Over Valentine's Day weekend, The Mister and I went on a trip to Salem. Why? It is so close, but it is far enough away to feel like we were getting away. We were able to get a schmancy hotel downtown (because who tries to live the schmancy lifestyle in Salem?) for a way cheaper budget than Portland. During college, I lived rather close to Salem, and I never understood the intrigue of it all. However, I have a secret: I have a bit of a crush on Salem now. It has some neat architecture, some delicious noms, and it is rich in Oregon history. Nerdiness love!
The drive there
Me and "Dr. John McLoughlin" at the Oregon Birthday Celebration at the capitol
Oregon birthday cake
Mental Health Museum at the Oregon State Hospital
Finding my Great Grandpa George Evans at the WW2 memorial
Brewery tour at Gilgamesh Brewing
A+A Declaring gross love at Gilgamesh
The Coin Jam an arcade and grill
Eco-globe on the Salem riverfront
Carousel on the Salem waterfront
Milkshakes and Jaipur at Rock N Rogers
Watched the Imitation Game which spurred a lot of conversation
It was a ridiculously, lovely weekend. Sorry for all the pictures, but this doesn't even begin to show all of them.