Look, we’re a little biased. We live in Salem. We love Salem. We think Salem rocks, which is why so many of us work so hard to bring you TEDxSalem, as a showcase for just how cool this city, and our community, is.
But if you’re visiting us from out-of-town, (welcome!) you might be wondering: What else is there to do here?
We have some ideas for you.
The Capitol, obviously. Sort of a no-brainer, but we’d be remiss not to include it. Guided tours occur on weekdays only, but it’s worth wandering in just to see the rotunda.
The Historic Elsinore Theater. Otherwise known as the setting of TEDxSalem 2014! This beautiful old theater shows classic films, symphonic performances and national touring entertainment.
Eat your way through downtown. You’ll already be downtown for TEDxSalem, so why not do some exploring? We have classic, long-standing lunch counters, quality Italian, Spanish and French restaurants, locally beloved establishments and cozy coffee shops.
Taste the best wine Oregon has to offer. We’re pretty partial to Pinots. There are dozens of world class vineyards and wineries just outside city limits, many of them offering wood-fire pizzas, cheese plates or full kitchen options. Yum!
Take in a show, comedic or musical. The options are darn near endless. There’s family-friendly improv at Capitol City, the hottest indie films at Salem Cinema, or the latest musical at the Pentacle Theatre (Addams Family launches the same weekend as TEDxSalem!).
Feel collegiate at Willamette. Our local university has one gorgeous campus, with winding trails and autumn leaves just begging for a leisurely stroll.
Art? Check. History? Check. See the latest exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, peruse the finest pieces for sale at the Bush Barn Art Center, see the film-famous Oregon State Hospital museum or soak up local history at the Willamette Heritage Center.
If wine isn’t your thing, maybe beer is? Our small but wildly talented (and delicious) collection of breweries are winning awards and making headlines.
Still need a place to stay? May we recommend the Grand Hotel in downtown Salem? Not only is it right next door to the Convention Center, but TEDxSalem attendees get a discount! Just mention that you’ll be at the conference and get a room for $129, plus tax.
Looking for other must-see tips about Salem? Ask any of our volunteers or team members! Still need tickets for TEDxSalem? Never fear, they’re still available online.