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.
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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.
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Complete with new and updated information and features, the guide provides an overview of the myriad attractions, wineries, outdoor adventure spots, restaurants and lodging facilities in Washington County.
New this year are introductions to more of the county’s winemakers and brewers, expanded brewery and brew pub section, a sports and recreation section and expanded hotel directory.
The WCVA published 100,000 guides, and will distributed at various locations throughout the state, including the Oregon Welcome Centers, Portland International Airport, Travel Portland’s Visitor Information Center, and chambers of commerce, wineries and other tourism-related businesses, as well as via Certified Folder Display Services. The WCVA also distributes several thousands of visitor guides, fulfilling requests from potential visitors, advertising lead programs and for distribution at events throughout the year.
The complimentary visitor guide may be requested online or by calling 503-644-5555. A digital visitor guide also is available for download or to view online by clicking here.
The updated visitor guide is one of several materials produced for visitors, including the Washington County Bike Map, Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route brochure and Nature Passport. The guide was designed and produced by the WCVA. Portland-based Journal Graphics printed the guide, which was printed on recycled paper sourced from responsible sources.
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a 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.]]>
Holiday travel can be stressful and leave you not feeling your best. Fortunately for you, pampering is plentiful here! Relax and recharge in a wonderful de-stress session at a local spa alongside activities such as golfing or wine tasting. Top it off with a pleasant evening soaking in one of our jacuzzi tubs and you’ll be asking yourself, “Holiday Stress? What Holiday Stress?”
Here are some recommendations for local spas that will help you feel and look your best during the holiday travel season:
ME SPA is a destination where every detail has been conceived with you in mind: a lovely setting, soothing ambiance, a place to get away from the hustle. The spa is conveniently located in Bridgeport Village, making it easy to plan a day of pampering and tax-free shopping. Hours: Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
503 598 email@example.com
GiGi AVEDA Salon Spa provides superior technical proficiency, modern style and complete rejuvenation at the salon spa location in Washington Square. Choose from a complete menu of salon and spa services, each beginning with a thorough consultation to determine the best approach for the client’s needs, style and lifestyle. 503.718.0124
Skin Deep and Beyond Day Spa has taken the needs of clients into account and created a line of treatments which includes soothing massages, invigorating wraps and the very latest in advanced skin care. A full menu of face, hand, body and foot treatments are available, but the spa does not offer hair or acrylic nail services.
18855 Sw Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062
Blowout is here to end bad hair days, forever! Blowout is all about great blowout style for about thirty dollars – it’s faster, more affordable, and so much more fun than your typical salon! Their Stylistas are masters of the round brush, queens of the blow dryer – and their mission is to leave you feeling like you’re ready to hit the red carpet at a Hollywood premiere.
bluemercury Brands include skincare products from Kiehl’s and Darphin, Trish McEvoy cosmetics and fragrances from Creed
• Well-known makeup artist lines such as Laura Mercier and NARS
• High-tech skincare solutions from Skinceuticals, Dermalogica and MD Skincare
• Hard-to-find imports like T. LeClerc and Serge Lutens
• Natural/organic products from Aesop and REN
• Plus, Acqua di Parma, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Molton Brown, Fresh, Remede, Bumble and Bumble, Frederic Fekkai, and more.
Dosha Salon Spa is an Aveda Salon. Their stylists are well educated, listen to your needs, and provide the best services in town. Services include: facials, mani/pedi’s, all over color, haircuts, massages, waxing, highlights and much more. You’ll feel so rejuvenated when you leave you’ll be wanting to come again and again.
So fear not! Stay with us, and banish the holiday stress blues with a session (or two) at one of these fine salons and spas! As always, never hesitate to let us know if there is every any way we can make your travel experience even better!
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We wish we could list them all, but there are so many wonderful holiday events happening all over the area! Here are just a few that are happening in Portland and in Washington County, Oregon. Be sure to check out some of these popular local holiday attractions. They only happen once a year, so don’t miss out!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to winter events. For more info on these and other local events, please read
Portland Holiday Events Guide 2014: 45 ways to celebrate the season
Travel Portland’s Holiday light displays in Portland
The Spirit of the Holidays is Bright in Oregon’s Washington County
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Shopping is always tax-free in Oregon, and we happen to be in the heart of Oregon’s holiday shopping central! There are countless ways to “shop ’til you drop” and check off your holiday shopping list with tax-free finds.
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 power-shopping breakfast……and the best part: Convenience! We are within walking distance of Bridgeport Village and a quick drive to retail mega-stores, unique wineries, luxury brand stores, eclectic boutiques, antique stores and outlet malls like Woodburn Company Stores,the largest outlet center in Oregon.
Here is a sample itinerary from the Washington County Visitors Association to help plan your holiday shopping excursion:
Bridgeport Village is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier fashion and lifestyle shopping centers. Guests enjoy the European-style outdoor shopping experience with a unique blend of national and regional retailers, local and nationally recognized restaurants, bookstore, spa, and a first-run, multiplex movie theater. Highlights include:
Washington Square is a shopper’s paradise, with five major department stores–including Oregon’s largest Nordstrom–170 distinctive shops and diverse selection of eateries, perfect for a mid-shopping snack or a full meal. Out-of-area visitors can save even more with the Shopping & Dining Visitor Rewards Book. Highlights include:
The Streets of Tanasbourne, a neighborhood outdoor retail development in Hillsboro, mixes European charm with the convenience of a retail center. The center features more than 50 fabulous shops, including nationally known retailers like REI, H&M, Banana Republic, Macy’s, Charming Charlie and more.
For something entirely different, experience Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. This sister location to the famed Powell’s City of Books, located in downtown Portland, is an ideal addition to a Washington County shopping itinerary. At 32,500 square feet, filled with new and used books, appearances by noteworthy authors, and a knowledgeable, book-loving staff, this bookstore is a haven for bibliophiles.
Find your next treasure at one of these locations … or at any number of specialty shops sprinkled throughout the county Be sure to check out all of the unique, tax-free finds in Oregon’s Washington County.
Oregon’s Washington County
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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.
See list of TAP locations >>>
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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