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Why Grants Pass Is the Best City to Live In Oregon

Why Grants Pass Is the Best City to Live In Oregon
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Recreation in Grants Pass

Sharing the Rogue with tourists has sprouted all kinds of industries in Grants Pass. Guide and rental services offer seasonal jet boats, inflatable kayaks and sailboards. Or if vintage fishing vessels is more your style, you can find one that will take you out for the day. One of the West’s finest riverside parks is near an unpretentious downtown with a notable historic district. Riverside restauraunts and hotels can be seen boasting more about their river views than any other amenity they offer. Continuing improvements are making better use of Grant Pass’s downtown, therefore making it an aspirational place to live that is not too “country” and not too “city’.

If the river is the jewel of Grants Pass, the numerous and diverse parks and green spaces are the crown it is mounted on. Riverside Park is probably the most loved public park because it brings together the community for local concerts and family events. The Reinhart Volunteer Park features most sports facilities and amenities and was built with the cooperation of volunteer builders and community leaders.


Top places to eat and drink in Grants Pass

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Photo by Ken Lund

Grants Pass, Oregon, is home to a thriving dining scene that favors local and seasonal flavors above all else. The rich, fertile soil that once allowed settlers to sustain themselves on the land now inspires chefs and brewers who have established themselves on that same ground. In Grants Pass, you will find everything from greasy spoons, to upscale dining rooms, to microbreweries with an awesome menu.

The Haul (121 SW H St)

The Haul has the feel of a trendy American gastropub, right down to having about 12 tasty, local brews on tap at all times. But this one is distinctly Oregon in that low-key, un-pretentiously hip sort of way. Expect the traditional pub foods, each with its own twist. Try the Cuban sandwich, Bi-animal burger and the churros with salted caramel.

Ma Mosa’s (118 NW E St)

Ma Mosa’s takes care of you just like a good, wholesome granola mom would, with natural, organic, and non-GMO foods. Join them for Family Farm Dinners where everything served was sourced from family-owned farms in the area. Get here early if you’re looking for brunch (8am-4pm, daily) because Ma Mosa’s is tiny and therefore fills up fast. Try the biscuits with mushroom gravy, the Ma Mosa Tots or the Huevos Rancheros.

River’s Edge (1936 Rogue River Highway)

Somewhat predictably, River’s Edge places diners right on the river’s edge. This upscale American restaurant has a two-tiered balcony that looks over its riverbank location. River’s Edge opened in 2012 and has become one of the leaders in creating approachable and local Pacific Northwest dishes while remaining charming and unpretentious. Because Grants Pass enjoys all four seasons, diners are seated indoors during cold months, but the view is undisturbed by the wide windows that frame it around the edge of the dining room. Try Chef Tom Hale’s standout dishes: rainbow trout with lima beans and charred radish, and rack of lamb with confit tomato, garlic puree and grilled artichoke.

Gtano’s (218 Southwest G Street)

For something a little out of the ordinary when eating out in Grants Pass, Gtano’s is the local favorite that most visitors take a pass on. There’s a reason it’s #1 on Yelp as of writing this. Dive ito a “Nuevo Latin” menu with influences as far-flung as Argentina, Mexico and Peru. Gtano means ‘gypsy’ in Spanish and this spot definitely has that bohemian vibe. Try the seco de pollo (Peruvian chicke stew), or the creamy poblano pepper soup and wash it down with an aji pepper Peruvian margarita.

So there you have it… Grants Pass is one of those unique small cities that combines all the amenities of place you’d want to call home, from access to the great outdoors, vineyards, rafting and a walkable downtown full of shops and restaurants, Grants Pass sets itself apart as quite possibly the best city to live in all of Oregon.


Featured Image By Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

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Alana Armstrong Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.

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