Dallas to Independence
Paddle, Peddle and Pints
Relish in river views and small towns with big flavors
Awaken your senses at Karma Coffee Bar & Bakery, located in a cute house in downtown Dallas. From there head to Roger Jordan Community Park, where you can stroll with your coffee around the creekside walking path.
Make your way to Monmouth for fresh pizza and a pint at Yeasty Beasty, boasting 26 rotating taps. Nearby in Independence, enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Riverview Park either birdwatching along the Willamette River Trail or taking a mellow kayak adventure with rentals and shuttle service through Indy Kayak Co.
Treat yourself to something sweet on Main Street. Family-owned and operated Melting Pot Candy has crafted toffees, truffles and caramels for generations. Independent Ice Cream Shop serves childhood memories in the form of cones, banana splits and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Unwind and check in at the boutique Independence Hotel, where you can relax amongst nature-inspired décor and views of the Willamette River. Grab a small bite or glass of wine at the hotel’s restaurant, Territory.
When dinner calls, consider tasty eats paired with craft brews at Gilgamesh Brewery’s newest location, The River. Save room for dessert and bubbly at Jubilee Champagne and Dessert Bar.
Before you leave town, stop by Ovenbird Bakery for homebrewed coffee and pastries to go.