Discover the Mid-Willamette Valley

Visit 23 farm stops in the Mid-Willamette Valley
October 13, 2017

Find produce, flowers and award-winning wines on the new Marion Farm Loop. The route takes you to 23 different farm stops in the Salem, Oregon, area. The trail has...

Deepwood Museum and Gardens ~ Salem, Oregon
October fun near Salem, Oregon
October 4, 2017

Fall activities abound this month in the Mid-Willamette Valley! Attend a family-friendly harvest festival or take part in a Halloween haunt. Here are 30 events to attend this month:
 
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Airlie Hills Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch ~ Monmouth, Oregon
Fall festivities near Salem, Oregon
September 20, 2017

Apple cider? Check. Pumpkin patches? Check. Corn mazes, hay rides and pig races? Yes, the Salem, Oregon, area has all of that, too! Don’t miss the fun at these eight harvest festivals this fall:

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Glockenspiel at Oktoberfest ~ Mt. Angel, Oregon
Events near Salem, Oregon
August 24, 2017

The Mid-Willamette Valley is filled with popular local events in September! From the Oregon State Fair to Mt. Angel Oktoberfest and the Oregon Grape Stomp, there’s something for everyone. Here are 25 events to check...

Oregon Tri-County Charm Trail wines
Collect charms from 33 attractions near Salem, Oregon
August 22, 2017

Experience the scenic beauty, award-winning wineries and historical and cultural treasures of Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley on the new Tri-County Charm Trail.

The trail showcases 33 wineries and attractions...

Oregon State Capitol ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
Salem, Oregon, will experience a Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017
August 11, 2017

The Salem, Oregon, area will experience a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. The rare event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area. If you live here or are visiting for the solar eclipse, here are...

Hoopla ~ Photo by Craig Fischer ~ Salem, Oregon
August events near Salem, Oregon
August 1, 2017

From viewing a rare total solar eclipse to attending the annual state fair, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley this month. Here are 30 events to add to your calendar:

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Detroit Lake, Detroit, Oregon
Swimming holes, pools and splash parks near Salem, Oregon
July 21, 2017

Beat the heat this summer at a local park, swimming pool or waterfall! Here are 20 places to cool off in the Mid-Willamette Valley:
 
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Kayaking ~ Willamette River ~ Salem, Oregon
Paddle, bike and hike 60 miles through Oregon's Willamette Valley
July 17, 2017

Outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to paddle, bike and hike 60 miles through the fertile farmlands of the Mid-Willamette Valley and past the rushing waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park as part of the...

Dog at Oregon Garden ~ Silverton, Oregon
Have Dog, Will Travel
July 5, 2017

Oregon is generally considered a dog-friendly state, and the Mid-Willamette Valley is no exception. In fact, Salem, Oregon, was named to Dog Fancy Magazine’s Top 40 Dog-Friendly Cities in 2010. With room to roam and...

Salem Art Fair and Festival twisted glass
Fireworks, farm-to-fork dinners and festivals near Salem, Oregon
June 30, 2017

The month of July is filled with events in the Mid-Willamette Valley. From Fourth of July celebrations to farm-to-fork dinners, there’s something for everyone. Here are 30 events to attend this month:
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Labor Day dancing at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Area wineries offer recreational opportunities
June 29, 2017

1. Airlie Winery
Airlie Winery prides itself in being a destination for the entire family. Located in Monmouth...

Opal Creek ~ Detroit, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
North Santiam River Country overflows with outdoor adventure
June 27, 2017

Oregon’s North Santiam River Country, located an hour east of Salem, abounds with recreational opportunities. Situated in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, the area offers endless opportunities for hiking,...

St. Paul Rodeo ~ Photo by Kent Soule
Enjoy festivals, concerts and vineyards this month
June 6, 2017

Summer festivals and events return this month in the Mid-Willamette Valley! From the Oregon Garden Brewfest to the 20th annual World Beat Festival, there’s fun for the whole family near Salem, Oregon. Here...

Bauman's Farm & Garden
Enjoy farm-fresh produce and treats this summer
May 31, 2017

The Mid-Willamette Valley is home to dozens of farms, nurseries and orchards. Pick your own fruit at the farm, cool down with a sweet treat at a farm stand or meet the growers at one of the many local farmers markets...

Eola Hills Legacy Vineyard
15 places to sip wine over the holiday weekend
May 17, 2017

With world-class wines, stunning vineyard views and cozy tasting rooms, it’s no wonder the Willamette Valley was named the 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Help celebrate this honor...

Cubanisimo Vineyards
Wine tasting, farmers markets and festivals
May 1, 2017

Head to the Salem-area this month to celebrate the start of wine tasting season and the return of several farmers markets and festivals. From blooming gardens to downtown events, there’s plenty to see and do in May...

Salem Art Fair & Festival ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
Take in art, theater and culture near Salem, Oregon
April 27, 2017

Whether it’s colorful artwork, musical performances or live theater, you’ll find a variety of intimate venues and vibrant performances in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

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Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
Culture, history and food collide in this Bavarian-inspired town
April 20, 2017

Located in the rolling hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Mt. Angel is easy to miss on a map. The small, Bavarian-inspired town of just 3,500 people sits less than an hour south of Portland.
Mt. Angel’s rich...

Mid-Willamette Valley Vineyards - Photo by Ron Cooper
Cabins, lofts and everything in between
April 4, 2017

From rustic cabins in the Cascade foothills to upscale retreats in the heart of the city, the Mid-Willamette Valley has a variety of unique accommodations. Whether you’re traveling with the kids or having an adult-...

Hop into spring with festive events
March 30, 2017

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12 spots to find blooms in the Salem-area
March 23, 2017

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Someone once said, “A garden is a friend...

Wacky? Yes. Wonderful? Definitely.
March 9, 2017

Eco Earth ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
From the...

Celebrations in the Cherry City
March 1, 2017


Among dozens of blooming cherry trees, the...

See what’s happening near Salem, Oregon
February 28, 2017

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12 places to take the family this winter
February 23, 2017

Riverfront Carousel ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
Looking to get the kids out...

Explore the former “Hop Capital of the World”
February 15, 2017

Independence Western Days
Home to just over 8,500...

Happenings near Salem, Oregon, this month
February 1, 2017

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Six things to look forward to in the Mid-Willamette Valley
January 19, 2017

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Find something to do this month near Salem, Oregon
January 6, 2017

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Pie, pasta and cocktail recipes from Salem, Oregon, restaurants
December 22, 2016

Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
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State Capitol Park ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
Discover the holidays in Salem, Oregon
December 7, 2016

Stunning lights displays, one-of-a-kind gift ideas and festive happenings are just a few of the joys that await you in Salem, Oregon, this month. Whether you’re looking to shop for last-minute gifts, enjoy a day...

Christmas at the Oregon Garden
Celebrate the season near Salem, Oregon
December 1, 2016

Deck the halls, stuff the stockings and join in on yuletide fun near Salem, Oregon, this December! Here are 30 ways to celebrate the season:

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Fall Hillside Vineyard
Art, wine, recreation and more in the Salem, Oregon, area
November 4, 2016

Sip award-winning wine, explore new places and get into the holiday spirit this month in the Salem, Oregon, area. Here are 30 things to do in November:

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Pumpkin Latte ~ Willamette Pie Company
Find your favorite fall flavors in Salem, Oregon
October 27, 2016

Whether you’re looking for apple, pumpkin or fresh hops, the flavors of fall are abundant in the Salem, Oregon, area. Several local breweries are celebrating the season with new brews, while other local businesses...

Hiker at Silver Falls State Park ~ Photo by Zak Stone
Trails, foliage and waterfalls
October 20, 2016

Hit the trails this fall and explore the Salem, Oregon, area’s natural beauty. With flowing waterfalls, diverse wildlife and stunning autumn color, these hikes are sure to stop you in your tracks. Whether you’...

Airlie Hills Farm Hay Ride
Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
October 1, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Fresh apple cider, pumpkin patches and acres of corn mazes will draw thousands of visitors to the Salem, Oregon, area to celebrate the harvest season. From family-friendly events to...

The Oregon Garden Fountain ~ Sublimity, Oregon
Experience Salem’s world-class wine region, outdoor gems and agricultural bounty
September 7, 2016


Visitors enjoy two new tours offered by Gray Line Oregon, in partnership with...

Eola Hills Legacy Estate
Pair Perfectly in the Salem Area
April 27, 2016

With its rich soil and temperate climate, the Salem area has become home to a number of farms featuring jaw-dropping display gardens that draw visitors by the thousands. Combine these garden gems with the more than...

Oregon State Capitol State Park ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper
Enjoy Winter in the Mid-Willamette Valley
January 20, 2016

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...

November 2015
Sip Sublime in Salem this Fall
November 1, 2015

The leaves are turning bright crimson and gold, the air is crisp and the holiday season is drawing near - which means now is the perfect time for an Oregon Wine Country visit. In the Salem area, you can sip sublime...

October 2015
Harvest Time Happenings in the Salem Area
October 1, 2015

Since ancient times, people have gathered in the fall to celebrate a successful growing season and share the season’s bounty. Today, this tradition continues as thousands of visitors flock to area farms and...