Explore the Region

With so many exciting adventures surrounding Independence, it’s almost easy to forget how many fun activities there are to do in town. The Independence Riverfront Park, located directly in front of the hotel, has not only beautiful walking and biking paths, it is home to multiple playgrounds, a soccer field, drop-offs for kayaks and the Independence Amphitheater which hosts concerts and movies in the summer. Independence Square is a charming spot to dine, shop or experience local events. From April-November you’ll find two farmers’ markets to choose from, open each Saturday from 9am-2pm. Check out the plethora of produce, flowers and music, while supporting the local community and getting to know the ones who provide such fresh flavors to the area. Just off Hwy 22, the Pentacle Theater has been winning awards since 1979. Hundreds of people from the community are involved with the Pentacle’s eight play season from directing to designing costumes, building sets and serving refreshments. Only twelve miles away, Salem’s Riverfront Carousel runs year-round if the weather permits. Discover the magic and whimsy of an old-world style carousel with ornately painted horses, beautiful and detailed enough to spark anyone’s imagination. Win a free ride if you play the game and catch the brass ring from the salmon’s mouth when you pass by it. And finally, no trip to the area would be complete without visiting the Brigittine Monks Gourmet Confectionary founded in thirteen seventy! With that long to perfect their recipes, you know that chocolate is going to be tasty. The monks are completely self-supporting and their chocolates have been featured on CNN, ABC Nightly News and even Jeopardy. Contact the front desk if you’d like driving (or biking) directions to any of these activities. We’d love to help make your trip to Independence one you’ll never forget and there’s no better way for us to do that than to share the town we love.