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Jul 28, 2012

The Salem Block continues to “LEED” the way with green and sustainable efforts

Our commitment to environmentally friendly business practices in our daily operations has captured the attention of our guests and community.

The Salem Block (The Salem Conference Center, The Grand Hotel in Salem, and Bentley’s Grill) has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations for our sustainable efforts.

Most recently, The Grand Hotel in Salem was highlighted in the Statesman Journal’s Inside Business series that features one EarthWISE-certified business a month.

The article applauded our ability to provide luxurious accommodations and amenities with a minimal impact on the environment. Click here to read the entire article.

Our green efforts are led by our Director of Sales Kristi Reed, and each staff member is trained to do their part. For instance, we typically use recycled paper for all printed materials; eco friendly cleaning products and drainage system; Energy Star appliances, white compact fluorescent lighting in all guest rooms and wind power to offset energy usage (the Salem Conference Center now uses Solar Energy Panels)

In addition we also

  • Reduce waste with our extensive composting and recycling programs that includes our participation with “Clean the World
  • Purchase products and food from local suppliers
  • Participate in ECOtality’s push for emissions-free driving. Under The EV Project, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were installed in various locations our city- including one here at The Salem Block!

The Salem Block has the first hotel, restaurant and conference center in Salem and Marion County to be EarthWISE certified and the Salem Conference Center is LEED® Certified.

May 15, 2012

2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism Coming to The Salem Block!

It was announced last month that Salem will be the host city of the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism which is taking place right here on the Salem Block April 14-16, 2013.

Travel Salem, in partnership with the Salem Conference Center, responded to the Travel Oregon bid for a 2013 conference location. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Salem and all of the wonderful offerings that make our city and region so attractive to leisure visitors, as well as meeting and event planners. Travel Salem will be working with many businesses and organization to ensure another successful and memorable conference,” said Debbie McCune, Travel Salem’s Director of Sales.

More than 400 tourism professionals are expected at The Salem Conference Center next April for two and a half days of educational seminars, networking, and to develop new ways to create the best Oregon Experience possible for visitors and the industry.

To learn more about this premiere gathering, visit and

Apr 05, 2012

Cast your vote in Best of the Mid-Valley 2012 Poll before April 8, 2012

The Statesman Journal wants readers to vote for their favorite people, businesses and things to do in Marion and Polk counties in their annual Best of the Mid-Valley Poll before Sunday April 8, 2012.   Bentley’s Grill, The Salem Conference Center and The Grand Hotel in Salem are nominated in several categories and we need your help!

Please visit the Statesman Journal Best of the Mid-Valley 2012 Poll before Sunday, April 8 and cast your vote! We have some very big competition and it would be a big honor to win “Best Of” in any of these categories:

Salem Conference Center is nominated for 

  • Best Wedding Venue
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Best Caterer
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Green Business

 The Grand Hotel in Salem is nominated for

  • Best Hotel
  • Best Green Business
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Use of Social Media

Bentley’s Grill is nominated for

  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Family Restaurant
  • Most Creative Cocktails
  • Friendliest staff
  • Best Business Lunch
  • Best Happy Hour
  • Best Burger
  • Best Romantic Dinner
  • Best Place To Impress a First date
  • Best Use of Social Media

Please spread the word and remember you can vote every day….Thank you for supporting us!


Feb 27, 2012

2012 Oregon Active Transportation Summit Coming the The Salem Conference Center April 16-17

We are thrilled to welcome the 2012 Oregon Active Transportation Summit to Salem in April. The Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS) is a grass-roots effort to promote bicycling, walking and mass transit options in Oregon. The event will take place April 16-17 at The Salem Conference Center. The Grand Hotel in Salem is the host hotel for the event.

The mission of the 2012 conference is “Thinking Even Bigger”. There will be a variety of exhibitors and topics to be presented include Economic Benefits; Advocacy; Planning, Technology and Tools; Funding; Equity and Social Justice. Some of the past initiatives of OATS include Share The Road Plates,, and Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways.

This is an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and strategies, share your best ideas with people of equal passion, and walk away energized to continue improving the world of active transportation.

To learn more about the event and to register, visit The Oregon Active Transportation Summit online.

Event Venue
Salem Conference Center
200 Commercial St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Event Lodging
The Grand Hotel in Salem (attached to Salem Conference Center)
201 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

The standard room rate is $119 per night (one person). When you make a reservation, please reference the group name (Oregon Active Transportation Summit) at the time of booking. This will allow you to book into the block and secure the negotiated rate. Call 877-540-7800 to book a room.

Feb 13, 2012

The Most Romantic Places in and around Salem, Oregon

Did you know that Willamette Valley is one of the most romantic places in the Northwest (well, we think so anyway)? Valentines Day is always a favorite on The Salem Block. We asked our staff for their top picks of “The Most Romantic Places” in and around Salem, Oregon and compiled this list. If you want to sweep your Valentine off of their feet, look no further.

Historic Deepwood Gardens – 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem.

Capitol Mall Park/Willson Park near the water fountain- Within the boundaries of the Capitol grounds exist hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers providing a dazzling display for all seasons.

The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill – A charming, five-acre, park-like historic site, with 14 historic buildings and homes. This one-of-a-kind site is picturesque and peaceful with a millrace stream dividing the lush landscape.

Minto Brown Walking Trails- This large, 898.9 acre natural park in Salem includes open and wooded areas with many trails for romantic strolls.

Bush Barn Rose Gardens/ Bush’s Pasture Park- Lush landscrapes, rich variety of roses, beautiful site filled with romance and history!

Salem’s Riverfront Park- 3-acre park located in downtown Salem along the Willamette River…also home to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel.

The Salem Block (of course!)- Romance is everywhere here on the Salem Block.

Experience a night of “Grand Romance” at The Grand Hotel in Salem with a Grand Romance Package: includes overnight accommodations for two in your choice of Suite, sparkling cider delivered to your room, fresh flowers, and our complimentary extended Hot Breakfast Buffet. Top off this package with a late check out of 1 pm.

Bentley’s Grill- Open fire pit, elegant atmosphere, nightly specials, Northwest menu, Oregon wine and more….Bentley’s has a full bar and wine tasting in a comfortable lounge making this the perfect “date  night” destination.

The Salem Conference Center- A first-class facility ready to host your next event, large or intimate gatherings. The Conference Center offers more than 30,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space, stunning architecture, art and a professional staff.  Stroll through the plaza to see the current Oregon Artists Series exhibit- “Sculpture Now!”.

Just a quick drive away-

Silvercreek Falls- Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.

The Oregon Garden- Located in nearby Silverton, this is a spectacular 80 acre botanical garden and resort.

Oregon Wine Country- Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet, Chardonnay…wine tasting. Need I say more? Plan your wine tasting adventure.

Grand Cru Wine Tours- Offers sustainable Oregon wine tours throughout the Willamette Valley. Also your source for Oregon hiking wine tours.

Adelman Peony Gardens- 15 acres of peonies, featuring nearly 250 varieties with profound color variation

For more options, check out Ways to celebrate with your Valentine in The Statesman Journal.  Share your favorite romantic destinations on our Facebook Page.



Jan 16, 2012

The Salem Conference Center Launches Summer Wedding Package Promotions

The Salem Conference Center announced they will offer a 20% discount off Summer 2012 wedding packages, and one couple will receive 50% off . Couples planning a May-August 2012 wedding will receive 20% off a wedding package if they use the code “WED2012” before February 13 when they book their wedding at the facility.

One lucky couple who enters a special drawing will win 50% off wedding package when they enter the Half Off a Salem, Oregon Wedding Package before February 13 (an estimated savings of over $1500).

“Our wedding packages include everything from ballroom rental to experienced event staff and even a complimentary champagne toast” says Director of Sales & Marketing, Donna Earley. “Our goal is to alleviate some of the planning details while giving the bride and groom the wedding they envision. This promotion is a great way to help them save on the overall costs associated with a wedding.”

The total prize package includes:

To enter the drawing to win 50% off, visit their Half Off Wedding Package Sweepstakes page at

*The Salem Conference Center Wedding Packages include Ballroom Rental, Setup & Clean Up, Tables & Chairs, Table Linens & Glass Centerpieces, China, Silver & Glassware, Buffet Lines (if requested), Dance Floor, Cake Cutting & Service, Wireless Microphone, Staging & Head Table (if requested), Guest Book & Gift Tables, Portable Banquet Bars, Dedicated Banquet Staff to Service Event, Complimentary Champagne Toast for Bride & Groom, Experienced Special Events Coordinator. The package does not include food and beverage.


Nov 04, 2011

The Salem Block is Helping to Sponsor Civil War Dinner & Auction to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties

The Salem Conference Center, Bentley’s Grill and The Grand Hotel in Salem is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of the eighth annual Bonaventure Senior Living Civil War Dinner & Auction at the Salem Conference Center November 17, 2011.

The event benefits the support after-school and summer activities at Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties. This outstanding organization plays a vital role in our community by promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and leadership skills to approximately 10,500 youth in local clubs, athletics, and outreach programs.

So are you a Duck or a Beaver? Wear your colors with pride and support your team at this exclusive dinner and auction! This is the perfect way to get pumped up for the 2011 Civil War Game on Saturday November 26 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR.

Here is a preview of the fabulous items that will be auctioned off this year

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Trip for 2
  • Dinner for 10 at the Alcyone
  • 7 days, 6 nights in Kona HI
  • 4 Day, 3 night golf trip to Palm Springs
  • Super Bowl Party for 50 at Jonathan’s Restaurant
  • Behind the Scenes of NASCAR in Las Vegas
  • Civil War Game Tickets
  • Variety of Oregon Golf Packages
  • Duck and Beaver memorabilia and merchandise

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 503.581.7383 Ext 15

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 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


Jun 23, 2011

Introducing the Salem Block “Tree Huggers”

The Salem Conference Center, The Grand Hotel in Salem, and Bentley’s Grill (known as The Salem Block) promotes environmentally friendly practices in our day to day operations.

We have participated in numerous programs and initiatives and most recently have launched the Tree Hugger Program to recognize employees of the Salem Block who demonstrate a committment and enthusiasmm to follow our green initiatives.

Each month the Salem Block “Green Team” will nominate one person from the block to get to join the Tree Hugger family. The Tree Hugger inductees are employees who have lead by example and brought new ideas to the table. Attitude and participation play also a big factor in deciding who will receive this big honor!

Check out our Tree Hugger Awards section located in the “back of house” area of the facility. We had a blast putting it together!   Learn more about our Green Efforts from The Grand Hotel in Salem and The Salem Conference Center!

Jessica Seacrest and Kristi Reed- the Salem Block's "Tree Huggers" make their mark!





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