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Eat Up!

3 Ideas for the

Ultimate Campout



COVID-19 has impacted us all one way or another. For small businesses, this spring has been particularly difficult to navigate, and few industries are

feeling the brunt of this quite like restaurants. In Albany, we’re lucky to enjoy some great local eateries, so we wanted to show our support by inviting you to check out these three great local joints!

Even though it’s almost peak camping season, you and your family might opt to cancel your out-of-town trip this summer, but don’t worry. Just because you don’t head into the mountains doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy time outdoors with a backyard campout. It might not be your favorite spot in a sprawling national park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn backyard camping into the best staycation ever with these ideas and more.

First Burger Address: 210 W. 1st Ave. Dining Option: Takeout

Never underestimate the power of a great burger. In addition to the classics, First Burger offers diners of all tastes handcrafted burgers with unique specialties, such as the “Brew” Can Do It Burger, complete with a beef patty, house-made sausage, onions, and spicy beer mustard. With a condensed takeout menu for COVID-19, First Burger also has kid’s specials, soups, fried sides, and its specialty First Burger sauce. Check out First Burger’s menu and place your order today at or by calling 541-704-1128.

Make a DIY Tent

While pitching a tent for camping always comes with some level of frustration, making your own tent using household items like tarps, rope, blankets, and more can be a fun project for the kiddos. It’s an opportunity to let them exercise their imaginations and build something they can relax, play, and even spend the night in.

Big Town Hero Address: 1921 14th St. SE D-405 and 327 SW 2nd St. Dining Option: Delivery and takeout

Create an Outdoor Movie Theater

If you’ve been craving the big-screen experience that you thought only movie theaters could offer, you’re in luck! You can make your own big screen at your backyard campout. All you need is a large white sheet, a home projector, and some speakers. Then, snuggle up in some cozy blankets and pillows under the stars while you watch the best summer blockbusters or throwback favorites.

Big Town Hero has called Oregon home for nearly 40 years and has grown from one shop in Corvallis to 12 locations across Oregon. With simple and hearty sandwich, panini, and salad options, there’s something on Big Town Hero’s menu for every craving you have. Choose between a hot or cold sub, and inquire about the vegetarian options. There are few things as comforting as a great sandwich, and with homemade bread and fresh ingredients, that’s exactly what you get at Big Town Hero. Find the location closest to you at

Build a Firepit

Sam City Pho & Grill Address: 2180 Pacific Blvd. SE Dining Option: Takeout

No campout — backyard campouts included — is truly complete without a roaring campfire. With a gravel base and a simple stone barrier (as well as some quick and easy instructions available online), you can build the ultimate firepit for warming up on chilly nights, telling spooky ghost stories, and of course, roasting marshmallows. As a bonus, you can keep a firepit around when cooler weather rolls in too. This is far from a comprehensive list of backyard camping activities. That said, these three ideas alone can make for several nights of outdoor entertainment. Why not explore the various ways you can have the best camping experience your backyard has to offer?

If you’re craving an Asian-inspired meal, then Sam City Pho & Grill has you covered. Diners of all dietary restrictions can find something to enjoy at Sam City, as the restaurant doesn’t limit its options to one Asian cuisine. Choose from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes to get your fix. In addition to vegetarian and low-carb choices, patrons can also enjoy classic chicken and rice dishes, family style meals, and Vietnamese pho, a comforting soup that is packed with protein and ingredients that fight inflammation. Place your order today by calling 541-928-6180.

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