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May 21, 2005
The Oregon Garden (#13) is a beautiful display spread over 70 acres. A tram tour is available for those who would prefer it to walking. The Garden is open 10-4 daily. May-Sept entrance fee is $8/adults $6/seniors and students. Oct-Apr fees are $5/adult, $4/seniors and students. Native garden, Conifer garden, Wetlands, water features and a home demonstration garden are just a few of the views we enjoyed. The Gordon House is a Frank Lloyd Wright home that has been relocated to the premises. An inside tour is extra, but guests are free to walk around the exterior.
Leaving Silverton and heading south toward Silver Falls State Park, Hwy 214 is a scenic country road. We passed a number of Christmas tree farms and signs for chicks and beagle puppies for sale.
Silver Falls State Park is a picturesque recreational spot. Hiking trails, picnic spots and overnight facilities for camping and RVs make this a popular area for outdoor activities. We stopped to view North Falls that tumbled down a cliff amidst mossy trees. Here the forest is dense and the road is twisty.
We drove through Sublimity without stopping and, at this point, joined Hwy 22 east toward Gates for one last visit with my father. Avoiding I-5, we took scenic backroads through Silverton, Molalla, and Oregon City to Portland for our final night of the trip.
From journal Sightseeing Salem, Silverton, Sublimity & Beyond
The first stop is the Woodburn Company Stores—factory outlets. We skipped this, as we did not want to spend time shopping on this day. Stop 2 is the Glatt House Gallery/Woodburn Art Center. A red-slatted building, colorful flower gardens were inviting. However, it wasn’t open yet on this morning. It is closed on Sundays.
Stop 3 is the Jesse Settlemier House. http://www.settlemierhouse.com/ In a neighborhood of well-kept historic homes, I would have loved to tour this Queen Anne Victorian home. However, it is only open 1st Sundays from 1-4. There is a Woodburn Tour of Homes where you can see this and other historic homes.
#4 on the route is supposed to be Steam Locomotive No. 1785. I can’t imagine that we would just miss a big, old steam locomotive, but we truly never saw it. Maybe it’s been moved somewhere for restoration.
#5 is the Woodburn World’s Berry Center Museum. Only open on Friday and Saturday from 11-3, we were not having very good luck on this tour so far!
On to Mt. Angel along Hwy 214, past produce stands and the Marquam vineyards and winery. A very quaint town with a Bavarian feel, Mt. Angel is home to stops 6-8. We aimed the car toward the highly visible huge spire to St. Mary’s (#8), a spectacular old church. The Queen of Angels Monastery (#7) is on beautiful grounds. In the fall, Mt. Angel hosts a popular Oktoberfest , but I think a visitor could easily spend a day touring this little town at any time.
Stop #9 between Mt. Angel and Silverton is the Gallon House Covered Bridge, built in 1917. It is Oregon’s oldest covered bridge. The name comes from the prohibition era when liquor was sold by the gallon in a nearby house.