Blog, Holidays, Things to Do In Salem

Dec 09, 2013

Salem Oregon = Holiday Shopping Central!

large__8252905181Still got some holiday shopping to do? We can help!

Salem is a key shopping destination for the Willamette Valley perfect for holiday shopping. From major names in retail to unique shops with local products, Salem has it all. The best part?

No Sales Tax!! Think about how much you will save on a holiday shopping trip to Oregon!

Here are some local shopping tips to make planning your outing even easier:

Golden Ticket Program

Golden Ticket Program is a new program to encourage shoppers to buy from local stores by offering customers deals on boutiques and restaurants, entertainment and services from 34 downtown Salem establishments through December 31, 2013.  Click here to see the downtown businesses who are participating in the Golden Ticket Program for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Visit these businesses to learn how to get a Golden Ticket and what the redemption value is when you apply the Golden Ticket to a purchase. The terms for the Golden Ticket are established by each business. hoppers A list of participants and information about the program is located at www.travelsalem.com/Shopping.

Downtown Salem

You can find a gift for all tastes and budget in our city’s charming downtown shopping core, filled with boutiques, galleries, specialty shops and antiques.  Downtown Salem is home to a number of unique shopping destinations including Salem Center and the Reed Opera House

Lancaster Mall 

Mid-Willamette Valley’s largest enclosed shopping complex on one level with 200 popular and specialty stores for all your shopping needs. Conveniently located off I-5 on Lancaster Drive. www.lancastermall.com

Woodburn Premium Outlets

100+ brand name stores offer shoppers quality merchandise at irresistible prices – not to mention it’s the largest tax-free outlet center in the West! www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets

Aurora, “Oregon’s Antique Capital”

Just north of Salem , a visit to the historic town of Aurora will make you feel as though you have traveled in time.  Aurora’s historic buildings house over 200 antique dealers selling everything from fine vintage furniture, glassware, pottery, art, and popular collectibles. www.auroracolony.com

Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market December 14th & 15th

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, held on the second weekend in December each year, is Willamette Valley’s largest holiday food, gift and decor event- and taking place this weekend: December 14th & 15th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

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Nov 25, 2013

Salem, Oregon Holiday Event Round-Up 2013

Photo @  Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade

Photo @ Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade

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 DoanStar Trees Lighting and Holiday ConcertChristmas 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

Capitol Plaza
A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village
Bushs Pasture Park/Bush House
Historic Deepwood Estate
Mission Mill Museum
Oregon Garden 
Silverton

 

Oct 22, 2013

Plenty to Wine About this Season in Willamette Valley’s Wine Country!

Fall is a beautiful time visit!

Fall is a beautiful time visit!

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!

Photo @Kristi Reed

Photo @Kristi Reed

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:

Mid-Valley Wine Trail Package 

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!

The Grand Wine Lover’s Package

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
www.WillametteValleyVineyards.com

Redhawk Winery Wine Festival
Redhawk Winery, Salem
503-362-1596
www.redhawkwine.com

Wineries Thanksgiving Day Weekend Open House
Various wineries, Willamette Valley
503-581-4325
800-874-7012
www.TravelSalem.com

Redhawk Winery Wine Festival
Redhawk Winery, Salem
503-362-1596
www.redhawkwine.com

Willamette Valley Vineyards – Thanksgiving Open House
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-588-9463 or 800-344-9463
www.WillametteValleyVineyards.com

Thanksgiving Weekend at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Cubanisimo Vineyards, Salem
503-588-1763
www.cubanisimovineyards.com

East Willamette Valley Spring Release Festival
East Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wineries
503-651-3190
www.eastvalleywine.com

Cherry Hill Winery Thanksgiving Open House
Cherry Hill Winery, Rickreall
503-623-7867
www.cherryhillwinery.com

Cristom Vineyards – Thanksgiving Open House Weekend
Cristom Vineyards, Salem
503-375-3068
www.cristomwines.com

Dec 17, 2012

Magical Lights at a Historic Salem Oregon Treasure This Dec. 19 – 23


One of Salem’s greatest landmarks is the nearby Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, a five-acre living museum of Oregon state’s pioneer beginnings. Every December, the Heritage Center spreads the holiday spirit with its Magic at The Mill festival. The historic grounds are brilliantly lit with thousands of twinkling lights while fiddlers, singers, choirs, bands and choruses fill the night with music.  This is a must-see for guests of the Grand Hotel in Salem every holiday season.

There’s plenty of activities for the kids with Santa’s miniature train, hungry reindeer to feed, a letter-writing workshop for overseas Marines, and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Everyone can enjoy the great food, shopping and several stages of live entertainment.

Magic at the Mill runs nightly from Wed. Dec. 19 through Sun. Dec. 23, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Find it at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem Oregon.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth (4-12), and free for age 3 and under. Buy tickets in advance through Eventbrite or bring a can of food for the Marion Polk Food Share to receive $1 off admission.

Photo Credit: Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill

Dec 05, 2012

Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market Coming December 8th & 9th

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, held on the second weekend in December each year, is Willamette Valley’s largest holiday food, gift and decor event- and taking place this weekend: December 8th & 9th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Shoppers will have access to thousands of handcrafted products made by local crafters and artisans. 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!

Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-585-8264

About Salem Saturday Market
Salem Saturday Market works to strengthen and encourage community support for our local economy by providing local growers of agricultural products, producers of prepared foods, artisans and crafters a venue to market their products directly to the consumer. All items must be handmade, grown, cooked or crafted by the member.

Nov 30, 2012

The Grand Hotel in Salem is Ready for the Holidays!

If you “need a little Christmas….right this very minute”, step into the Grand Hotel Salem lobby and where the holiday spirit lives!

We look forward to showing off The Twelve Days of Christmas holiday decorations every year. If you want a little preview, take a look below…

For an extra dose of holiday spirit, we recommend playing The Twelve Days of Christmas (as sung by The Chipmunks), as you view the photos.

Come see for yourself!

If you need a place for you or your relatives to stay over the holidays, consider booking our Holiday Package which includes a special discounted rate for holiday travelers.

Nov 21, 2012

Julie Hoy to Perform at 15th Annual Giving Thanks Concert

Photo: Julie Hoy

There are a number of talented artists and musicians here in Salem, OR- but musician/singer/songwriter/author/inspirational speaker Julie Hoy has a special place here with the “Salem Block” family and inspires audiences wherever she goes.

A Pacific Northwest native, she has more than 25 years combined experience writing, recording and performing original music for a variety of organizations and occasions. Julie has produced five original Christian music collections and has just released a new Christmas album.

Julie will be sharing her inspirational stories and songs at the 15th Annual Giving Thanks Concert concert this Sunday, November 25th, at 6:30PM. There is no charge for admission and the concert will take place at Queen of Peace Church in Salem, Oregon.

In addition to sharing her gifts through music, she helped to form the non profit organization very dear to our hearts, Friends of Pimpolloand for many years has worked closely with under served children and adults in southern Mexico. Julie is an active member of the Friends of Pimpollo Board of Directors as well it’s Development and Operations Committees. For further information check out www.friendsofpimpollo.org.

Nov 20, 2012

Let us Help You with Your Holiday Travel Plans!

Yes, the holidays are a joyful time but lets face it. You have a lot to do and many details to think about.

However, there is no need to freak out!  When you book a holiday package at The Grand Hotel in Salem, we take a lot of stress off  of your plate!

No, we won’t do your holiday shopping, but we will give you convenience, breakfast, a comfortable room and luxurious amenities!   We will even throw some holiday cheer with our tasteful holiday decor in our hotel lobby and friendly staff here to help you.

Whether you are visiting relatives or hosting out of town visitors this holiday season, we got your covered.

Make reservations anytime between November 21th and November 25th or December 22nd through December 30th, 2012 and receive a rate of $119 plus tax per night in a King or Double Queen Deluxe. Stay 2 or more nights and pay only $109.50 plus tax per night.

Here is what you get when you stay with us:

  • Convenient downtown Salem location close to many local holiday events, attractions, shops, galleries and restaurants
  • Complimentary Hot breakfast buffet
  • Indoor pool and Jacuzzi
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary underground parking on site
  • Hotel, Restaurant and Conference Center are all Earth WISE certified

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877-540-7800 or use the form below to reserve now!