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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.

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.

Happy Planning!

 

 

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.

Source: www.travelportland.com 

 

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 www.tigardballoon.org  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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