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Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of the 2013 Wooden Shoe Farms Annual Tulip Fest!

Apr 30, 2013

The  Wooden Shoe Farms Annual Tulip Fest  is one of our most beloved spring festivals in the Willamette Valley draws hundreds of visitors every year.  Sadly, there is only one more weekend remaining for the 2013 festival, and we strongly encourage you not to miss this special event that happens only once a year!

The Wooden Shoe Farms is located in Woodburn, Oregon (approximately 30 minutes south of  The Grand Hotel Bridgeport) and the festival will be open to the public each day through May 5th, 2013. Fun family activities and entertainment are scheduled for the duration of the festival! Visit the events schedule  for details.

Just look at some of these images captured by The Grand Hotel in Salem Marketing Manager, Kristi Reed:

Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location. Photo Credit: Kristi Reed

Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils! Photo Credit: Kristi Reed

There is nothing like the colors of the Wooden Shoe tulip fields in the spring.

 

Every day enjoy a variety of activities and events each weekend!

 

Directions to 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97071

Main Route
I-5 South to Exit 282A. Continue south on the Hubbard Cutoff Rd turning into 99E towards Woodburn for 10 miles. At the first stoplight in Woodburn, turn left (east) onto Hwy 211 towards Molalla. Follow this 3.6 miles and turn right (south) on S. Meridian Road. Follow 2 miles and we are on the left hand side.

Direct Route
I-5 south to exit 271 and the Woodburn Interchange. Turn left (east) towards Molalla on Hwy 214/Hwy211. At Hwy 99E, continue straight and follow the signs towards Molalla (Hwy. 211) for 4 miles then at the flashing yellow light turn right (south) on S. Meridian Road. Stay on Meridian for 2 miles and we are on the left hand side.

Plan Your Visit to the 2013 Oregon Wine Memorial Weekend Event!

Apr 19, 2013

Memorial Day Wine Country

Willamette Valley Wineries invites you to the 23rd annual Memorial Weekend event, May 25-27, 2013.

For the past 23 years, Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms throughout the region kick off the summer by opening their doors inviting the public to spend Memorial Day weekend  in Oregon Wine country.  Visitors can expect to partake in extraordinary tastings of the region’s acclaimed Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other exciting wines, vineyard tours, food, special events and entertainment.

Here’s your chance to explore wine country in a fun and casual setting or  spend the weekend getting to know the smaller or newer producers that are only open on Memorial Day & Thanksgiving weekends.

Now is the time to plan your visit by completing the following actions:

  • Request a copy of the printed Guide to Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, which includes all winery activities and a touring map. Simply email info@willamettewines.com to request your guide (distributed in early May). Please include your mailing address.
  • Plot your course with these wine tasting routes.
  • Get ready to sip with these wine tasting tips.
  • Sign up for a special Memorial Weekend Wine Essentials Class to start your wine tasting experience on the right foot.
  • Use the Mobile Wine Tour to navigate to your destinations, offering turn-by-turn directions to our wineries right on your smart phone.

Here are some tips from The North Willamette Vintners to 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 Willamette Valley Wineries Association.

Need a place to stay? 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!

Spring is in Full Bloom at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport!

Apr 03, 2013

Spring is officially here and the travel season has officially begun!  Everywhere you look there are festivals, wine tastings, performances, farmers’ markets and more!

Photo: Tualatin River Bird Festival

Photo: Tualatin River Bird Festival

There are numerous reasons to stay at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport, whether it is for business, visiting family and friends, a wedding, a reunion, or just to get away.  No matter the reason for being here, we encourage our guests to get out and enjoy what our local community and nearby towns have to offer!

We are of course just minutes from downtown Portland where you will always find a special event or festival, or you can explore some of these local gems (no pun intended!):

Gem Faire Apr 12 - 14 Washington County Fairgrounds Photo: Gem Faire

Gem Faire Apr 12 – 14: Washington County Fairgrounds
Photo: Gem Faire

  • 9th annual Storytelling Festival (April 13-20) featuring professional storytellers, workshops and more! Check site for locations; admission is free.
  • North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend (April 13-14) This annual event celebrates the best of Oregon Wine Country and features wine tastings, pairings, and entertainment, tours, hands-on activities, gifts and other locally crafted artisan products.

Wine Weekend

  • Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents Always…Patsy Cline (April 18 – May 19).   Based on a true story, ‘Always…Patsy Cline’ tells the true story of the country music legend’s unlikely friendship with fan Louise Seger and features many of Cline’s timeless hits.
Photo Credit: Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Photo Credit: Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

  • Favorite 5 Country Farms Spring Tour (April 19-21) Self-guided tour of farms in Sherwood, Tualatin and Wilsonville featuring friendly animals, good food, home & garden decor, art & crafts, antiques and more.
  • Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar (April 23-27) features more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted gifts, collectibles and antiques, gourmet foods, and garden, floral and seasonal decor.
  • Earth Day weekend (April 20-21) Various Earth Day activities and events are scheduled throughout the area.
  • Ed Asner as FDR” (April 21) Ed Asner stars in this one-man show as Franklin Delano Roosevelt for one night only at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
  •  Faire in the Grove (May 4-5) The whole family with enjoy the merriment at this medieval featuring food, performances, dance, music, storytelling, merchants, and more.
Faire in the Grove (May 4-5)

Faire in the Grove (May 4-5)

  • Tualatin River Bird Festival (May 18) A celebration of wildlife featuring outdoor fun and activities, entertaiment, guided bird walks and more at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
Tualatin River Bird Festival

Photo: Tualatin River Bird Festival

 

Check out the Visit Washington County Visitors Association Events & Festivals Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events. You can also visit the spring performing arts calendar and spring cultural arts calendar for more listings.

photo credit: eyeliam via photopin cc

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