Veneta - Fern Ridge

At the crossroads of Willamette Valley's beloved Territorial Highway and Highway 126 to the Oregon Coast, is the country town of Veneta. A natural stopping place on any excursion, Veneta offers several restaurants, stores and even an electric vehicle charging station.

But a quick pit stop doesn't reveal Veneta's real beauty — that requires settling in and lingering at a wildlife watching wayside, on the water off Perkins Peninsula or at a boutique winery with Oregon's best Pinot swirling in your glass. Watch the mist rise from the marshes, a Great Blue Heron take flight and the sunset tint sailboats red, orange and purple as they scurry across the rippling reservoir.

Birding around Veneta is extremely rewarding with its many accessible wildlife areas and parks. Rent a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak and paddle the reservoir and marshy creeks. Spot Osprey, Bald Eagles, Herons and Belted Kingfishers. Hike along the shoreline trails and watch for beavers, coyote and deer.

Follow Territorial Highway into Oregon Wine Country on the South Willamette Wine Trail. Cycle the back country roads past wildflowers and farm stands.

All around Fern Ridge Reservoir, you can enjoy day-use parks and overnight campgrounds. Access the region's largest lake through marinas and boat ramps, and enjoy fishing, sailing and water skiing.

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Veneta Events

Veneta's landmark event is the Oregon Country Fair held annually on private country acreage and attracting free spirits from across the region. Explore living artfully and authentically in joyous and healthy ways. Immerse yourself in a wonderland of entertainment, beautiful crafts, wholesome foods, and magical surprises.

Seasonally, browse the downtown Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Enjoy live music offerings at Our Daily Bread Restaurant or at the nearby vineyards. 

Veneta Food & Drink

Centrally located between the south and north segments of the Territorial Wine Trail, Veneta is the perfect place to lunch when exploring wine country. Bring a picnic to the wineries or visit a restaurant in town.

Along with its wineries, Veneta is known for the popular Our Daily Bread Restaurant. On weekends, don't be surprised if there are wait times for their popular breakfast menu, so plan ahead. The community is also a convenient stop on the way to the Oregon Coast from Eugene, or before heading out to the nearby campgrounds and recreation around Fern Ridge Reservoir. There's also a grocery store and wine shop right off Highway 126 where you can stock up picnic supplies or grab a meal to go.

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Camp Out in Veneta

Retreat to the quiet countryside in Veneta. Pitch a tent or pull up your RV into a waterfront site at Fern Ridge Reservoir, such as Richardson Park or camp by Fern Ridge Reservoir and enjoy all the windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, flat water kayaking, stand up paddling, swimming and fishing of your dreams. You'll also be in a perfect jumping off spot to start exploring the South Willamette Wine Trail. Lodging options may also include yurts right in town, vacation rentals or nearby farm stays. 

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