• CVB Spotlight: Get to Know Salem, Oregon

     
    POSTED October 28, 2019
     
  • CVB Spotlight: Get to Know Salem, Oregon

     
    POSTED October 28, 2019
     
  • CVB Spotlight: Get to Know Salem, Oregon

     
    POSTED October 28, 2019
     

Originally from Oregon’s Rogue River Valley, Debbie McCune, director of sales for Travel Salem, relocated to her new hometown when her son was young. In fact, the city’s kid-friendliness is one of the things that attracted her.

“I love that Salem is a family-friendly place to raise your kids, and there are a ton of things to do. Some of my favorite kid-friendly spots are the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, The Kroc Center, Enchanted Forest and The Oregon Garden,” says McCune. “Not to mention we have the Willamette River, which runs straight through our city. With Wallace Marine Park Sports Complex on one side of the river, Riverfront Park on the other (blending into the Minto-Brown Island Park) and walking bridges unifying the two sides, there’s an abundance of beautiful public space.”

One of her favorite things to do in the city is to explore its dining options. “There is something for anyone’s taste, from the collective of food trucks at The Yard Food Park to the Northwest-inspired cuisine at Bentley’s Grill or an extravagant dessert from Sweet Smith, Salem’s list of great eateries is always growing,” notes McCune. All the better to sate the appetites of delegates, hungry after a day of meetings spent in some of the city’s 450,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 30,000-square-foot award-winning, EarthWISE-certified Salem Oregon Convention Center. Salem also offers 2,140 hotel rooms, with another 1,000 within 30 minutes of the city.

Here are McCune’s top three things meeting and event planners should know about Salem:
» Salem is centrally located in the beautiful Willamette Valley in the heart of wine country. In 2016, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Willamette Valley its “Wine Region of the Year.”
» Oregon has no sales tax (shopping spree, anyone?).
» Parking at the Salem Convention Center is free.

With the NCAA Final Four tournament coming to Minneapolis, there's an abundance of events, activities and places that all visitors and Bold North natives alike will want to check out.

 

Population: 17,800

Location: The charming former gold rush town is located in the foothills of North and South Table Mountains and the Colorado Rockies, just 20 minutes outside of Denver.

Transportation: Golden is easily accessible by car or bike from all directions and connects with Denver via RTD’s light rail service from the West Line. Denver International Airport is only 40 minutes away

 

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