Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Willamette Valley, and The Independence Hotel makes a perfect home base for exploring the Valley on two wheels. Sure, you might get a little rain, but in Oregon we’ve learned to appreciate petrichor (that’s the unique, earthy smell associated with rain), the green buds, scatter of wildflowers and brisk air. Spring signals that its time to get outdoors and its when we begin filling our calendars with outdoor adventures for longer days and so many gloriously sunny days.
Independence is at the center of cycling culture in Oregon. Less crowded than the cities of Portland and Seattle, the wide-open country roads and low elevation that surround Polk County make adventuring easy and accessible. The City of Independence has kicked off Bike Indy for road, gravel, and mountain bike routes of various difficulties and distances, making it easy for you to plot your perfect ride. While on Bike Indy, check out The Bike Indy Pass, and make the most of your time in Independence by accessing special deals just for bikers. Independence loves you, so claim your perks!