The capital of the beautiful green state of Oregon. Yet, seems to have an unfair rap.
Here are a few pictures of proof to show that good ol’ Salem is really not all that bad.
Heck, we get ALL 4 seasons.
Did I mention A LOT of rain? How else do you think we maintain the most luscious, green state with more trees than people?
Salem has yummy places to eat
Gerry Frank’s Konditorei
Hello… have you tried the Barney’s Blackout cake, the Champagne Raspberry or the Carmel Pecan? Or their cases packed with countless cheesecakes, lemon bars, brownies and sweets? Additionally, their bread bowl soups, salads, quiche and panini’s are mouthwatering as well.
The Gov Cup
Best hemp chai latte hands down. It is the perfect place to study, open your laptop, plug in your headphones and get to work. They also have entertaining, talented live performances here, cafe turned into concert venue and a 21+ older crowd, beer and spirits included.
Broadway Cafe is another great place to grab a cup of coffee and spend endless hours reading, working or catching up with a friend.
Word Of Mouth
Biggest cinnamon roll french toast you will ever devour. Covered in brilliant quotes from wall to wall, great service and beautiful food. A must try.
Other great places for Breakfast:
Annette’s in West Salem, Whites Restaurant, French Press (yummy crepes) and the Original House of Pancakes off commercial street… homemade whipped cream on fluffy pancakes or fresh fruit and freshly squeezed pure orange juice, amazing.
You can’t go wrong with these pizzerias
Momiji’s Sushi… The Salem Roll. Enough Said.
Salem offers unique entertainment
Built in 1926, and restored in the early 2000’s, this theater captures the true essence of the tudor gothic atmosphere. Shows, silent films, plays and dramas take place here, you can never explain the beauty of the building unless you’ve experienced it first hand.
The Reed Opera House has everything from food, handmade soaps, massage therapists, clothing stores and a ballroom. Built in 1870, it has a feel so timeless, you find yourself peeling your eyes away from your iPhone screen to appreciate it all.
Where else can you find a random alley way that looks this cool besides in Salem?
The Salem Center Mall may not be the biggest mall in Oregon, but with a Nordstrom, a Sephora and a Victoria Secret, you can’t complain too much.
Hair by Rylee
Looking to get a cut or color? This gorgeous lady is the one I trust with my long locks in Salem. Not only is she beautiful, but she’s incredibly talented! Click on the link below for more details.
Most delicious fruits, fresh veggies and apple cider donuts you’ve ever experienced.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Every spring since 1974, this tulip farm is in full display of it’s gorgeous colors, over 30 acres of these beautiful flowers.
Willamette Valley Vineyards
For wine tasting, weddings or private venues, the Willamette Valley Vineyards is a beautiful place to celebrate any special event.
Silver Creek Falls
The simple fact that you can have this view waiting for you when you get off work
You can camp virtually anywhere
And the VERY best part about living in Salem
We are perfectly, centrally located.
50 minutes from this beauty…
1 hour from this piece of heaven…
60 minutes from…
45 min drive to the city
Shopping, food carts, coffee, books, hipsters, concerts and bikes… Portland has it all. Keep Portland Weird.
Less than an hour away from this…
A short drive from anywhere with a trail or a waterfall
A beautiful, relaxing drive away from the ocean
The Oregon Coast
The best cheese factory is close within reach
America’s deepest lake
Beautiful Crater Lake
And when you feel the mountains calling, hear the white river rafting calling your name on the Deschutes, or are craving quality breweries and more hiking… only a few more hours away, passing through beautiful trees and breathtaking views, you find this beautiful city;
One thing Oregon has going for it, arguably better than any other state in America, is it’s hiking. You are wondrously surrounded by nature, green, water and fresh, crisp air.
And last but not least, the Oregon sunsets.
And yes, when you are born and raised in a city where everyone claims to hate, it’s easy to fall into believing your town is the pits. Sure, Salem may not be as glamorous as New York or have the sun year round like California, but what no other city has that Oregon has, is the beauty which we are surrounded by, the safety of raising a family, no sales tax, and yes, we get our gas pumped for us (legally, us and New Jersey are the only ones in the country that still have this law), and we have fresh flowing, beautiful tasting tap water. Oregonians, if you haven’t realized how lucky you are by now, wake up.. spray the clean tap water on your face and realize how fortunate you are. And those that have passed through or have visited briefly, it’s no secret how beautiful this state is!
I know there are tons of things I have missed on the Salem list, feel free to comment and let me know what those are!
Have a beautiful day everyone!