Blog, Things to Do In Salem

Jan 29, 2011

Local Event Spotlight: Gardening Workshops at Zena Farm

Local Oregon Farm, Devoted to Growing Sustainable Food, is Hosting Gardening Seminar!


Image Credit: Willamette University

Zena Farm, known as the “living laboratory” to teach organic farming and sustainable methods to students at Willamette University, has announced they will host a Gardening Workshop on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 1-3:30 pm.

The title of the workshop is: Pruning Fruit Trees-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The workshop will be led by Grounds Manager, Jim Andersen.  Participants will learn basic pruning techniques and then apply those techniques through hands-on experience to the many trees in their developing Upper Orchard.   The particiapants will also see some of the work that has begun on rehabilitating the many older fruit trees at Zena Farm and discuss strategies for turning a long-untended tree into a good fruit producer again.

To register for this workshop, email and include your phone number and e-mail address. You can then send the $20 registration fee* via campus mail or the US Postal Service to:

Gardening Workshops at Zena Farm
c/o Jennifer Johns, Assoc. Dir. for Sustainable Agriculture Programs Center for Sustainable Communities Willamette University 900 State Street Salem, OR 97302

*This fee will help offset the cost of the workshop as well as help pay the work-study students at the farm. Scholarship spots are offered to the first 10 current Willamette University students to register.

Please note: your registration will be considered complete and secure once your check is received.
Directions to Zena Farm and parking instructions will be sent to all registrants at a later date.

Jan 19, 2011

4th Annual Salem Coastal Conservation Association Banquet at The Salem Conference Center on February 26, 2011

Help Support the Coastal Conservation Association Efforts to Restore Oregon’s Iconic Salmon and Steelhead Runs!

It is a little known fact that more than 200 species of fish are extinct and 153 species are on the endangered list in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s fisheries are an important part of our history and heritage and CCA Oregon (one of the 17 chapters of the nonprofit Coastal Conservation Association) is one of the organizations committed to practicing marine conservation and protect our state’s precious resources- and they need your help. Please consider making a donation to this outstanding organization or better yet, attend the upcoming Fundraising Banquet at the Salem Conference Center (adjoined to our hotel).

The Salem Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is hosting the 4th Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the fabulous Salem Conference Center in Downtown, Salem Oregon.

Come out and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the business including Gary LoomisPro-Guides Scott Amerman and Trevor Smith, and many more.  Guests will be treated to an evening of delicious food, entertainment, raffles and auctions with great prizes (including tickets to a 2011 Oregon Ducks football game) in the elegant atmosphere that only the Salem Conference Center can provide- all for a very important cause. All banquet proceeds go to CCA Oregon’s efforts to protect and restore Oregon’s Fisheries.

Banquet Tickets are $75 per person, which includes a one-year Membership renewal, in addition to your delicious dinner. A portion of your Banquet Ticket is tax-deductible, and you get to support CCA Oregon in its fishery conservation and sustainability efforts!

You may purchase your tickets from the CCA Website now by using the convenient “Buy Now” button at the bottom of their page.  For other methods of Ticket purchase, contact Ken Chambers, 503-881-8553 or email Donations and Sponsors are Welcome !!

Jan 11, 2011

A History Lesson of The Grand Hotel in Salem & More Facts About Salem Oregon

1920s Marion Hotel- Photo from SALEM HERITAGE NETWORK

Here is a lesson plan for you history buffs traveling to Salem, Oregon! When you stay in our hotel, you will experience a piece of Oregon history.

Our roots go back to 1870 when The Marion Hotel stood here and it was billed as “the finest and largest in Oregon” and as the “finest North of San Francisco, with all modern improvements.”

Through the years the Marion Hotel was the Meeting Place for business people in the Salem area. The hotel hosted legislators and lobbyists visiting the Nearby state capital. Early one morning in November of 1971, it all ended in a tragic fire that many remember to this day. You can learn more about this tragic event on

In an effort to return grand hospitality to Salem’s downtown; we opened as The Phoenix Grand Hotel in March of 2005 in the exact location of the Marion Hotel’s historic site, as part of the Salem Conference Center complex.  The hotel was designed as the flagship property for VIP’S Industries, Inc. a regional hospitality company. VIP’S Industries, Inc. was founded in 1968 and opened their first hotel, the Phoenix Inn, in South Salem in 1990.

In 2009 we changed our name to The Grand Hotel in Salem.   Our staff invites travelers from across the region to explore and discover Salem, Oregon’s historic downtown!

Here are some Fun Facts About Salem, Oregon from our friends at Travel Salem.

  • Salem is Oregon’s state capital and the government seat of Marion County
  • Salem is located in the Willamette Valley, 47 miles south of Portland off Interstate 5
  • Salem is located within Marion County and Polk County
  • Salem’s population estimate is 147,000
  • Salem is in the Pacific Standard Time Zone
  • The elevation of Salem is 171 feet (downtown at the capitol building). Some residential areas range up to 800 feet in elevation
  • Salem contains 46.57 square miles within its corporate limits
  • Salem does not have a sales tax
  • Marion County’s population estimate is 302,000
  • Polk County’s population estimate is 67,000

For more Salem, Oregon history- visit and

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