The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport along with our sister hotel, The Grand Hotel in Salem, are pleased to announce that both hotels have been rewarded with the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award!
“This award means a great deal to us because it is a reflection of the experience our guests have while staying in our hotels,” says Vips Vice President, Greg McManus. “We are exceptionally proud of our hard working staff who have helped us earn this special designation for 5 years in a row and thankful to our guests who took the time to leave us a review which makes this award possible!”
The Hall of Fame award is awarded only to businesses in the hospitality that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
Now in its 5th year, this prestigious award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers like these:
Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.
We hope you enjoy your future stay with us, we are always listening to our guests and our GM, Bill Sheldon frequently responds directly to our user reviews. Click here to read more TripAdvisor reviews and/or to leave one yourself!
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The outdoor concert series at Bridgeport Village has grown so popular over the past few years, the premiere shopping and dining destination will be hosting a musical celebration featuring big acts and local performers 4 nights a week July 2nd-August 29th!
The Summer of Celebration will kick off July 2, 2015 featuring piano and acoustic guitar duo, Moody Little Sister and everyone’s favorite local feel good band, The Beatniks.
Our guests will no doubt enjoy an evening of outdoor music, shopping and dining at Pacific Northwest’s preeminent fashion and lifestyle shopping center. Click here for a complete schedule and to learn more about other Bridgeport Village summer events like
Art Walk Tuesdays at June 9th – August 25th, 3pm-7pm
Come meet the artists, browse & shop, while you enjoy discounts, prizes, complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at participating stores. Visitors will also be able to purchase art directly from the artists. Start at the Gazebo, Center Court. Free and open to the public.
2nd annual Classic Car Show June 28th
Over 70 classics, customs, and rods on display with a tribute meet and greet with Hollywood icons like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Lucille Ball! And the kids will love to take pictures with Tow Mater from the Disney movie Cars! Plus, enjoy village wide savings all weekend long.
Photo Source: Bridgeport Village on Facebook
Photo Source: Bridgeport Village on Facebook
Source: Travel Portland
Summer in Portland means music under the sun and stars. The annual Waterfront Blues Festival (July 2–5) coincides with Independence Day festivities; Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman and Galactic with Macy Gray will headline this year in the natural amphitheater of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. After last year’s wildly successful debut, Project Pabst (July 17–19) returns with Blondie, Weezer, Passion Pit, TV On The Radio, The Buzzcocks and others at Zidell Yards in the South Waterfront District and at clubs around town. PDX Pop Now! (July 24–26) gathers local artists for an all-ages music festival — complete with food carts, a street fair and Rigsketball — under the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.
The 16th annual Pickathon (July 31–Aug. 2) returns to Pendarvis Farm in nearby Happy Valley, where performances in the woods and barns entertain music-lovers and family-friendly camping is available throughout the premises; the lineup includes Summer Cannibals, Cloud Nothings, Ty Segall, The Turnpike Troubadours and Heartless Bastards, among others. MusicFestNW (Aug. 21–23) offers another powerhouse lineup of Foster the People, Beirut, Modest Mouse, Belle and Sebastian, and more at Waterfront Park.
The Oregon Zoo attracts national acts to its summer concert series — including the likes of Chicago, The B-52s and Indigo Girls — as does McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, where the Doobie Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss & Union Station, Lyle Lovett and The Decemberists are a small sampling of talent gracing the historic property’s concert lawns.
More Cool Stuff Coming Up
At the heart of Portland’s popular culture for more than a century, the Rose Festival has its roots in tradition, with inspired programming that embraces both the contemporary and the nostalgic. Visionary city leaders started the festival during the first decade of the 20th Century to put Portland on the map and brand it “the summer capital of the world.” Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous – both for its remarkable, award-winning events and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism.
The annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts – a city-wide celebration of visual arts with an education program – is created and administered by the Lakewood Center.
Go to the following sites more information on these and other summer festivals in PDX
Do you believe in the power of education around the world? We do, and we think that you will too once you attend a very special Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by Friends of Pimpollo (pronounced pim-poy-o) at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport on May 6, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The event features Oaxacan style food and special guest speakers who will highlight the remarkable transformation the group has accomplished in the Vicente Guerrero community in Southern Mexico.
“This is our 15th anniversary as an organization,” says FOP Executive Director Laura Ruggles. “We are especially honored to welcome our keynote speaker, Bonifacio Luis Hernandez, program coordinator in the community of Vicente Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico!”
The 7th annual Friends of Pimpollo Cinco de Mayo Celebration is open to the public and free of charge (donations will be accepted). If you wish to attend, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate if you are attending the event in Tigard or in Salem (May 5th) and be sure to include your name, the number of seats you will need and the name of your guests.
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport has a very special connection to Friends of Pimpollo. Many of our staff members along with some of the staff at The Grand Hotel in Salem, Bentley’s Grill and The Salem Convention Center have been personally involved with the organization for many years and have seen first hand the enormous impact the organization has had on these communities with programs such as:
All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the incredible growth and transitions that have happened since FOP was founded 15 years ago. Please email email@example.com to RSVP and for more information.]]>
Did you know one of the most precious natural attractions in our region is just minutes from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport? The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, a 1856 acre wildlife sanctuary home to nearly 200 bird species and 70+ other animal species, is a quick drive from Tualatin and Tigard (15 miles SW of Portland).
It was established as an urban refuge to provide habitats for a variety of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish and other resident wildlife. Walking trails in the refuge include a one-mile trail open year-round and a three-mile service road open from May-September.
Though the refuge is located in an urban surrounding (it’s just one of approximately ten urban refuges in the U.S.), you would never know it once you enter this magical place. Many of our visitors tell us the serene and quiet environment makes them feel as if they’ve have been transported to another world.
According to their annual report, nearly 20,000 visitors passed through the Wildlife Center this past year. Here’s what some visitors had to say-
“A beautiful, well preserved area – with a park, hiking and walking trails, a river, fields, forest, picnic spots, etc. A great area for respite from the hustle and bustle of the new age!”
“This is a favorite family getaway, we have been coming here since the day they opened!”
“Great stop! Bring binoculars, OR RENT THEM from the visitors center. Go inside the visitors center and use their binocular set up to see the eagles nest!!!!!!”
“Great trails for easy walks, well-maintained benches and observation areas. A good mix of forested and open spaces with excellent opportunities for bird-watching with the naked eye.”
Source: Yelp & Trip Advisor
“Tualatin is setting an example of how an urban refuge should work with the community,” Joan Patterson, director of grassroots outreach at the National Wildlife Refuge Association in Washington, D.C., says in this Oregonian article and adds that the Friends are a “model for the rest of the nation.”
The 6,300-square-foot Wildlife Center is open year-round and includes classrooms, a student lab, a gift shop, and informational displays, and hands-on exhibits, and is next to a grove of oak trees estimated to be 350 years old.
It is described in this 2008 post as “a shrine to curiosity, wonder and awe. The display hall tells the history of the refuge in murals, from untouched wilderness to tamed onion fields to the ongoing effort of restoring its 1,358 acres to their natural state…..the center is meant only as a base, a brief perch for visitors before they swoop out to explore wetland and forest.”
When you go-
Don’t miss the Tualatin River Bird Festival on May 16, 2015! This special celebration of wildlife features exciting outdoor fun and activities, entertainment, guided bird walks and more at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
During your visit, we hope you will discover the many natural wonders in our area with the Nature Passport — a handy, portable guide to some of the best nature spots in the area provided by Washington County Visitors Association.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit: www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org.
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photo credit: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge via photopin (license)]]>
The Festival of Balloons in Tigard is not only one of our favorite events, it’s one of the most beloved events in Oregon attracting an estimated 15,000 people each year!
What’s not to love about spending the day in Tigard’s beautiful Cook Park watching hot air balloons launching into the morning sky, craft vendor booths, a Funtastic carnival, a youth soccer tournament, live music and entertainment and more? Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon is back June 26-28, 2015.
Don’t come for just the day, stay for the whole weekend so you can watch the balloon launches and experience the night glow (illuminated hot air balloons) on Friday and Saturday nights. We are a short drive to the festival, so why not relax in one of our comfortable rooms or suites?
If you do watch the balloon launch, plan to arrive VERY EARLY. Balloons launch from the field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings between 5:45 AM – 6:15 AM (weather and winds permitting).
Call (503) 968-5757 or toll-free at (866) 968-5757 to find out about room rates and vacancy.
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: Julia Gray via Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon on Facebook]]>
Here are 5 new attractions to add to your itinerary on your next visit courtesy of Washington County Visitors Association.
Waltz Brewing is the first of two new tasting rooms that opened in Forest Grove in 2014. Waltz Brewing’s taproom features 21 diverse beers on tap, and will eventually feature limited-release and experimental brews, including those produced in-house. In addition to serving local brews, the brewery doubles as a record store and features an eclectic mix of 2,000-3,000 albums.
Bull Run Cider will move into its new production and tasting facility this fall, marking the second tasting room to open in Forest Grove in 2014. Bull Run Cider currently produces five different varieties of hard cider, and is the only cidery in Washington County. The move to the new production facility will allow the cider company to increase cider production. In addition to a producing the ciders on-site, the new facility also will feature a tasting room and small bar.
VillaSport is a premier, high-end resort club, featuring various amenities for adults, teens and children. Located across the street from Nike World Headquarters, the club has a full-service day spa, a variety of spa treatments for women, men and teens, as well as prenatal services. Among the most popular club amenities is the indoor and outdoor aquatic facility, which includes a family recreation pool with water slides, water walk and family whirlpool. Non-member day passes will be available for approximately $30 (USD) per guest/per day.
Cabela’s is a 10,220 square-metre destination outfitter store for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, and is the largest outfitter of its kind in the world. The new store, located in Tualatin, Oregon, also serves as a wildlife museum, which incorporates taxidermy pieces from around the Pacific Northwest as well as interpretive information about the Missoula Floods that happened during the Ice Age more than 14,000 years ago. Greeting visitors is a nine-foot, bronze mastodon sculpture, a nod to the mastodon bones found in Tualatin in the 1870s.
World of Speed, a nonprofit experiential motor sports exposition, is gearing up for its opening in 2015. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the world of racing. Programming and activities will expose young people to the opportunities available in the auto industry, and to help educate them to enter the workforce or advance to specialized education. Admission to the all-ages museum will start at $10 for adults; group rates will be available.
ABOUT OREGON’S WASHINGTON COUNTY: THE TUALATIN VALLEY
Oregon’s Washington County: The Tualatin Valley is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast and covers 727 square miles. Cities and communities include: Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.
The Tualatin Valley is home to world-class golf courses; more than 30 award-winning wineries, nearly a dozen breweries and three distilleries; an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking and cycling trails, camping and a zip-line park; wetlands and wildlife preserves; superb dining and myriad shopping. For more information, visit the Washington County Visitors Association’s official destination website www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com.
Photo Credit: World of Speed USA on Facebook]]>
You love Oregon wine, so why not treat yourself to the ultimate Oregon wine tasting experience? The North Willamette Vintners (NVW) invite you to do just that the weekend of April 11–12,2015 when they present the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend.
Wine lovers of all levels are invited to spend the 2nd weekend of April exploring Oregon wine country and enjoying exquisite tastings, pairings, entertainment, and activities. Discover each individual winery through tours, one-of-a-kind demonstrations, and hand-on activities. Guests will also enjoy handcrafted foods, gifts and other products by local artisians at participating wineries for this special weekend.
For more information or a list of member wineries, please visit www.nwvintners.org. You can also follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook and Twitter at @NWVintners. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Need a place to stay? We can help with that! Make it a full weekend and book The Grand Hotel Bridgeport Wine Tour Package. Please call us toll-free at 866-968-5757 for rates and availability.
About North Willamette Vintners
The North Willamette Vintners represents independent wineries crafting fine wines in the northern boundary of Willamette Valley’s wine region. You will find NVW wineries and vineyards easily accessible for either a weekend trip or a day excursion. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland, in the nearby communities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro and Tigard.
As the lovely spring weather approaches, many of you will soon be making travel plans for Spring and Summer. Before you pack your bags and head to the Tualatin Valley/Portland area, make sure you add some of these ideas we found on the Washington County Visitors Association website to your itinerary:
#1 CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF HEIGHTS
Plenty of Washington County’s attractions can test the limits of one’s fear of heights, from Tree to Tree Adventure Park, “a playground in the trees,” complete with tree-top obstacles and zip-lines, to flights over the Willamette Valley by hot-air balloon or glider plane. (Seasonal; closed/not available November-March; check individual websites)
#2 TAKE LIFE BY THE HANDLEBARS
If Portland is a top destination for bicyclists in the Pacific Northwest, Washington County is a close runner-up. Tour wineries, explore nature or simply take a leisurely ride through the country along one or more of Washington County’s scenic and rural bike-friendly trails, including the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
#3 CATCH A LIVE PERFORMANCE
Washington County has a burgeoning theater community, and is home to two premier professional theatre companies, the famed Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Bag&Baggage Productions, as well as several regional and repertory companies, such as Beaverton Civic Theater and Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre.
#4 DISCOVER LOCAL ARTISTS
Local colleges and universities provide some of the area’s finest collections of art. The Oregon College of Art and Craft houses the Hoffman Gallery of Art, and Pacific University has the Kathrin Carwein Gallery of Art. Community centers and local galleries also feature outstanding art collections and exhibitions from the past to the present, such as the Washington County Museum and Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center. Or create a work of art at Live Laugh Love Glass, a hands-on glass-blowing studio.
#5 DINE IN STYLE
While Portland’s dining scene has earned huge buzz, Washington County has laid claim to some of the region’s best ethnic cuisine. Restaurants such as Syun Izakaya, Du Kuh Bee and Chennai Masala, have been recognized among the best restaurants in the Greater Portland region for their authentic and innovative menus
#6 PLAY SOME GOLF
With 12 public and semi-private golf courses throughout the county—many in rural, agricultural areas, including the prestigious Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club—Washington County features some of the best golf courses in the state.
#7 FIND A TREASURE
Whether perusing the gems at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals or discovering treasures at an antiques boutique or unique shop, there are plenty of treasures to be found in Oregon’s Washington County, and shopping is always tax-free here!
ABOUT OREGON’S WASHINGTON COUNTY
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, breweries and distilleries, 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 media room.
The museum will offer visitors a unique look into the world of racing through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, classrooms, a mechanic’s workshop and an comprehensive library.
Guests will find several exhibits dedicated to the motorsports world. Housed in an 80,000 square-foot building, World of Speed will display over 100 vehicles from NASCAR, drag racers, motorcycles and sports cars for all to enjoy.
One of the largest exhibits flanking the north side of the museum will be ZERO to 1000 mph, presented by Castrol Oil. The exhibit will take visitors through the exciting history of land speed racing.
“Our vision is to showcase our amazing car collection in a destination tourist attraction that supports the visitor industry, and inspires young people to explore career opportunities in the auto industry in a fun and exciting environment” says Executive Director Tony Thacker.
World of Speed is a short 10 minute drive from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport and will make for a great afternoon adventure for our guests. To learn more about the museum and it’s grand opening, follow their Facebook page or visit worldofspeed.org.
Photos via World of Speed on Facebook]]>
This is home to nearly 30 of Willamette Valley’s wineries, many featuring cozy tasting rooms and romantic views. The varietals produced in this growing wine region include much more than Pinot Noir. Cool-weather varietals, such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris (or Pinot Grigio), as well as Chardonnay, grow well in this region. Washington County also has the world’s only American owned-and-operated, premium-grade, large-production saké brewery, SakéOne, which offers saké tastings and free tours daily. Two distilleries and a dozen breweries also provide opportunities to experience more than Pinot Noir.
Cupid is visiting Oregon Wine Country for the fourth annual Valentine’s Wine Loop February 14-16, 2015. Join Ardiri Winery, Alloro Vineyard, Cooper Mountain and Raptor Ridge for a weekend of special wine tastings and pairings. Special events will be held at each stop. Tasting fees and hours vary at each winery in the loop. Click here for more details about this event.
To make your stay even better, we are featuring 3 very special hotel packages. Our guests enjoy classic, yet distinctive accommodations. Each of our over-sized rooms and suites comes standard with leather furniture in the living room area, a working desk and ergonomic office chair, complimentary high-speed internet access (either hard-wired or wifi), refrigerator, microwave, coffee station complete with organic NW coffee and local teas and a double-sized bathroom complete with a separate shower and tub. Our guests also enjoy a Complimentary breakfast buffet (6:30 to 10am Weekdays, 7 to 10:30am Weekends) and an Indoor pool and spa.
A Romance Package at the Grand Hotel in Tigard is a perfect place to spoil that special someone with a romantic getaway. This hotel package includes-
Deluxe Jacuzzi Suite, Grand Suite or Bridgeport Suite complete with an in-room Jacuzzi
Champagne or Sparkling Cider with two glasses
Fresh-cut roses in a vase
Box of chocolates
Late check out the following morning
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:
This package includes:
$50.00 Gift Certificate to Pastini
(2) Movie Tickets
Luxuriously Appointed Guest Room
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! Read more about Washington County’s wineries.
photo credit: Al404 via photopin cc]]>