South Willamette Valley Shopping Trail
Mod Pod is the sort of shop you might hope to find at a grooving college town like Corvallis. From big “Fat Boy” super stuffed bean bag chairs to teensy robot and cupcake theme goodies, this is all about making shopping, gifting and home decorating fun, fun, fun.
Ride your bike or walk along the riverbank on the multi-modal path that leads to the Locally Grown Corvallis Farmers’ Market. Operating Wednesdays and Saturdays from mid-April through mid-November.
Marché Provisions Eugene’s specialty food store is filled with unique pastas, olive oils, chocolates, cookbooks and wines. It also has espresso, ice cream, a bakery, pizza and an amazing salad bar with seasonal produce like heirloom tomatoes and fiddled ferns.
April through mid-November, enjoy all the goodness of the long-running outdoor Eugene Saturday Market. From the end of November through much of December, take the fun indoors for the Eugene Holiday Market. Top-notch crafters sell everything from beeswax candles to hand-forged andirons to glass-blown ornaments, and wrap it with a tie-dyed ribbon. Enjoy your shopping to the tunes of local talent ranging from Celtic Harp to Christmas Blues.
If you enjoy the finer things in life, be sure to stop in at Sibling Revelry, a downtown shop with an eclectic blend of women’s clothing, accessories, and whimsical gifts. Their jewelry includes hand-crafted work by Willamette Valley artists, with dozens of unique pieces to choose from.
Fifth Street Public Market Within these historic walls you’ll find a colorful collection of locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and artisan galleries. Take a break in the courtyard and listen to live music on the patio Thursdays – Saturdays during the summer and fall.
Brooklane Cottage is located in one of the quietest neighborhoods of Corvallis. Abutting wetlands on the south and east, hilly oak woodlands to the west and quick access to bike paths and city parks to the north, the Cottage provides an ideal starting point for explorations on foot or bike. Pretty as a tiny, little picture, this 763 square foot guest cottage is a place inviting you to feel at home.
Tipi Village Retreat: Nestled along the banks of Mill Creek near Eugene, this glamping (glamorous + camping) hub is perfectly positioned for a culinary adventure. Sleep in luxury tipis with cozy goose down comforters and decorated rugs.
Relish the beauty of the Willamette Valley with a stay at the Hanson Country Inn. Sitting high on a knoll on the southwest edge of Corvallis, the Hanson Country Inn is a magnificent five-acre estate with views in every direction. In addition to fresh breakfasts and comfortable guest rooms, visitors can relax in the Inn’s library, which overlooks the estate gardens and is stocked with a wide selection of books, many of them dating back to the home’s early years in the 1920s.
Inn at the 5th: The Inn at the 5th brings luxury and elegance to the south Willamette Valley. All 69 suites of this boutique hotel are uniquely designed with locally inspired artwork. Dine on gourmet room-service via a butler door from Marché. The Inn’s luxury shuttle offers complimentary service within four miles of the city. Or, hire the shuttle to take you to local wineries.
Eugene’s Pearl Day Spa The world is your oyster at The Pearl Day Spa, where a large and diverse menu of services are designed to lull you into an oasis of relaxation. Diverse styles of massage, customized body treatments, luxurious sea salts and pure and natural essential oils renew you for another day of pursuing the perfect purchase.
From epic facials to mud treatments, Epic Day Spa maintains their innovative fusion of health, beauty, science and nature for your peace of body and mind.
Harris Bridge Vineyard is one of Oregon’s small, husband and wife artisan-farmer teams. Open for special events (think house concerts and valentine afternoons), as well as weekends May through November, Harris Bridge specializes in dessert wines. If you are wondering about the name – yes, the historic, covered Harris Bridge is located on the winery property and provides a beautiful and short walk during wine tasting events!
Territorial Vineyards Offering up glorious Oregon wines in a renovated coffee warehouse. Live music mid-week helps make this a favorite for all who know that Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood is the trendiest spot in town.
Visitors to Tyee Wine Cellars are welcome to enjoy wine tasting and browsing the rotating art that is always exhibited. During the dryer months, picnicking on the farm and vineyard is encouraged, as are hikes along the Beaver Pond Loop Nature Trail. The Barrel Room Tasting room in this Century Farm is open weekends April through December, and by appointment at other times.
Oregon Wine LAB: This urban wine bar gratifies oenophiles and new wine drinkers alike with vintages from the area’s smaller winemakers in a tasting lounge. Aussie/vintner Mark Nicholl charms guests with his knowledge and William Rose Wine label.
Nearly Normals harks back to the roots of the very best earth-burger food. Don’t be led astray by their boasts of Veggielicious Vegetarian cookery. These restaurateurs pair a sense of fun with mad culinary skills. Try out their Margarita Munchie Mondays or their fresh and innovative fare in their whimsical dining room.
Belly Taqueria: Belly Taqueria is consistently voted one of the best places for Mexican food in Eugene, enjoy a fun, casual atmosphere with special tacos paired with margaritas and award-winning key lime pie.
del Alma Restaurant means literally “of the soul.” Located along the waterfront in downtown Corvallis, del Alma offers an elegant yet warm and inviting dining atmosphere with a view of the riverfront. The menu is inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Latin America with the offerings of the Northwest.
Rye: From the drink to the dish to the dessert, Rye masters every morsel of a meal. The pan-seared duck breast will melt in your mouth and tastes marvelous with a Willamette Valley pinot noir. Save room for dessert. The staff chocolatier crafts artisan chocolates and pairs them with whiskey.
Photographs courtesy Melinda Stewart, Travel Lane County, Amanda Seve &, Denise Wendt/Travel Lane County.