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Experience Salem's world-class wine region

Becca Barnhart | 05/29/2016 | Outdoors, Salem Area, Summer, Wine

Experience Salem's world-class wine region, outdoor gems and agricultural bounty via two new tours offered by Gray Line Oregon, in partnership with Travel Salem,Amtrak Cascades and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Starting this summer, visitors can hop aboard one of Graylines park coaches comfortable buses fashioned after the white jammers that operated in national parks in the 1930s and head off for an unforgettable experience in Mid-Willamette Valley wine country! Wineries of the Valley Tour The Wineries of the Valley Tour includes a visit and tasting flight at three wineries in Salem area. The tour begins with a stop at Cubanisimo Vineyards, Salems award-winning, Cuban-inspired winery and vineyards. Next, its off to Left Coast Cellars a 300-acre vineyard featuring entirely estate-grown wines. The final stop is Willamette Valley Vineyards, whose recently redesigned tasting room received a Peoples Choice award from the Oregon Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. A trained driver guide will provide narration en route to each winery. The tour will last approximately five hours and includes a no-host lunch stop at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Tours will run every Saturday from June 11 through October 15, 2016. Silver Falls & The Oregon Garden Tour The Silver Falls & The Oregon Garden Tour, which kicks off on Sunday, June 12, begins with a visit to E.Z. Orchards Farm Market,where visitors can enjoy freshly made baked goods, hard cider and more while they enjoy exploring the farm store. The next stop is The Oregon Garden, which features 80 acres of plantings and 20 specialty gardens. From The Oregon Garden, visitors will enjoy a drive through historic Silverton and a stop at Silver Falls State Park considered the crown jewel of the Oregon State Parks system with its 10 cascading waterfalls. This approximately five-hour tour includes a no-host lunch stop at historic Silver Falls Lodge and is offered every Sunday through October 16, 2016. Both Salem area tours are timed to operate in conjunction with Amtrak rail service. Pickup points include the Salem Amtrak Station, Travel Salems Visitor Center and the Grand Hotel in Salem.   For more tour information or to make reservations, go to or For Amtrak rail reservations, go to

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