Get your feet wet with this newly formed Oregon Country Trail any week day or week end. Crossing the Willamette River at the Calapooia River, the trail leads you through Historic Downtown Albany to visit unique restaurants and Albany's Carousel Project, and out to Farms, B&Bs, an Artist's Studio, and even a winery.
Check-in at the Pfeiffer Cottage Inn in Historic Downtown Albany or the Edelweiss Manor B&B across the river. A scrumptious breakfast is part of your stay. Then, put on your walking shoes and hit the trail (you'll need the car too).

Park downtown, at Albany Visitors Association in Two Rivers Market, then walk on over to the Albany Farmers' Market between City Hall and the County Courthouse. Grab some farm fresh treats and listen to the local musicians. Then head on down to First St. for espresso at Boccherini's Coffee House. The Historic Carousel and Museum should be open now, so meander on down First Avenue for a free tour. Then waltz down to Montieth River Park, where they have Mondays at Montieth and River Rhythms concerts in summer. Stroll along the Dave Clark River Path and chat with the ducks.

For lunch, head back First Avenue to First Burger, for hand crafted burgers and fries. They make it all from scratch, even the chili! Or hop in the car and get some pub food and homemade microbrews at Calapooia Brewery. Now it's time to explore the country. Cross the Willamette and head to Midway Farms for fresh produce, milk, and baked goods. A family member will be there with friendly conversation. Ask if you can visit with their famous cow, Heidi.

Just up the hill from Midway Farms, Springhill Cellars is a small family-owned winery producing award-winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in a beautiful vineyard on Scenic Drive. They also occasionally make a crisp, light and fruity Pinot Noir Rose', which they call " Sagnee' . "

Now, for dinner… Ah, the choices…

Consider Sybaris Bistro. Sybaris is dedicated to bringing the best of Oregon to your table, much of it from local farms, served with equal parts eclecticism, classical preparation, and innovation. Sybaris offers a fresh menu every month, a spacious upscale atmosphere, and an extensive Northwest-centered wine list.
After dinner, see a play at the Albany Civic Theater or a movie at the Pix Historic Theatre, where wine is served after 7pm. Then... Cappie's Brewhouse or Vault 244 for a nightcap, and back to the B&B for a good night's sleep. You can do the Historic Albany Downtown walking tour of over 700 Historic Homes and buildings tomorrow!

Stops along the Trail:

Pfeiffer Cottage Inn B&B
530 Ferry St., Albany, OR, 541-971-9557

Edelweiss Manor B&B, Artist Studio, and Day Spa
1708 Springhill Dr. NW, Albany, OR, 800-531-4306

Albany Visitors Association (AVA)
250 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-0911

Albany Farmer's Market
4th and Broadalbin, Albany, OR 97321

Boccherini's Coffee House
208 1st Avenue, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-8910

Albany Brass Ring Carousel
503 1st Avenue W, Albany, OR 97321, 541-791-3340

Montieth River Park
489 Water Avenue NW, Albany, OR 97321, 541-917-7777

First Burger
210 First Avenue W, Albany, OR 97321, 541-704-1128

Calapooia Brewery
140 Hill St. NE, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-1931

Midway Farms
6980 Highway 20 NW, Albany, OR 97321, 541-740-6141

Springhill Cellars Winery
2920 NW Scenic View Drive, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-1009

Sybaris Bistro
442 1st Avenue W, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-8157

Albany Civic Theater
111 W First Avenue, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-4603

Pix Historic Theatre
321 2nd Avenue, Albany, OR 97321, 541-967-SHOW or 541-967-PIXX

Cappie’s Brewhouse
211 1ST Avenue SW, Albany, OR 97321, 541-926-1710

Vault 244
244 1st Avenue W, Albany, OR 97321, 541-791-9511

Photos Courtesy of Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.

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