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Vintage & Vineyards - Salem Wine Trail

Blaze a trail through time as you explore the rich history of Salem area wineries and timeless treasures.  As you work your way through wine country, venture off in discovery of artisan cheeses, traditional hard cider and delectable chocolate-covered cherries. Take solace at the many lodging facilities in the area. Make sure to document your trip like true historians with photos and journal notes.

Wineries

  1. Honeywood Winery – The oldest producing winery in Oregon has created award-winning varietals − including their delicious fruit wines − for more than 75 years.
  2. Redhawk Winery – Enjoy a picnic lunch on an open field as you overlook the beautiful Willamette Valley.  The tasting room − featuring a fun and relaxed atmosphere − is open daily 11 a.m. –  5 p.m. year-round.
  3. Witness Tree Vineyard – This winery is named for an ancient oak tree that was used as a surveyor's landmark in 1854 during the Oregon Trail years. The varied microclimates at the vineyard facilitate earlier ripening of the fruit which produces exceptional wines.
  4. St. Innocent Winery – The wines are handcrafted to complement food and extend the pleasure of a meal. The tasting room is open 11 a.m – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (May 1 through October 31).
  5. Wandering Aengus Ciderworks – The cidery creates outstanding hard ciders from uncommon apple varieties. The tasting room is open the last Friday of each month and by appointment.
  6. Johan Vineyards – Owner Dag Johan Sundby, the descendant of a long line of soil cultivators, moved to  the Willamette Valley to make his mark on the ancient Pinot noir grape.
  7. Cherry Hill – Take a scenic stroll through the vineyard or relax on the patio with a glass of delicious Pinot noir. The tasting room is open weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (call first) and weekends 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  8. Left Coast Cellars – Past the entrance gates – a piece of art depicting the natural grapevines seen beyond them –you'll experience handcrafted, estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Pinot noir.
  9. Eola Hills Wine Cellars – The famous all you can eat Sunday Brunch comes with two tickets to experience this winery's award-winning varietals.
  10. Firesteed Celllars – Visitors can experience elegant fine wines at the newly remodeled tasting room and retail shop.
  11. Orchard Heights Winery – The owners of this winery also operate a chocolate factory in Hawaii specializing in gourmet confections using Macadamia nuts, pineapple and Kona coffee beans. Chocolate and wine together – fantastic!
  12. Cubanisimo Vineyards – Dust off your dancing shoes and channel your inner moves at the monthly salsa lessons held at Cubanisimo. Celebrate the wine experience Cuban Style!

Historic Places

  1. Bush House Museum – Built in 1878 by Asahel Bush II, this Italianate-style Victorian mansion and conservatory in Bush's Pasture Park features changing exhibits, original fine art and furnishings.
  2. Historic Deepwood Estate – This 1894 Queen Anne Victorian house, located on 4.5 acres of historic gardens and nature trails,  features exquisite stained glass and golden oak woodwork.
  3. Oregon State Capitol – Marble adorns Oregon's Capitol, built in 1938. Atop the dome sits the “Gold Pioneer.” Tours of the building are available, including the 121-step spiraling climb to the top of the building onto an observation deck offering astounding views of the city.
  4. Spring Valley Presbyterian Church – Enjoy a picnic lunch at this 1859 Queen Anne Victorian church placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  5. Applegate National Historic Trail in Dallas – The official starting and ending point of the Applegate Trail, an alternative route from the Oregon Trail into the Willamette Valley. Interpretative wayside located at the Dallas City Park, Polk County Museum, and Guthrie Park.

Overnight

  1. The Grand Hotel in Salem – This full-service hotel features 193 oversized guest rooms and suites.  Each room has a work/living area, complimentary high-speed Internet, complimentary breakfast and more.
  2. Century House B & B –  This charming B&B offers spacious guest rooms and specialty breakfasts to accommodate all preferences and is within walking distance to downtown Salem shops, restaurants and attractions.  
  3. Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites – Take a break from history at this inn featuring 42 comfortable guest rooms and suites, access to high-speed internet, complimentary continental breakfast, hot tub, exercise facility and more.

Dining

  1. Jonathan's – An iconic downtown Salem restaurant since 1979, Jonathan's recently moved a few blocks to a new location in the historic Pacific building. The restaurant serves great traditional seafood dishes, steaks and some of the best Cajun food this side of Louisiana.
  2. Bentley's Grill – Enjoy fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere at Bentley's, which features Northwest cuisine and a premier selection of Oregon wines.  The restaurant is located inside The Grand Hotel in Salem.
  3. Willamette Valley Cheese Company – The home of Oregon's only Artisan Farmstead cow's milk cheese, the Willamette Valley Cheese Company cheeses are hand-crafted the old-fashioned, sustainable way. Experience award-winning cheeses in the new tasting room.
  4. Cherry Country Orchard & Chocolate Factory – A must try is the signature dried cherries and chocolates which, unlike the familiar cherry cordial, doesn't contain anything other than a dried cherry in the center of the high-quality milk or dark chocolate.  Cherry Country was featured on the Food Network's “Road Tasted with the Neelys.

For more information on this area, contact Travel Salem at www.TravelSalem.com or 800-874-7012.