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Relax in this charming 1960s Garden Cottage in historic Independence, Oregon, 12 miles east of Salem, 22 miles north of Corvallis, 3 miles from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and 59 miles south of Portland.
On a residential dead-end street near Pioneer Park, the Cottage is a four-block walk from Independence's historic downtown and Riverview Park. It's ultra-quiet most of the day and night; on weekdays you may hear kids playing during recess at the elementary school. The Cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a standard double bed (both feature new, eco-friendly, allergy-resistant Parklane mattresses), and one bathroom with bathtub/shower. Eco-aware, health-conscious hosts provide soft, 100% organic cotton bedsheets and towels freshly laundered for your stay in fragrance-free, environmentally safe detergent. We use only non-toxic cleaning supplies in the Cottage, and maintain a non-smoking policy for all guests.
The full kitchen offers a dining table and chairs, selection of cookbooks (check the bookshelf in the living room), and cooking utensils and dishes to serve four people. We provide a few basic breakfast fixings such as coffee and eggs (local, free-range eggs when in season), plus an herb garden; for your other grocery needs, we recommend Roth's Market at 1401 Monmouth Avenue, a mile west of the Cottage, or the smaller Mootharts Market, a four-block walk away. See the guest handbook on the dining table for restaurant recommendations, web addresses for local wineries, the password for the Cottage's free wifi, and more. The colorful living room features a sofa and chair, DVD player with a selection of movies and vintage TV shows, record player with vintage records, and bookcase stocked with classic short stories and mystery novels. You may see deer or raccoons who wander up from the nearby creek.
Historic Independence, Oregon
Founded in 1845 by 21-year-old Oregon Trail pioneer Elvin A. Thorp, Independence is proud of the Victorian, Gothic, Craftsman and other historic homes and commercial buildings in its Historic District, designated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The Heritage Museum, 2 blocks from the Cottage, is open afternoons Wednesday through Saturday and offers visitors a look at photos and artifacts from the town's 150-year-plus history.
Walk to top-quality restaurants and cafés in the Historic District. Our special recommendations include The Pink House Café (6 blocks away), Mangiare Italian Restaurant (4 blocks), and the Ovenbird Bakery (5 blocks) - all include gluten-free options. You'll also find a steakhouse, beer and deli food, Mexican, Thai, Asian and other cuisines within a short walk or drive - a list is provided at the Cottage.
Independence boasts two farmer's markets on Saturdays, April-November, offering fresh local fruits and vegetables plus locally made pastries, jams, soaps and other goodies (4-6 blocks). Riverview Park (4 blocks) is on the west bank of the Willamette River. An 8-week summer series of free movies on Thursdays and free concerts on Fridays takes place in the Park, as well as the annual Independence Day celebrations. Monmouth, Independence's companion city, offers a free Music in the Park series on Wednesdays in July and August. Other annual events include the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival and a Ghost Walk tour in late September. Nature enthusiasts will want to check out The Willamette River Trail, a 5-kilometer loop trail beginning at Riverview Park which passes through the Willamette's riparian zone.
Scrapbooking events at the Running with Scissors store (5 blocks) attract visitors from near and far. Second Chance Books (6 blocks) packs a lot of books, almost-new to antique, into its larger-than-it-looks shop. From vintage postcards to fine furniture, discover evocative pieces of the past at Main Street Antiques (4 blocks). The Independence Cinema, an ultra-modern multiplex theater (6 blocks), offers a variety of first-run movies and includes a 3-D capacity. Small-plane pilots land and take off at the Independence State Airport on the north side of town.
Centrally located in Oregon's renowned Willamette Valley wine country, Independence makes a great home base for touring vineyards. Within a ten-mile radius of the Cottage are the Redgate Vineyard in Independence; the Amalie Robert Estate and the Illahe Vineyards and Winery, both in Dallas; the Eola Hills Wine Cellars and the Firesteed Winery, both in Rickreall; and the Ankeny Vineyard and Winery and the Orchard Heights Winery, both in Salem. In addition to wine-tastings, many vineyards offer special brunches and dinners, as well as events like the Redgate Vineyard's summer concert series and the Eola Hills wine country bike rides.
Independence was once the hop capital of the world; Rogue Ales still grows heritage hops 7 miles south of town at the Rogue Farms Hopyard, where you can enjoy their brews (and on many summer weekends a salmon bake) at the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room.
The Cottage is 1.2 miles from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway and easily reached by bicycle. A storage area next to the kitchen allows you to securely stash your bicycle when not in use.
The Willamette Valley Birding Trail (Yamhill Loop) runs just north of Independence and includes Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge (12 miles north of Independence), the Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area (29 miles north of Independence), and other premier birding sites. The Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area (11 miles south of Independence) offers 615 acres of riparian habitat with fishing and wildlife viewing and, for boaters, an access point on the Willamette River Water Trail.
The Polk County Annual Fair in August is only one of many events held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, 7 miles from the Cottage. Their busy calendar includes everything from rodeos to square dancing to flea markets.
Gardeners will love touring the display gardens at Dancing Oaks Nursery (16 miles from the Cottage), Schreiner's Iris Gardens (20 miles) or the Oregon Garden in Silverton (26 miles).
Independence is a 13-mile drive from the Oregon State Capitol, Willamette University, and other attractions in historic downtown Salem.
Our Welcome to You
We invite you to relax and enjoy yourself in our romantic Garden Cottage, a quiet getaway retreat where you'll be a hop-skip-and-a-jump from an abundance of interesting things to do and places to explore. Guest AccessGuests will have the entire Cottage to themselves during their stay, with use of the Cottage herb garden. Park in the driveway behind the house or on the street in front. Two bicycle hooks available in a storage room off the kitchen. Interaction with GuestsMost guests enjoy the Cottage's private location. Robert and Margaret live a few blocks away and are usually available at short notice if needed. We can be reached by phone or through the AirBnB message system during your stay. The NeighborhoodRobert and I love the friendly, considerate people in Independence, which has a rural atmosphere but a variety of outstanding restaurants and cafes, as well as a modern multiplex cinema. The Cottage borders a historic district which includes many graceful century-old homes and stately brick commercial buildings from the nineteenth century. A historic walking tour booklet is available at the Cottage. Oregon's state capital, Salem, with its city conveniences is a short, scenic drive away across the river. Independence is in the midst of the Willamette Valley's outstanding wine country, and our guest handbook recommends numerous local wineries with tasting rooms. Western Oregon University, three miles away in Monmouth, has an art gallery open to the public and a concert series during the school year. Getting AroundThe Cottage is just blocks from Independence's Main Street, with its shops, restaurants and cafés. It's a perfect stop-over for bicyclists traveling the Willamette Scenic Bikeway