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VisitCorvallis Staff | 04/22/2021 | Arts and Culture, Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries, History, Hotels & Lodging, Itineraries, Oregon State University, Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants

Makers and Innovators: Philomath to Albany

Explore makers, creators, and innovators and enjoy arts, culture, and history on this suggested itinerary for the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.

Ease into the day and nourish your spirit at The Dizzy Hen in downtown Philomath, where chefs have a farm-fresh take on down-home cooking. Then it’s time to peruse ceramic treasures made by a master potter at Donovan Place, a working Christmas-tree farm with lodging. Next, join a fun horticulture workshop at Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE), which grows food for those in need.

You don’t have to be an academic to explore historic Oregon State University, but sharp eyes will help you ace the colorful Corvallis Murals Scavenger Hunt around town. Later, head to the seasonal Corvallis Farmers’ Market on the downtown riverfront followed by craft beers on the roof of Sky High Brewery.

When lunch calls, grab a bite at Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery, famous for wild ales and locally-sourced pub fare. During the school term, students at LBCC Culinary Arts open the Santiam Restaurant, with gourmet dishes prepared by future chefs. Fueled up, head east to Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, for a free guided tour of Oregon’s last water-powered mill, built in the mid-19th century.

Taste the region’s flavors with an elegant dinner at Sybaris Bistro, where a new eclectic menu is adopted every month. After-dinner drinks and games await at the shared warehouse of Vivacity Fine Spirits and Calapooia Brewing. When it’s time to end the night rest easy at 206 1/2 Historic Hotel, perched above Margin Coffee in the heart of downtown Albany.

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: Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, by Kristi Crawford, courtesy the Albany Visitors Center. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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