When Honeywood Winery first began in 1933, it wasn't a winery at all, but rather a distillery that produced fruit cordials and brandies. Today, it's one of Oregon’s oldest operating wineries, producing a wide variety of fruit wines and a handful of reds and whites. In all, 50 different housemade wines are available, enough to float a battleship or a houseboat owned by a Rockefeller. And the winery's location in Salem isn't random—its proximity to Willamette Valley grants it easy access to many stalwart vineyards of the area. Visitors can peruse the marketplace for bottles, edibles, and gifts, or head to the tasting room for a complimentary sampling of wines.
Salem Scuba & Travel, Inc., a five-star PADI dive center, runs scuba-diving and snorkeling lessons for students of all levels. Its instructors pride themselves on being able to help new and nervous divers swim like naturals, with all the agility and grace of fish. After completing a course on open water diving, students can take part in a Salem Scuba?led diving trip to Fiji, Cozumel, and other exotic destinations. The onsite shop offers equipment such as drysuits and tanks.
The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill preserves slices of valley history by word and deed, keeping up 14 historic structures and filling them with historical tours and living history displays. The Jason Lee house represents the oldest building on campus, built in 1841. The structure also boasts the title of oldest surviving wooden frame house in the Pacific Northwest, and its interior sports the period appropriate furnishings right down to an iron stove and a snoring, bonneted grandmother. Nearby stands the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, and piece of the Industrial Revolution that has survived since 1896, earning recognition as an American Treasure by the National Park Service. Workers keep the buildings clean and sound for tours and rentals, while actors keep the ground vibrant with living historical portrayals.
Finding Bigfoot, whenever it happens, will be a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The guides at Sasquatch Hunt try to increase those odds by hosting a series of overnight stakeouts through the summer. During each Saturday session, parties set up camp in the woodsy wilderness of Oregon to keep vigil for evidence of the elusive creature, whether it's the enormous footprints, the sounds of rustling brambles and bushes, or the fleeting bluetooth signal of Bigfoot's smartphone.
Sasquatch Hunt falls under the umbrella of Spirit Expeditions, which specializes in haunted walking tours of historic cities throughout America.
Elsinore Gallery owners Steve and Barbara Narkaus preserve all varieties of memento within more than 200 types of frames. Alongside stock and custom frames of wood, metal, and lacquer, hundreds of matting options give dimension to encased diplomas, family portraits, or parking tickets. Frames in sizes 24"x30" or 24"x36" preserve larger items, such as a movie poster or a member of the rebel forces frozen in carbonite. The husband-and-wife pair also stocks the shop's gallery with the works of local artists, including Barbara's own golf-theme artwork, which grants everlasting views of the scenic golf courses in the Pacific Northwest.
Urban scavengers take to the streets of Salem to solve clues and complete challenges in The Great Salem Race. The third-annual scavenger hunt takes competitors through a 3- to 5-mile course?the length depends on the route competitors take and how efficiently they solve the clues?during which they will discover or re-discover some of Salem's finest sites and businesses. Most teams will complete the course by 1 p.m., after which they can enjoy food and drink specials at the official after-party. Proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Salem Leadership Foundation and the Inspire Foundation.