Friends of the Grand Hotel, Weddings

Portland Couple to Receive Wedding of Their Dreams from Wish Upon a Wedding

Oct 27, 2010

One of the benefits of being in the hospitality industry is getting to know so many couples and hearing their story.  Our Group Sales and Catering Manager, Amber Templeton, brought this very special story to our attention and wanted to share with you.

Patti Furrow and Phil Sedgwick are a Portland, Oregon couple whose 12 year relationship has been tested beyond belief. The couple has faced numerous challenges that includes a cancer diagnosis for Patty, a cancer diagnosis for Phil’s mother, job losses for both, chemotherapy, and overwhelming hospital bills.

Despite these circumstances, Phil proposed to Patty on Valentines Day this year- and the couple became engaged after a 12 years together.

Patty contacted our hotel looking for space for her reception and spoke with Amber.  Her original wedding date was set for 10/10/10. Once they began chatting about the space here, Patti informed Amber of the reason for her quick wedding and shared her story.

Little did Patty know she was speaking with the Vice President on the board for the Portland chapter Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.

“It was at that moment that I knew the ‘planets had aligned’ and that she was meant to call me that day.” says Amber. “I told her about Wish Upon a Wedding, we went through the process and here we are, about to provide a very deserving family with the wedding of her dreams.”

It is with great pleasure to tell you that Patti and Phil will be married on November 12, 2010 and they are Portland’s first Wedding Wish Recipients.  To learn more about this wonderful couple, read their story: Cancer Takes a Backseat to Love For Two Racecar Junkies in Portland, Oregon

New Washington County Video Invites Travelers to “Come Play Our Way”

Oct 24, 2010

We love it! Our friends at Visit Washington County Oregon have done it again! They came out with another amazing video that highlights the beauty and diverse range of activities for travelers in our area. Appropriately titled “Come Play Our Way”; the video demonstrates that Washington County (that includes Tigard), Oregon is easy to get to and a great place to unwind  with golf, wine, tax-free shopping and more.  Watch it and see what you think!  We especially love the Bridgeport Village shots by the way!

Grand Hotel Bridgeport Recommends: Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest in Woodburn, Oregon Going Through October 31

Oct 11, 2010

Wooden Shoe presents Inaugural Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

Iverson Farms  is already known for their tulips and Oregon’s largest Springtime event- Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.  Now the Iverson family hopes their new Fall Festival, Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest, will bring as much delight to visitors each autumn.

The event kicked off September 24 and it will continue through the Halloween season ending on October 31.

The new fall Pumpkin fest will celebrate the harvest season first-hand by using sustainable practices. Attendees can pick and cook fresh sweet corn right from the field, purchase and grind their own wheat or watch it turned into pasta (the option will be to purchase the uncooked fresh pasta or buy it cooked to order for lunch.)

Festival goers can make soy burgers out of soybeans grown on the farm or select freshly dug potatoes (they’ll have plenty of those!) to buy fresh or to make delicious curly fries on-site. Of course, everyone can ride the cow train through the corn maze, select your own pumpkin to take home, plant tulip bulbs, make dirt babies, enjoy the ducky races, ride the horse swings, visit the autumn themed gift shop and while imbibing local Oregon wines and select
Oregon craft brews.

Halloween Haunting will take place in the corn maze for the braver souls on October 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 7p – 10p)
Where: 33814 S. Meridian Road Woodburn, Oregon, 97071 (near Tigard Oregon)
Admission: 13 & up $7, 6-12 $5, 5 & under Free, Seniors $5 (Included with admission, all the above including 5 paintball shots, 2 potato cannon shots and cow train ride)

Directions: Take the 1-5 Freeway to the Woodburn Exit 271. Travel east towards Molalla on Hwy 211 for 6 miles to meridian Rd. (flashing yellow light) turn right (south) Go 2 miles on the left is the entrance to Wooden Shoe Bulb Company.

Phone: 1-800-711-2006 or 1-503-634-2243

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