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In The Insider’s Guide, you’ll find descriptions of activities and resources of interest to various groups of people including young families, business owners and outdoor enthusiasts, among others. We’ve included a wide-ranging directory of Salem-area businesses and other resources, including short descriptions and contact information. We hope this will be useful to you as you decide which neighborhoods interest you, and then again as you settle into your new home.

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  • BY TH E S A L EM R E A L E S TAT E G ROU P , I NC .

    SalemOREGONThe Insiders Guide to

    SIXTH EDITION I JANARY 2016

    Everything you need to know to make Salem, OR

    your new hometown

  • David Whitton Dewey Whitton

    2015 The Salem Real Estate Group, Inc. www.FindSalemHomes.com2

    David and Dewey Whitton The Salem Real Estate Group6444 Fairway Ave. SESalem, OR 97306

    January 1, 2015

    Dear Friend,

    Congratulations on your decision to consider making Salem, Oregon your next hometown! Whether youre just beginning the process or are already preparing for moving day, we want to help make your move as smooth as possible.

    Weve lived in Salem for 20 years and we love helping our clients discover the beauty and excitement of our city. Thats why we created The Insiders Guide to Salem, Oregonto help you learn everything there is to know about Salems neighborhoods, resources, business community, recreational opportunities and more. The first edition, published in 2009, received rave reviews so weve now updated it with lots more information. Even long-time residents are sure to discover things they never knew about this fascinating city.

    In The Insiders Guide, youll find descriptions of activities and resources of interest to various groups of people including young families, business owners and outdoor enthusiasts, among others. Weve included a wide-ranging directory of Salem-area businesses and other resources, complete with short descriptions and contact information. We hope this will be useful as you decide which neighborhoods interest you and then again as you settle into your new home.

    If we can assist you in any way, either as you look for a new home or at any other point in the relocation process, please dont hesitate to contact us. We are and always will be here for you!

    Sincerely,

    David & Dewey WhittonPrincipal Brokers/ OwnersThe Salem Real Estate Group, Inc.

    P.S. The Insiders Guide is our best attempt to create a useful, informative resource about Salem area businesses, resources and entertainment. Naturally, this isnt an exhaustive listing of everything there is to do in Salem. Rather, it is intended as a guide to help new residents find their footing. If you notice an error, or if you would like to see another business, organization or location included in this publication, please send an email to David@SalemRealEstateGroup.com, or give us a call at (503) 949-3623. We will do our best to include your suggestion in the next edition of The Insiders Guide to Salem, Oregon. We hope to hear from you soon!

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  • ContentsCONTENTS

    www.FindSalemHomes.com 2015 The Salem Real Estate Group, Inc. 3

    Salem: Past, Present & Future .......... 4Salems Past ..................................... 4Salems Present ..................................5Salems Future .................................. 6Salem Strong, Vibrant, Safe and United .............................................. 7Excerpts from the State of City Speech .....7The Mid-Willamette Valley Is a Great Place to Live, Work and Play ........................ 9Welcome! - From the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce .................................. 10Salems Geography and Weather ......11At a Glance: 25 Things to Do in and Around Salem ................................ 12Family Fun for Young Families and the Young at Heart ................................14For Explorers and Adventurers ........16To the North ................................... 16To the South ................................... 17To the East ..................................... 17To the West .................................... 17For Entrepreneurial Spirits and the Business-Minded ..............................18For Wine Enthusiasts ...................... 20Wine Shops .....................................20Wineries & Vineyards ......................... 21Craft Beer Lovers ............................ 22Breweries .......................................22Tap Houses and Growler Stations ..........23Fairs, Festivals, and Other Events .... 24Entertainment ................................ 30Theater ..........................................30Cinema.......................................... 31Comedy Shows ................................. 31Concerts ........................................ 31Dining ............................................ 32American Cuisine .............................32Asian Cuisine ..................................34Bakeries ......................................... 35Bars & Pubs ....................................35Coffee Shops ...................................36Continental Cuisine .........................36Italian Cuisine .................................36Mexican Cuisine .............................. 37Northwest Cuisine ............................ 37Seafood ......................................... 37Shopping Centers ........................... 38

    Parks & Gardens ............................ 39City Parks .......................................39Indoor Play Areas ............................. 41Salem-Area Gardens .........................42Community Gardens .........................42Pets ................................................ 43Dog Parks and Trails ..........................43Dog Training & Obedience .................44Horse Farm Boarding Stables ...............44Horseback Riding .............................46Pet Adoption Services ........................46Pet Boarding & Daycare ......................47Pet Grooming .................................47Veterinarians ...................................48Golf Courses ................................... 49Swimming Pools ..............................51Sports Teams .................................. 52Education ....................................... 53K-12 Schools .................................. 53Preschools ......................................54Childcare ....................................... 55Institutions of Higher Learning & Vocational Schools ............................ 55Charitable Nonprofit Organizations 58Museums .........................................61Libraries ......................................... 65Local Media .................................... 66Newspapers .....................................66Television .......................................66Radio ............................................66Neighborhood Associations ............ 67Independent Living Retirement Communities .................................. 69Medical Facilities ............................ 70Clinics ...........................................70Hospitals ........................................70Urgent Care ....................................70Transportation ................................71Airports ......................................... 71Ferries ........................................... 71Trains & Busses ................................ 72Taxi Companies ............................... 72Lodging & Accommodations .......... 73Bed and Breakfast Inns ....................... 73Furnished & Executive Suites ............... 73Hotels and Motels .............................74RV Parks and Camping....................... 75

  • Salem

    2015 The Salem Real Estate Group, Inc. www.FindSalemHomes.com4

    Willamette (Wil-AM-it): Its Willamette, damn-it!

    Chemeketa (Chu-MEH-ki-tuh)

    Salem became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1852. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1857 and became the states capital when Oregon achieved statehood in 1859.

    Agriculture has always been an important part of Salems economy. In particular, cherry growers used to be a mainstay of the community and the city is sometimes referred to as the Cherry City, even though the economy has since diversified into other sectors.

    SALEMS PASTSalem is located in Oregons beautiful mid-Willamette Valley. The area was originally inhabited by the Kalapuya Native Americans, who called the area Chemeketa, which means resting place.

    The first people of European descent arrived around 1812, and were primarily trappers and food traders. Between 1840 and 1841, missionaries built a grist and saw mill that was often left idle due to the low water flow in the body of water that was eventually called Mill Creek, now Salems best-known creek, originating in the hills on the south edge of Silver Falls State Park.

    In 1843, an overland migration arrived via the Oregon Trail to settle in the Willamette Valley. The origins of the citys modern-day name, Salem, are unclear, but the word itself is derived from the Semitic word for peace.

    As long as were introducing new geographic terms, lets take a moment to make sure youre able to pronounce things like a native Oregonian. People from outside the Pacific Northwest are easily identified as soon as they say OR-uh-gone or Will-a-MET, but you can spare yourself from potential embarrassment by practicing these words:

    Oregon (OR-y-gun)

    SALEM: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

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    2013, the average residential sales price for homes in Salem was $128,580 significantly less than those of other metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest. As in the rest of the nation, the continued upturn in the housing market has resulted in positive home value appreciation in the Salem/ Keizer residential real estate market. There is a general consensus that residential real estate values will continue to increase at a sustainable rate through 2015 with the hottest segment of the market being homes priced around $250,000.

    Financially, one of the many advantages of moving to Oregon is that there is NO SALES TAX. People from neighboring states often come to Oregon to make major purchases for precisely that r