I'll be going on a mother-daughter trip in late June to Portland for a day, then to the Willamette Valley for probably two - three days. I'll be with my mom who's 81. At first I thought we'd need a couple places to stay, but it seems like we could have one town as a home base. We'll be checking out gardens, tea rooms, and do a little wine tasting. Corvallis will probably be our southern-most stop (or *maybe* Eugene...?), Silverton the furthest east, and Carlton and McMinnvile the furthest west. Is there a nice little town that's best for a home base? (We both like friendly B&Bs best where you can chat with other guests.)
Also, I'd love to see some of the waterfalls and parks in the area, but my mom can't handle a mile+ walk to get to most from the parking lot or road that I've read about in some guides. The equivalent of about 3 blocks is her maximum walking distance. Are there any scenic waterfalls that can be seen w/out a trek? (Or, am I thinking of another area of Oregon with waterfalls??)
Thanks in advance!