Travel in Salem, OR

Oregon Senate Republicans elected Sen. Herman Baertschiger, Jr., R-Grants Pass, as their new leader ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

About 15 miles west of Salem, a distinctive pocket of rolling vineyard land is shaping its fruit unlike any other stretch within the Willamette Valley, the state’s most famous wine-growing region. Above ground in the soon-to-be Mount Pisgah, Polk County AVA (American Viticultural Area), marine gusts and lower-set sites help with ripening. Beneath ground, soil types like Bellpine, Wellsdale and Jory — Oregon’s official dirt — create complexity.

Anchoring the south end of the new North Coast Food Trail, Lincoln City holds culinary cred with its wealth of nature’s bounty from land and sea. Fishing boats ply the Pacific for salmon, crab and albacore; foragers fill up with wild mushrooms and clams; lush coastal farmland overflows with vegetables, meat and dairy. Hungry yet?

Mel Brown sits down at his kit and adjusts his cymbals. He hits one with a drumstick — ting ta-ting ting. It rings brightly, clearly, with resonance. Next he picks up a couple wire brushes and makes stirring strokes across the snare — whoosh shhh-whoosh. It’s smooth, sensual and a little spicy. He proceeds to…

View the state funeral services to honor President George H.W. Bush, beginning in Washington, D.C., and ending with his burial in a family plot.

17 places you can cut your own Christmas tree or get a pre-cut tree in Salem, Aumsville, Dallas, Rickreall, Gervais, Silverton, Stayton and Sublimity

Play for free on Nov. 23 in celebration of 'Green Friday.' We're waiving day-use parking fees in 25 Oregon State Parks the day after Thanksgiving
"We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside and the response has been very positive," said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "We’re thrilled that many families now include a state park outing as part of their holiday tradition.”
Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks…