The only thing better this summer than reserving a room or suite at the Grand Hotel is saving money on a unique Oregon adventure with a Grand Hotel package. Packages combine our luxurious guest rooms and suites with some of the best that the Bridgeport, Tigard and Tualatin areas have to offer.
We are very excited to introduce our new Up, Up, and Away! package this summer. We partnered with Pacific Peaks Balloons to offer guests a breath-taking hot air balloon adventure through October 2011 (weather permitting).
For a fun preview of this adventure, check out Hot Air Ballooning in the skies over Tigard, Oregon: Create Your Adventure by Visit Washington County
During the mild Oregon summer months, hopping on your bicycle and hitting one of the many bike paths and trails in our region is nothing less than blissful. Bicycling is one of the most popular activies among outdoor enthusiasts in the area, and there is no shortage of trails and rentals! The warm weather combined with miles and miles of beautiful countryside are ideal for cyclists of all abilities.
Here are some tips for cyclists who want to experience the great outdoors- Oregon style:
- Visit the City of Tigard’s new bicycle resource featuring bike maps, links, and a listing of upcoming events.
- Visit the WCVA’s new comprehensive bike map detailing bike trails, lanes and designated paths and routes throughout Washington County,
- Ride the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon’s first rails-to-trails project, which is open to cyclists, hikers and equestrians.
- Check out the WCVA list of local Bicycle rental and repair shops
Check out this great video from Travel Oregon featuring 4 friends taking on the great outdoors on bicycles!
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.
Here is some recent news to share from our friends at the Washington County Visitors Association that road trippers and wine lovers will love!
Panels Provide a Glimpse into the Rich Agricultural and Pioneer History of Washington County
BEAVERTON, Ore. – The first two of four new interpretive panels were installed this month along the Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 50-mile driving tour, from Helvetia to Sherwood, through the agricultural and historical region of Washington County, Oregon. Each panel offers a quick lesson about the area’s history, and bridges the area’s history with today’s modern culture.
Located at the Old Scotch Church in Hillsboro, a history of Washington County interpretive panel provides a historical perspective about the earliest settlers in the area, from the Atfalati tribe of the Kalapuya Native Americans, to the arrival of early settlers Joe Meek, Joseph Gale and David Hill. The location is fitting, as Meek’s grave and headstone can be found in the church’s cemetery.
An interpretive panel that illustrates the rich agricultural history of Washington County is at the Smith Berry Barn, also located in Hillsboro. From the 1870s to present day, this panel provides a brief account of some of the area’s earliest farmers, as well as the site itself.
The Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route is an experiential tour through Washington County’s rural countryside, with opportunities to stop at the various attractions along the route: wineries, farms, pioneer settlements, wetlands and natural habitats. The route officially was launched in April 2009, and several projects have enhanced the site, including the installation of crop signs, created with the assistance of the Oregon Agribusiness Council.
Two additional installations of interpretive panels, which will explore the area’s natural and viticultural history, are slated for completion in 2011.
About the Washington County Visitors Association
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Washington County, Ore., to travelers outside of the Portland Metropolitan area as a tourism destination for leisure, business and sporting events. Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast, and spans 727 square miles. The destination includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. For more information about the WCVA, visit www.yourwaytoplay or www.visitwashingtoncountyoregon, or call 503-644-5555.
We love it! Our friends at Visit Washington County Oregon have done it again! They came out with another amazing video that highlights the beauty and diverse range of activities for travelers in our area. Appropriately titled “Come Play Our Way”; the video demonstrates that Washington County (that includes Tigard), Oregon is easy to get to and a great place to unwind with golf, wine, tax-free shopping and more. Watch it and see what you think! We especially love the Bridgeport Village shots by the way!
Being this close to Portland, Oregon has its advantages when it comes to wedding planning. Locals and visitors really have their pick of dream wedding locations: vineyards, outdoors, historic buildings, you name it. Here are some tips to planning your perfect day in 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!
Utilize Local Wedding Planners and Search for Vendors Recommended by the WCVA and Local Merchants. Here are a few to get your started on your search:
- Columbia Crossroads: Tours, Travel, Events (503) 225-9995
- Convention & Meeting Planners of Oregon, Inc. (503) 846-1742
- Peter Corvallis Productions 503-222-1664
- Royce’s Prop Shop (503) 283-8828
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Attend the Very Engaging Bridal Event at Bridgeport Village on Sunday, September 12 from 11am to 4pm
This is your chance to find free expert advice from local wedding planners, sample delicious cakes, nibbles and sip on wine and champagne. Meet bridal jewelry designers, try on sparkly baubles and get inspired by invitation and gift ideas. See beautiful floral creations, get pampered and beautified and register for your must-have gifts and much more! Visit www.bridgeport-village.com for more info.
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) Our committed staff will provide the outstanding service you deserve to make your day perfect.
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.
With lush scenery, hills, and beautiful summer weather, Oregon is a truly golf lover’s paradise. While it is enjoyable to play golf year round, summer is our favorite season to tee off and we invite visitors to check out our local courses during your stay.
It is a little known fact that we are located close to some of the finest 18-hole, championship courses and executive nine-hole and public courses in the region. Here are a couple of recommendations for nearby course, but we recommend visiting the Washington County Oregon Visitor Association’s Golf Guide! Enjoy!
Golf Courses Close to The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
Summerfield Golf Club: Summerfield Golf Club is a beautiful executive golf course in a park-like setting with nine holes for a par of 33. The course features a chipping area, putting green, driving range, an on-staff pro, golf cart rentals, and a restaurant and lounge. (503) 620-1200
Tualatin Island Greens Features an impressive driving range, putting course, and Island Grill restaurant. Also offers golf instruction from our PGA Teaching Professionals, along with club fitting and repair services.(503) 691-8400