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Sep 22, 2011

Vip’s Industries Inc. Honored at The Salem Area Chamber 2011 Business of the Year Awards

Vip’s Industries Inc., parent company of The Grand Hotel Salem, Bentley’s Grill, The Salem Conference Center and The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, is presented with The 2011 Regional/National Business of the Year Award!

The Salem Area Chamber honored six businesses this week at the 2011 Business of the Year Awards, presented by Umpqua Bank. More than 300 attendees were on hand at annual luncheon, held at The Salem Conference Center.

We are happy to announce The 2011 Regional/National Business of the Year Award was presented to Vip’s Industries Inc., the corporate company that owns and operates The Grand Hotel Salem, Bentley’s Grill and The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. Vip’s Industries Inc. is also contracted by The City of Salem to operate The Salem Conference Center. We were recognized for our sustainable business practices, as well as the service quality.

Congratulations to all 2011 Award recipients:

Business of the Year: Rich Duncan Construction (You may recall Rich Duncan was the builder for ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” 2010 project in Salem)
Small Business of the Year: The H Group
Agri-Business of the Year: Oregon Cherry Growers
New Business of the Year: Sadler Business Coaching
Employer of the Year: Withnell Motor Company

We congratulate the 2011 recipients of this great honor. They truly are companies that exemplify “excellence in business” by not only taking care of their customers, but also by taking care of our community. -The Salem Area Chamber

Sep 19, 2011

Quiltopia 2011 in Salem Oregon September 30 through October 2nd

Photo Credit: Greenbaum's Quilted Forest

Quiltopia 2011 – A Weekend of Quilting Events in Salem, Oregon Quiltopia is coming  September 30-October 1, 2011. This event is an annual quilt festival that will inspire you to learn the joys of using textiles in a traditional and/or contemporary art form. It will take place in several venues in Salem, Oregon including:

Quilter’s Tea “A Tisket, A Tasket … Oh! So Many Baskets! Imagery & Evolution in Quilts”

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st.  Seatings at 11 AM & 2 PM
WHERE: 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97302
COST: $30 per person – reservations required (includes tour)
CONTACT: Historic Deepwood Estate  503.363.1825

Take a romp through the 19th and 20th centuries as quilt historian and enthusiast Martha Spark presents a visual feast of basket designs in quilts. You’ll learn how these designs evolved in quilt imagery from the early 1800’s to the 1930’s – and see some beautiful examples of quilts throughout this period.

Quilt Show at the Willamette Heritage Center, 10am-5:00pm Friday-Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday. Tickets $4.00. Cottage Tour, Sunday October 2nd. Tickets $5.00.

“Green with Envy Quilt Challenge” hanging in the Forest September 29 through October 5th. Free.

Special Quiltopia stay package at The Grand Hotel Salem. For more information on attending these events call Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest at 503-363-7973 or visit their website

Sep 16, 2011

Salem Conference Center Celebrates Oregon Artists Series’ 5th Annual Exhibit With September 18 Reception

Oregon Artists Series’ 5th Annual Exhibit, “Sculpture Now!”, is opening at The Salem Conference Center with a special reception on Sunday September 18 from 3-5pm.

The event will feature live jazz entertainment by the Bill Hughes Trio and fabulous hors d’oeuvres by The Salem Conference Center.

The Oregon Artist Series is an annual exhibition that features the work of contemporary Oregon Artists.

The exhibit will feature five city-owned sculptures, plus seven others by artists throughout the Northwest. In addition to the sculpture garden, seven rarely displayed paintings from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art‘s permanent collection will be displayed in the lobby.

Tickets to the opening reception are $25 per person. For more information and ticket purchase, please visit or call 503-589-1700


Sep 08, 2011

10 Great Things to See in Salem, Oregon

State Capitol State Park in Salem- Photo From Travel Salem

One of the most common questions we get at the front desk is recommendations for places to go…things to do. The good news is there is lots to do and see in Salem, Oregon year round- and much of it is in walking distance to our hotel! Here are 10 things to see on your next visit!

Visit the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill: (Formerly know as Mission Mill Museum).  This great museum is designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service  and hosts outstanding exhibits and events throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors, history buffs, and school groups each year. The museum preserves the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and represents one of Oregon’s earliest and strongest industries.

Browse and shop in the Downtown Salem Oregon Shopping District: There is no better way to experience the unique landscape and culture of Downtown Salem than taking an afternoon stroll down Center Street and the surrounding areas. Visitors love to explore and photograph the historical buildings and can find most anything in the eclectic stores, galleries and boutiques throughout. The premiere stores located in Salem Center, in the heart of downtown, also attracts thousands to our community each year (not to worry- there is plenty of free parking located throughout!).

See Historic Deepwood Estate: Visitors are never disappointed in this elegant 1894 multi-gabled Queen Anne style home, designed by prominent northwest architect W.C. Knighton. Deepwood is on National Register of Historic Homes and links us to our life in Victorian times. It offers visitors a place to reflect and relax in the ornate and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Talk a walk in Riverfront Park: Take a morning walk along the Willamette River in this 23-acre park, and you will see why we love it. This park has everything one would want in a park- plenty of lush green space, lovely fountains, views of the river, a children’s play area, an amphitheater, play equipment, a covered Pavillion and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel (one of our big attractions!). This park is the place for gatherings and events throughout the year.

Bring the Kids A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village: Children of all ages come here and let their imaginations run wild with indoor & outdoor interactive activities. Not to mention, the museum is located in three very cool historic houses and has 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center.

Take the Oregon State Capitol Tour: Visitors come to our state capitol to learn about the important events in Oregon’s state history, see the magnificent rotunda and where Oregon’s 30 state Senators and 60-member House of Representatives meet. Designated as the State Capitol State Park in 2007, the grounds surrounding the Capitol feature ornamental and native trees and shrubs. It is also the setting for the Walk of the Flags, Waite Fountain, Parade of Animals sculpture, a Liberty Bell replica, and a gazebo constructed in 1982.

Visit Bush’s Pasture Park: Salem Oregon visitors and locals enjoy leisurely strolls though this 90.5 acre park that features 4 playgrounds for children; a Municipal Rose Garden; Historic Bush Museum; plenty of trees and open meadows making this a wonderful stop.

Visit a local Willamette Valley Oregon Vineyard: In the heart of Willamette Valley you will find some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc!  Just a short distance away, one can visit Oregon’s thriving wineries and vineyards for an unforgettable experience.

Bring the kids to Enchanted Village: This beloved Oregon attraction/Theme Park located just 5 miles from our hotel. Visitors enjoy the mystical forests and handcrafted feel to this popular attraction. Kids will love the rides, story book lane, a Haunted House, roller coaster and Big Timber Log Ride.

Take in an Arts & Cultural Experience- We are thankful for the many local artists who share their creations in the exhibits that take place all over the city throughout the year. We are also very thankful to have access to amenities such as the beautiful Reed Opera House, The Historic Elsinore Theatre and the Historic Grand Theatre. These buildings and the performance that happen here are a vital part of our community.

And yet, there is so much more to mention! Please visit for a complete list of Salem, Oregon and attractions! Enjoy your visit!

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