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Visiting Metro Portland

Exactly half way between the North Pole and the Equator sits Oregon’s capital city, Salem. The Oregon Capital is located an hour south of Portland, the state’s largest city. Traveling on Interstate 5 makes commuting between the two cities convenient and easy. Portland and Salem anchor the north end of the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s major agricultural region. With charming and desirable small towns like McMinnville, the area is rapidly becoming known as Oregon’s Wine Country, drawing wine enthusiasts to vineyards and tasting rooms. Salem is an ideal mix of urban and outdoor fun. Split by the Willamette River, Salem offers abundant riverside trails and green spaces.

Salem’s Union Street Railroad Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge links Wallace Marine Park and Riverfront Park. Just one of the city’s prime recreation sites, Salem’s parks include over 1,600 acres of land across 46 developed parks – a hike, walk or bike ride is always nearby. If you are visiting Salem with your dog, check out Minto-Brown Island Park or Orchard Heights Park which both have off leash areas for dogs.

The popular Oregon State Fair is a late summer event hosted in Salem. Off season, the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center hosts other not to be missed events. Car enthusiasts watch for the Annual Peterson Classic Car Auction. The Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival is mid-January featuring the best of Oregon’s wines, brews and food. Mark January 13th and 14th on the calendar and join the festivities at the fairgrounds on 17th Street Northeast. Sample the most recent vintages of Oregon Wine, craft beers and spirits along with culinary demonstrations and classes. Enjoy live entertainment and exhibitions of local artists – a fun and festive event to kick off the New Year.

Travel northwest of Salem thirty miles to reach the charming community of McMinnville. Located in the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville makes a delightful getaway. Home of Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, a visit to see the Spruce Goose is a must. The museum is located across from McMinnville Municipal Airport and you’ll know you arrived when you see the B747-100 aircraft on the top of the building. Plan ahead when you visit and allow time for a show at the IMAX Theater – catch a screening of Fighter Pilot or Legends of Flight 3D for an unforgettable experience.

Take a trip to Portland, 40-miles northeast of McMinnville to enjoy spectacular holiday season events. The Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree arrives in downtown Portland November 10th to first of the season holiday music and beverages. Return to Pioneer Courthouse Square November 25th for the tree lighting ceremony hosted by SmartPark – Pink Martini provides the entertainment, so arrive early.

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra makes its home in Portland, performing at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Join the Symphony and the Northwest Gospel Choir for 2011 performances of Gospel Christmas December 9th through the 11th. Take the kids to Happy Holidays on December 18th, for the Kids Series Concert featuring holiday music and dancing while Mrs Claus saves the holiday. A wonderful family holiday event.

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