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22 Must-Visit Culinary Pit Stops in Oregon

From vineyards to drive-ins, creameries to farms, experience Oregon’s sustainable and seasonal food spots.

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Up and down the Willamette Valley, reaching out to the Oregon Coast, the Columbia River Gorge, and everywhere in between, Oregon’s diverse landscapes offer a bounty of produce, seafood, and more. Many shops are fierce champions of local wares and stock culinary products from around the state, but this collection of exceptional eateries are worth a personal visit.

Sustainability and seasonality are hallmarks of Oregon’s food and drink purveyors, many of which have been honing their craft for decades. Oregon’s mark on the dining world is strong enough that the state has been a destination for food-lovers across the country and Top Chef’s current season, season 18 (which was filmed in Portland), features top culinary destinations and chefs statewide. So, whether you’re squeezing in a day trip or indulging in an extended stay, this guide will point you to some of Oregon’s best culinary spots, overseen by folks who are happy to share their expertise.

The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. Some spots are offering indoor and outdoor dining with capacity regulations and social distancing, while others are focusing on only takeout and delivery. This should not be taken as an endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge

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1190 Pacific Dr
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
(503) 436-1108
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With a view of the iconic Haystack Rock, The Wayfarer is the perfect place to take in Cannon Beach’s sandy shores. Enjoy the lovely sea breeze while dining al fresco on the patio or soak in the oceanfront view from the indoor dining room. The landmark restaurant features coastal cuisine like crispy Willapa Bay oysters and the Wayfarer Clam Bake (a feast of Dungeness crab legs, local Manila clams, wild white prawns, andouille, red potatoes, and corn tossed in Old Bay butter). Wash everything down with beer from the Cannon Beach brewery Public Coast, or select one of the whiskey lounge’s signature cocktails by celebrated bartender Nathan Gerdes. The restaurant is open at 50% capacity and accommodates guests on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. Nevør Shellfish Farm

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6060 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 812-5071
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Weekend warriors know to stop by Nevør on the way to their coastal day trip destination for some of the freshest seafood Oregon offers. Chef Jacob Harth took over Nevør’s kitchen last fall, slinging delicacies like mackerel crudo, uni toast, and BBQ oysters from a modest seafood shack. The eatery is open 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, but the menu usually sells out well before closing time. Order online to secure your seafood bag.

3. Kelly's Brighton Marina LLC

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29200 US-101
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136
(503) 368-5745
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Located in Nehalem Bay just north of Rockaway Beach, the marina is the coast’s premier spot for crabbing and fishing. The site also offers tent camping, RV parking, and more, making it an ideal one-stop shop for folks who like an all-inclusive destination. Kelly’s has 15-foot boats available for rent to try your luck at a fresh catch, but also stocks tanks of live seafood for the less ambitious. Kelly “The Crab Man” Laviolette’s passion for the crustacean shines — he and his staff are eager to share their extensive knowledge about the art of catching Dungeness crab. Tent camping is first-come, first-serve, but reservations for the RV park are available.

A lime-green crabbing boat is docked in front of a wooden house that’s home to the marina.
The view of Kelly’s Brighton Marina from the dock.

4. Tillamook Creamery

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4165 N Hwy 101
Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 815-1300
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At this creamery’s modern barn facility, guests can take a self-guided tour through interactive exhibits outlining Tillamook’s process of creating delicious dairy treats. Walk around the observation deck, which overlooks the factory floor, to get a bird’s eye view of the cheesemaking process before stocking up on reserve cheeses at the factory’s large gift shop. The shop also features a bevy of Oregon-made products to round out a charcuterie board. The creamery is open seven days a week at limited capacity. Food and ice cream are available to-go only, so grab yourself some Tillamook fried cheese curds, classic mac n’ cheese, and a scoop of Oregon Hazelnut Salted Caramel ice cream before you leave. Savvy guests can beat the weekend lines by ordering ahead here.

5. 4 Spirits Distillery

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3405 SW Deschutes St
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 368-3195
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Owner and distiller Dawson Officer served in the Oregon National Guard and established his craft distillery to honor service members — specifically four combat soldiers he fought alongside, who lost their lives, during a tour in Baghdad. The distillery’s line of award-winning spirits includes whiskeys, rum, gin, and vodka, and the brand recently debuted its first canned cocktail, a Moscow Mule. Stop by their South Corvallis tasting room for a customizable flight, or try a craft cocktail — the menu includes tasting notes to guide your decision. The distillery is open daily for dine-in, with indoor seating and spacious, covered outdoor seating. Takeout and curbside orders are also an option.

6. Peoria Road Farm Market

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33269 Peoria Rd SW
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 207-3327
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Beside their line of preserves, salad dressings, pickled vegetables, sauces, and marinades, Farm Market stocks hyper-local goods like salsas from Heart of the Valley (also in Corvallis) and Sawyer’s Salsa (from Junction City). If you’re looking for greenery, the red open-air barn also houses a plant nursery and stocks a smattering of fresh-cut bouquets and plants. The farm market is open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily.

7. Midway Farms | Fresh Goods | Albany

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6980 US-20
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 740-6141
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The only dedicated gluten-free farm in Oregon, Midway has used techniques such as permaculture and eco-farming since its founding in 1998, before such practices were en vogue. The farm offers a CSA subscription, or you can stop by and make selections from the farm store’s cold-storage room, which keeps produce like green garlic, rhubarb, and sunchokes at the peak of freshness. Midway also makes gluten-free baked goods, plus canned goods derived from the farm.

8. Springhill Cellars Winery (Open May-December)

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2920 NW Scenic Dr
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 928-1009
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This winery interferes as little as possible with its fruit during the winemaking process. Owner and winemaker Mike McLain, in a true example of a family vineyard, tends vines that his father planted in the late 1970s. Springhill specializes in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, which have garnered “best in show” awards from various competitions. For an intense Pinot experience, pick up a bottle of Springhill’s limited-run fortified wine, “Port In Any Storm.” The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday, May to November, and by appointment in the remaining months.

9. Soter Vineyards

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10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd
Carlton, OR 97111
(503) 662-5600
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Encapsulated within the biodynamic property of Mineral Springs Ranch, Soter is part of an ecosystem dedicated to the integration of its plants, animals, and soil. Located in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA), founder Tony Soter established the sole estate vineyard on scenic and pastoral woodland in 2002. Top Chef: Portland cheftestant Sara Hauman helms the kitchen, so don’t miss the winery’s provisions tasting, which expertly pairs her creative farm-to-table dishes with Soter’s Pinots. Reservations are required for all visitors.

10. Sybaris Bistro

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442 W 1st Ave
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 928-8157
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This eclectic bistro creates a new menu of upscale Northwest cuisine every month, using local, in-season ingredients from organic farmers and ranchers. Balancing classical preparation and innovation, owner and chef Matt Bennett has twice been nominated for Best Chef: Northwest by the James Beard Foundation. But he doesn’t do it alone: Janel, Bennett’s wife, curates the locally focused wine list and paints the menu’s backgrounds. The restaurant is open for indoor dining at a limited capacity, with reservations strongly recommended.

11. Fitts Seafoods

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1555 12th St SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 364-6724
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Opened in 1901, the Fitts family sold their operation to longtime employee Rod Purdy, whose family continues to operate the market today — selling fresh and frozen seafood, dry goods, and cooking tools. The market sources seafood from Alaska all the way down the West Coast to California, and local finds include fresh catches such as Oregon Chinook, cockles, and bay shrimp. (Availability depends on the season). For a convenient meal, pick up some of Fitts’ house-made crab cakes, halibut burgers, or black-cod burgers. The retail shop is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and offers curbside pickup for orders placed 30 minutes in advance. 

12. Willamette Valley Vineyards

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8800 Enchanted Way SE
Turner, OR 97392
(503) 588-9463
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This long-established property perches right above I-5 and offers a sweeping westward view of the valley. Plan your visit between Thursday and Sunday to enjoy “Pinot and Pie,” which pairs a 14” wood-fired pizza with a bottle of estate wine. On your way out, stop by the WWV gift shop for wine-infused vinegars, oils, and mustards too. If you’d like to linger, the vineyard offers stays at their winery suites, each package including a private winery tour and tasting. Reservations are requested for indoor tastings, but summer is the peak time to enjoy WVV’s outdoor Pinot decks and lawns.

The large white residence of the winery lines a dense orchard.
Willamette Valley Vineyards.
© Andrea Johnson Photography

13. Bauman's Farm and Garden

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12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE
Gervais, OR 97026
(503) 792-3524
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The 284-acre property here includes a country store and café, a large nursery, a sizable play area featuring a variety of kids’ activities, and a farm-animal petting barn. The farm also houses a cider facility that makes non-alcoholic sparkling cider, alongside hard ciders with flavors like loganberry, piña colada, and bourbon vanilla. Lastly, no trip to Bauman’s is complete without a stroll through their red barn store. Dig into a bag of their famous apple cider doughnuts, made fresh daily, and stock up on fresh produce, homemade jams and sauces, and more. The farm and garden are open, but visitors can also shop online for curbside pickup.

14. Gorges Beer Co.

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2705 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 455-4674
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With a projected opening date of mid-July 2021, the new Gorges flagship brewery will feature a mezzanine, upper-level bar, two roof decks (one family-friendly), private dining barrel room, and a main dining space. Future plans for the Cascade Locks property include an A-frame “glamping” campground, so visitors can use the location as a home base for the Gorge’s outdoor activities. With fresh brews and fresh views, beer buffs can expect outdoor-themed pints like the Day Hike pale ale and Return to Eagle Creek IPA.

15. Sugarpine Drive-In

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1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 665-6558
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Located at Glenn Otto Park, in a converted 1920s gas station at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge scenic highway, Sugarpine is Oregon’s favorite drive-in. The dessert destination recently launched a food truck pop-up and culinary incubator that’ll go through one or more iterations each summer. The pop-up will feature cuisine from one or more of Sugarpine’s talented staff: First up is Da Pine Grinds, which serves up ‘ono (Hawaiian for “good to eat”) plate lunches, poké, and thirst-quenching slushies. Another recent addition to Sugarpine’s offerings is a line of sweet and savory sauces. Order food ahead online for a speedier visit, but note that ice cream can only be ordered at the walk-up or drive-thru windows.

16. Fearless Brewing Co

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326 Broadway St
Estacada, OR 97023
(503) 630-2337
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Brewed from the Clackamas River’s waters, Fearless leans into Viking lore with co-owner and “grand high exalted mystical” brewer Ken Johnson’s Scandinavian heritage. Raise a pint of the Loki red ale or Mjolnir IPA and cry “skål!” when you do. If you’re something tamer but equally tasty, try Fearless’ homemade root beer or strawberry cream sodas. The brewery is open for indoor dining.

17. Brigham Fish Market

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681 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
(541) 374-9340
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Overlooking Thunder Island and the Columbia River, the Indigenous-owned Brigham Fish Market sells fresh and previously frozen seafood, plus house-made shrimp ceviche and salmon dips. Sisters Kim Brigham-Campbell and Terrie Campbell are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, carrying on the traditions of their ancestors by net fishing off of docks and boats. Options include Alaskan halibut or cod, shrimp, clam strips, and oysters, with Columbia River salmon offered seasonally from mid-June through September and sturgeon from February through April. Stop by on a Friday for their bestselling seafood chowder and soak up the summer weather via their ample outdoor seating.

Filets of raw fish sit on a bed of ice in a case. Courtesy of Brigham Fish Market.

18. Grateful Vineyard

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6650 Trout Creek Ridge Rd
Mt Hood, OR 97041
(541) 399-6665
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Two-year-old Grateful weaves together farming, fermentation, and deep nourishment. It’s the only winery, cidery, and brewery hybrid in Mount Hood, and it’s owned by Katrina McAlexander, a third-generation farmer and fermenter. Don’t miss Grateful’s newly debuted Mt. View cherry lime hard seltzer, inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s homemade cherry limeade. While you sip, take in the fresh mountain air with an unmatched view of Mt. Hood’s north face. Reservations are required for tasting room appointments, but guests (plus kids and dogs) are welcome to drop by the “Grateful Gardens” sans reservation to enjoy some sunshine.

Four pint glasses are filled with beer, one dark stout, one light, and two more golden-hued.
Four of Grateful Vineyard’s brews.
Courtesy of Grateful Vineyard.

19. Packer Orchards And Farm Place

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3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 234-4006
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Located within Hood River’s famed Fruit Loop, Packer Orchards is a sustainable, fourth-generation family-run operation. The farm offers u-pick fruit (an ideal summer activity for social distancing) including apples, pears, and peaches. Catch a glimpse of Mt. Adams on a clear day before ducking into the bakery, which stocks fresh-daily sweet treats, sweetened with pear concentrate and packed with farm-fresh fruit from the 100-plus acres. Try a strawberry donut sundae or a portable marionberry hand pie for the road. The farm is open Friday through Sunday, and the bakery is open every day but Tuesday.

A buttery, crisp bread with jalapeños is in a pan fresh out of the oven.
One of the handmade breads sold at Packer Orchards and Farm Place.
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20. Sunshine Mill

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901 E 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 298-8900
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Sip wine and share small plates in a cozy, eclectically decorated tasting room or outside in this spot’s lush sunken patio. The 100-year-old flour mill houses the single-serving wine line Copa Di Vino and traditional small-batch winery Quenett. At the pandemic’s onset, the mill began hosting a popular drive-in movie theater in their parking lot, with snacks and wine available for purchase. Reservations can be made for virtual or on-site wine tastings.

Sunlight pours into a large industrial room with large warehouse windows. Eclectic furniture in warm tones are arranged to support groups and a jewel-toned rug is on the cement ground to help warm the space.
The tasting room at Sunshine Mill.
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21. Balch Hotel

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40 Heimrich St
Dufur, OR 97021
(541) 467-2277
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This historic hotel is nestled among golden hills in Dufur, “where the Columbia River Gorge meets Oregon’s high desert.” Built in 1907 by local rancher and pharmacist Charles P. Balch, the hotel welcomed travelers coming off the now-defunct Great Southern Railroad. Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine a year (not exactly the “Oregon” stereotype), the Balch offers a full-on view of Mt. Hood. Enjoy dinner outside on the charming patio surrounded by a well-manicured garden before retiring to the parlor with a book or board game. Guests are guaranteed a serene atmosphere ideal for unplugging from daily life — and for more relaxation, owner Josiah Deans’ wife, Claire, leads the hotel spa, specializing in Reiki and aromatherapy.

The hotel’s signage hangs from a white wooden post in front of the hotel’s red-bricked exterior.
The Historic Balch Hotel.
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1. The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge

1190 Pacific Dr, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

With a view of the iconic Haystack Rock, The Wayfarer is the perfect place to take in Cannon Beach’s sandy shores. Enjoy the lovely sea breeze while dining al fresco on the patio or soak in the oceanfront view from the indoor dining room. The landmark restaurant features coastal cuisine like crispy Willapa Bay oysters and the Wayfarer Clam Bake (a feast of Dungeness crab legs, local Manila clams, wild white prawns, andouille, red potatoes, and corn tossed in Old Bay butter). Wash everything down with beer from the Cannon Beach brewery Public Coast, or select one of the whiskey lounge’s signature cocktails by celebrated bartender Nathan Gerdes. The restaurant is open at 50% capacity and accommodates guests on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1190 Pacific Dr
Cannon Beach, OR 97110

2. Nevør Shellfish Farm

6060 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141

Weekend warriors know to stop by Nevør on the way to their coastal day trip destination for some of the freshest seafood Oregon offers. Chef Jacob Harth took over Nevør’s kitchen last fall, slinging delicacies like mackerel crudo, uni toast, and BBQ oysters from a modest seafood shack. The eatery is open 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, but the menu usually sells out well before closing time. Order online to secure your seafood bag.

6060 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141

3. Kelly's Brighton Marina LLC

29200 US-101, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136
A lime-green crabbing boat is docked in front of a wooden house that’s home to the marina.
The view of Kelly’s Brighton Marina from the dock.

Located in Nehalem Bay just north of Rockaway Beach, the marina is the coast’s premier spot for crabbing and fishing. The site also offers tent camping, RV parking, and more, making it an ideal one-stop shop for folks who like an all-inclusive destination. Kelly’s has 15-foot boats available for rent to try your luck at a fresh catch, but also stocks tanks of live seafood for the less ambitious. Kelly “The Crab Man” Laviolette’s passion for the crustacean shines — he and his staff are eager to share their extensive knowledge about the art of catching Dungeness crab. Tent camping is first-come, first-serve, but reservations for the RV park are available.

29200 US-101
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

4. Tillamook Creamery

4165 N Hwy 101, Tillamook, OR 97141

At this creamery’s modern barn facility, guests can take a self-guided tour through interactive exhibits outlining Tillamook’s process of creating delicious dairy treats. Walk around the observation deck, which overlooks the factory floor, to get a bird’s eye view of the cheesemaking process before stocking up on reserve cheeses at the factory’s large gift shop. The shop also features a bevy of Oregon-made products to round out a charcuterie board. The creamery is open seven days a week at limited capacity. Food and ice cream are available to-go only, so grab yourself some Tillamook fried cheese curds, classic mac n’ cheese, and a scoop of Oregon Hazelnut Salted Caramel ice cream before you leave. Savvy guests can beat the weekend lines by ordering ahead here.

4165 N Hwy 101
Tillamook, OR 97141

5. 4 Spirits Distillery

3405 SW Deschutes St, Corvallis, OR 97333

Owner and distiller Dawson Officer served in the Oregon National Guard and established his craft distillery to honor service members — specifically four combat soldiers he fought alongside, who lost their lives, during a tour in Baghdad. The distillery’s line of award-winning spirits includes whiskeys, rum, gin, and vodka, and the brand recently debuted its first canned cocktail, a Moscow Mule. Stop by their South Corvallis tasting room for a customizable flight, or try a craft cocktail — the menu includes tasting notes to guide your decision. The distillery is open daily for dine-in, with indoor seating and spacious, covered outdoor seating. Takeout and curbside orders are also an option.

3405 SW Deschutes St
Corvallis, OR 97333

6. Peoria Road Farm Market

33269 Peoria Rd SW, Corvallis, OR 97333

Beside their line of preserves, salad dressings, pickled vegetables, sauces, and marinades, Farm Market stocks hyper-local goods like salsas from Heart of the Valley (also in Corvallis) and Sawyer’s Salsa (from Junction City). If you’re looking for greenery, the red open-air barn also houses a plant nursery and stocks a smattering of fresh-cut bouquets and plants. The farm market is open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily.

33269 Peoria Rd SW
Corvallis, OR 97333

7. Midway Farms | Fresh Goods | Albany

6980 US-20, Albany, OR 97321

The only dedicated gluten-free farm in Oregon, Midway has used techniques such as permaculture and eco-farming since its founding in 1998, before such practices were en vogue. The farm offers a CSA subscription, or you can stop by and make selections from the farm store’s cold-storage room, which keeps produce like green garlic, rhubarb, and sunchokes at the peak of freshness. Midway also makes gluten-free baked goods, plus canned goods derived from the farm.

6980 US-20
Albany, OR 97321

8. Springhill Cellars Winery (Open May-December)

2920 NW Scenic Dr, Albany, OR 97321

This winery interferes as little as possible with its fruit during the winemaking process. Owner and winemaker Mike McLain, in a true example of a family vineyard, tends vines that his father planted in the late 1970s. Springhill specializes in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, which have garnered “best in show” awards from various competitions. For an intense Pinot experience, pick up a bottle of Springhill’s limited-run fortified wine, “Port In Any Storm.” The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday, May to November, and by appointment in the remaining months.

2920 NW Scenic Dr
Albany, OR 97321

9. Soter Vineyards

10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111

Encapsulated within the biodynamic property of Mineral Springs Ranch, Soter is part of an ecosystem dedicated to the integration of its plants, animals, and soil. Located in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA), founder Tony Soter established the sole estate vineyard on scenic and pastoral woodland in 2002. Top Chef: Portland cheftestant Sara Hauman helms the kitchen, so don’t miss the winery’s provisions tasting, which expertly pairs her creative farm-to-table dishes with Soter’s Pinots. Reservations are required for all visitors.

10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd
Carlton, OR 97111

10. Sybaris Bistro

442 W 1st Ave, Albany, OR 97321

This eclectic bistro creates a new menu of upscale Northwest cuisine every month, using local, in-season ingredients from organic farmers and ranchers. Balancing classical preparation and innovation, owner and chef Matt Bennett has twice been nominated for Best Chef: Northwest by the James Beard Foundation. But he doesn’t do it alone: Janel, Bennett’s wife, curates the locally focused wine list and paints the menu’s backgrounds. The restaurant is open for indoor dining at a limited capacity, with reservations strongly recommended.

442 W 1st Ave
Albany, OR 97321

11. Fitts Seafoods

1555 12th St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Opened in 1901, the Fitts family sold their operation to longtime employee Rod Purdy, whose family continues to operate the market today — selling fresh and frozen seafood, dry goods, and cooking tools. The market sources seafood from Alaska all the way down the West Coast to California, and local finds include fresh catches such as Oregon Chinook, cockles, and bay shrimp. (Availability depends on the season). For a convenient meal, pick up some of Fitts’ house-made crab cakes, halibut burgers, or black-cod burgers. The retail shop is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and offers curbside pickup for orders placed 30 minutes in advance. 

1555 12th St SE
Salem, OR 97302

12. Willamette Valley Vineyards

8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR 97392
The large white residence of the winery lines a dense orchard.
Willamette Valley Vineyards.
© Andrea Johnson Photography

This long-established property perches right above I-5 and offers a sweeping westward view of the valley. Plan your visit between Thursday and Sunday to enjoy “Pinot and Pie,” which pairs a 14” wood-fired pizza with a bottle of estate wine. On your way out, stop by the WWV gift shop for wine-infused vinegars, oils, and mustards too. If you’d like to linger, the vineyard offers stays at their winery suites, each package including a private winery tour and tasting. Reservations are requested for indoor tastings, but summer is the peak time to enjoy WVV’s outdoor Pinot decks and lawns.

8800 Enchanted Way SE
Turner, OR 97392

13. Bauman's Farm and Garden

12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE, Gervais, OR 97026

The 284-acre property here includes a country store and café, a large nursery, a sizable play area featuring a variety of kids’ activities, and a farm-animal petting barn. The farm also houses a cider facility that makes non-alcoholic sparkling cider, alongside hard ciders with flavors like loganberry, piña colada, and bourbon vanilla. Lastly, no trip to Bauman’s is complete without a stroll through their red barn store. Dig into a bag of their famous apple cider doughnuts, made fresh daily, and stock up on fresh produce, homemade jams and sauces, and more. The farm and garden are open, but visitors can also shop online for curbside pickup.

12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE
Gervais, OR 97026

14. Gorges Beer Co.

2705 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214

With a projected opening date of mid-July 2021, the new Gorges flagship brewery will feature a mezzanine, upper-level bar, two roof decks (one family-friendly), private dining barrel room, and a main dining space. Future plans for the Cascade Locks property include an A-frame “glamping” campground, so visitors can use the location as a home base for the Gorge’s outdoor activities. With fresh brews and fresh views, beer buffs can expect outdoor-themed pints like the Day Hike pale ale and Return to Eagle Creek IPA.

2705 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214

15. Sugarpine Drive-In

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

Located at Glenn Otto Park, in a converted 1920s gas station at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge scenic highway, Sugarpine is Oregon’s favorite drive-in. The dessert destination recently launched a food truck pop-up and culinary incubator that’ll go through one or more iterations each summer. The pop-up will feature cuisine from one or more of Sugarpine’s talented staff: First up is Da Pine Grinds, which serves up ‘ono (Hawaiian for “good to eat”) plate lunches, poké, and thirst-quenching slushies. Another recent addition to Sugarpine’s offerings is a line of sweet and savory sauces. Order food ahead online for a speedier visit, but note that ice cream can only be ordered at the walk-up or drive-thru windows.

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060

16. Fearless Brewing Co

326 Broadway St, Estacada, OR 97023

Brewed from the Clackamas River’s waters, Fearless leans into Viking lore with co-owner and “grand high exalted mystical” brewer Ken Johnson’s Scandinavian heritage. Raise a pint of the Loki red ale or Mjolnir IPA and cry “skål!” when you do. If you’re something tamer but equally tasty, try Fearless’ homemade root beer or strawberry cream sodas. The brewery is open for indoor dining.

326 Broadway St
Estacada, OR 97023

17. Brigham Fish Market

681 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
Filets of raw fish sit on a bed of ice in a case. Courtesy of Brigham Fish Market.

Overlooking Thunder Island and the Columbia River, the Indigenous-owned Brigham Fish Market sells fresh and previously frozen seafood, plus house-made shrimp ceviche and salmon dips. Sisters Kim Brigham-Campbell and Terrie Campbell are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, carrying on the traditions of their ancestors by net fishing off of docks and boats. Options include Alaskan halibut or cod, shrimp, clam strips, and oysters, with Columbia River salmon offered seasonally from mid-June through September and sturgeon from February through April. Stop by on a Friday for their bestselling seafood chowder and soak up the summer weather via their ample outdoor seating.

681 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014

18. Grateful Vineyard

6650 Trout Creek Ridge Rd, Mt Hood, OR 97041
Four pint glasses are filled with beer, one dark stout, one light, and two more golden-hued.
Four of Grateful Vineyard’s brews.
Courtesy of Grateful Vineyard.

Two-year-old Grateful weaves together farming, fermentation, and deep nourishment. It’s the only winery, cidery, and brewery hybrid in Mount Hood, and it’s owned by Katrina McAlexander, a third-generation farmer and fermenter. Don’t miss Grateful’s newly debuted Mt. View cherry lime hard seltzer, inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s homemade cherry limeade. While you sip, take in the fresh mountain air with an unmatched view of Mt. Hood’s north face. Reservations are required for tasting room appointments, but guests (plus kids and dogs) are welcome to drop by the “Grateful Gardens” sans reservation to enjoy some sunshine.

6650 Trout Creek Ridge Rd
Mt Hood, OR 97041

19. Packer Orchards And Farm Place

3020 Thomsen Rd, Hood River, OR 97031
A buttery, crisp bread with jalapeños is in a pan fresh out of the oven.
One of the handmade breads sold at Packer Orchards and Farm Place.
Courtesy of Packer Orchards and Farm Place.

Located within Hood River’s famed Fruit Loop, Packer Orchards is a sustainable, fourth-generation family-run operation. The farm offers u-pick fruit (an ideal summer activity for social distancing) including apples, pears, and peaches. Catch a glimpse of Mt. Adams on a clear day before ducking into the bakery, which stocks fresh-daily sweet treats, sweetened with pear concentrate and packed with farm-fresh fruit from the 100-plus acres. Try a strawberry donut sundae or a portable marionberry hand pie for the road. The farm is open Friday through Sunday, and the bakery is open every day but Tuesday.

3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River, OR 97031

20. Sunshine Mill

901 E 2nd St, The Dalles, OR 97058
Sunlight pours into a large industrial room with large warehouse windows. Eclectic furniture in warm tones are arranged to support groups and a jewel-toned rug is on the cement ground to help warm the space.
The tasting room at Sunshine Mill.
Courtesy of Sunshine Mill.

Sip wine and share small plates in a cozy, eclectically decorated tasting room or outside in this spot’s lush sunken patio. The 100-year-old flour mill houses the single-serving wine line Copa Di Vino and traditional small-batch winery Quenett. At the pandemic’s onset, the mill began hosting a popular drive-in movie theater in their parking lot, with snacks and wine available for purchase. Reservations can be made for virtual or on-site wine tastings.

901 E 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058

21. Balch Hotel

40 Heimrich St, Dufur, OR 97021
The hotel’s signage hangs from a white wooden post in front of the hotel’s red-bricked exterior.
The Historic Balch Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon.

This historic hotel is nestled among golden hills in Dufur, “where the Columbia River Gorge meets Oregon’s high desert.” Built in 1907 by local rancher and pharmacist Charles P. Balch, the hotel welcomed travelers coming off the now-defunct Great Southern Railroad. Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine a year (not exactly the “Oregon” stereotype), the Balch offers a full-on view of Mt. Hood. Enjoy dinner outside on the charming patio surrounded by a well-manicured garden before retiring to the parlor with a book or board game. Guests are guaranteed a serene atmosphere ideal for unplugging from daily life — and for more relaxation, owner Josiah Deans’ wife, Claire, leads the hotel spa, specializing in Reiki and aromatherapy.

40 Heimrich St
Dufur, OR 97021