Pack a getaway full of history, family fun and wine country adventures in one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets: Albany, Oregon. Whether you’re planning an overnight, a long weekend or a full vacation, this historic destination in the hub of wine country has you covered. Located just over an hour from Portland, Albany sits center stage for an easy-access change of pace.
Start your Albany adventure with a glimpse of the city’s history through its architecture, with some structures dating back to the 1840s. Albany is home to four distinct historic districts that you can discover on self-guided tours. Click here to find the tour maps and explore one or all of these districts. Don’t miss the Monteith House Museum; this house was the first frame-constructed residence in Albany, built in 1849, and it still contains some of the Monteith family’s original furnishings. Plan your visit for July for a look inside of some of the city’s historic homes on the annual Historic Interior Home Tour. Or celebrate the holiday season in historic buildings and homes on the annual Christmas Parlour Tour.
While you are exploring Albany’s historic downtown, you will discover the city’s pride and joy: The Albany Historic Carousel. Populated with dozens of fanciful beasts, this carousel delights kids and grownups alike. The Albany Historic Carousel isn’t just any carousel. Each of the hand-crafted animals is a unique work of art with a fascinating backstory, and part of the fun—besides a ride on the carousel—is learning your favorite animal’s story. You’ll be tempted to visit the carousel on every day of your stay. Discover more about this remarkable carousel here.
Albany sits in the fertile Willamette Valley, the rich agricultural region that first drew pioneer settlers who crossed the Oregon Trail. Over the last several decades, entrepreneurial winemakers have transformed the valley into one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. Albany makes a perfect home base for discovering the wineries that put the Willamette Valley on the world wine map. Start your wine country adventure at Springhill Cellars—it’s family friendly with outdoor seating, plenty of space for the kids to play in, chickens that the kids can visit, and of course superb wines for you. Plan a visit to Springhill Cellars by visiting their Facebook page. Find other winery tasting rooms and create your own wine trail by visiting this page.
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