Eating your way through a new place is a great way to travel — and Oregon has plenty of bounties to enjoy. Oregon Food Trails showcase the freshest local offerings of farmers, fishers, brewers and chefs. Each trail features the signature flavors of the region — from wine and beer to fresh fruit and produce and more. Take a look at how to get a taste of Oregon Food Trails on your next trip.
About the trail: The North Coast Food Trail is known for seafood, artisan cheese, craft beer and more. The trail stretches north to south from Astoria to Lincoln City.
Eat: In Tillamook the retail shop for JAndy Oyster Company serves up tasty shelled treats at its oyster bar and Food Roots is a storefront that connects visitors with more than 50 local ranchers, fishers and producers.
The Cloverdale Nestucca Bay Creamery sells dairy products from cows that graze on its own pasture. The menu at Garibaldi Portside Bistro features meats smoked in-house and decadent desserts that change weekly. Cannon Beach’s Sea Level Bakery + Coffee is your spot for scratch baked goods and exceptional coffee. The selection of flavored salts and seasonings at Netarts Bay’s Jacobsen Salt Co.’s is worth the trip alone. Blackberry Bog Farm in Astoria sells its produce at its farm stand and offers farm tours and other fun events throughout the year. Enjoy the bounty of the ocean with fish, soup and cocktails at FishStix Seafood Market in Warrenton, open Tuesday through Saturday.
Drink: Twist Wine in Cloverdale sells its wine, made from grapes at several vineyards, under four labels. You can stop in for a glass of deGarde Brewing’s famous wild ales or purchase a bottle to go at their tasting room in Tillamook. Fort George Brewery in Astoria is open daily for visitors to try their sudsy craft brews and house-made sausage.
About the trail: The Central Coast Food Trail showcases the region’s locally sourced seafood, wild-foraged ingredients, small farms and ranches, and artisan experiences. Stretching from Lincoln City south to Florence, it also includes some of the best restaurants, cafes, breweries and culinary experiences the region has to offer. Travelers are now able to easily find locally sourced meals up and down Oregon’s entire 363-mile coastline.
Eat: For those who want to cook their own meal, check out the catch of the day at Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market & Annex in Lincoln City, or order a DockBox from Local Ocean in Newport, a weekly seafood-focused meal kit that supplies everything you need to make restaurant-quality food at home. Complete your meal with handcrafted specialty bread and pastries from Pacific Sourdough in Waldport. Family-owned and operated Gibson Farms in Siletz, which has been growing blueberries for three generations, invites visitors in for a one-of-a-kind U-pick experience. If you’d rather someone else do the cooking, don’t miss Nosh Eatery in Florence, which appeases vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike all while offering a stunning view of the historic Siuslaw River Bridge.
Drink: To get you properly amped for a day of exploring the Coast, visit Cape Foulweather Coffee in Lincoln City, which focuses on delivering a high-quality roast through the use of renewable energy and sustainable practices like composting. Yachats Brewing crafts unique, coastal-inspired ales and IPAs while also serving up their own handcrafted kombucha and soda. For something different, try Stillwagon Distillery in Florence, which concocts rums from blackstrap molasses and infuses them with various fruits and spices. For the wine lovers, head to Flying Dutchman Winery in Otter Rock where you can taste their small-batch wines at their tasting room perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
About the trail: On the South Coast, the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is known for cranberries, fresh-caught seafood, craft beverages, farm-to-table restaurants and more.
Eat: Bayside Coffee in Coos Bay offers Fair Trade organically grown coffee that is roasted on-site. Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon is a great place to enjoy the ocean’s salty air and fresh seafood, including their award-winning fish tacos. Welcoming customers to its farms every Saturday, shop for your weekly milk and eggs at Port Orford’s micro dairy Wild Woods Gypsy. Try the inventive bread flavors, like polenta rosemary from Leavened in Gold Beach. When in Brookings, make sure to sample the tasty vegan offerings of Off the Wagon Food Truck.
Drink: Stop into Stillwagon Distillery‘s Bandon tasting room, inspired by ancient sea lore, to taste finely made rums, whiskeys and vodka. In Gold Beach, Arch Rock Brewing Company brews up South Coast-style beer, available by the glass, growler or crowler. You won’t want to miss the unique ciders of Bandon Rain and Brookings’ Chetco Brewing Company, which serves up 16 different beers at its taproom, including house root beer and kombucha.
About the trail: The Great Oaks Food Trail is known for its big-hearted family farms that take pride in the land as well as extensive food and drink makers that highlight the Polk County region’s rich soils and plentiful bounty.
Eat: Bare Farms in Willamina sells plant starts, vegetables, pork and eggs at its self-serve stand, open daily from June through October. In Monmouth, don’t miss the pizzas at Yeasty Beasty, with doughs made fresh daily from stone-ground flour. For a tasty meal at home, check out the Blue Goat in Amity which sells their quality pastured meats directly to shoppers online for pickup. For a cold treat, get a scoop from the Independent Ice Cream Shop in Independence.
Drink: The tasting room at Bryn Mawr Vineyards in Salem has sweeping views and delicious wines, while at Benedetto Vineyards & Tasting Room, you’re likely to stumble upon the owner while meandering around the Dallas-area vineyard, wine glass in hand. Gilgamesh Brewing’s location in West Salem, The Woods, is a family-friendly place to unwind with a full menu of food and large selection of brewed beer. Parallel 45 Brewing has creative and original-style beers ample outdoor seating at its Independence brewery.
About the trail: The Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail is known for wineries, breweries, family farms and more.
Eat: In Albany stop into Sybaris Bistro, an eclectic Northwest bistro in a historic industrial building. In Corvallis Castor Kitchen & Bar has a season- and mood-inspired menu that highlights local products. Philomath’s Eats & Treats Cafe is a dedicated gluten-free eatery specializing in barbecue. Lebanon’s local roaster, Mugs Coffee House, has espresso drinks and smoothies as well as breakfast and lunch offerings. Gathering Together Farm sells produce, pastries, eggs and meat at its Philomath farm stand and several regional farmers markets. The farm also takes care of dinner for you with farm-fresh meals to go that can be ordered in advance. Albany’s Midway Farms has a farm stand open seven days a week, selling seasonal produce and CSA boxes for pickup. Order seeds through the mail from Alsea’s The Thyme Garden to get started on your garden; while other growing supplies can be purchased at Albany’s Urban Ag Supply.
Drink: In Corvallis 2 Towns Ciderhouse makes tasty and inventive ciders from 100% fresh-pressed Northwest apples. Sky High Brewing & Pub takes beer and pub food to new heights in its 4-story brewpub in downtown Corvallis. Taste the latest musings of Spiritopia, a craft distillery and winery in downtown Albany or check out the locally-crafted offerings of 4 Spirits Distillery, which aims to make superior liquors while also honoring service members. The regional wineries make for a pleasant afternoon outing. Be sure to check out Philomath’s Pheasant Court Winery, Monroe’s Bluebird Hill Cellars and Corvallis’ Tyee Wine Cellars, all of which capture the unique terroir of the area through their regular and specialty vintages.
About the trail: The South Willamette Valley Food Trail is known for farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries and family farms.
Eat: Creswell Bakery sells their scratch-made artisan breads, plate-sized cinnamon rolls and a decadent lunch menu. Grab all of your baking ingredients or ready-to-eat baked goods from Camas Country Schoolhouse Bakery in Junction City, open Tuesday through Saturday. Provisions Market Hall in Eugene is a cafe with a menu that includes breakfast offerings, sandwiches and pizza.
Drink: Plan to taste your favorite varietals with a visit to the wineries surrounding Eugene, including Brigadoon Wine Co., Walnut Ridge Vineyard, Bennett Vineyards, Noble Estate Winery and King Estate Winery. Check the websites; in many cases reservations are required or encouraged. Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing Company has indoor and outdoor patio seating at its Whiteaker neighborhood location. Claim 52 Kitchen serves up tasty pub food alongside its small batch brews (reservations are strongly recommended). Stop into Alesong Brewing which uses patient production, approaching each beer creation as it would a musical composition. Try a cocktail or sample the spirits straight at Heritage Distilling, the creator of the cocoa bomb whiskey, and Thinking Tree Spirits a women-led distillery.
Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge
About the trail: The East Gorge Food Trail is known for historic orchards, vineyards, farm-to-table restaurants and more.
Eat: The farm stand at Sandoz Farm in The Dalles features butchered meats and fresh and pickled vegetables. You can find their products at The Dalles Farmers Market, one of the many farmers markets in the area. Others include Mosier Farmers Market and the Hood River Farmers Market. For ready-made meals, swing by The Riv for breakfast or lunch inside a 1900s stone church. If you need a boost, stop into Kainos Coffee and know that your purchase goes toward partnering charities.
Drink: Freebridge Brewing invites you to stop in to try their Northwest ales and German lagers, while Sedition Brewing often hosts live music events. Check out Mosier’s Runcible Cider, which makes cider from apples grown on the family-run orchard. Enjoy a heated tent or picnic while wine tasting the wines of family estate Idiot’s Grace Winery in Mosier, and take in the stunning views at Mosier’s Analemma Wines.
About the trail: The Great Umpqua Food Trail is known for farms, ranches, bakeries, wineries, craft breweries and more.
Eat: The Umpqua Valley Farmers Market in Roseburg, held every Saturday, has everything you need to fill your pantry with local products. Bring maximum flavor to each dish you make with Glide’s River Ranch Oregon Olive Oil. In Roseburg, the wood-fired pies featuring creative toppings at Old Soul Pizza are crowd pleasers. In Elkton, Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Cafe serves up specialty sandwiches and mouthwatering baked goods.
Drink: The terroir of the region’s wineries can be tasted in Umpqua’s Henry Estate Winery, Roseburg’s Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards and Cooper Ridge Vineyard, located on the North Umpqua River. If beer is more your thing, stop in for a flavorful, crisp pint at North Forty Beer Company in Roseburg. For something a little different, try the honey-based creations at Oran Mor Artisan Mead, also in Roseburg.
High season varies per business, but is typically June – October. Check seasonality before you go:
- Cherries: June through August
- Blueberries and peaches: July through August
- Pumpkin patches: September through October
About the trail: The Rogue Valley Food Trail is known for cheesemakers, farms with fertile fields, chocolatiers, craft beverages and more.
Eat: In Grants Pass, Rogue Creamery’s cheese shop, dairy and farm stand offers up a wide assortment of cheeses, including Caveman Blue, Jefferson Cheddar and gorgonzola. Dunbar Farms has a Medford tasting room to sample its wine, beer and sandwiches. Also in Medford, don’t miss Buttercloud Bakery & Cafe, where you can dig into brunch plates, biscuit sandwiches and a wide assortment of baked goods. Stop into Super Natural Chocolate Co. in Grants Pass for truffles, hot cocoa mix and more.
Drink: Biodynamic-certified boutique Grants Pass winery Troon Vineyard is open for tastings by reservation. Allow your taste buds to go back in time by trying the honey wine of Steamworks Meadery in Medford. The small-batch whiskeys of Pioneer Whisky in Talent and the unique liquors of Medford’s Immortal Spirits & Distilling Company are also worthy of exploration.
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High Desert Food Trail
About the Trail: The High Desert Food Trail is known for its resilient farms and ranches, craft beverage makers and seed-to-table restaurants.
Eat: Warm Springs Reservation’s Twisted Teepee has everything for a delicious breakfast, including huckleberry pancakes and Indian fry bread. Bend’s Jackson’s Corner sources its ingredients from local farms and ranches and serves up many of the city’s quality craft breweries. If you’re craving a sandwich, try the next-level tri-tip at artisanal butchery and eatery Sisters Meat and Smokehouse, where you can also buy everything you need for grilling. For a plant-forward meal featuring sustainably grown ingredients, check out Redmond’s Terra Kitchen.
Drink: Enjoy a specialty coffee drink and house-made pastry at Sisters Coffee Company. Bend is known for its award-winning craft breweries, so make sure to stop by The Ale Apothecary which uses water from the Deschutes as well as Oregon wildflower honey and grain from nearby Mecca Grade Estate Malt in Madras. In Terrebonne, visit Faith & Hope Charity Vineyard, where you can sip wine with views of the Three Sisters, for which the winery is named. If spirits are more your speed, check out Crater Lake Spirits — be sure to try the Prohibition Gin made with high desert juniper berries.
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