Take The Long Way Around

Just a few miles upriver from Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon is a reminder of an earlier and slower way of life.

For 160 years, The Buena Vista Ferry has shuttled people, cars, trucks, farmers and crops across the Willamette River. Ferries were common on the river until better roads and bridges put most of them out of business. But the Buena Vista Ferry hung in there, partly because it made no sense to put a bridge in the middle of nowhere, and partly because people here love the taking the long way from Salem to Independence.

Left: The ferry in 1939.  Right: The newest ferry went into service in 2011.
Left: The ferry in 1939. Right: The newest ferry went into service in 2011.

Rogue Spirits toasts the Old Lady of the Willamette with the Buena Vista Ferry cocktail. It’s made with our Hazelnut Spice Rum, infused with roasted hazelnuts grown by our next door neighbors on Wigrich Road. Some 99% of all the hazelnuts produced in the United States are grown within a short drive of our farm and the Buena Vista Ferry.


1.5 oz. Hazelnut Spice Rum
1/2 oz. Coffee (hot & strong)
2 tsps. Sugar
Whipped Cream
Orange Zest

  1. In coffee mug, stir the coffee and sugar until dissolved.
  2. Stir in Hazelnut Spice Rum.
  3. Let settle.
  4. Top with whipped cream.
  5. Shave small amount of orange zest.
  6. Add a dash or two of cinnamon.

The next time you drive out to Rogue Farms, we suggest a ride on the Buena Vista Ferry. It’s nice knowing that not everything needs to be improved or replaced. But be sure to have a good map. When we say the ferry is in the middle of nowhere, we’re not joking.