Passengers on the Willamette Queen board the 87-foot sternwheeler at Riverfront Park in Salem and take a journey into the 19th century, an era when paddle steamers plied the waters of the Willamette. Wedding parties, birthdays, and company outings of up to 90 people climb aboard for gourmet dinners and lunches, dancing to live music on the solid oak floor, or sipping cocktails at the full service bar. Passengers gaze at the beauty of the river's tree-lined banks, play poker like an old-timey riverboat gambler, or watch a beautiful turtle wedding happening on the water.
Snap Fitness is a popular chain of fitness centers with hundreds of locations, and it's easy to see why. Offering 24/7 gym access to members 365 days a year, Snap Fitness has everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle without the hassle of having to plan around a gym's schedule. With cardio and strength-training equipment, free weights, and classes such as yoga and Zumba taught by certified instructors, Snap Fitness helps its clients along a path to wellness by offering unlimited access and the tools they need to succeed.
At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
The flavorful tasting classes at West Side Wine Store include delectable pairing hors d'oeuvres of various cheeses, dips, and breads. Depending on your level of knowledge or thirst, you can choose either Wine Tasting 101 or 102. Wine Tasting 101 exposes senses to the basic traits of fine wines, allowing students to initiate their palates with six different varieties. 101-ers will learn rudimentary tasting techniques and the defining characteristics of both red and white wines. Wine Tasting 102 takes grape-based education to the next level with samples of three major reds (cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and syrah) and three major whites (riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris) from across the globe. Guests will also be treated to a complimentary glass of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and a free high five upon arrival. Each class is limited to 15 persons and is about two hours long. Check out the class schedule for dates and times.
An ancient part of Chinese culture, crackling fireworks were once used to ward off evil spirits with their noisy display, which became a harbinger of a peaceful and prosperous new year. Black Cat Fireworks has upheld this explosive tradition since 1906, when the original company, Li & Fung, began refining and exporting firecrackers out of Canton and then Hong Kong. More than 100 years later—and since the 1940s in the United States—Black Cat continues to shell out everything from sparklers to roman candles to rockets.
Nestled among the crawling vines and rich views of the Willamette Valley, Redhawk gives wine hunters a cornucopia of notes to subtly detect—or thoughtlessly sip—in the accessible, informal tasting room. Curious tongues will cavort with the last whispers of grapes, such as "I have chocolate undertones," and "is the wireless grapevine down again?" at a wine tasting consisting of four white wines, three pinot noirs, one red blended wine, one syrah and one dessert wine. In the event that any wines—like the earthy 2008 Grateful Red Pinot Noir ($15 per bottle), the fruit-laced 2007 Stainless Steel Chardonnay ($12 per bottle) or the peppery 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah ($16)—catch the tongue, feel free to adopt a bounding bottle of joy at discount of 25% off the total purchase.