Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, have you made your plans?
Why not surprise your special valentine with a romantic getaway to “wine country” this month? We are located in the heart of Willamette Valley, recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing regions in the world!
That is one of the reasons we have created special Wine Tour packages at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. 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:
- Cooper Mountain Vineyards
- Oak Knoll Winery
- Ponzi Vineyards
- A Blooming Hill Vineyard
- Ardiri Winery and Vineyards
Here is a sample of Valentines Day events our partner vineyards are participating in this year:
Join Alloro Vineyard, Ardiri Winery, Cooper Mountain and Raptor Ridge for a weekend of special wine tastings and pairings. If you visit all four between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16, you will be entered to win a “Wine Lovers Basket”, including more than $200 in wine accessories and pairings.
Oak Knoll Winery Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11am
Tasting wine straight from the barrel while it ages is generally reserved for VIPs at wineries. Taste wines from the barrel then enjoy finished wines to witness the wines evolution from the barrel to the bottle. These delicious wines will be delightfully paired to with a special selection of cheese and chocolate. The chocolate pairing will be by Smitten Truffles.
Ponzi Vineyards Taste Local Event Saturday February 8, 2014,12-2pm
A special tasting series featuring local artisans, once a month. This month we feature delectable fresh goat cheeses from Dundee-based Briar Rose Creamery.
Valentine’s Day at Blooming Hill Vineyard February 14, 12-5pm
Enjoy a chocolate fountain with tastings of wine from Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery.
With cozy tasting rooms and gorgeous views, the winter months are a great time to visit some of the Willamette Valley’s wineries. 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! Here are some more wine events worth adding to your itinerary from the Washington County Visitor Association.
Smitten with Saké at SakéOne February 8-9, 2014 11am-5pm
Enjoy pairings of saké and artisan chocolate truffles in a romantic setting in this pre-Valentine’s weekend event.
The Wines of Love with Bag&Baggage February 9-10, 2014 7-9pm
Spend an intimate evening of wine, food and holiday-themed performances with the Bag&Baggage Theatre Company. Seating is limited; tickets available for purchase online.
Date Night at Plum Hill Vineyards February 14, 2014 5-8pm
Enjoy an evening of live music and wine tasting at this special “Date Night.”
Maialata: The Festival of the Pig at Montinore Estate February 16, 2014 11am to 4pm
Experience a pork extravaganza with Cathy Whims, chef and owner of Portland’s acclaimed Nostrana restaurant, with a meal of handcrafted (by you!) sausage and ravioli paired with Montinore’s wines, at this unique, hands-on celebration of food and wine. Reservations are required.
Bottle Up Your Love at Montinore Estate Februrary 15, 2014 12-4pm
Back again for 2014, this popular event allows visitors to make their own “love potion,” a custom-blended Pinot Noir, complete with a custom bottle and personalized label. Space is limited; reservations required.
For more events in February, including additional Valentine’s weekend happenings, please visit WCVA’s Events & Festivals page.
Each year millions of couples around the world will exchange tokens of affection in the form of gifts, cards, candy or flowers in honor of Valentines Day on February 14. Restaurants are filled with couples celebrating romance over a special dinner; hotels get booked with couples who choose to celebrate with a romantic getaway (like our special Suites for Your Sweets Package)
So how did these Valentines Day traditions begin and who is this mysterious St. Valentine we keep hearing about? My search brought me to History.com which gave me some very interesting details to share:
I learned that the origins of Valentines Day are somewhat mysterious:
- *Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome and was ordered to be put to death when he continued to perform marriages after Emperor Claudius II had outlawed it (so men would be better soldiers)
- *Another legend says that Valentine fell in love with the daughter of one of his jailers while in prison and actually sent the first “valentine” greeting to her before his death- a love letter signed “From your Valentine,”
- *Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum.
- *Valentine’s Day as we now know it began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century in Great Britain.
- *The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
Special Valentines Day Package: The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport is celebrating Valentines Day by partnering with Split Wine Bar to provide you and your Amore with a romantic getaway.
For only $199.00 (plus tax) you will be able to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Split Wine Bar and then return to a luxuriously appointed Jacuzzi suite. If you’ve missed out on the Jacuzzi Suites we are offering the same package added to a Classic King room for $169.00 (plus tax).
The package includes:
- $50.00 Gift Certificate to Split Wine Bar
- Fresh Flowers
- Gourmet Chocolates
- Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
- Late checkout
Don’t waste any time! These suites book up fast! Please call: 866-968-5757 to reserve.