Monday, May 7, 2012
AskOR... from San Jose to Albany, Oregon!
"We will be visiting Albany, Oregon for the first time. We are driving from San Jose, California and wonder what you suggest we see and do on our way. What do you suggest for us? Thank You for your time!!!"
I am the Travel Oregon AskOR Willamette Valley Ambassador and I just happen to live in Albany! As much as I would love to just get you here to explore, I can't help but tell you of a few stops here in the valley you should make on your way up!
In the Willamette Valley, we have wineries, delicious food and amazing sites you don't see anywhere else. So, one place I am going to suggest is a drive through our sweet covered bridges in Cottage Grove. Here is the link: http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/the-covered-bridges-of-cottage-grove/ ... and I happen to be an inn inspector for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and I would love to recommend The Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast: http://appleinnbb.com/ not too far away. I have personally inspected this inn and I can't wait to go back. The inn is located in the woods just outside Cottage Grove and the innkeepers are great. Take the forest tour by retired Forester and innkeeper Terry and enjoy an hour long hike through their very own woods.
Not too far from Cottage Grove is Eugene and another great place to stop. Another lodging idea... Inn at the 5th. A boutique hotel in Eugene and it happens to be next door to Marche: http://www.marcherestaurant.com/ A delicious taste of the Pacific Northwest but if you'd like something a little less "fancy," head across the street to the Granery: http://www.facebook.com/GranaryPizzaCo I heard their pizza was really good and I only had a cocktail there once but I loved the vibe and it was packed so I am assuming their food is really good!
Now... let's get you to Albany! Only about 40 miles north of Eugene, Albany boasts the most in number and most varied styles of historic homes and buildings. Home to many "homemade" restaurants and our very own James Beard Award Nominated chef, Matt Bennett, Sybaris Bistro is also a very good way to experience a taste of Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Sybaris's menu changes monthly depending what's in season and so check out their website before going to see what's being served: www.sybarisbistro.com
While in Albany, head over the visitors center on 2nd and Ferry in the Two Rivers Market. They'll be happy to help you especially if you tell them Debbie sent you! I am the president of the board and their biggest fan. They will most certainly direct you to our carousel project and museum that you must see. An amazing and magical place for sure. Check this out: http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/arts/article/slideshow-albany-carousel/
I have more... I really do, so please let me know if I can help you further. I just happen to know of a very sweet bed and breakfast in downtown Albany as well!
Thanks for your question and have a great trip!
Travel Oregon AskOR Willamette Valley Ambassador