One of the biggest attractions in this beautiful rural city is its annual Scandinavian Festival. This sleepy farming community explodes with visitors around mid-August each year, when around 100,000 visitors descend on the town and surrounding areas to celebrate the culture of the early Scandinavian settlers. There’s a massive market where you and your wag-tailed wonder can enjoy the sights and particularly the smells of traditional Scandinavian food and crafts. But if mid-August doesn’t suit you, never fear, as there’s plenty of other fetching activities all year round!
As Junction City is a largely agricultural city with a burgeoning wine-growing tradition, there is a selection of vineyards and farms to visit with your furry friend. Pfeffer Vineyard with its delicious pinot noir, wandering paths, secluded tasting areas and picnic tables is a must-see. The same can be said for Walnut Ridge Vineyard, which has a tasting patio commanding a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. Last but definitely not least is the ast-hounding Bellpine Vineyard, which has its own pet-friendly guest house (although it is restricted to 1 small dog only).
Junction City, with its small-town charm, friendly locals, and fun activities throughout the year, is a wonderful place for dog owners to live or visit!
An absolute must-see in this beautiful little rural village is the Valhalla Winery. This stunning, dog-friendly spot is only a 20-minute drive south of Junction City, and boy is it worth the trip! (Even if you’re not a big wine fan.) The setting allows for long strolls with your four-legged buddy around the vines and hills. During the summer months, there are often outdoor music events (maybe avoid those if your canine can be cranky about noise) and local vendors that come out to sell a wide selection of local food, produce, and beverages. You and Fido would be barking mad to miss this!
Although this spot is just over an hour’s drive from Junction City, it really is a worthwhile journey to make with your tree-sniffin' pal, because there are plenty of trees to sniff and mark at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park! Just off Highway 101 but sheltered from noise by lush, wild-flowering rhododendrons and ancient trees, this park has a wide selection of clearly marked treks of varying difficulty for you and your barking buddy to see. There’s plenty of pet-friendly camping, and you can even book a yurt to rent in advance. If you want to treat yourself and your furry friend to some R&R by the Pacific Ocean, this is the pawfect place to do it!
This part of rural Oregon really is wine country (not "whine" country!), and the sleepy town of Monroe is no exception, boasting 3 nearby vineyards. The beautifully named and equally beautifully situated Sweet Earth Vineyard is a real gem for you and your furry friend to visit, as it has a lovely outdoor patio commanding views of the coastal foothills. It's peaceful and well-shaded, and in summer, this spot features a vendor from the locally famous Boss Hawgs’ BBQ. The wines and local micro-brews are very reasonably priced, but if you want a more high-end wine, the Benton Cane Winery is the place to go.
Had enough wine and need to play at a dog park? Armitage Dog Park really is the perfect spot to bring your rover out roving! This beautiful open-plan park is big enough that your prancing pooch can really stretch their legs but small enough that you can keep an eye on 'em from the many picnic tables and benches around the park. There are waste stations, fresh water pumps, wading pools, and toys scattered all around the area. The perimeter is nice and secure even for the high-jumping hounds, so no worries there. It is worth noting that there is a $4 parking fee, and a $180 fine for skipping out on it, so bring some coins.
Corvallis is a great spot to travel to with your wag-tailed tag-along as it has a total of 8 great parks to choose from. A particular favorite is the Corvallis Dog Park. This is the perfect spot for your bounding buddy to stretch their legs. The facilities for doggies are great here; there’s a paddling pool with fresh water pumped into it, benches for owners to relax on, and plenty of responsible dog owners (although it’s worth noting there can be exceptions in any off-leash park). The only drawback of this park is that it can be a little muddy on or after rainy days.