Anyone who has ever planned a large event- whether it’s a wedding or a reunion or fundraiser knows that it takes multiple vendors to pull of such an event; but keeping up with the vendors can sometimes be a challenge.
That’s why we are joining some of Oregon and SW Washington’s very best vendors to showcase our event facilities and services at the Bravo! Live trade show October, 14th!
Imagine having the ability to meet with all of your vendors face-to-face, under one roof and plan your event in one fun-filled afternoon! In addition, this is a valuable opportunity to network with industry professionals, see the latest in event trends and all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the 2016 Event Guide- a goldmine of information.
We look forward to showcasing our luxurious accommodations and guest amenities in the heart of Bridgeport Village. Here’s a preview of what you can expect to hear from our event team. This video was produced by Charlotte’s Weddings.
For more than 25 years, Bravo! Publications & Tradeshows have been providing valuable wedding and event planning resources to brides, grooms, and event planners in the Pacific Northwest. The company represents multiple regions within Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information, please visit www.bravoevent.com.]]>
“Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you realize you’ve been missing the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta since 2004. Exactly what it sounds like, this annual October series of races consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of ginormous gourds through a water course on the lake at Tualatin Commons.” – Travel Portland
Yes, the one and only Annual West Coast Pumpkin Regatta is set to take place again on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
You’d be hard pressed to find another event that provides more joy for the whole family! There is just something about people dressing up in costumes and getting inside pumpkins that’s appeals to everyone. Maybe that’s why this annual Tualatin event has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Travel Channel, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, and Food Network Magazine.
Not only can you enjoy the sights of the great pumpkin race, but you will also enjoy fun activities like Live Music, Pumpkin Carving, Pie eating contests, Food and Drinks, Kids Crafts and More! The event will also feature the 5k Regatta Run/Walk, open to all who would like to join and support the Corporal Matthew Lembke Memorial Scholarship Fund.
So mark your calendars, book your hotel rooms (we are a short distance from this event)! This is a fun for all family event you won’t want to miss! To find more fun and adventure, download The City of Tualatin’s GetOut! Guide. Visit tualatinoregon.gov for more info.]]>
When you travel to our part of Oregon, you are in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country. Oregon Wine, Beer and Spirits are among the most celebrated in the world, so we decided to have a celebration of our own.
Guests 21 and over are invited to stop by the elegant Grand Hotel Bridgeport lobby on Tuesday afternoons and satisfy your palette with a fantastic wine or spirits tasting hosted by our featured winery from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Tuesday Tastings are a wonderful occasion for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best wine and spirits makers in our region. After the tasting, we encourage you to stroll (never drive after drinking alcohol) over to Bridgeport Village and enjoy a relaxing dinner and a movie. You’ve earned it!
Indio Spirits is a spirits distillery located right behind Bridgeport Village. The company has been producing distilled spirits since 2004. Visitors to their new tasting room can sample whiskey, vodka–including flavored vodkas–rum and gin, as well as tour the distillery. (Open from 2-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays). Learn more at www.indiospirits.com.
A family owned and operated winery producing wines from nearly 1,000 acres of Northwest estate vineyard sites. Duck Pond wines are distributed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Wines produced include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Red Blend, Dessert Wines. For more info visit www.duckpondcellars.com.
Rooted in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Solena Estate is an 35 acre estate vineyard and winery that produces primarily biodynamically-farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as small quantities of warm varietal wines from Southern Oregon and the Red Mountains of Washington. Wines produced include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Late Harvest Riesling. For more info, visit www.solenaestate.com.]]>
Ready to be wowed and inspired?
Local homebuilders invite the public to explore nine exciting, cutting edge homes during The NW Natural Street of Dreams, a luxury home show tour happening in Lake Oswego, Oregon August 1 through August 30, 2015. The event, presented by Community Financial Corporation/Banner Bank & Standard TV & Appliance, is one of the highest attended luxury home tours in the country.
The site of the 2015 Street of Dreams is The Highlands, one of Oregon’s premier neighborhoods.We are proud to be among the many outstanding businesses helping to sponsor this year’s festivities including an exciting kick off Block Party celebration July 29, 2015 along with “Style at the Street” on August 11th (ladies,do not miss this one).
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is the preferred hotel of the 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams. Please contact us at (503) 968-5757 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the “Street of Dreams” rate!
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand these energy efficient designs made with locally-sourced building materials, the latest technology along with innovative landscaping and sustainable products in Lake Oswego’s newest neighborhood!]]>
Book the Tee Time Golf Package at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport for a great value and a truly unique outing at one of Oregon’s premier public golf courses.
Langdon Farms has been the preferred course for many of our guests for several reasons. The close proximity to our hotel, the service, the quality and the layout of this course are what makes it a pleasure for golfers of all skill levels. It’s no wonder Langdon Farms Golf Club ranked as one of the top Portland golf courses and the “#1 golf course to host a tournament or corporate event in Oregon” ~The Portland Business Journal
Don’t just listen to us, read what other people are saying (source Google Reviews):
“Extremely well kept and manicured. I love playing there.”
“Course is always in amazing condition. They are always proactive and the landscaping is the equivalent of any country club in the area. The greens are always in perfect condition and they can be quite fast.”
“Langdon Farms is an excellent golf course. I personally believe that the condition of the course is better there than any other course in the Portland area, including other top-tier courses…I also am a fan of the design and believe that it is unique and fun.As far as the staff and facilities go, I feel treated like a member of a country club.”
Call the front desk at 866-968-5757 to schedule your tee time today!
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport offers a number of hotel packages that combine our luxurious guest rooms and suites with some of the best that the Bridgeport, Tigard and Tualatin areas have to offer. Learn more about our Hotel Packages.]]>
Start the evening with dinner at Sinju Sushi (in Bridgeport Village), take in a performance at Broadway Rose Theater (in Tigard) and cap it off with drinks and dessert at decarli (in Beaverton, Oregon).
Here’s a sample of just a few more of the local night time options available after sundown
Go out for Dinner
Innovative menus, fresh ingredients and authentic cuisine paired with world-class wines is the recipe for the outstanding dining experience you’ll have at many of our local restaurants.
Experience Live Performances
Live theater, dance, music and choral performances are found on the stages of Washington County.From professional theater companies to regional performance groups, there are productions to choose from nearly every weekend.
Visit a Local Art Gallery
Our local communities embrace local artisans, resulting in many galleries with exhibits showcasing local artists. Watch for public art displays, festivals and events as well.
Spend the Evening at a Famous Bookstore
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (as in the world-famous independent bookstore) in nearby Beaverton boasts more than half-a-million new, used, rare and hard-to-find titles.
Go to the Movies!
Finally, spend the evening watching a flick at Joy Cinema and Pub, an affordable movie theater specializing in second-run Hollywood flicks, as well as retro classics, and 3-D movies. Our guests can also take in one of summer’s hottest movies while enjoying popcorn and kicking back in one of the over-sized chairs at Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX. The best part? It’s is just a few blocks away!
Combine a relaxing evening in one of our luxurious guest rooms with a special night out!
Dinner and a Movie
The perfect date night. We have partnered with Pastini in Bridgeport Village to provide you with a relaxing evening out! Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Bridgeport’s most popular restaurants and then take in a movie Regal Cinemas!
Drama at the Grand
The Lakewood Theater in nearby Lake Oswego has a fantastoc selection of culturally rich experiences to choose from. Treat yourself to one of their professional stage productions at the Lakewood Theater and a luxurious night at The Grand Hotel.
Please call the Front Desk directly at (503) 968-5757 to take advantage of these offers today!
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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