There’s no better companion to travel than local foods and beverages. And regions that develop food trails make it easy to taste your way through their towns and countryside for a true sense of local flavor. The city of Corvallis, Oregon, sits in the heart of the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail, where travelers can customize a perfect self-guided, rural getaway to satisfy the taste buds. Choose from cozy restaurants, like Caves Public House; friendly farm stands, like Gathering Together Farm; and winery tasting rooms with outdoor spaces.
The Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail offers a year-round culinary adventure that you can explore at your own pace. Do it in a day or stretch it out over a longer trip; May through October is the best months to go for the most variety.
Besides Corvallis’ plethora of eateries and the city’s easily browsable downtown, the surrounding working farms showcase the season’s bounty. In September and October, that includes apples and cider; pumpkins, of course; and the wine grape harvest in this renowned wine region. If you go in November, you can experience one of the Willamette Valley’s hallmark harvests—hazelnuts—just in time for the holiday gift season.
Make your journey down the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail a special day by stopping along the way to load a picnic basket with local goodies. Start gathering provisions in town at stores like First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op, then head out from there to any number of farms and other businesses along the trail.
From Corvallis, the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail branches out in all four directions. You can plan your journey by downloading a food trail brochure and map.
Plan your stay in Corvallis at the Visit Corvallis website.