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North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting October 8

Sep 13, 2011

The North Willamette Vintners invite you to celebrate 2011 harvest by joining them on the North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting October 8, 2011!

This extraordinary event features a guided bus tour to three NWV wineries for complimentary tastings, nibbles and harvest activities at each. Walk the the vineyard, visit the crush pad and tour the winery to discover each step of the wine making process with the professionals. Learn more about the region from your experienced tour guide on the bus and enjoy lunch along the way, all included in your ticket.

The tour concludes at the Grand Tasting event. Enjoy a harvest evening at Garden Vineyards including tastings, appetizers and specials on wine from all 25+ NWV wineries! This event is rain or shine, please dress accordingly. Buses depart from Garden Vineyards at 10am and return for the Grand Tasting, 4pm-6pm.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at $79 for Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting. A limited number of Grand Tasting only tickets are available for $30. North Willamette Harvest Trail tickets are now on sale at www.NWVintners.org!

The North Willamette Vintners (NWV) represents the wineries located in, or immediately adjacent to, Washington County, Oregon. Together this diverse group of wineries shapes the northern gateway to Oregon’s wine country.


The Zip, Sip and Stay Package Featured on Frommer’s!

Aug 16, 2011

The Zip, Sip and Stay package in Washington Country Oregon was selected as one of Frommer’s “Last-Minute Labor Day Deals” this week! Frommer’s is one of the most trusted name in travel with over fifty years of providing authoritative travel information and high quality recommendations- so this is an exciting honor for all of us!

To learn more about and to follow up on Frommer’s recommendation, visit our Adventure Passport Page where we feature  the Zip, Sip, & Stay package.  You can also call our Front Desk for info and to make a reservation at 866-968-5757.

Zip, Sip, & Stay is your passport to Washington County Oregon’s extreme adventure, vibrant flavors, and peaceful rest.
Passport for 2 Adults $245.00 and Includes

  • Deluxe Suite for (2)
  • Tree to Tree Adventure Admission
  • Wine Tasting + $29 Wine Voucher
  • Gourmet Lunches
  • Specials at Local Restaurants

Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Honored by Washington County Visitors Association

May 27, 2011

We Are Proud of our Awards! Thank you WCVA!

The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) honored 14 of its stakeholders during its annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards held earlier this month.   Winners of the WCVA’s 2010 Tourism Industry Awards are selected for their support of Washington County’s tourism industry, and for their continued efforts to enhance the tourism experience for visitors. Recipients represent those who have acknowledged the importance of the tourism industry, and have continued to support the industry, as well as the WCVA’s efforts to increase visitation to Washington County.

Awards were presented to a variety of businesses, each representing a key asset or market to the local tourism industry. The following awards are presented to attractions that continuously strive to provide new and exceptional experiences to visitors and guests:

  • Best New Asset: Tree to Tree Adventure Park
  • Agritourism Stakeholder: Smith Berry Barn
  • Retail Stakeholder: Washington Square
  • Specialty Retail Stakeholder: Stash Tea
  • Arts & Culture Stakeholder: Bag&Baggage Productions
  • Nature Stakeholder: L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
  • Winery & Brewery Stakeholder: Ponzi Vineyards

The following awards are presented to venues, facilities and organizations that have gone the extra mile to bring new business to Washington County, as well as their continued support of the WCVA’s sales efforts:

  • Meeting Venue: Jenkins Estate
  • Group Tour Lodging Stakeholder: The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Sports Event Venue: Horning’s Hideout
  • Sports Event Organizer: Tournament Golf Foundation (LPGA Safeway Classic)

The following awards are presented to properties who have continued to support the WCVA’s efforts by responding to WCVA-generated leads and sales requests:

  • Top Responder (Sports Sales Leads): The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
  • Top Closer (Sports Sales Leads): Springhill Suites by Marriott Portland- Hillsboro
  • Top Responder (Service Requests): Embassy Suites- Washington Square

Grand Hotel at Bridgeport Receives Two WCVA Tourism Industry Award Nominations

May 04, 2011

We were delighted to learn from our friends at the Washington County Visitors Association that The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport was nominated for TWO 2010 WCVA Tourism Industry Awards: “Top Responders, WCVA Sports Sales Leads” and “Hotel Stakeholders- Group Tour.”

All nominees will be recognized during the WCVA’s annual Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards event in Tigard, OR on Thursday, May 12th. This annual event is held in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week and celebrates Washington County’s tourism community.

Stay tuned!  We will keep you posted on the results!

About the Washington County Visitors Association
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a non-profit destination marketing organization (DMO), which markets Washington County, Oregon, as a tourism destination.

Visitors to Washington County include: business, leisure and group travelers, meetings, sports and event planners, and tour operators, among others.

Destination marketing outreach includes advertising, public relations, online marketing, tourism research and other activities, as well as stakeholder and tourism development, group, tour and tourism sales, and sports sales, and more.

Guide to Willamette Valley Wine Country

Sep 13, 2010

Did you know the wineries in our region produces some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir?  Here are some facts you may not know about Willamette Valley Wine Country:

  • Oregon has over 300 wineries- Twenty wineries are situated here in Washington County (14 of which have regular tasting hours).
  • Oregon wines have gained international attention because of their delicate flavor and relatively low alcohol content.
  • Willamette Valley sits on the same latitude as France’s Burgundy wine region.
  • Washington County is the home of SakéOne, the only American-owned saké brew

To learn more about Oregon Wine- visit these resources and plan your own adventure!

Oregon Wine Board – www.oregonwine.org
Willamette Valley Visitors Association – www.oregonwinecountry.org
Willamette Valley Wineries Association – www.willamettewines.com

Check out this guide to local wineries from  Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA)

Apolloni Vineyards
14135 NW Timmerman Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 330-5946
www.apolloni.com

  • Family-owned winery started in 1999, specializing in traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines
  • Follows the practices of the Oregon LIVE sustainable viticulture program
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm Friday – Sunday (March – December) or by appointment

Cooper Mountain Vineyards
9480 SW Grabhorn Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-0027
www.coopermountainwine.com

  • Founded in 1987, first Pacific Northwest winery to embrace biodynamic viticulture (1999)
  • First Pacific Northwest winery to produce all wines from 100-percent certified organic and biodynamic estate-grown grapes
  • Three tiers of award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, plus Pinot Blanc and Malbec
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm daily

David Hill Vineyard & Winery
46350 NW David Hill Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-8545

www.davidhillwinery.com

  • Fine estate wines and award-winning port made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer grapes; sparkling wine made in traditional French Champenoise style
  • 40 acres of some of the state’s oldest vines; tasting in historic 1883 farmhouse with sweeping views
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm daily

Elk Cove Vineyards
27751 NW Olson Rd.
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 985-7760

www.elkcove.com

  • One of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries founded in 1974; family-owned and operated
  • Produces single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc
  • · Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily except holidays

Helvetia Vineyards
23269 NW Yungen Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 647-7596

www.helvetiawinery.com

  • Grapevines planted in 1982; Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay wines produced
  • Visitor center and tasting room in 100-year old farmhouse of Swiss-German pioneer Jacob Yungen; display of Yungen’s original winemaking equipment
  • Open 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday, 12 noon – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday

Montinore Estate
3663 SW Dilley Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 359-5012

www.montinore.com

  • 220-acre vineyard established in 1982; certified organic and biodynamic in 2008
  • Five estate-grown varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau
  • Open 11:00 am – 4:30 pm weekdays; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday

Oak Knoll Winery
29700 SW Burkhalter Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 648-8198

www.oakknollwinery.com

  • First and longest operating winery in Washington County
  • Founded in 1970 by Ronald and Marjorie Vuylsteke, now operated by the family’s second generation
  • Award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; weekdays until 6:00 pm May –  September

Patton Valley Vineyard
9449 SW Old Hwy. 47
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 985-3445
www.pattonvalley.com

  • Hand-crafted, estate-grown Pinot Noir wines; certified sustainable farming practices used
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday – Sunday

Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Hwy. 47
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 359-1946

www.PlumHillWine.com

  • Family-owned winery producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Rose wines
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (starting early 2009)

Ponzi Vineyards
14665 SW Winery Ln.
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 628-1227

www.ponziwines.com

  • Founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, pioneers of the Oregon wine industry
  • Operated by second generation: Michel, Maria and acclaimed winemaker Luisa Ponzi
  • Renowned Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and White Riesling wines
  • Oregon LIVE Certified vineyards – the world’s highest standard for sustainable viticulture
  • Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; tours by appointment

Purple Cow Vineyards
52720 NW Wilson School Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 330-0991

www.purplecowvineyards.com

  • One of Washington County’s newest wineries producing just 500 cases per year
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and unusual grapes such as Marechal Foch and Tempranillo
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday only

SakéOne
820 Elm St.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-7056

www.sakeone.com

  • The only American-owned saké brewery
  • Produces traditional craft saké, fruit- and herb-infused saké and specialty saké
  • Only producer of certified organic sake carrying the USDA organic seal
  • Leading producer of “Ginjo” (premium) grade saké in the U.S. under its Momokawa label
  • First company to bottle a new category of flavor-added saké under its Moonstone label
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; tours available at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm daily

Shafer Vineyard Cellars
6200 NW Gales Creek Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-6604

www.shafervineyardcellars.com

  • Begun in 1973 by the Shafer family as a solely grape-growing operation; winemaking since 1978
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muller-Thurgau wines
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Tualatin Estate Vineyards
10850 NW Seavey Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-5005

www.tualatinestate.com

  • Established in 1973 – one of the oldest vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, plus dessert-style Muscat and Gewürztraminer
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday (March – December)

By Appointment or Designated Days:

Alloro Vineyard
22075 SW Lebeau Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
(503) 320-5696
www.allorovineyard.com

  • Artisan producer of small production, handcrafted wines
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

Ardiri Winery and Vineyards
35040 SW Unger Rd.
Cornelius, OR 97113
(503) 628-0955
www.gypsydancerestates.com

  • Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, plus Pinot Blanc in 2009
  • Open by appointment

Beran Vineyards
30088 SW Egger Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-1298

www.beranvineyards.com

  • Limited production of handcrafted Pinot Noir from old vines
  • Open by appointment – please call for information.

Freja Cellars
16691 SW McFee Pl.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-0337

www.frejacellars.com

  • Boutique producer of fine artisan Pinot Noir wines
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays only

Garden Vineyards
12960 NW Dick Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 547-9046

www.gardenvineyards.com

  • Wines available by e-mail request only
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

J. Albin Winery
19495 Vista Hill
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-2986

·         Open by appointment only

Quailhurst Vineyard Estate
15031 SW Pleasant Hill Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
(509) 427-5132

www.QuailhurstWines.com

  • Award-winning Pinot Noir, Rose, white varietals and Pinot port wines made from French wine grapes with traditional French wine-making methods
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

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.

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:

Business Travel to Tigard, Oregon

Oct 29, 2009

business-man-6281We chose to build our hotel in Tigard, Oregon not only for the fantastic amenities offered at Bridgeport Village, but also to serve the wide assortment of business centers that are located minutes from the hotel. Tigard Oregon, located just 10 miles southwest of Portland Oregon, is a thriving community with wonderful shopping, dining, arts and business opportunities. As a community, Tigard strives to blend the amenities of a modern city with the friendliness and community spirit of a small town.

Today, there is over 4.5 million square feet of commercial and industrial space in Tigard at business parks such as Lincoln Center, Oregon Business Park, Forum Properties Business Centers, Tigard Industrial Center, Commerce Plaza, Sequoia Parkway and Plaza West and more.

The Bridgeport Grand Hotel is minutes away from any of these Tigard business centers and we think we are an ideal place for business travelers visiting this area to stay. Stay with us and get your business done during the day and enjoy over 15 different restaurants, dozens of stores even an IMAX theatre just steps away.

Photo Credit: www.tripzs.com/blogs/travel-news.html



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