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Let us Help You Keep Your Cool for Back-to-School

Aug 30, 2013

Back to School

September is almost here and for many of you, it is time again for a new school year, which means it is time to stock up on supplies, electronics, backpacks, clothes, shoes, socks and more!

We want to help you get your star student off to a great start this year by showing you where you can find great back-to-school deals that are also TAX FREE! That’s right, there is no sales tax in Oregon on goods and services!

Below, learn more about some of our most popular and diverse shopping destinations perfect for back-to-school shoppers:

Bridgeport Village

Not only is Bridgeport Village across the street from our hotel (really, it is) this popular shopping destination is a mix of upscale and local retailers. Be sure to check out the children’s section of Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF FIFTH where you will find incredible bargains. You will also find other popular retailers like American Apparel, Urban Outfitters and Free People along with an18-screen IMAX Theater where you can unwind at the end of the day. Tip: Book the Grand Hotel Shopping Package and you will receive a $25 GiftCard to Woodburn Premium Outlets or Bridgeport Village!

Bridgeport Village photo credit: camknows via photopin cc

Bridgeport Village

Bridgeport Village

Woodburn Premium Outlets

Conveniently located right off of Interstate 5 between Portland and Salem, this popular Woodburn, Oregon outlet mall is the largest outlet center in Oregon. Here, you will find impressive savings at over 110 outlet stores like Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Disney Store Outlet, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, Gap, J.Crew, Max Studio, Nautica, Nike, The North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. Tip: Book the Grand Hotel Shopping Package and you will receive a $25 GiftCard to Woodburn Premium Outlets or Bridgeport Village!

Photo Source: www.tripadvisor.com

Woodburn Premium Outlets

Washington Square

This Tigard shopping mall features all of the biggest department stores including a multi-level Nordstrom’s (the largest in the state)! Shoppers can find great back-to-school savings at stores like JCPenney, Macys, and Sears and more.
Smart Tip from WVCO: Washington Square Mall absolutely loves visitors. At the guest services center, bust out your out-of-area I.D. for a complimentary “Shopping & Dining Rewards” coupon book full of savings.  Photo Source: WCVA

Washington Square

Washington Square

The Streets in Hillsboro, Oregon

This destination is worth the short drive from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport! The latest fashion trends can be found at affordable prices in stores like H&M, Crazy 8, Charming Charlie, and more.

The Streets of Tanasbourne in Hillsboro

The Streets of Tanasbourne in Hillsboro

Story Source: www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com

adidas photo credit: BrittneyBush via photopin cc

Local Events to Inspire You to “Fall” for Portland & Washington County Oregon!

Aug 23, 2013
Photo Source: Oregon Renaissance Festival

Photo Source: Oregon Renaissance Festival

Fall is just around the corner, and the local festivals and fun is just getting started!  Here is a local round up of some of the many events happening Labor Day through the end of September!  Let us help you plan your trip!  Please feel free to contact us and inquire about one of our many hotel packages and specials.

Late Summer/Early Fall Events in Portland

Source www.travelportland.com

Art in the Pearl – Labor Day weekend
Beginning August 31 through September 2, 2013 more than 130 artists will gather in the North Park Blocks, with food vendors, musicians and family activities rounding out the offerings. Considered one of the nation’s premier art festivals, Art In The Pearl features the jury-selected work of artists from across the USA and Canada.

Musicfest NW – September 3-8, 2013
Now in it’s thirteenth year, MusicfestNW will showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland.

Feast Portland – September 19-22, 2013
Portland’s own world-class celebration of food, drink and everything else that makes Portland awesome. At the heart of the festival is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and in our country. This international culinary festival taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs — and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world — to make the most of Oregon’s bounty.

Coming up at Bridgeport Village

Very Engaging Bridal Event Sept. 29 from 11am-4pm. Presented by Portland Bride & Groom magazine and Bridgeport Village.
More than 100 retailers and wedding professionals for all your wedding needs…Shop, sip, and savor your way through Bridgeport Village as you connect with over 100 retailers and wedding professionals.

Late Summer/Early Fall Events in Oregon’s Washington County

Source: www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com

Just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon’s Washington County offers events ranging from wine tasting and farmers’ markets to live music and community festivals. Enjoy unique festivals every season in Washington County, guaranteed to offer seasonality, community and entertainment. The autumn months give way to a host of agricultural harvest, wine and food festivals.

Oregon Renaissance Festival Open Weekends & Labor Day August 24 – September 29, 2013 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
The village of Hillsboro recreates a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment weekends beginning in August through September. Enjoy talented artists, non-stop amazing stage entertainers, food, crafts, pageantry and more.  History comes alive with this renaissance of the Renaissance!

First Wednesday Wed, September 4, 2013 in Forest Grove, OR
First Wednesday on Main Street in Forest Grove offers fun, community events, vendors, and activities to enjoy. Shop the Farmers’ Market, view the works of artists, taste wines and be entertained with live music. It’s great way to celebrate Forest Grove!

Apple Harvest Festival September 28, 2013 Tigard, OR
The Apple Harvest Festival comes alive at The John Tigard House Museum with live music, quilt evaluations, a display of historic farm tools and, of course, traditional apple cider. The band, Fadedblue, will be performing and Amelia Endorf, a quilt evaluator, will be on hand answering quilt questions. If you have a favorite historical quilt, bring it along and she will tell you when it was stitched, with what materials, what occasion and even how many people worked on it.

Whole Farm Dinner at Alloro Vineyard Sat, September 7, 2013 Sherwood, OR
Award-winning Chef Jason Barwikowski, Executive Chef of the Woodsman Tavern, will prepare a feast with over 90% of the ingredients sourced from the Alloro Vineyard. This intimate candlelit dinner will be centered around Spring Lamb and glorious summer vegetables and fruits, paired with estate wines. The dinner is $125/person and seating is limited to 30 people. Contact the winery to sign up for this delicious event.

Plan Your Trip with the NEW Washington County Visitors Association 2013-2014 Official Visitor Guide!

Aug 18, 2013

Oregon's Washington County and the Washington County Visitors Association. - See more at: http://www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Media-Press/Press-Releases#sthash.dKqj5w8f.dpufThere is an saying that goes “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and we don’t want you to fail to have a wonderful time during your visit to our area!

In fact, we try to go out of our way to make sure our guests are having a wonderful visit and taking advantage of the many amenities and attractions in the Washington County Oregon area.

Whether you are visiting for a wedding, tax-free back to school shopping, Oregon wine tours, business, family or just to get away; we strongly encourage you to order or download a FREE copy of of the The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA)’s 2013-2014 Official Oregon’s Washington County Visitor Guide.

Complete with new and updated information and features, the guide provides an overview of the myriad attractions, wineries, outdoor adventure spots, restaurants and lodging facilities in Washington County.

New this year are introductions to area winemakers, information about annual wine events, feature stories about the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route and the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway and much more. In addition to the informative articles, the guide features images of the several of the county’s tastemakers and the diverse landscapes of Washington County, as well as new maps.

The WCVA publishes 150,000 guides annually, which are distributed at various locations throughout the state, including the Oregon Welcome Centers, Portland International Airport, Travel Portland’s Visitor Information Center, and chambers of commerce, wineries and other tourism-related businesses, as well as via Certified Folder Display Services. The WCVA also distributes several thousands of visitor guides, fulfilling requests from potential visitors, advertising lead programs and for distribution at events throughout the year.

The complimentary Official Washington County Visitors Guide may be requested online at oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Request-Visitor-Information, or by calling 503-644-5555, toll-free 800-537-3149 or by emailing info@wcva.org.  You can also view a digital copy by clicking here.

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