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Meet Terry Goldman: The Washington County Wanderer!

Jul 21, 2010

Last month, Terry Goldman became the new President and CEO of The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA).  With over 16 years in tourism and hospitality industry, he is the ideal person to do the job! Most recently,  Terry has taken on another exciting  role as “The Washington County Wanderer”!

Terry will give visitors a glance at the hidden gems and attractions to be found throughout Washington County, Oregon in his video-blog series produced by the WCVA.   To see other travel videos highlighting our area, be sure to visit the WCVA You Tube Channel and subscribe!  Watch this premiere video as Terry visit’s Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Gaston, Oregon.

The Washington County Visitors Association serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Washington County, Oregon, as a destination for sports, business, and leisure travelers. Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast. Spanning 727 square miles, it includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. Washington County is home to world-class golf, award-winning wineries, an array of outdoor recreation, and superb dining and shopping. For more information about the WCVA, visit www.yourwaytoplay.com/about or www.visitwashingtoncountyoregon.com, or call 503-644-5555, toll-free, 800-537-3149.

New Travel Oregon Video Features “The Oregon Daredevils”: Twin Thrill-Seekers

Jul 16, 2010

We love travel videos…but we REALLY love travel videos that feature Oregon.  So you can imagine how great it was to come across this fantastic piece from Travel Oregon that showcases many of the adventures to be had here.  Watch as twin sisters “Swoop, swoosh and splash” their way across Oregon.

Visit TravelOregon.com for more adventure stories, photos, videos and more!

Sure you can sightsee our beautiful coast, volcanic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and rivers and deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see. But to really know our state, you have to get out and experience it. Which is why Oregon is one of the best places in the world for outdoor adventure. If youre looking for world-class golfing, cycling, kayaking, skiing, rafting, windsurfing or just about anything else-ing, look no further. Better yet, dont look, come out here and leap.

Unwind From a Busy Day at Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village

May 27, 2010

Bridgeport Village Recommends Relaxing and Pampering at Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village

We love being a part of this unique and special community that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As members of the Bridgeport community, we are knowledgeable about the surrounding businesses and are happy to make recommendations to our guests to make their visit with us even better.

Many of our guests are here for special events such as weddings or reunions and/or business travel and they want to know of the best place to unwind and indulge in a little pampering after a long day. I usually recommend our indoor pool and spa of course, but sometimes a visit to Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village will certainly do the trick! Their customers appreciate the soothing ambiance and their special attention to detail.

The spa is located across the street and around the corner from the Coldwater Creek store in Bridgeport Village…though we are just steps away, Bridgeport Village has abundant public parking.  Visit the Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa Website for a list of services or call 1-503-598-0524 to set up an appointment and enjoy your experience!

Got a local business to recommend that we share with our guests? Let us know! Email us at reservations@grandhotelbridgeport.com or share your idea on our Facebook Page!

20 Years of Memorial Day Weekend Oregon Wine Tasting

May 21, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend is always an exciting time in Oregon wine country.  This Memorial Day Weekend is particularly exciting because it marks the 20th annual “Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country”
Oregon wineries have a long standing tradition of hosting Memorial Day weekend events by inviting visitors to stop by, experience their tasting rooms, new wines, food and more!
We recommend taking on the “Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route”  (See Video Above).   This route is part of the “Discover Oregon Scenic Byways” program.  Or- map out your own adventure by going to the Visit Washington County List of Local Oregon Wineries & Breweries. All of the places listed are in driving distance to The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Village!
Share your Memorial Day Wine Tasting Experiences and Recommendations on our Facebook Page!

Create Your Adventure in Washington County, Oregon With a New Interactive Video Series

Apr 22, 2010

Our friends at the  Washington County Visitors Association recently launched an innovative Web video campaign to promote tourism in Washington County, Oregon.  The Create Your Own Adventure series is featured on You Tube and allows visitors to get the most out of their stay.  Each video offers nine adventures, with a total of 27 possible vacation itineraries inviting visitors to Relax, Escape and Explore all that Washington County has to offer.  To learn more about the video series visit:

Create Your Own Adventures With New Interactive Videos

Kudos to the WCVA team for launching this very creative and outstanding video series!  Try it out and let us know what you think!  Check out our favorite video from the series so far:

Portland Bride and Groom Magazine & Bridgeport Village Bridal Event Coming February 28!

Feb 19, 2010
Bridal EventPortland Bride and Groom magazine and Bridgeport Village are throwing a bridal event on February 28 from 11am-4pm and are welcoming all Brides.

Bridgeport Village is home an exclusive mixes of local, regional and national shops unlike any other shopping experience in Oregon and are frequently hosting new and “engaging” events for their customers.

We hope you will come out for an afternoon of bridal bliss and try on sparkly baubles, sample cake, sip champagne, and meet Maeve Gilles, owner and bridal designer of Maevona, and Claudia Kretchmer, owner and bridal designer of Steven Kretchmer at Carl Greve; peruse beautiful invitations and gift ideas at Oblation Papers and Press.
In addition, this will be the perfect time to register for your must-have gifts, sample delicious nibbles, get advice from a fabulous wedding planner and receive a free gift at Crate and Barrel; try on dresses for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and honeymoon attire, taste treats from McCormick & Schmick’s Grill, get your picture snapped, and see floral creations at Mario’s 3.10; check out Tommy Bahama’s great honeymoon and destination wedding attire and plan your ultimate trip with Azumano Travel; take a peek at fabulous lingerie and bridal gifts and meet local photographer Jessica Hill; plus chair massages by Coldwater Creek Spa, hair and make-up application by Dosha Salon & Spa, and much more! Bring your fiancé, mom, and girlfriends… all are welcome and guaranteed to have a great time!
If you are seeking hotel accommodations for your guests for your big day- there is no place like The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport; contact our reservation desk  at 866-968-5757 to inquire about reserving a block of rooms.
Don’t forget to register for the $500 Bridal Shopping Spree!

Featured Business of The Month: Zao Noodle Bar in Bridgeport Village

Jan 16, 2010

Zao Noodle Bar With so many businesses, retail stores and dining choices in the Tualatin / Tigard, Oregon area- we aim to highlight some of our favorites each month by telling our guests all about them.  And since Zao Noodle Bar brings authentic street-food of China, Thailand, and VietNam to to Bridgeport Village- we thought they would be an excellent business to shine a spotlight on this month!

Our guests who have visited their Bridgeport Village location have complimented their Asian inspired menu and service many times. Favorites include Ginger-Garlic-Chili Chicken and Crunchy Thai Shrimp Salad. Promoting good health and nutrition to their customers is important to them and they openly disclose all nutritional information on their site.   Their menu features dishes that are low in fat, high (or low) in carbohydrates, and can meet nearly any dietary preference.  We love their fresh ingredients and their organic broth they use to make their Noodle Bowls.

Other things we love: They are family friendly and their “Tofu Fries” are to die for!  Overall, this restaurant has received mostly positive reviews!  Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

Zao Company President

Zao Company President

Note from the Company President Matthew Baizer:

Zao has plenty of options for all our guests so whether you are looking for low in saturated fat (Chicken PhoChicken Pho), light in calories (Crunchy Thai Shrimp SaladCrunchy Thai Shrimp Salad), vegan (Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl with 5 Vegetables & TofuVietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl with 5 Vegetables & Tofu), gluten free (Pad ThaiPad Thai), cholesterol free (Zao Spicy Black Bean Veggie Stir FryZao Spicy Black Bean Veggie Stir Fry) or indulgent (Banana Spring Roll with Coconut Ice CreamBanana Spring Roll with Coconut Ice Cream) we have an option for you.

It’s my mission to expand Zao to hungry pan-Asian diners across the country. To that extent we have made Zao available for licensing and franchising opportunities nationwide. Our licensing business is essentially for non-traditional locations and you will find our first limited service food court version of Zao (Zao Noodle Express) thriving on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in the heart of Los Angeles. With more non-traditional sites to come as well as full service franchising opportunities, this is an exciting new way to bring our food to throngs of hungry folks who haven’t been exposed to much of the fabulous fare that Southeast Asia has to offer. In order to fit with the Zao philosophy of embracing technology wherever effective and possible, we are taking all new franchise applications exclusively online. If you are interested in learning more, visit the franchising section.

Company History: In April 1996 Adam Willner founded the Zao Noodle Bar concept based on a vision of making Asian street food accessible to the American public. Prior to Zao, Adam spent ten years in the restaurant business in San Francisco where he held management positions with Il Fornaio, Etrusca, and Cypress Club as a consultant specializing in restaurant openings. He has expertise in restaurant operations, construction management, site selection, marketing, Asian food, and concept creation. During his tenures he created award winning wine and beverage programs as well as training programs for restaurant personnel. Adam earned a bachelors degree from Wesleyan University.

Zao Noodle Bar
7237 SW Bridgeport Rd
Tigard, OR 97224-7765

+1.503.620.6500

Hours

Mon – Thr: 11am – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Payment Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, Cash

Reservations Not accepted

* Free parking. No validation needed.


Wondering Where to Watch the Rose Bowl in Tualatin , Oregon?

Dec 28, 2009

Oregon DucksThis Friday, January 1 is the BIG GAME.  I am talking about the 2010 Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena!   If you are like many, you were not able to secure your tickets in time.  If that is the case, where will you be going to root for (or against -depending on who you ask) the Mighty Oregon Ducks?!?!

Need a Local Suggestion?   The Hot Seat Sports Bar in downtown Tualatin is a local favorite.  Since opening in 1999, it has become the city’s premier adults only sports bar. Sports fans LOVE their 21 HDTVs (yes- 21) two big screens including a 100″ HD screen so you never miss a second of sports action.  Their menu features great selections for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner – and seven different varieties of hot wings.

They also have a solid beer selection- drafts, bottles or cocktails.  Be sure to call ahead on Friday to check for seating availability- or plan to get their early.

(971) 252-4324

18791 SW Martinazzi Ave
Tualatin, OR 97062

Photo Credit: OregonLive.com


Exhibit: Michael Orwick, Valerie Sjodin and Kim Larkin through January 27, 2010

Dec 28, 2009

Exhibit: Michael Orwick, Valerie Sjodin and Kim Larkin
December 1, 2009 – January 27, 2010

Times: Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm; Friday 9am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm
http://www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/Arts/WCAC/Events.aspx
Location: Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center – 527 E Main Street, Hillsboro
Phone: 503-615-3485
Admission: Free

Oil paintings by two of Hillsboro’s most well-known artists, Michael Orwick and Valerie Sjodin, are featured this holiday season.  Orwick will exhibit his strong and colorful landscapes, many done Plein Air.  Sjodin will exhibit a new series of work that explores the concept of connecting with the divine through images of the Gothic arch, the skyline and cosmos.  Their works will be on display in the Main Gallery.  Kim Lakin is a fiber artist who creates quilts using the same techniques as an abstract painter.  Her works will be in the lower exhibition space.

Travel Portland Video Hightlights the Best of Portland and Surrounding Area

Dec 17, 2009

I recently came across this fantastic video highlighting Portland, Oregon from Travel Portland and had to share on our blog.  This fast paced video demonstrates the diverse activities in this area- from the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland to the serene natural surroundings in areas like the Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and more.  TravelPortland.com is a great resource for visitors to plan their trips to Oregon with a wealth of information on events, attractions and other tips.

If you have not visited Portland before, this piece shows you what you are missing and will likely entice you to check it out!  Portland and the surrounding area is actually a great place to visit AND live (a rare combination!)  Enjoy!

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