Oregon Travel: Salem

Government at work is like making sausage: You don’t really want to see how it’s done. Oregon’s capital city would like to challenge that notion.

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Explore 15,000 years of Oregon culture and 300 million years of Northwest natural history—from the sabertooth salmon to 10,000-year-old sandals recovered from an Oregon desert cave. Learn to think like a scientist in the laboratory. Discover 19th-century Oregon at the archaeology exhibit. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Illustrated exhibit talks, 2 p.m. daily. Adults $5; seniors and youths $3; families $10. Free admission the first Friday of the month.

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

September 17 – 20, 2015 In the heart of Oregon’s hop growing region, Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest brings 350,000 people to the Bavarian village every September. The Northwest’s oldest and best-loved folk festival celebrates the fruits of the harvest with a focus on hops. German-style biers, Northwest craft brew favorites, lots of wine, and a bit of cider are served in four biergartens, each showcasing different favorites. There is something for everyone at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest. World-class entertainment from Germany, Canada, New York, Utah, Oregon, Florida and California, from Alphorns to Alpine Rock continuously on four stages. More than fifty nonprofit food booths serving the best Bavarian and local treats. Each day begins with a traditional Webertanz performed by local school children, and performances by folk dancers. Arts and crafts, Cruz-n Car show, wiener dog races, 5K and 10K fun run, Oregon Marathon, Free Kindergarten with children’s activities, camping and…

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards produces high-quality, sustainably grown pinot noir and other cool-climate varieties, earning the distinction as “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The mission is to create elegant, classic Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley appellation while serving as stewards of the land. While visiting, enjoy sweeping views of the Willamette Valley and delicious Oregon wines paired with fresh, local cuisine created by winery chef, Eric Nelson.

Rex Hill

REX HILL has been making elegant pinot noir for over thirty years in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Now owned by the families of A to Z Wineworks, the landmark winery welcomes visitors to its historic tasting room daily where they can explore the Essence Table, sustainable gardens and estate vineyard farmed to biodynamic tenets. The winery itself is LIVE and B Corp certified.

Black Walnut Inn

The Black Walnut Inn, located in the northern Willamette Valley, is an ideal destination to explore all that Oregon has to offer. Nearby you’ll find world-class wineries, gourmet restaurants, antique shops, golf and museums. The Columbia Gorge, Oregon Coast, Portland and Mt. Hood are all easy day trips from the Inn.

Cliff Creek Cellars

The Garvin family invites you to try Cliff Creek wines from beautiful Southern Oregon. Cliff Creek specializes in producing renowned estate-grown varietals like syrah, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Making world-class wine has been the Garvin family’s passion since 2003, and they take pride in the stories that originate from every bottle. Visit Cliff Creek Cellars in downtown Newberg Sun. – Thurs., 12 – 5 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 12–7 p.m., and at the vineyard in Gold Hill, Thurs. – Mon., 12-5 p.m. Stop by and taste local cheese and chocolate paired with elegant wines.

La Perla Pizzeria

La Perla Pizzeria is one of a select few restaurants in the nation producing pizza made in the authentic Italian style. La Perla is Verace Pizza Napoletana-certified which means every aspect of production – from the design and temperature of the wood-burning oven to the toppings and the ingredients of the crust – is authentic. Fresh ingredients are layered on handmade dough, then cooked for 90 seconds in a domed-shaped, wood-burning oven that reaches temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees. The intense heat and fire impart a slight rustic char. The result is a luscious blend of flavors on a light and tender crust. Buon Appetito!

R Stuart & Co.

R. Stuart & Co. is housed in a converted granary in downtown McMinnville. It’s here that they gather carefully selected fruit from some of the best vineyards in the state. Staying true to the fruit, owner Rob Stuart produces wines that are graceful, honest and warm. R. Stuart makes Pinot noir and Pinot gris, as well as other specialty wines—including an Oregon sparkling wine. Everyday wines are bottled with the Big Fire label. Sample these wines at the R. Stuart Wine Bar in downtown McMinnville, the perfect setting for pairing R. Stuart wines with good food and good friends. 

Oregon Garden Resort

Escape to the cozy Oregon Garden Resort, with sweeping views of The Oregon Garden’s stunning eighty acres. Our guest rooms are nestled in a series of cottages, each ready to greet you with a fireplace and private patio. Enjoy Northwest cuisine in the restaurant, live music each evening at the Fireside Lounge and a relaxing treatment in the luxurious spa. The resort is pet-friendly, and each stay includes breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden.