Here for the holidays? Lucky you!
Whether you are looking for something for the kids, holiday shopping, sight seeing, music and more, you’ll be happy to know there is no shortage of the holiday spirit in Salem!
Here is our 2013 Salem, Oregon Holiday Round-up, for more events please visit TravelSalem.com:
Thanksgiving Open House Weekend November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013
Various wineries throughout Salem and the Willamette Valley region. Visit willamettewines.com to plan your route.
First Annual Community Tree Lighting at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard Sunday November 30, 2013
Join us at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard for our First Annual Community Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus! The festivities kick off at 4:00pm and include light refreshments, Santa’s elves, singing, childrens crafts and more. Santa will arrive via firetruck at 5:30pm to light the tree and officially kick off the holiday season in downtown Salem, Oregon!
16th Annual Giving Thanks Concert with Julie Hoy & Friends Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Julie Hoy will be sharing her inspirational stories and songs at the 16th Annual Giving Thanks Concert on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m, at 6:30PM. There is no charge for admission and the concert will take place at Queen of Peace Church in Salem, Oregon.
Willamette University Holiday Celebrations December 5-8, 2013
Willamette celebrates holiday season with food, music and a tree-lighting ceremony. The celebrations include: Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit with John Doan, Star Trees Lighting and Holiday Concert, Christmas in Hudson
City of Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Festival of Lights Holiday Parade/Disney event will take place at Schoolhouse Square in Keizer from 5:00-7:00 p.m.at 7:00pm. Childrens activities, Radio Disney, Jingle Buck & Holly Doe Run, holiday fun and more! Visit www.folholidayparade.org for more details!
Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market December 14 & 15, 2013
If you are looking for a unique and special gift for your loved ones this year, you will find something for everyone on your list at Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market! The market is Willamette Valley’s largest holiday food, gift and decor event . Local Willamette Valley farmers and food producers will have delicious special holiday foods for entertaining available as well. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!
Magic at The Mill December 19-23, 2013
The historic grounds at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill will be brilliantly lit with thousands of twinkling lights while fiddlers, singers, choirs, bands and choruses fill the night with music in this annual festival. This is a must-see for guests of the Grand Hotel in Salem every holiday season!
Deepwood Holiday Open House Sunday December 22nd, 2013
FREE community holiday open houses that are fun for the whole family. Highlights include Deepwood in her holiday finery full of trees with sparkle and shine, live music, treats, and maybe even a visit from ol’ St. Nick! Make this YOUR family tradition. 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is Free. historicdeepwoodestate.org
Look for more special holiday celebrations at our local attractions like
A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village
Bushs Pasture Park/Bush House
Historic Deepwood Estate
Mission Mill Museum
You already know that Oregon is a world-class wine region, but did you know there is a world-class producer of artisan cheese right here in Salem?
It’s true! Sinced 2002, The Willamette Valley Cheese Company has produced handmade, farmstead cheeses.
In fact, WVCC is Oregon’s only Artisan Farmstead cow’s milk cheese, focused on sustainability and hand-crafted the old-fashioned way. The pastures and production facilities are certified organic, with no pesticides, herbicides or commercial fertilizer.
The cheeses have received widespread acclaim and multiple awards the American Cheese Society in years past. Rob Volbeda of Volbeda Farms, who owns and operates the Willamette Cheese Company, had this to say:
“We were thrilled to have our cheese recognized by such an esteemed organization. We are helping put Oregon on the map as one of the finest artisan and specialty cheese producers in the nation.”
Their award-winning cheeses are mostly distributed at farmers markets and local groceries in Oregon, BUT, you can enjoy samples of any one of them in the Willamette Valley Cheese Company’s tasting room where you’ll also learn about the cheesemaking process.
Be sure to put a visit to The Willamette Valley Cheese Company on your itenary during your next visit to Salem, Oregon!
Willamette Valley Cheese Company
8105 Wallace Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304
Tasting Room Open Tuesday – Saturday (call 503-399-9806 to confirm)
10am-5:00pm – Closed Sunday & Monday
For more ways to experience the bounty of the harvest season in the Salem area, go to www.travelsalem.com.
The Spirits are High and the Harvest is In!
There is something very special about the holiday season in Willamette Valley wine country! Everywhere you go, there are unique holiday events, open houses, tastings and more.
We encourage you to take a “mini holiday” this season and book the Mid-Valley Wine Trail or Bust package where you and your guest will enjoy a relaxing stay while sampling some of the most extraordinary wines in Willamette Valley!
The Mid-Valley Wine Trail package is available 7 days a week and includes:
· One night stay in a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double Queen
· Early Check-in of 12 noon
· Four wine tasting passes per guest
· Special offers on wine at Bentley’s Grill from participating vineyards.
· Complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning
· Late check-out of 1pm day of departure
The wineries featured in our Mid-Valley Wine Trail or Bust package are located in Dallas, OR & Rickreall, OR. Both towns are approximately 10-15 miles from Downtown Salem.
For additional information, please contact our hotel directly at 503-540-7800. Must be 21 years of age or older to reserve this package. To book this package click HERE.
Choose from these wonderful wineries to visit when you book this package:
Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Chateau Bianca offers a variety of premium whites and reds as well as some additional niche products. Family owned and operated winery established in the mid-1980’s.
17485 Highway 22
Dallas, Oregon 9733
Van Duzer’s family winery practices sustainable farming and has been endorsed by LIVE and is Salmon Safe. Located just one hour south of Portland off the Hwy 99W Wine Road in Oregon in the famed Willamette Valley.
11975 Smithfield Road
Dallas, Oregon 97338
Namaste Vineyards uses only the finest grapes handpicked from their six estate vineyards nestled on gently rolling hills in the world renowned Willamette Valley region of Oregon and from exclusive others. Handcrafted in style, they strive to produce wines of great balance and complexity so each individual vineyard is able to express its true nature and unique character. Namaste Vineyards is located just west of Salem, Oregon on HWY 22.
5600 Van Well Rd.
Dallas, Oregon 97338
Firesteed has been dedicated to producing premium quality varietal wines in Oregon at affordable prices since 1993. Firesteed’s winery and estate vineyards are certified by Oregon LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), and located just 13 miles west of Salem and 2 miles north of the intersection of Pacific Highway (99W) and Highway 22.
2200 N. Pacific Highway West (99W)
Rickreall, OR 97371
Johan Vineyards is a family run vineyard and boutique winery committed to environmentally responsible practices including organic and biodynamic growing methods. They make premium wines in small hand-crafted batches at their estate to insure quality and enjoyment.
4285 N. Pacific Hwy 99W
Rickreall, Oregon 97371
Eola Hills Wine Cellars feature a friendly tasting room as part of your Oregon Wineries experience tastings open daily from 10 until 5pm. Our award winning red and white wines from Oregon wine country feature our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and numerous variations.
501 S. Pacific Highway 99W
Surrounded by forest and gardens, Left Coast Cellars produces award-winning, estate-grown, hand-crafted Pinot & more. Tasting Room & Cafe open daily 11am-5pm.
4225 N Pacific Highway 99W
Wine Packages for all Seasons and Tastes
There is a chill in the air and Halloween is just around the corner which means it is harvest time in Willamette Valley! For fans of Oregon wine, this is an ideal time to pack your bags and join us for a special Fall Break!
Even Sunset Magazine, one of the top lifestyle magazines on the West Coast, recommends travelers to “Pour a glass in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country” in their recent Fall travel guide: 11 great fall trips in the Northwest!
Whether you have an anniversary, birthday, or just need a break from it all, we believe “Wining” is a good thing so we have put together a couple of packages for our guests to choose from:
Enjoy a day or two in the middle of the Willamette Valley, sampling some of the most extraordinary wines around! Available 7 days a week, you choose your dates,book your room and let us help you book your tastings!
This package is a great way for our guests to sample some of Willamette Valley’s most enological treasures with a self guided tour of Willamette Valley’s many vineyards and finally, a complimentary bottle of FIRESTEED wine will await your arrival.
November Wine Events
Source: Travel Salem
Pre-Thanksgiving Open House
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-588-9463 or 800-344-9463
Redhawk Winery Wine Festival
Redhawk Winery, Salem
Wineries Thanksgiving Day Weekend Open House
Various wineries, Willamette Valley
Redhawk Winery Wine Festival
Redhawk Winery, Salem
Willamette Valley Vineyards – Thanksgiving Open House
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-588-9463 or 800-344-9463
Thanksgiving Weekend at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Cubanisimo Vineyards, Salem
East Willamette Valley Spring Release Festival
East Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wineries
Cherry Hill Winery Thanksgiving Open House
Cherry Hill Winery, Rickreall
Cristom Vineyards – Thanksgiving Open House Weekend
Cristom Vineyards, Salem
When it all comes to Harvest Festivals, there is something for everyone here in the Mid-Valley.
Here is a run down of some of our top picks in the Salem area (or a short drive from us). Visit Travel Salem or the webpages listed to get full details.
Scarecrows are taking over The Oregon Garden this fall! Scarecrows in the Garden, presented by Wave Broadband, is an annual month-long whimsical display of locally designed scarecrows. Scarecrow viewing is free with paid Garden admission. Oct. 1-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors ages 60+, $8 students. www.oregongarden.org
Fall fun at the Wooden Shoe tulip fields with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and activities for all ages. Join us for scary fun in the fields 4-10 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Admission: $7. Sept. 27- Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. www.woodenshoe.com
Join us for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy the only Pig Races in Oregon, hayrides, hay maze, corn maze, hay slides, obstacle course, and much more. Farm fun for the whole family! Admission charged. Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.FPGardens.com
Fall HarvestFest featuring: Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Pedal Tractors, Slide, Steer Roping Ring Toss and Duck Races. Harvest treats include: caramel apples, cider, donuts, sausage, curly fries, and pie. Oct. 3-31. Mon.-Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-5. Free on weekdays. Weekends: $7 per person over 2 yrs. www.ezorchards.com/harvestfest
More than 20 different activities for kids of all ages, plus gifts and décor, an in-store bakery, coffee shop and garden center. Festival hours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.baumanfarms.com
Join us for our annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch. Corn maze, hayrides, hay maze, slides, food, and other fun-filled activities. Admission charged. Tues., Oct. 1-Thurs., Oct 31; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.airliehills.com
Enjoy a day of fun with your family at Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch. Take a free hayride out to the patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin. Food, petting zoo, train rides, we have it all! Free admission. www.heiserfarms.com
Crafts, face painting, music, food, games, cake walk and a celebration of a beautiful tradition! The Silverton Arts Association will sponsor the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Celebration. A cultural and artistic event that celebrates ‘Dias De Los Muertos,’ a traditional Mexican holiday. Free admission. www.silvertonarts.org
Hay maze, corn maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, gerbil wheels, tire tower, hay tower with slide, hillbilly golf, and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until October 31. www.wavrafarms.com
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Salem Concert Band performs “BOO – TRICK OR TREAT!” Halloween Concert for scary, spooky, and spine tingling fun for the whole family. Patrons are encouraged to wear costumes and a prize will be awarded for the best. Admission: $15 general, $20 reserved, $5 student. Historic Elsinore Theatre. www.salemconcertband.org
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Caramel apples (limit one per paid guest), face painting, unlimited rides, pumpkin weighing contest, costume parade, games and more! All activities are subject to change at any time. Admission: $5/person. Children 2yr and under are free. Salem’s Riverfront Carousel www.salemcarousel.org
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. A fun-filled festival for little ones ages 3-8 (accompanied by an adult) celebrating the fall harvest season with story-telling, face-painting, treats, hot cider, and more! Costumes optional. Wholesome, non-scary content. Free admission. Historic Deepwood Estate www.historicdeepwoodestate.org
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm The free ‘Trick-n-Treat’ for children ages 0-12 years. We average over 750 people participating with 25 businesses on display, giving out goodies to kids and their parents. The costume contest is every half hour, starting at 3:30 p.m. with the last contest at 6 p.m. www.dallasoregon.org/dacc
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Games, crafts, snacks, piñatas and more highlight this free downtown Woodburn event. Local businesses open for trick or treaters. Free admission. Woodburn Downtown Plaza www.woodburnparks.org
More ideas for kid fun:
- 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 Pavilion and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel (one of our big attractions!). This park is the place for gatherings and events throughout the year.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Willamette Queen Sternwheeler is an 87-foot twin paddle-wheeler that departs year-round from Salem’s Riverfront Park and a fun way to see the river and various parts of Salem, Oregon.
They say you are judged by the company you keep and we are extremely proud of being in the company of some outstanding Marion County businesses including Bentley’s Grill, Salem Convention Center and Travel Salem that are EarthWISE certified.
Did you know The Grand Hotel in Salem and Bentley’s Grill were the first hotel and restaurant in Salem and Marion County to be EarthWISE certified? It’s true!
So what does it mean to be an EarthWISE business?
The EarthWISE program is a free business environmental assistance program offered by Marion County, Oregon
The WISE in EarthWISE stands for Workplace Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise.
To become EarthWISE certified, businesses must meet specific criteria with regards to recycling, waste reduction/prevention, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency/conservation and water pollution prevention.
Our guest room and company wide recycling programs have allowed us support programs like Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel soaps and bottled amenities.
Since partnering with them in 2010, our hotel has collected over 4,049 pounds of waste which translates to 12,324 bars of soap and other much-needed hygiene products for those in need here in North America and around the world. We have also recycled a total of 1,304 pounds of plastic with this program.
Compact Florescent lighting in each guest room, earth friendly cleaning supplies, and using 100% recycled paper products are just some of the other ways we are practicing sustainability.
Watch our profile to learn more:
Click here to read the Grand Hotel in Salem Case Study
Willamette Valley Vineyards is again kicking off the 2013 harvest season with the popular Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Festival!
The annual event, now in it’s 23rd year, takes place at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon (a short drive from our hotel) on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 from 11 am – 6pm.
This family friendly event attracts visitors each year from all over the country to compete, in teams of two (Stomper & Swabbie), for the title and earn a trip to Santa Rosa, California for the World Grape Stomp Championships October 5-6, 2013.
We are pleased to announce the Grand Hotel Salem and Bentley’s Grill ladies are joining forces to compete again this year!
In addition to the fierce competitions, guests will enjoy complimentary tastings in the WVV Tasting Room, food pairings (for an additional cost), and live music to enjoy on the lawn both days from 12-5 pm.
Admission is $10 and includes a Riedel wine glass.
Visit www.willamettevalleyvineyards.com or call 800-344-9463 for more information.
Willamette Valley Vineyards via Facebook
Oregon’s third Capitol building is turning 75 and on October 1, 2013 and you are invited to the party!
The Capitol Foundation is planning a festive 75th birthday celebration with special events throughout the day on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Capital, just a couple of miles from our hotel.
The event will include live music, displays, birthday cards from local school children, and well-deserved birthday gifts for the Capitol from noon-5 p.m. Free tours available all day.
Be sure to check out the “Light up the Dome” event with super-sized birthday candles surrounding the Capitol dome that will shine over the city. Here are some historical facts about Oregon’s State Capitol building you may not have known:
- Our present Capitol was dedicated on October 1, 1938 after the previous two buildings were destroyed in fires; one on December 30, 1855 and another on April 25, 1935.
- The building houses several elected state officials – the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer – in addition to the entire Legislative Branch of state government.
- Artist Ulric Ellerhusen created the famous Oregon Pioneer statue that sits atop the building (and inspired Travel Salem’s “Sal”). The statue weighs eight-and-a-half tons and 22 ft tall.
Learn more about the October 1 celebration events by visiting www.leg.state.or.us/foundation.
Photo Credit: Kristi Reed
Fall is just around the corner and that means it is time for a new season of concerts, art exhibits, theater performances and more!
To take advantage of Salem Oregon’s thriving arts scene, we recommend AbsolutelyTix, a state-of-the-art network for Marion and Polk Counties.
Think of it as your one-stop source for ticketing needs. AbsolutelyTix allows consumers to easily purchase tickets at the Salem Travel Café or online, and provides a single source of online information about upcoming local shows and events.
More than 20 partners (and growing) — local arts organizations, non-profits, and other community organizations — have partnered with Travel Salem to sell tickets. Visit AbsolutelyTix.com for a complete list of upcoming events, shows, and performances.
Here are just a few of the AbsolutelyTix partners that have Season and Single tickets available online and at the Travel Cafe (181 High St. NE, Salem):
- ABSOLUTELY HERITAGE: Four Museums for One Ticket
- Festival Chorale Oregon
- Salem Chamber Orchestra
- Willamette Master Chorus
- Willamette University Theatre
- Salem Pops Orchestra
With more than 450 wineries producing 72 varieties of grapes, Oregon is a world-class wine region and visitors will have the chance to experience the very best of Oregon Wine Country this weekend.
Many Willamette Valley wineries, some in our own backyard, will be opening their doors to the public this Labor Day Weekend and we want to help you plan a wine tour weekend to remember.
Here are some of the wine events you will find in our area this weekend (source: www.winesnw.com):
Encompass 2013: Wine Tasting & Food Carts at Eola-Amity Hills
Encompass 2013 Saturday August 31st & Sunday Sept 1st. Twenty top wineries and vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills will open their doors for free tastings for those with an Encompass Guidebook ($25). You can also sample from some of our area’s best food carts who will accept $10 worth of food vouchers included in the Encompass Guidebook. Learn more by visiting www. eolaamityhills.com.
Labor Day Weekend at Cubanisimo Vineyards
August 31st, September 1st & 2nd (12pm to 6pm)
Celebrate Labor Day “Cuban Style” with salsa dancing, live dance bands, salsa dance lessons, Cuban tapas and great wine. $10 cover fee includes wine tasting (no entry fee for Amigos de Cubanisimo Wine Club members), $20 Afternoon Package includes your entry fee, wine tasting, a Cubanisimo wine glass, tapas plate and entry into our daily door prize raffle. Tickets available at the door. Open to all ages. Visit www.cubanisimovineyards.com for info.
Labor Day Weekend Festival at Redhawk Winery
August 31, September 1, 2, 2013 (11-5pm) Join the Redhawk Winery for wine & barrel tastings, delicious food, music & their lovely view!! $10 fee includes everything. Don’t miss out on end of summer wine deals! For additional information call 503-362-1596. Visit www.redhawkwine.com for info.
Labor Day Weekend with Cherry Hill Winery
With views of their vineyards and the surrounding Eola hills, a visit to Cherry Hill Winery is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon over the Labor Day weekend. The tasting room will be open with special hors d’oeuvres. After your tasting, stroll through their vineyard or relax on the patio, it is the perfect place to have lunch while enjoying a glass of your favorite Cherry Hill wine. For additional information call 503-623-7867 or visit www.cherryhillwinery.com.