Mt Angel

The Willamette Valley & Wine Country

Eighteen miles north of Salem, the little town of Mt Angel, with its Bavarian-style storefronts and lovely abbey, is like an old-world holdover in the Oregon countryside. Visit in mid- to late September, during Oktoberfest, for maximum effect; thousands show up for the music, beer and dances. Gothic-like St Mary Parish Church (1910) is worth a visit for its mural-covered walls.

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1. Mt Angel Abbey

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2. Gordon House

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3. Oregon Garden

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4. Champoeg State Heritage Area

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5. Robert Newell House

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6. Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin

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7. Willamette University

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8. Oregon State Capitol

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