The Gordon describes itself as an “art-centric” hotel and the description is more than apt. Over 160 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s wall, along with 75 additional pieces created by employees of Obie Hospitality.  (The Gordon is the third hotel in Obie Hospitality’s portfolio of unique accommodations, joining Inn at the 5thin Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.)

What’s more, in partnership with Eugene-based Harmonic Laboratory, an award-winning art collective, the lobby also includes a large-format digital art installation called “the Great Wall.”  The changing content spans two floors and 21 television screens, and often serves as a showcase for art students from the nearby University of Oregon. Live music, artists in action/residence, and other imaginative pop-up events are part of the hotel’s ongoing programming.

Guests are invited to express themselves artistically, too. The lobby Art Bar is stocked with supplies like pencils and watercolors, along with an industrial sink for cleaning up after acts of inspiration.

All this makes The Gordon Hotel, which is part of the 5th Street Public Market Expansion, an appealing setting for meetings that have creative brainstorming on the agenda.  The property features 3,700 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a spacious ballroom, break-out rooms, and an integrated outdoor terrace on the second floor that is committed to meetings and events. A dedicated on-site meeting concierge will service events when the hotel's primary restaurant opens later this summer. 

The Gordon Tavern, on the ground floor, will serve classic American comfort food with a Pacific Northwest flair, while Carlita’s Rooftop will offer of Mexican small plates infused with locally sourced ingredients, and an incredible view. Scheduled for opening later in 2021: a speakeasy-style den that’s accessed via a hidden entrance.

Construction has been completed on the striking new Gerry Frank/Salem Rotary Amphitheater.

Located in Riverfront Park, Salem’s premier downtown venue for outdoor events, the $4-milion amphitheater is a joint project of the City of Salem and the Rotary Club of Salem. CBTWO Architects based the structure’s sweeping wood “basket-weave” concept on the open-weave baskets of the Kalapuya Native American Tribe, whose history is an integral part of Riverfront Park’s land and culture. 


Blame it on the eight seasons of “Portlandia” or simply on the way people rave about the city when they return from visiting. Portland is experiencing a hotel boom. Collectively, the recent wave in hotel development has resulted in an increase in room inventory of nearly 50 percent since 2016.


The Edgewater in Seattle, a Noble House Hotel, lives up to its name. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 223-room luxury hotel sits over the water on Pier 67, a location that has attracted some of the biggest names in the music business, including the Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and, most famously, the Beatles, who fished from the window of their suite in a photo that became iconic.