Grab your clubs because the Oregon State Men’s Golf Scramble returns for its 44th year to Tualatin Country club! The golf/dinner/auction event helps raise money for the Oregon State University men’s golf team to acquire the resources necessary to compete at the highest level. This includes fall camp in early September, team retreats in winter, attracting top student-athletes to Oregon State, and all the equipment and facilities needed to practice. Talk about playing for a good cause!
Interested in taking part? Here’s the Event Schedule:
Monday June 27th, 2016
Registration – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch – 11:00 a.m.
Shotgun Start – 12:30 p.m.
Dinner and Auction – 5:30 p.m.
The Per Person Entry Fee is $250 and includes: Green Fees, Golf Cart, Range Balls, Tee Prize, Lunch, Dinner, Team and Individual Prize.
Register now to secure a spot!
Tualatin Country Club is known for having some of the fastest greens, best manicured facilities, and tightest fairways in the region. This 6700+ yard par-72 course was first established in 1912, becoming Oregon’s fourth golf course. Chandler Eghan designed the course, which is defined by large Douglas Fir trees, tight fairways and small greens.
Tualatin Country Club has hosted many competitive events such as the Oregon Amateur, PNWPGA Shootout, Pacific Northwest PGA Assistants Championship, and several local US Open qualifiers.
Directions to Tualatin Country Club (via Google Maps)
Looking to get some more time on the green? Be sure to check out our Tee Time Golf Package!]]>
What do you get when you cross live music, a beer garden, food vendors, a Funtastic carnival, Cook Park, and hot air balloons? You get the Festival of Balloons, that’s what! This event is one of Oregon’s most beloved and popular, drawing in over 15,000 people each year — and it’s easy to see why!
Just picture a beautiful summer sky filled with colorful balloons as well as a cold beer in one hand and a delicious treat in the other and you’ll understand the allure of the Festival of Balloons.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, what if we told you that by taking part in Festival of Balloons you are also helping Tigard? The Festival of Balloons is a non-profit organization that raises funds for many non-profit groups throughout Tigard, such as Tigard Breakfast Rotary, Tigard Lunch Rotary, THS Boosters, A.C.S. Relay for Life Tigard-Tualatin, THS LaCrosse, THS Band and Auxiliary Parent Association, and Southside Soccer. So you see, by taking part in these fun-filled days you’re also helping make a difference!
You don’t want to miss the Festival of Balloons, give us a call at (503) 968-5757 or toll-free at (866) 968-5757 to find out about room rates and vacancy.
If you do decide you want to see 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). For those later risers among you don’t worry, the not to be missed Night Glow takes place during the Friday and Saturday evenings.
Driving directions to Cook Park from The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport (via Google Maps)
2.3 mi – about 10 mins
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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.
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