If you’d like to discover why Albany has been deemed Oregon’s Best Kept Secret, you’ll want to start in Historic Downtown Albany. The shopping district offers free parking, and the visitor center is a great place to start your day with a friendly greeting and helpful information, located at 110 3rd Ave SE. While strictly adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, these experiences offer a new take on favorite traditions.
A few hours will be well spent in Albany’s Commercial Downtown District perusing 100-year old storefronts hosting shop after shop of unique gifts, antiques, clothing, art and jewelry. Tax free and numerous one-of-a-kind shops offer abundant opportunities to bring home a cherished memento. Take home a piece of history in the making from Albany’s Historic Carousel & Museum gift shop; step into the Natty Dresser haberdashery at their new location (124 Broadalbin St. SW) on Nov. 5 to find the perfect hat for any occasion; Oak Creek Collectibles has a variety of Albany and Oregon souvenirs, or for those interested in the thrill of the hunt, the Albany Antique Mall is a must stop!
After shopping you deserve a treat! Indulge yourself with coffee at Margin Coffee and a baked treat from Natural Sprinkles, a hearty burger and milkshake at First Burger, a signature martini from the Vault; or go for a locals’ favorite brew at Calapooia Brew Co., just a short walk away – their food menu is well worth mentioning too. After lunch, take a stroll on the Dave Clark Trail and you’ll have time to ponder which treasures you simply must go back for while enjoying the great outdoors along the Willamette River.
Stop and enjoy the Albany Regional Museum and Historic Carousel & Museum. Both are open regular hours, while the 1849 Monteith House Museum is open by appointment.
The Pix Theatre is a family-owned favorite in a historic building downtown. Following strict COVID guidelines, they are currently screening classic films like Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice and offer tasty concessions. Local beer and hard cider, along with house-made treats, are served. Want to sit at a comfy table in the back and eat hot pizza or a burger while you watch a show? You can do it at The Pix.
Need more time to take it all in? 206 & 1/2 Historic Hotel and The 204 are in historic commercial buildings in the heart of downtown. A perfect landing place to drop your bags and head back out! The opportunities are endless. For more information visit Albany Visitors Association.
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