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Main Street in Cottage Grove

Published: December 06, 2022

 

Stroll the historic stretch of Main Street through downtown Cottage Grove. Start at the Chamber of Commerce's visitor information center (across from the Covered Bridge Brewing Group) and meander all the way to Centennial Covered Bridge, a charming covered footbridge built from the salvaged wood of former historic covered bridges. Along the way enjoy historic buildings, brightly colored murals and unique shopping. If you want to get an overview of the greater community, stop by the Fun! company right on Main Street to hire an electric vehicle or electric bicycle to cruise the historic downtown.

This cycling-friendly downtown is a great day-trip exploration, weekend getaway, or basecamp for further ventures into Oregon wine country or up into the foothills for waterfall hikes. 

Main Street Food & Drink

Main Street has excellent dining options from craft breweries to diners. Choose dine in or take out from the many diverse restaurants including barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos and pizza. Relax in the sunshine at an outside table on one of three porch-like parklettes which expanded outdoor dining options along Main Street. Two local breweries have joined Axe & Fiddle in offering live entertainment.

Meal at Jack Sprats in Cottage Grove

Meal at Jack Sprats in Cottage Grove

Photo: Colin Morton

Main Street Shopping

Main Street is a great place for finding unique gifts and keepsakes. The beautiful storefronts showcase antiques, books, fabrics, games, household goods and authentic Western wear. During the holidays this is a popular destination for shopping when the stores dress up with holiday charm.

Schweitzer's Work & Western Wear

Schweitzer's Work & Western Wear Cottage Grove

Photo: Taj Morgan

Sightseeing

While tours of covered bridges, murals and Hollywood movie sites can range throughout the town; you'll see plenty of memorable sights right along the Main Street stretch. During community festivities, witness parades rolling right down Main Street. During the summer, watch a cycling race zip through these historic streets. A pleasant urban park is centered in the middle of town — relax there with a picnic or good book in summer, and in winter, admire the lighted Christmas tree.

Rolf Prima Criterion in Cottage Grove by Greg Lee

Cottage Grove's Main Street History

The historic district of Cottage Grove is a marvelous destination for day-trippers or for getting away for a few days. Visit the regional museums to learn about the Native people, the pioneers, the Gold Rush and then the years when Hollywood came calling. Enhance your Cottage Grove trip with local wine tasting, fishing and boating on the lakes, waterfall hikes and family cycling rides on the Row River Trail.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.