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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant - 208 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Sybaris Bistro - 442 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Vault 244 Bistro - 244 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Brick & Mortar Café - 222 W 1st Ave. Suite 4, Albany, OR 97321
First Burger - 210 SE 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97322
Sweet Red Bistro - 208 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Loafer's Station - 222 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321
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.
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:
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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:
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.
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 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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.