Roseburg, Oregon Weekend Escape

Head to the heart of the Umpqua River Valley for history, wine, and nature.

Nearby wineries offer tastings of pinot noir and other local wines.

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In a region where wineries are as common as waterfalls, this tranquil town draws visitors with migrating salmon, restored roadsters, and blueberry pancakes.

Things to See and Do Near Roseburg, Oregon

Douglas County Museum
Kids can explore a full-scale covered wagon or watch slithering rattlesnakes in one of Oregon’s largest natural history exhibits. The museum’s back parking lot transforms into a drive-in theater several times in summer.

Graffiti Weekend
July 10–14. Proud owners show off their vintage vehicles on the Saturday evening cruise and at various Show-N-Shine events throughout the Roseburg area.

Music on the Half Shell
Pack snacks and a picnic blanket and enjoy free outdoor concerts, from country to classical, on Tuesday evenings through August.

Wildlife Safari Walk
or drive through this 600-acre nonprofit sanctuary to watch the elephants at play in their splash pond or see lions, tigers, and bears.

Where to Shop

Riversdale Valley Farm & Baird’s Barn
Explore the fascinating collection of vintage farm equipment, much of it reimagined as garden sculpture. Treasure hunters can choose the perfect tin pail or patio chair from one of the two large barns and an outdoor space. 3880 Garden Valley Rd., (541) 673-6470.

Spunky Steer
Browse for dude-ranch apparel from Pendleton and other classic labels, distressed wood furniture, art made from colorful scrap metal, rustic jewelry, and Old West throw pillows.

Brunch on crab cakes Benedict at Brix.

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Where to Eat Near Roseburg, Oregon

Alexander’s Greek Cuisine
Overstuffed gyro sandwiches and hearty bowls of lemon-chicken soup pair with Oregon microbrews and wines in a bright, boisterous dining room.

This restaurant and cocktail lounge comes alive at brunch, serving house-made crab cakes Benedict and fresh blueberry pancakes with lemon zest. 527 SE Jackson St., (541) 440-4901.

Burrito Vaquero
Homemade tortillas enhance the carnitas tacos and tomatillo enchiladas at this warm little place with a welcoming staff. 850 NW Garden Valley Blvd., (541) 672-9850.

Jersey Lilly Tavern
Folks rave about the “frog burger”—a double cheeseburger draped with slices of bacon to resemble frog’s legs—at this no-frills tavern. 1430 NE Dee St., (541) 672-9131.

Where to Wine Taste Near Roseburg, Oregon

Abacela Winery
This airy tasting room perches on a sunny hillside south of town. Pair a glass of award-winning tempranillo with hand-tossed pizza on the first Friday of each month. 

HillCrest Vineyard
Oregon’s oldest estate winery lies in the rolling hills northwest of downtown. Check out carved American Indian busts or historic vineyard equipment while sipping syrah.

Paul O’Brien Winery
Industry veterans run this downtown tasting room that features vivid wines sourced from Umpqua Valley hillsides. Reclaimed wood and concrete floors create a modern yet cozy feel in a restored Chevrolet dealership.

Take a short hike to Susan Creek Falls. 

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Outdoor Activities Near Roseburg

Colliding River
Catch a glimpse of a rare geological phenomenon—two rivers meeting head-on—at the intersection of the North Umpqua River and the Little River, near milepost 16 on Highway 138, just outside the town of Glide. 

Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife Site
In summer, follow a quarter-mile wheelchair-accessible spur of the North Umpqua Trail to spot returning salmon from the falls overlook. Milepost 22.1 on Highway 138, near Glide.

Susan Creek Falls
Take an easy walk to an impressive veil waterfall along wide, forested switchbacks. Milepost 28.2 on Highway 138, near the community of Idleyld Park.

This article was first published in July 2015 and last updated in February 2019. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.