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Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Honored by Washington County Visitors Association

May 27, 2011

We Are Proud of our Awards! Thank you WCVA!

The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) honored 14 of its stakeholders during its annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards held earlier this month.   Winners of the WCVA’s 2010 Tourism Industry Awards are selected for their support of Washington County’s tourism industry, and for their continued efforts to enhance the tourism experience for visitors. Recipients represent those who have acknowledged the importance of the tourism industry, and have continued to support the industry, as well as the WCVA’s efforts to increase visitation to Washington County.

Awards were presented to a variety of businesses, each representing a key asset or market to the local tourism industry. The following awards are presented to attractions that continuously strive to provide new and exceptional experiences to visitors and guests:

  • Best New Asset: Tree to Tree Adventure Park
  • Agritourism Stakeholder: Smith Berry Barn
  • Retail Stakeholder: Washington Square
  • Specialty Retail Stakeholder: Stash Tea
  • Arts & Culture Stakeholder: Bag&Baggage Productions
  • Nature Stakeholder: L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
  • Winery & Brewery Stakeholder: Ponzi Vineyards

The following awards are presented to venues, facilities and organizations that have gone the extra mile to bring new business to Washington County, as well as their continued support of the WCVA’s sales efforts:

  • Meeting Venue: Jenkins Estate
  • Group Tour Lodging Stakeholder: The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Sports Event Venue: Horning’s Hideout
  • Sports Event Organizer: Tournament Golf Foundation (LPGA Safeway Classic)

The following awards are presented to properties who have continued to support the WCVA’s efforts by responding to WCVA-generated leads and sales requests:

  • Top Responder (Sports Sales Leads): The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Top Closer (Sports Sales Leads): Springhill Suites by Marriott Portland- Hillsboro
  • Top Responder (Service Requests): Embassy Suites- Washington Square

Central Oregon’s LITE 95.1 Giving Away a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport & Langdon Farms Golf Club Weekend Getaway on Friday!

May 18, 2011

Big news! LITE 95.1 (Central Oregon’s official Weekend Getaway station) is giving away a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport & Langdon Farms Golf Club Weekend Getaway to a lucky listener on Friday, May 20!

Want to win? Tune into LITE 95.1 Friday morning at 9:05am for the “Song of the Day”. When you hear it played again sometime before 5pm, be the 5th caller at 541-318-LITE (318-5483) and win!

Here is what the contest page has to say about us:

This week’s winner will experience classic yet distinctive elegance at the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, in Tigard. Located within walking distance of the Bridgeport Village Shopping District and fine dining, the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport features first class service and amenities. Each over-sized room and suite comes standard with leather furniture in the living room area, complimentary high-speed internet access, coffee station with organic Northwest coffee and local teas, and a double-sized bathroom complete with separate shower and tub.

This week’s winner will ALSO receive a round of golf at Langdon Farms Golf Club, courtesy of the Grand Hotel. Rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, Langdon Farms is home to 18 holes of stunning golf.

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Memorial Day Weekend in North Willamette Wine Country

May 18, 2011

Dozens of local wineries offer tastings, pairings and activities during Memorial Day Weekend.

Want to plan a memorable getaway for Memorial Day? Come to Wine Country!   The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is proud to offer wine lovers luxurious accommodations, free parking, free WiFi(helpful as you are planning your afternoon of wine tasting!), and a free chef prepared breakfast the following morning! What more do you need?  Book a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Wine Package and you will see what we mean!

The North Willamette Vintners roll open their cellar doors this Memorial Day weekend and invite wine lovers to experience the bounty of the North Willamette Valley. During the three-day holiday weekend, dozens of wineries located just minutes from Portland will welcome spring and kick off wine tasting season with extraordinary tastings, special events and entertainment.

“With our close proximity to Portland, we offer guests a truly authentic wine country experience easily accessible for a day excursion or a full weekend trip” explains Laurine Apolloni, President of North Willamette Vintners. “Guests can drive less and taste more in the North Willamette Valley this Memorial Day weekend”

Get the most of your holiday weekend:

  • Drive less, taste more. Avoid the long drive and congested roadways by visiting the wineries located in Portland’s backyard, shaping the northern gateway to Oregon’s wine country.
  • Discover new wineries. Experience a new label or visit a boutique winery not typically open for tastings.
  • Taste exceptional wines. Be among the first to enjoy new releases, barrel samples and paired flights.
  • Learn from the pros. Meet the winemakers and learn about the style, characteristics and unique attributes of their wine.
  • Experience wine country. Participate in a traditional tribal salmon bake, watch a live landscape painting, stroll along a garden walk, tour the vineyards, relax to live music and soak in the spectacular vineyard views while enjoying a picnic lunch.

For more information and to plan your weekend visit

Springtime Events in Willamette Valley!

May 07, 2011
Grand Hotel Bridgeport

Tulips in full bloom at the Woodburn Tulip Festival

Spring is in full bloom in the Willamette Valley. Birds, flowers, music, food and drink converge to create truly unique and enjoyable experiences for people of all ages.

For wine lovers, enter to win our Oregon Wine Tour package, and experience the best the Willamette Valley has to offer:

* free night’s stay in one of our beautiful jacuzzi rooms, plus a late checkout!
* $50 certificate for dinner at Agave Grill
* complimentary buffet breakfast
* vouchers for four premier wineries in the area

When traveling through wine country, experience the natural beauty of the area by taking the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. This beautiful 50 mile stretch of road is home to many of the areas wineries as well as local farms and spectacular mountain views.

Looking for family fun? The Woodburn Tulip Festival is has extended its season until May 8th, and offers some of the most spectacular varieties of Tulips anywhere! In addition to the breathtaking flowers, visitors can also take part in a variety of fun activities:

* pony rides
* steam tractors
* Tulip Cafe
* kids play area

For bird lovers, the Tualatin River Bird Festival, formerly the Migratory Songbird Festival, runs from May 12- 15th at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a newly expanded three-day event with lots of great hands on activities and experiences for kids and adults:

* family canoe paddles
* guided birding walks
* tours
* live music
* Native American presentations

We are pleased to offer a discounted rate to those who mention Tualatin River Bird Festival when booking a reservation. As always, our friendly staff is waiting to assist in finding the right activity for you!

Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Receives Two WCVA Tourism Industry Award Nominations

May 04, 2011

We were delighted to learn from our friends at the Washington County Visitors Association that The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport was nominated for TWO 2010 WCVA Tourism Industry Awards: “Top Responders, WCVA Sports Sales Leads” and “Hotel Stakeholders- Group Tour.”

All nominees will be recognized during the WCVA’s annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards event in Tigard, OR on Thursday, May 12th. This annual event is held in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week and celebrates Washington County’s tourism community.

Stay tuned!  We will keep you posted on the results!

About the Washington County Visitors Association
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a non-profit destination marketing organization (DMO), which markets Washington County, Oregon, as a tourism destination.

Visitors to Washington County include: business, leisure and group travelers, meetings, sports and event planners, and tour operators, among others.

Destination marketing outreach includes advertising, public relations, online marketing, tourism research and other activities, as well as stakeholder and tourism development, group, tour and tourism sales, and sports sales, and more.

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