Road Trip: Oakland
Take a detour off of I-5 near Roseburg, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time in the town of Oakland. Just 16 miles north of Roseburg and a stone’s throw off the interstate, this charming little burg of 927 souls preserves the roots of Oregon’s pioneering settlers and wine industry.
The first town to make Oregon’s historic register, Oakland offers a tour through 19th-century architecture. View Victorian-era homes and scores of other historic storefronts built in the 1800s on a self-guided tour. Stop in at the Oakland Museum for a closer look at the town’s past. Don’t miss the Rochester covered bridge, one of only 50 in Oregon.
Antique lovers can browse through history at a variety of shops, including Oakland Antiques, Oakland Trader, Olde Town Antiques and Page and Dimmick Antiques. Many of the shops are housed in beautiful 19th-century buildings.
Take a tour of Oakland’s wineries, which include MarshAnne Landing, Misty Oaks Vineyard, Sienna Ridge Estate and Triple Oak Vineyard. These and others in the region make up the Umpqua Valley AVA, which has nearly two dozen members and is the oldest wine region in Oregon.
When it’s time to refuel, The Hollow Coffeehouse has you covered for coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Stop at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Tolly’s Grill & Soda Fountain, for a sweet treat, a pint of craft beer or a full meal.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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