Following the Bread Crumbs: A Culinary Guide to Biking the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
Imagine yourself traveling through rolling verdant hills beneath a bright blue sky, the sweet aroma from nearby fruit orchards and vineyards wafting past as you cycle down a picturesque back country road. Seems almost too dreamy to be true. The Willamette Valley’s 127-mile Scenic Bikeway is bordered by forested Coast Range to the west and the Cascade Mountain range to the east, and within its borders there are abundant fruit orchards, wineries, gourmet restaurants, breweries and little-known eateries with world-class cuisine. There are many ways to travel through this culinary mecca, but why not earn your meal on two wheels?
Cycle through Oregon’s first Scenic Bikeway and be rewarded along the way with wonderful meals. As the bikeway takes you through Salem you can opt for innovative steaks at the Willamette Valley Grill prepared by Chef Matthew Stack. Guests are encouraged to select one of the premium steak offerings and pair it with one of five flavorful styles. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual try La Hacienda which offers traditional Mexican cuisine, along with delicious homemade tortillas.
Get a protein fix at First Burger in Albany. It’s the sister restaurant to Sybaris also in Albany, that serves classic Northwest cuisine in a renovated industrial building. For homemade goodness, stop at Kris’s Kitchen in Lebanon for delectable homemade pie. As you wind down the trip stop in at Café Lucky Noodle in Eugene for a casual fusion of Asian and Mediterranean flavors.
No matter where you stop, there is no shortage of foodie finds along the Scenic Bikeway, check out our Food & Drink site for more places to stop along your journey.
If all this biking, eating and drinking seems daunting to plan, then let Travel Oregon do the planning for you. Enter the Oregon Adventurecation Wine Country Cycling Tour contest and enjoy a week of luxurious bike travels and decadent meals with three friends.
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