Winter in Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley is the coolest season of the year, with frequent rain showers and mostly cloudy skies (significant snowfall is rare within the Salem city limits although outlying areas 1000 feet or above can see some accumulation).
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What to Pack
- Warm coat (water resistant recommended)
- Long sleeve shirts and sweaters
- Pants, jeans
- Gloves, hat
- Water resistant shoes and/or boots
What to Do & Where to Go
Winter offers the opportunity to cozy up with a warm, handcrafted beverage in the region’s farm-to-table eateries or with a glass of estate grown wine inside a cozy tasting room (some of which offer fireplaces or firepits).
It’s also a terrific time to take in a performance at one of the area’s intimate performing arts venues or delve into the stories of the people who helped shape the history of the region at one the area’s many museums such as the Chachalu Museum & Cultural Center or the Willamette Heritage Center.
Craft beverage enthusiasts may find winter is the ideal time to get to know the brewers and cider makers along the Salem Ale & Cider Trail.
Holiday shopping abounds in November and December, with dozens of shops and holiday marketplaces offering artisan crafted goods including art, jewelry, soap, tea and more.