Cottage Grove, OR, USA

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Cottage Grove, OR, USA

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Pastoral pleasures in Cottage Grove

It’s proudly known as the Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon, which should give you some idea of how folksy and idyllic Cottage Grove is. The tranquil, tree-filled landscape around this small town is so picturesque, it’s attracted many filmmakers over the years – the region has been the setting for screen classics like Buster Keaton’s The General, and the iconic coming-of-age movie Stand By Me. Given the rustic grandeur of the surroundings, it’s rather appropriate that Cottage Grove vacation rentals also exude rustic charm, with secluded cabins and cottages nestled amid wooded areas, and making a fine base for fishing and hiking getaways.

Hitting the outdoors in North Conway

The lush, sprawling world of the White Mountain National Forest is a major draw around these parts. Outdoorsy adventurers will be spoiled for choice here, whether you want to go rock climbing, mountain biking, or just for an epic hike through this realm of dramatic peaks, dense woods, and rippling streams. Keep those hiking boots on for a visit to Echo Lake State Park, where Cathedral Ledge provides an awe-inspiring panorama of nature at its wildest. Then, you can go for a dip in the mirror-like lake, or have a picnic by its shores. Don’t forget to go on a trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad, which offers journeys through the landscape on vintage carriages.

Historic charm in Cottage Grove

Seeing the famous covered bridges of Cottage Grove is top of many visitors’ to-do lists when visiting this neck of the woods. You can cycle, drive or simply stroll through these old landmarks that pepper the area, from the Currin Bridge to the Chambers Covered Bridge. They certainly make memorable backdrops for vacation snaps. Meanwhile, you can have a nostalgia trip at the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, which is set in an old dance barn and celebrates the region’s mining past with photos, vintage tools, and ore samples. Foodies may also want to make time to visit local vineyard tasting rooms and sample the best in Oregon wine.

Summer festival fun in Cottage Grove

Summer is always a good season to book Cottage Grove vacation rentals. Temperatures are warm without being uncomfortably hot, and the weather is ideally suited to getting out there and immersing yourself in the woody landscape. There’s also the added bonus of Bohemia Mining Days, an annual summer festival that’s been going since the 1950s, and see the town come alive with parades, live music, and market stalls. Fall, with its attractive copper colors, is another fine time to go on this rustic getaway.

Outdoor adventures near Cottage Grove

Set along the flowing waters of the Coast Fork Willamette River, and surrounded by untamed natural beauty, Cottage Grove is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. On the east side of town, you can enter Row River Nature Park, where bird-watchers should look out for woodpeckers, buffleheads, and black phoebes while walking the trails. And, close by the town, there’s Dorena Lake – this wide, blue body of water is a hugely popular place to fish, swim, or go boating, while hikers can get out into the emerald forests that surround the waters.