Capture autumn photos in these scenic Albany locations

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to visit to capture pictures during autumn, look no further than the most scenic spots in Albany. Here, the month of November boasts beautiful bright-colored leaves creating an orange and red color backdrop. There’s a myriad of picturesque places to snap photos, but local Albany-based photographers have shared some of their favorites.

By Tori Thorp

Photo taken by Troutman Photography at Bryant Park

Troutman photography, a business run by Clare and Daniel Troutman, is located in the heart of historic downtown Albany, and they’re no strangers to seeking out the best spots for every season. 

Clare Troutman recommends heading to downtown Albany starting November 4, when there will be lights strung up in the streets for the holidays, and the shops will have holiday decorations displayed in their windows. 

Another Downtown spot Clare recommends is the Promenade, a spot between 1st and 2nd avenues, where the combination of lights and colors make wonderful portraits. 

“They’re gonna have strong lights, and they’ll have the glow from the theatre in front of them,” Clare said. 

As for more nature-based shots, Clare has two go-to parks during the fall. The first is Bryant Park, where there’s a spot along the Calapooia River where one of Albany’s iconic landmarks, the Ellsworth Street Bridge, rises in the background. The river, coupled with the bridge, makes for a memorable snapshot at any time of the year.                         

The second park is Timber-Linn Memorial Park. For the next few weeks, the trees at Timber-Linn will continue to change colors to the oranges, reds and yellows of fall. In the summer, Timber Linn remains a great photo spot with its green and bright landscape.

Albany’s covered bridges have long been a destination for unique and rustic looking photos, but the addition of fall-colored leaves make pictures taken here especially breathtaking. According to Albany photographer Don Backer, the patterns and old textured material of the bridges make for great shots. 

“Moon over Hoffman Covered Bridge” by Lori Norton

Backer recommends using old brick buildings downtown as a photo background for the same reason, old materials that add texture to the photos. If you’re downtown, you can head to Monteith Riverpark, where a sidewalk trail that Backer says can produce interesting photos as you begin your walk. At the end of the trail there is a mural that makes for a great photo as well. 

Additionally, Backer mentions that the myriad of family farms that can be found in and around Albany make for excellent season-specific photos, with features like corn mazes and pumpkin patches that can make beautiful backdrops, as well as provide a fun time. 

Backer also suggests taking a walk through Albany’s historic districts to find the spots that look the most interesting to you. The many historic homes provide great year-round photos.

“Cloudy Winter Afternoon” by Lori Norton

Photographer Melinda Martin advises photo-seekers to explore the farms of Linn County on which there are barns and pastoral scenes to capture. She also says that further up on Highway 20 along the Santiam River there are scenic areas and hikes that make for great pictures. 

Videographer and photographer Cameron Settlemier is knowledgeable about the trees in the Willamette Valley and the time during the fall when they are most vibrant. This time of year, he recommends photographers visit McDowell Creek Falls just outside of Lebanon, where the maple trees produce a vibrant background. Settlemier also says the Eighth Street canal between Washington and Broadalbin in Albany produces wonderful scenery, as well as other locations up and down the banks of the Calapooia River, Marys River, Yaquina River, South Thomas Creek and other waterways sporting a range of trees with unique colors of fall.

Settlemier mentions that short day trips outside of Albany may produce some beautiful fall pictures. On the coast, Vine Maple trees grow in abundance, and have vibrant red leaves in the fall. Other day trip destinations not far from Albany where you may find fall colors include: the Columbia River Gorge, the eastern edge of Hood River, and other locations in Philomath and Corvallis.

Albany has great places to grab a fall-themed coffee

By Tori Thorp

Coffee lovers celebrated International Coffee Day Oct. 1, but if you missed it, fear not! You can still grab a steaming fall-flavored mug at one of Albany’s many locally owned coffee shops. Here are just a few options.

Checking out a matcha latte at Margin Coffee. Photo by Melinda Martin
  1. Margin Coffee: 206 2nd Ave. SW, Albany, OR 9732

Margin’s matcha latte is the talk of downtown Albany, and for a limited time they’re carrying seasonal fall flavors! Margin’s harvest season drinks include apple cider, cardamom lattes, honeybadger lattes (honey with cayenne pepper), and sugar and spice lattes. If you’re looking for something fresh and delicious to pair with your coffee order, try their raspberry, chipotle and goat cheese croissant!

  1. Citadel Oasis: 425 1st Ave. W, Albany, OR 97321

The Citadel Oasis is the newest addition to Albany’s cafe scene, and they do much more than coffee if you’re looking for a fun meal out. For their seasonal flavors they have pumpkin muffins, cookies, and peppermint flavored espresso drinks. On October 23rd, they’ll be hosting a wine and paint night for $40 per person, and every Friday at 7 p.m. they host Friday night magic. Stop by anytime during their hours for board games and delicious food and drinks!

  1. The Brim Coffee Co: 241 1st Ave. W, Albany, OR 97321

The Brim Coffee Company, located on 1st Avenue, is a cozy place to escape a cold day and sipa hot cup of coffee. The Brim offers many options, including their lavender and vanilla London fogs! This season they have  delicious fall flavors to add to your latte, including mocha, Americano or chai: maple, toasted marshmallow, brown sugar cinnamon, and pumpkin pie!

  1. Little Wuesten Cafe: 115 Ellsworth St. SW

Nominated as one of the best bakeries in the valley, Little Wuesten Cafe is an excellent spot to grab a bite to eat with the accompaniment of hot coffee. For breakfast, try one of their pretzel breakfast sandwiches, or stop by for a loaf of Zwetschgen-Ingwer Brot, a delicious bread made with fresh prunes and almonds. They also carry all the classic coffee options, so you can have your snack or meal with your favorite. 

  1. Pacific Perk: 1421 Pacific Blvd SE, Albany, OR 9732 and 350 NW Hickory St.

Pacific Perk is a drive-through coffee shop for those who love flavor– and they have plenty of them! This coffee shop offers a variety of unique flavors, including specialty coffee like their candy bar flavored menu, which has options such as Butterfinger, Three Musketeers, Twix, and more. Keep an eye out for their fall and winter options like the pumpkin spice latte! Visit one of their two locations to check out their extensive menu options. 

  1. Snow Peak Coffee Co: 1260 Price Rd. SE, Albany, OR 97321

Snow Peak Coffee, another drive-through shop located near Timber Linn Memorial Park, is offering some October specials! Their fun fall flavors include:

  • “Spooky Latte”: pumpkin spice and toasted marshmallow.
  • “Full Moon Mocha”: white chocolate and irish cream.
  • “Candy Apple Red Bull”: green apple and caramel drizzle. 
  • “Midnight Red Bull”: blue raspberry and blackberry. 

Stop by soon for one of these uniquely fall-themed pick-me-ups!

Albany has many more coffee shop options to choose from, including: 

  • Brown Cow Coffee Company
  • Mill Town Coffee
  • The Human Bean 
  • Sidekicks by Pastega 
  • Allann Bros. Coffee
  • Spirit Espresso
  • Dutch Bros
  • Starbucks

For a complete list of Albany coffee shops and their locations, click here

Looking for a treat to accompany your coffee? Stop by Natural Sprinkles Co. at 202 2nd Ave. SW to try one of their fall themed pastries such as the caramel apple sugar cookie, a pumpkin chai cupcake, or pumpkin cheesecake brownies!

Photos by Brett Murphy

Get into the spirit with Halloween events

Get into the spirit of Halloween in and around Albany with several events planned for this fall with haunted corn mazes, trick or treat activities and other fun, or just enjoy getting out on crisp days to stroll through several farmers’ markets during the month of October.

COVID-19 restrictions may remain in effect for some sites and events, so call ahead when possible, check the Calendar of Events at the Albany Visitors Association website,, or call the AVA at 541-928-0911. Keep an eye on the AVA Calendar of Events for changes and any new events or activities.

Here are a few fun activities you and your family won’t want to miss:

Find your own special pumpkin patch this Halloween season.
Photo by Nancy Hunt

The Albany Downtown Association/Movies at Monteith is sponsoring a Downtown Halloween Scavenger Hunt, from Oct. 25 through Oct. 30. A fun activity for the whole family, be on the lookout for Halloween images displayed on windows throughout downtown for a chance to win a movie night prize basket to the Pix Theater! Entry forms/coloring sheets will be available for download here or at the ADA website. Forms can also be picked up at the ADA office, 126 Ferry St. SW. Then, head out on your hunt! When you are done, head down to the ADA and drop it off before midnight on Oct. 30. Happy hunting! As an added bonus, kids can dress up and have their photo taken while at the ADA (and score a piece of candy in the process!) to enter the Facebook Costume Contest. Office hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a special time of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. NOTE: Some businesses downtown are offering candy to their customers, but the ADA is not sponsoring a Downtown Trick or Treat.

For more information, visit or call Albany Downtown Association at (541) 928-2469.

The Trolley of Terror will not be stalking the streets of Albany this year. Instead, the Monteith Historical Society is holding the Monteith Historical Ghost Walk on Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Experience the most “spirited” tales told by lanternlight. Cost is $5 per person, and children in strollers will be admitted free. Four tours leave every 15 minutes each night beginning at 7 p.m. from the Monteith House, 518 2nd Ave. W., and are limited to 15 people each. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight. Brave souls can register online at, or by calling 541-220-0421. Tours take about 45 minutes.

Get those costumes ready and decorate your vehicle! Join Albany Parks & Recreation for a Trick-or-Treat Cruise-Thru, presented by Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union. Trick-or-treat from the safety of your car at Timber-Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Rd. SE. Every child attending must be registered by Oct. 15. A registration receipt will be required to be admitted into the park. You can sign up online at or by calling 541-917-7777.

Here is a list of more places to visit and events to take in during the Halloween season:

Farms and fun

Davis Family Farm: Take hayrides to the pumpkin patch and enjoy cider and donuts throughout October. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 4380 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. For cost and other details call 541-752-0697.

Midway Farms: Enjoy fresh apple cider and other delicious fare at this dedicated gluten-free family farm at 6980 NW Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bose Family Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze: The name says it all! Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. 35765 Cyrus Road NE, Albany.

The Melon Shack: The Day Corn Maze, beginning Sept. 24 and ongoing daily 10 a.m. top 6 p.m. through Oct. 31, is a highlight, plus pumpkins and fresh donuts! NE Garden Ave. at NE Highway 20, Corvallis. For info go to their Facebook page or call 541-243-4152.

Kenagy Family Farm: Kenagy farm has pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, decorative corn and corn stalks, and all of the proceeds go to charity! Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to dusk and Sunday 11 a.m. to dusk. 541-979-1490.

Don’t forget about your Albany Farmers’ Market to find your perfect already picked pumpkin with a large variety to carve, cook, or bake it in a pie, along with all the other tasty harvest treats our valley has to offer. The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Also available are:
Corvallis Farmers Market: open 9 am-1 pm, NW First Street and NW Jackson Avenue
Lebanon Downtown Farmers’ Market: open 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through October. Corner of Main and Grant streets.
Sweet Home Farmers’ Market: open 2 to 6 p.m.

Thompson’s Mills cider pressings: Come and help press the apples on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then take home some delicious, fresh cider. Cost is a $5 contribution per half-gallon. And while you are there, take a tour of the last operating water-powered mill in Oregon. The mill, 32655 Boston Mill Drive, 2 miles east of Shedd, is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except major holidays) for guided or self-guided tours. Masks are required. If you can’t make to the pressing but still want to enjoy some cider, call 541-654-2052 to reserve a jug.

Monteith Living History Saturdays: 1 to 3 p.m., all Saturdays in October at the Monteith House, 518 2nd Ave. SW. Step into 1850 at the Historic Monteith House with exciting activities like, woodworking, pioneer doll making, baking biscuits, making butter and many other family friendly activities! To register in advance, or for more information, call 541-220-0421. A suggested donation of $8 covers the cost of materials.


Fall Fiber Fest at Iron Water Ranch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct 23-24, at Iron Water Ranch, 35179 Riverside Dr., Albany. Multiple vendors will offer a variety of fibers to stock up on for the coming cooler weather.  Raw wool, roving and locks, yarn and felted pieces will all be available. A little something for everyone.

More spooky fun

Tennessee Thunder Railroad: Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. in October, 37672 KGAL Drive, Lebanon. Cost is $7 adults, $6 kids 2-12, and under 2 admitted free. Masks are required. Admission also gets you access to the pumpkin patch, fall themed photo backdrops and 4 acres to roam. For information, 458-223-0258.

2021 BOOzy Express: 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. Get into the Halloween “spirit” with this 21-and-over event. Dress up in your favorite costume and rock the night away on this 2-hour ride and enjoy heavy appetizers, music and a full bar! COVID guidelines apply on board the train. 

Haunted House at Morningstar Grange: 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30; and 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 17, 24, 31. Cost is $5 per person, cash or card, and proceeds will benefit the Grange and local charities. Masks are required. The Grange is located at 38794 Morningstar Grange Rd., Albany. For information, call 541-666-0410.

ACT Production of “Dracula”: Bram Stoker’s famous novel comes to life at Albany Civic Theater, 111 1st Ave. SW; evening performances 7:30 p.m., matinees 2:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 23, 24(m), 28, 29, 30. Admission $14, (discount $11). Get tickets online at 45 minutes before curtain.

Trunk or Treat: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, Albany Boys & Girls Club, 1215 Hill St. SE. Save the date for this fun event! Volunteers handing out candy from the trunks of their vehicles will be located in the Teen Center/Indoor Soccer field parking lot at the Club. Dress up and get ready to see some decked-out trunks.

Talking Water Gardens is waiting for you

By Molly Miller

Would you like to stretch your legs, inhale fresh air and walk in solitude as lush greenery and fall colors surround you?

I have the spot for you.

Talking Water Gardens offers solitude on warm fall days. Most of the vegetation is comprised of native plants. Photo by Molly Miller

Late summer and early fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy all of those things, and what better place to experience them than Talking Water Gardens in Albany.

Social distancing? Two miles of soft bark and light gravel footpaths offer plenty of room to safely stroll amid rainbow colors of seasonal foliage and the peaceful sound of cascading waterfalls.

Talking Water Gardens is a manufactured wetland that uses a natural process to cool treated wastewater before releasing it into the Willamette River. The water flows through a series of ponds and waterfalls, creating a wonderfully lush environment. Families come. Singles or couples wander. Birders stroll, stop, stroll. Actually “stroll and stop” is the most observed way of exploring in the park.

Most of the trails are wheelchair accessible. Pets are allowed on leashes.

While salmon and steelhead benefit from the cooler water that the wetland provides, people and wildlife find other rewards. Walk through the gates and you find that electronics do not hold sway. In their place are birds calling, water rushing and cattails whispering with the wind.

This is where you can turn your face to the sky and your feet to the gentle path and take in some of the unusual details of the area. The path leads walkers to one such detail alongside a canal that follows the length of the Weeping Wall, the former loading dock of the Simpson plywood mill that previously occupied this land. During warmer months when the area is running at full capacity, water cascades over the wall into the canal.

The Weeping Wall, exposed during a low-water cycle, and canal.
Photo by Molly Miller

The summer season, with its higher temperatures, requires cooler water be delivered to the Willamette, so the ponds will be full.

Winter allows time for maintenance, cleaning, repair and replanting of vegetation. At this time a visitor will often see some drained ponds or waterways, and the Weeping Wall might be dry, revealing the old mill’s loading dock.

Beaver, mink, turtles, frogs, migrating ducks and hundreds of species of birds of different colors join the mostly native plant species inside the wetland.

“We work to ensure that as many plants native to Oregon are used in our natural treatment systems,” said Joe Deardorff, the Natural Treatment Systems Specialist for the City of Albany Public Works.

While Deardorff’s current focus is ensuring native vegetation renewal, his work includes an understanding of both plants and wildlife and how they interact in the environment. He is familiar with the inhabitants that make their home within the wetland.

“Beavers do live in the park,” says Deardorff, who added that although beaver dams are not easily visible to visitors, gnawing marks on trees give clues of beaver being present.

Gnawed tree stumps are a beaver’s calling card.
Photo by Molly Miller

Although beavers, being more nocturnal, are elusive, plenty of sunning turtles and jumping frogs are viewable in the summer and early fall. Repeat visitors can watch baby ducks grow in increments over the spring and summer. Bird calls, which can be identified by apps, are heard on the trails at all times of the year.

Adventurers of all ages – whether they be locals or people from around the state, the country or the world – are drawn to this area, including tech professionals from other countries who want to replicate a similar model.

Roughly 60,000 visitors visit Talking Water Garden yearly. It is open daily, sunrise to sunset, so please come and add your footprint to this path of nature and sustainability!

If You Go

For more about Talking Water Gardens, located at 577 Waverly Dr. NE, in Albany, click here. It is free and open to the public 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. To get there, follow Front Avenue east past the Albany Millersburg Water Reclamation Facility until it turns into Waverly Drive, which dead ends at Talking Water.

Molly Miller is a freelance writer who loves to share travel and history adventures in Oregon.

Harvest time is a great time to have fun

Fall is just around the corner and harvest activities will be ripe for the picking for those with plans for fun and adventure.

Photo by Dan Bateman

COVID-19 restrictions may remain in effect for some sites and events, so call ahead where possible, check the Calendar of Events at the Albany Visitors Association website,, or call the AVA at 541-928-0911. Keep an eye on the AVA Calendar of Events for changes and any new events or activities.

Here are a few harvest events and places to visit you can enjoy with your family this fall:

Thompson’s Mills cider pressings
The mill, located in Shedd, will hold its cider pressing events after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. Come and help press the apples, then take home some delicious, fresh cider. And while you are there, take some time to tour Thompsons Mills, the last operating water-powered mill in Oregon. Dates are Sept. 18, Oct. 9 and Oct. 30. Times are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Farmers Markets
Fresh produce, fish, meat, and other tasty fare are available at several Farmers’ Market locations around the mid-valley. Albany’s is the oldest continuous market in Oregon and is open 9 am to 1 p.m. Saturdays through November. It is located at Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street next to City Hall. Visit the website here.

Also available are:
Corvallis Farmers Market: open 9 am-1 pm, NW First Street and NW Jackson Avenue
Lebanon Downtown Farmers’ Market: open 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through October. Corner of Main and Grant streets.
Sweet Home Farmers’ Market: open 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through September; corner of 12th Avenue and Kalmia Street.

Bridges, Bikes & Brews
This first-ever event, set in Scio on Saturday, Sept. 18, will include self-guided covered-bridge biking tours, guided van tours, live music, food trucks, local breweries and more. Proceeds will go toward new Fairgrounds Event Center, to be built in or near Scio. Check-in for the bike event will be 7:30 to 9 a.m., and fairgrounds activities begin at 10 a.m. Go here for more information.

Albany Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Don’t miss the first annual Albany Scottish Festival & Highland Games for a day of food, music, and heavy-throwing events on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Timber-Linn Memorial Park. For information visit Facebook Albany Scottish Festival.

Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail

Find a bounty of businesses with harvest ideas for the fall in the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail brochure, which is available at the Albany Visitors Association, or on its website at Find restaurants featuring locally sourced food – such as Sybaris or Frankies – or visit a farm to take advantage of seasonal produce, fun activities or even stay the night. And don’t forget to peruse our long list of vineyards for an afternoon of tasting in the beautiful countryside or locate a cozy brewpub to enjoy finely crafted beers and the tasty menu items many of them have to offer. Can’t decide what to do? Then use one of three itineraries provided in the brochure to get a few interesting ideas on how to spend the day around our little corner of the Willamette Valley.

An inside look at some houses on the 2021 Summer Historic Homes tour

Scroll down to see a few images from homes on the 2021 Summer Historic Homes Tour, held Saturday, July 31, in Albany.



The comfortable front porch of the Blain House.


The Jerry Andrus House, also known as The Keyhole House.
The stairwell of the Jerry Andrus House.
From left, Jerry & George Andrus work on an illusion.


Enjoy family friendly fun as activities return

Activities abound through August and into September in and around Albany, with plenty of family friendly fun to be enjoyed – from concerts to carnivals to antiques in the streets.

Since Covid restrictions have eased, many of our favorite events have returned. But be aware that some social distancing protocols may still apply. Before attending an event, call ahead or check websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date information.

Here are a few outstanding activities to experience:

Summer Sounds: Monday concert series at Monteith Riverpark in Albany, 7 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Aug. 2 – Arietta Ward; Aug. 9 – The Coats; Aug. 16 – Stone in Love. Information:

River Rhythms: Albany’s popular Thursday evening concert series at Monteith Riverpark, 7 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Aug. 5 – Smash Mouth; Aug. 12 – John Michael Montgomery. Information:

Movies at Monteith: Friday night flicks at Monteith Riverpark, sponsored by the Albany Downtown Association, Albany Parks and Rec and The Pix Theatre. Movies start at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Cost: Free. Dates are Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Featured movies TBA. https:// Information: Go to Movies at Monteith Facebook page.

The Great Platypus Drop: 3 p.m., Aug. 21. A fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, 10,000 rubber “platypuses” will be dropped from the sky onto a large target at Swanson Park. The platypus landing closest to the bullseye will win the grand prize (or any one of 14 other prizes)! Adopt a platypus for $5. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the Habitat office (call 541-967-4030) and the day of the event. Information:

Carnival at the Carousel: Have some old-fashioned fun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Historic Carousel & Museum. There will be carousel rides, carnival games, a cake walk, face painting, balloon art and much, much more. Admission is free, but carnival game tickets are 25 cents each. Information:

Thompson’s Mills Cider Pressing: The friendly people out at Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site near Shedd have set four dates for pressing apples: Sept. 18, Oct. 9 and Oct. 30. Come and join the fun and take home some delicious, fresh apple cider.

Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show: Come browse for antique treasure among more than 50 vendors through the streets of Downtown Albany, then check out some outstanding automobiles at the Classic Car Show. Sponsored by the Albany Antique Mall. Admission is free. Proceeds from vendor fees benefit a local non-profit. Information:

Other ideas: Albany Beer Run (Sept. 11); Albany Scottish Festival (Sept. 18).

These are just a few of the great events happening in the Albany area into September. For more, check out the Calendar of Events at

2021 Albany Summer Historic Homes Exterior Tour

(Scroll down for ticket and scavenger hunt form downloads, and other information.)

The 2021 Summer Homes Tour is set for July 31, and because of lingering Covid-19 precautions we will once again be staying outside for an exterior view of some Albany’s beautiful homes, their porches and yards.

And, like the previous summer, the tour will be free. But don’t let that stop you from opening your pocketbooks to lend a hand. In past years, proceeds from ticket sales went to upkeep and administration of the Monteith House Museum, Albany’s first frame house built in 1849. Since the pandemic started, this will be the third tour offered free of charge. In order to give the Monteith House a boost, please consider giving a donation. Normally the price of a ticket is $15, but any amount will be greatly appreciated.

The Monteith House. Photo by Oliver J. Anderson


Contact-free donations can be made with your credit or debit card using our online payment option here:
( Please note: you don’t have to have your own Paypal account to use this)

Enter the dollar amount you wish to donate:



If you prefer donations can also be made at the Albany Visitors Association office, 110 3rd Ave. SE, or on the day of the tour at the ticket table in front of the AVA. Checks can be made payable to the “Monteith Historical Society” and mailed to the AVA, PO Box 965, Albany, Oregon 97321, or  other donation arrangements can be made by emailing us at

The tour will consist of a self-guided event that will feature a walk-by of 6 homes (and a few yards will be open as well) and other historic buildings with the help of a ticket with a map. The publication Seems Like Old Times and/or the Albany Explorer app, which is sponsored by Hospitality Vision and the Albany Visitors Association, are nice companion pieces for your walk around town.

Getting Tickets

Here’s how it works. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021, and will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can download a ticket and map (see image and link below) or pick them up on the day of the tour, beginning at 10 a.m. outside the front door of the AVA, along with a copy of Seems Like Old Times, which provides self-guided tours, details about the homes and some fun and interesting information about Albany and its historic districts.

For photos from the inside of a few of the homes, click here.

Scavenger Hunt (To download or print a form, go to end of this story)

In addition, while taking the tour visitors can be on the lookout for architectural details that will be included in a scavenger hunt. Find the required items, such as beautiful woodwork detail or an interesting door, and mark it on the ballot. Return the completed ballot to the AVA at the end of the day (either to the volunteers or into the mail slot) and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Albany Explorer App

For the tech savvy, the Albany Explorer app is available to download free at Google Play for Android and iStore for Apple. It includes maps to three of Albany’s historic districts, where to dine, spend the night and other details about Albany and the surrounding area. And since visitors won’t be allowed inside the houses, a few homeowners have provided images of the inside of their homes for people to enjoy. They will be available the day of the tour on

More details about what will be available on the tour will be announced as the tour date approaches. Check the website for updates.

4th of July Weekend

The Covid-19 pandemic and high fire danger continue to put a crimp in some traditional 4th of July celebrations, but there are many interesting and fun activities for you and your family to enjoy over the holiday.

Due to fire concerns and budget constraints, Albany will not be holding a fireworks display this holiday.

Two events that are open to the general public are the Fabulous, Fantastic, All-American, Everyone-Can-Join Fourth of July Parade in Corvallis and Fireworks Night. Parade participants are asked to assemble July 4th at 9:30 a.m. on Eighth Street Between Monroe and Madison Avenues. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Star-Spangled Banner, sung by a community member. Dress up or come as you are. It takes about a half hour to walk.

Saturday, July 3, 7:15 p.m., the Oregon State Credit Union presents Fireworks Night at  Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, 430 Southwest Langton Place, Corvallis, OR 97331. For information go here.

Some of our small neighboring communities are holding Independence Day celebrations but they are asking to keep them local this year. Please respect their wishes and honor our country in a respectful way. We look forward to celebrating together in the future in a big way.

Harrisburg still honors our nation’s birthday today much the way it was done a hundred years ago. They are making this celebration with fireworks even more local this year, due to restrictions. Go here for more information.

Lebanon is also hosting fireworks and community members are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks from the safety of their homes. No parking or gathering will be allowed at Cheadle Lake Park, on the trails throughout Cheadle Lake, or the surrounding areas. Go here for more information.

Here are some other ideas for you and your family to consider:

Photo by Christine Withers

Picnic – Grab some favorite to-go fare or make that chicken and potato salad yourself. Then fill the cooler and head out to your favorite spot. Bring your favorite game and make an afternoon of it. Maybe drive out to one of Linn County’s majestic Covered Bridges and find a nice location. Larwood Bridge is next to Roaring River Park where you can cool off in Crabtree Creek, or head up to McDowell Creek Park just northeast of Lebanon and enjoy the waterfalls.

Fishing – Albany has three good lakes to explore, and area rivers and streams are just waiting for you to try your luck. Click here here for more information.

Paddle Boats – The Waverly Lake Paddle Boats are a great way to enjoy a sunny day on the water and get a little exercise at the same time. Schmooze with Albany’s unofficial ambassador, Waverly Duck, or just get in a few laps for fun. Go here for more information

Cool! Pool – The Cool! Pool is open! But reserve your spot soon as only 50 people per time slot are allowed. To register and set reservations, go here.

Hiking and Biking – Albany has several miles of walking and biking paths. Come to the AVA for a map or go online here to plot your course.

Personal fireworks and safety

At the center of all 4th of July celebrations is the use of personal fireworks, and this year will be no different. But because of heightened concerns over fire danger people are asked to take great care when using them. And, please, use legal fireworks only. Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies more than six feet into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground.  Bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon.

For a list of safety tips from the Albany Fire Department, click here.

Camping safety

If you plan to go camping or get out for the day on state or federal lands, please leave the fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited in national parks and forests, on Bureau of Land Management lands, U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties, state beaches, in state parks and in state campgrounds.

Authentically Albany Rewards Giveaway

There are so many great reasons to support local businesses. And while you’re at it, enter the Authentically Albany Rewards Giveaway. There might just be a $100 reward for you!

You can support Albany business owners by shopping in their stores, eating in their restaurants and using their services. Show us who you shop with!

Short on cash? You can help in other ways without spending money.

  • If you’re on social media, like their Facebook and Instagram pages, share their posts. Comment on things you like.
  • When you find something you like at a specific store or a favorite new menu item or beverage – tell someone about it! Word of mouth goes a long way!
  • Enter our #AuthenticallyAlbany Rewards Giveaway. Take a photo of your favorite store, purchase or proprietor in Albany. Tell us about it and tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #AuthenticallyAlbany. You will be entered to win a $100 gift card from one of our Albany businesses. Not on social media? No problem, send us an email photo or drop it by the AVA office with your comments and we will enter for you.


Respond to social media posts by AVA. Follow us on all our social platforms and watch for our giveaway posts.

1. When you see a giveaway post, Like the post, tag a friend and answer the question in the comments.

2. Shop or dine and email your receipts to

3. Share your own Albany adventure or outing. Shop, dine, gather, or explore any of Albany’s unique experiences. Share a photo and a caption, tag a friend and use the hashtags #authenticallyAlbany and #myAlbanystory

Bonus entry: ENTER TO WIN HERE

4. Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter. Not only will you be entered in the Authentically Albany Rewards Giveaway, you will get fun travel ideas delivered to your inbox each month.

Each week, we’ll pick a winner at random to win a $100 gift card courtesy of The Albany Visitors Association. You can enter in any or all of the ways above and there’s a new chance to win every week.

Many local shops are still offering online options and can ship directly to your house, so you can still support local with the convenience and safety of online shopping.

The AVA is supporting local businesses by purchasing gift certificates and will choose a winner each

week for 14 weeks.

Questions? Reach out and connect (541) 928-0911 or stop by 110 3rd Ave SE, Albany Oregon 97321.

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15th Annual Photography Contest
- See the winners of the 15th Annual Albany Photography Contest