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Silverton, Oregon

Silverton Vacation Rental

Silverton is often appropriately called the closest thing to Mayberry that still exists.  Once named one of the country’s “Top Ten Coolest Small Towns” for reasons such as …
Historic murals and huge flower baskets throughout downtown Annual Pet Parade – no kidding people decorate wagons for turtles, fish, rabbits, goats, etc …  in addition to regular pets  – dogs and horses dressed up for a parade – it’s adorable!  (and over in about 30 minutes)Saturday Farmer’s Market – local honey, flowers, produce, baked goods (seasonal)
Town’s Christmas tree lighting by Santa himself – with caroling and hot chocolate
Beautiful nearby farm stands – with yummy things – apple cider donuts, fresh berry sundaes in summer,  and homemade pie (EZ Orchards, Willamette Valley
Pie Company, Bauman Farms), pumpkin patches,
Historic movie theater – one screen theater with first run movies
Christmas tree farms – cut your own tree and buy a fresh wreath
Friendly coffee shops, pubs and restaurants along the creek
Pizza and Hawaiian food carts
Co-op gallery featuring the work of local artists
Two parks and pathways along the creek – one with a covered walking
bridge over the creek
Gallon House covered bridge (just outside of town)
Silverton Reservoir (lake for kayaking, swimming, fishing – no motors)
Silverton wineries (an hour to official wine country)

Annual Events and Festivals
Pet Parade (May)
Salem Art Fair (July; Salem – 20 minutes away)
Homer Davenport Days (August)
Silverton Fine Arts Festival  (August)
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest (September. largest Oktoberfest in Pacific NW)

Some of our favorite things to do

If you have a few hours

Local Hikes:
Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park – also known for amazing mountain biking – or just visiting the lodge and gift shop or seeing one waterfall
Abiqua and Butte Creek Falls
Shellburg Falls
Walk at the Mt. Angel Abbey – peaceful path leads to incredible views over the valley
Drive out toward Stayton – farmland with beautiful views
Ride a bike to the Gallon House Covered Bridge
Visit downtown Silverton shops and have a bite at an eatery along the creek
Walk to The Oregon Garden (or drive there so you can walk throughout Garden)
Swing on the front porch
Walk on the paths along the creek
Visit the Farmer’s Market or EZ Orchards or Bauman Farms for fresh produce
Stop at a berry stand (or pick berries at a U-pick)  Strawberries, blueberries, marionberries, raspberries, blackberries – yum!
Visit the alpaca farm and gift shop outside of town Kayak or swim at the reservoir

If you have a whole day

The Willamette Valley has access to it all – mountains, beaches and rivers
Drive the Columbia Gorge and stop in Hood River to watch windsurfing
Drive up to Mt. Hood, have a drink or lunch at Timberline Lodge, and take a chairlift even in summer
Drive toward Bend – the drive along the river is beautiful and there are zillions of hikes and swimming spots
Drive to the beach … it’s the Oregon Coast – it’s incredible
Kayak the Willamette River (you can pull over for a picnic at a hop farm/brewery – it’s pretty great)