, as it's often called, was only made possible in the last 20 years or so. 

The C2C Trail Partnership was formed as a non-profit organization in 2003. In the years since, volunteers have put in over 2,500 hours a year to finally make that dream a reality. While the precise route remains subject to change, it currently stretches from the city of Corvallis across the Oregon Coast Range to Ona Beach on the Pacific coast.

Getting Started

The Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail begins at Shawala Point Park in Corvallis, near the confluence of the Willamette and Marys Rivers. 

Hikers are asked to register at the kiosk located at the trailhead. The first few miles of the trail follow a bike path between Corvallis and Philomath before eventually breaking off into the mountains. 

Following the C2C Trail

At a length of 62 miles, the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail typically takes anywhere from 3 days to a week to complete on foot, depending on your fitness level and preferred speed. It's also open to bicycles; most cyclists complete it in a day or two. 

The course of the trail utilizes old gravel logging roads and Forest Service roads, as well as dirt single-track trails, bike paths, and a few sections that follow paved roads. Despite being stitched together, the trail is very clearly marked, with signage that makes it easy to follow. 

Along the way, there are 18 trailheads, 15 of which have parking areas for vehicles. These are convenient options for hikers who are hiking the trail in sections or who may prefer to hike only a smaller portion of it. 

Camping Along the Way

Over the course of a multi-day trek, it's always good to know where you'll rest your head. Fortunately, much of the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail passes through National Forest lands, where, for the most part, dispersed backcountry camping is allowed. 

The trail also passes through some privately owned lands, and camping on private land is never allowed without permission from the landowner. As you hike, remember to keep your bearings and take precautions to avoid getting stuck on a private section of the trail after dark. 

One of the best places to camp near the trail is the Big Elk Campground in Suislaw National Forest. The campground offers potable water, private campsites, and a large hiker/biker group campsite that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Trail Maps

A quality trail map is always a good resource to have handy when you're hiking any trail. Maps of the C2C trail are available through the official Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail website. Several local businesses also sell printed trail maps and guide sets, including Bike n' Hike Corvallis and Corvallis Cyclery

Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await in the Willamette Valley! If you're looking for the perfect Corvallis or Albany homes for sale, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

March
15

Spots for Trout Fishing in the Willamette Valley

Trout Fishing

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about springtime in Oregon. From wildflowers to wine tasting, spring is the ideal time to visit the Willamette Valley. But one of the reasons our real estate agents always look forward to spring is the return of trout fishing season. 

Lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the Willamette Valley are great places for anglers. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife stocks trout in dozens of local waters—check out their weekly trout stocking schedule here—and stop by these local spots in Corvallis and the surrounding areas. 

  • Waverly Lake - Albany, OR 97321
    Waverly Lake is a popular stocked trout lake that draws a lot of anglers when it's stocked in springtime. It's accessible through Waverly Park, which provides ample parking and bank access. Non-powered craft like kayaks and canoes are permitted on this tiny 5-acre lake, and paddleboat rentals are available during the summer months. 

  • Marys River - Corvallis, OR 97333
    The Marys River offers a more wild trout fishing experience compared to many of the local stocked ponds, and while the fishing isn't always easy, it's one of the best places around to fly-fish. The Marys River meets the Willamette River in Corvallis and is accessible through Pioneer Park. However, there's better fishing for wild cutthroat trout farther up the river, above Philomath. The water is clearer and colder farther up, and there are several roadside pull-offs where you can fish near the communities of Harris and Wren. 

  • Timber-Linn Lake - Albany, OR 97322
    Similar to Waverly Lake, Timber-Linn Lake is a tiny lake in Albany and is accessible through Timber-Linn Memorial Park. The lake is stocked multiple times from late winter through spring. Timber-Linn Lake has walking paths along its shoreline and features a wheelchair-accessible fishing platform. 

  • EE Wilson Pond - Monmouth, OR 97361
    Located within the 1,788-acre EE Wilson Wildlife Area, EE Wilson Pond is a seasonal stocked fishing pond that is generously stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout every year. The lake is usually stocked as early as January and as late as May. Once the water warms up in summer, most of the trout will have been caught, but the lake's natural population of sunfish still offers fishing potential, especially for kids. 

  • Foster Reservoir - Sweet Home, OR 97386
    Spanning about 1,200 acres, Foster Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in the Willamette Valley area and one of the best year-round fishing destinations. Located about 45 minutes east of Corvallis, Foster Reservoir is stocked multiple times in both spring and fall, with around 40,000 rainbow trout being introduced most years. The lake is deep and cool enough that many fish survive over the winter and reach impressive sizes. Access to Foster Reservoir is available through several parks, including Lewis Creek County Park and Calkins Park County Boat Ramp

  • Walter Worth Lake - Salem, OR 97302
    Thousands of keeper-size rainbow trout are planted in Walter Worth Lake every spring, making this a great family fishing destination in the Willamette Valley. This 20-acre lake gets a few giant trophy-sized trout too, so keep a tight grip! The lake is located within Cascades Gateway Park in the city of Salem, which provides an accessible fishing dock and lots of open shoreline for bank fishing. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! If you're looking for your dream home in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

March
4

Spring is Around the Corner: Landscaping Tips

Spring Landscaping

With winter temperatures coming to an end, it's the ideal time to make plans for your spring landscaping. Our real estate agents know that spring offers a valuable opportunity to get your yard and gardens looking their best. Check out a few tips to rejuvenate your home's landscaping. 

  1. Test Your Soil
    Have your soil tested every few years so that you know if it's lacking any nutrients and if the pH is an acceptable level. A soil test lets you know exactly what your soil needs to provide the best environment for your lawn and garden. 

  2. Develop a Plan for Fertilizing Your Landscaping Space
    Now that you know what your soil is lacking, you can make a plan for fertilizing your grass, shrubs, trees, and gardens. Some cool-season varieties of grass thrive with fertilization during the fall months, so confirm that spring fertilization is suitable for your specific type of grass. If you determine that elements of your landscaping need fertilizing, consider using a slow-release fertilizer. This will prevent fertilizer loss due to high nutrient levels and help your soil use as many nutrients as possible. 
  1. Decide If You Need to Utilize Weed Control
    If you struggle to contain weeds, a weed control product is an effective way to get them under control. However, if you plan on seeding your lawn, you'll want to avoid applying a weed control product for at least 3 months after you seed it. Otherwise, the weed control product will also prevent your grass from sprouting. 

  2. Remove Old Debris from Your Lawn and Flower Beds
    Spring is an ideal time to remove any remaining leaves from your yard, pick up sticks and branches, and gather any other yard or garden debris. Even if you don't plan on adding new items to your garden, getting rid of this "clutter" will improve its appearance. 

  3. Apply Fresh Mulch Around Your Trees and Flower Beds
    You'll want to add a new layer of mulch around your trees and in your flower beds. Plan on adding an inch of mulch, but make sure that your mulch isn't more than a few inches thick. When mulch decomposes, it provides your soil with organic matter, decreasing the amount of fertilizer you need to use. It also helps your soil retain moisture so you have to water your plants less. A new layer of mulch instantly refreshes your landscaping so that your home's exterior looks neat and well-maintained. 
  1. Examine Your Landscaping Tools and Irrigation System
    You don't want to go through the time and expense of seeding your lawn, only to discover that your irrigation system isn't working properly. Take a few minutes now to confirm that your water hoses, watering attachments, hose connections, sprinklers, and any other landscaping equipment are in proper working condition. 

  2. Prepare for Potential Pests
    If you typically struggle with a pest invasion, it's a fantastic time to explore pest control methods. A physical barrier works well for deterring some pests, while others will stay away from your yard if you add certain plants to your landscaping. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to invest in a pest control product or pest control service

Want a home with more space for gardening? Our team has the experience you need to find your next home in the Albany or Corvallis area. Contact us to start your search!

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

September
14

5 Parks in the Mid-Willamette Valley for Your Pup to Explore

Dog Parks Willamette Valley

Feeling a little stir-crazy stuck inside your home? That goes double for your dog! Walking in new areas provides your canine with physical exercise and mental stimulation. If a puppy is left indoors for too long, they can become bored with their surroundings and their behavior might slip. Thankfully, there are plenty of places around town to make your dog happy. Our REALTORS® encourage you to grab a long leash and get some fresh air with your pup at one of these four parks in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

  1. Woodland Meadow Park – 3540 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Do you love watching your pup run free? Then take them to Woodland Meadow Park where they can run, jump, and play without a leash. Woodland Meadow Park has sprawling wildflower meadows where pups and humans alike are allowed to explore without limits. The park also has picnic tables where you can take a seat and rest after a day playing in the sun; just make sure to bring enough water for both of you! 

  2. Albany Dog Park – 3650 Dogwood Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    If you're taking the kids to play at Timber Linn Park, bring your four-legged friend and let them have fun at the Albany Dog Park right next door. This dog park features a total of two-acres of space for canines, divided into two areas for small dogs and large dogs. Albany Dog Park has amenities for all dogs to share including a drinking water station, plenty of shade, and dog bag waste dispensers to clean up any mess before you leave.

  3. McDowell Creek Falls – 43170 McDowell Creek Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355
    Just outside of Lebanon, you'll find McDowell Creek Falls, a wonderful park that is open year-round for exploring. This park is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike, fish, bird-watch, and picnic. Three miles of trail, viewing decks, and bridges will lead you to lush greenery, beautiful vistas, and the lovely Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls. It's a serene experience that offers the opportunity for you and your pup to escape into the wonders of nature together.

  4. Bob Smith Memorial Park – 2889 S Main Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355
    Be sure to stop by Bob Smith Memorial Park. This family-friendly area is perfect for children. It hosts three baseball fields and concessions are often available during games. A small playground is on-site as well for the little ones to play in. Of course, your furry friend can join your family in the park as long as they are on a leash.

  5. Mary's River Park - 300 S 11th St., Philomath, OR 97370
    Marys River Park has nearly 30-acres of undeveloped land to enjoy with your pup. This includes an unfenced off-leash area where dogs can run. Aside from dog-walking, there are also horseshoe pits, a playground, and a 9-hole disc golf course for families to use. Since this park closes in mid-October, be sure to take your four-legged friend before it's too late!

Are you looking for a home with a big backyard for your four-legged friend? We can help! Contact us today to start looking at properties both you and your pet will love. 

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