Sep 27, 2013

What it Really Means to be an EarthWISE Business.

earthWISE_certified_2010-TMThey say you are judged by the company you keep and we are extremely proud of being in the company of some outstanding Marion County businesses including Bentley’s Grill, Salem Convention Center and Travel Salem that are EarthWISE certified.

Did you know The Grand Hotel in Salem and Bentley’s Grill were the first hotel and restaurant in Salem and Marion County to be EarthWISE certified? It’s true!

So what does it mean to be an EarthWISE business?

The EarthWISE program is a free business environmental assistance program offered by Marion County, Oregon

The WISE in EarthWISE stands for Workplace Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise.

To become EarthWISE certified, businesses must meet specific criteria with regards to recycling, waste reduction/prevention, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency/conservation and water pollution prevention.

Our guest room and company wide recycling programs have allowed us support programs like Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel soaps and bottled amenities.

Since partnering with them in 2010, our hotel has collected over 4,049 pounds of waste which translates to 12,324 bars of soap and other much-needed hygiene products for those in need here in North America and around the world. We have also recycled a total of 1,304 pounds of plastic with this program.

Compact Florescent lighting in each guest room, earth friendly cleaning supplies, and using 100% recycled paper products are just some of the other ways we are practicing sustainability.

Watch our profile to learn more:

Click here to read the Grand Hotel in Salem Case Study 


Sep 08, 2011

10 Great Things to See in Salem, Oregon

State Capitol State Park in Salem- Photo From Travel Salem

One of the most common questions we get at the front desk is recommendations for places to go…things to do. The good news is there is lots to do and see in Salem, Oregon year round- and much of it is in walking distance to our hotel! Here are 10 things to see on your next visit!

Visit the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill: (Formerly know as Mission Mill Museum).  This great museum is designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service  and hosts outstanding exhibits and events throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors, history buffs, and school groups each year. The museum preserves the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and represents one of Oregon’s earliest and strongest industries.

Browse and shop in the Downtown Salem Oregon Shopping District: There is no better way to experience the unique landscape and culture of Downtown Salem than taking an afternoon stroll down Center Street and the surrounding areas. Visitors love to explore and photograph the historical buildings and can find most anything in the eclectic stores, galleries and boutiques throughout. The premiere stores located in Salem Center, in the heart of downtown, also attracts thousands to our community each year (not to worry- there is plenty of free parking located throughout!).

See Historic Deepwood Estate: Visitors are never disappointed in this elegant 1894 multi-gabled Queen Anne style home, designed by prominent northwest architect W.C. Knighton. Deepwood is on National Register of Historic Homes and links us to our life in Victorian times. It offers visitors a place to reflect and relax in the ornate and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Talk a walk in Riverfront Park: Take a morning walk along the Willamette River in this 23-acre park, and you will see why we love it. This park has everything one would want in a park- plenty of lush green space, lovely fountains, views of the river, a children’s play area, an amphitheater, play equipment, a covered Pavillion and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel (one of our big attractions!). This park is the place for gatherings and events throughout the year.

Bring the Kids A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village: Children of all ages come here and let their imaginations run wild with indoor & outdoor interactive activities. Not to mention, the museum is located in three very cool historic houses and has 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center.

Take the Oregon State Capitol Tour: Visitors come to our state capitol to learn about the important events in Oregon’s state history, see the magnificent rotunda and where Oregon’s 30 state Senators and 60-member House of Representatives meet. Designated as the State Capitol State Park in 2007, the grounds surrounding the Capitol feature ornamental and native trees and shrubs. It is also the setting for the Walk of the Flags, Waite Fountain, Parade of Animals sculpture, a Liberty Bell replica, and a gazebo constructed in 1982.

Visit Bush’s Pasture Park: Salem Oregon visitors and locals enjoy leisurely strolls though this 90.5 acre park that features 4 playgrounds for children; a Municipal Rose Garden; Historic Bush Museum; plenty of trees and open meadows making this a wonderful stop.

Visit a local Willamette Valley Oregon Vineyard: In the heart of Willamette Valley you will find some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc!  Just a short distance away, one can visit Oregon’s thriving wineries and vineyards for an unforgettable experience.

Bring the kids to Enchanted Village: This beloved Oregon attraction/Theme Park located just 5 miles from our hotel. Visitors enjoy the mystical forests and handcrafted feel to this popular attraction. Kids will love the rides, story book lane, a Haunted House, roller coaster and Big Timber Log Ride.

Take in an Arts & Cultural Experience- We are thankful for the many local artists who share their creations in the exhibits that take place all over the city throughout the year. We are also very thankful to have access to amenities such as the beautiful Reed Opera House, The Historic Elsinore Theatre and the Historic Grand Theatre. These buildings and the performance that happen here are a vital part of our community.

And yet, there is so much more to mention! Please visit TravelSalem.com for a complete list of Salem, Oregon and attractions! Enjoy your visit!

Aug 30, 2011

Stomp the Yard!

Stompers and Swabbies Compete in last year's Grape Stomp

Ever looked at your feet and decided they were a little too clean? Could maybe use a little color? Or perhaps you just miss the feeling of smooshing things with your toes? Well, Willamette Valley Vineyards has the cure for your toes’ woes.

The 21st annual Willamette Valley Vineyards Grape Stomp is coming Sunday, September 24th-25th!

Teams of two compete in this fun-filled event. You and a friend decide which one of you likes to squish things with their feet more, and that person becomes the stomper, jumping, running, and pushing the grapes into juice. Your partner is the “swabby” responsible for guiding the juice through the hole in the barrel and into the jug.  So grab a foot friend and get stomping – the winner gets the glory of competing in the World Grape Stomping Championship in Santa Rosa, CA on September 30! Yeah, that’s a lot of grape stomping, but you could win a trophy and the right to call yourself the worlds best grape stomper!

Tickets are $10 and include a free wine glass and tasting.

There are only a few remaining reservations available, so call 1800 344 9463. Or, try your luck and just show up on September 24th.


  • Where: Willamette Valley Vineyards, 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner OR
  • When: September 24th-25th, 11am-6pm


Jul 29, 2011

Rhythm at the Mill

The Grand Hotel in Salem is proud to sponsor the Rhythm at the Mill events on selected Sundays from 2-6pm at the Mission Mill Museum at the Willamette Heritage Center. Rhythm at the Mill features live music, local beers, and a relaxing setting on the greens of the Willamette Heritage Center.

Tickets for the events are $10, $5 for members, and free for kids under 12 years. This week’s live music features blues singer Lisa Mann and Folk/R&B artist Lloyd Jones.

Both Lisa and Lloyd are very accomplished and respected musicians. Lisa Mann is the winner of the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Waters Award for Vocalist of the Year, three time winner of Bass Player of the Year, and CBA Hall of Fame inductee in 2010.

Lloyd Jones is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2007 and also winner of the CBAs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upcoming Dates and Artists for Rhythm at the Mill:

Sunday, August 7

2:00 pm: Kid & Nic Show – Blues/Rock

4:30 pm: Twangshifters – Rockabilly

Sunday, August 28

2:00 pm: Ivie & Mezier Duo – Blues

4:30 pm: Terry Robb – Blues

Sunday, September 11 - (Marion Polk Food Share Day. Bring non-perishable food items to show your support.)

2:00 pm: Sonny ‘Smokin’ Hess – R&B/Funk

4:30 pm: The DK Stewart Band – Blues

Call 503-585-7012 for more information or visit www.missionmill.org

Sep 03, 2010

Reasons to Visit Downtown Salem Oregon this Fall

September and October bring cooler yet comfortable temperatures and numerous events and excitement to Salem, Oregon and surrounding areas. This is a great time to plan a visit and take advantage of nearby retail sales and events, cultural events and wine tastings.

Downtown Salem is lush with shopping, food (over 40 restaurants), music venues, movie theaters, art galleries and more. There are numerous world class wineries just a short drive away.

Here are just a few of the event highlights we hope our guests will take advantage of this Fall! Please visit Travel Salem and Go Downtown Salem for complete local event listings

September Downtown Salem, Oregon Events

September 4 | 4pm-Close
Birds, Bugs & Brews
Brown’s Towne Lounge
189 Liberty St.
Artshow & Fundraiser for Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center
Featuring artwork by Kat Houseman and Verity Kent. Beer from McMenamen’s Brewer Jen Turner. Silent Auction and Live Music.

September 9 | 7pm
Progressive Film Series: Beyond Motor City
At the Historic Grand Theatre
191 High Street NE
Admission: Adults $3 / Students $2
Over the last 30 years, much of the world has moved on, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation and leaving America – and Detroit – behind. Congress will soon decide whether to finally push America’s transportation into the 21st century.

September 24
Cultivating Creativity 2010: Art About Agriculture
Mission Mill Museum
An art exhibit featuring works by artists who live, or have lived, in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. This exhibition is done in cooperation with Oregon State University and its “Art About Agriculture” collection. Continues through December, 2010. Free with Museum Admission

Every Wednesday | 5-8pm
Wednesday Wine Tasting
Grand Vines
195 High St NE (Corner of High & Court)

Every Wednesday | 11am-2pm
Farmers’ Market
Chemeketa Street (between Liberty and High St)

All Month
Oregon Artists Series Exhibit
Salem Conference Center
Event Info: 503 589-1700

Salem, Oregon Annual Events September
Salem’s First Wednesday
Downtown Salem

Wednesday Farmer’s Market
Downtown Salem

Salem Saturday Market
Downtown Salem

Silverton Farmers Market
Town Square Park, Silverton

Independence Farmers Market
Sterling Bank Parking Lot, Independence

Garden Gala
Historic Deepwood Estate, Salem

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer

Dazzling Dahlias
Frey’s Dahlias, Turner

Oregon State Fair
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem

Champoeg Pioneer Farmstead Day
Donald Mason Farmstead, St. Paul
503-678-1251 x221

Labor Day Sidewalk Sale
Woodburn Company Stores, Woodburn
503-981-1900 or 888-664-SHOP

Redhawk Winery Wine Tasting
Redhawk Winery, Salem

Cherry Hill Winery Labor Day Weekend Open House
Cherry Hill Winery, Rickreall

Labor Day Weekend at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Cubanisimo Vineyards, Salem

Outdoor Car Show
The Oregon Garden, Silverton
503-874-8100 or 877-674-2733

Annual Sublimity Harvest Festival
Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, Sublimity

Mount Angel Oktoberfest
Downtown Mount Angel

Le Tour des Plants
North Willamette Valley Region

Annual Antique Faire
Historic Deepwood Estate, Salem

AAA Member Appreciation Day
Woodburn Company Stores, Woodburn
503-981-1900 or 888-664-SHOP

The Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Festival
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner

Hop and Heritage Festival
Downtown Independence

Cooks Tour
Fairmount Hill, Salem

Annual Salem Oregon Events: October
Oregon Wedding Showcase
Oregon State Fairgrounds (Jackman-Long Building), Salem
www.oregonweddingshowcase.com or www.oregonstateexpo.org

Salem’s First Wednesday
Downtown Salem

Wednesday Farmer’s Market
Downtown Salem

Salem Saturday Market
Downtown Salem

Silverton Farmers Market
Town Square Park, Silverton

Independence Farmers Market
Sterling Bank Parking Lot, Independence

Dazzling Dahlias
Frey’s Dahlias, Turner

French Prairie Gardens Harvest Festival
French Prairie Gardens, St. Paul

Quiltopia & Quilt Show
Various locations, Salem

Handweaver’s Sale
Mission Mill Museum, part of Willamette Heritage Center, Salem
503-585-7012 ext. 225

Champoeg Apple Harvest Day
Donald Mason Farmstead, St. Paul
503-678-1251 x221

Salem Film Festival
Downtown Salem

Chef’s Night Out
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner

Annual Quilt Show
Old Aurora Colony Museum, Aurora

Annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Merriment
A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, Salem
503-371-3631 or 800-208-9514

Salem Home & Remodeling Show
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-364-1716 or 800-537-9396

Aug 30, 2010

Travel Salem Hosts Back to School Event on First Wednesday!

Plan to celebrate the a wonderful eclectic downtown Salem Oregon on Wednesday, September 1 for this month’s First Wednesday! First Wednesday is Salem’s favorite evening event, always scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. Events and activities are scheduled from 5 PM to 8 PM.

As a special back-to-school bonus, Travel Salem welcomes children (and their parents) of all ages with activities inside and outside the Travel Café.

• Salem Public Library’s master storyteller will be reading stories inside a special story tent.
• Trexler Farm & Cafe will be serving food samples and showing an array of their gift items.
• Hey Handyman will present preventive home maintenance tips and visitors can enter a drawing for a multi-purpose fire extinguisher for their home.
• Willamette Humane Society (WHS) will be sharing information for spay and neuter clinics. Visitors can enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Davenports Den – the WHS pet products store.
• Tigress Books (formerly Tea Party Bookshop) – book signing by Jessica Maxwell for her book “Roll Around Heaven: An All True Accidental Spiritual Adventure” Books $15 at signing.
• Rogue will be promoting a selection of their locally made beers.
• Willamette Valley Vineyards will be showcasing their wonderful sustainable wines. Wine tasting and Riedel wine glass for only $5.00. Also, receive 20% discount on all bottles purchased at the Travel Café. (Tasting fee waived for purchases over $30. Stemware not included.)

Contribute to Travel Salem’s “Absolutely Giving Back” program and help Family Building Blocks by dropping off new school supplies (crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, glue sticks, pencils, pens, scissors, construction paper, white glue, non-toxic white washable paint, or felt-tip markers). Thank you for your generosity! Support Travel Salem’s “Absolutely Giving Back” campaign and your local community by visiting the Travel Café (181 High St. NE Salem) with contributions.

Visit GoDowntownSalem.com for more information about First Wednesday!

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