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Have the Wedding of Your Dreams…..Five Wedding Venues Right in Our Backyard!

Mar 27, 2014
Source: Lee Farms Facebook

Source: Lee Farms Facebook

When it comes to planning a wedding, location and timing are two of the most important factors. Fortunately for couples planning their nuptials in Oregon, there is no shortage of picturesque locations that will make your wedding day as special as you always dreamed it would be.  Whether you are searching for rustic beauty or an elegant setting, there is something for all tastes and budgets.

In the cities of Tigard and Tualatin, you will find everything from world class wineries to historic homes and elegant ballrooms right in our back yard.  Here are just a few examples of stunning wedding venues in close proximity to our hotel.  Source:  www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Weddings

Lee Farms in Tualatin, OR
Lee Farms offers several different spaces to entertain and host events. A bakery onsite can provide food for meetings and several food packages are available to groups. Weddings of up to 100 can be held inside a barn on the property and weddings of almost any size can be held outside on the grounds.

Patricia D. Whiting Hall in Metzger Park in Tigard, OR
Metzger Park is a seven-acre, fully-accessible park set in a forest environment conveniently located only two minutes from Washington Square. Metzger Park Hall can accommodate weddings, receptions, parties and much more. Facilities include a 1,200-square-foot room with sliding glass doors to a patio (accommodates 100-150 people), a 600-square-foot room with sliding glass doors to the park (accommodates 50-75 people), a large kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave and 100-cup coffee maker, two fully-accessible restrooms, twenty six-foot rectangular folding tables and 125 folding chairs.

The Ballroom Dance Company in Tigard, OR
The Ballroom Dance Company offers 3 elegant full-size ballrooms to choose from, plus a full-service kitchen for weddings and private parties. Features: Outside Catering Allowed, AV Equipment Available

Tigard Grange No 148 in Tigard, OR
Tigard Grange No. 148 is a historical site offering space for events such as parties, receptions, weddings, dinners and shows. It has a stage, a dance floor a dining hall and a kitchen.

Tualatin Heritage Center in Tualatin, OR
The Tualatin Heritage Center is managed by the Tualatin Historical Society in partnership with the City of Tualatin and is available for rent.   What was once the city’s oldest church is now a family learning center to interpret the area’s rich and colorful history, celebrate its diverse cultures, share its creative endeavors and teach about the natural environment of the Tualatin area. It’s perfect for weddings, receptions, and meetings.

Here are some additional resources to help you plan the perfect wedding in Oregon’s Washington County:

  • Visit the Washington County Visitor’s Association list of local venues. The WCVA’s Wedding Wonderland Page contains great suggestions for vineyards and other unique and special locations well suited for for your big day!
  • Consider Hosting Rehearsal Dinners, Showers and Parties at Bridgeport Village. We love Bridgeport Village because it is elegant, unique, service oriented and convenient to our guests.  The center also provides a variety of popular restaurants to suite any taste and budget.  You may also want to consider booking one of their specialty salons and spas to pamper your bridal party on the big day!
  • Consider the Service Options Available at The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport.   There are numerous reasons we are a great choice to host your important event. Wedding guests love our amenities (Free WiFi, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Workout room, and hot breakfast buffet to name a few). Our committed staff will provide the outstanding service you deserve to make your day perfect.  We also offer special group rates when you reserve a block of rooms.
  • Utilize Local Wedding Planners and Search for Vendors Recommended by the WCVA and Local Merchants.   Visit the WCVA Wedding Venue and Services Finder to locate the perfect venue and find caterers, photographers and more.

 

Portland Ranks No.1 in America’s 10 Best Cities for 2013 list!

Dec 30, 2013

Portland, Oregon

What a great way to wrap up the new year! We heard that Portland made it to the top of real estate blog Movoto’s “America’s 10 Best Cities for 2013” list!

These are the nerdiest, smartest, hardest working, most exciting, and downright best cities in the country according to a year of studying what makes America’s metros so great.
-Movoto Content Editor, Randy Nelson

According to this list, Portland Oregon is ranked No. 1 for attracting new residents, and best city for movie lovers and second nerdiest city (not too shabby!). It placed fourth among funniest, most steampunk and best cities for food lovers.

Click here to see the entire list of cities that made the cut, and let us know what you think!

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

Plan Your Trip with the NEW Washington County Visitors Association 2013-2014 Official Visitor Guide!

Aug 18, 2013

Oregon's Washington County and the Washington County Visitors Association. - See more at: http://www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Media-Press/Press-Releases#sthash.dKqj5w8f.dpufThere is an saying that goes “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and we don’t want you to fail to have a wonderful time during your visit to our area!

In fact, we try to go out of our way to make sure our guests are having a wonderful visit and taking advantage of the many amenities and attractions in the Washington County Oregon area.

Whether you are visiting for a wedding, tax-free back to school shopping, Oregon wine tours, business, family or just to get away; we strongly encourage you to order or download a FREE copy of of the The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA)’s 2013-2014 Official Oregon’s Washington County Visitor Guide.

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 area winemakers, information about annual wine events, feature stories about the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route and the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway and much more. In addition to the informative articles, the guide features images of the several of the county’s tastemakers and the diverse landscapes of Washington County, as well as new maps.

The WCVA publishes 150,000 guides annually, which are 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 Official Washington County Visitors Guide may be requested online at oregonswashingtoncounty.com/Request-Visitor-Information, or by calling 503-644-5555, toll-free 800-537-3149 or by emailing info@wcva.org.  You can also view a digital copy by clicking here.

Happy Planning!

 

 

Celebrate Tualatin’s 100th Birthday at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival Aug 9-10, 2013

Jul 24, 2013
Photo @ Tualatin Crawfish Festival

Photo @ Tualatin Crawfish Festival

Talk about a “claws for celebration”!

This year marks the Centennial Celebration for the City of Tualatin which will be celebrated at the 2013 Tualatin Crawfish Festival August 9th & 10th.

The Tualatin Crawfish Festival is the nation’s oldest crawfish festival west of the Mississippi.

Whether or not you are a fan of crawfish (and there is plenty of it) this is two-day, fun-filled family event has something for everyone: arts, crafts, services, retail products, food complete with fireworks on Saturday evening.

The theme picked to tie in Tualatin’s 100 year old birthday with this years Crawfish Festival is “Tualatin Centennial Claws for Celebration” (so we can’t take credit for the clever pun in the opening sentence).

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Make a weekend of it and book a room at Grand Hotel at Bridgeport! Enjoy the convenience of our close proximity to the festival along with a complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor pool, workout room, comfortable over-sized rooms and suites, complimentary high-speed internet access (either hard-wired or wifi), refrigerator, microwave, coffee station complete with organic NW coffee and local teas and more.

Let us help you! Please feel free to email us at reservations@grandhotelbridgeport.com or reach us by calling (503) 968-5757 or toll-free at (866) 968-5757.

Local Festival Round Up

Jul 22, 2013
Photo @ Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival

Photo @ Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival

Have you let this summer pass by without planning a little R & R for yourself?  Don’t worry, summer is technically not over until September 21st so there is plenty of time to plan a much needed getaway to Oregon’s Washington Country/Portland area.

Need some help planning your trip? Our front desk staff will be happy to give you recommendations on fun attractions and events!  You should can check the following resources for additional ideas:

Washington County Visitors Association
Travel Oregon
Travel Portland 
Visit Downtown Portland 
Oregon Festival and Events Association 
Bridgeport Village

Here are some local summer festivals coming up that are worth checking out.
Source www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com

  • Washington County Fair, July 25-28: The annual Washington County Fair returns to the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro with a weekend of carnival rides, live music and entertainment, food and more. Admission is free; individual events may have admission fees.
  • 2013 Oregon International Air Show, July 26-28: The Oregon International Air Show is one of the premier aviation events in the Pacific Northwest, and features some of the best in aviation from all over the United States and Canada. The Entertainment Center, KidZone and Military Village offer exciting displays and fun for kids and adults alike. Local vendors will be on hand selling everything from souvenirs to tasty food. Tickets start at $20 ($25 after July 19); discounts for seniors, military and kids, ages 6-12.
  • Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival, August 9-10: The fifth annual Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival returns to Washington County to showcase Oregon’s culinary culture with dozens of world-class wineries, restaurants and numerous culinary artisans.
  • Summer Fest & Garlic Out West, August 9-11: Experience two evenings and three days of good music, food, entertainment, and fun at the 2013 Summer Fest & Garlic Out West.  This event offers a 10k Run with Oregon Road Runners, a vintage Car Show, old fashioned parade down Main Street and a Pancake Breakfast. Kids can enjoy a full-size playground, exciting inflatables play area and rock wall. Free admission. 
  • Tualatin Crawfish Festival, August 9-10: Celebrate good eating–and the city of Tualatin’s 100th birthday–at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, the nation’s oldest crawfish festival, west of the Mississippi. This is a two-day, fun-filled family event with a variety of food, entertainment, contests, activities for all ages and more.
  • Annual Banks Bar-B-Que and Truck & Tractor Pull, August 17-19: This popular community event must be seen to be believed, and features a combine destruction derby, parade, car show, truck tug-of-war, garden tractors and more. General admission is free. Grandstand admission starts at $10 for adults, $5 for kids, ages 6-16.
  • Oregon Renaissance Festival, Weekends, Saturday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 29: Transport yourself to a 16th century European village at the inaugural Oregon Renaissance Festival, in town for 13 days of merriment. Enjoy talented artists, non-stop stage entertainers, food, crafts, pageantry and encounter beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies will entertain and delight. Be sure to meet the “washing well wenches” and daily performance of an armored jousting. Feast on renaissance-inspired food and drink, including: savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers & mash and chocolate-covered cheesecake.

 

For a complete list of summer events, including one-day annual events and special events, please visit our Events & Festivals Calendar.

 

 

 

Host Your Business Meeting or Company Training Session With Us!

Oct 26, 2012

There is as reason event and meeting planners love us.

The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport boasts over 2,150 square-feet of flexible meeting space in a convenient location (right off of I-5) with close proximity to Portland, Oregon and other local attractions.

Once you walk inside and see our inviting interior and interact with our professionally trained staff, you will understand why so many planners choose to host their events and meetings with us.

Consider the following when you look for the best place to hosting your event:

Exceptional Services and Amenities- Business, meeting and leisure travelers are frequently impressed with the level of service and amenities our hotel offers such as a pristine indoor pool and fitness center, spacious and warm hotel lobby ideal for meeting and socializing, free covered parking, free wifi, and a free breakfast buffet.  FYI: there is a reason we received TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence this year!

Ideal IT Classroom space and equipment- LCD projectors, screens, 55 inch flat panel display, wireless microphones and House Sound, DVD/VCR Players, Flip Charts and Whiteboards, and Speakerphones.  Check with our special events coordinator for more details.

Banquets & Catering Services- Our catering service is provided by Bentley’s Grill who uses local ingredients to bring the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Our staff will work with you to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.

 

We are a “Green Hotel”- Our company engages in sustainable practices in everyday operations. A few of our green operational practices include: Use recycled paper for printed material, earth friendly cleaning solutions, installation of earth friendly drainage system, Energy Star appliances used throughout the hotel, sleeping room towel and linen program, recycling in all guest rooms as well as public areas, and use of compact fluorescent light bulb throughout the hotel.

To learn more about our meeting space and event space, please contact 503-968-5757 in Tigard or toll free at 866-968-5757 and ask for “Special Events”.

Up, Up & Away! Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon is Just Weeks From Now

Jun 08, 2012

@ Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon

Every year, more than 15,000 spectators arrive at Tigard’s beautiful Cook Park early in the morning to experience the amazing sight of 20+ hot air balloons launching into the morning sky at the The Tigard Festival of Balloons.

The festival is a 3 day community event happening June 22nd-24th, 2012 and we are proud to be a 2012 Featured Sponsor.

If you want to catch the balloon launch, plan to arrive VERY EARLY in the a.m. to Cook ParkBalloons launch from the field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ascensions are between 5:45 AM – 6:15 AM (weather and winds permitting).

Weekend events will also include a carnival, craft and commercial exhibitors, good food, Twilight 5K Run, GameTime Fun Zone Festival of Cars, premiere youth soccer tournament, rib and corn eating contest, Rogue beer and NW Natural Night Glow (weather pending)!

What:
2012 Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon

When:
June 22nd-24th, 2012

Where:
Cook Park, Tigard Oregon 
17005 SW 92nd Avenue. See driving directions below.

How do I find out more?
For ticket and event information, visit www.tigardballoon.org  You can also Like them on Facebook.

Driving directions to Cook Park from The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport (via Google Maps) 2.2 mi – about 7 mins

1. Head north on SW Hazelfern Rd 102 ft
2. Turn right to stay on SW Hazelfern Rd 167 ft
3. Turn left at Lower Boones Ferry Rd 0.1 mi
4. Continue onto SW 72nd Ave 0.2 mi
5. Turn left at SW Durham Rd 1.3 mi
6. Turn left at SW 92nd Ave 0.5 mi

Featured Package: Tualatin Riverkeeper’s Paddling Excursion!

Aug 04, 2011

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is thrilled to partner with the Tualatin Riverkeepers to provide the perfect package for outdoor lovers: Tualatin Riverkeeper’s Paddling Excursion.  This special package will take guests on a peaceful trip along the Tualatin River . This adventure  is perfect for a  friends or family adventure or even a romantic getaway!

The serenity of this river makes it ideal for new and first time paddlers. On the trip along the Tualatin River you will be able to witness wildlife and the natural beauty of this region.

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a nonprofit organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River System. Volunteers  provide nature education, habitat restoration, paddle trips and advocacy. Learn more about this organization in this video:

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Tualatin Riverkeeper’s Paddling Excursion package starts at $144.00 plus tax and includes:

  • (1) boat rental (canoes, single or double kayaks);
  • Shuttle service to and from Cooke Park (Boat Rentals open weekend days, 10am – 7pm);
  • Classic accommodations
  • Late Check out;
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet;
  • And cap off your day in our Indoor pool and spa

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS PACKAGE or call the Front Desk at 866-968-5757 to reserve your package now.
 

Please allow 3-5 days lead time when booking this package. Package based on availability. Additional boats may be booked at an additional cost of $45.00 per boat.

The Grand Hotel in Salem Honored at 2011 Mid-Valley Green Awards

Apr 28, 2011

The Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon

It has been an exciting month for our sister hotel, The Grand Hotel in Salem!  ”The Block” of the Salem Oregon Convention Center, The Grand Hotel in Salem and Bentley’s Grill was recognized for their environmentally sound practices at the 2011 Mid-Valley Green Awards in Salem, Oregon!

“The Block” was  named “Large Sustainable Business Of  The Year” at the 2011 Mid-Valley Green Awards in Salem, Oregon!

The Grand Hotel in Salem and Bentley’s Grill and The Salem Conference Center is the first hotel and restaurant and conference center in Salem and Marion County to be EarthWISE certified.

We are very proud to be a part of a company that 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:

  • Use 100% recycled paper for all printed material
  • Utilize Earth friendly cleaning solutions
  • Installation of earth friendly drainage systems
  • Energy Star appliances used throughout the hotel
  • Sleeping room towel and linen program
  • Recycling in all guest rooms as well as public areas
  • Use of compact fluorescent light bulb throughout the hotel

Event Spotlight: Portland Jazz Festival February 18-27

Feb 17, 2011

Bridges and Boundaries: Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz

 

The 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank will be held Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 27 at venues throughout Portland. The week-long festival will include jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts all supporting the 2011 theme: Bridges and Boundaries: Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz.

Among this year’s headliners:

  • SFJAZZ Collective, in the world premiere of new repertoire paying homage to African American pop icon Stevie Wonder;
  • NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, performing solo piano in support of his new release, The Storyteller, and autobiography, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston;
  • celebrated clarinetist Don Byron and his new project dedicated to the great Jewish entertainer, Mickey Katz – a reunion of the groundbreaking and virtuosic klezmer ensemble that recorded Byron’s eponymous Nonesuch album and spearheaded the klezmer revival in the 1990s;
  • a special performance by The 3 Cohens, featuring siblings, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, and pianist Yuval Cohen;
  • famed African American violinist Regina Carter will return to Portland, presenting her newest project, Reverse Thread, which traces the musical history of African cultures, including tribes of Ugandan Jews;
  • saxophonist Joshua Redman – son of African American saxophonist Dewey Redman and Jewish American dancer Renee Shedroff – leading his new project, James Farm, that includes both African American and Jewish American musicians;
  • and the Portland Jazz Festival’s new Artistic & Community Ambassador, bassist Esperanza Spalding (who will lead her new Chamber Music Society in an exclusive Portland area engagement).

How to Purchase Tickets:

Portland Jazz Festival Box Office
Hours of Operation: 11am – 5pm, Monday-Thursday
Order by Phone: 503 228-5299
In Person:133 SW 2nd Avenue, Ste 420 Portland, OR 97204
Email: info@pdxjazz.com

PCPA Main Box Office
1111 SW Broadway
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Walk up sales only
Handling charges will apply.

You may purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in person with Ticketmaster. Additional handling and convenience charges will apply.

Visit  pdxjazz.org for the complete concert schedule:

What is PDX Jazz?
PDX Jazz is Portland’s jazz organization, producing the annual Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank. PDX Jazz offers an array of distinguished programs throughout the year in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings boasting internationally recognized artists while supporting regional fan favorites from the Northwest, often times presented in newly configured formats.

PDX Jazz in partnership with Oregon Music News recently initiated a monthly jazz series at PDX Jazz @ Tony Starlight’s, an intimate music venue, located in northeast Portland.

The 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank will feature a series of headline concerts, jazz education and outreach, Gospel and Klezmer Brunches, and panel discussions based around this year’s theme, Bridges and Boundaries: Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz.

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