October 2017

E.Z. Orchards ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo courtesy of E.Z. Orchards

Just in time for fall harvest season, Marion County farms, wineries and country businesses announce the opening of the Marion Farm Loop.

The August 21 Great American Eclipse was a once in a lifetime experience for many. Communities throughout the Marion-Polk region and Oregon went above and beyond creating events that attracted visitors from far and wide. 

2017 Ripple Effect Award was presented to the North Santiam Watershed Council by Mayor Chuck Bennett. As pictured: Angie Onyewuchi CEO Travel Salem, Rebecca McCoun North Santiam Watershed Council Coordinator, Mayor Chuck Bennett, John Caruso Marion County Representative for NSWC, Heather Anderson OSU volunteer Intern for NSWC, Former Mayor Anna Peterson.

Salem’s newest annual event, the Salem River 2 Ridge Relay, kicked off its inaugural weekend September 16-17. The two-day event featured a race course celebration highlighting aspects of the course, environmental fair and multi-sport relay race with 140 participants kayaking, biking and running from Historic Downtown Salem to Silver Falls State Park.

This summer, Travel Salem unveiled its new branding. The new brand elements and tagline convey the message that the Salem region has all of the really Oregon things visitors are coming for, including outstanding food and drink, scenic beauty, rich history, accessible outdoor recreation and a relaxed and friendly character.

Bush House Museum ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper

Transient Occupancy Tax grants provide marketing and promotion support for Salem historic and cultural facilities such as Deepwood, Bush House, and the Willamette Heritage Center, tourist attractions such as the Gilbert House Museum, the Riverfront Carousel, and special events like World Beat, the Salem Art Fair, and Magic at the Mill. 

Oregon Garden Resort ~ Silverton, Oregon ~ Photo courtesy of Oregon Garden Resort

While the U.S. economy has made steady gains since the 2008 recession, 2016 still marked the eighth consecutive year in which less than 60 percent of the working-age population was employed.

Willamette River ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper

Travel Salem's 2016-17 Fourth Quarter Report is available for review at TravelSalem.com.