Welcome to Monroe, quintessential small-town America. Centrally located in the mid-Willamette Valley, the City of Monroe is between Corvallis, 20 miles to the north, and Eugene, 21 miles to the south. This unique location offers up hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and wine tasting at numerous local wineries.
Monroe is located in South-East Benton County and cradled in the lush and rolling foothills of the Coastal Range. The signs may say there is only a population of 680, however the Monroe community, comprised of all South Benton County, is made up of approximately 3000 people from the surrounding unincorporated communities.
Children in South Benton County attend school in Monroe, and Monroe is the only city in the region with storefront community businesses and services. This rural location allows a slower pace for living – away from the bustling cities to its north and south. If you must commute, you will have a peaceful drive in and beautiful scenery for your brief travel in the morning – all while anticipating your return to a calm, peaceful home in the evening.
In small towns you can enjoy the sky at night. Realize that strangers are just undiscovered friends. Welcome a unique culture as you weave it into your own story. Get involved with the community. Have a moment to appreciate nature. Feel safer and breathe.
Monroe’s beautiful natural surroundings offer an attractive site for residential, business and tourist development. Monroe’s commercial district includes a variety of businesses, stores, wineries, and restaurants, as well as the South Benton County Historical Museum, City Hall, fire station, medical services, and Monroe’s award winning community library, which is located in the refurbished old train station.
Monroe initially formed around a small sawmill, White’s Mill, in 1852 and was later incorporated in 1914 when the White’s Mill settlement combined with the nearby Starr Point settlement. The city quickly became a hub for commercial river traffic, supplying the burgeoning economy and transporting lumber, grain, and produce north to towns along the Willamette River. Monroe and the surrounding townships have maintained the strong sense of community identity and quality of life.
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ADVENTURE IN EVERY DIRECTION
With its central location there is so much to do and see in Monroe and nearby. Diverse opportunities include hiking and mountain biking, watching division 1 sports at both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, or wine tasting at one of the numerous nearby wineries.
Water sports and excellent trout, salmon and steelhead fishing are nearby on the Willamette, Mckenzie, Alsea or Long Tom River – which runs through town – as well as at nearby Fern Ridge Reservoir.
Dating from 1851, Bellfountain Park is Benton County’s oldest parks and is located only 4 miles NW of Monroe. Boasting one of the longest picnic tables in the United States, people have been gathering at Bellfountain Park for over 100 years. The park features large group picnic areas, sports fields, and a playground.
In nearby Corvallis, the Benton County Fairgrounds provides access to the paved multi-use path that connects it to Bald Hill City Park.The Bald Hill Natural Area is home to approximately 5 miles of easy-to-rigorous dirt and gravel trails. A moderate 1.5-mile multi-use path connects Reservoir Road with Oak Creek Road and the Benton County Fairgrounds. There are plenty of small parking lots and a large parking lot in the Benton County Fairgrounds.
LOCAL WINERIES AND DAY TRIPS
Being centrally located, Monroe is a quick day trip to the beautiful Oregon coast. Being only an hour south to Florence or an hour north to Newport you can enjoy the closeness of the ocean while being able to come home before sunset.
With an average of 157 sunny days a year and almost 60 inches of rain per year, the vineyards and wineries of Benton Country enjoy the most scenic and favorable grape growing conditions in the Willamette Valley. Boasting over 30 local wineries there is no shortage of opportunity to experience these excellent conditions.
Nearby wineries include:
- Lone Oak Vineyards.
- TeBri Vineyards and Lavender
- Sweet Earth Vineyards
- Benton-Lane Winery
- Broadley Vineyards
- Pfeiffer Winery
- Brigadoon Wine Co
- Walnut Ridge Winery
- High Pass Winery
- Bennett Vineyards and Wine Co
- Rainsong Vineyards Inc
- Cheshire Cat Vineyards
- Tyee Wine Cellars
- Cardwell Hill Vineyard
- Small World Wine Co
- Southern Glazer’s Wine-Spirits
- Spindrift Cellars
- LA Velle Vineyards
- Panache Cellars
- Cardwell Hill Cellars
- Oregon Vine2Wine Tours
- Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery
- Sweet Cheeks Winery
- Silvan Ridge Winery.
- Nectar Creek Honeywine
- Vaulted Wines
- Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery
- Valhalla Winery
- Lavelle Vineyards
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EVENTS AND RESTORATION
Monroe features a number of local festivals and events. You can visit the Farmers Market from spring through fall across from the community library. In April, Monroe hosts the Vino, Vintage, and Victory Festival, the premier wine event for visitors seeking to see, taste, and experience the bounty of the Southern Willamette Valley. Visitors from all the surrounding areas come together for a day of sipping wines and brews, perusing vintage goods, ane competing in wine themed events which celebrate Monroes heritage, environment, and culture.
In the winter months, you can enjoy the Alpine Holiday Festival, the Monroe Holiday Light Contest, and the Fire Departments Annual Parade of Lights, a 25 year tradition.
On January 27th, 2019, The City of Monroe was awarded a Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) to investigate ecosystem restoration on the Long Tom River at Monroe. Essentially the Corps project is to design and build modifications to existing Corps projects, to restore aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife. Including wetland restoration, wildlife habitat restoration, anadromous fish passage, and river restoration, with associated compatible recreation features such as walking paths and access areas to the river.
CONSIDER RETIRING IN MONROE
Monroe is an ideal place for retirement. With its central location and small population you have access to all
the necessary services, shopping, restaurants and an active, caring community. The Willamette attracts visitors from all over because of its scenic beauty and the wide variety of outdoor activities and renowned wineries. A very low crime rate and a growing business-friendly economy make Monroe the ideal place to settle in to enjoy the best time of your life. Most importantly, Monroe features an accredited patient-centered primary care home and clinic. Additionally, a full-service medical facility, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center located in Corvallis, is easily accessible within 20 minutes.
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For more information about Monroe please call: 541-378-4047