The holiday season is in full swing that means it’s also “engagement season”! According to this 2019 article in brides.com, a substantial percentage of engagements occur during the holiday season: “Of all the brides surveyed, a whopping 28 percent got engaged on a holiday or other special occasion, compared to just 12 percent last year”.
If you’re planning on “popping the question” or simply going on a much-needed date in the coming weeks, consider doing it in a unique, romantic destination that will sweep your beloved off their feet. With the sparkling holiday lights and joyful events happening all over Salem – the holidays are the perfect time to create a special moment your beloved will never forget. Here are some of the most romantic destinations in Salem, Oregon and throughout the Willamette Valley.
1- Salem’s Riverfront Carousel
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is not just a place where you can discover your inner child this holiday season. It also makes a lovely backdrop for a romantic proposal!
2-Deepwood Museum & Gardens
This 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home is situated on approximately four acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem. The museum and gardens will take you back to a more romantic time and place.
3-The Oregon State Capitol
With its grandiose rotunda, rich history, and outdoor gardens, the Oregon State Capitol is a wonderful destination at any time of the year. However, the building and surrounding grounds sparkle and shine each holiday season with joyful holiday events, music, dazzling lights, and more.
4- The Grand Hotel in Salem
If a public proposal is not your style, you can create a night of “Grand Romance” at one of Downtown Salem’s premier hotels. Book the Grand Romance Package and receive overnight accommodations for two in your choice of suite, champagne or sparkling cider delivered to your room, fresh flowers, complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet, and a late check out of 1 pm.
5- Willamette Heritage Center
The Williamette Heritage Center is a charming, five-acre, park-like historic site with 14 historic buildings and homes. This Salem, Oregon treasure will host Magic at the Mill in late December featuring a stunning display of thousands of twinkling lights, tours of historic buildings, demonstrations, seasonal treats, and more.
6- The Willamette Queen
Embark on a romantic riverboat experience reminiscent of the days of old onboard the “Willamette Queen” at Salem Riverfront Park in downtown Salem.
7- Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge
The unique Downtown Salem pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Willamette River features beautiful views and evokes a connection to nature. You can also access three riverfront parks from the bridge: Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park, and Minto-Brown Island Park.
8- Bush’s Pasture Park
This lush landscape features a rich variety of roses that are beautiful any time of the year. You can’t ask for a more romantic setting. While you are these, visit the Bush Barn Art Center and Annex featuring exhibition spaces, a gift gallery, and an Artist-in-Residence studio. Operated by the Salem Art Association, exhibits are always free to view.
We hope you enjoy spending time with your favorite person this holiday season! By the way, if they say yes (we hope they do!), consider the many wedding options available at The Salem Convention Center. You won’t have to worry about the weather, and our impeccable attention to detail—from planning to set up- will give you the day you are dreaming of. Best of luck to you as you plan the perfect marriage proposal!