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Albany [1], the "Hub of the Valley", is the 11th largest city in Oregon. It is located 69 miles south of Portland, and 44 miles north of Eugene in the Willamette Valley. The city straddles the Willamette River and along the eastern side of the Calapooia River at its confluence with the Willamette. The city is noted for its collection of historic buildings and districs.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Albany is located at Exit 233, 234B, and shortly after the city limits at 228 off the I-5 Interstate. The city can also be accessed from U.S. Route 20, Oregon Route 99E or Oregon Route 34 that provide access from the near by regions. In real time however - driving from Portland to Albany takes about an hour and a half. If traffic is heavy it could be longer than two hours. Traffic usually bottlenecks around Tigard or Lake Oswego and is slow going from there to Portland.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak Cascades trains run four times daily between Seattle and Portland and twice daily continuing from Portland to Eugene. The Amtrak Coast Starlight also has a once daily train stopping in Albany, OR on its way to Los Angeles in one direction and to Seattle in the other. The Coast Starlight share the same stops as the Cascades between Seattle and Eugene, except Tukwila, WA and Oregon City. From south of Eugene the Amtrak Coast Starlight also serves Chemult and Klamath Falls in Oregon on its way to/from California. The newly remodeled and landscaped Amtrak station is at 110 SW 10th Ave off of S Lyon St & Hwy 99E.

Get around[edit]

To travel around the city there is public transportation: Call-A-Ride and Linn-Benton Loop. Call-A-Ride is a senior ride program and Linn-Benton Loop [2] travels around, to and from Albany and Corvallis (Oregon).

If you do not wish to use public transportation there is also cab service available.

  • Willamette Taxi II Service, +1 541 928-8288

See[edit][add listing]

Being only 13 miles from Corvallis (Oregon) and the home of Oregon State University [3] you are able to stay in town and visit the campus and watch beaver football.

Do[edit][add listing]

Any Season[edit]

  • Albany Regional Museum, 136 Lyon St. SW., Monday-Saturday, Noon-4, call (541) 967-7122.

Summer[edit]

  • Monteith House, 518 SW 2nd Ave., June 15th - September 8th, Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4:00 PM. Home of Albany founders Thomas and Walter Monteith is the "most authentically restored house in Oregon" (Albany Chamber of Commerce).
  • Northwest Art & Air Festival Albany Airport
  • River Rhythms [4] Albany Senior Center/Monteith Park. This is a family friendly outdoor concert featuring local bands. Concerts are held Thursday nights during the months of July and August.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Heritage Mall, 1895 14th Ave SE
  • North Albany Village Currently under construction.

Department Stores[edit]

  • Fred Meyer, 2500 Santiam Hwy SE

Grocery Stores[edit]

  • Albertson,
  • Safeway,
  • Fred Meyer,
  • Rays Food Place

Eat[edit][add listing]

Even though the city is relatively small, if you search, you can find some great tasting food. This section is dedicated to helping our residents find such places.

Budget[edit]

  • Burgerville USA, 2310 Santiam Hwy SE. This is a great fast food restaurant that is native to the northwest. All of its cheese, meat, and other products come from Oregon. For example, Burgerville's cheese comes fresh from the Tillamook cheese factory; its beef comes from northwest cows and is never frozen. They also feature a secret fry and burger sauce and great fresh milkshakes.  edit
  • Lum Yuen Restaurant, 1236 Price Rd SE.  edit
  • Arby's, 910 SE Geary St.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Applebee`s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 1525 Geary Street SE, (541) 928-9595, [5]. Applebee's is one of Albany’s newest restaurants. They feature gourmet American food including salads, burgers, ribs, and other types of American food. The restaurant also has a full bar and new flat panel televisions. It’s located in the Safeway shopping center.  edit
  • Ciddici's Pizza, 133 5th Ave SE (Corner of 5th and Lyon), (541)928-2536, [6]. This is a must visit if you live in or visit Albany. The pizza parlor is in the old electric railway building and features a unique great tasting pizza. The owners name is Tim and he always makes you feel welcome. Go to the website if you would like to print coupons because this is on the higher end of Albany's mid-range price scale. Even so, its worth a try.  edit
  • Elmer's Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner, 2802 Santiam Hwy SE.  edit
  • Izzy's Pizza Restaurant, 2115 Pacific Blvd SW.  edit
  • Los Dos Amigos, 2133 Santiam Hwy SE,, (541)928-4820. Los Dos Amigos is Albany's most popular Mexican restaurant. It features two locations and serves reasonably priced great tasting food.  edit
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 2241 15th Ave SE, (541)812-2550, [7]. Red Robin is one of Albany’s premier chain restaurants. They feature gourmet burgers, salads, and other types of American food. The restaurant also has a full bar and features an assortment of its own specialty drinks. It’s located right next to the Albany heritage mall making it quite accessible.  edit
  • Riley's, 124 Broadalbin St SW, (541)926-2838, [8]. This restaurant is in historic downtown and shares its walls with a pool hall. Its a great atmosphere and a place where you can eat and play pool or just sit in the dining room and enjoy each others company.  edit
  • Valentino's Pizza, North Albany Village, Ray's Shopping Center. This is the best pizza place, go here! The atmosphere is beyond anything around this town and the local owners are wonderful. Their food is so fresh and their pizza, pastas and calzone beyond anything in Albany. They have only been around about a year, but don't let that fool you, their food is better than anything in the area  edit
  • Wyatt's, 211 1st Ave W, (541)917-3727, [9]. Wyatt's is a family pub. It features a great atmosphere and location. The restaurant is divided into a bar as well as a dining room. The food is American and the prices average $8.00 per plate.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Sybaris Restaurant, 442 W 1st Ave Web: [10]

A bistro with a relaxing atmosphere and a seasonal menu.

  • Depot Restaurant 822 Lyon St. W

A small and comfortable seafood restaurant in downtown.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Vault 244 Bistro/Lounge, 244 1st Ave SW, 541-791-9511. closed sunday. Trendy bistro/lounge, No minors permitted  edit

Microbrewery[edit]

  • Calapooia Brewing Co, 140 Hill St SE (corner of Front and Hill).
  • Wilhelm’s Spirits and Eatery 1520 SE Pacific Blvd (541)926-7001

An upscale pub and brewery

Lounge[edit]

  • Alleyoop Lounge, 1245 Clay St SE (near corner Santiam and Clay).
  • Lucky Larrys Lounge, 1295 Commercial Way SE (corner of Santiam and Commercial Way).
  • JP's Lounge, 220 2nd Ave SW (nearest corner at 2nd and Ellsworth St. SW).

Taverns[edit]

  • Fog Horn, 435 2nd Ave SE
  • Humpty's Dump Bar and Grill, 916 NE Old Salem Rd
  • Linger Longer, 145 Main St SE
  • Ma's Dary Farm, 3411 Pacific Blvd SW

Sports Bar[edit]

  • Bogey's Bar & Grill, 129 W 1st St
  • Bailey’s 831 Elm St. SW

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Train House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 206 7th Ave SW (corner of Ellsworth (Highway 20 East) and 7th) (541) 791-5281.
  • The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn 530 Ferry Street SW (541)971-9557 www.thepfeiffercottageinn.com

The Pfeiffer House is a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow located in the heart of Albany. Albany’s historic courthouse and many boutique shops are within walking distance. There are 3 guest rooms all with private bathrooms.

  • Edelweiss Manor Bed & Breakfast 1708 Sringhill Dr. NW (541)928-0747 www.edelweissmanor.com

Edelweiss Manor is an historic landmark in Albany, Oregon. The four-square Farm House was built in 1908. it features a wrap around with pillars and sits on 2.86 acres. Located within walking distance of two golf courses and a new shopping center. Guest Suite is on the first floor, queen size bed private bath with shower.

Hotels[edit]

  • Best Western, 315 Airport Rd SE (by the airport).
  • Days Inn, 1100 Price Rd SE.
  • Motel 6, 2735 Pacific Blvd SE.
  • Phoenix Inn, 3410 Spicer Rd SE, I-5 Exit 233, +1 541 926-5696 (near Home Depot) [11] -- All suite hotel accommodations
  • La Quinta Inn, 251 Airport Rd SE (near I-5).
  • Quality Inn, 1100 Price Road SE (near I-5).

Get out[edit]

Albany features two great golf courses. The Golf Club of Oregon as well as members only Spring Hill Country Club. The Country Club is now under new ownership and is now open to the public for the winter months. Both offer exciting 18 hole courses featuring sand and water hazards. These courses are also lined with gigantic trees. This creates a serene feeling and when the clouds are low,and is a memorable experience. Golf club of Oregon offers lower rates than the country club, however during the winter months, both have comparable rates. Find out more about these two courses by visiting [12].


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