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July
18

Wineries Featured in the 2022 Heart of Willamette Wine Passport

Wineries Heart of Willamette Passport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
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. 

June
6

Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Willamette Valley

Farm to Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
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
21

Brunch Spots in Benton County

Benton County Brunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
4

National Library Week: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Corvallis Library

National Library Week (April 3 to 9) is an invitation to get better acquainted with your local library. Our real estate agents know that there are many reasons why residents love calling the Corvallis and Albany area home. If you are an avid reader who is new to the area, you will love frequenting the several locations in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system. So before you begin your next literary adventure, here's what you need to know!

The Basics 

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system includes four different branches: Alsea, Corvallis, Monroe, and Philomath. Members of any one branch can borrow from any of the others with the same library card. For those who can't make regular trips to their local library, they also offer service through their Bookmobile that circulates through regions of Benton County. This includes the part of Albany that belongs to Benton County. 

The Bookmobile isn't the only thing readers will love visiting in the Albany area. Thanks to the Albany Public Library, residents of Albany have two branches they can stop at. The main location is on 14th Avenue, and their second location is in the Albany Monteith Historic District. This library system offers many of the same benefits as the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system.

Members can borrow a variety of items from any of these locations, including books, audiobooks, music, movies, and even tools like projectors and button makers. They can also access digital content through free BookFlix, Overdrive, CloudLibrary, LinkedIn Learning, and Kanopy subscriptions using their library ID. 

For Adults 

In addition to its vast collection of books, the library also hosts many programs and resources for Benton County residents.  

Avid readers will enjoy taking part in some of the library's six different book clubs, including a graphic novel club and a club exclusively for seniors. Each group meets every month or so to discuss their latest read with other members. Discussions can get very lively, so be sure to bring your sharpest observations and theories to the table.  

If you have a free afternoon, you can try out one of the crafts in the library's online resource collection. These boredom busters will walk you through exciting crafts like marble runs, paper baskets, and even smartphone speakers. Just download and print the instructions from your computer and get to work.  

For Kids 

If you have any young readers in your life, you'll be happy to hear that the library has plenty in store for them.   

Just like adults, kids can attend a variety of book clubs to talk about what they've read with their peers. Children's clubs are divided by age: your child will be invited to the Tweens, Kids, or First Readers book club, depending on which category they fall into. In some cases, their reading level may factor into this decision.  

There are also some exciting activities available for children who are still learning to read. One of the library's most popular offerings is the Reading Education Assistance Dog program (READ for short). The program offers young children the chance to build their reading skills by reading aloud to a canine companion. Each session provides one individual child with 10 minutes of reading time with a trained dog and their handler.  

If your child isn't ready to read on their own, however, they might prefer the 20-minute story time sessions run by the library staff instead. These sessions feature fun, dramatic readings of short stories as well as songs and rhymes meant to stimulate children's developing brains. Storytime is offered multiple times a day, but families must register in advance to get a spot at each reading.  

Benton County's exceptional library system is just one of the many appealing aspects of life in this area. Contact us today to learn more about the many stunning properties we have available in this region and see if any of them might be the right one for you.  

March
3

Wineries in the Willamette Valley

Wineries Willamette Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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