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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.

 

10 Holiday Events Happening Right Now in Portland!

Dec 12, 2013

Portland HolidaysIs the holiday season flying by too fast? Have you been so busy that you haven’t made time to simply enjoy the season and take in some of the many holiday sights and sounds in and around the Portland area?

You can find the holiday spirit in Bridgeport Village with events like Bridgeport Express Train, Holiday Magic Light Show and Breakfast with Santa! Visit www. bridgeport-village.com for details on all these.

If you want to take a short drive into Portland, be sure to check out some of these popular local holiday attractions. Just like Christmas, they only happen once a year, so don’t miss out!

Big thanks goes to Travel Portland for putting this helpful list together!

1. Holiday Express Train through Dec. 15, 2013
Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride on Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Meet Santa in the fully decorated and steam-heated trains. www.orhf.org/about-orhf/holiday-express 

2. The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights through Dec. 30, 2013
The Grotto’s most popular event, The Christmas Festival of Lights features more than 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate. www.thegrotto.org/events

3. ZooLights through Jan. 5, 2014
More than one million LED lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. www.oregonzoo.org/events/zoolights

4. Portland Revels’ The Christmas Revels 2013 through Dec. 15, 2013
Combining instrumental and choral music, children’s songs and games, ritual and folk dance traditions, drama, poetry and audience participation, this event springs from an age-old tradition of winter solstice celebration. www.portlandrevels.org

5. Portland Christmas Ships Portland Christmas Ships Parader through Dec. 21, 2013
Each year since 1955, Portlanders have gathered along the water to view more than 50 boats decked out in lights and wintery designs. The parade traverses the Columbia and Willamette rivers every night of the two-week celebration. www.christmasships.org

6. The Nutcracker at Oregon Ballet Theatre through Dec. 21, 2013
The enduring magic of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker sets the season a-sparkle, creating memories your family will cherish. Oregon Ballet Theatre is the only company west of the Mississippi licensed to perform Balanchine’s version. www.obt.org/season_nutcracker.html

7. Winter Wonderland through Dec.21, 2013
The Portland International Raceway transforms into a Winter Wonderland each year, welcoming nearly 100,000 people to view spectacular displays of lights and animation from the comfort of personal vehicles and tour buses. www.winterwonderlandportland.com

8. A Locally Crafted Christmas at Pittock Mansion through Jan. 2, 2014
From professional artisans to do-it-yourselfers, more than 80 volunteers contributed to this exhibit. Festive decorations, lights and Christmas trees fill the 16,000-square-foot mansion, and unique décor and gifts await in the Museum Store. www.pittockmansion.org

9. Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale Dec. 14-15, 2013
Once a monthly art and craft sale, now operates a successful downtown store, Crafty Wonderland highlights its favorite local and handmade goods in this mega-sale at the Oregon Convention Center. www.craftywonderland.com/events

10. The Makery Winter Market Dec. 14-15, 2013
Shop the Makery studio collective designers plus other Oregon makers while sipping craft beverages and grooving to
unconventional holiday music. Or hang out outside at the mobile hot tub with snacks from a few local food carts. www.makerypdx.com/events

Starting December 15th:
The Lights on Peacock Lane Dec. 15—-31, 2013
Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for the season. The houses, mostly Tudors, are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also thematic scenes, rotating Christmas trees and more. www.peacocklane.net

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Things to Do and See this Month: November 2013

Nov 01, 2013

The autumn months give way to a host of agricultural harvest, wine and food festivals, while tree lightings, holiday events and quilt and gem fairs are popular in the winter - OregonsWashingtonCounty.com

Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square,

Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square,

 

Taking a trip to the Portland, Oregon area this month? You are in for a treat! There are dozens of wonderful things happening here in November, so bring on the holiday season!

We have listed some suggestions to choose from this month but encourage you to visit the following sites to help plan your upcoming trip! As always, we are here to help!

www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com
www.travelportland.com
downtownportland.org

The Northwest Food & Wine Festival November 16, 2013  

A wine and food celebration created to present a rich rewarding experience for wine lovers and gourmet food enthusiasts. Guests can expect a floor filled with over 600 wines and 50 restaurants and gourmet food tastes which feature an incredible array of options for guests. 800-422-0251

Upcoming Events at Bridgeport Village

  • Ducks vs. Beaver Pep Rally: Nov. 27 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Light Up The Night Tree Lighting and The Beatniks Concert: Nov. 29 from 6-8pm
  • Bridgeport Express Train: Nov. 29 -Dec. 21 from 11am-2pm and 3pm-5pm daily
  • Holiday Magic Light Show: Nov. 29-Dec. 31 On the hour from 5-9pm daily. Watch as Center Court transforms into a Winter Wonderland of snow flurries. You won’t want to miss this magical show of light, sound and snow! Snow Shows every night at 7pm in Center Court

From TravelPortland.com

  • Holiday tree lighting: On the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of people gather in downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to see the ceremonial lighting of the spectacular 75-foot-tall tree and celebrate the official start of the holiday season.
  • Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents features, documentaries and short films by independent Northwest film and video makers. The offerings are chosen from more than 400 entries by a prominent member of the independent film community. Past judges have included local luminaries Gus Van Sant, Matt Groening and Todd Haynes. Founded in 1973, the festival attracts more than 6,000 attendees annually.
  • Wine Country Thanksgiving: During Wine Country Thanksgiving, more than 160 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley open their doors for special tastings and holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday), offering an opportunity to visit some of the region’s small, family-owned wineries that aren’t usually open to the public. Meet winemakers, enjoy specialty food pairings and live music, all while savoring the region’s acclaimed wines.Full article 
  • Holiday light displays: Some of Portland’s bright spots include ZooLights, a display of more than a million lights at the Oregon Zoo, and the Christmas Ship Parade, featuring brilliantly decorated boats on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Many start the day after Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy the holiday cheer in November, too. Full article

Plan Your Trip for the 30th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving!

Oct 17, 2013
Photo Source: Ponzi Vineyards

Photo Source: Ponzi Vineyards

We have said it before and we will say it again.  It’s GREAT to be in the heart of Oregon wine country, a destination that grows in popularity every year.

Thanksgiving is always a special time in the Willamette Valley.  Families and friends come together,  and our local wineries open their doors to celebrate the harvest and to kick off the holiday season!

More than 160 Willamette Valley wineries will offer special tastings, food pairings, live music, holiday discounts, and more during the 30th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving, November 29 to December 1, 2013.

Now is the time to plan your weekend!  Visit  www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Discover-Wine-Country to see a list of  participating local wineries.   Travelers can also order The Guide to Wine Country Thanksgiving in early November by clicking here.

Special Wine Tour packages are available here at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport that include eight wine tasting vouchers to 4 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:

Visit www.grandhotelbridgeport.com or contact our front desk at 866-968-5757 to learn more and reserve your package today! Visit www.willamettewines.com  for tips, recommended  routes, and turn-by-turn directions on your mobile phone with the Willamette Valley Mobile Wine Tour.

 

Plan Your Visit to the 2013 Oregon Wine Memorial Weekend Event!

Apr 19, 2013

Memorial Day Wine Country

Willamette Valley Wineries invites you to the 23rd annual Memorial Weekend event, May 25-27, 2013.

For the past 23 years, Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms throughout the region kick off the summer by opening their doors inviting the public to spend Memorial Day weekend  in Oregon Wine country.  Visitors can expect to partake in extraordinary tastings of the region’s acclaimed Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other exciting wines, vineyard tours, food, special events and entertainment.

Here’s your chance to explore wine country in a fun and casual setting or  spend the weekend getting to know the smaller or newer producers that are only open on Memorial Day & Thanksgiving weekends.

Now is the time to plan your visit by completing the following actions:

  • Request a copy of the printed Guide to Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, which includes all winery activities and a touring map. Simply email info@willamettewines.com to request your guide (distributed in early May). Please include your mailing address.
  • Plot your course with these wine tasting routes.
  • Get ready to sip with these wine tasting tips.
  • Sign up for a special Memorial Weekend Wine Essentials Class to start your wine tasting experience on the right foot.
  • Use the Mobile Wine Tour to navigate to your destinations, offering turn-by-turn directions to our wineries right on your smart phone.

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.

For more information and to plan your weekend visit Willamette Valley Wineries Association.

Need a place to stay? The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is proud to offer wine lovers luxurious accommodations, free parking, free WiFi(helpful as you are planning your afternoon of wine tasting!), and a free chef prepared breakfast the following morning! What more do you need?  Book a Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Wine Package and you will see what we mean!

Tax Free Holiday Shopping? Yes Please!

Nov 27, 2012

Photo via Woodburn Company Stores

Even if you missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, there is still plenty of time of take advantage of great savings at premiere shopping centers like Bridgeport Village and Woodburn Company Stores without having to pay a pesky sales tax!

Just for you holiday shoppers, we created the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Shopping package to help you enjoy holiday shopping by day and unwind in your comfortable room at night.  When you book this package, we will also give you a $25 gift card to Bridgeport Village or Woodburn Company Stores (you choose).  

Enjoy amenities like free covered parking, free WiFi, indoor pool and workout room, cozy lobby with a fireplace, friendly service, free hot breakfast……and the best part: Convenience!  We are within walking distance of Bridgeport Village and a quick drive to Woodburn Company Stores, the largest outlet center in Oregon.

While you are here, also check out:

Washington Square Mall
9585 SW Washington Square Rd.
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 639-8860

• 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


The Streets of Tanasbourne

19350 NW Emma Way
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 533-0561

• Located just off Hwy. 26 on NW Cornell Road
• Outdoor shopping cluster of more than 50 specialty shops and national retailers, eight restaurants

Visit www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com for more information on great holiday shopping destinations!

photo credit: ryanjzeigler via photopin cc

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
503-620-5262/boxoffice@broadwayrose.org
www.broadwayrose.org

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.
www.bridgeport-village.com

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
503-747-9856
www.tigardhistorical.org

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
503-926-8033
www.oregonchorale.org

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
503-691-3076
www.tualatinoregon.gov

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 www.brownpapertickets.com.
Winona Grange 8340 SW Seneca St
503-691-2078
www.sandairishentertainment.com

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
503-348-6954
Email: bolewicz@netzero.net
www.easygofarm.net

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
503-625-4233/RobinHoodFestival@gmail.com
www.robinhoodfestival.org

Portland

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
www.thesquarepdx.org

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 www.holidayale.com  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.
www.craftywonderland.com

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.
www.thegrotto.org

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
www.christmasships.org

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.
www.oregonzoo.org

Check with these sources for additional events and information:

www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com
www.travelportland.com

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