We recently shared a wonderful story with you about Patti Furrow and Phil Sedgwick- a Portland Oregon couple facing unimaginable obstacles who deserved the wedding of their dreams. Patty picked up the phone one day to search for a reception venue- and she ended up speaking with one of our employees who connected them to the Portland, Oregon Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding.
Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. They are devoted to helping couples in dire situations who do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. This organization takes care of all the details, and offers couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.
We are honored to know of this couple and this wonderful organization. Thanks to Wish Upon a Wedding, Patti and Phil were married on November 12, 2010 and they are Portland’s first Wedding Wish Recipients! See their story below…..
Calling All Angels: Please Help Local Families with the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree By December 13!
In keeping with the spirit of giving back, we want you to be someone’s angel this Christmas! Our hotel is hosting A Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree to benefit local families – and we need angels! To learn how you can help make someone’s holiday brighter, please come by our lobby or contact us at 866-968-5757. Pick up a tag for a child, shop for them and drop their unwrapped gift off here at the hotel by Monday December 13 (hurry!) Once toys are collected, we will deliver them to The Salvation Army.
Who Do the Angel Trees Help? Families with incomes of no more than 130% of established poverty levels are encouraged to make an application with The Salvation Army for holiday assistance for food and toys. They screen these families with other organizations to do their best to make sure there is no duplication. Last year Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program served approximately 4,622 families with a total of 8,749 children in the tri-county metro area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas).
Each family received food and at least two age appropriate toys per child. When we don’t have enough toy donations, they must purchase toys so that no child goes without. These purchases are made with funds that are needed for other emergency assistance throughout the year. This is why it is so important for The Salvation Army to develop these partnerships that help us to meet these needs and stretch our dollars as far as possible. Your toy donation will make a real difference for a child in need.
Our friends at Washington County Visitors Association put together this helpful guide for travelers to find the best local spots for holiday shopping! Enjoy!
Washington Square Mall
9585 SW Washington Square Rd.
Tigard, OR 97223
• Traditional major mall located in Tigard along Hwy. 217 near its junction with Interstate 5
• Built in 1974, expanded and renovated in 2005 to become one of the largest retail centers in the Portland metropolitan area
• Four anchor department stores including Oregon’s largest Nordstrom, 170 distinctive retailers including the West Coast’s only Dick’s Sporting Goods, five restaurants and 11-eatery Food Court
7455 SW Bridgeport Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224
• Easy-access location just off Interstate 5 on the border of Tualatin and Tigard
• European-style, outdoor shopping area with nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant and theater space
• Blend of upscale national and local retailers, 10 restaurants, multiplex movie theater with IMAX
The Stash Tea Store
7250 SW Durham Rd., Bldg. J
Tigard, OR 97224
• Exclusive retail location of nationally recognized tea producer
• 200 loose-leaf teas and more than 80 in tea bags, including seasonal and rare varieties
• Daily free tea tastings, weekly tea samplings to compare varieties, teapots and gifts for tea lovers
The Streets of Tanasbourne
19350 NW Emma Way
Hillsboro, OR 97124
• Located just off Hwy. 26 on NW Cornell Road
• Outdoor shopping cluster of more than 50 specialty shops and national retailers, eight restaurants
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon
195 N. 26th Ave.
Cornelius, OR 97113 (moving to Hillsboro’s Orenco Station in August)
• The only hazelnut cooperative in the U.S. with more than 150 growers and 7,500 acres
• Largest processor and handler of Oregon hazelnuts in North America, founded in 1984
• Retail store sells wide variety of hazelnut products under Oregon Orchard and Pride of Oregon labels
Le’Stuff Antique Mall
234 E Main St.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
• Located in downtown Hillsboro
• Antiques and collectibles including furniture, pottery, jewelry and clocks, plus clock repair
Railroad Street Antique Mall
16167 SW Railroad St.
Sherwood, OR 97140
• Located in the heart of historic Old Town Sherwood
• Antiques and collectibles including toys, vintage posters, pottery, glassware, costume jewelry, furniture
One of the benefits of being in the hospitality industry is getting to know so many couples and hearing their story. Our Group Sales and Catering Manager, Amber Templeton, brought this very special story to our attention and wanted to share with you.
Patti Furrow and Phil Sedgwick are a Portland, Oregon couple whose 12 year relationship has been tested beyond belief. The couple has faced numerous challenges that includes a cancer diagnosis for Patty, a cancer diagnosis for Phil’s mother, job losses for both, chemotherapy, and overwhelming hospital bills.
Despite these circumstances, Phil proposed to Patty on Valentines Day this year- and the couple became engaged after a 12 years together.
Patty contacted our hotel looking for space for her reception and spoke with Amber. Her original wedding date was set for 10/10/10. Once they began chatting about the space here, Patti informed Amber of the reason for her quick wedding and shared her story.
Little did Patty know she was speaking with the Vice President on the board for the Portland chapter Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.
“It was at that moment that I knew the ‘planets had aligned’ and that she was meant to call me that day.” says Amber. “I told her about Wish Upon a Wedding, we went through the process and here we are, about to provide a very deserving family with the wedding of her dreams.”
It is with great pleasure to tell you that Patti and Phil will be married on November 12, 2010 and they are Portland’s first Wedding Wish Recipients. To learn more about this wonderful couple, read their story: Cancer Takes a Backseat to Love For Two Racecar Junkies in Portland, Oregon
Whether you have some back-to-school shopping yet to do or want to get a head start on holiday shopping- Bridgeport Village in Tigard Oregon just outside of Portland, Oregon and steps away from our hotel is a one of a kind shopping destination.
Our guests enjoy shopping in renowned stores and boutiques including Coach, Cole Haan, The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Z-Gallerie, Eileen Fisher, Patrick James, MAC Cosmetics, Tommy Bahama, Under U 4 Men (and much more) along with the first Coldwater Creek Spa and the largest Regal Cinema in the state — now with an IMAX Theater.
Reserve the Grand Shopping Package and you’ll receive a $25 Bridgeport Village gift card and gift with your stay. Hotel amenities include complimentary covered parking, hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool and fitness center and plasma televisions.
Still not convinced? Enjoy this video from our friends at Washington County Visitors Association
Bridgeport Village Recommends Relaxing and Pampering at Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village
We love being a part of this unique and special community that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As members of the Bridgeport community, we are knowledgeable about the surrounding businesses and are happy to make recommendations to our guests to make their visit with us even better.
Many of our guests are here for special events such as weddings or reunions and/or business travel and they want to know of the best place to unwind and indulge in a little pampering after a long day. I usually recommend our indoor pool and spa of course, but sometimes a visit to Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village will certainly do the trick! Their customers appreciate the soothing ambiance and their special attention to detail.
The spa is located across the street and around the corner from the Coldwater Creek store in Bridgeport Village…though we are just steps away, Bridgeport Village has abundant public parking. Visit the Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa Website for a list of services or call 1-503-598-0524 to set up an appointment and enjoy your experience!
Hotel guests are often asking our staff about some of the unique places in the Tigard / Tualatin area to try and there has been quite a bit of buzz about Split Dine in Drink in our neighboring Bridgeport Village. In fact, taking in a movie and enjoying a couple of glasses of great wines seem to be a favorite way to unwind at the end of the day.
What we like the most about Split is their selection of Enomatic Wines . Enomatic is a wine distribution system that creates a closed environment that prevents wines from oxidizing. Once a bottle is opened, the system instantaneously replaces any wine poured with an equal volume of nitrogen gas. It ensures that each glass will taste as if the bottle was just opened and it allows guests to taste premium wines without blindly committing to an entire bottle. This is a fantastic way to enjoy special wines without having to splurge for an expensive bottle. The pours are computer controlled…you can order a Taste (1 oz), 1/2 Glass (3oz) or Glass (6 oz).
They also feature a warm and relaxing atmosphere and a menu with a great mix of small plates and dinners.
Split has launched all new dinner, lunch, and happy hour menu’s with the vision and creation of new Executive Chef Russell Schillereff. Menu’s can be found in the Dine section of our site.
Sunday “Champagne Brunch” is served from 10am-2pm, with champagne $18: without $13 and children under 12 only $8.
Menu: Lunch and Dinner
Happy Hours everyday from 3pm-6pm, and again from 9pm- close, Specials include $5 wine, and $3 beers. The food menu can be found in the dine section of our site.
Not sure what to get? Here are some customer suggestions we found from reviews we found on YELP:
I had the calamari appetizer and it was the best I’ve ever had. I followed that with a chicken and cheese penne pasta which was incredibly rich, but I took most of it home as leftovers, which I always nice. I had a cocktail and my date had a couple glasses of wine, which were actually quite good.
The small plates are yummy here with the chicken skewers and chicken salad topping my list. Purposely order light, so you can indulge and have some chocolate gelato for dessert.
Photo Credit: From Wine Glossary: Enomatic
During the past few weeks, there has been a distinctly joyful and spirited feeling among the hotel staff and our guests. This will be our very first Christmas in our new hotel- and everyone seems to be getting into the holiday mood with parties and other holiday events. Our neighbors at Bridgeport Village have really been living it up this season; hope you enjoy some of these images from their holiday events so far (photos courtesy of Bridgeport Village). Wherever your travels take you this Christmas- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Grand Hotel Bridgeport Staff!
The Bridgeport Express (11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm through Wednesday, December 23
Holiday shoppers of all ages have enjoyed taking a break and climbing aboard The Bridgeport Express. The solar operated, trackless holiday train is free, fun and travels around the village. Frequent stops include: Sur La Table, Coach, Urban Outfitters, Borders Book & Music and in between Coldwater Creek & Talbots.
News from Bridgeport Village Shopping center! They have announced the opening more great stores and restaurants exclusive to Bridgeport Village.
Eye Styles was opened Friday, November 6, by local resident and owner Phil DeYoung. Phil has 25 years experience in the field and wanted to offer customers a more personalized experience in a modern, upscale setting. Eye Style’s in-house Doctor, Christ Thorsland, will be available on weekends for eye exams and appointments. Phil and his team pride themselves on being active in the community and strive to give back. Eye Styles is located in A105, the former Hub Optix location across from Urban Outfitters!
AM-Living fills a void. Inspired by the Age of Sail, by exploration, science and cartography. Offering individual choice, complimenting both classic and contemporary themes. Our aim is to challenge the mind as well as the eye. Focus is on Design, Quality, and Originality. Our goal is to surprise and impress, offering lifestyle products of lasting value.
Beautiful, affordable styles for women. Passionate about fashion for every woman, meet Romy! “More Fashion, More Value” is our motto and our designers take this to heart. Whether you’re a romantic or a modernist, you’ll fall in love with our beadwork, our brocades, our wools, and our tweeds. Located across from Peet’s Coffee & Tea. 503-598-9235
Providing personalized dental care in a comfortable, state of the art professional setting for you and your family featuring advanced procedures, instruments and techniques. Our office offers Preventive and Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, Zoom Whitening, Oral Surgery, Dental Implant Restoration and most dental services. Senior and Mall Employee Discounts. Insurance is Welcomed & Accepted!
Mio Gelato will be opening its doors in center court next to the Gazebo! Offering complimentary internet access, gourmet coffee, espresso, tea, fresh daily soup, Panini sandwiches and delicious gelato. Mio hopes to arrive before Santa!
Glassybaby is a Seattle-based, glass-blowing studio that specializes in small, colored glass cups that, when lit with a candle, give off a warm glow and provide a calming and beautiful effect. Glassybaby will occupy the Kiosk between Coldwater Creek and Talbots, during the Holiday Season. In keeping with their commitment of giving back, 10% of all sales before 12/31 will be donated to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
Yes, Black Friday is coming November 27……the day the official holiday shopping season begins- and the day that retailers everywhere offer shoppers tremendous savings on gifts. Smart shoppers everywhere will find amazing deals and festive events throughout the day at Bridgeport Village.
Bridgeport Village is one of the premier shopping destinations in the Pacific Northwest and a shoppers heaven. The center offers an exclusive mix of local, regional and national shops unlike any other shopping experience in Oregon. To sweeten the deal, The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is offering special holiday packages for travelers and shoppers staying with us that weekend. Stay at Portland’s newest luxury hotel! The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is just steps from Bridgeport Village. Book the Grand Shopping Package and you”ll receive a $25 Bridgeport Village gift card and gift with your stay. To find out about hotel specials- call 866-968-5757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are coming by- be sure to check out some of these special events happening this Friday!
The Bridgeport Express begins Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 23 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. A new addition to the holiday season, The Bridgeport Express will provide fun filled train rides around the village. This 35 passenger, solar operated train will take you to your destination. Frequent stops include: Sur La Table, Coach, Urban Outfitters, Borders Book & Music and in between Coldwater Creek & Talbots. This “green” solar train is trackless and accommodates children and adults. Rides are free!
Light Up The Night – Friday, November 27, 6pm – 7:30pm The holiday season begins with a festive celebration. Santa will be making his grand entrance on the Bridgeport Express and will set foot into his Renaissance Home. Be there as we light the Bridgeport Village Christmas Tree in center court. Afterwards visit Santa to get your holiday photo. Plus enjoy musical entertainment by Radio Disney!
Santa Photos November 27 – December 24 Monday – Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm Sundays: 11:00am-6:00pm. Visit Santa in his Renaissance Home in center court! Children visiting Santa will be receiving a peppermint stick along with a coloring book.
Photo Credit: http://www.shoppingcenterbusiness.com/articles/JUL07/story1.shtml