Welcome to Grants Pass, Oregon
Scenic river town straddling the Rogue River with a charming, historic downtown and abundance of natural beauty.
Grants Pass evolved from a fascinating historical legacy forged by Native Americans, writers, trappers, and pioneers attracted to the area for its plentiful resources and astounding natural beauty. The Rogue River running through town unites residents and invigorates the land, creating a verdant, lush natural playground for people of all ages. This stunning river town is known as Oregon's whitewater rafting capital for a good reason.
It's a diverse, welcoming, and community-oriented place to live known for its iconic "It's a Climate" slogan. In addition, downtown Grants Pass has been designated a National Historic District because of its many historic buildings. Grants Pass is also home to high-quality dining, exclusive boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores. This picturesque town is truly a unique, paradisal location with tons to see and explore.
What to Love
- Beautiful, scenic river town
- Fascinating history and historic downtown district
- Oregon’s whitewater rafting capital
- An abundance of outdoor recreation
People & Lifestyle
A diverse and vibrant suburb, Grants Pass is considered an ideal location to retire to, but it also entices young professionals interested in the vast outdoor terrain rife with opportunities for adventure. This idyllic river town is home to a thriving historic downtown district and hosts some of the state's longest-running outdoor growers and crafters markets.
Grants Pass has a tight-knit community, and retirees appreciate the tendency toward leisure. It's easy to unwind and enjoy yourself here, whether you want to stroll downtown, check out the shops, admire the art galleries, or sample the various fine-dining establishments and local breweries.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Many Grants Pass restaurants and vineyards stand out for their incredible riverside locations boasting scenic views of the Rogue River and cozy ambiance. The bi-level eatery River’s Edge Restaurant
has a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the water and features a flavorful, seasonally-inspired menu.
Taprock Northwest Grill
is a log cabin-style eatery serving basic pub grub. If you want to try something a little different, visit the healthy drive-thru Casablanca Coffee & Grill
, a family-run establishment that prides itself in serving food with no trans fat, hydrogenated oils, or MSG. Casablanca serves food in earth-friendly containers, and even the smoothies are made from 100 percent fruit without extra sugars.
Grants Pass is home to several elegant and enticing vineyards and wineries. Schmidt Family Vineyards
is a family-owned and operated winery run by several generations of winemakers who create award-winning wines. Not only si Wooldridge Creek Vineyard
a winery, but it is also a creamery and charcuterie making small batches of wine, cheese, and meats.
Things to Do
Adventurous types should consider taking a memorable trip down the Rogue River in style. Hellgate Jetboat Excursions
is one of the country's first jetboat companies and runs adventures through the wild and scenic Rogue River.
Whether you're a foodie, a cook, or just enjoy shopping at local farmers' markets, Grants Pass and surrounding Rogue Valley host weekly outdoor markets
where you can purchase everything from fresh fruit and produce to handmade crafts, cheese, and baked goods. Running May through October is also the Grants Pass Makers Market
attracting local artists, artisans, and admirers to connect and browse creative creations.
The historic Rogue Theatre
first opened its doors in 1938 and quickly became a cultural beacon enticing residents and newcomers inside to watch live musical and theatrical performances.
Run by two master glassblowers, The Glass Forge Gallery & Studio
specializes in Venetian-style art glass. They produce various artistic and functional glass products using traditional Italian art glass techniques.
Grants Pass hosts the annual Boatnik
in Riverside Park. This festival is free to attend and includes many activities and shows for all ages to enjoy. Additional activities are available for purchase, including the Davis Shows Carnival, concerts, and Boatnik Brewfest.
Grants Pass School District is the public school district serving the city. The main Redwood campus of Rogue Community College is also located here.