Heading out on a Southern Oregon road trip and need a great cup of coffee, an amazing farm-to-table dinner or a tasting room with a view around Roseburg? Now you can pull out the Great Umpqua Food Trail map to find about 70 stops just a short detour off the highway that focus on local ingredients that were grown, raised, harvested or created in Southern Oregon’s “Great Umpqua” region — named for the watershed and the lush valleys through which the river and its tributaries flow.
Choose a section of the trail for a day (or week) of food adventure: wineries, breweries and farm-to-table restaurants, farmers markets, farm stands, seafood sellers, u-pick farms, bakeries, cafes and guest ranches. The businesses along the Great Umpqua Food Trail share a commitment to promoting and sourcing products that are grown, raised or created in the Great Umpqua region. Find your themed route below or download the official brochure.
Rambling Rivers Itinerary
A wild river leads through the woods to a variety of local epicurean delights.
Start the morning right with fresh coffee and sandwiches at Darkroom Espresso, also an art gallery, and stock up on locally made treats for the road. Head north to U.S. 99, where outdoor escapades await along the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River at the Winchester Dam Fish Ladder, on forested hiking trails and in Colliding Rivers Park, where two mighty rivers converge.
Arrange a tasting at River Ranch Oregon Olive Oil, where riverside orchards yield aromatic olive varieties that are masterly captured in liquid form.
A short jaunt to Susan Creek Falls is well worth the detour, rewarded by a satisfying lunch and Oregon spirits at the historic Steamboat Inn in Idleyld Park. Save room for a slice of warm berry pie, with enough time to admire the rushing river from the patio.
Follow the currents west to Roseburg for a slew of tasty dinner options. At Backside Brewing, comfort food complements a sizable selection of craft beers, including special brews with notes of coffee or peach. The wood-fired pizza is one of a kind at Old Soul Pizza, with creative toppings and cozy digs in downtown. Raise a glass to the day with wine and charcuterie at Cooper Ridge Vineyard, arguably one of the best views of the Umpqua Valley, perched high above the river.
Sip to the Sea Itinerary
Travelers reap the rewards of this river route known for wine, berries and seafood.
Your journey begins in the enchanting butterfly pavilion at Elkton Community Education Center. The student-operated Outpost Cafe has smoothies and pastries to fuel your day. A hand-hewn replica of historic Fort Umpqua is just steps away, down the trail through the native plant park.
Cool coastal mountain valleys make the Elkton AVA a distinctive wine region. Sip estate wines at Bradley Vineyards, the town’s longest-standing, family-owned vineyard, and Brandborg Vineyard & Winery, where pours can be enjoyed with a downtown patio view. Across the street, Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Cafe reinvents homestyle cooking with specialty pizzas and sandwiches, plus mouthwatering baked goods like elk claw, a local favorite.
Continue west (with a designated driver if you are drinking) to River’s Edge Winery for small-batch pinot noir and a glimpse of the winemaking process taking place just behind the tasting bar. Enjoy the food at Scottsburg Park’s serene picnic area overlooking the river.
Just before the Pacific peaks over the horizon, stop at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and marvel at herds of Roosevelt elk before dusk. As the ocean air saturates your senses, head to dinner at Harbor Light Restaurant, serving local seafood as well as hearty steaks and pot pies. End the evening at the copper bar of Defeat River Brewery in the heart of Reedsport.
Farm-fresh feasts await on this scenic journey through the heart of Umpqua Valley.
Greet the day with a rainbow of produce at Umpqua Valley Farmers Market. Ready-to-eat options include savory dips from Blue Nile Authentic Hummus, organic kombucha from Omgrown Family Farm and Thai-styles dishes at The Dragon Wagon.
Venture west of Roseburg to the farms and fields of Umpqua Valley. Gourmet jams and pies steal the show at Kruse Farms, among a large inventory of food and gifts. Across the way, try small-batch mead at the friendly tasting room of Oran Mor Artisan Mead, then mosey next door to Season Cellars for acclaimed wines made from a variety of grapes. The sips continue at Delfino Vineyards, a family-owned boutique winery featuring artisan wines and acres of photo-worthy vines.
The tiny community of Lookingglass enjoys quiet fame for its country store built in 1875 and still in operation. On Thursdays, from spring to the holidays, the Lookingglass Grange Farm Market hosts an array of talented food and craft vendors. A quick trip south, sip award-winning tempranillo at the famous Abacela Winery and learn about its sustainability efforts.
Ripe fruit and vegetables are aplenty at Brosi Sugar Tree Farms, where U-pick fields offer big discounts. Reward your efforts at Freed Estate Winery, a vineyard whose accolades for wine are matched by a fun tasting room atmosphere inspired by the tropics. Cap the day with an incredible farm-to-table dinner experience at Parrot House Restaurant, housed in a historic house, featuring ingredients of the Umpqua Valley, and cheers the region’s bounty.
More tasty stops
In all there are 65 stops on The Great Umpqua Food Trail, from bakeries and restaurants, to farms and growers markets, to breweries and wineries, to immersive experiences and food-focused lodges. Make your base camp in one of these charming towns and find a delicious farm-to-table meal around the corner. Here are some of the locales to explore.
Located off I-5 in the heart of the Land of Umpqua
Yoncalla to Reedsport
West of I-5 from the Umpqua River to the Pacific Ocean
Winston to Canyonville
South of Roseburg along I-5
Along I-5 from Oakland to Winston
The Great Umpqua Food Trail is open to visitors throughout the year and is designed to explore at your own pace — you are welcome to start and finish wherever you like. To ensure a positive experience, please check the hours of operation for each business online or by phone and note when advance reservations or appointments are required.
Before setting out along the Great Umpqua Food Trail, plan ahead by mapping your route to make it easy to navigate remote areas without cell service. Also check road conditions and fuel up, since gas stations can be harder to find on country roads.
High season varies per business, but is typically June – October. Seasonality of key products is listed below:
- Cherries are often available June through August
- Blueberries and peaches are usually at their best July through August
- Pumpkin patches are often open September through October
The working farms along this trail provide some of the most unique and engaging experiences. We ask that you respect the invitation to enter each property and be cautious around farm animals and equipment. Children must be supervised at all times and you should be prepared to follow all site-specific rules. For your safety and comfort, be prepared with appropriate footwear, sun protection and water.
Annual wine events in the Umpqua Valley include the Greatest of the Grape on the first Saturday of March and the Barrel Tour on the first Saturday of May. Visit umpquavalleywineries.org for more information.
We hope your experience along the Great Umpqua Food Trail doesn’t end when you leave the area. We encourage you to bring a taste of your journey back home to share with friends and family as a reminder of the bounty available in the Great Umpqua region. Learn more at thegreatumpqua.com.