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Aug 10, 2015

Top Getaways Near Salem

Top Getaways in Salem
Salem is a beautiful city that has much to offer, and many of those attractions have been kept under wraps. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a destination for an overnight adventure, the top getaways outlined below let you discover a new side of Salem and the surrounding area.

Wine Getaway

Salem residents may head south to California's Napa Valley to get their fill of fine wines, but some of the best vineyards are found right in Oregon Wine Country. Vineyards including Eola Hills Wine Cellars and Left Coast Cellars are located on large properties with plenty of room to explore, so people who enjoy staying active and getting to know more about the places that they visit will appreciate that exploring is encouraged at the properties. Other Salem-area vineyards offer unique features that give you a two-in-one experience: Cubanisimo Vineyards offers dancing after your wine tasting, and Airlie Winery invites visitors to bring their dogs with them.

Getting in Touch with Nature


Living in a city that offers modern amenities is nice on a day-to-day basis, but there are times when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Silver Falls State Park features a rustic lodge with special events and daily meals that are available to both hikers and campers when they reserve food before arriving at the building. The 177-foot waterfall in the park is a major draw, and hikers have the option to walk behind the roaring water.

The Cascade Range is a 700-mile mountain range spanning portions of California, Oregon and Washington. The towering Mount Hood is located in the Cascade Range, and climbers have plenty of challenging mountains to explore when heading to the mountain range. Snow-capped peaks and towering evergreens offer a breathtaking view, and lodges located in the range give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

Breitenbush Hot Springs features natural hot springs that are used as a steam sauna experience for those who would like to get in touch with nature. An adjacent retreat center offers vegetarian cuisine, massages, a stone labyrinth and daily yoga classes.

City Parks

If you only have a day and do not want to venture outside of the city, parks within Salem offer activities and a relaxing atmosphere. The Historic Deepwood Estate includes a sprawling home that is now open to the public, and the grounds of the estate have been transformed into an English garden that visitors are welcome to stroll when the estate is open.

Minto-Brown Island Park is located on 1,200 acres along the Willamette River. Hiking, jogging, boating and fishing can all be enjoyed in the park, and a playground is available for visitors who bring their children.