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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.

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.

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
27

Order Something Sweet From These Willamette Valley Shops

Willamette Valley bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
20

Historical Spots in Albany and Corvallis

Historic Benton County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
6

Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Willamette Valley

Farm to Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
23

6 Ice Cream Shops in the Willamette Valley

Ice Cream Benton County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
9

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

Corvallis Farms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us today for more local recommendations.

April
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
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.  

February
23

Local Getaways for Spring Break in the Willamette Valley

Local Getaways Willamette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
25

Covered Bridges You'll Spot Near Corvallis & Albany

Covered Bridges in Corvallis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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