8 Reasons to Visit Dallas, Oregon

An idyllic town with history, trails and wineries. Set among vineyards and rolling hills, Dallas is located about 25 minutes outside of Salem, Oregon. Its owner-operated businesses, small-town charm and walkable downtown square will have you feeling like you’re in Mayberry – for all the right reasons.

  1. Walk the historic downtown.

Although only one building in the core of downtown Dallas is on the National Register of Historic Places, almost every building was built between 1880 and 1910. The town itself is centered around the Polk County Courthouse, which was completed in 1900 and is one of the oldest courthouses still in use in the state. With a 95-foot clock tower, the building is hard to miss.

Surrounding the courthouse, rows of historically-significant buildings house restaurants, antique shops and murals depicting the town’s history.

  1. Peruse antique stores and more.

In downtown Dallas, you won’t find big-name stores. Instead, you’ll find locally-owned shops selling one-of-a-kind items. For antique and vintage treasures, visit Some Things and the Dallas Antique Mall. Right down the street, Main Street Emporium of Dallas has a variety of new and upcycled home goods, children’’ toys and clothing.

Quilters come from all over the country and world to visit Grandma’s Attic Quilt Shop. From fabrics and patterns to quilting lessons and advice, the store offers a little bit of everything and has been a staple in the community for more than 20 years.

  1. Coffee bars, restaurants and taphouses.

For a small town, Dallas boasts a handful of appetizing restaurants, including Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar. Often referred to as the hub of the community, Pressed is a great place to grab a coffee in the morning, order a light lunch in the afternoon and enjoy live music and trivia in the evenings.

If you’re looking for fine dining with farm-to-table food, look no further than Latitude One. Owned by a longtime Dallas resident, the seasonal menu features locally-harvested ingredients in dishes such as steamed clams, mushroom fettuccine and prime rib sliders.

With 65 different taps, West Valley Taphouse is sure to have something to quench your thirst. Most of the taps are dedicated beers, ciders, and Kombucha from the Pacific Northwest, but there are also beers available from around the world.

  1. Plan a day in the parks.

Dallas has an extensive system of parks. At 35 acres, Dallas City Park is the largest park in town. Among its amenities are an 18-hole disc golf course, a suspension bridge, Japanese garden and swimming hole.

On the other side of town, you’ll find Central Bark, an off-leash dog park, and Roger Jordan Community Park, which has a skate park and the only pickleball courts in the area.

Several of the town’s 11 parks are connected through the Rickreall Creek Trail, a multi-use trail for pedestrians, bicyclists and bird-watchers that runs along the creek it’s named after. Once completed, the 4.2-mile trail will connect the west end of Dallas to the east end.

  1. Explore the Delbert Hunter Arboretum.

The Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Garden is one of Dallas’ hidden gems. Nestled against Rickreall Creek, the arboretum serves as a living museum of native plants. It showcases many species of plants and trees, including high-desert plants, rare shrubs, and flowers. With several walking paths and benches throughout, the arboretum is a perfect place to connect with nature.

  1. Visit Oregon Wine Country.

Polk County is known for expansive vineyards and delicious wines, and Dallas is no exception. There are a handful of wineries located just minutes outside of the downtown area. Take in sweeping valley views at Van Duzer Vineyards, visit one of Namaste Vineyards’ tow tasting rooms or taste wine (and grapeseed oil) at Chateau Bianca Winery.

For a truly unique wine experience, schedule a visit at Illahe Vineyards. The winery strives to make wine as naturally as possible and uses many historical winemaking techniques. Some of the wines are made entirely by hand, without electricity or modern machines!

  1. Bring the kids.

If you’re traveling with children, you’ll want to see what is playing at the Dallas Cinema. Although its undergone a series of name changes, the theater first opened in 1949. It only has one screen, but it shows affordable movies throughout the week.

The entire family can also enjoy the Dallas Aquatic Center. Open for lap and recreational swimming, it features five pools, a waterslide and a spray fountain. The center also offers dedicated times for individuals with special needs, toddlers and adults-only swims.

  1. Learn about nature at the wildlife refuge.

Just shy of 2,500 acres, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. The refuge features extensive croplands, wetlands and woodlands, making it an ideal habitat for wintering Canada geese, black-tailed deer and the rare, endangered butterfly known as Fender’s blue.

There are also miles of dirt trails for visitors to hike, viewing platforms and information kiosks.

Capitol Auto

Capitol Auto West Valley in Dallas, OR treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. They know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow Capitol Auto to demonstrate their commitment to excellence to you!

Community service is one of their core values at Capitol Auto. They understand that their dealerships are only as successful as the community around them, and believe strongly in giving back.

Each year Capitol Auto holds a month long, company-wide United Way fundraising drive. Last March they were able to raise $175,000 during their annual 28 Days of Love event. Their dealerships also host several food collections and fundraising events during the year, and Capitol Auto encourages their customers to bring in their own donations. Beyond these company events, Capitol Auto encourages their employees to get involved with the charities that matter most to them personally.

These are some of the organizations and events Capitol Auto Group is proud to support locally:

  • American Heart Association
  • Child Safety Day
  • Liberty House
  • Marion/Pol FoodShare
  • Marion/Polk Medical Society
  • Meals on Wheels
  • United Way of Marion/Polk Counties
  • West Valley Hospital Foundations
  • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

https://www.cap-westvalley.com/

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Fairy tales are a genre of literature that features fantastical and magical characters. Usually in the form of short stories with fairies, elves, trolls, and witches as central characters, fairy tales are set in a magical world with events that take place “once upon a time.” February 26th encourages celebrators to read, tell and listen to fairy tale from around the world.

A form of folk tales, fairy tales have a strong oral and written tradition all around the world – with cultures adopting whole or parts of tales from other cultures. Before the 17th century, fairy tales often had themes unsuitable for children and were written mostly for adults.

Today, fairy tales are considered to be a genre of children’s literature and the term fairy tale is used to refer to happy events and happenings, such as a fairy tale romance or a fairy tale ending.

So tomorrow, visit your local library with the little ones. Set your imagination free on this very fantastical holiday and re-read all your favorite fairy tales. Bring out your inner writer and pen down a fairy tale. Who knows, you could be the next Hans Christian Andersen. Watch movies based on fairy tales.

Host a fairy tale party. Instruct your guests to come as their favorite fairy tale character, decorate the venue as if you were in an enchanted land of fairy tales and serve foods from all your favorite fairy tale stories. Some ideas include caramel apples, pea salad, pumpkin soup and porridge or rice pudding.

Did you know…

That at least 500 versions of Cinderella have been found around the world?

Yolanda Zuger

2018 was a big year in real estate and a big year for me! Hi… I’m Yolanda Zuger and I love our area!

My family and I have lived in Polk County since 1966. I currently live on the farm that I grew up on, along with my husband Craig and a variety of critters. I have made the Central Willamette Valley the base of my business since 1998 because of my familiarity with the area and the beauty of this part of the region.

I moved my Real Estate License to Keller Williams in the spring of 2018 as part of the Capital City Branch in Salem with my own office as the Cornerstone Team in Dallas. I have seen a 60% increase in sales dollars to my business that I account to Keller Williams technology, my Transaction Manager Amy Bertolini and Marketing Manager Chelsea Metcalfe-Teal, along with and most importantly, all of my clients that return to do business with me or recommend me to family and friends.

With that in mind, do you know anyone who might be buying or selling their home and need assistance from someone honest, trusted and experienced? Or does your business provide a service or product that homeowners and/or future homeowners need to know about? Please connect with me! We want to know and support other local businesses as the citizens of our community change.

Because I love our area, we have launched “Go with Yo” events for something fun & informative to do. We had a blast in December at The Boondocks for a Wreath Making Party and are excited to host a Women’s Self Defense Class on March 13th. Please like our Facebook page to stay tuned on our events, current listings and more!

www.yolandazuger.com

Parkside Self Defense

Welcome to Parkside Self Defense of Dallas, Oregon. We provide Taekwondo, Aikido, Karate, Judo, mixed martial arts and self-defense training. Our classes are tailored for children ages 4 to 12, youth and adults. We also have weapons training, and sparring classes, as well as special seminars such as women’s self-defense and camps for children.

Our next camp will be Martial Arts, Nerf & Sports Camp during spring break, March 25th to the 29th from 9 am to 2:30 pm. A Parkside Sweater and nun-chuck will be included with 5 days of fun! Participants will enjoy basketball, soccer, Frisbee golf, dance, and ping pong as well as martial arts training and Nerf wars! The camp is designed for ages 10 to 17 years of age. Campers are asked to bring their own lunches and snacks, except for Friday as pizza will be provided, and their own Nerf guns. For any questions concerning camp enrollment or costs contact Mr. Javins.

Our martial arts gym is conveniently located at 145 SW Mill St. in downtown Dallas, across from the post office. Feel free to come in during business hours. We are generally open 4 pm to 7:30 pm Monday through Friday. We offer one week free to all new students!

https://www.facebook.com/ParksideSelfDefense/

Presidents Day

Are President’s Day and George Washington’s birthday the same day? There is some confusion about this holiday. Here is a short summary of Presidents’ Day and where the confusion began!

Contrary to popular belief, the observed federal holiday is actually called “Washington’s Birthday.” Neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington’s Birthday be changed to President’s Day. Additionally, Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays. This is why there are some calendar discrepancies when it comes to this holiday.

So how did Washington’s Birthday come to be called President’s Day? Many calendars list the third Monday of February as Presidents’ Day and many U.S. states list the holiday as President’s Day. Of course, all of the 3-day retail store sales are called “Presidents’ Day” sales and this vernacular has also been influential in how we reference the holiday.

George Washington Quote:

Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote, “My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.” Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

  • George Washington (1732-99)

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market

We are excited to inform you that Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open the doors to its much-anticipated location in Dallas at 258 W Ellendale Ave. tomorrow, February 14th! The nation’s fastest-growing, extreme-value grocery retailer, is creating 40 new jobs in the community. You are invited to the Grand Opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:55 am Thursday morning.

Grocery Outlet has a few special activities planned; including guest speakers from our community. Grocery Outlet will also be gifting the first 200 customers in line with a Grocery Outlet gift card that will range in value from $5 to $200. Additionally, Grocery Outlet has pledged to donate what is equal to the amount their customers save during the first hour they are open, 9:15 am to 10:15 am. The donation will go to benefit Dallas’ own Kindness Club and will be presented at 11 am. Shoppers will also receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last. Last but certainly not least, starting Thursday, February 14th through Thursday, March 14th, customers may enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize of Free Groceries for one year!

Sandy and Jason Thornton, the Dallas store’s independent owner-operators, invite the community to attend the grand opening celebration on Thursday, February 14th, beginning at 8:55 am.

https://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/grocery-outlet-grand-opening-4738

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Socks and Underwear Drive

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is partnering with United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to help provide new underwear and socks. These items will be donated to United Ways two programs: Mobile Shower Unit, and United for Classrooms Initiative.

United for Classrooms purpose is to support our educators by removing the barriers to learning for our elementary students affected by poverty. 92,395 children are enrolled in schools in our tri-county area, more than ¼ of them live below the poverty line. Teachers currently support the basic needs of their students out of their own pockets or through a small amount of community advocates. United Ways goal is to work with current programs to enhance the availability of basic supplies. Ultimately, they are working to provide every K-5 classroom in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, with Resources Rooms, Backpack Programs or other supports that will allow them to empower those students whose families are struggling to meet basic needs.

United Ways Mobile Shower Unit is designed to deliver access to basic hygiene for unsheltered community members. We believe collective impact is the only way to ensure meaningful, permanent change. United way means to respond to the community crisis of unsheltered men, women, and children by fostering tangible solutions that address the unmet needs gap. They utilize a 14-foot trailer that has been retrofitted into a mobile hygiene unit. Current drafts for the trailer include 3 individual bathroom and shower stalls. The trailer is equipped with a water heater and gray and black water tanks.

Help us support those in need. Bring your newly purchased socks and underwear to the Chamber Office Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Thank you for supporting our community.

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Community Awards Banquet

Save the date for Community Awards Banquet 2019! This year marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce hosting the Annual Community Awards Banquet. This event is a time for us to come together as a community to recognize, honor, and thank those individuals and businesses that have made an impact on our community!

These are individuals that have earned their recognition through volunteerism and by dedicating their lives, and businesses to the betterment of Dallas and all of its citizens. We are honored to be able to join with other citizens in our community to recognize and thank these wonderful, and special individuals.

The Ceremony will be held Friday, February 22nd at the Majestic in downtown Dallas beginning at 6 pm for a cocktail hour, sponsored by MAK Metals. We look forward to celebrating Dallas’ generosity and collaboration with you.

This Year’s Award Winners

  • Business of the Year – Grandma’s Attic
  • Young Professional of the Year – Britneigh Hammill
  • Junior First Citizen – Aubrey Miller
  • Outstanding Organization – Kindness Club
  • First Citizen – Pete McDowell
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Fairchild

Purchase your tickets today, and we are look forward to seeing you there! https://dallasoregon.org/awards/

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Award Sponsors

Cocktail Hour Sponsor

Catering Sponsor

Decorating Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Sweepstakes Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor
Willamette Valley Fiber

Table Sponsor
Chemeketa Community College
The City of Dallas
Oregon State Credit Union

Music Sponsor
Grand Hotel

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New Members

Grocery Outlet

We are excited to inform you that Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open their doors to its much-anticipated location in Dallas on February 14th! Be sure to welcome them to our community along with several distinguished guest during the Grand Opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:55 am.

Grocery Outlet also have a few special activities planned including: gifting the first 200 customers in line a Grocery Outlet gift card valued at $5 to $200. Additionally, they have pledged to donate to The Kindness Club what is equivalent to what customers save the first hour the store is open, from 9:15 am to 10:15 am!

This is a wonderful addition to our community and we hope to see you there!


Focal Point Photography

Focal Point is the Willamette Valleys premier camera shop. They buy, sell, and trade new and used camera gear as well as rent camera equipment.

Dealing in both camera bodies and lenses, Focal Point Photography carries the latest and greatest in off camera flashes, hot lights, studio strobes and lighting modifiers. Their service is not complete without: guidance on purchasing the correct photo equipment to fit your personal needs, assistance with purchase of any lighting equipment or studio set up requirements, personal camera bag fitting for all of your photo equipment, and camera equipment maintenance and repair.

Call or come by and see why they are the Willamette Valley’s premier destination for photography beginners, hobbyists, and professionals.

http://www.focalpointphoto.com/


Hayden Homes

A community isn’t just a collection of homes. It’s a collection of people. That is why Hayden Homes doesn’t just consider themselves new home builders. Instead, they are a collection of people committed to building the best possible new homes for our friends, parents, children and neighbors.

This people-first mentality is evident in everything they do. They provide the highest quality work while delivering the greatest value on each and every new home that they build. Hayden Homes build wealth for their homeowners. They hire and source materials locally. Hayden Homes invests in the community, and they help others in need.

With new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Hayden Homes offer affordable new homes that fit your needs at any stage in life, backed by their commitment to quality. Come learn what makes a Hayden Home the right new home for both you and the entire Pacific Northwest.

https://www.hayden-homes.com/state/new-homes-oregon/#region-willamettevalley


Welcome to our new members! We are excited to work for you while you are at work.

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