While Christmas dinner means a home-cooked meal for some, others may desire a night out free of cooking.
For those who would prefer to leave the cooking to others, here are 10 restaurants open Christmas day in the Salem and Portland areas.
Salem area restaurants:
Bibimbap House: Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 635 Chemeketa St. NE. (503) 585-1530
Blue Willow Restaurant & Lounge: Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located at 1985 Lancaster Drive NE. (503) 581-3067
Busick Court Restaurant: Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located 250 Court St. NE. (503) 370-8107
The Oregon Garden Resort: Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Located at 895 W Main St. in Silverton. (503) 874-2500
Venti’s Cafe and Taphouse: Open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Located at 2840 Commercial St. SE. Customers can choose from a special traditional Christmas menu or from the regular menu. (503) 391-5100
Portland area restaurants:
Chart House: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Located at 5700 SW Terwilliger.(503) 246-6963
Gracie’s: Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue. Customers can choose from the regular full menu or Christmas specials. (503) 222-2171
Henry’s 12th Street Tavern: Open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue. (503) 227-5320
Jake’s Grill: Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located at 611 SW 10th Avenue.(503) 220-1850
Portland City Grill: Open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Located at 111 SW 5th Ave.(503) 450-0030
Oregon is returning to its rainy-state and its trees are changing colors — fall is here, and there is plenty to do. October offers numerous local and inexpensive/free events.
Here are five diverse events located around Silverton, Salem, and Portland areas:
1. Bauman Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
Bauman Farms offers festive activities for the whole family through October 31. The attractions include a pumpkin patch, mazes, slides, apple tasting, hayrides, cider demos, and an animal barn.
Open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais, OR. Admission is $5 on weekends. For more price information visit their website.
2. Literary Discussion group
If you love to read contemporary and classic literature, and want a free space to discuss books and meet other fellow book lovers, this event is for you. The group meets in the Plaza room at the Salem Public Library, located at 585 Liberty St. SE. The next events are October 22 and 29 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3. Men for Hope and Safety Community Engagement
Men for Hope and Safety works alongside the Center for Hope and Safety, a Salem organization serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, to engage men in conversation and provide resources to prevent domestic violence.
On October 23 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. the organization will provide a presentation and discussion about capacity building opportunities. The discussion is open to teens and adults. The center is Located in downtown Salem at 605 Center St. NE.
4. The Oregon Garden
The Oregon Garden offers more than 20 specialty gardens and features, which include waterfalls, quiet ponds, fountains, the 400-year-old Signature Oak, a Northwest Garden, a pet garden, and art.
The garden is open daily through October from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Located in Silverton at 879 W. Main St. Tickets range from $11 to $5 (ages four and younger are free).
5. Macbeth at the Pentacle Theater
A rendition of one of William Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful plays. The play runs through October 25 and begins at 7:30 p.m.
The theater is located in Salem at 324 52nd Ave. NW. For tickets call 503-485-4300.