My top 5 favorite places around Salem right now

While I’ve lived in Salem (or near it) pretty much my whole life it has only been since I moved back three years ago that I started to realize just how great it is.

I think when you grow up somewhere you just can’t wait to get out! So, I did and then I came back – isn’t that how it always goes lol It could also be that a lot of younger folks or people my age starting making a conscious effort to support local by shopping and eating local and all of sudden we found all these hidden gems!

This last year has turned me into somewhat of a homebody – which I’m not mad about. Instead of heading up to Portland to eat or go out I more than not opt for Salem area eats and entertainment! So, thought I’d share my list of my top 5 favorite places around Salem. And chances are if you’re there I might be, too!

1. Amadeus

I always try the special if I haven’t had it before but my go-to items on the menu are the Truffle Artichoke Dip to start, the Saucy Chicken and a Caesar Salad for dinner and of course a Zaks Old Fashioned to drink!

2. Isaac’s Coffee

I pretty much live here. My order always consists of a 12oz iced half-caf vanilla latte. SO good. If I’m doing breakfast it’s either the Breakfast At Tiffany’s or The Greenhouse. If’ I’m doing lunch then I definitely get the Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich on pita.


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3. Willamette Valley Vineyards

First off, become a member! The perks are excellent – including free flights every visit! Second, THE WINE. Actually, that should have been first. I don’t even know if I could name my favorite… Probably the new Rosè!

4. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

Who’s ready for all the Spring blooms?! 10 acres of gorgeous flowers in the month of May!


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5. Riverfront Park

The park is so pretty and right along the Willamette River. Plus, the pedestrian bridge connects to Minto Brown park where you could ride your bike for hours!! Plus, my kiddos love the play areas. It’s a great place to be on a warm sunny morning!


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If you have never made it down to Salem to explore – PLEASE do! We’d love to have you and the business! And let me know if you check out any of my spots. I’d love to know if you loved it as much as I do!



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