A prime place to stay along the river on the edge of downtown Corvallis is the Holiday Inn Express (781 NE 2nd St., 541/752-0800 or 888/465-4329, www.hiexpress.com, $105 and up). It’s within an easy and pleasant walk of the downtown riverfront restaurants; get a river-view guest room and perhaps you’ll see an eagle flying upriver early in the morning.
Also along the river near downtown is the Super 8 Motel (407 NW 2nd St., 541/758-8088, $70 and up). It’s nothing fancy, but the location is good.
With a sister location in Reedsport, Salbasgeon Suites (1730 NW 9th St., 541/753-4320 or 800/965-8808, www.salbasgeon.com, $120 and up) is situated in the heart of Corvallis’s business district, just a jaunt from dining and shops. Guests have access to the large indoor heated swimming pool, the sauna, and a gym as well as in-room high-speed Internet access. There’s also a good restaurant on-site.
The Hilton Garden Inn (2500 SW Western Blvd., 541/752-5000 or 800/445-8667, $107 and up) is practically part of the OSU campus; it’s located near Reser Stadium (the football stadium), Gill Coliseum (the basketball arena), and the OSU Conference Center. It’s a very comfortable hotel with good amenities for business travelers.
The Hanson Country Inn (795 SW Hanson St., 541/752-2919, www.hcinn.com, $95 and up) gives you the feeling you’re way out of town even though it’s actually within walking distance of campus. Antiques, canopy beds, 1920s woodwork, and a book-lined library warm up the interior. On the outside, a hillside overlooking the Hanson farm offers a feeling of tranquility. A two-bedroom cottage, ideal for families, sits behind the main house.
If you really do want to get out into the countryside, consider a farm stay at the Leaping Lamb (20368 Honey Grove Rd., Alsea, 541/487-4966 or 877/820-6132, www.leapinglambfarm.com, $125 and up), where a private two-bedroom cabin with cooking facilities (basic breakfast items supplied) is perfect for families. It’s well situated for hikes into the nearby forest or for just communing with farm animals.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel