Farms to Feast: a foodie bike trip

Explore the Willamette Valley by bike with this cycling trip. Scroll down for trip mapping. Find cycling details here.

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is famous for being the first official Scenic Bikeway in U.S., but it's more than that. It's also your pathway to foodie heaven, taking you through the heart of Oregon Wine Country. As you cycle or drive the route, you can feast at organic farmstands, sip craft beer at farm-based breweries, and dine at James Beard-nominated restaurants. 

Marche Restaurant, Eugene: Start your trip with a tasy meal in downtown Eugene. Marche offers classic farm-inspired cuisine from award-winning chef Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, all sourced from the farms surrounding the city.

Agrarian Ales, Eugene: Visit a farm-based brewery where brothers Ben and Nate Tilley use herbs, flowers and chili peppers grown on site in the beers, and serve wood-fired pizzas using their own crust, sauce and mozzarella, plus toppings from other local farms. 

Randy's Main Street Coffee, Brownsville: Stop and stretch your legs in historic Brownsville. Randy's is where the locals gather for coffee every morning, and it serves up pastries, soup and sandwiches until 3 each afternoon. Try the fresh bread baked in-house every morning by Randy himself.

Gathering Together Farm, Philomath. Detour slightly from the bikeway route for a totally-worth-it trip through Corvallis and out to Gathering Together Farms. Their on-site farm restaurant features an ever-changing menu based on what's growing in the fields. The daily fresh-baked doughnuts are divine.

Sybaris Bistro, Albany. Chef/owner Matt Bennett is a two-time James Beard-nominee. His ever-changing menu varies with whatever is fresh and locally available, including wild-foraged ingredients. A meal at Sybaris is always a unique experience; after Matt has featured a dish once, he never repeats it.

Ankeny Vineyard, Salem. Munch on wood-fired pizza and chat with the winemaker here, while petting the friendly winery dog and enjoying views out over the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge.

EZ Orchards, Salem. Taste Oregon's cider renaissance with a stop at EZ Orchards farm market. EZ Orchards grows their own apples and produces award-winnng hard cider in the French style (plus home-made doughnuts and fresh produce).

Arcane Cellars, Salem. Take the Wheatland Ferry across the Willamette River to Arcane Cellars. Enjoy a bocce court, picnic areas, and arboretum in a beautiful, private setting along the Willamette River.

The bikeway officially ends at Champoeg State Park. To cap off your journey, head out for a celebration at the northern end of the Willamette Valley.

Villa Catalana Cellars, Oregon City: Go wine tasting at the spectacular Villa Catalana Cellars, a winery on the site of a rare plants nursery. Nestled amid beautiful gardens, Villa Catalana resembles a Tuscan castle.

The Joel Palmer House, Dayton: Celebrate with a memorable meal at The Joel Palmer House, famous for its extensive use of wild-foraged mushrooms and truffles, paired with excellent Oregon wines.


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