Ready 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 Terra, Argyle Winery, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Bjornson Vineyard, Brooks Winery, Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Calamity Hill Vineyard & Farm,Cristom Vineyards, Cubanisimo Vineyards, Dukes Family Vineyards, Evening Land Vineyards, Evesham Wood, Grochau Cellars, Holloran Vineyard Wines,Keeler Estate Vineyard, Lewman Vineyard, Methven Family Vineyards, Mystic Wines, Northwest Wine Studies Center, Orchard Heights Winery, Redhawk Winery & Vineyard, Willamette Valley Vineyards,Witness Tree Vineyard, Stangeland Winery, St. Innocent Winery, Toluca Lane, Zenith Vineyard, and Z’IVO Wines.
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).
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 eolaamityhills.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- *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!
EQUINOX IN THE EOLA-AMITY HILLS 2014
When: March 22rd 2014 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: Zenith Vineyard 5657 Zena Rd NW 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.
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
Mid Valley Wine Trail
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth
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:
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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:
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!
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
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!
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 willamette.edu/arts/hfma.
Story Source: Travel Salem
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.
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.
Just 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!
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!
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
The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Salem, Ore.
The annual awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the tourism and hospitality industry in Oregon. Nominated by their peers, the award recipients are outstanding examples of professionals who, by virtue of their vision, perseverance and dedication, are a credit to Oregon’s tourism and hospitality industry.
The state’s most prized recognition is the Governor’s Tourism Award. This year’s award was given to former Speaker of the House of Oregon Representatives Larry Campbell, who was the key strategist in the conception and passage of HB 2267 in 2003, the Oregon Tourism Investment Proposal. He traveled the state to help cement broad-based industry support for the bill. The award was personally presented to Campbell by Governor John Kitzhaber.
“Our robust tourism industry would not be where it is today without the Oregon Tourism Investment Proposal,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Since the passage of that milestone bill, we’ve seen incredible growth in this industry, with visitor spending up 42 percent and earnings for travel-related jobs up 44 percent. The modest investment we make promoting our state has an incredible return on investment, with $193 in new visitor spending for every $1 spent on our tourism advertising programs.”
The 2012 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Achievement Awards were announced in these categories:
The Gene Leo Memorial Award was established in 1994 to honor the late Gene Leo, known for his Oregon tourism contributions as Director of the Oregon Zoo, Portland Rose Festival and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association (now Travel Portland). Gene was an enthusiastic man who revered Oregon’s natural beauty, loved her people and enjoyed the outdoors with gusto. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution for a tourism-related activity or attraction focused on Oregon’s natural beauty or outdoor recreation. The award was presented to the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Mike Keiser, for his philanthropic dedication to Oregon. Keiser created the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance to disburse net proceeds from his Bandon Preserve golf course to benefit community projects that follow the “triple bottom line:” conservation, community and economy.
The Oregon Tourism & Hospitality Industry Exceptional Partnership Awardrecognizes the efforts of a group of tourism organizations that together created a successful tourism program, promotion or product that is more successful than any single entity could have produced alone. It was presented to Oregon’s North Coast Marketing Coalition. The communities of Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach combined resources to create a unique destination identity through a marketing campaign that asked their target audience, “Are you ready? It’s time to go play.”
The Oregon Tourism Development Award recognizes an innovative program, promotion or product created by an organization, business, community or region in Oregon that exemplifies best practices, sustainability and creative problem solving. The award was given to the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and Oregon State University – Cascades. After decades without a four-year tourism and hospitality degree program in the state, the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association spearheaded an effort with a group of tourism leaders and Oregon State University – Cascades to initiate a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in Bend.
The International Marketing Development Award recognizes excellence and creative accomplishment in the marketing and promotion of Oregon as a destination in the international marketplace. The award was given to the Oregon Brewers Guild. The Oregon Brewers Guild has promoted Oregon as a world-class culinary tourism destination by participating in international trade shows in the key markets of Europe, Oceania and Asia.
The Outstanding Oregon Tourism Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the impact of volunteers in Oregon’s tourism and hospitality industry and on Oregon’s economy. The award was presented to both the Pine Valley Fair Association and Waterhouse Falls Salmon Harvest. When the grandstand at Baker County’s fairground was condemned, the Pine Valley Fair Association conducted a 120-day campaign that not only raised over $125,000 in donations, but rebuilt the entire structure in time for a major event. The Waterhouse Falls Salmon Harvest volunteers worked with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Neah-Kah-Nie High School, and Tillamook Bay Boathouse cannery to capture hatchery Coho salmon and process it for distribution to Tillamook County schools and food banks.
The Oregon Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who demonstrated a strong commitment to conserving Oregon’s natural and cultural resources through leadership in environmental stewardship and socially responsible practices. The award was presented to Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby. During its 21-year existence, the derby has raised a million dollars and leveraged those funds into more than $4 million for matching grants to support the Umpqua basin fishery. This off-season tourism event has bolstered the Douglas County economy and helps to introduce youngsters to the steelhead’s lifecycle.
The Oregon Heritage Tourism Award recognizes outstanding use of Oregon’s cultural or natural history by an Oregon individual, organization, business, community or region, to draw visitors to the state. The award was presented to the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee. The Committee has worked for more than 25 years to restore and complete access to the Historic Columbia River Highway and the related Trail for public use and enjoyment. Nearly complete, the Trail provides expanded views of America’s only Congressionally-designated National Scenic Area.
The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state’s $8.8 billion tourism industry that employs more than 92,000 Oregonians.www.TravelOregon.com