Albany, Oregon: Historically Delicious

One of the historic homes on the summer tour. Photo by Camron Settlemier

On your first visit to Albany, Oregon, you might discover that beneath the small-town veneer it is actually a blend of urban sophistication and countryside manners. From craft beer and truffle season to blueberry fields and artfully brewed cappuccinos, Albany’s identity is closely intertwined with Oregon’s historical and agricultural roots.

Seated within the heart of the Willamette Valley, Linn County is one of the most fertile growing regions on the West Coast. Valley farmers and ranchers embrace sustainable practices and build meaningful relationships with their local customers.

Thanks in part to Albany’s refurbished historical downtown and locavore attitude, talented chefs found themselves drawn to this city along the riverfront and now practice their culinary artistry there.

It’s all about the “farm-to-table” model:

Prepare to nosh and sip your way throughout your stay—whether you order tapas prepared with freshly harvested greens and rustic sourdough baguettes or charcuterie boards groaning with locally produced fig jam, pickled veggies and goat cheese. You’re bound to discover a never-ending culinary bounty within a five-mile radius.

Check for a list of restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, coffee houses, distilleries, farmers’ markets, U-pick farms, fiber producers and gourmet itineraries.

The history is strong in this place:

Fortunately for history and foodie buffs, three of Albany’s national historic districts are within walking distance of one another: The Hackleman and Monteith neighborhoods and the Downtown Commercial District are connected by quiet tree-lined side streets, vibrant shops, bistros, brew pubs, galleries, regional museums and varying periods of architectural styles.

Planning your visit to Albany with a historical focus is an adventure. Our architectural collection includes colorful Queen Annes (the “painted ladies” of historic homes) and Craftsman Bungalows with their wide welcoming front porches. The home of Albany’s founders, Monteith House, has been restored with its 1848 details and serves as a museum and living-history center.

Take a self-guided tour any time of the year or visit Albany during the annual Christmas Parlour Tour (or summer tour) for a festive peek inside lovingly restored homes and buildings.

Explore downtown after visiting the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum and stop at one of the shops along First and Second Avenues and you’ll most likely enter a structure on the National Historic Register.

Exploration is part of the fun:

Download the free “Albany Explorer App” from Google Play or Apple Store. The app features interactive maps of Albany historic districts and Linn County covered bridges. Visit for more information.


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