Lebanon is located along the Santiam River in Western Oregon at the central east edge of the Willamette Valley. Founded in 1847 by pioneers passing through Oregon, Lebanon was mostly a timber producing town due to its beautiful cedar trees. Now “The City That Friendliness Built” is home to over 15,000 people.
An important part of Lebanon’s history is the annual Strawberry Festival that started in 1909. The fertile farmlands in the Mid-Willamette Valley grow excellent produce, including Lebanon’s strawberries. The festival events include parades, the Strawberry Queen coronation, local vendors featuring strawberry themed dishes, and the serving of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake.
Lebanon is a great place for outdoors lovers with its location between the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range. Some activities include fishing, skiing, golfing, and walking and hiking trails through city parks. Wherever you live in Lebanon, you’re just a short drive from the Cascade Mountain range, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, which provide an ever-greater range of activities including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. If you would rather stay local, there are plenty of local parks to explore including River Park where residents love to swim and fish. McDowell Creek Falls County Park is another local park with a beautiful view of McDowell Creek Falls after a short hike.
While there are plenty of attractions in Lebanon, it’s also a place with a small-town feel. You’ll find local community events put on by the Lebanon Public Library and a small Farmer’s Market downtown every Thursday April-October. Lebanon is truly a city where you can live, work, and play.
Lebanon is a half hour drive from either Corvallis or Albany, making it close enough to enjoy the additional entertainment, employment options, and health care services both cities offer.
Strawberry Festival - Taking place during the first week of June, the Lebanon Oregon Strawberry Festival has been an annual event since 1909. The festival features a parade, live entertainment, a 5K run and walk, and the World's largest shortcake.
Image provided by Bruce Fingerhood © 2010