Summer is approaching and there’s no better time and place to celebrate its arrival than in Oregon’s wine country on Memorial Day Weekend! This annual event features tastings of new releases, barrel samples, food pairings, live music and other activities, with tasting fees varying from $5-25. Every year several wineries donate a portion of proceeds to a designated local charity, so it’s not only fun – it’s for a good cause!
Be sure to check with each winery for individual schedules, but consider a few of these wineries below:
The weekend also kicks-off Oregon Wine Month, a state-wide celebration throughout the month of June. So take our advice: relax and unwind by booking our wine tour package at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport! Many of the Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms, including our wine tour package partners, are featured in this package!
Make your reservations now! Please call us toll-free at: 866-968-5757
Here are some valuable resources via Willamette Valley Wineries to help you make the most of your wine country getaway. Some of these tools include
Here are some additional tips from The North Willamette Vintners to get the most of your holiday weekend:
Whatever your needs are, we have over 2,150 square-feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate your event. Take a look for yourself!
Here are 7 reasons why you should consider hosting your next event with us:
Business, meeting and leisure travelers are frequently impressed with the level of service and amenities our hotel offers:
We are located across the street from the Bridgeport Village Shopping Center, the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent fashion and lifestyle shopping center. Endless shopping, dining and entertainment options are available for our guests.
We are also less than 30 minutes away from The Portland International Airport (PDX) and a 20 minutes or less to many of Portland, Oregon’s top attractions. We are located right off of I-5 and easy to find. See our map for exact location.
We take a great deal of pride in our outstanding level of customer service. At every turn, you’ll find uniformly friendly and professional service from our staff at every level. From the front desk to catering to cleaning and hotel maintenance to management – we are here to serve you!
Inspired by sustainable, local farms and ingredients, our on-site catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.
The warm, inviting interior will let your guests know they are staying at a distinctively different luxury facility. 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.
The Grand Hotel can provide:
• LCD Projectors
• Plasma Television
• Wireless Microphones and House Sound
• DVD/VCR Players
• Flip Charts and Whiteboards
Here is a description of the meeting rooms we have available- click on the link to each room for additional information:
The Bridgeport Room offers 1,750 square feet of flexible meeting space, perfect for your next special event. In the summer months, open the French doors for access to almost 600 additional square feet on our stone patio.
Available in the afternoon and evening, our Breakfast Room is perfect for casual luncheons, dinners and social events. The Breakfast Room features 1,650 square feet of meeting space on an as-is basis.
At 415 square feet, our Executive Board Room is ideal for board meetings, breakout sessions and workshops. Located past our lobby on the first floor, the Board Room offers natural lighting and plenty of privacy.
Our company engages in sustainable practices in everyday operations, and strives to do business with other companies who share dedication to “green” business practices. A few of our green operational practices include:
Please contact our Special Events Coordinator for more information. Call us at 503-968-5757 or toll free at 866-968-5757 and ask for “Special Events”….
We love the smell of a putting green in the morning. Smells like… victory. Whether you play like Phil Mickelson or Carl Spackler, the Greater-Portland area offers several courses you won’t want to miss. Fore!
One of our favorites! With its highly-maintained greens, beautiful farmhouse inspired architecture, and ample event space, it’s no wonder Langdon Farms Golf Club was voted the Best Place To Host a Golf Tournament in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal. A short drive from our hotel and you’ll be teeing off in no time!
This course is the winner of the NW Golf Guys 2014 Players Choice Award for favorite 18 Hole Course in the Portland Metro Area and we can see why! Stone Creek’s Tee it Forward system encourages all players to enjoy the course at a length that aligns with their particular driving distance average.
A challenging 18-hole course across 2,517 yards that delivers for all ability levels. Lake Oswego is a par-three course with 18 opportunities for that much cherished hole-in-one as well as practice facilities, dining, a Junior Program, and golf leagues.
Of course, for some people golf is all about the relaxation, and that’s exactly what Tualatin Island Greens excels in. With night-time mini golf and driving ranges you’ll be able to let off some steam and have a great time.
Modeled after European-style pitch and putt courses, Eagle Landing Golf Course is one of the few short courses in the Northwest. It’s perfect for advanced players looking for a short game and beginners wishing to learn the ropes. And if the 27 holes of Par-3 golf aren’t enough then head on over to their 36-holes of nature inspired mini golf.
Grab your clubs and get out to the driving range. Competitive prices and a great location are just a few of the things that make Eastmoreland Golf Course an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their game. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by Crystal Springs Lake, Johnson Creek, and the Rhododendron Gardens.
Last but certainly not least is The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, a repeated host of the PGA Champions tour. Over 50 major championship winners, such as Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson, have walked its fairways so you know its something special. “It’s a great golf course. I was very impressed. The greens were fantastic” said 8-time PGA Tour Winner Brad Faxon.
Award-winning architects John Fought and Bob Cupp designed the two distinct 18-hole championship golf courses and you’ll absolutely want to play both. When you’re done head on over to the Vintage Room for a glass of wine and a terrific sunset view.
The best way to cap off a gorgeous golf outing? A comfortable, relaxing night at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport! Give us a call at (503) 968-5757 for rates and special hotel packages.]]>
Call it March Madness for the culinary crowd: Portland Dining Month keys up March 1, offering 31 days of three-course meals for $29 at more than 100 restaurants. A tradition since 2009, Dining Month gives epicureans a wallet-friendly way to revisit favorite standbys, or cross a couple new restaurants off the must-try list.
Explore what’s new at old-guard establishments that pioneered Portland’s world-class food culture, including Higgins,Heathman Restaurant & Bar or Mother’s Bistro. Or, nab a coveted seat at hot newcomers on the list, such as Ataula,Restaurant St. Jack, Kachka, Harvest at the Bindery or Altabira City Tavern. Diners can’t go wrong at the dozens of other delicious stops, including Little Bird Bistro, Departure,Imperial, Olympia Provisions, Biwa, Ned Ludd, Laurelhurst Market and The Country Cat.
For each reservation through OpenTable, Oregon Food Bank receives a donation. Last year nearly 15,000 diners used the system, contributing $2,000 to the agency’s fight against hunger. Plus, Portland Dining Month is part of Travel Portland’s Portland Is Happening Now winter campaign. Travelers booking accommodations at select hotels via TravelPortland.com (for stays through March 31) can score additional deals and freebies.]]>
Did you know that Spring Break is just around the corner? How are you planning to spend your “Spring Break-Cation”?
If you’re planning to visit the Greater Portland Area then be sure to check out Grand Hotel Bridgeport’s rooms and suites to see our broad range of top-of-the-line accommodations.
But what’s Spring Break without activities? Get ready to fill up your itinerary and bid Winter a fond adieu with these fun Spring Break Ideas-
Rock Out on Your Night Out
Downtown Tigard – 3rd Friday of every month
Spend your night out wine crafting, food munching, glass blowing, and generally jamming out to awesome local bands at the Downtown Tigard Night Out. If it’s your first time in Tigard then you’re practically obligated to explore the heart of the city and there’s no better time to do it!
Paint(ball) The Town Red
What’s a little paint among friends? Welcome the sun’s return by running through Impact Action Sports‘ numerous paintball fields and engaging in some high-energy fun. Rentals of all equipment are available on site with deals starting at $45.00 per person for field-use, equipment, and 500 paintballs. If you already have your own paintball gear then you just pay to participate (and rent paintballs as needed). This activity’s highly recommended for anyone looking to let off a little steam.
Spend a Day Exploring Tualatin Valley
Lose yourself in the incredible Tualatin Valley and spend the day exploring its Nature Parks and Wildlife Preserves. Be sure to pack binoculars and get in some quality wildlife watching of its 200 bird species, 50 animal species, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Looking for a little physical activity? How about paddle boarding and kayaking down the Tualatin River? Of course, you could also spend the day doing a little fishing if that floats your boat (pun sadly intended).
At the end of your day catch a glimpse of an incomparable sunset and reflect on a day well spent. Besides, it’s Spring Break, you can always sleep in tomorrow.
Art Spot While You Walk
SE Portland Artwalk – March 5th – 6th
Are you an art lover? Or do you subscribe to the old adage “I don’t know art but I know what I like?” Either way the SE Portland Artwalk has something for you. View the works of over 70 artists as you visit studios, workspaces, galleries, and businesses within Portland’s SE Area. Ideal for anyone seeking to be inspired.
Fore! Looking to get some time on the green this Spring Break? Head on out to one of Oregon’s top rated golf courses, Langdon Farms Golf Club. Not only is it located very close to our hotel but it provides impeccably maintained courses and excellent service. There’s a reason it was named the “#1 Course to Host a Golf Event in Oregon” by The Portland Business Journal.
Of course, maybe you’re looking for something a little more casual, in which case grab your club and visit the Tualatin Island Greens. Driving ranges? They have you covered. Nighttime mini golf? You’d better believe it. Individual and group lessons are also provided should your golf game be in need of some help.
Join The Shamrock Run
Downtown Portland – March 13th
It’s not just the largest running event in Portland, it’s the second-largest of the US West Coast! Eight bands will serenade you with live music as you make your way from Waterfront Park through these event runs, with options for Half-Marathon, 5k, 8k, and 15k runs.
As if that wasn’t good enough, all participants will get a green t-shirt (it IS a Shamrock Run after all), a 12-ounce pour of Widmer Brothers Beer (21 and over), Smoked Salmon Chowder, and even a medallion should you finish the Half-Marathon or 15k. It’d make a heck of a story to tell friends when you head back home from your trip.
Register early to guarantee your spot and the best of luck to you!
…Or Join the St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
Downtown Portland – March 10th – 12th
If the Shamrock Run sounds a little intense you can always take part in Portland’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl! On March 10th through March 12th starting at 5PM you can visit some of the cities top bars and pubs and enjoy the best drink specials around.
Get Your Munch On
Beaverton Winter Market – 1st and 3rd Saturdays of February, March, April
For foodies a vacation’s all about the culinary experience. We get that. If it’s restaurants you’re after we can certainly name a couple, such as Tasty N Adler, Andina Restaurant, and Tin Shed Cafe.
Of course, perhaps you’re more interested in interacting with local producers and sampling foods and ingredients. If this is the case then the Beaverton Winter Market is a must-add for your list. Enjoy a little hand-crafted sorbet while you ponder whether trying Big Bottom Whiskey is a good idea (it is). You’re bound to leave the market with your hands full but it’ll be worth it.
Visit one of our beautiful Vineyards
Wine and the scenic beauty of nature, that’s what awaits you in here in the Willamette Valley. Doesn’t sound bad, does it? Many agree with you which is why the Oregon Wine Country is among the top wine destinations in the world. Visit the Cooper Mountain, Oak Knoll, Ponzi, A Blooming Hill, and Ardiri Winery vineyards for a day of relaxation and relaxation. For the “Grand” Oregon Wine experience, book our Wine Tour Package.
Take to the Skies
Vista Balloon Adventures – Season Starts April
There’s something about spring that instills the desire to soar. Vista Balloon Adventures takes you on a 3-hour adventure over the Great Oregon area to see volcanoes, the Willamette River, the far-reaching wine country, and even fellow balloon riders! The ride is hands-on, meaning you can lend a hand with the inflating/deflating of the balloon if you’re game. If not that’s okay too, come along for the incredible vistas and wonderful weather.
Be sure to also check out Floatin’ On Air Balloon Adventures in nearby Wilsonville!
If you’re looking for more recommendations like,
Glass Art Masterpieces in Tigard and Hillsboro
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Craft Beer Tour of the Tualatin Valley
then be sure to visit tualatinvalley.org or check-out our Local Activities page for further suggestions on how to enjoy yourself this Spring Break.]]>
Looking for ways to spoil that special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day? Why not treat them to true luxury with our Grand Romance Package?
The Romance Package is perfect for two people looking for a one-of-a-kind evening out. Guests will get the choice to stay in either the Deluxe Jacuzzi Suite, the Grand Suite, or the Bridgeport Suite (complete with an in-room Jacuzzi). Of course, no romantic evening would be complete without Champagne (or Sparkling Cider), a box of chocolates, and fresh-cut roses ready in a vase, all included and placed in the room for your arrival.
Late check-out is of course included so guests have the opportunity to sleep in the following morning.
Space is Limited so Book this Package Today by Calling (503) 968-5757 or Click Here.
With your room booked, you now are left with the question of what else to do with the rest of your day. Why not consider a few of these options found within walking distance at Bridgeport Village, Tigard’s landmark open-air shopping destination?
Twigs Bistro And Martini Bar
Take a stroll over to Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar for fireside drinks and a charcuterie plate in an environment replete with charm. Twigs’ extensive wine and martini menu make it the place to properly toast to one another on the most romantic day of the year.
Sinju Japanese Restaurant
Share some sushi and shashimi at Sinju’s Japanese Restaurant. Portland’s finest Japanese restaurant can be found in Bridgeport Village, offering intricately crafted dishes that taste are as rewarding on the eyes as they are on the mouth.
For those looking for something a little different, why not venture to Pizzasmith and craft your very own pizza together? Pizzasmith offers the opportunity to see your pizza hand made from locally sourced ingredients and cooked in the oven right in front of you.
Treat yourself to true luxury at the Me Spa with a day of pure delight. A massage for two, maybe? A pedicure perhaps? With Me Spa’s award-winning services, your relaxation and enjoyment are ensured. Make a booking in advance to ensure availability for Valentine’s Day!
The dinner and a movie date tradition lives on to this very day. Head on over to Bridgeport Village’s Regal Cinema to enjoy some quality film, comfortable oversized chairs, and massive popcorn.
You see, winter is a terrific time to check out one of Tualatin Valley’s newest and greatest attractions: iFLY Portland. This indoor skydiving experience gives you the exciting feeling of skydiving, without the need for a parachute or an airplane. Not to mention, there is no experience necessary and open to ages 3 and up.
How does it work? iFLY is an indoor vertical wind tunnel that provides the thrill of free fall without jumping from an airplane. Here’s a fun video to learn what to expect on your visit-
iFLY Portland has only been open for a few weeks, but the reviews are already glowing! Take a look at some of the very recent comments we read on Yelp–
“I highly recommend taking a chance and going for it! The staff at the Portland iFLY was exceptional.”- Terry H.
“Our family had a fantastic experience here! Our 5 year old was able to go in the wind tunnel and the instructor was great with him. It was such a fun time!!”- Katie J.
“I highly recommend IFly as a party venue – their party room is clean and bright and adjacent to the flying area so you can watch all the activity from the room.”-
“Different, interesting and exciting.”
“All in all, it was a great experience and I recommend iFly Portland to any skydiver, from Student to fully Licensed, who is looking to practice their FS, VFS, Back Fly, Free Fly flying skills. Highly recommend this place if you are in the Portland area.”
So if you’re ready to make the dream of flight a reality, iFly Portland‘s indoor skydiving facility allows you to feel the rush of flying in a fun, safe environment.
iFly is located at 10655 SW Greenburg Rd. in Tigard, OR 97223. To learn more, contact them at (971) 803-4359 or visit www.iflyworld.com/portland.]]>
Story Source: Visit Tualatin Valley
There’s always something fresh and exciting happening here in The Tualatin Valley a.k.a. “Portland’s Backyard”. To keep up with this ever changing destination, the Washington County Visitor Association launched a new website with fun features and planning tools to inspire visitors come to and explore this beautiful region (just minutes from Portland, Oregon).
Some of the new key features include- an interactive map, a new Trip Ideas section, and the ability to find wineries and vineyards by the varietal. Planning a week or weekend itinerary in the Tualatin Valley has never been easier! Go on, click here to explore the new site. And while you are there- be sure to check out some of the newest attractions.
The following are some of the newest spaces to open in the Tualatin Valley this year and beyond. The Tualatin Valley boasts a myriad of things to see and do, from the arts to wine.
iFly Indoor Skydiving is the Tualatin Valley’s newest high-flying adventure, and is the 11th U.S. location for the company. This free-falling experience features a vertical wine tunnel that generates a “cushion of air,” allowing adventurers to safely float, while enjoying an adrenaline rush. The entire experience—including all flight gear and training session–lasts approximately one to two hours (two-minute flight time) and will cost around $70 per person. No experience is needed, all abilities are welcome.
World of Speed, a nonprofit experiential motor sports exposition, features interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and 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 THE TUALATIN VALLEY The Tualatin Valley, also known as 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.
Top Photo Source: Visit Tualatin Valley on Instagram]]>
World of Speed’s 2nd Annual Nitro New Year’s Eve Ball
December 31, 2015
Doors Open @ 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Have you made your New Years Eve plans for this year? How would you like to be a guest at the best party in town? Ring in the New Year with a stay at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport and an unforgettable evening at the World of Speed Annual Nitro New Year’s Eve Ball. The event begins at 9:00 p.m. December 31, 2015 and features great food, fun, music, casino games and so much more!
Make the night extra special and book our World of Speed Nitro Ball package! Not only will guests enjoy enjoy luxurious accommodations, a free hot breakfast buffet, nearby restaurants and shopping, party guests will be treated to advance passes (no waiting to check in) and enjoy round trip service from the hotel and back so you and your guests can enjoy a safe evening out!
To reserve your room, call us at (503) 968-5757 and mention “World of Speed” to secure a discounted rate. Special Hotel Package prices start at $109 per night for a Classic King room and $119 per night for a Classic Double Queen room.
Since it’s grand opening last April, the World of Speed, a motorsports museum has offered visitors a unique look into the world of racing. The 80,000 square-foot museum features numerous interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and a thrilling display over 100 vehicles from NASCAR, drag racers, motorcycles and sports cars.
World of Speed is a short 10 minute drive from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. To learn more about the museum, follow their Facebook page or visit worldofspeed.org.]]>
Autumn is here, and in Oregon’s Wine Country, that means harvest season is upon us. It won’t be long before local vineyards open their doors to celebrate the 2015 Wine Country Thanksgiving the weekend Nov 27th- Nov 29th. In the meantime, you can enjoy a taste of Oregon’s Wine Country right here in our lobby!
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 a featured local winery or distillery 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 some of the best wine and spirits made in our region. After the tasting, stroll across the street (never drive after drinking alcohol) to Bridgeport Village and enjoy a relaxing dinner and a movie.
The Four Graces offers wines that are estate crafted and defined by the terroir of the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owners Paula and Steve Black named their winery The Four Graces in honor of their four daughters set out to make rich, complex wines that elegantly expressed their unique terroir. Learn more at www.thefourgraces.com.
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.
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.
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.]]>