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Corvallis, OR: Any Impressions?  
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 887 times:

I have to go out to Corvallis, Oregon in October. A buddy of mine is moving there, and I have to, sigh, ferry one of his cats out to him.

I'll be there for a couple of days, and I'm wary. Is it a fun town? Jesus, it isn't going to be like Rockford, IL, is it?


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 879 times:

Sorry. Wrong forum. I've requested a flip to non-av.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 878 times:

Quoting LHMark (Thread starter):
Jesus, it isn't going to be like Rockford, IL, is it?

I personally haven't been there however, I have a good business partner of mine that lives there and she gives me the impression that watching paint dry is the local sporting event. (Cue John Denver's "Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio, is like being nowhere at all....")

However, when I talk to her next, I'll ask her for you...

MxCtrlr  bouncy 



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Corvallis is an agriculture and college town, about 1/2 way between Portland and Eugene, a few miles off of I-5. I think about the town in Footlose when I picture Corvallis. My suggestion, drive up to Portland or take a good book.


"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 859 times:

Or drive the 40 miles south to Eugene, or if you like college football and you'll be there on a weekend, see if either OSU or UO will be in town.
If you really like coastlines, drive down to Florence and Yachats. They're about 100 miles away from Corvallis and absolutely gorgeous. The Sea Lion Cave is pretty cool, except it reeks.


User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 853 times:

Corvallis is a classic college town. It's nice by itself, but there's not a tremendous amount of stuff to do there, outside of stuff associated with OSU. If you're the big city type, drive up to Portland.


GO ROCKETS
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 849 times:

I live 15 minutes away from Corvallis. Let me know what you are interested in doing, and I can help you find good places to see, eat, etc.

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 820 times:

Right.... Or a simple "No thanks" would do....

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 814 times:

I'l probably take you up on that, S21PPL. I'll even buy the first round.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 807 times:

All right. Give me a little notice so I can plan around it. If you are in to college football, give me the dates you will be in Corvallis, maybe an OSU game could happen. They will be good this year.

Let me know what interests you, and I'll dig around.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 799 times:

For all it´s worth I just want to say don´t go there. I live in Oregon and have to admit that the vast ajority of the starte is pretty sad and boring not to mention the fact that it seems everyone is either a redneck or a hippie.

I wouldn´t call it a classic college town, classic college towns tend to be fun to hang out in or at least they don´t bore you to death. So far my experiences with Corvallis have led me to believe that it´s pretty much the end of the earth.
cheers,


User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 792 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 10):
For all it´s worth I just want to say don´t go there. I live in Oregon and have to admit that the vast ajority of the starte is pretty sad and boring not to mention the fact that it seems everyone is either a redneck or a hippie.

I wouldn´t call it a classic college town, classic college towns tend to be fun to hang out in or at least they don´t bore you to death. So far my experiences with Corvallis have led me to believe that it´s pretty much the end of the earth.
cheers,

Based on that post, I've decided you don't live in Oregon...But rather you had a bad experience here when you visited for two days.

Corvallis has nothing? Bull.

There's pretty good bars. If he's gonna be here on a Friday or Saturday...the bars in Corvallis are awesome. The college girls go there, and they get wild.

Let's see. Do you like parks? PLENTY in Albany/Corvallis.

Do you like hiking?? PLENTY to do in the area around Corvallis alone. What a bigger challenge. Silver Falls is an hour away tops.

Food? Plenty of decent food around the area. No...it's not NYC or San Francisco, with endless choices of great places to go. But there are a few good ones.

College Football. There are two nationally competative programs 45 minutes from eachother. If he was here a month later...He could see one of the most heated rivalry games in the nation. It's also one of the oldest. It's been going on since 1892.

And if it's too "boring" for you here.... Salem, the state capital, is 30 minutes away. Eugene is 45 minutes away. Portland a mere hour and 10 minutes. The coast an hour and 20 minutes on a slow traffic day. The Oregon coast offers more to do than I could even try to mention here. Newport is historic, with tons of great shopping. Lincoln city is an hour and 45 minutes away in slow traffic. TONS to do there, too. Wanna see a world famous cheese factory and take a free tour? Tillamook (I know I spelled it wrong...but I never go there...) is about 3 hours away.

Don't even try to tell me Oregon is boring. If you honestly think that, and REALLY live here, you don't try to entertain yourself. And THAT is sad. Oregon is not all red neck, hippie, po-dunk little towns. I could should you one or two if you want... Smile There are some red neck towns around here, yes. but there is plenty to do and see. You just have to TRY and find it.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 792 times:

I hate to say it but I currently live in Eugene. Whiel I will admitt that my previous post was a little harsh, I just don´t see what Oregon has to offer that a state such as California doesn´t. Don´t get me wrong, I don´t hate Oregon, there are plenty of great people here it´s just that Oregon, whether it´s Albany, Corvallis, Salem, Ashland, Bend, Astoria or Portland, never seems lively to me (please don´t counter this argument with frat parties and hot girls... while I certainly appreciate both of those, especially the latter, every college town has those). The few times I have been in a situation bordering on lively it´s been either a weed enduced hippie or redneck beer drinking rodeo induced lively.
anyways, I will certainly admitt that there is beautiful scenery, some quite decent parties but you can find that stuff elsewhere too.

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 11):
There's pretty good bars. If he's gonna be here on a Friday or Saturday...the bars in Corvallis are awesome. The college girls go there, and they get wild.

Let's see. Do you like parks? PLENTY in Albany/Corvallis.

Do you like hiking?? PLENTY to do in the area around Corvallis alone. What a bigger challenge. Silver Falls is an hour away tops.

Food? Plenty of decent food around the area. No...it's not NYC or San Francisco, with endless choices of great places to go. But there are a few good ones.

College Football. There are two nationally competative programs 45 minutes from eachother. If he was here a month later...He could see one of the most heated rivalry games in the nation. It's also one of the oldest. It's been going on since 1892.

lets try a little comparison to California (Bay Area)...
Killer bars in Berkely, San Francisco....
Parties to no end (Cal, USF, UCSF, Stanford, SJSU...)
Hiking: Big Sur, Marin County, 2 hours to the sierra´s.
Food: It is SF, and Berkley is great for ethnic food. Don´t forget University Avenue in Palo Alto (stanford)
Sports: The best athletic school in the country 9 years in a row (Stanford) and another killer one at Cal. On top of two nationaly and often Ranked football programs are 3 killer basketball programs including the #1 (season) from 3 years ago. and then there are more pro sports teams than you could ever possibly follow.

San Francisco, Berkley, Oakland, San Jose all with in an hour. The coast is less than 30min away (better swimming beaches w/ cliff beaches just another 30min away).

Even with all this there are still places that are secluded or remote enough within literaly walking distance that let you distance yourself from the livelyness whenever you want.

Just my 2 cents worth (I´m not trying to attack anyone or place) after having spent a number of years in both places. (I wont start with Switzerland  

[Edited 2005-08-18 22:00:26]

[Edited 2005-08-18 22:04:02]

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 772 times:

How the hell can you compare the bay area to Oregon??? They are no where NEAR similar.

And no, I did NOT compare the two. I used the bay area as an example for FOOD. Not ACTIVITIES. Poor attempt..sorry.

Let's be honest. Before last season...Cal hadn't had a decent football season since I could remember. However...they were fortunate enough to be the team, in 1999, that guarenteed OSU's football program it's first winning season in 28 years...and it's first bowl appearance since waaaay before I was born.

Stanford. Let's not forget they are renovating they're stadium, and REMOVING seats because the program sucks.



What I am saying, is you couldn't possibly understand how much stuff there is to do in Oregon. This state is full of crap to do, and see. Just because it isn't the bay area, doesn't make it inferior. So the bay area offers lots of stuff to do. Big deal. I never said the valley, or Oregon, was better than the bay area. You can't possibly compare the bay area to the valley, so don't even try. It isn't a fair comparison by any stretch of the mind.



LHMark, give me a few things you would like to do while you are here...and how long you will be here, and I will find stuff you would enjoy doing. Just because ILOVEA340 doesn't make an attempt to have a good time here because he doesn't like it in Oregon, doesn't mean there isn't anything to do in the valley.



And a challenge for ILOVEA340:

Tell me something you like doing, and I'll try to find it in Oregon. We'll see how hard you've tried to find entertainment in Oregon. Honesty bonus points will be given out.


User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 770 times:

ILOVEA340:

I grew up in Portland, and while I am no fan of Portland, to say it's boring is a bit of a knee slapper.

And if you're really in love with California, then why don't you live there instead?



GO ROCKETS
User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 768 times:

lets all pound Pat...
I'm by nbo means saying that there is nothing to do in Oregon (I am more than able to entertain myself up here).
Maybe I'm wrong to try to compare different areas of the country, but I just do it. And when I compare Oregon (excluding anything east of Bend) to a lot of other places where I have lived or been for more than just a day or two I bec ome inherently drawn back to those places and repelled from Oregon.
I don't hate Oregon, I don't find it "boring," it's just not very original in terms of finding things that you can't find elsewhere (Crater lake gets a big exemption from that statement).

While I agree that Cal has just come on as of late, do understand that Stanford (while not currently a ranked program) is one of the mos storied programs in the NCAA... for virtually all sports. They are national champs in at least one if not more sports every year.
As long as I can remember the stadium was never filled, afterall it has nearly 90,000 seats. And lets be honest, the stadium in its current state sucks. It's time to rebuild. and when it is rebuilt it will still be bigger than Reaser (spelling) and about the same size as Autzen.


User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 760 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 15):
It's time to rebuild. and when it is rebuilt it will still be bigger than Reaser (spelling) and about the same size as Autzen.

Not by much anymore. Reser will be at just over 43,000 for the up-coming season. Phase two and phase three will put it right at, or just over 55,000 seats.


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 755 times:

S12PPL, I'd be cool just keeping it simple, finding a good pub and kicking back, any reccomendations?


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 754 times:

Corvallis is a nice, but small, quiet town. I live in Portland and go down there once in a while, but I perfer Eugene over Corvallis mainly because of size and things to do. If you have time, go to Mt. Hood, the beach, the gorge, or a football game. The natural beauty of Oregon is amazing and Corvallis is close to everything as it's centrally located. In fact, I'm going down to Corvallis next friday to visit my friend who lives in England that I met in 5th grade at an OMSI camp.

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 748 times:

LH:
There are a few good bars. The Headline Cafe in Corvallis is popular. There's a pretty good bar here in my town called Humpties Dump...and it looks like a dive from outside. But, you get inside, and it isn't that bad. The food is good, and plenty of good stuff to drink. If you want to see one of the cowboy bars...the Dixie is popular. It gets packed in Friday and Saturday. It's hard to pick one bar, but I can narrow it down a little bit.


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