Travel

Flying

You have two options of destinations to fly in to: Eugene (EUG) or Portland (PDX). Eugene is much closer (~45 minutes from Corvallis) and more convenient to get in and out of since it’s a small regional airport. Portland is probably the easiest option for most folks, though. It’s about an hour and a half to two hours from PDX to Corvallis depending on traffic, but it’s usually cheaper, there are more options for rental cars and such, and you can check out Portland! Plus, PDX is consistently ranked by Travel and Leisure as America’s Best Airport, even if they are getting rid of the old carpet.

Getting to Corvallis

If you’re renting a car, get on I-5 and head South until Exit 228, then take a right and go straight until you cross the Willamette (pronounced Will-am-it).

For those of you too cool for cars who are choosing to embrace the Oregon lifestyle, we recommend the Hut shuttle that drops you off on campus or at the Hilton.

Travel in Corvallis

For those not renting a car, it’s probably important to note that WE DO NOT HAVE UBER. I think there’s some sort of taxi service, but I wouldn’t put much faith in that, either.

The plus side is that we do have a free bus system that gets you all around town; Corvallis is pretty walkable, especially downtown; and, as of very recently, we have a bike share program! Honestly, bikes are the best way around town anyways. Some of us use them as our primary means of transportation and can only navigate town on back roads and side streets, even when in a large moving automobile…

Gettin’ to the Hitchin’

As much as we love our bikes, you’re going to want to drive to the wedding destination. Not only that, but parking is limited, so you will probably want to ride with someone else so that we don’t turn a beautiful Oregon park into a less ideal parking lot. Please carpool.

Dining Recommendations

Corvallis & Philomath

Bellhop is probably our favorite place in town. They do handmade pasta and have some excellent fried chicken, at least by PNW standards. They are also next door to our favorite coffee shop, Tried & True.

Gathering Together Farms in Philomath is our favorite place to eat in the valley. All local ingredients that they grow there on the farm, and you can walk around and check out the flowers and chickens when you’re done eating. This is local.

The Woodsman is quite a place. The menu has everything from burgers to pad thai, but it’s the location that makes it worth the journey. Huge saws decorate the walls of this restaurant built for loggers. The servings are huge.

Laughing Planet is solid food at a reasonable price and has good vegetarian options.

Tarntip is good Thai food. We especially like their curries. Note that they only accept cash.

American Dream pizza is pretty good pizza, and they have an upstairs patio.

Les Caves has good food and an excellent selection of beer.

Block 15 is right next door to Caves, and is probably my (Rich) favorite local brewery. They also do good burgers, including those of the veggie variety.

Sky High offers lackluster beer, mediocre food, and jaw-dropping views from their rooftop.

There’s a ton of chains and such over on 9th Street if Arby’s and Hardee’s (they call it Carl’s Jr. out here) are more your jam. You should check out Burgerville for an Oregon fast-food joint with some AMAZING milkshakes.

Eugene

If you want more options for good food, Eugene is only an hour away and definitely worth checking out if you’re flying in or out of that airport.

Izakaya Meiji is a Japanese Tavern that offers excellent food at a reasonable price.

grit is where you go if you’re feeling real fancy. The cheese board is excellent.

Mezza Luna Pizzeria is probably the best pizza around, and you can buy it by the slice.

Portland

If you make it to Portland, close your eyes and walk in any direction and you will quickly find some excellent food.

Screen Door for y’all that might be feelin’ homesick.

Pok Pok for amazing Thai food

Or just drive until you see a bunch of food trucks and go wild.

The Coast

If you can make it out to the coast, you will not be disappointed. Excellent local seafood.

Ocean Bleu Seafood at Gino’s is probably our favorite. We highly recommend the fried rockfish (it’s local!) or the stew.

Rogue brewery is probably my favorite Oregon brewery. Check it out and try the Wasted Sea Star Pale Ale. They also sell food.

April’s at Nye Beach is very good and a bit more high class. This is Oregon, though, so your shorts and sandals will be fine.

Luna Sea has excellent fish and chips and a nice outdoor seating area. The guy who runs this place is the quintessential fisherman and can tell you where he caught the fish they cook down to the depth of water. Their smoked canned tuna is amazing.

 

 

 

Accommodations

There are a few lodging options for the area.

We have a block of rooms at Best Western. To make a reservation, you can click here for our customized link or call them at 541-758-8571 and ask for the Braun/Collins Wedding block. These should cost $122 a night.

If you want the downtown Corvallis experience, you can also try the Holiday Inn or, for a lower price, the Super 8. Both of these are right on the river and within walking distance of downtown, which means you can live that pedestrian friendly Oregon life.

If you’re feeling fancy, you can stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. This place is right next to campus, so you can spend your evenings wandering between some beautiful buildings and checking out some gorgeous trees.

If we were in your shoes, we’d probably opt for AirBnB. It’s a bit more DIY, but there’s something great about staying in a house when you’re traveling, even if it’s someone else’s home. Plus this offers some of the most affordable options for accommodations.