You'll find several more welcoming spots to eat and explore nearby. Latitude One Restaurant, in historic Dallas, Oregon, serves up tasty wood-fired ribs, burgers and other barbecue specialties in an atmospheric late-19th-century building that also hosts occasional live music and dinner theater. There's also Turning Earth Farms, a 15-acre spread with camping as well as tipi accommodations, where visitors can access an outdoor kitchen and pick-your-own crops, meet some adorable goats and other livestock and experience an all-around progressive and inclusive spirit. It's a wonderful find if you're looking to learn more about organic farming, or just get away from it all.
And in the town of Independence, Oregon, a community on the west bank of the Willamette River that's known for its charming 30-block, Victorian-era historic district, one of the oldest structures in town contains the quaint Pink House Cafe, which offers hearty American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Newer on the scene and reflective of a renaissance this friendly little town is in the midst of, Valkyrie Wine Tavern provides a relaxed and airy setting for sipping wine from both local and international vineyards and feasting on tasty Southern-inspired bistro fare. Set in a spacious building, this woman-owned business captures the amiable vibe that's present throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley, and that makes this part of Oregon such a rewarding destination for LGBTQ visitors.
About the Author
Andrew Collins divides his time between Oregon and Mexico City and writes about the Pacific Northwest for a variety of outlets, including Fodor's Travel Guides and his own website, AndrewsTraveling.com. He's the editor of The Pearl magazine and teaches food- and travel-writing classes for Gotham Writers Workshop. Andrew spends his free time road-tripping, hiking and winery- and brewery-hopping around the state with his partner (and fellow travel scribe), Fernando Nocedal.