This small Oregon city is big on charm and amenities. 

Situated in central western Oregon, tucked between the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, Corvallis is in the heart  of Willamette Valley and home to Oregon State University.

Population: 60,000 with Oregon State University students making up about 40% of the population. 

Transportation: The regional Eugene Airport and Portland International Airport, with shuttle service and rental cars available at both locations. There are complimentary public buses around Corvallis. 

Vibe: “We’re a community that celebrates the unconventional, supports all things local, and is passionate about preserving the beauty of our natural resources,” says Christina Rehklau, executive director of Visit Corvallis. The sweet spot for groups here is 200 to 400 attendees.

Must Sees & Dos: Take a hike or a bike ride; Corvallis has more than 60 miles of trails. For an after-meeting day or two of adventure, consider the new Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail. It’s taken decades to create what’s known as the C2C Trail, which links the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Ocean. 

Visit a winery. There are some 700 wineries in the Willamette Valley, which is known for its world-class pinot noir. Twenty wineries are within 20 miles of Corvallis, including Lumos Wine Company, Cardwell Hill Winery, Tyee Wine Cellars and Bluebird Hill Cellars. Wine tours can be arranged through Traveling Oregon Tours. 

Experience a Goat Happy Hour. This is simply a chance for groups to mingle with the goats at No Regrets Farm and to have the property to themselves. Or head to Thyme Garden Farm for a guided tour of the greenhouses followed by aromatherapy, basket-weaving or herb vinegar workshops and a meal in the garden. A big bonus is the drive to Thyme Garden, which winds past Mary’s Peak, the highest point in the Coast Range. Also, wander downtown Corvallis, filled with independent boutiques, bookstores and cafes.

Hotels: Corvallis has 957 guestrooms. Properties include Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Comfort Suites and Hotel Corvallis. 

Restaurants: The city’s 112 restaurants place a heavy emphasis on farm-to-table, locally sourced ingredients. Some standout examples include Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery, Castor Kitchen & Bar, Gathering Together Farmstand & Restaurant, and Taco Vino. 

See your donut made right before your eyes at Benny’s Donuts, where flavors include Oregon marionberry, Canadian maple and Willamette strawberry. Indulge your burger cravings at Cheesy Stuffed Burgers or indulge in a meal at a local brewery or distillery. Rehklau suggests one of Block 15’s taprooms, Sky High Brewing Pub and 4 Spirits Distillery. 

The new Common Fields in downtown Corvallis is another great option for groups. It offers a variety of food trucks serving everything from ramen and BBQ to gyros and falafel as well as local beer, cider, meads, wine, hard seltzer and non-alcoholic beverages. Fire pits, heated seats and rain coverage for year-round shelter add to the ambiance of the place. 

Venues: Many restaurants, breweries and wineries have private event space. Larger venues include LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State (40,000 square feet), CH2M HILL Alumni Center at Oregon State (16,000 square feet), Benton County Fairgrounds (11,000 square feet), The Vue (7,000 square feet), Corvallis Community Center (7,000 square feet) and Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis (2,000 square feet). A multitude of sports venues are available for additional trade show and conference space. 

How the CVB Helps:  Visit Corvallis offers a 30-minute “virtual FAM trip” on its website to introduce meeting planners to the city’s lodging options, venues, activities and more. The website also invites planners to submit an RFP, and the CVB will assist with contacting hotels and venues and pulling together bids. Once the event is booked, Rehklau’s team can assist with arranging activities, providing visitor information and materials, and hosting a welcome table at conferences. 

Built in the vision of streamline modernism and art deco in 1941, the Vogue Theatre has become a hotspot in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district—a region known for its progressive hospitality and historic charm. “It’s a national registered historic site in Canada,” says Matt Friesen, general manager of the theater. While it is primarily a concert venue hosting artists such as Steve Lacy and Steve Earle & The Dukes, the Vogue’s nearly 10,000 square feet of space and mission to offer the utmost friendly customer service makes it a perfect venue for your next event. 

 

WeVenture, a national tour operating company, has expanded its offerings to include four Seattle tours that immerse visitors in the city’s vibrant cultural scene. The company, which launched nationally earlier this year, has tours in 10 other U.S. cities including New York City, Miami, Denver, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The Seattle tours can be an easy and fun add-on to any event in the Emerald City.

 

When Eli Dahlin and Ezra Wicks bought the space of the restaurant they worked at in February 2020, the pandemic put their plans on hold like it did many other establishments. 

After slow-moving construction throughout 2020, they were finally able to open the doors of their new natural wine bar, Light Sleeper, in December that year. Dahlin and Wicks were involved in the natural wine movement for over a decade, making these practices the forefront of the establishment.