Marci Sischo | 09/15/2021 | 2 Hours in Corvallis, Downtown Corvallis, Itineraries, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Gardens, Restaurants

2 Hours in Corvallis: Riverfront Commemorative Park & Bellhop

You'll find Corvallis tucked neatly between I-5 and 99W, and the Coast Range, making it a great place to stop on your way out to the Oregon Coast. Enjoy a little break from the car and driving, do some exploring and stretch your legs, and get an amazing meal before you head towards the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

The Riverfront Commemorative Park, dedicated in 1994, stretches along the bank of the Willamette River, all along First Street in downtown Corvallis, from Van Buren Avenue to just past Western Avenue, where it leads to Shawala Point at the confluence of the Willamette River and Mary’s River. You'll also find the Eric Scott McKinley Skate Park there, as well as a fenced dog park with areas for large and small dogs.

This Riverfront Commemorative Park is full of wonderful features like a large, dome-shaped climbing structure for children and a splash park that is turned on daily all summer and through part of the fall. You'll also find picnic benches and seating areas, as well as lush grassy areas, and from Van Buren to Madison Avenue you'll discover sculptures to admire, like River Otters, by Peter Helzer, or The Heart of the Valley, by Stuart Jacobsen. This beautiful park is also dog friendly (on leash only), so if you have your pup along, they can get a little exercise, too.

Right across from the Riverfront Park, at Madison Avenue, you'll find Bellhop, a fantastic little restaurant that specializes in big plates of comfort food as well as an ever-changing menu of elegant weekly specials. Dig into their amazing sausage and beef Meatloaf of the Gods, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of seasonal veggies, or their roasted pepper mac & cheese, or go for something a little lighter, like their beet chevre or rainshine salads. Either way, you're going to be delighted. Polish lunch off with a slice of pie (they're all great, but their bramble berry and lemon pies are particularly tasty).

Now that you're full and ready to jump back in the car, it's easy to continue to the coast. From Bellhop, just head west on Madison Avenue and take a left turn onto 4th Street. Keep right and turn onto the Corvallis-Newport Highway just before the overpass, and enjoy a drive through Philomath. At the western edge of Philomath you can choose to head to the coast on HW20 or HW34. Both are beautiful drives, but if you have a little extra time, we recommend taking HW34, also known as the Marys Peak to Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. This lovely, winding road offers great sightseeing opportunities.

1. Bellhop

Bellhop prides itself on its menu of upscale comfort food, offering favorites like their fried chicken and meatloaf of the gods, as well as a changing specials menu where you'll find entrees like brisket mac and cheese or asparagus and duck egg delight.

Find Bellhop at 150 SW Madison Avenue in Corvallis (map). They're open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more at

2. Riverfront Commemorative Park

The Riverfront Commemorative Park is a lovely city park that runs along the Willamette River in downtown Corvallis, offering views of the river as well as a paved walkway, a climbing structure for kids, a splash park, picnic benches and seating areas, art, and more. This park is also dog-friendly (on leash).

The Riverfront Commemorative Park runs the length of 1st Street in downtown Corvallis (map). Learn more at

Featured Photo: Riverfront Commemorative Park by Reed Lane Photography. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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