Winter in the Mid-Willamette Valley is the perfect time to treat yourself to a little indulgence. From fine wines paired with decadent desserts and comfort food to shopping destinations and spa experiences, Salem and the surrounding area offers some exceptional experiences you won’t want to miss this winter.
Jazz it Up
Warm up a winter evening with a bright night on the town. Start with dinner at downtown Salem’s table FIVE 08, where Executive Chef Jason Freeburg creates dishes using bold, global flavors, or enjoy Spanish-inspired tapas (small plates) at nearby Andaluz. After dinner, head to Christo’s Pizzeria, Restaurant & Lounge – Salem’s go-to spot for live jazz. Finish your evening with unique, handcrafted cocktails at Archive Coffee & Bar. In nearby Monmouth, check out Crush Wine Bar, a new local hot spot featuring a wide assortment of regional wines, craft beers and live music in a hip, stylish atmosphere.
Feel the Fire
Get cozy at The Campus, Gilgamesh Brewing Company’s restaurant, bar and brewery located in Southeast Salem. Curl up in a comfy leather chair by the fireplace and enjoy a special seasonal ale. Or, sit down for an elegant meal at Bentley’s Grill, which features an extensive wine list, upscale comfort food and a giant hearth in the middle of the restaurant. In Dallas, the Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub will draw you in with its family-friendly atmosphere, sizzling steaks and cold weather favorites like Angus Beef Pot Roast.
Shop ‘til You Drop
Indulge your desire to shop at Woodburn Premium Outlets, which features more than 110 stores and has become a premier shopping destination, drawing visitors from around the globe. For one-of-a-kind finds, peruse the boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores found throughout historic downtown Salem, including Red Raven Gallery, a local artists’ co-op featuring sculpture, paintings, jewelry and other decorative pieces.
Come in from the cold and treat yourself to a relaxing spa visit. Today’s Hair Salon & Day Spa in West Salem is a full-service salon and day spa offering massage, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. The Moonstone Spa at The Oregon Garden in Silverton also offers an assortment of body treatments in a spacious, state-of-the-art facility located on the beautiful 80-acre botanical garden. For a completely rejuvenating experience, plan a retreat to Breitenbush Hot Springs, where you can soak in natural hot springs and sleep in geothermal heated cabins in the beautiful Willamette National Forest.
For more ways to indulge this winter in the Salem area, go to www.TravelSalem.com.