Headed our way this summer? Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, there is no shortage of local attractions for our guests to choose from in our beautiful region, especially in the summer. Guests of the Grand Hotel at Bridgeport enjoy easy access to a range of sightseeing opportunities, wine tasting, tax-free shopping, epic outdoor experiences, art, culture and everything in between. Many of the best sights in are right in our own backyard!
Here are 10 awesome ideas for you to add to your travel itinerary this summer.
#1 Check out a Free Concert
Warm summer nights are filled with plenty of delightful outdoor concerts! There are numerous concert series to choose from, but be sure to check out the free concerts at Bridgeport Village every Thursday-Sunday July 5th- September 2nd. Concerts on the Commons on the plaza at the Lake of the Commons in Tualatin also hosts free outdoor shows Friday nights in July and August (6:30 to 8:30pm).
#2 Hit the Tualatin River Greenway Trail
You don’t have to go far to experience the unsurpassed natural beauty and unobstructed views of wildlife this region is so famous for. Just hop on a bike or take on a brisk walk through lush tree-lined pathways along the Tualatin River Greenway Trail, a 6-mile network of hiking and walking trails close to our hotel. Since opening in 2016, thousands of locals and visitors have taken a breathtaking adventure along the gorgeous Tualatin River, through interactive “Ice Age” interpretive centers, exploring wetlands and other natural areas in the center of the city. The best part? It doesn’t cost you a dime!
#3 Tee Off at a Local Golf Course
Looking to get some time on the green this summer? Head on out to one of Oregon’s top rated golf courses, Langdon Farms Golf Club. Not only is it located very close to our hotel but it provides impeccably maintained courses and excellent service. There’s a reason it was named the “#1 Course to Host a Golf Event in Oregon” by The Portland Business Journal. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, grab your club and visit the Tualatin Island Greens with great driving ranges, mini golf and more. Individual and group lessons are also provided should your golf game be in need of some help.
#4 Hit a local farmers market
Our local farmers’ markets like the Bridgeport Village Farmers’ Market (Tuesdays), Tigard Thursday Farmers’ Market, Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers’ Market (Saturdays and Sundays) and Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market (Saturdays) offer an abundance of fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, plants, art, crafts and so much more during the summer and early fall. Click here to learn more about local markets that are either walking distance or a relatively short drive away.
#5 Paddle Down the Tualatin River
Looking for a little physical activity? How about paddle boarding and kayaking down the Tualatin River? Of course, you could also spend the day doing a little fishing if that floats your boat. At the end of your day catch a glimpse of an incomparable sunset and reflect on a day well spent. Besides, it’s Spring Break, you can always sleep in tomorrow.
#6 Visit one of our beautiful vineyards
For those 21 and over, it wouldn’t be a trip without wine tasting the Willamette Valley! In fact, Oregon’s Wine Country is among the top wine destinations in the world! Take a day or two to Explore the Undiscovered Wineries of Tualatin Valley or better yet, book our Wine Tour Package for the “Grand” wine tasting experience.
#7 Go on an ArtWalk
Take a self-guided tour of Tualatin’s diverse public art, natural and cultural history. Whether you are a local or a visitor, whether you have half an hour or an afternoon to spend, the City of Tualatin invites you to get out in the fresh air, take a healthy walk, and discover public art! The ArtWalk consists of several interconnected trails. Each is clearly marked – look for the map kiosks to determine the route and watch for the colorful trail markers leading the way to an enjoyable adventure discovering Tualatin’s art, natural and cultural history. Download map here. Save the Date: If you’re traveling here in late June, don’t miss the 2018 Lake Oswego Festival June 22, 23, & 24, 2018!
#8 Explore Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Lose yourself in awe-inspiring natural beauty as you explore local Nature Parks and Wildlife Preserves like The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, an 1856 acre wildlife sanctuary home to nearly 200 bird species and 70+ other animal species, is a quick drive from Tualatin and Tigard (15 miles SW of Portland). Many of our visitors tell us the serene and quiet environment makes them feel as if they’ve been transported to another world, yet this popular natural attraction is just minutes from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport.
#9 Go see a live performance
The Broadway Rose Theatre in Tigard combines nationally and locally-recognized talent to produce a year-round season of exceptional live theater in Tigard. This summer, the theatre company is presenting 2 Broadway favorites Mama Mia June 27 – July 22nd, Guys and Dolls August 2nd – 19th and a range of other theatre-for-youth opportunities. You can also catch great live theatre at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and The Mask & Mirror Community Theatre Company in Tigard.
#10 Visit the 2018 Festival of Balloons in Tigard June 22nd – 24th, 2018
The 2018 Festival of Balloons in Tigard is one of the most popular annual festivals in Oregon and happens to be right down the road! This popular 3-day community event will take place in Tigard’s beautiful Cook Park June 22nd – 24th, 2018 and will feature live music, a beer garden, food vendors, a Funtastic carnival, and of course hot air balloons! Please note, the Festival does not offer any balloon rides during the event.
There is so much to mention, but there simply is not enough time or space! Go to tualatinvalley.org to learn more and begin planning your epic summer vacation!