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December 15, 2015
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Kara Kuh
Travel Salem
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Salem to Host 2017 ASA/USA Girls 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch Championships
City Receives Award of Excellence for Hosting ASA National Tournaments
 

SALEM, OR — The American Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball recently announced that Salem will be the site for the 2017 Girls 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship tournament. The tournament will be held July 30 – August 6 at Wallace Marine Park.
Approximately 100 teams from around the nation will travel to Salem for the 2017 tournament. Debbie McCune, director of sales for Travel Salem, estimates that the cash infusion from the players – not including family members – will be more than $1,092,000 over the seven-day period.
“We’re thrilled to host the 2017 Class A Fast Pitch National Tournament in Salem,” said Billy Powers, Recreation Softball Coordinator for the City of Salem. “We look forward to watching the high caliber of play during the tournament and to welcoming participants and their families to our area.”
At its 84th national council meeting and awards luncheon, which took place November 4 in Louisville, Kentucky, ASA/USA Softball also presented Salem with the James Farrell Award of Excellence for hosting two of the highest ranked softball tournaments in 2015.
To earn a James Farrell Award of Excellence, which is named in honor of former St. Louis ASA/USA commissioner and national office staff member James Farrell, the host city must receive an overall rating of 95 percent from the ASA/USA representative, the umpire-in-chief and the national office.
This is the ninth time that Salem has received the James Farrell Award. “We’re honored to receive this award, and we’re proud of our partnership with Travel Salem, which helps us attract outstanding softball tournaments to Salem year after year,” added Powers.
Salem is often referred to as the "Softball Capital of the Northwest.” Wallace Marine Park in West Salem is home to the first “star” softball complex designed in the nation, which features five playing fields and state-of-the-art amenities. The complex sits at the edge of the Willamette River and is a short walk across the pedestrian bridge to Salem's Riverfront Park and vibrant downtown.
The city of Salem has a long history with ASA/USA Softball and has hosted more than 20 National Championships. In 2016, Salem will host the ASA/USA Men’s C West Fast Pitch Tournament on July 15-17 and the ASA Men’s E Slow Pitch National Tournament on August 26-28 at Wallace Marine Park.

More information
For more information about the City of Salem’s softball program, go to www.softballcityusa.com. For more information about The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), visit www.asasoftball.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June, 2015
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Kara Kuh
Travel Salem
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kkuh@travelsalem.com

Global Greeter Network Announces Salem Oregon as the 100th Destination
 

SALEM, OR — The Global Greeter Network (GGN) is proud to announce Salem, Oregon as the100th destination in its networks. Salem joins cities such as Paris, Buenos Aires, London, New York, Berlin, Shanghai and 93 other cities throughout the world as an official Greeter destination, where thousands of volunteers worldwide share their personal insights and knowledge about “their city” with visitors. 

What is Greeters?
The Greeter program is still unknown to many people, but the concept is rapidly catching on throughout the world. In the last three months, more than 10 cities have joined the network including Sofia, Bulgaria; Sydney, Australia; and Vienna, Austria.

The concept is simple and based on the idea that most people are truly proud and passionate about their city.  A Greeter volunteer shares knowledge about a destination - not as a tour guide but as a resident of the city, sharing his or her personal story and knowledge about the history and culture of the city. Greeters follow a strict no tipping policy. The walk - or greet, as Greeter destinations call it -  is a gift from the host city to the visitor.

History
The Greeters program officially started in 1992, but was founded on principles introduced by the late Lynn Brooks, who was born and raised in New York in the 1920s. Lynn was troubled by the poor image of the city and decided to show people the “good side of her village.” Based on Lynn’s initial work, the Big Apple Greeters Program was born. Over the last five years, the Greeters concept has gained momentum as more people want to start a local Greeter organization in their community to build upon the services offered to visitors. 

Facts and Figures

  • At the end of 2013, there were approximately 50 to 60 destinations participating in the Global Greeter Network.  At the end of 2015, well over 150 destinations will be involved.  At the end of 2016, it’s anticipated that between 350 and 400 destinations will have joined GGN – representing a growth rate of 700% over three years.
  • As a mostly virtual organization, GGN receives no formal funding. All advertising is based on free publicity, social media and “word of mouth” marketing. 
  • Greeter services are completely free. Sometimes visitors do not know how to accept this type of service for free as they expect one needs to tip the Greeter but it is a completely free service. Greeters are willing to share their time and information with visitors because they love their city. 
  • The Greeter program works in partnership with local tourism organizations, based on the logical concept that the best ambassadors for a city are its inhabitants. This is the strength of the Greeter concept and likely the main reason there is a growing number of destination marketing organizations such as Travel Salem that are interested in setting up a local Greeter organization. Each destination marketing organization creates the digital infrastructure (i.e. website, matching the volunteer Greeter with the visitor, providing information) while maintaining the global concept. 

Greeters in the USA
Now there are USA-Greeter destinations in New York, Chicago, Houston and Salem, Oregon. Additional Greeters destinations are expected to be formed in the USA soon.

More information
For more information about the Global Greeter Network, go to www.GlobalGreeterNetwork.info or email 100members@globalgreeternetwork.info. For more information about the Salem Greeters program, please visit www.salemgreeters.com.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 21, 2015
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    Kara Kuh
    Travel Salem
    503-581-4325 ext. 24
    kkuh@travelsalem.com

    Absolutely Fabulous Awards Luncheon to Recognize Outstanding Tourism Industry Partners
    Historian John Ritter to Serve as Keynote Speaker

    SALEM, OR — Travel Salem’s sixth annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards luncheon – aka the Ab Fab Awards - will be held Thursday, May 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Salem Convention Center (located at 200 Commercial Street SE in Salem). John Ritter, professor and locally renowned historian, will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon and will discuss the history of Salem’s underground tunnels and passageways.

    The Ab Fab awards recognize tourism industry partners who went above and beyond in 2014 to increase the economic impact of visitors. The award recipients are movers and shakers whose collaboration, innovation and vision are “absolutely fabulous!”

    This year’s Ab Fab Awards luncheon is sponsored by Courthouse and the Salem Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to promote their businesses and enter for a chance to win door prizes and gift baskets provided by area businesses. The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 in advance or $23 at the door. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.travelsalem.com and clicking on the “Members” drop-down tab or by calling 503-581-4325, ext. 158. For more information, go to www.travelsalem.com

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    ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $511 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website www.TravelSalem.com***

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      April 21, 2014
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      Kara Kuh
      Travel Salem
      503-581-4325 ext. 24
      kkuh@travelsalem.com

      Absolutely Fabulous Awards Luncheon to Recognize Outstanding Tourism Industry Partners
      Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson to Serve as Keynote Speaker

      SALEM, OR — Travel Salem’s fifth annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards luncheon – aka the Ab Fab Awards - will be held Thursday, May 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Salem Convention Center, located at 200 Commercial Street SE in Salem. Todd Davidson, Chief Executive Officer at Travel Oregon, will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s awards luncheon.  

      The Ab Fab awards recognize tourism industry partners who went above and beyond in 2013 to increase the economic impact of visitors. The award recipients are movers and shakers whose collaboration, innovation, vision, product development and regional strategies are “absolutely fabulous!” 

      This year’s Ab Fab Awards luncheon is sponsored by Cherriots/Salem-Keizer Transit and the Salem Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to promote their business and enter to over $200 in local goods and services.  

      The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 in advance or $23 at the door. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 503-581-4325, ext. 58, or by mailing a check to Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St. NE, Salem, OR, 97301. For more information, go to www.travelsalem.com.

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      ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $511 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website www.TravelSalem.com***

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        March 10, 2014
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        Kara Kuh
        Travel Salem
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        kkuh@travelsalem.com

        Travel Salem Partners with The Hoop to Build Tournament Attendance in 2014
        Partnership Expected to Help Generate More Than $1.15 Million in Economic Impact 

        SALEM, OR —Travel Salem is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Hoop that will build attendance for the sports facility’s 2014 basketball tournaments.

        The Hoop’s expertise lies in the organization’s ability to execute and host national, regional and local competitions and sporting events at competitive levels that players expect. Travel Salem’s marketing expertise includes a collaborative approach that will enhance The Hoop’s current tournaments and assist with the creation of a new tournament.

        Currently there are nine basketball tournaments scheduled at The Hoop for 2014. Travel Salem will assist with the March 29-30 March Madness Tournament and the May 24-26 Double Pump Northwest Tournament, which are expected to generate an estimated economic impact (EEI) of $1,080,000. Travel Salem will also assist in the creation of a new December tournament, which is expected to generate an EEI of $72,000.

        Debbie McCune, Travel Salem’s Director of Sales, has been working with The Hoop on this united effort. “Group business such as this is needed in the ‘shoulder’ season (the period in-between a destination's low and high seasons) to drive business to area lodging facilities, restaurants, retail and other businesses. With more out-of-town teams participating, Salem will realize a substantial economic benefit, and we look forward to future tournaments building on the success of the 2014 events,” said McCune.

        Entry fees for out-of-town teams will be waived for one year to encourage more teams to participate. Representatives with The Hoop are confident that this approach will attract teams from surrounding states that might not have considered traveling for these tournaments before. “Once the teams experience The Hoop - which is one of the largest private facilities in the Northwest, with 51,000 square feet and 6 basketball courts and staff highly skilled in managing tournaments - they will make these tournaments an annual event,” said James Johnson, The Hoop’s Director of Operations. 

        Travel Salem will work with lodging facilities to conduct pick-up reports to help with tracking the economic benefit of the tournaments. Travel Salem will also provide marketing assistance (through TravelSalem.com, social media and public relations efforts) and visitor information to encourage tournament attendees to experience all that Salem has to offer.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $511 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website www.TravelSalem.com***

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        January 27, 2014
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        Kara Kuh
        Travel Salem
        503-581-4325 ext. 24
        kkuh@travelsalem.com

        Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon Set for February 20 

        SALEM, OR — Travel Salem’s marketing exchange luncheon will be held Thursday, February 20, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE in Salem). The February 20 luncheon, sponsored by Courthouse Fitness and Viva! Event Management, features Charles Humble, Director of Communications and Interactive Marketing for the Oregon Wine Board as the keynote speaker. Mr. Humble joined the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) in 2011 following a successful career in communications consulting at several agencies in the Portland area. In his current position, he is responsible for internal and external OWB communications as well as all online and interactive communications. During his tenure at OWB, he has established a strong track record of communicating the successes of the Oregon wine industry.

        Luncheon attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to promote their business or services and enter to win raffle prizes. The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 in advance and $23 at the door. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 503-581-4325, ext. 58; or by mailing a check to Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St NE, Salem, OR, 97301.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $511 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at 181 High St. NE, in downtown Salem, two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem and Mid-Willamette Valley Website www.TravelSalem.com***

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        October 21, 2013
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        Kara Kuh
        Travel Salem
        503-581-4325 ext. 24
        kkuh@travelsalem.com

        Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon Set for November 21 

        “State of the Industry”

        SALEM, OR — Travel Salem’s marketing exchange luncheon will be held Thursday, November 21 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill Street SE in Salem). Keynote speaker Angie Morris, president and CEO of Travel Salem, will discuss the current state of the tourism industry, highlight achievements and milestones from the past year and discuss how future trends will impact the local economy.

        Luncheon attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards for the marketing exchange table and enter to win prizes, including a “Woodland Escape” trail riding package from Into the Wild Equine Adventures and a giant basket filled with treats from Madrona Hills Ace Hardware.

        The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 in advance and $23 at the door. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 503-581-4325, ext. 58; or by mailing a check to Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St NE, Salem, OR, 97301.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $452 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at 181 High St. NE, in downtown Salem, two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website www.TravelSalem.com***

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        July 17, 2013
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        Kara Kuh
        Travel Salem
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        kkuh@travelsalem.com

        Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon Set for August 15 

        “Investing in Salem – One Entrepreneur at a Time”

        SALEM, OR — Travel Salem’s next marketing exchange luncheon will be held Thursday, August 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Illahe Hills Country Club (located at 3376 Country Club Drive South in Salem). Chad Freeman, CEO of SEDCOR, the lead economic development group for Marion and Polk Counties, will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon and discuss “Investing in Salem – One Entrepreneur at a Time.” Additional guest speakers include Steve VanArsdale, general manager with Garmin AT and Jessica Ritter, co-owner of Wild Pear Catering. 

        The marketing exchange luncheon is sponsored by Illahe Hills Country Club, Amtrak Cascades and Bookbyte. Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to promote their business and enter to over $200 in local goods and services. 

        The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 in advance and $23 at the door. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 503-581-4325, ext. 58, or by mailing a check to Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St. NE, Salem, OR, 97301.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $500 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at 181 High St. NE, in downtown Salem, two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website www.TravelSalem.com***

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        December 17, 2012

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        Kara Kuh
        Travel Salem
        503-581-4325 ext. 25
        kkuh@travelsalem.com 

        Travel Salem Hires New Public Relations Manager

        SALEM, OR — Travel Salem is pleased to announce Kara Kuh as the organization’s new public relations manager. In this role, Kuh will develop and implement public and media relations activities that promote Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and event business.

        Kuh has more than 11 years of experience working in nonprofit communications and public relations. Before joining Travel Salem, she served as the communications specialist for Willamette Humane Society for five years. Prior to that, she worked as the media relations and marketing manager for the American Cancer Society in Portland, Ore.

        A native Oregonian, Kuh earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. While studying at Pacific, she also completed a marketing and PR internship with the Washington County Visitors Association in Beaverton, Ore.

        “Kara’s many years of experience in communications and media relations will help us promote Salem and the surrounding area as a key destination for leisure and business travelers,” says Irene Bernards, Travel Salem’s Marketing and PR Director. “We look forward to her contributions and are happy she is part of our team!"

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $500 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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        September 17, 2012

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        Irene Bernards
        Marketing & PR Director
        503-581-4325 ext. 27
        ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

        WILD PEAR RESTAURANT & TRAVEL SALEM TO REPRESENT

        WILLAMETTE VALLEY AT FEAST PORTLAND

        World-class culinary event – September 20-23, 2012

        SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s world-class celebration of food and drink called “Feast Portland” will take place September 20-23, 2012 downtown Portland. Feast will be held in Pioneer Courthouse Square and hold events like the Sandwich Invitational, an Asian-inspired night market, high profile chef demonstrations, conversations with food thought leaders and a whole lot of eating and drinking.

        While Portland will be the center of this festival Salem has been offered the opportunity to shine and represent the Willamette Valley at the Travel Oregon ~Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Tent – Saturday, September 22 from 3:00-4:00pm. Celebrated Salem chef Jeff James, representing the Wild Pear Restaurant, will be highlighting a sample dish using the freshest ingredients from local family farm E.Z. Orchards. Chef James along with, sisters and co-owners of the Wild Pear Restaurant, Cecelia and Jessica Ritter will be on hand to talk to event goers and promote the agricultural bounty of the Willamette Valley and the Wild Pear. Kevin Zielinski with E.Z. Orchards will be serving tastes of their hard cidre and sharing information about their traditional French method of fermentation. Travel Salem representatives will be in attendance promoting Salem’s culinary scene as well as the amenities of the mid-Willamette Valley.

        “Oregon is a true cornucopia and the Willamette Valley is the corner stone of Oregon’s bountiful harvests,” said Irene Bernards, Marketing & PR Director for Travel Salem. “Marion County is Oregon’s number one agricultural producing county and we have the opportunity to showcase the delicious offerings of the region and how local chefs partner with farmers and unify agricultural assets into culinary delights,” said Bernards.

        Travel Salem approached the Wild Pear Restaurant about representing the Willamette Valley due to their commitment to local, seasonal and organic ingredients and how they use these ingredients in familiar and unexpected ways, whenever possible.

        “We are honored to be representing the Willamette Valley at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Tent, “ said Cecilia and Jessica, Wild Pear Co-Owners. “We are extremely fortunate to have Chef, Jeff James represent The Wild Pear and our Mid-Willamette Valley region. Chef James has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York and also selected for L'Ecole des Chefs in Lyon, France and the Oregon Bounty tour for the United States Dept of Agriculture in Japan. Chef James’ culinary culture and talents has paired well with our company where he has spent the last two years. With a diverse ethnic background of European and Asian descent, we embrace the flavors and styles of many cultures. Our food is best described as New American, which reflects the bold, bright and fresh flavors of our region and the world. We work with local farmers and purveyors to use product that is locally sourced, seasonal, and organic as much as possible.”

        For more information regarding Feast Portland visit www.FeastPortland.com.

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        ***Wild Pear Restaurant - Cecilia and Jessica Ritter have a knack for taking neglected properties and giving them new life. Their first project in 2000 was the circa 1900 Roberts General Store on River Road South and more recently, since 2004, the circa 1880 Adolph Block Building on State Street in Downtown Salem. Both locations are a reflection of their enthusiasm and passion for what they do. But saving old buildings is just a byproduct of their real business…food & entertaining.
        The sisters’ first entrepreneurial venture into the food industry began back in 2000 when they conceived of and opened Wild Pear Catering and Fine Foods in the old Roberts country store. After a couple of years cultivating a loyal lunch and catering clientele, the two young women were barraged with requests to provide a more full-service venue. And so, dinner service and Karl’s Place, their wine bar, was introduced in June of 2003. The demand for the sister’s food was so great that they decided to broaden their scope and in June 2004, opened Wild Pear Restaurant & Catering at 372 State Street in downtown Salem, Oregon, where they continue to remain the original “wild pair.”
        The Ritters make a dynamic business team. Cecilia’s career has largely been in the service and restaurant management end of the hospitality business, beginning in her late teens with service to beginning management in her early twenties. She continues to use her extensive food, wine and service knowledge in leading her team.
        Jessica’s background has been in the kitchen and catering service from running kitchens to managing catering companies. She has a culinary degree from Boston University, where she had the privilege of having Julia Child as one of her instructors and culinary mentors. Together, the sisters, create the seasonally inspired menus used throughout their company and together manage the large talented staff. ***
         
        ***Jeff James Bio - When James' early plans to become a professional drummer or DJ at a radio station fizzled and his only work experience was driving tractor and bailing hay he fell into the restaurant business where he's thrived for almost 30 years. His time as Exec Sous Chef at Salishan Lodge when it was the only 5 star/5 diamond rated resort in Oregon led him to Washington's Methow Valley as Exec Chef of the Freestone Inn then Sun Mountain Lodge. He returned home to the Willamette Valley to open j.james. After selling his eponymous restaurant of 10 years he's teamed with the dynamic duo of the Wild Pear, his wife Cecilia Ritter James and her sister/partner Jessica Ritter at their longtime popular eatery in the heart of the capital city. They've also been caterers to the Governor for the last twelve plus years. (James Beard House guest Chef. Selected for: L'Ecole des Chefs in Lyon, France and the Oregon Bounty tour for the United States Dept of Agriculture in Japan.)***
         
        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $500 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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        June 12, 2012

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        Irene Bernards
        Marketing & PR Director
        503-581-4325 ext. 27
        ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

        New Hours for Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center

        SALEM, Ore. - Beginning July 1 Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center will have new hours; Monday through Friday 10:30am to 3:30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.  These changes are a result of program realignment due to budget restrictions. Travel Salem will continue to maintain program continuity and delivery in a manner that is consistent with visitor expectations.

        “The new hours reflect the time of the day with the highest visitor volume,” said Angie Morris, Travel Salem’s CEO.  “Our professional staff serve as the region’s concierge providing Salem visitors with expert local resources and recommendations to help them explore what the area has to offer,” said Morris. The Travel Café Visitors Center offers wine tasting, ticket sales to events and attractions, GPS rentals, and customized itineraries to name a few.

        Travel Salem oversees a visitor information network that includes an official Oregon Travel Plaza located at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; as well as locations at the Red Lion Hotel, Salem Conference Center, Salem Airport, Amtrak, Lancaster Mall, Aurora Airport and the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.

        After hours visitors will be able to access the Salem Area Visitors Guide, maps and other high demand resources via an outdoor brochure rack. Travel Salem offers Wi-Fi services so visitor information can also be obtained by visiting www.TravelSalem.com.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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        June 12, 2012

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        Irene Bernards
        Marketing & PR Director
        503-581-4325 ext. 27
        ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

        Local Museums Launch Joint Ticket
        Absolutely Heritage: Four Museums for One Ticket

        SALEM, Ore. – Four local heritage museums have joined forces to launch a joint admission ticket. The ticket, named the Absolutely Heritage ticket, allows admission to all four museums for $20 and is being sold through Travel Salem’s AbsoluteyTix.com. The participating museums include the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Bush House Museum, Historic Deepwood Estate and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

        “Salem is rich in heritage,” said Peter Booth, Executive Director of the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.  “Be it the Native art at Hallie Ford, the historical legacy of the Bush family, the Victorian charm of Deepwood or the raw industrial power of the Industrial Age as it came to Oregon. This ticket makes it easier for the visitor and residents alike to discover the cultural treasures here within our community,” said Booth.

        The Absolutely Heritage Ticket can be purchased at Travel Salem (181 High St. NE, Salem) or through AbsolutelyTix.com.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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        June 11, 2012

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        Irene Bernards
        Marketing & PR Director
        503-581-4325 ext. 27
        ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

        TRAVEL SALEM NAMED TOP 100 BEST GREEN COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON

        SALEM, ORE. –– Travel Salem has been selected as a “Top 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine. Weighing in at number 84, Travel Salem was one of only five Salem area businesses recognized.

        “We are committed to maintaining a „green company‟ and are thrilled to be counted as one of Oregon‟s most sustainable organizations,” said Angie Morris, CEO of Travel Salem. “Sustainability is not only a philosophy, but it has become a way of doing business because „green‟ business practices matter to our customers.”

        Travel Salem‟s “Green Team,” a group of employees charged with making the workplace more sustainable, led the way in developing an eco-savvy culture with buy-in to sustainable practices. Travel Salem is certified EarthWISE through Marion County‟s business environmental assistance program, incorporating sustainable practices in the business such as recycling, reducing waste and saving energy. Travel Salem‟s Travel Café and administrative office was designed with sustainability in mind: using recycled and earth-friendly materials and features that allow for generous natural light, among other things.

        The 100 Best Green Companies in 2012 were selected based on Sustainable Practices sections in both employee and employer surveys completed last year by nearly 20,000 employees from 431 for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations.  The “100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon” is featured in the June “Green Issue” of Oregon Business magazine.

        Other Salem Businesses Recognized:  #7 Salem Conference Center; #37 Green Acres Landscape; #41 AJ‟s Auto Repair; #50 Cascade Employers Association; #64 Capital Auto Group & #84 Travel Salem.

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        ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          Salem Selected for 2013 BMW MOA Rally

          Motorcycle event attracts 9000 riders

          SALEM, Ore. – The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) has selected the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon as the location for their 2013 International Rally. The event will be taking place July 18-20, 2013. “We’ve had some really great events in Oregon in the past years,” explains BMW MOA president Greg Feeler. “Our Rally in Redmond in 2010 was one of our best ever. We are very excited about Salem next year!”

          In partnership with the Oregon Sate Fair and Expo Center, Travel Salem was instrumental in attracting the BMW MOA group to Salem. The Rally was initially bid on four years ago, and Travel Salem just recently hosted a two day tour for the rally event planners. The event has grown to average over 9,000 riders and offers its members a place to meet new people, as well as vendors who manufacture specialty motorcycle items. Event attendees can also test ride new motorcycles, or participate in one of 100 seminars and classes being offered.

          “The BMW MOA is the largest brand specific motorcycle club in the world that is not owned or operated by the manufactures.  They are a great group of people who are looking forward to their 2013 Rally and spending quality time in the Salem area,” said Debbie McCune, Director of Sales for Travel Salem. “Salem is a hospitable community and we want this group to feel welcome, enjoy the area, and come back time and time again,” said McCune.

          Founded in 1972, the BMW MOA promotes relationships between individual members and BMW motorcycle clubs, unifying smaller clubs across the US. According to BMW MOA, the economic impact of this group on the Salem area is estimated between $4 and $6 million dollars.

          For more information about the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, visit www.bmwmoa.org or call headquarters at 636-394-7277.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          May 23, 2012

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          River’s Edge Summer Series at Independence’s Riverview Amphitheater

          Featuring The Deadliest Catch, a Night with Capt. Sig Hanson

          INDEPENDENCE, Ore. – River’s Edge Summer Series will be presenting eight weeks of free concerts, movies, and events at the Riverview Park and Amphitheater in Independence, Oregon. Starting July 1 and running through August 31, the series features blockbusters like Cars 2 and Star Trek, concerts from local and out of state bands, and special events such as a classic car show.

          The highlight event will be a showing of the hit reality show The Deadliest Catch on July 21. Captain Sig Hansen will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience. The Discovery Channel’s, Deadliest Catch, has won four Emmy awards and is about the dangerous life of Bering Sea crab fishermen . A crab feed will start at 11:00am, with the show starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating. There will be parking at the riverfront.

          For more information visit www.independenceamphitheatre.com.

          For  tickets, contact Alex Trevino by phone at 503-508-6696 or by email at trevinoenterprise.12@gmail.com.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          Travel Salem Announces Recipients of Annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards

          SALEM, Ore. – Travel Salem is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 Absolutely Fabulous Awards presented at their May 17, 2012 Marketing Exchange luncheon.

          The annual Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) awards recognize people and organizations in the Salem area (including Marion & Polk counties) that have pushed the envelope and turned ideas upside-down and inside out to capture the best return on their marketing, collaboration, partnerships, innovation and regional strategies! They are Absolutely Fabulous!

          The eight Travel Salem Ab Fab awards were presented to:

          • Dwane Brenneman – Absolutely Dedicated Award
            For his dedication to Travel Salem and serving as the Association’s Chair 
          • BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn – Absolutely 24/7 Award
            For serving as a Travel Plaza visitor information center for the Salem area
          • A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village – Absolutely Hands-On Award
            For their Hands-On approach to supporting children’s education through fun; developing promotions that add to Salem’s vibrant community and quality of life; and working in partnership to attract visitors to the community.
          • Jerry Lauzon – Absolutely “OOM-PAPA” Award
            For his 20+ years as the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest’s volunteer PR & Marketing Director and his ability to bring people together for the good of the community.
          • Lancaster Mall – Absolutely Active Award
            For being active in the community and for the health of area residents (e.g. mall walkers program; serving as a visitor information location; tour & travel trade fair) 
          • World Beat Festival/Salem Multicultural Institute – Absolutely Global Award
            For their tireless efforts to support all cultures and celebrate diversity.
          • Enchanted Forest – Absolutely Inventive Award
            For 40+ years of innovation and outstanding creativity that has attracted millions of visitors to the area.
          • Nancy Stockdale – Absolutely Fabulous Award
            For her entrepreneurial spirit; creative thinking and her support of Salem’s cultural community.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          New 2012-13 Salem Area Visitors Guide Available

          SALEM, Ore. – Travel Salem unveiled the official 2012-13 Salem Area Visitors Guide. This 65 page, full color visitors guide promotes Salem as well as Marion and Polk counties. Trip ideas, attractions and points of interest, lodging, dining, events, shopping, wineries, gardens, agri-tourism, transportation, recreation and relocation information resources are included along with tour ideas and stories.

          “The Salem Area Visitors Guide plays a vital role in promoting the area for leisure visitors as well as convention and event business,” said Irene Bernards, Travel Salem’s Marketing and PR Director. “We distribute 140,000 guides to locations throughout Oregon and the twelve western states as well as Canada. Travel Salem is spreading the word that the Salem area is an authentic Oregon experience with culinary, heritage and cultural offerings and recreational opportunities,” said Bernards.

          Residents are encouraged to order a free Salem Area Visitors Guide by contacting the Travel Salem office at 503-581-4325 or information@TravelSalem.com or by visiting the Travel Café Visitors Center located in historic downtown Salem at 181 High Street NE.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          May 3, 2012

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          ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

          Travel Salem marketing exchange luncheon set for May 17

          Annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards Luncheon

          SALEM, OREGON – Travel Salem’s annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards luncheon will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Keizer Renaissance Inn (5188 Wittenberg Lane N, Keizer).

          Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and Chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board will be the keynote speaker. Following President Barack Obama's Executive Order laying out a strategy for increasing international travel to the U.S., Secretary of Commerce John Bryson tapped Oregon Tourism Commission CEO Todd Davidson as chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to help implement the initiative.

          The Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) awards will recognize tourism industry partners who have gone above and beyond in 2011-12 to promote the Salem area. These award recipients are movers and shakers who have pushed the envelope and turned ideas upsidedown and inside out to capture the best return on their marketing, collaboration, partnerships, innovation and regional strategies! They are Absolutely Fabulous!

          The cost is $18 in advance and $23 at the door.  Reservations are required by May 14.

          Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-581-4325 ext. 58; or online at TravelSalem.com; or by mail to: Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          April 26, 2012

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          Irene Bernards
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          ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

          Travel Salem’s First Wednesday Member Spotlight

          Celebrate Mothers and Experience Local Products and Services

          SALEM, ORE.– May 2 First Wednesday at Travel Salem will focus on Mothers and local products and services such as wine, food, flowers, handbags, specialty gifts and planting demonstrations. Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center will be open until 8 p.m. on First Wednesday and is located at 181 High Street NE, Salem.

          The following Travel Salem member businesses will be highlighted:

          • Adelman Peony Gardens will offer a drawing for 2 items:  a peony plant valued at $20 and a $20 gift certificate.
          • Alcyone Café & Catering will be pairing the following delicious appetizers:  Chicken curry salad on crostini - goes well with Pinot gris and Pinot noir.  Wild mushroom croissant puff - goes well with Pinot noir or other reds. Petite apple, sage, Swiss cheese scones - good with white wines, dry and off-dry.
          • Deb the Bag Lady will offer Mother’s Day savings on all four Miche bundles:  Petite, Classic, Demi and Prima. New releases available now! Visit Travel Salem to enter a drawing for your very own Miche bag.
          • Left Coast Cellars is proud to feature their award-winning, estate-grown wines during Oregon Wine Month! Enjoy complimentary tastes of crisp 2011 The Orchards Pinot gris, creamy 2009 Truffle Hill Chardonnay, bright 1010 Rose of Pinot noir and luscious 2009 Cali’s Cuvee Pinot noir. If you find something you like, bottles will be available for purchase.
          • Madrona Hills Ace Hardware will have a stunning array of gifts for Mom including plants.
          • Van Duzer Vineyards will feature their 2011 Rose, 2011 Estate Pinot gris, 2009 Estate Pinot noir and 2009 Dijon Block Pinot noir. Guests can enter to win a drawing for a tasting and picnic at Van Duzer. Included in the giveaway is a picnic basket, VDV logo wine glasses, lunch and tasting. The value is $185!
          • Willamette Humane Society will be welcoming guests to sign the “Paw it Forward” pledge. Everyone who signs the pledge receives a WHS logo bracelet.
          • Willamette Valley Vineyards will offer complimentary wine tasting and 20% discount on bottles.

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          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          Salem Will Host 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism

          Oregon’s Premier Gathering for Tourism Professionals

          SALEM , ORE. – Salem will be the host of the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism, April 14-16.  As Oregon’s premier gathering for tourism professionals, the annual conference attracts more than 400 attendees for two and a half days of educational seminars, networking, and to develop new ways to create the best Oregon Experience possible for visitors and the industry.

          Travel Salem, in partnership with the Salem Conference Center, responded to the Travel Oregon bid for a 2013 conference location. The Oregon Governor’s Conference has been held in Salem one other time – in 2009.

          “Travel Salem is pleased to announce that the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference will be held in Salem,” said Debbie McCune, Travel Salem’s Director of Sales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Salem and all of the wonderful offerings that make our city and region so attractive to leisure visitors, as well as meeting and event planners.  Travel Salem will be working with many businesses and organization to ensure another successful and memorable conference,” said McCune.

          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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          Trexler Farm Contact:  Nicole Miller
          503-949-7621
          nicole@wordsoutpr.com

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          Marketing & PR Director
          503-581-4325 ext. 27
          ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

          Trexler Farm Events Now at Santiam Golf Club

          Partnership for premier events started Feb. 1, 2012

          STAYTON, ORE.– At a Santiam Golf Club board meeting on January 16, 2012, Trexler Farm of Stayton, Ore. entered into a strategic partnership with the Golf Club in Aumsville, Ore. to use the club’s existing clubhouse for special events. The clubhouse, located at 8724 Golf Club Rd SE, has a capacity of as many as 250 people.

          “The goal of this partnership is to create the premier venue in the Santiam Canyon for tournaments, conferences, weddings, business functions and events,” explains Sharlene Trexler, co-owner of Trexler Farm. As part of this agreement, Trexler Farm will be exclusively hosting its large events at the Golf Club. In addition, Trexler Farm will help provide quality food services to all tournaments and related activities for the Golf Club and its members. The Sandtrap Deli, which just celebrated its two year anniversary, will continue to operate under the direction of the Golf Club board of directors. The board opened this deli with the purpose of providing food and beverages as a benefit to golf patrons.

          Trexler Farm has made its mark over the past few years by providing farm fresh bakery items; healthy, high fiber lunch options; and wine from the old Mehama Fish Hatchery. “It is so great to have such a beautiful location to use as a homebase,” says Trexler of the clubhouse. “I am extremely excited to bring the Trexler Farm charm to events happening at Santiam Golf Club.” Sharlene’s vision is to create a warm and welcoming environment for tournaments and events, much like what she’s established at the Trexler Farm Mehama Fish Hatchery. Best known for its Farm Store Café, Trexler Farm is home to many lunch gatherings, business meetings and special occasions. In fall of 2010, Trexler Farm opened the “Boat Room” for private parties and events. Since then, Trexler Farm has created a devoted following of many groups and organizations. Most recently, the café has catered events at other locations such as Anthony Hall in Sublimity and The Grand Ballroom in Salem.

          “The Golf Club has one of the best commercial kitchens in the Mid-Willamette Valley,” Golf Club president Peter Whitney says. “This partnership will help us utilize the kitchen through a top-notch catering business. It looks like a win-win situation for both parties. This should draw people to the golf course for events, as well as to play golf.”For more information or to book an event, call Sharlene Trexler at 503.859.4488. The Sandtrap Deli’s winter hours are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sunday and Tuesday). To learn more, visit www.trexlerfarm.com orwww.santiamgolfclub.com.

          About Trexler Farm
          Sharlene and Kirk Trexler started selling retail Christmas trees in 2002 under the business name “Trexler Farm.”  In 2005, they expanded Trexler Farm by adding the bakery kitchen for customers of the farm. Located at 20146 Ferry Road SE in Stayton, Ore., the Farm Store Café serves the Mid-Willamette Valley and Santiam Canyon. The Café features fresh and fabulous fare, locally produced farm products and food. Trexler Farm Store Café and bakery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; it is also available on weekends and evenings by private appointment or reservation. To reserve a date, please contact Sharlene Trexler at 503.859.4488 or trexlerfarm@wvi.com.

          ***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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