3. Find your new favorite restaurant
If you’re heading to Silverton, make sure you are hungry! A handful of top-rated restaurants are located in the quaint town.
You’ll find some of the best Willamette Valley cuisine at the Silver Grille. Only open for dinner, the restaurant uses seasonal, local ingredients and changes its menu every four weeks. Remember to save room for dessert!
If you’re not in town for dinner, grab breakfast or lunch at Gather. The bistro-style restaurant sources as many ingredients as possible from the valley. From spiced pear and cornmeal hotcakes to chicken and waffles and pork belly banh mi, the eatery’s vast menu is impressive.
4. Explore Silver Falls State Park
With Silver Creek running through the town, a visit to nearby Silver Falls State Park is a must when visiting Silverton. At 9,200 acres, it is the state’s largest state park and is often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Park system. The park boasts 10 waterfalls, more than 25 miles of backcountry trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding and breathtaking scenery
5. Spend a day at the Oregon Garden
No trip to Silverton is complete without a stop at the Oregon Garden. The 80-acre botanical wonderland features 20 specialty gardens, showcasing the diverse vegetation of the Pacific Northwest. In warmer months, the garden bursts with color as the plants flower, while berries and conifers steal the spotlight during the winter.
You can choose to tour through the garden at your own pace or take a guided trolley tour. After exploring the garden, stop by the garden restaurant for a meal or stay the night at the onsite resort.
6. Admire the architecture of the Gordon House
Oregon’s only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure, The Gordon House, is located right outside of the Oregon Garden. Wright was one of the most famed architects of the twentieth century.
The Usonian-style home was originally built in 1964 in Wilsonville, Oregon. Facing demolition, the home was moved to its current location in Silverton in 2001. It maintains its original design, materials, setting, furniture, appliances and fixtures.
Tours of the home are available by reservation.