Grand Service Stories, Oregon, Travel Tips

Apr 20, 2012

Salem, Oregon Spring 2012 Highlights

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

Planning a Salem Oregon trip this spring? If so, you are in luck! With so much to do and see, boredom is not an option (unless that is what you want).

You can start by stepping outside the Grand Hotel Salem Lobby and taking a stroll down Liberty Street and check out our vibrant downtown scene; lose yourself in one of the many cafes, galleries, shops, and historical sights to see.

For more suggestions, read the Salem Conference Center post 8 Great Place to Visit in Salem Oregon  and visit the Travel Salem kiosk conveniently located in The Salem Conference Center, or visit them online Here are some of local event highlights happening this Spring:


Tulip Festival
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn
503-634-2243 or 800-711-2006

55th Annual River of Gems
Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall

Hawaii Club’s Annual Lu’au
Cone Fieldhouse – Willamette University, Salem

Earth Day
The Oregon Garden, Silverton

Earth Day at Champoeg
Champoeg Visitor Center, Saint Paul
503-678-1251 ext. 221

Tulip Festival Drags
Woodburn Drag Strip, Woodburn

Annual Silverton Poetry Festival
Various venues throughout Silverton

Oregon Garden Brewfest
The Oregon Garden, Silverton
503-874-8100 or 877-674-2733

Tulip Festival – Wine Down
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn
503-634-2243 or 800-711-2006

Brown Field – Willamette University, Salem

Oregon Ag Fest
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-535-9353 or

The CanyonArts Festival
Santiam High School, Mill City
503 897-5615


Iris Gardens open to public
Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem

Wednesday Farmer’s Market
Downtown Salem

Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival
Main & Oak Streets, Downtown Silverton

Polk Home and Garden Show
Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall,

Salem Saturday Market
Downtown Salem

Silverton Farmers Market
Town Square Park, Silverton

Independence Farmers Market
Sterling Bank Parking Lot, Independence

Peony Paradise
Adelman Peony Gardens, Salem

Peony & Iris Flower Farm in Bloom
Brooks Gardens, Brooks

Champoeg Founders Day
Champoeg Visitor Center, Saint Paul
503-678-1251 ext. 221

Mother’s Day at the Iris Garden
Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem

Mother’s Day Brunch
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-371-7815 or 1-800-344-9463

Silver Falls Mother’s Day Wildflower and Birding Festival
South Falls Lodge – Silver Falls, Sublimity

Keizer Iris Festival
Keizer Station, Keizer, OR
(Conveniently located right next to the I-5 freeway. Exit 260B)

Sheep to Shawl Festival
Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Salem

Silverton Pet Parade
Coolidge & Main Streets, Silverton

Season Opener
Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn

Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
Woodburn Company Stores, Woodburn
503-981-1900 or 888-664-SHOP

Memorial Day Weekend at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Cubanisimo Vineyards, Salem

Wineries Memorial Day Weekend Open House
Various wineries in the Willamette Valley
503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Memorial Weekend Open House
Redhawk Winery, Salem

Memorial Weekend Open House
Cherry Hill Winery, Rickreall

Memorial Weekend Open House
Cristom Vineyards, Salem

Memorial Weekend Open House
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-588-9463 or 800-344-9463

East Willamette Valley Wine Tour
East Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wineries

Chicken BBQ & Capital City Jazz Band
Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem
503-393-3232 or 800-525-2367

Jun 09, 2011

A Grand Service Story

We recognize that many of of our guests arrive after a long day of travel and have a busy few days ahead- so we go out of our way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Through the years, we have accumulated numerous letters and reviews that reflect our efforts to go above and beyond and provide superior service.

It is what has helped us earn our Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor last month. Recently Greg McManus, V.P. of Operations encountered a group of students and coaches staying at our hotel who needed assistance. Here is what they had to say about the experience:

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From “Warm and Caring Experience” posted on Trip Advisor May 31, 2011 (some sections have been edited)

3 coaches and 7 students attending an event at West Salem High School started our experience with the Grand Hotel by pulling into their check in area and immediately seeing smoke coming from our Van and Ani-freeze spraying out over their styled stones.

We could have been chastised and looked down upon, but it was the complete opposite.  The V.P. of Operations, Greg McManus, greeted us personally with a warm and simpathetic smile. He offered his parking space and reminded us to back in in case we needed a mechanic.

A few moments later, as we checked in, he returned with information about his mechanic. His mechanic happened to be out of town but he recommended a man from Active Auto. The front desk workers were amazing. They were patient and helpful and continuously helped us.

Our vehicle was out of service and they had a person come in early the next day to get us. The hotel itself was superb. I will definitely be returning; my wife and I have both agreed to leave the 7 teenage boys at home! The rooms were very nice, roomy and quiet.

The breakfast was the best I have had at a hotel. The sense from all the employees I came in contact with was “How can I help you relax and enjoy your stay”. It was very warm and caring and was clearly expected of all staff. The nicest of all was that it was shown by example from the top. Thank you Greg and your wonderful staff.

Jim Lockwood, Klamath Falls, OR

Stayed May 2011, traveled on business

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