Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, have you made your plans?
Why not surprise your special valentine with a romantic getaway to “wine country” this month? We are located in the heart of Willamette Valley, recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world!
That is one of the reasons we have created special Wine Tour packages at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. This special package includes eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 of our partner wineries (listed below), one bottle of local Oregon wine, and late check out. This is the perfect way to make the most of the weekend by touring some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries and end your adventure with us for a night of relaxing bliss.
Our partner vineyards include:
- Cooper Mountain Vineyards
- Oak Knoll Winery
- Ponzi Vineyards
- A Blooming Hill Vineyard
- Ardiri Winery and Vineyards
Here is a sample of Valentines Day events our partner vineyards are participating in this year:
Join Alloro Vineyard, Ardiri Winery, Cooper Mountain and Raptor Ridge for a weekend of special wine tastings and pairings. If you visit all four between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16, you will be entered to win a “Wine Lovers Basket”, including more than $200 in wine accessories and pairings.
Oak Knoll Winery Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11am
Tasting wine straight from the barrel while it ages is generally reserved for VIPs at wineries. Taste wines from the barrel then enjoy finished wines to witness the wines evolution from the barrel to the bottle. These delicious wines will be delightfully paired to with a special selection of cheese and chocolate. The chocolate pairing will be by Smitten Truffles.
Ponzi Vineyards Taste Local Event Saturday February 8, 2014,12-2pm
A special tasting series featuring local artisans, once a month. This month we feature delectable fresh goat cheeses from Dundee-based Briar Rose Creamery.
Valentine’s Day at Blooming Hill Vineyard February 14, 12-5pm
Enjoy a chocolate fountain with tastings of wine from Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery.
With cozy tasting rooms and gorgeous views, the winter months are a great time to visit some of the Willamette Valley’s wineries. Visit www.willamettewines.com/events for a list of upcoming winter events and use the hashtag #bemineoregon to search for Valentine’s Day events and promotions throughout wine country! Here are some more wine events worth adding to your itinerary from the Washington County Visitor Association.
Smitten with Saké at SakéOne February 8-9, 2014 11am-5pm
Enjoy pairings of saké and artisan chocolate truffles in a romantic setting in this pre-Valentine’s weekend event.
The Wines of Love with Bag&Baggage February 9-10, 2014 7-9pm
Spend an intimate evening of wine, food and holiday-themed performances with the Bag&Baggage Theatre Company. Seating is limited; tickets available for purchase online.
Date Night at Plum Hill Vineyards February 14, 2014 5-8pm
Enjoy an evening of live music and wine tasting at this special “Date Night.”
Maialata: The Festival of the Pig at Montinore Estate February 16, 2014 11am to 4pm
Experience a pork extravaganza with Cathy Whims, chef and owner of Portland’s acclaimed Nostrana restaurant, with a meal of handcrafted (by you!) sausage and ravioli paired with Montinore’s wines, at this unique, hands-on celebration of food and wine. Reservations are required.
Bottle Up Your Love at Montinore Estate Februrary 15, 2014 12-4pm
Back again for 2014, this popular event allows visitors to make their own “love potion,” a custom-blended Pinot Noir, complete with a custom bottle and personalized label. Space is limited; reservations required.
For more events in February, including additional Valentine’s weekend happenings, please visit WCVA’s Events & Festivals page.
We could all use a little more drama in our lives (we mean the good kind)! This winter/spring, we invite you to treat yourself to a professional stage production at the Lakewood Theater topped off with a luxurious night at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport.
We wanted to make the arts more accessible to our guests, so we now offer an overnight package that brings you and a companion out for an evening of live theater in the Portland Oregon metropolitan area.
The Drama at the Grand package includes a pair of tickets to a production at the Lakewood Theatre Company and a discounted rate at any of our rooms. The glamor of a live production along with our luxurious accommodations will make a perfect night on the town for theater lovers.
The Lakewood Theater, the oldest continually operated not for profit theatre company in the Portland metro area, attracts more than 40,000 people to its shows each year. Here are some of the exciting and thrilling plays to choose from this season:
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Playing through February 16, 2014
Crimes of the Heart
March 7 – April 13, 2014
May 2 – June 8, 2014
Call 866-968-5757 for information on the package details and availability or click here for additional details.
Just because it’s a little chilly outside does not mean you have to stay in!
Oregon is a year-round destination and you can plan a fantastic trip to Portland any time of the year. In fact, here are just a few of the events that will get you out and about this winter season:
1. ChocolateFest – January 24-26, 2014
Chocolate lovers and chocolatiers come together at the Oregon Convention Center. ChocolateFest promises you the opportunity to sample, taste, savor, and delight in some of the finest chocolate from the Northwest and beyond.
2. Fertile Ground Festival – January 23 – February 2, 2014
Presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance, this10-day arts festival aspires to increase the appreciation for Portland’s lush creative culture. The event showcases play premieres, art installations and events, all created by local artists. Follow their events on Facebook
3. Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden – January 31-February 14, 2014
Celebrate the Year of the Horse at this family friendly event spanning over a 2 week period. Highlights include a lantern-viewing ceremony, lion dances, children’s activities, martial arts and cultural and historical demonstrations.
Lan Su Chinese Garden on Facebook
4. The 2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines – February 20 March 2, 2014
A multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event. Follow them in Twitter and Facebook
5. 2014 Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival – January 31-February 1, 2014
This winter event is a celebration of all things Oregon, but most specifically our wonderful Oregon seafood and wines. The 2 day festival features Fresh Oregon Seafood, Wines from 50 Oregon Wineries and Live Music. Follow them in Facebook
6. The 37th Portland International Film Festival -February 6-22, 2014
The biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare. Follow them in Facebook and Twitter
7. Timbers MLS Soccer Opening Day Saturday, March 8, 2014
Portland’s professional soccer team, The Timbers, 2014 season starts in March and goes until October. The Timbers compete in the MLS league and call JELD-WEN Field their home turf. Experience home games at the stadium (or watch a game on TV in one of the many bars that show Timbers games) and you’ll get to meet the fiercely loyal Timbers Army, and find out what RCTID means from the people who live it.
There is always something to do in this area, check these helpful resources to you plan your trip!