Destination guide

The promised land of flowing milk and honey

The 150-mile long Willamette Valley spans the Pacific Northwest region and is characterized by the picturesque Willamette River which flows along its full length. The valley has long been the agricultural heartland of the west, so much so it was once called the 'promised land of flowing milk and honey' in the 19th century. These days, travelers descend upon the region to stay in Willamette Valley vacation rentals and hike, bike and kayak along the meandering rivers and winding trails. It's also carved out a more recent niche in wine production with over 19,000 acres of vineyards flourishing in the sun.

Things to do

Beer-producing Benedictine monks

It's not all hiking and biking in this neck of the woods. If your Willamette Valley vacation rental is near the Oregon Garden, you can enjoy spring flowers and let the kids run riot in the children's area which features a Hobbit House. For something more grown up, don't miss the Mount Angel Abbey where a community of beer-producing Benedictine monks live. It also houses a fascinating but rather bizarre taxidermy museum. If you visit during the summer, you can watch outdoor concerts and films in the Riverview Park or take part in the Canterbury Renaissance Faire.


Dozens of tumbling cascades

There's simply too many things to do in the valley to list in one place, but if you're going to visit just one place, make it the Silver Falls State Park, which is located near most Willamette Valley vacation rentals. Here you can lace up your boots to hike through the miles of trails passing dozens of tumbling waterfalls. If you like angling, you're in the right place. Cast your lure into the river to catching passing salmon or simply camp by the water's edge and enjoy a night under the stars.


Helping in the harvest

The Willamette Valley vacation rentals are open year-round, but they get busiest in the summer when the days are hot and dry. It's not the only season for travelers, though. During fall, the Willamette Valley gets busy with pickers who pluck the rich purple pinot noir grapes ready to be made into vintages, or harvest the fruit and vegetables. The winters get cold, but if you bundle up there are a whole host of snowy activities to take part in. And of course, you can always settle in for an artisan meal, craft beer or local wine in one of the cozy restaurants and bars that dot the valley.

Natural features

Roaming black bears

The entire valley is packed full of wildlife, but arguably the best place to see birds and mammals is the Willamette National Forest. From your Willamette Valley vacation rental you can easily reach the park which provides a home for hundreds of species. The swathes of conifers and Douglas firs are home to hummingbirds and falcons, while the river which crosses through it teems with spawning steelheads and salmon. The highlight though is the rare spotting of elusive black bears or the red-tailed deer which are often seen bounding along the forest floor. Wildlife lovers won't be disappointed.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Willamette Valley

The nearest airport is in Corvallis, OR (CVO-Corvallis Municipal), located 27.1 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Eugene, OR (EUG-Mahlon Sweet Field), which is 27.2 mi (43.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Albany Station, Eugene Station and Salem Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Willamette Valley by jumping on the metro at Clackamas Town Center Transit Center, SE Fuller Road Station or SE Flavel Street Station.

Where to stay around Willamette Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,252 vacation rentals near Willamette Valley. From 1,021 Houses to 232 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Willamette Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Willamette Valley?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Willamette Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dundee: 233 vacation rentals
  • Portland: 1,314 vacation rentals
  • Oregon Coast: 4,506 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln City: 1,268 vacation rentals
  • Seaside: 798 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Willamette Valley! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Willamette Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Willamette Valley:

  • Dundee: 233 rentals
  • Portland: 1,314 rentals
  • Lincoln City: 1,268 rentals
  • Seaside: 798 rentals
  • Cannon Beach: 958 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Willamette Valley?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Willamette Valley are:

  • Portland International Airport (PDX): 1,303 vacation rentals
  • Pacific City, OR (PFC): 1,270 vacation rentals
  • Portland, OR (HIO-Portland-Hillsboro): 1,288 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Willamette Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Willamette Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cannon Beach: 1,429 rentals
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: 271 rentals
  • Haystack Rock: 1,588 rentals
  • Rockaway Beach: 921 rentals
  • Silver Falls State Park: 45 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Willamette Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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