Road Trip: Independence

It’s not every day that you can arrive into town by ferry. But Independence, a charming small town on the banks of the Willamette River, is not your average destination.

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Independence

Independence was prized by pioneering farmers who settled here, particularly those growing hops — a major crop up until the 1950s.

Experience that agrarian past with a visit to the Rogue Farms. Stroll through history in a downtown packed with historic buildings, or float across the Willamette River on the Buena Vista Ferry. Ride the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway for the region’s best views, or sip your way through Oregon’s oldest wine country.

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For the most concentrated wine tasting area, stay either in the Yamhill Valley (Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville area, where the majority of the Willamette Valley’s wineries can be found) or in Salem (easy access to the Eola-Amity Hills AVA). My go-to fun, budget-priced hotels in Yamhill Valley: McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon, a beautiful historic hotel in…

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