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VisitCorvallis Staff | 04/22/2021 | Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries, Featured on Home Page, Hotels & Lodging, Itineraries, Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants

Flora and Fauna: Alsea to Corvallis

Explore mountains, gardens, and wildlife while enjoying art, Oregon wine, and delicious food on this suggested itinerary for the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.

Begin your journey along the Marys Peak to Pacific Scenic Byway, following coastal breezes into the valley. Idyllic mornings at Alsea’s Leaping Lamb Farm Stay might include feeding lambs before breakfast. Next, visit Alsea Trout Hatchery to see steelhead spawning from November through March, or reserve a nursery luncheon tour at The Thyme Garden April through August.

The Coast Range’s highest point, Marys Peak, dazzles with wildflowers from spring through summer but year-round it offers stunning 360 views. Re-fuel at Philomath’s Gathering Together Farm, an organic vegetable farm serving lunch and dinner on a cozy covered deck.

Continue along farmlands to IronWater Ranch to take a fiber arts class and meet sheep, including newborn lambs each spring. Neighboring Bryant Family Farm offers 19 varieties of U-pick blueberries in the summer, while home horticulturalists can grab organic supplies and garden-themed gifts at Urban Ag Supply. Just across the Willamette River, Springhill Cellars is an ideal stop for high-quality wines and views. Then amble over to celiac-safe Midway Farms to peruse the farm stand and join a cooking class, cider pressing party or twilight yoga.

Oregon’s local ingredients take the spotlight at Castor Kitchen, featuring elevated Southern comfort food. Cap the day with craft cocktails and a panoramic view of Marys Peak at 4 Spirits Distillery, where sales benefit military veterans. Tomorrow, consider bird watching at William F. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, picking organic strawberries at Fairfield Farm or learning about dry-land farming at Monroe’s eco-farm Lilliputopia.

Further exploration awaits with Best Oregon Tours or on the South Willamette Valley Food Trail.

Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail

The Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail highlights the agricultural treasures you'll find in Linn and Benton Counties.

Find the farms that grow the fresh and delicious produce that fill our restaurants, the hops, grapes, and more that go into our wines, craft beers, and distilleries, the wools that go into clothes, fiber arts, and more. Visit farm stands and farmers markets, restaurants that specialize in farm-to-table dining, Oregon wine, craft brews, ranches, and so much more along the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.

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Photo Credit: The Thyme Garden, by Reed Lane Photography. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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