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P.O. Box 965, Albany, OR 97321 541-928-0911 • 800-526-2256 Fax: 541-926-1500 Follow us on Facebook Cover: Courtesy of The Albany Regional Museum from a publication by the Albany Commercial Club, 1909. “The Albany Commercial Club in presenting this booklet desires merely to set forth the truth regarding this section of the greatest of all Pacific Coast valleys.” “An invitation and welcome is extended to all honest, industrious, intelligent citizens of other states who desire to participate in the building of the greatest industrial and agricultural empire the world has ever known.” © 2012 Albany Visitors Association and Albany Democrat-Herald. Any reproduction or reprint of this guide or any portion thereof, without the written permission of the AVA and Democrat-Herald is strictly prohibited. Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, due to the passage of time and the anomalies inherent in the publishing process we cannot be responsible for errors or incorrect information. Please contact the individual establishments and organizations to confirm information. 25,000 — 6/12




welcomes you! Welcome to Albany! Albany is a community that cherishes its history and historic buildings. You will find over 700 historic homes and buildings here in four historic districts. Many of these homes and buildings have been restored and now “shine” like they did when they were new. Our Willamette Valley is known for mild weather and rich soils which produce abundant foods. Try some of Albany’s local restaurants that use this fresh produce to create some wonderful dishes prepared by our top notch chefs. Or you might try to catch one of Albany’s Nosh Tours . . . you will board the vintage trolley and be transported to six or seven local restaurants for great samples of food and adult beverages. This is truly a unique way to sample the local cuisine. Albany is home to some very interesting museums that you will want to explore. The Albany Regional Museum features vignettes of shops and business from the late 1800’s and the Monteith House Museum is said to be the most authentically restored home in Oregon. There is also the Dentzel American Carousel Museum featuring carousel animals and carousel art from around 1900. The history of the American Carousel is alive in the studio where local artists are hand carving and painting a world class carousel in historic downtown Albany. An award winning park and hiking trail just opened in the area. It is called Talking Water Gardens and is a reclaimed mill site that is now part of a water treatment project. You will stroll past beautiful waterfalls and ponds full of wildlife while walking the trails of this 50 acre wetland that borders a 160 acre conservation park. On behalf of the Albany community, I am pleased to welcome you to the Willamette Valley and I hope you will enjoy your stay. Mayor Sharon Konopa,


xperience the Culture of Linn County First Hand oldest flouring mill in Oregon: the Thompson Mills State Heritage Site, and the bunks from Camp Adair training camp for World War II American soldiers found at the Albany Regional Museum. Discover our local history through unique events like the Annual Historic Interior Home Tour and Annual Christmas Parlour Tour conducted in Albany for the architectural enthusiast, Carriage me Back or Pioneer Days in Brownsville brings the whole community together to share and enjoy our heritage. The Lamb and Wool Festival with National Sheep Dog Trials held in Scio is a fun event or simply drive back through time across one of eight covered bridges throughout Linn County. A quick jaunt from Albany is Thompson Mills State Heritage Site. The oldest water powered grain mill in the state, this interpretive center depicts the last 150 years of rural life.


hether you are looking into your own genealogical links to the past or simply have an appreciation for art and architecture, Linn County is simply a must stop on your journey. Architects and historians across the nation have credited Albany with having the widest variety of architectural styles in a concentrated area available for discovery in Oregon. From the Queen Anne to the Arts n’ Crafts Bungalow, inspiration is to be found in the Nationally Registered Districts of Historic Albany Oregon. A large variety of architectural styles and over 700 historic buildings grace the 100 square blocks of the Monteith, Hackleman and Downtown Commercial districts. Artistic talent abounds throughout the region with studios and galleries open for you to

peruse. Try your hand at carving or painting at the Historic Carousel and Museum Art Studio. Sit back and relax to the musical performance of one of the many Concert Series or a more intimate atmosphere of acoustic at a local coffee bar. Your link to our past is at your fingertips with reference materials and assistance awaiting you at our museums, libraries and genealogical centers. Every city in Linn County has a museum, attraction or event dedicated to the unique history of our area. With so much to do and see, perhaps you could stay a bit longer. Experience the pioneer life at the Monteith House Museum, the renaissance of America at the Historic Carousel & Museum, the agricultural revolution at the

• Albany has three Museums - all within walking distance of one another and all with free admission, the Albany Regional Museum and Historic Carousel & Museum both are open year-round, and the Monteith House Museum is open Mid-June through Mid-September. • Carousel Art Studio - children of all ages will be in awe over these extraordinary creatures being brought to life to adorn Albany’s Historic Carousel – saddle testing is a favorite for all and admission is free. • River Rhythms Thursday evenings and Mondays at Monteith Concert Series – both take place at Monteith River Park on the Willamette and Calapooia Rivers and both are free. Children’s art activities are available prior to the concerts. For more information about these events and others, please visit our website, DISCOVER ALBANY 2012-2013


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Historic Carousel & Museum Albany, Oregon (AKA: Dentzel American Carousel Museum & Brass Ring Carousel Art Studio)

Location: 503 First Ave W • Albany, Oregon Visitors Welcome: 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday (Wednesday 10am – 9pm) Contact Us: (541) 791-3340 P.O. Box 965 Albany, OR 97321 Website:

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2002 a grass roots effort began to build a carousel in historic Albany, Oregon. Hundreds of volunteers have stepped up to help donating over 100,000 hours to the creation of this project. Nearly 2000 visitors come to witness the process of creating a carousel every month. As interest in the project grows, the volunteer and donation base continue to rise and the completion date comes closer to fruition. The Historic Carousel and Museum is a catalyst for an increase in appreciation and awareness of the applied arts of hand carving, and painting and the fascinating history of the American carousel. The dedication of volunteers and support has served as a solid foundation for the finished carousel, bringing community members from all walks of life together for a common goal. Gustav Dentzel is credited with bringing the European carousel to America. His family has recognized the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum by coordinating the donation of a historic Dentzel

and the beauty of nature found Mechanism from the National along the river. Visitors are always Carousel Association and other welcome and our docents cater to significant pieces in their private children of all ages, from school collection. The project brings tours to senior groups. carousel enthusiasts from all over the world. Both the carousel studio Of course you don’t have to take and the museum offer another our word for it; hear it from our opportunity for families to enjoy visitors: an authentic cultural experience in Albany. People are excited with anticipation of the first ride on Albany’s carousel. a, l museum Dear Nan e carouse In 2007 the Carousel th to e m o also the to c work and I want you rt site was selected – a a g in z a ome. has am o please c s d perfect location in n because it a h y re made b Historic Downtown animals a 10 ana Billie, age Albany. Situated at Love ya! N the confluence of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers, it is right next to Dear A unt Sh Monteith River Park which is auna, T h is is Quig the venue for two summer horse g a. This is concert series and many wood made out o f a nd p family activities. A river walk han d. I ho ainted by pe I nearby connects several you th ere wh can take en you here. city parks along the river. are The Carousel will serve Miss y ou, lo as a connection between Alli, ag ve you, Historic Downtown e 10 Albany with eateries, specialty shops and theaters



Festivals and Events reflect the communities and the people in the Albany area.

On Saturdays from mid-April through mid-November you can visit the Albany Saturday Farmers’ Market. Everyone looks forward to the opening of Albany’s Market each year. Albany’s Market is located on 4th & Ellsworth Streets in Historic Downtown. Open from 9am-1pm, the market features wonderful fresh baked items, fruits, vegetables and flowers. There are also roadside stands and garden shops throughout Linn County. The Strawberry Festival is a four-day event held the first full weekend “The Panda Balloon is a big attraction for kids of all ages at the ATI Wah Chang of June in Lebanon. This Northwest Art & Air Festival” festival’s claim to fame is the -photo courtesy of Cathy Webb World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake which is served Albany and Linn County offer a free to 15,000 spectators bounty of festivals and events that following the Grand Parade. Other everyone can enjoy. You will find events include the Junior Parade an array of family-friendly events and the Strawberry Century. This throughout the year that offer a taste bicycle ride has routes from 13 to of life in the Willamette Valley and 100 miles long and draws over 700

An Albany Tradition mid-April to late November


riders each year. What a great way to spend a weekend in Linn County. In July & August the Parks & Recreation presents River Rhythms and Mondays at Monteith free concert series. On Thursday evenings River Rhythms brings well known entertainment, the 2012 lineup includes Lovin’ Spoonful, War, Ricky Skaggs and others. Mondays at Monteith will feature The Midnight Serenaders, The Knox Brothers and other talented performers. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the music and sunset. There are also vendors selling food and drinks, so enjoy dinner as well. What a perfect way to end the day! The last Saturday in July is the Annual Historic Home Tour. Several families will open their homes to share their restoration efforts of historic architecture. Included on the tour are several churches and museums. Ticket price includes refreshments, entertainment, trolley & horse-drawn wagon rides. August brings with it the ATI Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival. Colorful hot-air balloons lift off from Timber Linn Park with a spectacular Oregon sunrise as a backdrop. The Night Glow is a sight to be seen as several hot air balloons light their burners and glow like lanterns. Children’s activities, car show, food, live entertainment and airport displays round out this event. The free Saturday Night Concert always draws big crowds as top entertainment comes to Albany. Continued on page 21


Covered Bridges of Linn County

Did you know that Oregon has the largest number of Covered Bridges in the West? In Linn County we have nine Covered Bridges, in which many are still in use today. a similar design. Most of the bridges are white in color with the exception of the Shimanek Bridge, which is a beautiful red. It is also said that the Shimanek Bridge had a two-seater toilet at one time!

The Shamanek Covered Bridge was first built in 1927 and rebuilt in the mid1960’s. The bridge is painted a bright red and is visible for miles around. -photo courtesy of Gary Thurman


he first construction of covered Bridges in Oregon started in the 1850s by the pioneers and continued until the 1940s. The estimated number of bridges built in the State was 450. Today there are only 50 remaining. The covered bridges are historic landmarks and are protected as “jewels in the crown” of historic properties in Oregon. All the bridges have special names and are of great pride for local communities, giving the feeling of peace and quiet. Today the covered bridges represent one of the last ties to the days of the pioneers. You may wonder why they wanted to cover a bridge. Some think the bridges provided shelter for travelers during storms, or a place to steal kisses without being seen. However, the roof was actually built to protect the decking from the heavy rainfall. The protected bridge could last up to 80 years, unprotected they would only last about nine years. By 1925, the state of Oregon provided standard building designs to each county known as the Howe truss design. You will notice as you see the covered bridges each one has

Are you ready for a tour of the covered bridges? You can visit as many as eight bridges easily in a one-day itinerary. As you drive or bike into the lush country-side you will see groves of hazelnuts, marionberries, nurseries, grass seed, hop fields, tree farms, Llama and Alpaca farms, horse, sheep and goat ranches. The Roaring River Fish Hatchery and Marks Ridge Winery, near the foothills of the magnificent Cascade Mountains are good stops along the way. The round-trip driving tour is 47 miles and will take three to five hours, depending on how much time you spend at each bridge. Start your tour by picking up a selfguided map to the covered bridges from the Albany Visitors Association, in Historic Downtown Albany. Grab your water bottle, pick up a picnic lunch at one of the local Albany restaurants and head east on Highway 20 (Santiam Highway.) Go six miles from the I-5 intersection to Highway 226 (Cottonwoods). Then go 1 ½ miles and turn left on Cold Springs Road and enter the quaint town of Crabtree, Oregon. The suggested route starts from Crabtree to the Hoffman Bridge, then on to the Gilkey, Shimanek, Hannah and Larwood Bridges. If time allows, drive a little farther and add the Weddle, Short, and Crawfordsville bridges to your tour.

The Gilkey Covered Bridge is one of the beautiful bridges you will see here in Linn County. -photo courtesy of Gary Thurman

The Larwood Bridge and Wayside Park, located on Crabtree Creek, and near Roaring River makes a perfect setting for a picnic lunch. Roaring River, which empties into Crabtree Creek just upstream from the bridge, is the only river to flow into a creek. An oddity in US geography that was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Also notice at the wayside the old water wheel that provided electricity for the area long ago. The Park is also a popular spot for fishing and swimming. Just one mile east of Larwood Bridge on Fish Hatchery Road, you will come to Roaring River Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is open daily for the viewing public where you will see all sizes of Rainbow trout. When you reach the various bridges, be sure to get out and walk through them and take your time experiencing the peaceful charm of each Bridge. Nothing can replace the sight of a covered bridge spanning sparkling streams or roaring rivers. It’s an experience you will long remember. Come by the Albany Visitors Association, in downtown Albany and pick up a self-guided map of the covered bridges and the “Oregon Country Trails” brochure. The “Oregon Country Trails” map will show you farms and produce stands to visit along your way. Visit and for more information. DISCOVER ALBANY 2012-2013


Get Together in Albany, Oregon an event?” “WeGot have a venue for that, with lots to do while you are here. Imagine yourself in Albany, Oregon—the greenery, the rivers, the historic sites, the accessibility to I-5. What better place to get together, for a family reunion, wedding, meeting or largescale event than Albany, Oregon or the surrounding area? We have outdoor, historic and large scale venues — and while you’re here, we have events, shows, restaurants, pools and trails to keep you entertained.

one of our enticing venues. Our Group Travel Manager is here to assist in your event planning. Our help is complementary, so give us a call.

regional acts. Don’t forget Movies by Moonlight, shown on the side of an historic building, on Friday nights. It’s all within walking distance.

To cool down after a hard day of playing, take your group to the Cool Pool at Swanson Park. Drop in during the day, or rent the pool, to have it to yourselves after 7pm. Then, take everyone back to one of our comfy hotels, where you can gather in a suite, an event room, or over a hot cup of coffee the next morning. We’d love to help you plan the ultimate family reunion.

Family Reunions

Have your family reunion at one of our lovely parks, like Monteith Riverpark, in Historic Downtown, at the intersection of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers, where trees and greenery abound. Pick a shaded spot and watch the river roll by or stroll along the Dave Clark river trail. Reserve the Pavilion to gather and eat, while watching the kids run around and play. Take Weddings time during your day to Planning a wedding? We have waltz up the street and tour gorgeous historic, outdoor and Historic Downtown Albany large venues. Consider having your shops and restaurants. wedding in Historic Downtown Go antiquing to find that Albany. Rent Albany’s Vintage special gift, visit Albany’s Trolley to bring your guests from Historic Carousel Project, their luxurious hotel to your wedding or stop by the Saturday site, such as historic Whitespires Farmers’ Market to stock Church. This lovely gothic revival up on local produce Albany has almost 700 hotel rooms at hotels like and grass fed meats, Phoenix Inn Suites, Comfort Suites and Holiday for a barbecue at the Inn Express; several with on-site meeting rooms. -photo courtesy of O.J. Anderson park. The senior center, bordering Monteith Albany has almost 700 hotel rooms Riverpark, is available available at great hotels, like the for restroom breaks, so play Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, in the park all day. Then, stick Phoenix Inn & Suites, Best Western around to watch a free concert, and others, most within walking like nationally-renowned River distance of parks and the Linn Rhythms on Thursday nights, County Expo Center, where events which has featured the Dixie are held almost every weekend. Chicks, Sugarland, and national Several of our hotels have breakfast, and international groups. On “Albany has several lovely outdoor venues indoor pools and hot tubs. So, base for summer and fall weddings” Monday nights, take in Mondays your group at one of these beautiful -photo courtesy of Cathy Webb at Monteith, featuring local and hotels and plan your get together at

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and martini bar. Then board the trolley back to your hotel, for time with family and a relaxing night’s sleep. We’ll help you plan a lovely wedding.

“With its Gothic Revival architecture and stained glass, Whitespires Church is a lovely place for a wedding or ceremony. -photo courtesy of O.J. Anderson

building was built in 1891 and retains the original stained glass windows. The sanctuary, with its colorful filtered light, is a beautiful location for a wedding. Have a memorable ceremony in the warm atmosphere, and then board the trolley to your reception at the award-winning restored Flinn Block Hall. Perched on the second floor of the beautiful Flinn Block, the hall has a view of downtown with an elevator for easy access. Have an amazing reception in a gorgeous atmosphere, and then walk around downtown, stopping for drinks at Cappie’s Brewhouse Restaurant or Vault 244 restaurant

Meetings, Conferences and Events

Albany has various venues for meetings, conference and events. Our largest is the Linn County Expo Center. Built in 1996, the Linn County Expo Center is a multipurpose complex available for groups and associations to hold meetings and events - located just off I-5, close to parks, restaurants, hotels and shopping, with wireless

the perfect site for small or large events, from intimate 1500 square foot conference rooms that can open to form a ballroom, to the 50,000 square foot Expo Hall, the Linn County Expo Center can handle any event. Take a break from the meeting to stroll through the Linn County Master Gardeners on-site garden or head across the street to Timber Linn Park, best known for the annual ATI Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival, winner of Oregon’s Best Event. If you need a rest, just walk across the parking lot to your hotel room and relax for a bit before jumping back into the meeting. No matter what event you hold or what you decide to do while you are here, the Linn County Expo Center is a great place to base your group. Ask us about all of Albany’s great venues for meetings, conferences and events.

The Albany Visitors Association is here to help you find the “Handling small to large events, from high tech to the perfect event venue county fair, the Linn County Expo Center meets all of your event needs in Style” in Albany and the -photo courtesy of Linn County Expo surrounding area. To find out more about where to get together and fun things internet and more. Parking is for your group to do while you’re available and all the facilities are here, go to www.albanyvisitors. accessible and comply with the com or contact AVA’s Group Travel American Disabilities Act. Manager at 541-928-0911. We look forward to meeting you. The Linn County Expo Center is

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owntown Albany is an eclectic blend of historic charm and character with a growing mix of trendy businesses in an urban setting. The town of Albany developed on the Willamette River, with steamboats bringing commerce to a thriving

waterfront. Today Downtown Albany is designated a National Register Historic District and includes the best stock of historic buildings in Oregon in a variety of architectural styles, dating to the mid 1800s. Downtown remains the civic, commercial and social

center of Albany, and will greet you with unexpected finds and unusual treasures. We invite you to enjoy the dining, shopping and entertainment Downtown has to offer. The pedestrian-friendly, treelined streets offer a vibrant blend of parks and historic buildings. Tax-free one-of-a-kind shops offer women’s clothing ranging from designer denim to funky vintage, clothes and toys for the kids,

plus all the accessories. Locally owned, independent shops offer pet supplies, antiques, collectibles, home decor, cards, gifts, soaps, books and more! Each of the three museum gift shops carry items that are uniquely Albany. For hobby enthusiasts we have scrap booking, beading, fly tying, ceramic painting and quilting necessities. Let’s not forget the bling! There’s both costume and fine jewelry to

dazzle you. Full service florists carry beautiful cut flowers year-round. And that’s just the start... Downtown Albany has a Saturday Farmers’ Market from April through Thanksgiving, where local area farmers bring in their fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs as well as baked goods and other yummy things to eat. The Local Community Theater produces nine or ten shows a year and has been

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a part of Downtown Albany since 1951. Downtown also holds sidewalk sales and street fairs at various times throughout the year. Annual events include a Quilt show, Side Walk Sales, Movies by Moonlight, Antiques in the Streets, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Community Tree

Lighting, Free Holiday Movie and the Downtown Christmas Parade. Need more time to take it all in? Stay at one of Albany’s great Bed & Breakfast establishments. Albany makes a great base of operations at the center of the Willamette Valley. It is called the Hub of the

Willamette Valley for good reason, from here you can strike out on day trips to the Oregon coast or go back packing in the lush mountain forests. Restaurants, Entertainment, Shopping and Friends. It’s all happening in Historic Downtown Albany!

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Albany Cuisine

In a land so fertile and rich, the Willamette Valley is surely where Oregon’s bounty can be found and in its fields of green, my dinner grows.

By Debbie Lusk “Ask Oregon Willamette Valley Expert”

I love knowing that what I eat grows just a few miles from where I live and farmers and growers tending to that delicious food know that most of us love that idea. Food is an integral part of human survival but how important is locally grown, slow food and homemade to us here? It’s vitally important!

over the world. And now... Albany is beginning to attract a whole new breed of visitors interested in tasting the best food in the state and it’s all found right here where we live, in the Willamette Valley!

NOSH: A Yiddish word meaning to snack, eat a light meal, a small bite or nibble! The Albany Nosh Tours began in June 2010 and they were a hit from the get go! I think we sold

Boasting the most in number and the most in varied styles in all of Oregon, Albany’s historic homes and buildings bring visitors from all



Bring the best of Oregon to your table.

Downtown Albany is just the place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Numerous Downtown restaurants cater to your desires and needs. You will find everything from a nationally recognized bistro to local sandwich shops. Italian cuisine to AllAmerican Burgers. Satisfy your hunger in Historic Downtown Albany. “Novaks’ is a Nosh favorite” -photo courtesy of Debbie Lusk

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them with that Traeger’d prime rib or maybe it was that homemade pasta that Ruby just prepared and filled with brown buttered butternut squash or maybe it was even those delicious Class V burgers or Reubens to go along with the Chili Beer from Calapooia Brewing Co. Who knows and when you are chomping down on a bite of all that is delicious here, it doesn’t really matter, it all just tastes so good! Here in the Willamette Valley, we are quick to state and are proud to acknowledge that we are becoming noticed as one of the best places in Oregon to find great restaurants

and “foodie” experiences. Places like Vault 244 putting the swank in small town Oregon, Calapooia Brewing Company putting us on the big map by making some of the most awesome beer in Oregon and of course our very own Sybaris Bistro, owned by Chef Matt Bennett, a James Beard Foundation award nominee, and his lovely wife Janel. Using local, buying from our nearby farmers and helping support our communities, our restaurateurs and chefs have found the bounties here at home and they know how to use them. So, all of our participating Albany Nosh Tour restaurants

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have single handedly, with our help of course, provided the “it” spot for foodies wanting that “special” Oregon food experience. And, by combining their efforts, expertise and talents, our once again combined efforts have taken locavore to a whole new level. Shopping close to home for the best of the best before the chefs elsewhere even get a whiff of what’s growing, our local chef’s have already planned and prepped their way

in to many hearts and bellies with mouthwatering dishes. On one of our Albany Nosh Tours, be prepared to taste buttered mushrooms on toast or chestnut soup or roast goose breast with apple-sage stuffing and braised red cabbage, cocktails with handcrafted vodka’s, organic muddled mint, locally grown lavender, hops grown in the Willamette Valley hop fields, a burger that was made from cattle that have been

grazing on spent brew grains, and whatever we find our farmers in our local Farmers’ Markets peddling. Then... that delicious meal comes at us in the style the chef was trained, in the flair in the food, the mastery of “the art of food making,” and in the satisfaction in knowing that they, our chef’s, have created something that cannot be found anywhere else. Of course “Oregon Bounty” mostly is saved for use in describing

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food and drink here in Oregon. Of that, we have a plethora of delightful food and drink experiences. Our gardens are filled with veggies, heirloom tomatoes and sweet onions that go great with that local cheese and Pinot Noir we just picked up while horseback riding through wine country last week. Filling smokers with duck and pork all locally raised and roasting them all day for dinner at their restaurants at night all the while, the scents of this deliciousness fills the city. Foraging for mushrooms in our green damp forests, choosing the right wine pairings and deciding on which dessert goes best with the meal of Salmon Cheeks or Spanish Chorizo! It’s all so good! Preparing for these tours is not

really different than what goes on behind the scenes to prepare for a huge crowd coming through the restaurant doors at 5pm. Our chefs thrive on showing off their talents in the kitchen. The beef and pork sizzles on the Traeger; the garlic fills the entire restaurant with such a sweet scent as it’s mixed with butter and served with that steak. Or, the way the mixologist mixes that

“Finalized with an nice Espresso Stout and a sweet dish of Molten Berried Chocolate Lava Cake. Warm, chocolaty, berried up Chambord goodness chased by that stout...oh could something taste so sinfully good!” perfect cocktail and sometimes, it’s quite simply in the way the wait staff explains in great heartfelt detail your whole entire soulful dining experience. It all begins in our chefs’ kitchens here in Albany.

Living in some of the most fertile places in the universe, our food is as important to us as breathing! Local Farmer’s Markets, our gardens growing in our communities, fresh delivered greens, eggs and milk; and being able to watch our cows graze in real grass, our chickens peck at things chickens peck at and being careful to not abuse our waters so our fish can thrive, gives us the best food in the country! Recently, a jerk pork slider was sampled for the Albany Nosh Tour and Cappies Chef Chad Pope said “It will become a regular on the menu.” Well said Chef Pope, now pass me another cold one to go with that pork slider please! Thanks to our chefs, restaurateurs and their knowledge and love of really good food, food tours are quite popular and endear us and our visitors to our beloved Willamette Valley and its bounty.

Pacific Northwest Cuisine is Matt Bennett’s specialty and his restaurant Sybaris in downtown Albany dazzles not only authors, photographers and aspiring chefs, it attracts locals, guests, bicyclists, and “slow food” lovers from all over the region. This is a place that thrives on the entire meaning of “food” in all its forms, shapes and tastes.

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njoy the Great Outdoors of Albany and Surrounding Areas Bowman Park. This wide, paved trail is 1.5 miles each way and offers great views of the Willamette River and the bridges that cross it. This trail is popular for an early morning run or an evening stroll after a memorable meal at one of Albany’s great downtown restaurants. Across the river is the more secluded Takena Landing Trail. Starting at the boat landing heading east, this soft surface path runs along the north side of the Willamette River. With little elevation, this trail is great for young families and four legged friends wanting to “explore” along the 3.0 mile loop.

“The Lower Falls at McDowell Creek Falls Park is a great exercise and photo opportunity” -photo courtesy of Brian Byrd

Albany has much to offer those who are looking to get a little exercise during their visit. From walking or bicycling the path along the banks of the Willamette River to hiking trails leading to stunning waterfalls at the foot of the Cascades, you’re sure to find the challenge you’re looking for with beautiful scenery along the way. Albany is known for having a

rich collection of historic homes and buildings. The best way to really see the beautiful architecture featured throughout Albany’s historic districts is to get out of the car and walk or bicycle along the recommended route in the Seems Like Old Times guide, available at Albany Visitors Association and at our website: www.albanyvisitors. com. The Dave Clark Trail runs along the city side of the Willamette River, beginning at Monteith Park in downtown Albany, ending at

The kids are sure to enjoy a visit to Waverly Lake. Located on Pacific Blvd., a paved path starts at the parking lot and follows the banks of Waverly Lake. This .70 mile loop offers an up close and personal experience with ducks along the path. During the summer months, be sure to ride the paddle boats! Fun for the kiddos and the young at heart, the peddle power boats are available for rent by the half-hour and are sure to give you a great workout as you see Waverly Lake from a different point of view. Timber Linn Park offers a paved path just short of 1.5 miles, perfect for visitors staying at one of the many hotels along Price Road or near the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. DISCOVER ALBANY 2012-2013


RV and Camping “McDowell Creek Falls is a nice place for a hike on a warm summer day” -photo courtesy of Lee Parigo

New for 2012 is Talking Water Gardens, an engineered wetlands located adjacent to Simpson Park near the Willamette River. Since its grand opening in June, the 50 acre Talking Water Gardens offers visitors a chance to see waterfowl, western pond turtles and wild mink just to name a few. Many varieties of native plants and trees can be seen along the two miles of hiking trails with waterfalls and bridges along the way. Talking Water Gardens has won several engineering and environmental awards and is a must stop for Albany visitors interested in wildlife watching. Ready to take it up a notch? McDowell Creek State Park and stunning waterfalls await! Located just 25 miles southeast of Albany, McDowell Creek offers beautiful vistas of Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls from the bridges and viewing decks along the 3 miles of hiking trails of this lush green park. Not up for a tough and long hike? Parking is available close to both falls for those wanting to take in the beauty without overdoing it. What are you waiting for? Get out there and really see what makes Albany and surrounding areas a great place to visit! For more information, contact Albany Visitors Association at info@albanyvisitors. com or 541-928-0911.

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“Kids of all ages enjoy a cool summer swim at Foster Lake near Sunnyside Campgrounds” -photo courtesy of Linn County Parks and Recreation


an RV’er myself, some of the best trips my wife and I have enjoyed were spent camping at events. It is so great to wake up on the festival site, leisurely have morning coffee while listening to announcements over the loudspeaker system of what is on the agenda or to watch hot air balloons lift off right outside your RV and hover magically in a bright blue sky. Take it from me your day can’t begin any better! Some of the events in the area offer on-site camping. But make reservations early as they tend to fill up well in advance. The Oregon Jamboree held each year in Sweet Home, Oregon is August 3rd through the 5th, 2012. It will feature three full days of great country music and will include headliners Wynonna Judd, Rascal Flats and Dierks Bentley. This event offers dry camping at several different locations around town and has shuttle service throughout the festival.

In the middle of a farmer’s field near the quaint little town of Brownsville, Oregon you will find the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival. The festival will run August 17 to 19, 2012 and will feature nationally known talent like Sugarland, Trace Atkins and The Band Perry. Hundreds of campers fill the field and surround the stage for a great weekend of camping fun and entertainment. They have a great stage area or sit at your RV and play cards with friends while listening to the music . . . it’s all good! A new event this year is the Harvest Moon Blues Festival. It will feature many blues groups and is located at Cheadle Lake Park near Lebanon. This festival will be held August 17 to 19 and will include onsite camping. If you missout on the music festivals in 2012, be sure and check for 2013 events.

Linn County has some amazing parks, many situated along rivers, streams and lakes. Several of these parks offer camping options. Clear Lake was recently acquired by the County Parks system. It is located near the “The Sunnyside Campgrounds is a well junction of Highways 20 maintained park on the banks of Foster Lake” and 126. Believed to have -photo courtesy of Linn County Parks been formed by volcanic and Recreation action, this beautiful mountain lake is situated One of Albany, Oregon’s in the Cascades and surrounded signature events, the ATI Wah by natural forests and ancient lava Chang NW Art & Air Festival is flows. The crystal clear waters are a now in its 13th year, August 24-16, great place to catch rainbow trout. 2012. This multi-award winning There are a limited number of camp event features art sales and sites available here and some great demonstrations, live entertainment, cabins . . . make reservations early airplane displays, a car show and since this is a popular lake. hot air balloons. It all takes place in Timber Linn Park and at the adjacent Municipal Airport right along Interstate 5. Saturday night features nationally recognized entertainers – this year 70’s & 80’s band STYX will be on hand to rock the audience with those great favorites “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto.” Bring your RV to this event and you will camp across the street from where the hot air balloons take off each morning. You will be within walking distance of the rest of the event activities or catch one of the shuttles for a short ride to the live entertainment, art sales and great food.

Another Linn favorite is Sunnyside Campground located on Foster Reservoir just off Highway 20. This park has a hundred and fifty five camp sites, most with electric and water hookups. This is a great lake for swimming, fishing and water skiing. If you are looking for a place to park your rig that has more amenities or is a little more “urban,” try one of the local RV parks. Here in Albany there is the Blue Ox and Knox Butte. Both offer one night or long term stays, both are well kept, and both are near Linn County Fair & Expo as well as Timber Linn Park. Then just a few miles southwest of Albany on Highway 34 is the KOA Kampgrounds with lots of amenities, and on summer Saturday nights you can join in hula hoop contests and ice cream socials. For more information on these events, campsites and RV parks visit or ask one of the friendly people at our front desk 541-928-0911.

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“Local Farmers Markets are a great place to get fresh fruits, vegetables and meats” -photo courtesy of Cathy Webb

2012’s featured entertainment will be Styx. On the ground or in the air, this unique award winning threeday event offers fun activities for the whole family. Visit Historic Downtown Albany the Saturday after Labor Day for Antiques in the Streets. Old house parts, antiques, linens, art, furniture and collectibles will line the streets. The street sale runs from 8am through 4pm. This is a great opportunity to spend the day hunting for antiques and trying one of the many fine restaurants in downtown Albany. Each December offers the Christmas Parlour Tour where the parlours of several historic homes are beautifully decorated for the holidays. Museums and Churches are also on tour. The holiday spirit is in the air with entertainment, refreshments, horse drawn wagon and vintage trolley. For more information on these and many other events in the Albany and Linn County area, call to request an event calendar from the Albany Visitors Association at 541-928-0911 or 800-526-2256 or visit the event page on our website at DISCOVER ALBANY 2012-2013


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Oregon Amphitheater Veterans Memorial Park

22 Albany Visitors Association 23 Amtrak/Albany Station 24 Airport



Baha’I Faith

Lochner Rd.

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Bethlehem Lutheran (LCMS)

434 E Grant St.

Calvary Chapel

2815 Pine St. SE



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Crabtree Christian Church First Assembly of God First Christian Church Linn-Benton First Evangelical Church Community College First United Methodist


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Phone: 541-928-9033

KOA Campground 33775 Oakville Road S

Phone: 541-926-1538

Knox Butte RV

125 Expo Parkway

Phone: 541-928-6322 866-890-0519

Blue Ox RV Park 4000 Blue Ox Drive SE


Pfeiffer Cottage Inn

530 Ferry St SW

Phone: 541-926-5696 888-889-0208

Value Inn

3125 Santiam Hwy SE



Super 8

315 Airport Rd

Phone: 541-926-4233 800-466-8356

Phoenix Inn Suites

3410 Spicer Rd SE

Phone: 541-928-0921 800-753-3757

Motel 6

2735 Pacific Blvd SE

Phone: 541-928-8820 800-465-4329

LaQunita Inn 251 Airport Rd

Phone: 541-926-0170

Holiday Inn Express 105 Opal Court SE www.hiexpress/

Phone: 541-928-2053

Econo Lodge

1212 Price Rd SE

Phone: 541-926-4246

Comfort Suites

100 Opal Court

Phone: 541-928-5050 877-545-4167

Budget Inn

2727 Pacific Blvd. SE

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“Montieth House” -photo courtesy of Oliver Anderson

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