the Cherry City
Salem, Oregon is the capitol city of Oregon. Situated in Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest, Salem is at the heart of a thriving community.
Salem was founded in 1842 just one year before the formation of Oregon Country in 1843 and six years before the incorporation of the Territory of Oregon. The Willamette Valley, where Salem is situated, is vital to the economy of Oregon due to the Willamette River and productive agriculture. Home to industry and government, wine making and farming, Salem has more to offer than just its mild climate and proximity to outdoor adventures. Within the city you will find the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, a Victorian home built in 1878, the Willamette University, theaters, gardens, government offices, boating, bicycling, and shopping.
Dining and Entertainment
Salem is the home of many fine restaurants and coffee bars including: Amadeus, Archive Coffee & Bar, Bo & Vine Burger Bar, DaVinci Ristorante, and Table Five 08. There are also great entertainment events at the Pentacle, Elsinore, or Grand theaters and golf at Illahe Hills, Creekside golf club, Oak Knoll, Salemtowne, or the Salem Golf club.
The Elsinore Theatre opened in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovated in 2004, it is home to classic cinema showings, live music, theatrical performances, and weddings or other large gatherings.
The Grand Theatre, home of Enlightened Theatrics, was built in 1900 and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally constructed to serve as a lodge hall and opera house, John Philip Sousa performed at its grand opening.
The Willamette Valley is known for its production of timber, fertile soil, craft beer, cider, and famous vineyards. The agricultural bounty provides many fresh, local fruits and vegetables to residents and visitors.
Agriculture – Hops Farming
Craft beer and cider
The annual World Beat Festival hosts food and festivities that celebrate cultures and people from around the world.
Salem’s Riverfront Park offers a carousel for children, the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center hosts classes and serves as safe gathering place, and the Center 50+ is open to seniors who want to take classes, eat, craft, or play.
Silver Falls State Park (shown to the right) is one of many outdoor attractions that can be found outside the city of Salem. Within a short drive from Salem you can find wonderful hiking trails and natural beauty such as Opal Creek, Abiqua Falls, and the Willamette Mission State Park.
The city of Salem is located along the Willamette River which offers beaches, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. You can learn more about what Salem has to offer at TravelSalem.com.
Video of South Falls of Silver Falls State Park
1. Photo courtesy of Willamette Valley Vineyards (by Andrea Johnson)