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Memorial Day Weekend in North Willamette Wine Country

May 18, 2011

Dozens of local wineries offer tastings, pairings and activities during Memorial Day Weekend.

Want to plan a memorable getaway for Memorial Day? Come to Wine Country!   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!

The North Willamette Vintners roll open their cellar doors this Memorial Day weekend and invite wine lovers to experience the bounty of the North Willamette Valley. During the three-day holiday weekend, dozens of wineries located just minutes from Portland will welcome spring and kick off wine tasting season with extraordinary tastings, special events and entertainment.

“With our close proximity to Portland, we offer guests a truly authentic wine country experience easily accessible for a day excursion or a full weekend trip” explains Laurine Apolloni, President of North Willamette Vintners. “Guests can drive less and taste more in the North Willamette Valley this Memorial Day weekend”

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 www.NWVintners.com.

Dine at Agave…Take in a Movie…..and a Night at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport!

Mar 18, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action! at the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport

New “Dinner and a Movie Package” Package Available for the next 2 weekends! March 18-20 & March 25-27

We have partnered with the popular Bridgeport Village restaurant, Agave Grill to provide a limited time offer to experience a great “Date Night”  at Bridgeport Village!

Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Bridgeport Village’s most popular restaurants and then relax with some popcorn in one of Regal Cinema’s over-sized chairs!

The package includes:
. Free Appetizer Coupon from Agave Grill
. (2) Movie Tickets to Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18
. Luxuriously Appointed Guest Room

The package price starts at $119 (plus tax) for a Classic King! BUT if you are really looking to impress, you can upgrade to a Jacuzzi Suite for only $139 (plus tax)

Please call the Front Desk directly at 866-968-5757 and ask for the “Dinner and a Movie Package” to take advantage of this offer today!

This limited offer is available the weekends of 3/18/11-3/20/11 and 3/25/11-3/27/11.

Featured Bridgeport Village Spotlight: Split Dine & Drink

Feb 08, 2011

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport has partnered with Split Wine Bar at Bridgeport Village to give your loved one the most romantic Valentines Day evening you can find…so we decided to feature this local Bridgeport Village hot spot on our blog this week!

Customers appreciate their diverse menu and unique mix of small plates and handcrafted dishes made with local ingredients.  The dishes  pair quite nicely with their extensive wine list that features a range that will please the senses- no matter what the mood.

The elegant yet comfortable interior creates the perfect intimate space to enjoy a romantic Valentines Day dinner with your loved one.

Just For Valentines Day: The Suites for your Sweets Package! You would be hard pressed to plan a more romantic Valentine’s Day than dinner at Split Wine Bar  coupled with a one night stay in a luxuriously appointed Jacuzzi suite at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport.

The package includes:
$50.00 Gift Certificate to Split Wine Bar
Fresh Flowers
Gourmet Chocolates
Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
Late checkout
Please call: 866-968-5757 to reserve.

See Split Wine Bar in this Western Culinary Institute Split spot

The Mysterious History of Valentines Day

Jan 26, 2011

Valentine's Day Package at The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport

Each year millions of couples around the world will exchange tokens of affection in the form of gifts, cards, candy or flowers in honor of  Valentines Day on February 14. Restaurants are filled with couples celebrating romance over a special dinner; hotels get booked with couples who choose to celebrate with a romantic getaway (like our special Suites for Your Sweets Package)

So how did these Valentines Day traditions begin and who is this mysterious St. Valentine we keep hearing about?  My search brought me to History.com which gave me some very interesting details to share:

I learned that the origins of Valentines Day are somewhat mysterious:

  • *Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome and was ordered to be put to death when he continued to perform marriages after Emperor Claudius II had outlawed it (so men would be better soldiers)
  • *Another legend says that Valentine fell in love with the daughter of one of his jailers while in prison and actually sent the first “valentine” greeting to her before his death- a love letter signed “From your Valentine,”
  • *Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum.
  • *Valentine’s Day as we now know it began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century in Great Britain.
  • *The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”

Special Valentines Day Package: The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport is celebrating Valentines Day by partnering with Split Wine Bar to provide you and your Amore with a romantic getaway.

For only $199.00 (plus tax) you will be able to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Split Wine Bar and then return to a luxuriously appointed Jacuzzi suite. If you’ve missed out on the Jacuzzi Suites we are offering the same package added to a Classic King room for $169.00 (plus tax).

The package includes:

  • $50.00 Gift Certificate to Split Wine Bar
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Gourmet Chocolates
  • Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
  • Late checkout

Don’t waste any time!  These suites book up fast! Please call: 866-968-5757 to reserve.

Travel Oregon Wants You to Go On an Oregon Epicurean Excursion

Aug 26, 2010

Oregon travelers and food lovers have a good reason to celebrate!  On August 23, Travel Oregon launched the The Oregon Bounty Wanderfeast. Oregon Bounty is a statewide promotion that celebrates Oregon’s culinary abundance and the fall harvest season.

“The intimacy of our culinary scene is one of the incredible, relatively undiscovered aspects of Oregon,” said Travel Oregon’s Director of Brand Strategy, Holly Macfee. “It’s one of the few states where you can eat or drink right alongside the producers that grow, make or cook the ingredients. Fall is one of the best times of year for Oregon foodie travel since many of the products are at their peak.”

From August 23rd through November 30th, Oregon Bounty highlights unique travel experiences, fall events and the state’s chefs, winemakers, brewers, farmers and culinary artisans. For a complete list of celebration information, contest rules and to enter, visit www.Traveloregon.com/Bounty.

Where to Go? Try Split Dine and Drink in Bridgeport Village To Unwind at The End of the Day

Jan 20, 2010
Enomatic Wine System

Enomatic Wine System

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.

Recurring Events
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

Featured Business of The Month: Zao Noodle Bar in Bridgeport Village

Jan 16, 2010

Zao Noodle Bar With so many businesses, retail stores and dining choices in the Tualatin / Tigard, Oregon area- we aim to highlight some of our favorites each month by telling our guests all about them.  And since Zao Noodle Bar brings authentic street-food of China, Thailand, and VietNam to to Bridgeport Village- we thought they would be an excellent business to shine a spotlight on this month!

Our guests who have visited their Bridgeport Village location have complimented their Asian inspired menu and service many times. Favorites include Ginger-Garlic-Chili Chicken and Crunchy Thai Shrimp Salad. Promoting good health and nutrition to their customers is important to them and they openly disclose all nutritional information on their site.   Their menu features dishes that are low in fat, high (or low) in carbohydrates, and can meet nearly any dietary preference.  We love their fresh ingredients and their organic broth they use to make their Noodle Bowls.

Other things we love: They are family friendly and their “Tofu Fries” are to die for!  Overall, this restaurant has received mostly positive reviews!  Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

Zao Company President

Zao Company President

Note from the Company President Matthew Baizer:

Zao has plenty of options for all our guests so whether you are looking for low in saturated fat (Chicken PhoChicken Pho), light in calories (Crunchy Thai Shrimp SaladCrunchy Thai Shrimp Salad), vegan (Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl with 5 Vegetables & TofuVietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl with 5 Vegetables & Tofu), gluten free (Pad ThaiPad Thai), cholesterol free (Zao Spicy Black Bean Veggie Stir FryZao Spicy Black Bean Veggie Stir Fry) or indulgent (Banana Spring Roll with Coconut Ice CreamBanana Spring Roll with Coconut Ice Cream) we have an option for you.

It’s my mission to expand Zao to hungry pan-Asian diners across the country. To that extent we have made Zao available for licensing and franchising opportunities nationwide. Our licensing business is essentially for non-traditional locations and you will find our first limited service food court version of Zao (Zao Noodle Express) thriving on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in the heart of Los Angeles. With more non-traditional sites to come as well as full service franchising opportunities, this is an exciting new way to bring our food to throngs of hungry folks who haven’t been exposed to much of the fabulous fare that Southeast Asia has to offer. In order to fit with the Zao philosophy of embracing technology wherever effective and possible, we are taking all new franchise applications exclusively online. If you are interested in learning more, visit the franchising section.

Company History: In April 1996 Adam Willner founded the Zao Noodle Bar concept based on a vision of making Asian street food accessible to the American public. Prior to Zao, Adam spent ten years in the restaurant business in San Francisco where he held management positions with Il Fornaio, Etrusca, and Cypress Club as a consultant specializing in restaurant openings. He has expertise in restaurant operations, construction management, site selection, marketing, Asian food, and concept creation. During his tenures he created award winning wine and beverage programs as well as training programs for restaurant personnel. Adam earned a bachelors degree from Wesleyan University.

Zao Noodle Bar
7237 SW Bridgeport Rd
Tigard, OR 97224-7765

+1.503.620.6500

Hours

Mon – Thr: 11am – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Payment Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, Cash

Reservations Not accepted

* Free parking. No validation needed.


Wondering Where to Watch the Rose Bowl in Tualatin , Oregon?

Dec 28, 2009

Oregon DucksThis Friday, January 1 is the BIG GAME.  I am talking about the 2010 Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena!   If you are like many, you were not able to secure your tickets in time.  If that is the case, where will you be going to root for (or against -depending on who you ask) the Mighty Oregon Ducks?!?!

Need a Local Suggestion?   The Hot Seat Sports Bar in downtown Tualatin is a local favorite.  Since opening in 1999, it has become the city’s premier adults only sports bar. Sports fans LOVE their 21 HDTVs (yes- 21) two big screens including a 100″ HD screen so you never miss a second of sports action.  Their menu features great selections for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner – and seven different varieties of hot wings.

They also have a solid beer selection- drafts, bottles or cocktails.  Be sure to call ahead on Friday to check for seating availability- or plan to get their early.

(971) 252-4324

18791 SW Martinazzi Ave
Tualatin, OR 97062

Photo Credit: OregonLive.com


Holiday Deals and Entertainment on Tap For Black Friday Shoppers at Bridgeport Village

Nov 23, 2009

pr_bridgeport-village-11Yes, 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 reservations@grandhotelbridgeport.com.

If you are coming by- be sure to check out some of these special events happening this Friday!


santawithbagThe 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


The Grand Hotel and Bridgeport Village: A Match Made in Shopping Heaven

Sep 30, 2009

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport has been warmly embraced by our new neighbors- The Bridgeport Village shopping district.  We found this unique mix of local, regional and national shops located 10 miles south of downtown Portland to be among the best shopping districts in Oregon. Our guests will be sure to enjoy amenities such as special events, concerts and store promotions, the newest film releases at the Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX, superior guest services, a children’s play area conveniently located near center court, and free WIFI at Center Court and select stores.

Here is the best part: TAX FREE Shopping at elegant stores such as Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie, The Container Store, Tommy Bahama, Cole Haan, Eileen Fisher, Oregon Scientific, Shoefly, Carl Greve, Bella Casa, Oblation Papers & Press, Anthropologie, BCBG MAXAZRIA, Coldwater Creek, Goodnight Room, Mario’s 3.10, lucy and so many more.

TAX FREE Dining at a diverse selection of restaurants including McCormick & Schmick’s Grill, Tutto Bene Italian Cafe & Gelato Bar, and Zao Noodle Bar in Oregon. Sinju Japanese Restaurant (named the best Japanese restaurant in Portland by Portland Monthly magazine), California Pizza Kitchen, Pastini Pastaria, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and more.

Bridgeport Village Shoppers Enjoy Dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill

Bridgeport Village Shoppers Enjoy Dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill

Events and Promotions this Month:
*  Dovelewis 2010 Calendar Sales – Thru December 31
* Fall Garden Display – October 2-31
* Streets of Treats – October 31
* Stroller Strides – Every Saturday at 9am
* New Balance Portland & Race for the Cure – Thru September 28
* Coldwater Creek – Value of the Sweater Knit – Thru September 29
* Goodnight Room – Back to Basics Back in Shape Sale – Thru September 30
* New Balance – Fall Sports Apparel & Shoe Sale – October 1-17
* Blue Tangerine – Event – October 1
* Merrell – Free gift with purchase – Thru October
* Carl Greve – Ippolita Event – October 2-4
* Sur la Table – Free Demonstrations – October 3
* Mario’s 3.10 – Girlfriend Day – October 7
* Crate & Barrel – Fall Upholstery Sale – Thru October 12
* J. Jill – New Collection Discount – Thru October 12
* Patrick James – Fall 2009 Custom Clothing Trunk Show – October 17
* The Container Store – Annual Shelving Sale – Thru October 18
* Yappy Hour – October 21
* Pastini Pastaria – Dessert’s on Us – Thru October 24
* Coldwater Creek – Blue Jeans in Pink – October 1-31
* The Container Store’s Store More Sweepstakes – Thru December 24
* Portland Classic Gallery – New Artist Showcase – Now Showing
* Romano’s Macaroni Grill – New Happy Hour – Daily from 3pm-close
* Emerge Medical Spa – Summer Laser Hair Removal – Sale on now
* Pastini Pastaria – New $6 Lunch Menu – Mondays-Fridays until 3pm
* The J. Jill Compassion Fund – Open Your Closet, Open Your Heart – Ongiong
* Zao Noodle Bar – Kids eat free Tuesdays!
* McCormick & Schmick’s Grill – Daily Happy Hour
* PF Chang’s New Happy Hour – Everyday 3pm – 6pm

Photo Credit:  The Bridgeport Village Facebook Page


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