WHERE'S MY BAG: INDEPENDENCE, OREGON
Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle's latest trip companion is the Reed laptop travel backpack.
As you might imagine, Independence is a prime example of charming, small town Americana. Situated across the Willamette River from Oregon's capital city, Independence is a great launching point to explore the valley's wine country and hops farms.
The town was founded by pioneers who crossed the country from Independence, Missouri in 1845. Today, the population stays under 10,000.
Downtown Independence boasts cute boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants. You can joy delicious treats from Jubilee Bakery and Champagne Bar, take home fresh bread from Oven Bird Bakery, find the perfect gift at Same As It Never Was, and catch a $5 film on Tuesdays at Independence Cinema.
The commercial district borders a large riverfront park with amphitheater, boat launch, playground, disc golf course, and walking trails.
Further afield, you'll find Independence Airport, buzzing with personal planes on the weekends. You can watch them come and go on the landing strip while filling up on Independence's best brunch at the Starduster Cafe.
Monmouth, the home of Western Oregon University, is an immediate neighbor to Independence. Other easy day trips include: Rogue Chatoe Farm and Tasting Room, numerous wineries, Peavy Arboretum trails, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Area, Falls City, Corvallis, and - of course - Salem and Portland.
- Michelle Chang