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Downtown Salem, Oregon, Welcomes Visitors with More Options

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When planning a conference or event, Salem, Oregon is a top choice for gatherings of all kinds. Those attending meetings at the Salem Convention Center can walk from meetings to hotels to dining to shopping to historic sites, or stroll or jog along the Willamette River. A central location, top-notch facilities, and attentive service make the Salem Convention Center a premier choice for meeting planners.

The Salem Convention Center

As Oregon’s state capital, Salem is known for its rich history and culture, nearby agriculture, and stunning gardens. The Salem Convention Center, conveniently located downtown, is close to excellent hotels. Also within walking distance are award-winning restaurants, shopping, historic landmarks, and unique attractions. Salem is just 47 miles south of Portland and 64 miles north of Eugene, with easy access off I-5. The Salem Airport (SLE) recently welcomed Avelo Air, which offers low-cost flights to and from Las Vegas and Burbank, California.

For out-of-town event attendees, nearby hotels are tailored for business travel. Adjoining the Convention Center, the Grand Hotel in Salem offers 193 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests can count on exceptional hospitality, comfortable rooms, an on-site fine dining restaurant, free Wi-Fi, a hot breakfast buffet, and free parking.

The newly opened 127-room Holman Riverfront Park Hotel Salem, just a block away from the convention center, is part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. With contemporary design, an on-site restaurant plus a cafe, the hotel “aims to provide a vibrant, connected, artful experience” to both business and leisure travelers.

While attending a conference in Salem, guests can explore the city’s vibrant culinary scene. Bentley’s Grill, in the same block as the Salem Convention Center, offers Northwest-focused cuisine, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. The Holman Riverfront Park Hotel Salem introduced Pacific Standard, adding another enticing dining destination. Conference attendees can also walk to nearby restaurants beloved by the local community such as Cozy Taberna, Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant, Taproot Café and Lounge, and Wild Pear.

Attendees can explore Salem’s vibrant culinary scene.

Beyond dining, visitors can explore Salem’s history, museums and art. From Salem’s Riverfront Park to the historic Deepwood Museum & Gardens, there’s no shortage of destinations nearby. Within a few blocks are historical landmarks such as the Oregon State Capitol, Bush House Museum, Willamette University, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and much more.

The Oregon State Capitol

The Salem Convention Center offers more than just a venue for events—it’s a gateway to experience the best of Salem, Oregon. With its central location, convenient lodging options, and nearby attractions, attendees at the Salem Convention Center will appreciate the well-equipped facility and the walkability of nearby destinations. Commercial airline service to and from the Salem Municipal Airport (SLE), along with more guest rooms in the downtown area make Salem, Oregon a premier destination for out-of-town meetings and conventions!