Freelance writer for the Cottage Grove Sentinel
Autumn is a wonderful time to schedule your getaway at Cottage Grove’s Apple Inn Bed & Breakfast in Oregon’s beautiful Southern Willamette Valley. Cooler temperatures and the loveliness of the area’s fall foliage make September and October a great occasion to bring your bicycle, walking shoes and camera and spend a few days here.
The Row River National Recreation Trail runs 15.6 miles along an abandoned rail line from Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest. It’s a free, paved, family-friendly corridor open to non-motorized cyclists, hikers and equestrians. Special features include a shady tree canopy and great views along the north side of Dorena Lake and rural pastures filled with livestock. The trail is also in close proximity to three of Lane County’s picturesque, historic covered bridges: Currin, Dorena & Mosby.
In September 2010, the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee completed the first step toward giving state recognition to the Dorena Lake Loop. The criterion for earning the state designation is “a cycling experience that provides lasting memories by offering a rich taste of all the grandeur of Oregon.”
“The idea was that we wanted to find the best of the best rides in all of Oregon,” state bicycle and water recreation coordinator Alexandra Phillips said. Bicycling “is a wonderful way to recreate in the state, and see the beauty of Oregon.”
The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is proud to have Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast as a member. As all our innkeepers, Kathe loves Oregon and is available to share with you the beauty of Cottage Grove and the surrounding southern Willamette Valley.