Gilbert House Children’s Museum reopens in Salem, Oregon

The sign at the entrance of the Gilbert House Children's Museum in Salem, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) It's time to play and learn again at the Gilbert House Children's Museum! The museum has reopened, with some changes due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Reservations are required, because the number of people who can visit … Continue reading Gilbert House Children’s Museum reopens in Salem, Oregon

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens planning to reopen display gardens this spring

The Reckless Abandon iris from Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) In the years before COVID-19 gripped the world, Shreiner's Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon, hosted an iris festival during bloom season in May, in conjunction with KeizerFEST. Their iris fields and display gardens were open during that time. Last year's … Continue reading Schreiner’s Iris Gardens planning to reopen display gardens this spring

Which haunted houses and other experiences are open in Oregon in 2020?

Image credit: Clackamas County Scare Fair in Canby, Oregon So many changes in haunted experiences have happened this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's the rundown on what's open and closed this year in and near Portland, Oregon. If you have any information on other experiences not listed here, please post in the comments … Continue reading Which haunted houses and other experiences are open in Oregon in 2020?

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Bush's Pasture Park is a 100-acre public park and botanical garden near downtown Salem, Oregon. It's the site of the Bush House Museum, the home of Asahel Bush's family from 1878 until 1953. The Italianate house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The City of Salem … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon