Blog, Oregon Wine

Mar 31, 2014

Escape to Oregon Wine Country this Memorial Day Weekend!

Photo Sources from top left: Cubanisimo Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards,

Photo Sources from top left: Cubanisimo Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards, jenny downing via photopin, Willamette Valley Vineyards,

Oregon wine country is beautiful all year long, but what better time is there to visit than Memorial Day Wine Weekend?

More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms will open their doors to the public May 23-25, 2014 for special tastings, food, entertainment, tours and more.

While planning your trip, we recommend taking advantage of the valuable tips and resources provided by Willamette Valley Wineries. Make the most of your weekend with tools like

Here are just a few of the special Memorial Day Weekend open house events you will find in the Salem, Oregon area:

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards invites you to an annual Blind Tasting Competition! General admission is $10 and includes wine tasting, hors d’ oeuvres and live music.
  • Redhawk Vineyard and Winery has wine & barrel tasting, delicious food, live music & a lovely view! $10 fee includes tasting, BBQ, music and more!

Stay with us and take advantage of a late checkout by booking one of our luxurious packages, and ease into the shortened work week feeling relaxed and refreshed.

 Oregon Wine Lover’s Package
Mid-Valley Wine Trail or Bust!

photo credit: jenny downing via photopin cc

Feb 14, 2014

Nine Reasons to Book the 2014 Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills Hotel Package NOW

medium_654860653Ready for the ultimate Oregon wine tasting experience? Book our Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills package March 22nd through the 23rd and that is exactly what you can expect!

Here are some reasons you must book this very special hotel package right away!

1. Guests will have the chance to taste wines and discuss the vintage with many of the key principals of Oregon’s award winning Eola-Amity Hills winemaking community like…..

Antica TerraArgyle WineryBethel Heights VineyardBjornson VineyardBrooks WineryBryn Mawr VineyardsCalamity Hill Vineyard & Farm,Cristom VineyardsCubanisimo VineyardsDukes Family VineyardsEvening Land VineyardsEvesham WoodGrochau CellarsHolloran Vineyard Wines,Keeler Estate VineyardLewman VineyardMethven Family VineyardsMystic WinesNorthwest Wine Studies CenterOrchard Heights WineryRedhawk Winery & VineyardWillamette Valley Vineyards,Witness Tree VineyardStangeland WinerySt. Innocent WineryToluca LaneZenith Vineyard, and Z’IVO Wines.

Photo @ Zenith Vineyard

Photo @ Zenith Vineyard

2. You will enjoy Oregon wine country at it’s best at the event site, Zenith Vineyard, nestled in the picturesque Eola-Amity hills of the Willamette Valley.

3. No need to designate a driver. The Equinox package includes shuttle service to and from the event from The Grand Hotel in Salem.

4. With a late check out of 1pm the next day, you get to sleep in (but be sure to get up in time for the hot breakfast buffet)

5. Room rates are very reasonable, starting at just $159 plus tax for two adults (price does not include admission to the event).

6. Gourmet bites from top restaurants and caterers like Loustic CateringSubterra Restaurant,Tamami Chocolates, and The Joel Palmer House, among others to complement your wine tasting experience!

7. Best time to buy!  Take your favorite wines home for less! For this night only, the wineries will also be offering the wines you taste for sale at a discount from the retail price.

8. You will rest comfortably at the end of a wonderful evening in your Deluxe Room or Suite with comfortable beds, a classically appointed living area with leather loveseat and coffee table, thoughtfully placed tables and lamps and an entertainment center.

9. You will not find finer service anywhere else in downtown Salem (we think so anyway, and so do most of our guests!). Our staff is available round the clock to make sure your stay is a comfortable one.

Need we go on? The Grand Hotel in Salem is now taking reservations for this very special package available for one night only. This event almost always sells out in advance (sold out two weeks before the date last year) so we encourage you to buy your tickets asap ($50 per person). BOOK NOW by going to our reservations page or calling 877-540-7800.

Important details to remember:

  • Reservation package does not include admission to the event. Visit to purchase your tickets (PayPal link on the right side of the page).
  • Be sure to print and keep your receipt as your entry to the event. Tickets: $50 per person. Questions, or to purchase tickets with cash: Email Esther Swafford at
  • *Shuttle service applies only to guests who have booked the Equinox package. Reservations for the shuttle need to be made at the time of your package reservation.
  • Need reservations at Bentley’s Grill? We can help with that too! Extend your visit with us and stay to enjoy many of the Equinox wineries right here in our own Bentley’s Grill!

Come howl at the moon and celebrate the Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills!

When: March 22rd 2014 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: Zenith Vineyard 5657 Zena Rd NW Salem

Nov 13, 2013

Mid-Valley Wine Trail or Bust!

Mid Valley Wine Trail

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:

Chateau Bianca Winery

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

Chateau Bianca Winery

Chateau Bianca Winery

Van Duzer Vineyards

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

Van Duzer Vineyards

Namaste’ Vineyards

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

Namaste Vineyards Holiday Winemaker's Dinner Photo@Namaste Vineyards

Namaste Vineyards Holiday Winemaker’s Dinner Photo@Namaste Vineyards

Firesteed Cellars

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

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

Photo Johan Vineyards

Photo Johan Vineyards

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

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
Rickreall, Oregon


Left Coast Cellars

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
Rickreall, Oregon

Left Coast Cellars

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

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

Sep 17, 2013

Willamette Valley Vineyards Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Festival is Back!

Kristi Reed & Soraida Cross (background) take a break at the 2011 Oregon Grape Stomp

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 or call 800-344-9463 for more information.


photo credit: Travel Salem via photopin cc

Willamette Valley Vineyards via Facebook

Aug 28, 2013

Local Labor Day Wine Events

Photo @ Cherry Hill Winery

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:

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.


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 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 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

Jul 27, 2013

Park, Stay and Play at The Grand Hotel & Bentley’s Grill After ‘Vines in the Valley’ August 1rst

image002 There is a new event in town, and The Grand Hotel in Salem is proud to be a part of what we think will be a new summer tradition in our community!

The Salem Chamber of Commerce invites you to Vines in the Valley, a walking wine tour in downtown Salem, Oregon that showcases 24 local wineries hosted within 24 local downtown businesses.

This self-guided, open-house style event allows you to check in, grab a map, and meander the downtown streets as you visit the businesses and taste the some of the best wines the Willamette Valley has to offer.

Make a night of it and stay safe here! Book a room at The Grand Hotel in Salem, one of the check-in points along the tour, and enjoy our complimentary underground parking in the heart of downtown Salem.

After the tour, we also invite you to stop in at Bentley’s Grill for a night cap, choose from over 200 premier red and white wines by the bottle and over 40 by the glass.

Vines in the Valley
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Downtown Salem, Oregon

Tickets are just $25 and include:

> Keepsake Tasting Glasses
> Map of the Locations
> ID Bracelet
> Pack of 5 Tasting Tickets

Questions? Call Nancy Brostrom, 503-581-1466 x310.

This event is brought to you by Umpqua Bank.

About The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1884, The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is the positive voice for business in Oregon’s Capital City and throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Their mission is to serve as your business and community advocate, and work to keep Salem a great place where business can prosper and families can live, work, play and shop. Learn more by visiting

Feb 28, 2013

Spring into Spring in Grand Style

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Photo: Kristi Reed

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Photo: Kristi Reed

You know what they say about March….it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. This is the time of year when “Spring Fever” is an epidemic, so we recommend treating your Spring Fever by booking a getaway to Salem, Oregon.

Whether you are here to visit relatives, business, or just for fun, you will discover the unique experiences in downtown Salem, Oregon  to be one of the best kept secrets in Oregon travel! Here are some local events to look for during your visit:

2013 Annual Tulip Festival March 29th — May 5th, 2013.
Woodburn, Oregon (approximately 30 minute from our hotel). Bring your family and your camera, even your four legged friend (well- behaved dogs are welcome on leashes) and visit the spectacular fields of tulips and daffodils. Enjoy the fun activities and entertainment happening every weekend for the duration of the festival! Visit the events schedule  for details.

Wine, Pear, and Cheese Jubilee March 9th-10th, 2013
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner

Learn the art of “pearing” Willamette Valley Vineyards wine with fresh Oregon pears and cheese from the most respected local artisans. Be one of the first to sip their highly anticipated 2010 Estate Pinot Noir which will be released at the event. WVV will have a special menu highlighting the events theme, amazing wine, local pears, and artisan cheeses all prepared by Executive Chef, Eric Nelson. Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting, samples from local artisans, and Riedel stemware. Admission for Wine Club Members is $5. Please, no outside food and drink. 503-588-9463

Photo: Allen Lyons

Photo: Allen Lyons

2013 Oregon Garden Brewfest April 26th-April 28th
Willamette Valley’s biggest brewfest takes place each year at the beautiful Oregon Garden in Silverton and features musical entertainment, food, and yes..of course…Brews! Make a weekend of it and book The Grand Hotel in Salem 2013 Oregon Brewfest Package which includes overnight accommodations for two in a King Deluxe Room, an early check in of 1pm, a hot breakfast buffet served in the morning, shuttle to and from the event, and, to top it off… a late check out of 1pm.

More Events From Travel Salem:

Annual Social Pow Wow Saturday March 9th, 2013
Cone Field House - Willamette University, Salem

31st Annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase March 9th-10th, 2013
Old Aurora Colony Museum, Aurora

2013 Mid Valley Yard, Garden and Patio Show March 15th-17th, 2013
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem

55th Annual River of Gems April 19th-21st, 2o13
Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall

Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club 24th Annual Lu’au April 20, 2013
Cone Fieldhouse - Willamette University, Salem

Annual Silverton Poetry Festival
Various venues throughout Silverton

Oregon Ag Fest April 27 – 28, 2013
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-535-9353 or

Be sure to visit to see all local events and suggested itineraries throughout the year.

Feb 22, 2013

Featured Hotel Package: Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills 2013

Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier

Headed for the hills next month?  That is the Eola-Amity Hills of course!   Spend an unforgettably elegant evening celebrating our regional wines at the Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills with the Eola-Amity Hills winemaking community March 23rd, 2013 7-10 PM. 

Why not make a grand weekend of it with our 2013 Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills package?    The Grand Hotel in Salem is now taking reservations for this special hotel package which includes *shuttle service to and from the Equinox in the Eola-Amity Hills event, hot breakfast buffet and a late check out of 1pm the next day. Rates start at $159 plus tax for two adults.

BOOK NOW by going to our reservations page or calling 877-540-7800.

Grand Hotel Room

This event is held at Zenith Vineyard and features wines from more than a dozen Oregon wineries, live music and gourmet food from top restaurants and caterers.

Amazing wineries that will be pouring include: Amity Vineyards; Antica Terra; Argyle Winery; Bethel Heights Vineyard; Brooks Wines; Calamity Hill Vineyard; Carter Vineyard; Cherry Hill Winery; Cristom Vineyards; Cubanisimo Vineyards; Domaine Serene; Dukes Family Vineyards; Evesham Wood Winery; Holloran Vineyard Wines; Lewman Vineyard; Methven Family Vineyards; Redhawk Winery; St. Innocent Winery; Stangeland Vineyards; Toluca Lane; Witness Tree Vineyard and Zenith Vineyard

This event almost always sells out in advance so we encourage you to to buy your tickets early ($40 per person) by visiting (scroll to the bottom of the post).  Be sure to print and keep your receipt as your entry to the event.

Equinox Poster 2013

*Shuttle service applies only to guests who have booked the Equinox package. Reservations for the shuttle need to be made at the time of your package reservation.

photo credit: Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier via photopin cc

Oct 26, 2012

Time to Book Your Willamette Valley Thanksgiving Weekend Harvest Celebration 2012 Package

This week, we saw a tweet from Travel Oregon that caught our attention:

So, the secret it out! Of all of the wine destinations in the United States, Willamette Valley, Oregon ranked in the top 3!   It is no coincidence that wine lovers from all over the country travel here every Thanksgiving weekend when various Willamette Valley Wineries open their doors to the public and celebrate the holiday weekend with wine tastings, food and festivities.

The 2012 Thanksgiving Weekend Harvest Celebration is November 23-25, 2012 and we invite you to get the most from your weekend wine adventure by booking a room and letting The Grand Hotel in Salem staff spoil you.

You will spend Friday and Saturday touring the rich and diverse Willamette Valley vineyards and wineries and end the day in one of our luxurious rooms for a night of relaxing bliss.

The Grand Hotel Thanksgiving Weekend Harvest Celebration 2012 Package is available from 11/23/2012 to 11/25/2012 and includes:

  • One night stay in a Deluxe King or Double Queen
  • Early Check-in at 12 noon
  • Four wine tasting passes per guest
  • Special offers on wine at Bentley’s Grill from participating vineyards.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • Late check-out of 1pm

Wine passes are valid at these participating wineries: FiresteedEola Hills WinerySt. Innocent Winery,Johan Vineyards,Left Coast CellarsWillamette Valley Vineyards,Duck Pond CellarsThe Four GracesPonzi Wine BarArgyle,Redhawk WineryBethel Heights VineyardSokol Blosser Winery,Witness Tree VineyardCristom Vineyards, and Cubanisimo Winery

We encourage you to visit each vineyard’s website to learn more about what they have to offer during your visit. The feature tasting at Bentley’s Grill is pre-arranged with these participating wineries.

Rates start at $189 plus tax and are based on two occupants. Additional guests add $50 plus tax per person. We offer additional nights at a special rate of $109 plus tax per night, based on double occupancy.

To book your 2012 Thanksgiving Weekend package, please visit The Grand Hotel in Salem online (where you can view a complete list of amenities and features) or contact us directly at 1-877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800. We look forward to hosting you!

If you’re looking to book a group tour of the Willamette Valley vineyards, please contact Grand Cru Wine Tours at

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