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Oregon Beverage Tasting for Under $10 per person

Feb 28, 2013

It is a little known secret that you don’t have to spend a large sum of money to enjoy the many attractions when you travel to Oregon’s Washington County. In fact, many of our favorite attractions are either free or under $10 per person. In a series of posts, we will share some smart recommendations provided by Washington County Visitors Association for the budget conscious travelers.

This month, we will share tips to explore Oregon’s Washington County wine country for less than $10 per person! Wine, saké and beer enthusiasts on a budget may venture to specialty beverage makers in Washington County for a day of sampling.

Wine Tasting

Here are a few suggestions to get you started (Prices subject to change):

Helvetia Vineyards  (23269 NW Yungen Road, Hillsboro, Ore.)
Helvetia Vineyards was started by former U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse (1993-1999) and husband John Platt, located in the rural, unincorporated area of Helvetia. The winery, which has been producing wine since 1996, follows sustainable practices—it is a “salmon safe” farm—and produces Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Tasting fee: $3 per person 
Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SakéOne (820 Elm St., Forest Grove, Ore.)
The American owned-and-operated saké brewery, SakéOne, produces traditional, premium-grade Japanese saké, plus organic and flavor-infused blends. At the brewery, visitors can tour the kura where each step of the saké-making process is explained, and sip a selection of saké in the tasting room.
$3 per person (Kura flight of four saké tastes); Kura tours are complimentary
Open daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Kura tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Two Kilts Brewing Company (14841 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Sherwood, Ore.)
The latest introduction to Oregon’s “beervana” culture is Two Kilts Brewing Company. The company was founded in 2009 and the tasting room opened its doors in 2011. In its short time, Two Kilts has amassed a following and praise from local beer enthusiasts with their India Pale Ale, Scotch Ale and other brews made with local ingredients.
$4 per pint, tastes from $1
Open Monday-Saturday, 3-10 p.m.

For more ideas with a broader price range, download this Wine Tour Itinerary 

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, 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 or visit the online pressroom.

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Local Holiday Events in and Around Portland, Oregon

Nov 20, 2012

Christmas on Broadway

The holiday season is here again and there is no shortage of lively events the whole family will enjoy. Whether you are traveling to visit with family, business or just want to get away for a couple of days, get your holiday spirit on and check out one of these local holiday events happening minutes from The Grand Hotel Bridgeport:

Tigard, OR

Christmas on Broadway November 21 – December 23, 2012 (show times vary)
Snowbound in a Broadway theater on Christmas Eve, four star-struck holiday travelers use costumes, props, and set pieces to live a shared dream – starring on Broadway! Filled with holiday classics and songs from Broadway shows and composers, this is an evening of holiday magic.
Broadway Rose New Stage 12850 SW Grant Ave

Bridgeport Village Light up the Night Event Fri, November 23, 2012 6-8pm
Gather at Bridgeport Village to enjoy a live holiday concert by The Beatniks, followed by a ceremonial lighting of the 40-foot tree and Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m.
Bridgeport Village 7455 SW Bridgeport Rd.

Victorian Christmas Sat, December 1, 2012 1-4pm
The Tigard Historical Association invites you and your family to experience a Victorian Christmas at the John Tigard House Museum. Enjoy the charms of yesteryear when parlors were furnished with velvet settees and food was cooked on a wood-burning stove.
103rd Avenue & Canterbury Lane

From Heav’n Above Sat, December 1, 2012 7pm
The Oregon Chorale, under the direction of Bernd R. Kuehn, invites you to come hear the major work Von Himmel Hoch by Felix Mendelssohn, performed with orchestra and soloists. Old World Christmas carols will round out the concert.
Tigard United Methodist Church 9845 SW Walnut Place

Photo: Bridgeport Village

Tualatin, OR

Starry Nights and Holiday Lights Fri, December 7, 2012 5:30-8:30pm
Kick off the holiday season at Tualatin‘s Starry Nights & Holiday Lights, a special night filled with thousands of twinkling lights, caroling and a floating holiday tree. Enjoy activities for the kids, refreshments, and holiday cheer.
Tualatin Commons 8325 SW Nyberg Rd

Community Concerts off the Commons Sat, December 8, 2012 7:30pm
On the second Saturday of the month, enjoy an evening of musical entertainment at Community Concerts off the Commons. This concert features Bronnie Griffin, Johnny Box Connolly, Cary Novotny, Nancy Conescu and Mike Doolin. Tickets available through
Winona Grange 8340 SW Seneca St

Sherwood, OR

Alpaca Open Barn & Holiday Sale November 23rd-November 24th
Take a break from the annual Thanksgiving winery tours to meet colorful alpacas and their babies, chat with breeders, and do some holiday shopping. The Barn Store has teddy bears, clothing, handcrafted items and yarns for knitters and hand spinners.
Alpacas of Oregon 21345 SW Aebischer Rd

Sherwood Winter Festival Sat, December 1, 2012
Santa will kick off the holiday season at Sherwood’s Winter Festival. This special holiday event includes a community parade, tree lighting, holiday music, kids’ activities, and free hot dogs and cocoa.
Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center 16300 SW Langer Drive


Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark Friday November 23 5:30pm
Be Merry at the Square! On the busiest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the City’s spectacular 75ft Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, now in its 28th year, will feature a holiday sing-a-long featuring Portland’s own Thomas Lauderdale with members of Pink Martini and friends. With a big tree, 14,000 colorful lights and a festive community sing-a-long, this is an event you won’t want to miss in Portland’s living room

Holiday Ale Festival November 28th through December 2nd (check website for times)
Entering its 17th year, the Holiday Ale Festival will be at Pioneer Courthouse Square November 28th through December 2nd. More than 40+ breweries will be featured at this year’s event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. From Belgians and Barleywines to Porters and Stouts, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. For more information visit  Ages 21+

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale December 8th & December 9th (11am – 6pm both days)
This biannual sale turns the Oregon Convention Sale into a true wonderland of all things handmade each spring and winter. The December event is scheduled so you find the perfect made-in-Portland gifts in time for the holidays.

Festival of Lights at The Grotto – November 23, 2012 through December 30, 2012 (closed Christmas Day)
An amazing display of more than 500,000 lights illuminates the largest choral festival in the Pacific Northwest. A petting zoo, puppet shows and seasonal food and beverages also highlight the event.

Parade of Christmas Ships December 7 – 21, 2012
For more than 50 years, this fleet of 55-60 brightly lit boats has staged performances on the Willamette and Columbia rivers during the holiday season. Visit the Christmas Ships website for dates, times and best viewing locations.
Columbia River Willamette River

ZooLights Festival Friday, Nov. 23rd to Monday, Dec. 31st. There will be no ZooLights Monday, Dec. 24 or Tuesday, Dec. 25.
The Oregon Zoo becomes a holiday fairyland as one of Portland’s largest light displays blazes to life. Decorated train rides, kids’ activities, and music by community groups.

Check with these sources for additional events and information:

Featured Hotel Package: “It’s Tee Time” Golf Package at Langdon Farms Golf Club

Jul 30, 2012

Credit: Langdon Farms Golf Club

It is a fact that Oregon is home to some of the best golf courses in the country.  Why is golf so popular in Oregon?  Maybe it is our temperate climate, or natural beauty and wide-open spaces.

Many of our guests enjoy a good game of golf at our local courses, so we have  partnered with Langdon Farms Golf Club to give you some of the best deals possible!

Langdon Farms Golf Club  is ranked among the top courses in the state of Oregon and is a local favorite in our region.   The course was rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places To Play for 2010 and ranks as the “#1 Course In Oregon To Host Tournaments and Corporate Events” course  in Oregon. To learn more visit them at

Call the front desk at 866-968-5757 to schedule your tee time today! Click here to book this package online.

The Zip, Sip and Stay Package Featured on Frommer’s!

Aug 16, 2011

The Zip, Sip and Stay package in Washington Country Oregon was selected as one of Frommer’s “Last-Minute Labor Day Deals” this week! Frommer’s is one of the most trusted name in travel with over fifty years of providing authoritative travel information and high quality recommendations- so this is an exciting honor for all of us!

To learn more about and to follow up on Frommer’s recommendation, visit our Adventure Passport Page where we feature  the Zip, Sip, & Stay package.  You can also call our Front Desk for info and to make a reservation at 866-968-5757.

Zip, Sip, & Stay is your passport to Washington County Oregon’s extreme adventure, vibrant flavors, and peaceful rest.
Passport for 2 Adults $245.00 and Includes

  • Deluxe Suite for (2)
  • Tree to Tree Adventure Admission
  • Wine Tasting + $29 Wine Voucher
  • Gourmet Lunches
  • Specials at Local Restaurants

North Willamette Vintners Red, White & Celebrate Weekend: July 2-4, 2011

Jun 29, 2011

North Willamette Vintners Invites You to Red, White and Celebrate

Join the North Willamette Vinters  this holiday weekend as they celebrate Independence Day with Red, White & Celebrate!  Here is a listing of this weekend’s events posted on

Take a picnic lunch out to our wineries, located just 20 minutes from Portland, and join in the celebrations!

• Red, White & Blueberry! at Apolloni Vineyards, 11-5, Saturday- Monday.

We’ll be pouring wonderful wines and featuring the long-awaited arrival of local blueberries. We’ll have some pre-picked on hand or we will give you directions to Tom’s Berry Patch where you can pick your own! And, to add a sweet treat to your picnic lunch, we’ll have some blueberry baked goods for sale.

• Red, White & Celebrate! at ADEA Wine Company. Open on Saturday or by appointment on Sunday and Monday

• Red, White & REV! at Ardiri Winery and Vineyard, 10-5, Saturday-Monday.

Tastings all weekend with special REV activities on Saturday. We will have exotic, high performance cars on display at the winery. Ferrari, Maserati and Lotus! Onsite BBQ with traditional BBQ fare, available for purchase. Serving our regular tasting flight, 5 wines, $10: 2 Carneros Pinot, 1 Oregon Pinot, 2 Oregon whites. Our owners/winemakers, John Compagno and Gail Lizak will be in the tasting room pouring wine!

• Red, White & Strawberry! at Cooper Mountain Vineyards, 12-5, Saturday – Monday

We will be sampling local strawberries, drizzled with our artisanal Balsamic Vinegar, produced from our very own Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

• Red, White & Fun! at David Hill Vineyard & Winery, 11-5, Saturday and Sunday only

Featuring art, music, food and lawn games

• Red, White & Rose! at Elk Cove Vineyards, 10-5, Saturday – Monday

Featuring our 2008 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, 2009 Pinot Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir – Rose’

• Red, White & Firelight! at Garden Vineyards, 2pm-10 on Monday July 4th

View the valley’s fireworks, enjoy grilled foods and play lawn games

• Red, White & Blues! At Helvetia Vineyards, noon-5, Saturday – Monday.

Tasting, picnics and salmon snacks, Saturday through Monday from noon until five. Don’t miss our 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve. Bob Shoemaker, Delta Blues music master, will perform on Monday afternoon from 1:30 until 4:30. Bob brings Leadbelly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee to life with his National steel guitar and his Telecaster as well as his brother Dave.

• Red, White & Barrels! at Kramer Vineyards, 11-5, Saturday – Monday

2010 Vintage preview. Taste the 2010 Pinot Noirs from the barrel

• Red, White & Sangria! at Montinore Estate, 11-5, Saturday – Monday

Complimentary Pinot Gris Sangria and live music from 1-4 on Saturday only

• Red, White & Rose Festival! At Oak Knoll Winery, 11-5, Saturday-Monday

Celebrating our commemorative Rose Festival Labels for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Rose varietals.

• Red, White & You! at Patton Valley Vineyards, 11-5, Saturday and Sunday only.

We’ve got red wine and white wine, but we’re missing you! Join us for a very special wine tasting to include our 2009 Wente Clone Chardonnay, as well as a vertical tasting of our 2007, 2008 and 2009 Patton Valley Pinot noir. Palate pleasers and perfect for the upcoming summer months.

• Red, White & Watermelon! at Plum Hill Vineyards, 11-5, Saturday – Monday

Our traditional wine and watermelon event has returned for the 3rd year. Come sit on the covered patio and have a free slice or two of watermelon with or without the toppings.

• Red, White & Bocce! at Ponzi Vineyards, 10-5, Saturday-Monday

Enjoy red and white wine flights available for tasting. Outdoor seating and Bocce ball courts are open! Relax outside and enjoy the wine country landscape.

• Red, White & Berry Fest! with Provincial Vineyards pouring at Smith Berry Barn. 12-5, Saturday – Monday

• Red, White & Celebrate! at Purple Cow Vineyards, 11-5, Saturday only.

• Red, White & Celebrate! at Raptor Ridge Winery, 11-4, Saturday – Monday

Also featuring Rose as part of our weekend lineup!

• Red, White & Sake! at Sakeone, 11-5, Saturday & Sunday only, closed Monday

• Red, White & Rose! at Tualatin Estate Vineyards, 12-5, Friday – Monday

More to come…





Adventures in Dragon Boat Racing in Salem, Oregon!

Jun 28, 2011

Congrats to our very own Amber Templeton and Kayla Strauch and from the Salem Oregon Convention Center for their stellar performance in Sunday’s Dragon Boat Races at the World Beat Festival in downtown Salem, Oregon!

Twenty-nine teams competed in the 2011 World Beat Dragon Boat Races. Looks like they had some fun!  Way to represent The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Amber!


Kayla Strauch from Salem Connvention Center and Amber Templeton from Grand Hotel Bridgeport Team Up in the 2011 Dragon Boat Races!



The Duo is Ready to Paddle!

Event Spotlight: 2011 Tigard Festival of Balloons

Jun 06, 2011

Don’t Miss the 2011 Tigard Festival of Balloons: June 24th – 26th, 2011

If you are planning to be in the Tigard, Oregon the weekend of June 24-26th, you are in for a wonderful summer treat! You must check out the Tigard Festival of Balloons in Cook Park!  We are especially excited about this event because The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport  just signed on as a sponsor!

If you want to catch the balloon launch, plan to arrive VERY EARLY in the a.m. to Cook Park to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch. Balloons launch from the field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ascensions are between 5:45 AM – 6:15 AM (weather and winds permitting).

If waking up that early is not your thing, there is much much more to do and see!  2011 Festival of Balloons will include a carnival from Funtastic Traveling Shows, a premier youth soccer tournament, exhibitors, food, Festival of Cars, Rogue beer garden and and NW Natural Night Glows!

Learn more about tickets for this spectacular event by visiting their site: You can also Like them on Facebook and share with friends and family! Check out this video from the 2010 Festival of Balloons:

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

Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Honored by Washington County Visitors Association

May 27, 2011

We Are Proud of our Awards! Thank you WCVA!

The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) honored 14 of its stakeholders during its annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards held earlier this month.   Winners of the WCVA’s 2010 Tourism Industry Awards are selected for their support of Washington County’s tourism industry, and for their continued efforts to enhance the tourism experience for visitors. Recipients represent those who have acknowledged the importance of the tourism industry, and have continued to support the industry, as well as the WCVA’s efforts to increase visitation to Washington County.

Awards were presented to a variety of businesses, each representing a key asset or market to the local tourism industry. The following awards are presented to attractions that continuously strive to provide new and exceptional experiences to visitors and guests:

  • Best New Asset: Tree to Tree Adventure Park
  • Agritourism Stakeholder: Smith Berry Barn
  • Retail Stakeholder: Washington Square
  • Specialty Retail Stakeholder: Stash Tea
  • Arts & Culture Stakeholder: Bag&Baggage Productions
  • Nature Stakeholder: L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
  • Winery & Brewery Stakeholder: Ponzi Vineyards

The following awards are presented to venues, facilities and organizations that have gone the extra mile to bring new business to Washington County, as well as their continued support of the WCVA’s sales efforts:

  • Meeting Venue: Jenkins Estate
  • Group Tour Lodging Stakeholder: The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Sports Event Venue: Horning’s Hideout
  • Sports Event Organizer: Tournament Golf Foundation (LPGA Safeway Classic)

The following awards are presented to properties who have continued to support the WCVA’s efforts by responding to WCVA-generated leads and sales requests:

  • Top Responder (Sports Sales Leads): The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Top Closer (Sports Sales Leads): Springhill Suites by Marriott Portland- Hillsboro
  • Top Responder (Service Requests): Embassy Suites- Washington Square

Central Oregon’s LITE 95.1 Giving Away a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport & Langdon Farms Golf Club Weekend Getaway on Friday!

May 18, 2011

Big news! LITE 95.1 (Central Oregon’s official Weekend Getaway station) is giving away a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport & Langdon Farms Golf Club Weekend Getaway to a lucky listener on Friday, May 20!

Want to win? Tune into LITE 95.1 Friday morning at 9:05am for the “Song of the Day”. When you hear it played again sometime before 5pm, be the 5th caller at 541-318-LITE (318-5483) and win!

Here is what the contest page has to say about us:

This week’s winner will experience classic yet distinctive elegance at the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, in Tigard. Located within walking distance of the Bridgeport Village Shopping District and fine dining, the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport features first class service and amenities. Each over-sized room and suite comes standard with leather furniture in the living room area, complimentary high-speed internet access, coffee station with organic Northwest coffee and local teas, and a double-sized bathroom complete with separate shower and tub.

This week’s winner will ALSO receive a round of golf at Langdon Farms Golf Club, courtesy of the Grand Hotel. Rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, Langdon Farms is home to 18 holes of stunning golf.

Click Here for Complete Rules!

Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Receives Two WCVA Tourism Industry Award Nominations

May 04, 2011

We were delighted to learn from our friends at the Washington County Visitors Association that The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport was nominated for TWO 2010 WCVA Tourism Industry Awards: “Top Responders, WCVA Sports Sales Leads” and “Hotel Stakeholders- Group Tour.”

All nominees will be recognized during the WCVA’s annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards event in Tigard, OR on Thursday, May 12th. This annual event is held in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week and celebrates Washington County’s tourism community.

Stay tuned!  We will keep you posted on the results!

About the Washington County Visitors Association
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a non-profit destination marketing organization (DMO), which markets Washington County, Oregon, as a tourism destination.

Visitors to Washington County include: business, leisure and group travelers, meetings, sports and event planners, and tour operators, among others.

Destination marketing outreach includes advertising, public relations, online marketing, tourism research and other activities, as well as stakeholder and tourism development, group, tour and tourism sales, and sports sales, and more.

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