Silverton is a cute little town.
Visiting is fun and well worth the short drive through the countryside. About 45 minutes south of Portland, Google navigation will take you there easily. Silver Creek runs through Silverton’s downtown, through a park with a beautiful covered foot bridge, passing a nice cluster of antique and vintage stores, a crepe shop, a used book store, a throwback movie theater, beer pubs, and more as it goes. Many of these places have creekside seating.
On the way we passed Brush Creek Playhouse.
At first we thought it was an old schoolhouse. But upon second glance we noticed the marquee. We looked up their website and learned they serve the greater Salem, Silverton and Mt Angel communities.
For its size the place Silverton’s downtown is packed with things for an antique and vintage hunter – and their friends – to see and do.
As we walked around Silverton’s downtown the people we met were very friendly- maybe that comes from living in such a nice place. As we passed the record store a few folks were gathered out front talking over the latest news. It felt like “Mayberry”. They call themselves “The Gateway to Silver Falls and the Home of the Oregon Garden”. And they are.
The murals are everywhere.
Thirteen of them, in fact. There is one telling the history of the Silverton Red Sox. Another tells of Bobbi the dog – who returned home from a 3,000 mile trek after getting lost on a trip his owners took…Disney made a movie called “The Incredible Journey” based on Bobbi’s life. Another mural memorializes Silverton’s belief in Santa Claus. That one is in the Silverton Park.
Highlighting the history of the town and more, these very intricate works of art are representative of the town’s history, its pro baseball team, insistent belief in Santa Claus, and more. We stopped at almost everyone we came across. You can read about them here: http://silvertonor.com/wp/index.php/murals/
Pretty soon we found Silverton’s cluster of antique and vintage shops.
The Silver Wolf Shop, Redeemed & Restored, Somewhere In Time, and more. We also found a used book store, a throwback movie theater, a few places with great food (crepes and coffee anyone?). We liked the charming little creek side park with a covered foot bridge and spotless public amenities right next to Somewhere In Time antiques, too.
About those antique and vintage shops that you’ll want to visit…
We found The Silver Wolf Shop specializing in all things silver and gold from jewelry to coins and home decor – along with an entire wall of highly collectible vintage records. Its quite a combination.
There is also another record store in town to find so if you like collecting vinyl be sure and visit. But Silver Wolf Shop had the most amazing vinyl pieces.
There was Redeemed & Restored – a stunning, beautiful shabby chic store. The place is full of beautiful things from painted furniture to boudoir lamps, pictures, mirrors, decor collectibles and ceramics. There is even an outdoor garden section to check out.
We were also glad to find Somewhere In Time. They pretty much have something for everyone. Clothing to jewelry, antique furniture, collectibles and home decor. They have a ‘mancave’ too, along with games, toys, more. Right next to the Silverton Park, it’s worth the stop for sure.