Cottage Grove – The Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon

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Are you searching for the ideal small town to get away from it all? If so, come and check out Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Cottage Grove is a great small town to visit because it’s full of iconic winding back roads, wineries, plenty of great recreation areas but best of all, it’s covered bridges are another excellent reason to travel to Cottage Grove especially if you want the opportunity to capture a beautiful backdrop in your wedding or engagement photos.

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Established in the 1850’s shortly after the post office was built here, Cottage Grove has been known as an “All-American City” numerous times over the years because it’s managing to retain much of it’s small town charm even in light of the technology revolution and advancements which have drawn people away from small towns to the big cities.

What’s great about Cottage Grove is that even though it’s stayed small over the years, the city has been working hard to innovate including it’s winning the Green Power Community award (2008), an award that recognizes the city for using more green powered energy than fossil fuel powered energy on a daily basis.

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Things to Do in Cottage Grove


Drive, cycle or walk through six historic covered bridges in and around town. 

Seek out the sites from movie scenes from Buster Keaton’s “The General” to present day favorites like “Animal House” and “Stand By Me.”

Take a walking tour of Cottage Grove’s over 20 outdoor murals immortalizing small town history.


Pedal around this bicycle-friendly community on miles of scenic paved paths through covered bridges, leafy corridors and around lakes.

Sip wine in the charming red barn at Saginaw Vineyards or at another nearby winery.

Hike behind a waterfall or to the top of Bohemia Mountain.


Pick up a copy of “The Story of Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart” at one of several bookstores along Main Street. Delve into the mystifying life story of Opal Whitely, one of Cottage Grove’s most fascinating residents.

Geocache along the Territorial Highway, where some of the best treasures are simply the glorious places where the caches are stashed. 

Shop one-of-a kind specialty stores like the Territorial Seed Company, which serves a national following of conscientious gardeners.

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To learn more about the beautiful town of Cottage Grove Oregon visit the towns website located at

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