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Make Your Reservations Now for Memorial Day Weekend in Oregon’s Wine Country

Apr 15, 2014
Photo Source: Willamette Valley Wineries - Oregon Facebook page

Photo Source: Willamette Valley Wineries – Oregon Facebook page

 There is no better place to celebrate the beginning of summer than in Oregon’s wine country.  We are fortunate to be near the heart of Willamette Valley, one of Oregon’s leading wine regions and home to more than 300 wineries.

The valley extends hundreds of miles along the Willamette River from the Portland area to south of Eugene.  It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.

Relax and unwind by booking one of the wine tour packages at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport! Many of the Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms, including our wine tour package partners,

will open their doors to the public for special tastings, food, entertainment, tours and more during the Memorial Day Weekend: May 23-25, 2014.

This annual event features tastings of new releases, barrel samples, food pairings, live music and other activities. Tasting fees vary from $5-20, and each year, several wineries donate a portion of proceeds to a designated, local charity.  Be sure to check with each winery for individual schedules. See a list of wineries in Oregon’s Washington County.

Make your reservations now! Please call us toll-free at: 866-968-5757

Here are some valuable resources via Willamette Valley Wineries to help you make the most of your wine country getaway.  Some of these tools include

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.

Have the Wedding of Your Dreams…..Five Wedding Venues Right in Our Backyard!

Mar 27, 2014
Source: Lee Farms Facebook

Source: Lee Farms Facebook

When it comes to planning a wedding, location and timing are two of the most important factors. Fortunately for couples planning their nuptials in Oregon, there is no shortage of picturesque locations that will make your wedding day as special as you always dreamed it would be.  Whether you are searching for rustic beauty or an elegant setting, there is something for all tastes and budgets.

In the cities of Tigard and Tualatin, you will find everything from world class wineries to historic homes and elegant ballrooms right in our back yard.  Here are just a few examples of stunning wedding venues in close proximity to our hotel.  Source:  www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Weddings

Lee Farms in Tualatin, OR
Lee Farms offers several different spaces to entertain and host events. A bakery onsite can provide food for meetings and several food packages are available to groups. Weddings of up to 100 can be held inside a barn on the property and weddings of almost any size can be held outside on the grounds.

Patricia D. Whiting Hall in Metzger Park in Tigard, OR
Metzger Park is a seven-acre, fully-accessible park set in a forest environment conveniently located only two minutes from Washington Square. Metzger Park Hall can accommodate weddings, receptions, parties and much more. Facilities include a 1,200-square-foot room with sliding glass doors to a patio (accommodates 100-150 people), a 600-square-foot room with sliding glass doors to the park (accommodates 50-75 people), a large kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave and 100-cup coffee maker, two fully-accessible restrooms, twenty six-foot rectangular folding tables and 125 folding chairs.

The Ballroom Dance Company in Tigard, OR
The Ballroom Dance Company offers 3 elegant full-size ballrooms to choose from, plus a full-service kitchen for weddings and private parties. Features: Outside Catering Allowed, AV Equipment Available

Tigard Grange No 148 in Tigard, OR
Tigard Grange No. 148 is a historical site offering space for events such as parties, receptions, weddings, dinners and shows. It has a stage, a dance floor a dining hall and a kitchen.

Tualatin Heritage Center in Tualatin, OR
The Tualatin Heritage Center is managed by the Tualatin Historical Society in partnership with the City of Tualatin and is available for rent.   What was once the city’s oldest church is now a family learning center to interpret the area’s rich and colorful history, celebrate its diverse cultures, share its creative endeavors and teach about the natural environment of the Tualatin area. It’s perfect for weddings, receptions, and meetings.

Here are some additional resources to help you plan the perfect wedding in Oregon’s Washington County:

  • Visit the Washington County Visitor’s Association list of local venues. The WCVA’s Wedding Wonderland Page contains great suggestions for vineyards and other unique and special locations well suited for for your big day!
  • Consider Hosting Rehearsal Dinners, Showers and Parties at Bridgeport Village. We love Bridgeport Village because it is elegant, unique, service oriented and convenient to our guests.  The center also provides a variety of popular restaurants to suite any taste and budget.  You may also want to consider booking one of their specialty salons and spas to pamper your bridal party on the big day!
  • Consider the Service Options Available at The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport.   There are numerous reasons we are a great choice to host your important event. Wedding guests love our amenities (Free WiFi, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Workout room, and hot breakfast buffet to name a few). Our committed staff will provide the outstanding service you deserve to make your day perfect.  We also offer special group rates when you reserve a block of rooms.
  • Utilize Local Wedding Planners and Search for Vendors Recommended by the WCVA and Local Merchants.   Visit the WCVA Wedding Venue and Services Finder to locate the perfect venue and find caterers, photographers and more.

 

Travel Portland is Your Guide for the “Portlandia” Tour

Mar 18, 2014
Source: IFC's Portlandia on Facebook

Source: IFC’s Portlandia on Facebook

We all love Portland, and it’s a lot of fun to sometimes laugh at ourselves which is one of the many reasons why Portlandia on IFC  is so popular!

Now in it’s 4th season, Fred Armison and Carrie Brownstein are back and funnier than ever. Maybe it’s because they are so spot on!

If you are a fan of the show like we are, consider taking your own tour of “Portlandia” with Travel Portland as your guide. Since our hotel is located just 20 minutes from downtown where many of the scenes are shot, this is an easy trip to make.

Travel Portland breaks down their “Portlandia” itinerary by season’s 1-3. Here are a few of the suggested locations you can find in their guide:

  • “Put a Bird on It” was filmed at Land Gallery on North Mississippi Avenue where you will find plenty of eclectic art, gifts, clothes and of course birds. Click here to watch it.
  • “Mixologist” (hilarious sketch featuring Armison’s SNL castmate Andy Samberg) was filmed at North Portland’s Mint/820, a swanky spot known for their happy hour and a tempting food menu to complement it’s dynamic cocktail list. Click here to watch it.
  • Toni and Candace’s “Women and Women First Bookstore” sketches are filmed at In Other Words, a volunteer-run, nonprofit, feminist community center and bookstore, on Northeast Killingsworth Street.
Source: IFC's Portlandia on Facebook

Source: IFC’s Portlandia on Facebook

These are only a few of the fun locations you will find on Travel Portland’s Portlandia tour! Click here to visit them and plan your Portlandia trip today!

About Travel Portland
Travel Portland works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. A private non-profit destination marketing organization with more than 1,000 partner businesses, Travel Portland operates a busy visitor information center, supports a climate of year-round hospitality, and helps our city, state and region reap the rewards of a thriving visitor industry.

About Portlandia
Portlandia is a follow up to the Fred Armisen (SNL)/Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) comedy collaboration, Thunderant. In the IFC series (executive- produced by Lorne Michaels), the pair lovingly skewer the people and values of Portland, Ore. by introducing us to Portland archetypes like a militant bike messenger, feminist bookstore owners and an arts & crafts couple who “put birds on things.”

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend Coming Soon!

Feb 28, 2014

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend

How does a weekend exploring Oregon wine country while enjoying complimentary wine tastings, pairings, entertainment, and activities sound to you? Pretty nice, huh?

Members of the North Willamette Vintners (NVW) invite you to spend the weekend of April 12th–13th doing just that! From experienced wine lovers to novice wine tasters, the North Willamette Wine Trail has something for everyone.

The North Willamette Vintners represents independent wineries crafting fine wines in the northern boundary of Willamette Valley’s wine region.

You will find NVW wineries and vineyards easily accessible for either a weekend trip or a day excursion. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland, in the nearby communities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro and Tigard.

Need a place to stay? We can help with that! Make it a completely blissful weekend by booking The Grand Hotel Bridgeport Wine Tour Package. Please call us toll-free at 866-968-5757 for rates and availability.

Don’t Miss the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend
April 12–13, 2014 11:00am–4:00pm
$45 full-weekend, $30 Sunday only, $10 DD weekend

North Willamette Valley Wine Country

Discover each individual winery through tours, one-of-a-kind demonstrations, and hand-on activities. Guests will also enjoy handcrafted foods, gifts and other products by local artisans at our wineries for this special weekend.

To purchase your tickets, visit shop.northwillamettevintners.org

For more information or a list of member wineries, please call 503-941-0609 or visit www.nwvintners.org. Follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook and Twitter at @NWVintners.

Photos by Kristi Reed

Washington County Visitors Association Can Help You Plan the Perfect Oregon Getaway!

Feb 20, 2014

If you are like most people, you are probably ready for a relaxing vacation getaway!  The good news is spring and summer will be here soon it and it’s time to start planning!

You know what they say….”Failing to plan is planning to fail” and when it comes to getting quality R & R, you don’t want to fail!!

There are numerous Oregon travel resources available to help you plan your Oregon adventure like Travel Oregon, Travel PortlandDowntown Portland, and many more.  However, this month we are spotlighting our very own Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA).

Not long ago, WCVA launched a series of helpful interactive videos intended to give you a visual experience of the many destinations and attractions here in Washington County Oregon. This is a great resource to you plan your trip so we invite you to relax, escape or explore Oregon’s Washington County through this amazing series.

Where will your adventure take you?

ABOUT OREGON’S WASHINGTON COUNTY Oregon’s Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast. The destination covers 727 square miles and includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. Washington County is home to world-class golf courses, award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries, an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, lush, natural and scenic wetlands and wildlife preserves, superb dining, and myriad shopping. For more information, visit the Washington County Visitors Association’s official destination website.

 

Wine Tour Package Winery Spotlight of the month: Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Feb 12, 2014
Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Willamette Valley is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world. This is why we have partnered with some of our finest local wineries to bring the ultimate Oregon wine tasting experience to our guests.

In this post, we shine the spotlight one of our Wine Tour Package partner vineyards, Cooper Mountain Vineyards located in Beaverton, Oregon.

Nestled on the western slopes of an extinct volcano, Cooper Mountain Vineyards operates by a simple philosophy: wine is memory of land.

The vineyard was founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine when they planted their first Pinot and Chardonnay vines. Today Cooper Mountain Vineyards farms 123 acres scattered throughout the Northern Willamette Valley and offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines.

Their tasting room, located at 20121 SW Leonardo Ln. in Beaverton, is open from noon to 5pm daily. For more information, you can contact them by calling (503) 649-0027 or email them at info@coopermountainwine.com.

Be sure to like them on Facebook for updates and to see more photos like these:

Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine, founded Cooper Mountain Vineyard in 1978.

Dr. Robert Gross and wife, Corrine, founded Cooper Mountain Vineyard in 1978. Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Cooper Mountain offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines.

Cooper Mountain offers certified organic and biodynamic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay wines. Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Photo @ Cooper Mountain Vineyards

 

When you reserve a Wine Tour Package at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, not only will you tour some of the valley’s finest vineyards and wineries, you will enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our luxurious guest rooms or suites only steps away from the shopping and dining amenities at Bridgeport Village.

Our Wine Tour Package includes complimentary tastings to the winery of your choice, one bottle of local Oregon wine, Gourmet Moonstruck Chocolates and a late check out of 1pm (so sleep in!).

Our partner vineyards include: Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Oak Knoll Winery, Ponzi Vineyards, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Ardiri Winery and Vineyards. Packages are self-guided however we also work with Grape Escape, a local Wine Tour operator who provides transportation and guidance for an additional charge. Please contact them for the details. Click here to book our Wine Tour Package or call the Front Desk at 866-968-5757.

Some of the other hotel packages offered at the Grand Hotel Bridgeport include:

“It’s Tee Time” Golf Package
Romance Package
Bridgeport Shopping Package
Washington Square Shopping Package
Dinner and a Movie

Plan a Willamette Valley Wine Country Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Jan 28, 2014
Photo Source: Cooper Mountain Vineyards Valentine's Weekend Wine Loop.

Photo Source: Cooper Mountain Vineyards Valentine’s Weekend Wine Loop.

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:

Here is a sample of Valentines Day events our partner vineyards are participating in this year:

Valentine’s Weekend Wine Loop 

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.

 

Love the Theatre? Book our “Drama at the Grand” Package!

Jan 23, 2014
Robin Woolman as Ms. Casewell and Lucy Paschall as Mollie Ralston in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." Lakewood Theatre Company, Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2014  Photo: Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Lakewood Theatre Company, Jan 10 – Feb 16, 2014 Photo: Lakewood Center for the Arts.

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

Show Boat
May 2 – June 8, 2014

Call 866-968-5757 for information on the package details and availability or click here  for additional details.

 

7 Awesome Portland Events to Help You Beat the Winter Blues

Jan 21, 2014
Photo Source: The 2014 Portland Jazz Festival

Photo Source: The 2014 Portland Jazz Festival

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.
www.facebook.com/ChocolateFestPDX

2. Fertile Ground FestivalJanuary 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 FestivalJanuary 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!

Portland Ranks No.1 in America’s 10 Best Cities for 2013 list!

Dec 30, 2013

Portland, Oregon

What a great way to wrap up the new year! We heard that Portland made it to the top of real estate blog Movoto’s “America’s 10 Best Cities for 2013” list!

These are the nerdiest, smartest, hardest working, most exciting, and downright best cities in the country according to a year of studying what makes America’s metros so great.
-Movoto Content Editor, Randy Nelson

According to this list, Portland Oregon is ranked No. 1 for attracting new residents, and best city for movie lovers and second nerdiest city (not too shabby!). It placed fourth among funniest, most steampunk and best cities for food lovers.

Click here to see the entire list of cities that made the cut, and let us know what you think!

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

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