We love to hear nice things about our community and share what others have to say about their visit here. Lately we’ve had a few shout-outs from new friends and old. Listen to what they have to say about some of our favorite local places.
June Russell-Chamberlin contacted us to borrow a few photos to go along with her article for playstayeat.com opening her story with these kind words:
“City culture, small-town charm and outdoor adventure come together in the Willamette Valley and create a variety of fun things to do. With forests and waterways just a short drive from almost any town, it’s no surprise that residents enthusiastically embrace outdoor recreation.” Read more: https://playstayeat.com/willamette-valley-south-overview/
206 ½ Historic Hotel was one of her stops. “Once lodging for wives of GIs at Camp Adair during World War II, today the private bedrooms and communal spaces of the 206 ½ Historic Hotel in downtown Albany, Oregon, draw guests who delight in connecting with other travelers.” Read more: https://playstayeat.com/willamette-valley-south-stay/
The temptation is real! “In addition to carrying breakfast and lunch classics, Brick & Mortar Cafe tempts diners with twists on traditional breakfast fare. Enjoy classic eggs benedict, or savor eggs benedict topped with Oregon bay shrimp, spinach and dill Hollandaise sauce.” Read more: https://playstayeat.com/willamette-valley-south-eat/
Here’s what she had to say about Sweet Red Bistro: “Exposed brick, glossy dark wood and fanciful chandeliers set the stage for cocktails and romantic dinners at Sweet Red Bistro in downtown Albany, Oregon. Start the evening with tapas or the indulgent cheese and charcuterie board and a wine tasting.” Read more: https://playstayeat.com/willamette-valley-south-eat/
Her overall sentiment depicts Albany as a delightful town with nearby adventures and well worth making a regular stop.
“Known as ‘The Gem of the Willamette Valley,’ Albany, Oregon, is in the heart of the Southern Willamette Valley’s fertile farmland. Locals know how to make the most of the local bounty with farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning craft beverages, including beer, wine, artisan cider and distilleries.” Read more: https://playstayeat.com/willamette-valley-south-overview/#FarmtoTable_Food,_History_Craft_Beverages_in_Albany
We asked our friends at NW Travel and Life to put together a few inspirational words about Albany for the season. Veronika Patrashko was inspired by the location, color, history and bounty our area has to offer. She summed up her first impression in such an endearing way: “Pack a getaway full of history, family fun and wine country adventures in one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets: Albany, Oregon. Whether you’re planning an overnight, a long weekend or a full vacation, this historic destination in the hub of wine country has you covered. Located just over an hour from Portland, Albany sits center stage for an easy-access change of pace.” Read more: https://nwtravelmag.com/discover-oregons-best-kept-secrets-in-albany/
Next, Veronika put together a lovely itinerary that is easy to follow, taking advantage of roads less traveled, wide open spaces and natural beauty any time of year but particularly colorful in the fall. Read more: https://nwtravelmag.com/celebrate-fall-in-albany-oregon/
Travel Oregon’s Jen Anderson tempts her audience with a must-see list of Oregon’s Food Trail stops including Albany’s own Frankie’s restaurant in her article titled: Cozy Cool-Weather Patios for Outdoor Dining Willamette Valley section. “Dine on excellent farm-to-table fare like Willapa Bay fried oysters, crispy pork-belly fries and vegan red-curry tofu on the heated patio at Frankie’s in Albany.”
We are thrilled to have these writers share their perspectives and hope you will take their advice and come by the next time you’re up for a visit.