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Green-Travel in Portland, Oregon

Jun 24, 2013

Credit: Travel Portland

More travelers than ever are choosing destinations that embrace sustainability, and Portland’s reputation as one of America’s “Green-ist” cities is growing.

In Travel Portland’s article Eco-Friendly Portland, Go Green on your Vacation the benefits of Portland’s passion for all things green take many forms:

  • One of the world’s best culinary scenes, bursting with fresh, locally grown ingredients;
  • Verdant parks and gardens in the city, and majestic mountains, rivers and wilderness all around;
  • Clean, accessible public transport, including a convenient light-rail connection between the airport and downtown;
  • Ample trails for hiking and cycling; and
  • An eco-conscious hospitality community that offers certified green accommodations, tours and more.

When we opened our doors in August of 2009, one of our objectives was to make The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport as earth-friendly as possible.   It makes us feel good as a company to reduce wasteful operations and toxic products. We also strive to do business with other companies who share our dedication to “green” business practices.  A few of our green standards are:

  • Using 100% recycled paper for all printed material
  • Utilizing eco-friendly cleaning solutions
  • Installation of earth friendly drainage systems
  • Energy Star appliances used throughout the hotel
  • Sleeping room towel and linen program
  • Recycling in all guest rooms as well as public areas
  • Use of compact fluorescent light bulb throughout the hotel

What are your thoughts?  We would love to hear your comments on our blog or on our Facebook Page and hear your ideas on how you think we can make our hotel even “greener”.

 Credit: Travel Portland

11 Cool Music Festivals to Enjoy this Summer

Jun 24, 2013

Summer comes alive with the sound of music!  Everywhere you go, there are music festivals for music lovers of all tastes. Here are a few to add to your list of events to enjoy this summer:


Bridgeport Village Concert Series

2013 Summer Concert Series Bridgeport Village every Thursday July 11th-August 29th 7-9pm. Whether your thing is Disco, 80′s, Beatles or what not, there is something for everyone at this free concert series in the center court of Bridgeport Village.  The best part?  You can walk there from our hotel!

Bridgeport Village Summer Concert Series


  1. Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts – June-August. Every summer, fans of folk, rock, world music and more stake out spots on the zoo’s amphitheater lawn, and enjoy performances from some of the hottest, most diverse acts performing today.
  2. Chamber Music Northwest – June-July. Pre-concert picnics are a standing tradition among the enthusiastic followers of this annual chamber music series. Since it was launched in 1971, the festival has grown into one of the most successful chamber music events in the nation.
  3. Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – July 4th-7th. The largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River takes place each year during Independence Day week. Portland’s Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park sets the stage with top national acts performing over five days. Large fireworks display on July 4.
  4. Mississippi Ave Street Fair – July 13th. A family-friendly block party offering more than two dozen live acts on four stages, a parade, a craft marketplace and local beer and foods.
  5. Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – July 18th-21rst. Founded in 1981, this three-day event is the now the West’s largest and oldest free celebration of jazz and blues. Held beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge, the scenery is almost enough to steal the show.
  6. Noon Tunes – July-August. For the 22nd year in a row, Pioneer Courthouse Square will host the ever popular Noon Tunes Concert Series that will entertain crowds of thousands each Tuesday and Thursday from Noon-1:00pm. The Noon Tunes Concert Series showcases some of the best in regional and local musical talent.
  7. Pickathon Roots Music Festival – August. For more than 10 years, the Pickathon Indie-Roots Music Festival has celebrated the music of Americana. Held at the historic Pendarvis Farm 20 minutes southeast of Portland, this three-day sustainable festival features alt-country, folk, bluegrass, rockabilly, jug bands and more on five stages. And attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments to play in a variety of workshops and jam sessions.
  8. Musicfest NW – September. This annual festival was established in 2001 to showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland. Downtown becomes a massive block party as wrist-banded attendees check out more than 100 bands at nearly 20 venues over the course of four days.
  9. 12th annual Northwest String Summit July 18- July 21. The 12th annual Northwest String Summit returns to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains. Don’t miss out on this great four-day show of live bluegrass and Americana music.
  10.  Summer Fest & Garlic Out West August 9 -August 11. North Plains, OR Experience two evenings and three days of good music, food, entertainment, and fun.



29th Annual Festival of Balloons in Tigard is Coming!

Jun 13, 2013

Festival of Balloons TigardSummer is here and that can mean only one thing.   The annual Festival of Balloons in Tigard is back June 21st-23rd, 2013 in Cook Park!  We are proud to be a featured sponsor of this very special event that attracts more than 15,000 spectators to our area each year.

Sure, the 20+  hot air balloons are the main attraction, but it’s much more than just balloons.  There are fun activities for the entire family that includes a carnival, exhibitors, food and much much more.

Want to watch the balloon launches?  Plan to arrive VERY EARLY in the a.m. to Cook Park.  Balloons launch from the field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ascensions are between 5:45 AM – 6:15 AM (weather and winds permitting).

You can get a 3 day-weekend pass at the gate for $7 OR you can purchase in advance a 3 day-weekend pass for $5 online. This ticket is good for unlimited access to the Festival for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids 6 and under are free.   Pets not allowed.

Festival of Balloons

Click here to purchase entrance tickets, parking passes, and carnival rides in advance. Be sure to visit  to see festival details.

Driving directions to Cook Park from The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport (via Google Maps)

2.2 mi – about 7 mins

1. Head north on SW Hazelfern Rd 102 ft
2. Turn right to stay on SW Hazelfern Rd 167 ft
3. Turn left at Lower Boones Ferry Rd 0.1 mi
4. Continue onto SW 72nd Ave 0.2 mi
5. Turn left at SW Durham Rd 1.3 mi
6. Turn left at SW 92nd Ave 0.5 mi

photo credit: bryceharrington via photopin cc

photo credit: bryceharrington via photopin cc

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