Waterfalls, Tulips & Shopping, Oh My! Details
If you’re looking to find the true heart of Oregon, then the Willamette Valley is a must-see travel destination to explore and check out! This region is home to many lush farmlands, a flourishing wine industry, thriving cities (70% of Oregon’s population lives here), and of course, a handful of beautiful, natural wonders! The cities of Silverton, Woodburn, Mt. Angel and Stayton all offer exciting attractions that people of all ages and backgrounds are sure to enjoy!
We invite you to begin your Willamette Valley adventure by visiting two of its most wonderful and colorful outdoor attractions. Once you’ve filled your lungs with enough crisp Oregon air, you can enjoy a little retail therapy to ease into your evening where you will savor the flavor of some pinot noir from one of the many fine wineries in this area.
If you love green things just as much as we Oregonians do, then you will enjoy touring The Oregon Garden (www.oregongarden.org) in the historic town of Silverton. While you are here, enjoy sauntering through more than 20 specialty gardens and features, which include waterfalls, fountains, a unique display of conifers, beautiful vistas, a pet-friendly garden and even a kid’s garden, which has its own in-ground hobbit house! Feel free to stay a night at the Oregon Garden Resort (www.oregongardenresort.com), which features a restaurant, lounge, spa and swimming pool, so you will be sure to get some rest in before your next adventure starts!
You won’t want to miss out on the next visually stunning day trip only a few miles south from the Oregon Garden to the very popular tourist attraction: Silver Falls State Park(www.oregonstateparks.org/park_211.php). Hike through the park’s lush forested canyons to visit more than 10 spectacular waterfalls, five of which are more than 100 feet tall!
Only a hop and a skip away north from here and you can find yourself staring at a kaleidoscope of colors at the annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (www.woodenshoe.com) in Woodburn. With more than 40 acres of tulips and daffodils blooming simultaneously you and your eyes are guaranteed a delectable viewing experience. The festival runs for a month starting in late March and offers a variety of attractions on site including the Tulip Café, a gift shop, pony rides, wooden shoe making demos, a crafter’s marketplace and even an acre dedicated to your little ones!
While in Woodburn make sure to stop in at Oregon’s largest outlet mall, Woodburn Company Stores (www.shop-woodburn.com). Enjoy tax-free shopping at some very big brand name stores like Nike, Coach, and Columbia Sportswear to name a few! And no need to worry about rain because the covered walkways will make your shopping experience smooth sailing.
Another fun adventure that will add a little flavor into your adventure is visiting the small community of Mt. Angel. This unique town has an Old World feel, which is heightened by many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. It’s also home to Oregon’s oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest! (www.oktoberfest.org)
And finally, what more could you want (and deserve after all that walking) then ending your evening drinking a glass (or bottle) of the Willamette Valley’s world-famous pinot noir at Willamette Valley Vineyards (www.willamettevalleyvineyards.com) just south of Salem.
Accommodations, Restaurants, and Attractions:
A The Grand Hotel
BBest Western Mill Creek
C Red Lion Salem
D Oregon Garden Resort
E La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodburn
F Bentley’s Grill
H Dar Essalam
I Joel Palmer House
J The Enchanted Forest
K Rosé Posse Acres
L French Prairie Gardens
M Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
This itinerary made possible by a Travel Oregon grant.