Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Salem

Silver Falls State Park

Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls, 26 miles east of Salem on Hwy 214, is an easy day trip from Portland, Salem and Eugene. It offers camping, swimming, picnicking, cycling and horseback riding. Best of all a…
Top Choice French in McMinnville

Bistro Maison

This European eatery is one of McMinnville's, and the region's, best restaurants, serving up exceptional French dishes like duck confit, cassoulet (casserole with meat and white beans) and coq au vin (chicken braise…
Top Choice American in Newberg & Dundee

Red Hills Market

This deli-market offers a great atmosphere, with its wines and gourmet food products surrounding a small cluster of diners in the main room. Head to the excellent back patio to enjoy your toasted, open-faced 'craft'…
Top Choice American in McMinnville

Crescent Cafe

Truly excellent breakfast spot (now also doing weekend dinners) with gourmet treats like creamed chicken and biscuits with eggs, or grilled ham and cheddar sandwich with caramelized onions (the menu changes seasonal…
Top Choice Northwestern US in McMinnville

Joel Palmer House

Renowned for its dishes built around wild mushrooms and Oregon truffles (often handpicked by the chef, Christopher Czarnecki), this highly lauded restaurant is just a few miles northwest of McMinnville, in Dayton. I…
Top Choice Northwestern US in Newberg & Dundee

Painted Lady

Accomplished chefs Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley use their wide travel and culinary experiences at this renowned restaurant in a renovated 1890s Victorian house. The set menus are either seven or nine courses and i…
Top Choice Italian in Eugene

Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria

One of Eugene's most beloved restaurants, Beppe & Gianni's serves up homemade pastas and excellent desserts. Expect a wait, especially on weekends.
Gardens in Salem

Oregon Garden

Plant-lovers shouldn't miss this garden, located 15 miles east of Salem outside Silverton. Over 20 specialty gardens are showcased on 80 acres, including a Northwest plant collection, miniature conifer section, chil…
American in Eugene


The menu sounds fancy, but the atmosphere in this low-ceilinged neighborhood joint – the former home of Eugene's oldest and diviest bar, Tiny's Tavern – is comfy, soothing and completely unpretentious. Rough-hewn wo…
Market in Eugene

Saturday Market

For great fun and a quintessential introduction to Eugene's peculiar vitality, don't miss the Saturday Market, held each Saturday from March through November at E 8th Ave and Oak St. Between Thanksgiving and Christm…