Summer in Oregon is lovely, but the colors of autumn in PDX are spectacular. We just had to share Travel Portland’s recommendations on where to go to enjoy the beautiful colors of the season.
Originally Posted by Travel Portland
With its abundance of parkland in and around the city, Portland offers many places to appreciate fall foliage, whether it’s for an hour, a day or more.
West of downtown, the Portland Japanese Garden comprises five garden styles on five and a half acres, offering visitors vibrant color in a refuge of peace, harmony and tranquility. Nearby, Hoyt Arboretum is home to more than 1,400 species of trees and plants easily observed from trails meandering through the West Hills. Traverse the Hawthorne Trail for pops of brilliant crimson fruit ripening on pear, Kansas and English hawthorns, and watch for scarlet, maroon and plum shades of sourwood. The golden leaves of Japanese maples are visible from the Bristlecone Pine Trail, while dogwoods blaze red at the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial.
Take in nature’s canvas on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, 21 paved miles converted from a railway line dating to the 1920s. Just 26 miles west of Portland, the trail welcomes walkers, runners, cyclists and mounted riders. Head east of the city and wind along the historic Columbia River Scenic Byway for unparalleled views of the Columbia River Gorge, including the stunning Multnomah Falls. Some of the season’s best vistas are from the region’s many wine-tasting rooms. Continue east to Hood River and experience the Hood River Fruit Loop wineries, set among orchards in the picturesque Hood River Valley. Southwest of Portland, explore the more than 300 Willamette Valley wineries. Sit back, take in a view of the changing leaves and raise a glass of world-class pinot noir to toast the season.
About Travel Portland
Travel Portland works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. A private non-profit destination marketing organization with more than 1,000 partner businesses, Travel Portland operates a busy visitor information center, supports a climate of year-round hospitality, and helps our city, state and region reap the rewards of a thriving visitor industry.
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) recently launched another tool to help visitors navigate their way through Oregon’s Washington County: Tourism Assistance Portals (TAP). The TAP information kiosks provide travelers with in-destination information, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, shops and attractions, and handy interactive maps will help them with way finding.
“The installation of the Tourism Assistance Portal is one more way that visitors can find updated information about things to see and do while here in the Tualatin Valley,” said Carolyn McCormick, president and CEO of the WCVA. “These kiosks complement the existing tools we produce to help our visitors, such as visitor guides, bike maps and nature passports.”
Kiosks have been installed in 40 participating hotels, including the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, and chambers of commerce throughout the county. A kiosk also is located at the WCVA’s new visitor information center, located on the first floor of the City of Beaverton’s new City Hall at the Round, located at 12725 Southwest Millikan Way.
The WCVA is the official destination marketing organization for Washington County, Oregon. In addition to producing visitor materials, the WCVA operates a visitor information center, where visitors and residents can get information about lodging and attractions throughout the county, as well as regions around the state.
The visitor information center is located on the first floor of the Beaverton Building at The Round in downtown Beaverton, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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About the Washington County Visitors Association
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is an accredited, not-for-profit destination marketing organization that serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Washington County, Ore., as a destination for leisure and business travelers, and meeting, sports and events planners. The organization, which was established in 1983, is funded solely by a percentage of transient lodging taxes collected by lodging establishments in Washington County, Oregon. In addition to destination marketing, the WCVA supports tourism development, serves as an advocate for the tourism industry, and conducts annual research about the county’s tourism industry and its visitors.
If you saw something like a gorilla paddling a giant pumpkin on a lake, you would probably rub your eyes and wonder if you were dreaming; but that’s par for the course at the Annual West Coast Pumpkin Regatta!
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!]]>
The 2014 Oregon wine harvest season is upon us and we invite you to enjoy all that it has to offer by making a trip to Oregon Wine country during the 2014 North Willamette Harvest Trail event October 4th and 11th.
This annual event is one of the many exciting wine events organized by the North Willamette Vintners, a group of 43+ members representing wineries, tasting rooms and wine tourism partners throughout the northern reaches of the Willamette Valley. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland in the nearby communities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro, North Plains and Tigard.
“This annual event has become a signature event for our region,” said Juanita Lint, owner of Plum Hill Vineyards and former president of the North Willamette Vintners. “It is an extremely unique opportunity to actually experience harvest at this level….The guests love it.”
This year, guests will experience all that goes into making your favorite wines and Oregon saké. Your day will include a guided bus tour to three NWV wineries and (NEW this year) one saké brewery for complimentary tastings, nibbles, and hands-on harvest activities at each. You will walk the vineyard, work on the crush pad, and help in the winery, discovering each step of the winemaking process with the professionals.
Along the journey you will learn more about the region from your experienced tour guide on the bus and enjoy a wine country lunch at one of your winery stops, all included in your ticket. Buses depart from SakéOne at 9:30am for a tour of three vineyard and return to the parked vehicles at our around 4:30pm. Just like wine harvest, this event is rain or shine!
Click here for ticket and trip information or call 503.941.0609.
The North Willamette Valley wine region is easily accessible for a day trip or weekend excursion. Why not make a weekend of it in one of our luxurious rooms and suites? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability. You can also reach us by phone locally (503) 968-5757 or toll-free at (866) 968-5757.
For more information, a custom trip planner and profiles of member wineries, please visit www.nwvintners.org and follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook and Twitter for news and event info.
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Few things are more awesome than watching military jets roaring in the skies above as they thrill audiences with heart stopping maneuvers! The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a must-see air spectacle.
Their awe-inspiring formations, barrel rolls, and eye popping aerobatic maneuvers are but one of the many attractions to take place in skies of Hillsboro September 19-21, 2014 at the Hillsboro Airport when The Oregon International Air Show comes to town.
The only thing that can make this spectacular airshow even better is receiving complimentary tickets to this event when you enjoy a relaxing stay at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport.
Book The Sky is The Limit hotel package and you could receive up to two (2) *complimentary General Admission tickets to the Oregon International Air Show where you will see amazing demonstrations from the RCAF, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Jet Waco “Screamin’ Sasquatch,” Hammerhead Aerobatics, USAF Heritage Flight, and even the Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car and many more attractions sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Planes aren’t the only attraction at The Oregon International Air Show, either. One of the largest fireworks displays in Oregon is sure to dazzle you and the family, and there is even a Run on the Runway 5K race that guides you around the airport, across taxiways and allows you access to places only planes can go!
The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is proud to support this amazing weekend spectacle with a package deal not to be missed. Book today and receive up to two complimentary General Admission tickets to The Air Show, and let our friendly staff guide you to the fun!
*Tickets are valued at $20 each, but cannot be redeemed for cash. Tickets are good for any one day of the airshow. These tickets do not include a seat so bring your own low seating chair or blanket. Please see the website for more information about tickets for those 12 years old and under.]]>
The Tualatin Valley ranks among the most scenic regions of the state, with pristine wetlands, nature parks and wildlife observation points throughout the destination. To celebrate the splendor of autumn, the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is holding a “Focus on Autumn Nature Photo Contest,” which launches September 1, 2014.
Open to amateur and professional photographers, shutterbugs of all ages are invited to submit up to five images of Oregon’s Washington County’s natural beauty, wildlife and picturesque vineyard and valley rural landscapes.
Prize sponsors of the contest include The Shutterbug, Leupold Optics and onOne Software:
1st Place: Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera, plus UV filter, camera bag, Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer and more (provided by The Shutterbug), plus onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition software (total value $2,500)
2nd Place: Binoculars from Leupold Optics and onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition software (total value $475)
3rd Place: $100 Visa Gift Card and onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition software (total value $200)
Honorable Mention: onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition software (total value $100)
Images are to be submitted to flickr.com/groups/focusonautumn/, between September 1 and November 30, 2014 (early or late submissions will not be accepted). All images submitted for the contest may be used in the WCVA’s marketing materials, such as website, advertisements and social media efforts.
Complete official contest rules are available at oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Nature-Photos. Winners will be announced on the WCVA’s Facebook and Twitter pages by December 10, 2014.
ABOUT OREGON’S WASHINGTON COUNTY: THE TUALATIN VALLEY
Oregon’s Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast. The county spans 727 square miles, and includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. The destination is home to world-class golf courses, award-winning wineries, an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, lush, natural and scenic wetlands and wildlife preserves, superb dining, and myriad shopping. For more information about the region, visit oregonswashingtoncounty.com, or call 503-644-5555, toll-free 800-537-3149.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VISITORS ASSOCIATION
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a not-for-profit destination marketing organization that serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Oregon’s Washington County as a destination for leisure and business travelers, and meeting, sports and events planners. The organization, which was established in 1983, is funded solely by a percentage of transient lodging taxes collected by lodging establishments in Washington County, Oregon. In addition to destination marketing, the WCVA supports tourism development, serves as an advocate for the tourism industry, and conducts annual research about the county’s tourism industry and its visitors. For more information about the WCVA, visit wcva.org.
Now it’s even easier for travelers to discover the many natural wonders in our area. Washington County Visitors Association recently unveiled Nature Passport — a handy, portable guide to some of the best nature spots in the area.
Each entry in the passport features images, fun facts, detailed contact information and icons showing which amenities are available at that specific location, plus a space to collect a special stamp to show you’ve been there.
Passports can be picked up at the Washington County Visitor Information Center, or at any of the staffed locations listed in the Nature Passport:
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve
Hagg Lake Park
Tillamook Forest Center
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Tualatin Heritage Center
Washington County Museum
From biking to zip-lining, Oregon’s Washington County offers an array of outdoor recreation! COME OUTSIDE & PLAY! Learn more by clicking here.
Business centers located in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Wilsonville and Hillsboro can depend on us to help give their visitors the “Grand” treatment. Convenient, comfortable, and loaded with things to do, business travelers staying here enjoy the many amenities here including restaurants, shops and an IMAX cinema just steps away from their hotel rooms.
But don’t just take our word for it. Ask anyone! Here are some actual comments about us posted recently on TripAdvisor.com by real business travelers:
“Nice hotel with huge rooms”
The hotel is relatively close to a company I sometimes visit, and I always choose this hotel. The hotel is next to a shopping area (walking distance) with several nice restaurants and bars, and i big variety of different shops. The hotel is easy to reach from I-5. The reception personnel is professional and nice, and there are no queues. The rooms are huge and clean. The only minus is that they are dark, and I find it difficult to understand how to lit some of the lamps. Breakfast is completely ok even for an European. Great plus for oatmeal and fresh fruits. The gym is ok, but not more. I have never tried the pool – but there is one.
“Excellent rooms, service, and amenities”
I had stayed at this hotel twice previously and each time found it excellent. The rooms are large, well appointed and clean. The desk staff was professional and friendly and the breakfast included was better than most. I stayed for 4 days and was comfortable the entire time. If it were part of a chain, it would be comparable to the best limited service hotels
“Great Fun! I will recommend and stay again.”
All of the staff were helpful in preparing for the event I had at the hotel and problem solving any issues that came up. The hotel itself is beautiful and stunning from the second you walk through the doors. I was greeted every time I walked into the lobby. The rooms were HUGE, clean, and extremely quiet. The food was great and always fresh. The location is the best part. Right next to Bridgeport village for shopping, directly across from the street from an amazing restaurant (Claim Jumper), and easily accessible from I5. I would recommend this place and will definitely stay again.
“BIG clean rooms!”
We stayed at this hotel for a work trip where we were shown around the Willamette valley in Oregon and I really had a great time! The lobby is big and beautiful, the rooms are oversized and the beds were really comfy and the pillows were so soft I loved it! The bathrooms were oversized too and they had separate shower and baths so you could soak or take a shower. I forgot my toothpaste and when I called the front desk to ask if they had any in their little store in the lobby, they just brought one up to me no charge. It’s really the little things like that that make a huge difference for me. Locationwise, this hotel was awesome. It’s right at the end of a cool town center with lots of nice shops and really good restaurants that we went to. When we were finished with our weekend, it was really easy to swing back into Portland on the way home. Oh and the free breakfast was good too! I didn’t eat much of it (not a morning eater) but I did see that they had a good selection of food. For the price, this hotel really is an amazing value.
Want to read more? Click here to see more comments posted by travelers who have stayed here. Here are just a few of the nearby business centers we gladly serve. Call (503) 968-5757 or email us at email@example.com to learn how we can help with your future business travel arrangements. Don’t forget to ask about our cooperate rate!
Xerox: 26600 SW Parkway Wilsonville, OR 97070
Xerox the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management.
Nike Corporate Office Headquarters: 1 Bowerman Dr. Beaverton, OR 97005
Nike’s world headquarters are surrounded by the city of Beaverton, but Nike has offices located in 45 countries outside the United States.
Intel in Hillsboro Oregon: 2501 NW 229th Ave Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
Intel Oregon is the largest and most complex site in the world, a global center of semiconductor research and manufacturing, and the largest private employer in the state.
Mentor Graphics: 8005 SW Boeckman Rd Wilsonville OR USA 97070-7777
Mentor Graphics® is a leader in electronic design automation. They enable companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively.
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It feels pretty great to be recognized as a top performing hotel on TripAdvisor.com for 3 years in a row! It feels even better when you can share that honor with your sister companies!
The Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality excellence and is only given to establishments that consistently maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews.
This accolade means a great deal to us because it comes from YOU, our guests and we are thankful to everyone who took the time to makes this award possible! Click here to read reviews other guests have left us or to leave one yourself. Here are just a few recent comments posted by real reviewers about us on the travel site:
I only spent one night there last week but I was positively surprised by the hotel. It was part of a workshop and I did not pay directly for the hotel, so the price is out of the equation on my assessment….The hotel feels nice and “grand” somehow. Spacious and nice lobby. Classy, nice rooms…
“Great for Sensitive People”
…….It’s like we found an oasis. The staff there were all amazingly helpful and hospitable (something often lacking in the hospitality industry), and the rooms were quiet, non moldy, and not smelly in any way. We were extremely happy with our experience there. I’m giving it a 5 rating here, even through it’s probably more like a 4 star hotel in conventional hotel rating systems.
“Eloquent secret in Bridgeport”
…….We spoke with a cheerful and educated representative at Grand. She was able to answer our questions and give us a great discount. They have a great location just off I-5 and next to Bridgeport Mall. When we arrived, we had a hand written card in our room to welcome us. The rooms are large, clean and classy. Marble accented bathrooms with separate shower and tub. In our opinion, that is a touch of class above any other comparable, let alone, more expensive hotels. Ask the front desk for any specials and discounts. We will return to this hotel when our travels take us this direction.
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There is plenty for our guests to do in Tigard. You will find shopping and attractions that rival those in nearby Portland, making it the perfect spot for business and leisure travel. Here are just a few suggestions for your next trip:
Food and Drink
Let us be your guide on your next trip! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to offer suggestions, you can also request information at the Washington County Visitors Association.
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