Salem, Oregon, in the beautiful Willamette Valley, is a unique location. It is central to a huge range of activities and interests. It’s renowned for the Willamette River, its wineries and local breweries, lush green vistas and mild weather. People from all over the United States are moving to this area in record numbers.
Salem is located two hours from all types of outdoor options. The beautiful Oregon Coast is less than two hours west. The Cascade Mountain Range to the east, and Coast Range to the west, where hiking and natural beauty abound, are both within an hour. The high desert of Central and Eastern Oregon can be reached in 2 hours. Mt. Hood offers near year-round skiing while other resorts are scattered along the Cascade Range. The rest of the Cascades offer a myriad of destinations for hiking, amazing lakes and rivers, hunting and fishing opportunities and recreation of all types. The Columbia Gorge and all of its natural wonders is nearby as well.
Salem is Oregon’s capitol city and provides a wide variety of opportunities. Being home to Willamette University and other regional education opportunities, its strategic location, a great school system and mild weather make it one of the most livable cities in the Northwest.
Restaurants abound. Micro-breweries and coffee joints are on nearly every corner. Touring all the wineries in the valley would take months. Salem is large enough to offer access to major brands, but also has a thriving local restaurant and food scene. The State Fair and Marion County fair (Salem is the county seat as well) take place in the State Fair Grounds. Yes, there you will find elephant ears and corn dogs!
Here are some links to informational web sites about Salem and the Willamette Valley: