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various options discussed - Brooks has very little: Not Much for Overnight Accomodation
Due to the large number of people at Antique Powerland during the big steamup show, there is some camping allowed on the grounds during the show. However, except for these special circumstances, there are no general overnight accomodations here, either on the museum grounds or anywhere in the city of Brooks.
For Hotels, you have several options:
Keizer, on the north side of Salem, has a few highway hotel type facilities, and at least one RV camping facility on highway 99E near the junction with Lancaster drive. This community is currently about 5 miles south of Brooks, and slowly expanding northward so that within a few years most likely Brooks will have a number of more diverse facilities.
Salem itself is slightly further south of Keizer, but offers more options.
Woodburn, about 12 miles north of Brooks, has several hotels, and further north of Woodburn there is a fairly large RV campground.
However, keep in mind that some weekends see a lot of tourist traffic, and even campgrounds may require reservations due to the huge amount of traffic on I-5.
For an interesting and/or unique experience, there are several options:
Sometime soon, the Oregon Gardens in Silverton (about 12 miles east of Brooks) will have an upscale hotel and resort located on the grounds.
Willamette Mission State Park (about 5 miles west) has horse camp facilities, should you be bringing your horses with you. Reservations MUST be made to stay there. This is a summer only option, as camping is not allowed there during the wet season. Facilities are fairly primitive, with the only real accomodation being a flat spot on the ground for a tent or RV and a fairly long walk to a pit toilet. However primitive they may be, these are the closest overnight facilities to Brooks.
The nearest state park with full camping and lodging facilities is Silver Falls State Park, which is south of Silverton on narrow, winding roads.
Champoeg State Park (almost 20 miles north) is another state park with extensive camping facilities, and while farther away from Brooks than Silver Falls it is closer to I-5 than Silver Falls, and therefore travel time is somewhat less. Silver Falls takes a while due to the narrow, winding roads.
For those wanting to learn about camping in the state park system, please see the Oregon State Parks web site below for more information on requirements, seasons open, and much more.
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