Location Spotlight for Physicians: Top 5 Things to Explore in Salem, Oregon

June 20, 2016

Located on the banks of the Willamette River in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, Salem is a terrific place to work and live. When choosing a career at Northwest Permanente’s Salem-Keizer locations, you will find a supportive environment in which to grow your career. With rewarding benefits, competitive compensation and wellness programs that support healthier lifestyles for healthcare professionals, you’ll have the flexibility to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Since there is so much to do and see, here is a pared down list that includes the top 5 things to explore in the Salem-Keizer area.

  1. The Willamette Water Trail

The Willamette River’s lush valley is home to more than two-thirds of Oregon’s population. The river flows northward 187 miles to Portland, where it forks west into the Multnomah Channel and east to join the Columbia River. Salem, Oregon’s capital, is situated directly on the banks of the Willamette. Residents enjoy easy access to kayaking, canoeing, scenic campsites and more. The Willamette Water Trail website includes tour routes and information to help you plan short and multi-day river excursions.


  1. Salem Public Market

The Salem Public Market, Oregon’s oldest farmer’s market, has been a local institution since 1943. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1944 and its current indoor location was built entirely by volunteers in 1946. The market is open every Saturday year-round. It is home to a variety of artisans offering handmade stoneware, woodwork, fiber arts, fresh, local produce and much more. Visit the Salem Public Market website for seasonal offerings and hours of operation.


  1. The Salem Wine Trail

The Willamette River valley is world-renowned for the rich volcanic soil and ideal growing conditions that support the region’s vineyards. The Salem Wine Trail offers a multitude of opportunities to enjoy this part of the Pacific Northwest’s culture. Tours and tastings are available year-round at various wineries including Left Coast Cellars, Honeywood Winery and Cubanismo Vineyards. The Salem Wine Trail also encompasses many historical attractions and fine dining establishments. Visit Oregon Wine Country’s website for the full list of wineries, restaurants and attractions.


  1. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Located just outside of Salem, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm has been brightening Oregon with the sought-after Dutch blooms since the 1970s. The Farm offers tours of the tulip fields, opportunities to learn about cultivation and harvesting of flowers. It is also much more than just a horticultural attraction. The Farm offers wine tastings, family activities like corn mazes and pumpkin picking and hosts the annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. You can also participate in zombie hunting at their Fields of Terror event every October.


  1. Salem’s Riverfront Park

Salem’s Riverfront Park encompasses 23 acres of downtown Salem along the banks of the Willamette River. Some of the Park’s amenities include:

  • The Riverfront Carousel
  • The A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village
  • The EcoEarth Globe
  • Expansive green areas with playground equipment and picnic tables
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Dock
  • Covered Rotary Pavilion, which can be reserved for private events.

Other amenities include riverfront jogging/walking/cycling paths, restrooms and bike racks. The Riverfront Park also hosts numerous annual events, such as the World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in the Park, holiday tree lighting, and many walking and running events.


Allied Video Productions started creating a sizzle video in 2015 to highlight all of the amenities and activities that make the city so special. The Salem-based company released the video, titled “There’s Something About Salem” in April this year and has received nothing but positive responses. The video, sponsored by many Salem businesses including Kaiser Permanente, has received over 93,000 views on Facebook since its debut.

Watch the video below to see more of Salem’s highlights:


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