Traveling with Kids: 72 Hours in the Willamette Valley

Many know the Willamette Valley for its vineyards, but it is also great for a summer road trip with the kids. Life in Willamette Valley moves a little slower, so TJ and I found exactly what we were looking for: savory farm-to-table food, scenic landscapes, and tight-knit communities.

We spent 72 hours here making lots of memories. We were all super hungry, so our first stop was at the kid-friendly Tacovore, where guac is best enjoyed out on the patio.

We started the next day fresh after a good-night sleep at the Hyatt Place and headed to the Cascades Raptor Center, where nearly 50 raptor bird species live in large outdoor aviaries. Next, we had lunch at Provisions Market Hall, stopped for craft beer at the Sky High Brewery in Corvallis, and then headed to Philomath, where we visited Soft Star Shoes, a company that has been hand-crafting beautiful leather shoes for three decades now, and Nectar Creek Meadery where we sampled different varieties of honey and meads.

We spend the third day visiting Albany, its Historic Albany Carousel & Museum and Albany Art Studio, where everyone can feel like a kid again, go crazy-painting and splattering colors all over the walls.

We spent the last night of our family-friendly trip in an airstream trailer at The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dundee, watching the sunset and making S’mores. Check out the video for the full story of our 72 hours in Willamette Valley.