Nothing improves a charming rural road trip more than a stop for a slice of homemade pie. Pair your next tour of a scenic byway with a layover at a small town pie joint. Will you choose apple or berry to accompany your Pacific Northwest scenery?
1: Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway
Beckie’s Café, Union Creek, Oregon
Tall evergreen trees, deep river gorges, whitewater and charming old-time cabins define the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway in Southern Oregon. Beckie’s Restaurant at Union Creek Resort has been delivering fresh pie to hungry travelers since 1926. The lengthy pie list is posted on the wall—all the berries are there, or go crazy with banana or pecan.
2: McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway
Vida Café, Vida, Oregon
The McKenzie Pass-Santiam Scenic Byway winds through the lush forests of the Cascade Range, past waterfalls, river trails and charming lodgings. Hiking and cycling on road and trail are popular here. Sustenance for your activity of choice can be found by way of a delicious slice of three-berry pie at the Vida Café. Don’t forget the scoop of vanilla ice cream.
3: Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
Huckleberry Inn, Government Camp, Oregon
The alpine environment of the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway is one scenic turn after the other toward Oregon’s highest peak. Pause on the climb up the mountain at the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp for a great breakfast or a slice of fresh-baked pie. Don’t miss the fresh Oregon huckleberry, with berries that might have come from right outside in the forest.
4: The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway
Painted Hills Pastry, Mitchell, Oregon
The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway travels by the beautifully surreal Painted Hills east to the John Day Fossil Beds, where you’ll find geological evidence of saber-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths. On the way, visit Painted Hills Pastry in Mitchell, which serves absolutely delectable French pastries, breads, cakes, sandwiches and cookies.
5: Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway
Sweet Wife Bakery, Baker City, Oregon
Drive through gold booms, ghost towns and stunning mountains on the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. In Baker City, stop at the charming storefront of Sweet Wife Bakery in the historic downtown. Sweet Wife takes the concept of berry pie up a notch with its mixed berry lavender pie.
6: Thousand Springs Scenic Byway
Idaho Joe’s, Twin Falls, Idaho
Traveling the Snake River Canyon between Hagerman and Twin Falls, the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway boasts natural springs pouring from canyon walls and cascading into rivers. Pie lovers stop at Idaho Joe’s, a homey joint proffering more than twenty-five different kinds of homemade pie from boysenberry crumble to rhubarb.
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