Guidebook for Corvallis

Matt And Rachel
Guidebook for Corvallis

Food Scene

Local coffee 6 streets west on Beca.
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Coffee Culture Kings
1195 Northwest Kings Boulevard
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Local coffee 6 streets west on Beca.
This is a great breakfast spot. Everything here is fresh and good.
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Sam's Station
1210 Northwest 29th Street
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This is a great breakfast spot. Everything here is fresh and good.
Affordable, fresh and healthy foods. They serve bowls, burritos, salads, smoothies, beer, and more. It is affordable and nutritious fast food.
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Laughing Planet
127 Northwest 2nd Street
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Affordable, fresh and healthy foods. They serve bowls, burritos, salads, smoothies, beer, and more. It is affordable and nutritious fast food.
This restaurant is right up the street, 6 blocks west. Woodstock is a local restaurant and great pizza.
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Woodstock's Pizza Parlor
1045 Northwest Kings Boulevard
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This restaurant is right up the street, 6 blocks west. Woodstock is a local restaurant and great pizza.
If you've been to Europe, you will definitely want to spend a meal here. It's modeled after Belgian gastro-pubs. If you don't know what the heck that means, it means that you will find a constantly rotating selection of amazing beers (local and international) alongside locally sourced/made from scratch, artisan food. The weekend brunch is the best in town, the rest of the menu is even better than the prices would suggest, and their late-night happy hour is a must if you're out late.
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Caves Bier & Kitchen
308 Southwest 3rd Street
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If you've been to Europe, you will definitely want to spend a meal here. It's modeled after Belgian gastro-pubs. If you don't know what the heck that means, it means that you will find a constantly rotating selection of amazing beers (local and international) alongside locally sourced/made from scratch, artisan food. The weekend brunch is the best in town, the rest of the menu is even better than the prices would suggest, and their late-night happy hour is a must if you're out late.
The deli food and coffee here is good, but the real draw is gelato. If you're thinking of a dessert stop, go here. Yogurt Extreme and Dairy Queen can be done anywhere, but this is where you really should be going. Gelato. Enough said.
Francesco's
208 Southwest 2nd Street
The deli food and coffee here is good, but the real draw is gelato. If you're thinking of a dessert stop, go here. Yogurt Extreme and Dairy Queen can be done anywhere, but this is where you really should be going. Gelato. Enough said.
Great pizza and atmosphere right near the river, downtown. Before you follow the crowds to American Dream Pizza, which I've never been too excited about, try out this spot. They've got a great product and lots of great specialty pizzas. http://demaggiospizza.com/menu/
DeMaggio's New York Pizza
151 NW Monroe Ave
Great pizza and atmosphere right near the river, downtown. Before you follow the crowds to American Dream Pizza, which I've never been too excited about, try out this spot. They've got a great product and lots of great specialty pizzas. http://demaggiospizza.com/menu/
These donuts are soooooooo good. They have one style of donut, and you pick the toppings. They also have good coffee and all the regular coffee shop stuff, so take a bit out of your morning and go relax with a donut that's great, but not some pure-sugar, white-fluff Kreamy thing. They do also have great gluten-free donuts for those that need or like to go GF.
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Benny's Donuts
116 NW 3rd St
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These donuts are soooooooo good. They have one style of donut, and you pick the toppings. They also have good coffee and all the regular coffee shop stuff, so take a bit out of your morning and go relax with a donut that's great, but not some pure-sugar, white-fluff Kreamy thing. They do also have great gluten-free donuts for those that need or like to go GF.
It can be busy, but there’s a reason for that. I’d describe the food as hipster tacos. Great drink and beer options, which you can have while you wait. Go midweek or early, and the wait isn’t too long.
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TacoVino
151 NW Monroe Ave
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It can be busy, but there’s a reason for that. I’d describe the food as hipster tacos. Great drink and beer options, which you can have while you wait. Go midweek or early, and the wait isn’t too long.

Drinks & Nightlife

Block 15 has great pub food and the best beer in town. It can be a long wait, but if you give yourself some time, it is a worth the wait. Insider Tip: If everyone in your party is 21 or more and the line is long, ask about the game room. It's open seating, has a server in the evenings, and is usually the quietest spot in the restaurant.
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Block 15 Brewing Co
300 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
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Block 15 has great pub food and the best beer in town. It can be a long wait, but if you give yourself some time, it is a worth the wait. Insider Tip: If everyone in your party is 21 or more and the line is long, ask about the game room. It's open seating, has a server in the evenings, and is usually the quietest spot in the restaurant.
Sky High has nice outdoor seating, there is a great 360 view on the roof top where they serve appetizers and drinks. The food is good (a little more gluten free friendly) and the beer is good as well. Sky High is a few blocks away from Block 15 in beautiful downtown Corvallis.
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Sky High Brewing & Pub
160 Northwest Jackson Avenue
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Sky High has nice outdoor seating, there is a great 360 view on the roof top where they serve appetizers and drinks. The food is good (a little more gluten free friendly) and the beer is good as well. Sky High is a few blocks away from Block 15 in beautiful downtown Corvallis.
Great food and will have music several nights. Check their website. Close to OSU campus.
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Bombs Away Cafe - A Funky Taqueria
2527 NW Monroe Ave
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Great food and will have music several nights. Check their website. Close to OSU campus.
There's the downtown pub, which is great. But this is the taproom where Block 15 has their 20-barrel brewing facility. Enjoy a sandwich and beer while taking in great views of Mary's Peak and watching the brewers do their thing in the production facility. Please note that there is a 64oz growler that you are welcome to use during your stay if you'd like to take some tap beer back to our rental.
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Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room
3415 Southwest Deschutes Street
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There's the downtown pub, which is great. But this is the taproom where Block 15 has their 20-barrel brewing facility. Enjoy a sandwich and beer while taking in great views of Mary's Peak and watching the brewers do their thing in the production facility. Please note that there is a 64oz growler that you are welcome to use during your stay if you'd like to take some tap beer back to our rental.
This is the bar attached to Woodstock's Pizza just down the street on King's Ave. It's a good atmosphere with great beers. They don't have a full bar, but they do also serve wine. The great thing about it is that you can easily walk there and back, so you don't have to worry about counting drinks with car keys in you pocket or spending money on cab fare.
Suds & Suds
1045 NW Kings Blvd
This is the bar attached to Woodstock's Pizza just down the street on King's Ave. It's a good atmosphere with great beers. They don't have a full bar, but they do also serve wine. The great thing about it is that you can easily walk there and back, so you don't have to worry about counting drinks with car keys in you pocket or spending money on cab fare.

Essentials

MOC is a great place for groceries and deli foods. They have coffee drinks, delicious desserts and gelato, a great selection of soup, pizza, deli salads, and salad bar. There is a nice seating area inside and outside. This market is very close by and worth a visit.
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Market of Choice - Corvallis, OR
922 Northwest Circle Boulevard
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MOC is a great place for groceries and deli foods. They have coffee drinks, delicious desserts and gelato, a great selection of soup, pizza, deli salads, and salad bar. There is a nice seating area inside and outside. This market is very close by and worth a visit.
Fred Meyer is a typical grocery store about a half mile from where we live. You can get almost anything you need here.
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Fred Meyer
777 Northwest Kings Boulevard
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Fred Meyer is a typical grocery store about a half mile from where we live. You can get almost anything you need here.
This is a great grocery store right down the street on 10th. Not a good deli selection but good prices on organic foods.
Natural Grocers
1235 Northwest 10th Street
This is a great grocery store right down the street on 10th. Not a good deli selection but good prices on organic foods.
The co-op is a great choice for a quick lunch or dinner. They have healthy hot food options as well as a salad bar. There is nice seating at both co-ops. The other co-op is located on hw 99 heading south.
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First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op North Store
2855 Northwest Grant Avenue
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The co-op is a great choice for a quick lunch or dinner. They have healthy hot food options as well as a salad bar. There is nice seating at both co-ops. The other co-op is located on hw 99 heading south.
Just seven blocks from our rental, if you need to get a sweat on, this is a good option.
Anytime Fitness
955 NW Kings Blvd
Just seven blocks from our rental, if you need to get a sweat on, this is a good option.
It's the local swimming pool and only about six or seven blocks from our rental. If you want to get some laps in, it's pretty close.
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Osborn Aquatic Center
1940 Northwest Highland Drive
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It's the local swimming pool and only about six or seven blocks from our rental. If you want to get some laps in, it's pretty close.
Open 24 hours a day. If you're getting in late and there's something that you really need, this might be your best option. But it's not a bad option, as the prices are always quite competitive. They sell, primarily, conventional foods, but they also have quite a few organic and natural foods as well.
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WinCo Foods
2335 Northwest Kings Boulevard
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Open 24 hours a day. If you're getting in late and there's something that you really need, this might be your best option. But it's not a bad option, as the prices are always quite competitive. They sell, primarily, conventional foods, but they also have quite a few organic and natural foods as well.

Parks & Nature

This is a nice natural area with several different hiking routes. There is a long concrete path and if you want to get off the concrete path and venture up the hill there are several paths that lead you up to a beautiful view of Corvallis and the Coastal Mountain Range.
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Bald Hill Natural Area
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This is a nice natural area with several different hiking routes. There is a long concrete path and if you want to get off the concrete path and venture up the hill there are several paths that lead you up to a beautiful view of Corvallis and the Coastal Mountain Range.
On clear days, you can see the Cascade Mountains in to the east and the faint horizon of the Pacific Ocean to the west. You can drive close to the top if you don't want to hike a long distance, or you can park a little lower and make a longer hike out of it.
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Marys Peak
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On clear days, you can see the Cascade Mountains in to the east and the faint horizon of the Pacific Ocean to the west. You can drive close to the top if you don't want to hike a long distance, or you can park a little lower and make a longer hike out of it.
Want cool waterfalls and fun trails, this is a good spot if you don't mind a little bit of a drive (about 45-60 minutes). There is a waterfall right off the parking lot if you're not into hiking, or you can catch another one just about 2 miles up the trail. By the second waterfall, there is a very steep and treacherous climb that has a rope to help you get there (only if you don't mind heights). Except for that last climb, this is very doable for kids.
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Alsea Falls Recreational Site
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Want cool waterfalls and fun trails, this is a good spot if you don't mind a little bit of a drive (about 45-60 minutes). There is a waterfall right off the parking lot if you're not into hiking, or you can catch another one just about 2 miles up the trail. By the second waterfall, there is a very steep and treacherous climb that has a rope to help you get there (only if you don't mind heights). Except for that last climb, this is very doable for kids.
This is a place we go with our kids all the time. It's close to town, has a fun/beautiful network of trails for hiking and mountain biking (some are closed to bikes from Oct - May), has a little pond toward the top, and has a u-pick blueberry patch close by during the summer.
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Peavy Arboretum
Northwest Peavy Arboretum Road
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This is a place we go with our kids all the time. It's close to town, has a fun/beautiful network of trails for hiking and mountain biking (some are closed to bikes from Oct - May), has a little pond toward the top, and has a u-pick blueberry patch close by during the summer.
This close-to-town spot has some great old-growth, bridges, and beautiful terrain. The trails aren't suitable for hiking strollers, but our 4-year-old does it without problems. From the parking lot, there are trails on either side of the road. The good hiking trails are on the East side of the road, but lots of mountain bikers like to do the forrest-service trails to the west.
Lewisburg Saddle
This close-to-town spot has some great old-growth, bridges, and beautiful terrain. The trails aren't suitable for hiking strollers, but our 4-year-old does it without problems. From the parking lot, there are trails on either side of the road. The good hiking trails are on the East side of the road, but lots of mountain bikers like to do the forrest-service trails to the west.
This is a local hiking trail that we like to do with the kids, and I like to get out there with my mountain bike. The directions on the map will only get you part of the way, but if you take Oak Creek Drive all the way to the end, it dead ends at the trail head. There are hiking trails intermixed with forrest-service roads.
Northwest Oak Creek Drive
This is a local hiking trail that we like to do with the kids, and I like to get out there with my mountain bike. The directions on the map will only get you part of the way, but if you take Oak Creek Drive all the way to the end, it dead ends at the trail head. There are hiking trails intermixed with forrest-service roads.
Mountain bikers love this spot. For directions, follow this link: http://brmba.org/map/ It has all levels of trails, but a lot of the beginner trails follow many of the bridges, jumps, and whoopdy-do's of the advanced trails, which makes for an educational experience about why some riders have huge, full suspensions and full motocross helmets and body armor. It looks super-fun, but I'll stay a little closer to the ground, thanks. Whatever your level, you will have fun here, even if you're a beginner and need to walk you bike part of the way up the forest service road that goes to the top. Also, Black Rock is just beyond Falls City, which is not your typical, touristy, Colorado mountain town. If it says Private Property/No Trespassing, you will want to heed that sign. I've followed those suggestions, and I've never had an issue whatsoever. When in doubt, look for a sign.
Black Rock Road
Mountain bikers love this spot. For directions, follow this link: http://brmba.org/map/ It has all levels of trails, but a lot of the beginner trails follow many of the bridges, jumps, and whoopdy-do's of the advanced trails, which makes for an educational experience about why some riders have huge, full suspensions and full motocross helmets and body armor. It looks super-fun, but I'll stay a little closer to the ground, thanks. Whatever your level, you will have fun here, even if you're a beginner and need to walk you bike part of the way up the forest service road that goes to the top. Also, Black Rock is just beyond Falls City, which is not your typical, touristy, Colorado mountain town. If it says Private Property/No Trespassing, you will want to heed that sign. I've followed those suggestions, and I've never had an issue whatsoever. When in doubt, look for a sign.

Entertainment & Activities

During the summer, it's nice to take in a laid-back baseball game. They won the WCL title in the summer of 2016, so the team is good. But the tickets are cheap, and they serve good, Block 15 beer at the stadium.
Corvallis Knights Baseball
301 SW 4th St
During the summer, it's nice to take in a laid-back baseball game. They won the WCL title in the summer of 2016, so the team is good. But the tickets are cheap, and they serve good, Block 15 beer at the stadium.
If you're looking to go see a movie that's not making it to the big theaters, than this is your place. It's locally run and has a fun, cinephile atmosphere. Off-beat and reasonable on prices.
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Darkside Cinema
215 Southwest 4th Street
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If you're looking to go see a movie that's not making it to the big theaters, than this is your place. It's locally run and has a fun, cinephile atmosphere. Off-beat and reasonable on prices.
When in town, look up The Whiteside and see if there are any cool concerts or events going on here. They aren't operating constantly, but good stuff does happen here.
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Whiteside Theatre
361 SW Madison Ave
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When in town, look up The Whiteside and see if there are any cool concerts or events going on here. They aren't operating constantly, but good stuff does happen here.

Arts & Culture

Robot battles, dog training competitions, all-terrain, pedal contraptions. If you're in town for this, you really should check it out. Or you should come to town when it's happening. It's a DIY, maker, science, engineering, art, weirdness extravaganza.
da Vinci Days Inc
568 SW 3rd St
Robot battles, dog training competitions, all-terrain, pedal contraptions. If you're in town for this, you really should check it out. Or you should come to town when it's happening. It's a DIY, maker, science, engineering, art, weirdness extravaganza.
They have some local theatre productions, but they also do the occasional comedy show and music concert.
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Majestic Theatre
115 Southwest 2nd Street
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They have some local theatre productions, but they also do the occasional comedy show and music concert.

Shopping

Need outdoor adventure gear? This is the spot in town where you can find what you need. River/lake gear, hiking, backpacking, mountain sports, camping, etc.
Peak Sports Outdoor Shop
207 NW 2nd St
Need outdoor adventure gear? This is the spot in town where you can find what you need. River/lake gear, hiking, backpacking, mountain sports, camping, etc.
This is an extension of the other Peak Sports. This location deals with all things bicycle, which includes rentals. Notice that, in the back yard of our rental, there is a covered bike rack.
Peak Sports Bike Shop
135 Northwest 2nd Street
This is an extension of the other Peak Sports. This location deals with all things bicycle, which includes rentals. Notice that, in the back yard of our rental, there is a covered bike rack.
The local family who own and run this store is fantastic. Not only do they have the best selection of tea, coffee, and associated supplies, but they have two generations working in the store and have a knack for remembering us and asking about our family, including Rachel's mom who visits just once a year. They will make you feel welcome and at home. And did I mention that they've got the best coffee and tea selection in town?
Oregon Coffee & Tea
215 Northwest Monroe Avenue
The local family who own and run this store is fantastic. Not only do they have the best selection of tea, coffee, and associated supplies, but they have two generations working in the store and have a knack for remembering us and asking about our family, including Rachel's mom who visits just once a year. They will make you feel welcome and at home. And did I mention that they've got the best coffee and tea selection in town?
If you're looking for something unique (home decor, books, souveniers, jewelry, and much more), than you should definitely stop by and see what's inside.
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Many Hands Trading
259 SW Madison Ave
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If you're looking for something unique (home decor, books, souveniers, jewelry, and much more), than you should definitely stop by and see what's inside.
If you're going to go eat at Sky High Brewing, than you should stop by the shop that lives below them. My mother-in-law requires a stop here every time she's in town. It's mostly clothing and jewelry and oriented toward adult women, but my kids love to go in as well. There's lots of fun stuff in there and the ladies there are great.
Sibling Revelry
145 NW 2nd St
If you're going to go eat at Sky High Brewing, than you should stop by the shop that lives below them. My mother-in-law requires a stop here every time she's in town. It's mostly clothing and jewelry and oriented toward adult women, but my kids love to go in as well. There's lots of fun stuff in there and the ladies there are great.
The summer market happens on the waterfront downtown. Perhaps you've been to a farmer's market before, but if you are at all inclined, ours is pretty glorious. Lots of street music, tons of produce options, local wares, local meats/eggs, flowers, food trucks/booths, a fountain for the kids, info booths, and a bunch more. And it's all along one of Corvallis' most beautiful streets, which they close down for the event. During the summer, it will happen on Saturday and Wednesday mornings until 1 or 2pm.
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Corvallis Farmers' Market
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The summer market happens on the waterfront downtown. Perhaps you've been to a farmer's market before, but if you are at all inclined, ours is pretty glorious. Lots of street music, tons of produce options, local wares, local meats/eggs, flowers, food trucks/booths, a fountain for the kids, info booths, and a bunch more. And it's all along one of Corvallis' most beautiful streets, which they close down for the event. During the summer, it will happen on Saturday and Wednesday mornings until 1 or 2pm.
This is our favorite (but not only) bookstores in town. We have some used books in our rental, but if you'd like a better selection, The Book Bin has a huge selection of new and used books. It's a fun store to browse around.
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The Corvallis Book Bin
215 SW 4th St
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This is our favorite (but not only) bookstores in town. We have some used books in our rental, but if you'd like a better selection, The Book Bin has a huge selection of new and used books. It's a fun store to browse around.
Beer connoisseurs should stop by this shop if you're downtown. It's not just for brewing supplies. They also have a fantastic selection of all sorts of beer, hard cider, sake, and wine. Every from lambics, sours, and farmhouses to IPA's, stouts, and browns. You can find NW beer selections all over town, but Brewing Supply takes it even further.
Corvallis Brewing Supply
119 Southwest 4th Street
Beer connoisseurs should stop by this shop if you're downtown. It's not just for brewing supplies. They also have a fantastic selection of all sorts of beer, hard cider, sake, and wine. Every from lambics, sours, and farmhouses to IPA's, stouts, and browns. You can find NW beer selections all over town, but Brewing Supply takes it even further.