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Mar 16, 2014

Coming to Cinco de Micro? Be Smart! Book a night at the Grand Hotel in Salem!

Cinco de Micro Hotel

Cinco de Micro, Salem’s biggest party this spring, is coming to The Salem Convention Center May 2-3, 2014!  We want everyone involved in this festive event to have a safe and enjoyable time. That’s why we are offering Cinco de Micro guests a great deal on our hotel rooms.

Call 877-540-7800 and mention Cinco de Micro when you make your reservation to get our special rates!

It doesn’t get better than this. Your guest room or suite at the Grand Hotel in Salem, located downtown adjoining the Salem Convention Center, will feature:

  • Complimentary underground parking on site.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet.
  • Indoor pool and spa.
  • Fitness center.
  • Microwaves, refrigerators and coffeemakers in all rooms.
  • Complimentary high speed internet access throughout hotel.
  • Fine dining in our restaurant, Bentley’s Grill.
  • Room service available nightly.

You can also feel good knowing that our hotel, restaurant and the Salem Convention Center are all EarthWISE certified and guest room recycling is available.

Get your tickets, book your hotel room and get ready for the biggest party in Salem this spring with plenty of beer, food, and entertainment and fun. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties. Must be 21 years old with valid ID to enter the event.

2014 Cinco de Micro Brewfest

When: Friday, May 2nd (4pm to 10pm) and Saturday, May 3rd (Noon to 10pm)
Where: Salem Convention Center

Tickets for Cinco de Micro can be purchased in advance at EventBrite or at the door. Click here to buy tickets.

Regular Admission Packages Includes plastic mug and tastes
1 Day Admission: $10 {two tastes included}
2 Day Admission: $15 {four tastes included}

VIP Admission Packages Includes glass mug and tastes, as well as access to the VIP Lounge and VIP service lines.
1 Day Admission: $25 {4 tastes included}
2 Day Admission: $40 {8 tastes included}

Designated Drivers
1 Day Admission: $5

Additional Taste Tickets
Additional tastes will be available for purchase at the door for $1 per taste.

Follow Cinco de Micro on Facebook to hear the latest news and updates! Visit for additional details, to get tickets and/or find info on volunteering for the event.

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

Jan 27, 2014

Oregon Symphony & Grand Hotel Package

Photo @ Oregon Symphony Association in Salem

Photo @ Oregon Symphony Association in Salem

Did you know that there are often world-class concerts happening right here in downtown Salem, Oregon?

Each year, the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem brings multiple concert events from the Oregon Symphony and other high caliber ensembles to the mid-Willamette valley. The organization also brings valuable education opportunities for adults and kids alike.

We are so enthusiastic about this program that we have partnered with the OSAS to create The Grand Hotel in Salem Music Lovers Package .

This wonderful evening includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a King Suite
  • Sparkling cider delivered to your room
  • Special amenities provided by the Oregon Symphony in Salem
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • Early check-in of 1pm and a late check-out of 1 pm the next day.

Most performances take place at Smith Auditorium at Willamette University. Visit the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem Schedule for concert dates and book your package online or give us a call at77-540-7800 .

Stay with us and enjoy everything Salem, Oregon, has to offer! We feature packages for everyone! Click here to learn more about the following hotel packages:

The Grand Romance Package
Oregon Wine Lovers Package
Create Your Own Stay Package
Music Lovers Package
North Santiam River Trips Package
Dinner and Movie Package
Oregon Golf Package
Equinox Package
Mid Valley Wine Trail
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth

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

Aug 13, 2013

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth Exhibit Hotel Package Now Available

Relief fragment with a battle scene; Iraq, excavated by William Kennett Loftus in August of 1854 from the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh, Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib, 705–681 BCE; limestone or gypseous alabaster; H: 10 in. (25.4 cm), W: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection and Hagop Kevorkian, 46.49. Photo: Seattle Art Museum.

Relief fragment with a battle scene; Iraq, excavated by William Kennett Loftus in August of 1854 from the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh, Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib, 705–681 BCE; Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection and Hagop Kevorkian, 46.49. Photo: Seattle Art Museum.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art, considered to be one of Salem’s top cultural attractions, is bringing the art of the ancient Near East to Oregon in an exciting new exhibition: “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections.”

The exhibition, which opens Aug. 31, brings a rare collection of cultural treasures created between 6000 – 500 B.C. in the Fertile Crescent, often called “the cradle of civilization” to the Pacific Northwest.

Grand Hotel in Salem, conveniently located 3 blocks from the museum, is offering a special hotel package for out of town visitors here for the exhibit and/or attend some of the special events related to Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth through December 22, 2013.

This special package includes:

  • Two tickets to the exhibition “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections,” featured at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
  • Overnight accommodations for two in a King Deluxe Room
  • Early check in at 1 p.m., and a late check out of 1 p.m.
  • A $50 gift card to Bentley’s Grill located in The Grand Hotel
  • Complimentary, hot breakfast buffet, underground parking, high speed wireless internet, indoor pool and spa
  • And 20% off the price of the Exhibition Book at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Package starts at $175 plus tax. Upgrade to a Suite for an additional $20 plus tax.  CLICK HERE to make your reservations!

Head of Gudea: Iraq, from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, 2144–2124 BCE; diorite; H: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm), W: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm), D: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm); University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, 1927, B16664. Photo: Penn Museum image no. 152768.

Head of Gudea: Iraq, from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, 2144–2124 BCE; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, 1927, B16664. Photo: Penn Museum image no. 152768.

About The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Oregon’s third largest art museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Frequently changing exhibitions include lectures, special events, tours, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities for children and adults.

The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for students 18 and older. Students 17 and under and children are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit

Jul 27, 2013

New Legislation Helps Support Oregon’s Tourism Industry

Story Source: Travel Salem

HB 2656 What if you didn’t pay your taxes? Chances are you would face the consequences. Why, then, was Oregon allowing out-of-state, online corporations to dodge their full tax obligations?

House Bill 2656 was introduced to the Oregon Legislature and recently passed. The bill levels the playing field for local transient lodging taxes. These taxes are paid by Online Travel Companies (OTC’s) such as Expedia and Orbitz, and local hoteliers.

The Oregon Destination Marketing Organization (ODMO) worked cooperatively to assist with the passage of HB 2656. ODMO is a non-profit organization representing destination marketing organizations (such as Travel Salem), convention and visitors bureaus, and chambers of commerce responsible for marketing specific geographic areas as visitor destinations.

Transient lodging tax dollars expended on tourism promotion and activities in our local communities have decreased during the recent economic downturn. This negatively impacts jobs and revenues for the state. One reason for the decrease is that out-of-state companies don’t pay the same amount of transient lodging taxes as our local businesses.

Currently, some rooms booked online through OTC’s do not generate the same amount of taxes as those booked directly through the hotel. In some cases, a hotel enters a contract with an OTC to provide rooms at a discounted rate, i.e. the “wholesale cost.” The OTC then posts the rooms at a higher rate to consumers. This is referred to as the “wholesale booking model.”

OTC’s typically calculate state and local hotel occupancy taxes based on the “wholesale cost” they pay to a hotel, rather than the “retail price” they charge the customer. This practice results in lower taxes collected by state and local jurisdictions for rooms booked through an OTC, rather than directly with a hotel.

If a guest books a room directly through a hotel, the tax reflects the jurisdictions rate where the hotel is located. For example, Mr. Public books a room in Anytown, USA, through a hotel’s website. The room rate is $100 and Anytown levies a 10% occupancy tax on rooms, so a total of $110 is charged to Mr. Public. The hotel then remits the $10 occupancy tax to the city.

In contrast, if Mr. Public books the same room through an OTC, the charge will still be $110 to cover the room rate, plus the OTC’s “taxes and fees.” The OTC then calculates the occupancy tax based on what it owes the hotel, rather than what it charged the consumer. Implementing the “wholesale booking model,” the OTC remits only $88 to the hotel ($80 for the contracted cost of the room and $8 for the occupancy taxes), and the OTC retains the remaining $22 from the transaction.

Many jurisdictions have become aware of this strategy and have filed lawsuits against some of the OTC’s for these unpaid tax revenues. In response, the OTC’s are seeking legislation that would protect this practice by making it a legitimate tax exemption through a federal preemption of state and local authority.

ODMO has worked with local governments, tourism promotion groups and industry members to develop a statewide standard and to ensure state and local tourism dollars are uniformly collected. House Bill 2656 will establish a statewide standard for the rate for taxes on rooms in Oregon stating, “All rooms in Oregon will be taxed at the room rate paid by the consumer.” This proposal will only apply to future sales of rooms occupied after the time of the enacted date.

HB 2656 will ensure that out-of-state companies, including OTC’s, pay the same amount of taxes as local businesses. This will help level the playing field and maximize the resources our communities have for tourism promotion.

Travel Salem would like to thank ODMO for their work on HB 2656 and for their advocacy for Oregon’s tourism industry.

photo credit: Edmund Garman via photopin cc

Jul 12, 2013

Helping to Sponsor Fun for Everyone at the 2013 Salem Art Fair

Salem Art Association

Salem Art Fair & Festival

Salem Art Fair & Festival
Image courtesy of Frank Miller

We are proud to join other local organizations to sponsor the 2013 Salem Art Fair & Festival July 19th-21rst!

This festival is put on annually by the Salem Art Association and is the largest festival of its kind in Oregon. Each year, the Salem Art Fair & Festival attracts over 50,000 visitors from all over the nation and features:

  • Over 200 local, regional, national and international artists
  • Two entertainment stages
  • Two craft beer and wine gardens
  • Two food courts
  • A Kids Court providing art activities for the whole family

Salem Art Fair & Festival
Bush’s Pasture Park
July 19-21, 2013
Fri & Sat: 10 am-7 pm | Sun: 10 am-5 pm (Sun: 2-5 pm Free for everyone)
$5 Day | $10 Weekend | 12 & Younger Free

The Salem Art Fair & Festival is produced by the Salem Art Association (SAA) as its annual fundraiser.  For over 60 years, the art fair has grown to become nationally recognized and is celebrated as a significant part of Oregon’s culture.

May 28, 2013

The Grand Hotel in Salem Wins TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 3rd Year in a Row!

b3SL4pVQgWXcKpkyCl8HYWjC3tqJu1J-m3aimC3gInUJust this week, we were informed that TripAdvisor is presenting The Grand Hotel in Salem with a Certificate of Excellence for the 3rd year in a row!   This award is quote meaningful to us because it means that we have consistently achieved outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor and places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor!   This award is the result of feedback from the people that matter the most: YOU.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is an award that honors hospitality excellence.  We also received the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2011 and 2012. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Greg McManus, V.P. of Operations of VIPs Industries is proud of the team.  ”This is EXCELLENT, and not an easy task!  Excellent reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor, or any other similar Social Media application, is huge and carries with it a great weight” says McManus. “This has become the main way consumers now make their purchasing decisions and something for our entire team to strive to achieve”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”


TripAdvisor® is one of the top trusted travel sites that features consumer reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides, and more:

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Your opinion matters and we want to hear from you! Let us know what you think of your experience at The Grand Hotel in Salem! Leave us a review on the Grand Hotel in Salem Trip Advisor profile!


Apr 30, 2013

Local Rocker Ty Curtis Celebrating Birthday at the Cinco de Micro Brewfest this Friday May 3rd!

Ty Curtis Band at Salem Convention Center

You may have heard that the 2nd Annual Cinco de Micro Brewfest (2 day festival) kicks off this Friday, May 3rd at The Salem Convention Center! You may also already know that the event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties….

What you may NOT know is one of the featured performers, Ty Curtis from the The Ty Curtis Band, will be celebrating his birthday Friday May 3, 2013 with hundreds of his closet friends! Ty Curtis is a popular blues-rock vocalist and a good friend to the Salem Block family!

Ty Curtis with members of the Salem Block team at the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism

Ty Curtis with members of the Salem Block team at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Be sure to come out on Friday evening to wish one of our favorite local rockers “Happy Birthday” and spend the weekend with friends, fun, music, treats from local eateries and vineyards and a mighty selection of local and northwest brews!  Visit festival website for schedule of events and tickets.

2013 Cinco de Micro Brewfest
When: Friday, May 3rd (4pm to 10pm) and Saturday, May 4th, 2013 (Noon to 10pm)
Where: Salem Convention Center


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