Travelers reap the rewards of this river route known for wine, berries and seafood.
Elkton to Reedsport
Nearby lodging options: a cabin at the Big K Guest Ranch or a lovely river view room at Daybreak Haven Bed and Breakfast
- Start the day at the Elkton Community Education Center where you can grab a berry smoothie and pastry at their student operated Outpost Cafe and spend the morning with the Painted Ladies and Monarchs at in the butterfly pavilion. Walk the trail through the native plant park and tour Fort Umpqua, a hand-hewn replica of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s southernmost fur trading post. Used as a regional center to gather and trade beaver pelts, it was the first non- Native settlement along the Umpqua.
- Pick up fresh vegetables from the seasonal market garden, and splurge on hand-crafted garden art, native shrubs, and the work of local artisans in the gift shop.
- By 11 am you can start sipping at Bradley Vineyards on Azalea Drive
- Planted in 1983, this historic vineyard is the longest-standing, family-owned vineyard in Elkton
- Make your way back into Elkton and stop at Brandborg Vineyard & Winery where they have deli-case speciality foods to complement your wines and a back patio to relax on.
- Mosey across the street to Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Cafe for lunch (they also do breakfast). The wood fired pizzas are a big hit and be sure to stock up on some baked goods for the road, the Elk Claw is a local favorite.
- Continue west to River’s Edge Winery for some small batch pinot noir and glimpse of the crafting process right behind the tasting bar.
- With a favorite bottle of Elkton wine in hand, head west on Hwy 38 along the Umpqua River Scenic Byway and follow the the Great Umpqua to the ocean
- Explore some points of interest along the way
- Grilled Berry Cafe is tucked into the Riverbanks Speedy Market and offers a fresh twist on southern cajun food, perfect for late afternoon snack or local berry smoothie
- The influence of ocean tides calms the rapids in this stretch of the Umpqua, creating a stately and serene river. There’s a nice picnic area overlooking the river in Scottsburg Park.
- Just before Reedsport there is the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, a 3 mile section of Hwy 38, with 2 viewing areas and several pullouts to observe wildlife in the area. Viewing is best early morning and before dusk.
- Continue into Reedsport, home to the Umpqua Discovery Center and gateway to the spectacular Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
- Enjoy a hearty dinner full of local seafood and produce at Harbor Light Restaurant
- Ask them to open one of your Elkton bottles of wine or save it for sunset at the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park or on the dock at Winchester Bay
- End the evening at Defeat River Brewery, Reedsport’s first commercial brewery located in the heart of Old Town. Grab a seat at the copper bar, kick back in the Speakeasy room, or sip on the patio. With Oregon made ales, ciders and wine there is plenty to pick from.