Go Walking in Portland’s Winter Wonderland

Visit one of the largest and highest-rated holiday light displays in the US.

When the holiday season begins in Portland, the Portland International Raceway transforms into a magical place filled with beautiful lights and displays. Instead of building a snowman in a meadow, visit a larger than life lit up one at Portland’s Winter Wonderland, the “largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi”! 

Portland's Winter WonderlandWinter Wonderland
Presented by Columbia
Humane Society
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November 27th - December
28th, 2014
Portland International Raceway 

Rated by USA Today as “One of 10 Great Places for Families to See Christmas Lights”, Winter Wonderland features over 250 massively lit decor pieces that twinkle in the night. From the North Pole Express to the Toy Extravaganza, everyone will enjoy the scenes that these light displays create. Visitors can walk, drive, or bike through Winter Wonderland and participate in several fun events. In addition to being one of Portland’s most popular holiday attractions, Winter Wonderland helps raise thousands of dollars and collect tons of food for the Sunshine Division. 

Celebrate the holidays at Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego! Our beautiful and convenient location provides a serene experience, minutes away from the Rose City’s best holiday attractions. After an evening in Winter Wonderland, warm up with some hot cocoa, snacks in our BC Lounge while you play some video games. 

Book your accommodations for the holiday season and visit Portland’s Winter Wonderland.


Join Willamette Valley Wineries for a Wine Country Thanksgiving

Oregon’s Wine Country is celebrating Thanksgiving all weekend long with special tastings & events.

In a few short weeks, the grape harvesting season will be over and the holiday season will begin. Each year, Willamette Valley wineries team up to celebrate the changing of seasons in a big way. Indulge in a weekend filled with fine wine, dining, and more during the Wine Country Thanksgiving! 

Wine Country ThanksgivingWine Country Thanksgiving
November 28th - 30th, 2014
Willamette Valley Wineries
*Select wineries are open additional dates & by appointment-only 

Over 150 local wineries will be offering tastings of their current releases, along with special holiday discounts, gourmet food pairings, and more. Many of Willamette Valley’s wineries are small, family-owned, and only open on select dates. Wine Country Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for wine aficionados to get a behind the scene view of where the bottles are made and meet the makers of their favorite vino. 

This Thanksgiving, join the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego for some holiday fun. Many of our guest rooms provide a beautiful view of Oregon’s Wine Country. Continue sampling some of the state’s finest reds and whites at our very own restaurant, Basil’s Kitchen.

 Rooms are filling up quickly for the holiday season! Reserve your stay for Willamette Valley Wineries’ Wine Country Thanksgiving.


Visit Portland’s Museum on Water - the Oregon Maritime Museum!

Take a tour of a historic sternwheeler and learn about Portland’s maritime history.

Portland, Oregon is very fortunate to have the last operating steam-powered sternwheel tug in the U.S., and it’s not just your typical ship. During the summer, the Portland can be seen coasting along the Willamette River, and throughout the year, she welcomes all aboard for tours, and viewing of the prized artifacts she carries. Leave land and explore the Oregon Maritime Museum on Portland!

Oregon Maritime MuseumTours of the Oregon Maritime Museum include a visit to the pilot house, engine room, and more. You’ll hear all about Oregon’s rivers and important historical moments from guides, and you can also learn more by visiting the museum’s library. Observe WWII artifacts, maritime, ship models, and more. Visit the Children’s Corner with your little ones, where they can explore nautical objects hands-on and blow a ship horn.

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego is only 15 minutes away from the Oregon Maritime Museum. Enjoy beautiful views of the Willamette Valley from your oversized guest room, equipped with plenty of amenities that will make you feel at home. After a day on the Portland sternwheeler, enjoy a dip in our whirlpool and in the indoor pool.

Add a trip to the Oregon Maritime Museum to your Portland visit!


Don’t Miss the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival!

Filmmakers from five states and the British Columbia region of Canada will be presenting their works in Portland.

Are you passionate about film? Many of the country’s best film festivals take place in Portland. One of the longest-running film festivals in the city is returning shortly for its 41st anniversary. Grab a popcorn, sit back, and enjoy new works at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival! 

Northwest Filmmakers FestivalNorthwest Filmmakers’ Festival
November 7th - 15th, 2014
Various locations 

Filmmakers from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington will be traveling to Portland to present up to two films. The festival will feature a variety of genres, including shorts, features, and more. Judges, along with the audience will rate the films, which will be up for several awards at the end of the festival.  

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego is a short drive away from many of the festival’s venues. Before heading out for an event, join us for lunch or dinner at our restaurant, Basil’s Kitchen, featuring Mediterranean cuisine with a Northwest twist. A variety of complimentary amenities, such as free parking and WiFi will add convenience to your trip.

Rooms are going quickly for the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival! Reserve your accommodations today.


Looking for a Portland Hotel with Free WiFi? We’ve Got That and More!

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego offers a variety of free amenities, including parking.

Traveling can be expensive, so why not save a little at one of Portland/Lake Oswego’s premier hotels? At the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego, you won’t have to worry about paying extra for the things you want. We’re a Portland hotel with free WiFi, among other things. 

Portland Hotel with Free WiFiComplimentary Amenities:

  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • Fitness center
  • Indoor/outdoor pool
  • Boot camp fitness class

In addition to our complimentary amenities, the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego offers two eateries, a Jacuzzi, and more. Choose from a variety of guest rooms, which include a granite bathroom, flat-screen TV, a balcony, and the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage™ program.

Book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego, a Portland hotel with free WiFi!


Get Your Costume Ready for Halloween Events in Portland!

Halloween Events in Portland

Here’s our guide to Halloween events in Portland that you won’t want to miss.

Once fall begins, ghosts, goblins, and other creatures that go bump in the night come out to haunt Portland. For 2014, the Rose City and it’s surrounding area is offering spooky attractions for both kids and adults. These Halloween events in Portland offer both scary and sweet surprises for everyone. 

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island - Now until Nov. 1st
Over 30,000 people visit the two mile corn maze set in five acres of corn each year at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island! The Maize features a new design each year; will you make it out by yourself or get lost in the twists and turns? During the last four weekend of October, the Haunted Maize opens, which will spook you like you’ve never been spooked before! After a walk through the corn, pick pumpkins in patch, go on a cow train or hayride, visit the Big Red Animal Barn, and climb the Hay Pyramid.  

Beer Quest PDX’s Haunted Pub Crawl - Nightly in October
See some of the cities most terrifying sites while enjoying quality beers! Beer Quest will guide you through Old Town for a 2.5 hour tour. You’ll learn all about the area’s horrifying past and the spirits that stuck around and haunt the area. Explore the Shanghai tunnels and step foot in two haunted bars. Each person will receive seven beer samples and will walk approximately one mile. 

Run Like Hell! Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square- October 26th
Over 4,000 runners will dash through the streets in their costumes for the 2014 Run Like Hell! events in Portland. Choose from a half marathon run, 10k run/walk, 5k run/walk, and a kid’s half mile race. This year’s event includes the Musical Mile; all 12 blocks of the races will have unique Portland musicians, providing great tunes for their runners to jog to. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, bottle opener medal, and more. After you cross the finish line, head to the post race party for food, drinks, and more music. 

Halloween ‘80s Video Dance Attack at Crystal Ballroom - October 31st
Rock your costume out on the dance floor at the historic Crystal Ballroom! VJ Kittyrox will be playing Halloween-themed videos and ‘80s tunes all night long. The event features two floors and plenty of thrilling effects.  

Make a stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego a part of your Halloween plans! Enjoy a view of the fall foliage in Willamette Valley from the comfort of your room. From inner city to farmland fun, our location conveniently provides quick, easy access to Portland’s best autumn attractions. 

Book your stay for Halloween events in Portland!


Ride a Gourd Across the Lake at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta!

Giant pumpkins are paddled across the lake in this unique boating race.

The Pacific Northwest has some interesting traditions and one of them is the Pumpkin Regatta. Rated the Oregon’s best October event, the regatta entails sporting a unique costume, getting into an actual over-sized gourd, and racing for victory! If you’re feeling festive this fall, be sure to check out the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin. 

Pumpkin RegattaWest Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
October 18th, 2014 | 10 AM - 4 PM
Tualatin Lake of the Commons 

The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has been featured on various television networks and attractions competitors and spectators from across the country, along with Canada. Giant pumpkins are carved into aquatic vessels. Competitors will hop in, take their paddles, and attempt to make it across the finish line. Everyone has an opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including best costume. In addition to the pumpkin action, follow clues and participate in the Regatta Medallion Hunt. The event also includes the Regatta Run 5K Walk or Run, which benefits Corporal Matthew Lembke’s scholarship fund. Lembke lost his life during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego welcomes all those who are traveling into the Portland  area for this exciting event! After the regatta, join us for dinner at Basil’s Kitchen and savor the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Continue the water fun in our indoor pool and whirlpool. 

Practice paddling for Tualatin’s West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta!


Polka on Over to the Newberg Oktoberfest

The town of Newberg will be kicking off the fall just like the Bavarians do by celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludgwig and Princess Therese. Ladies, fasten your dirndls, and men put on your lederhosen. Celebrate German culture at the Newberg Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest begins with a huge parade featuring local musicians and dancers. Once the parades conclude, the Clydesdale draft horses will pull the beer to the festival site, where all the action will take place. The best local breweries will be on hand serving the best craft ales the Portland area has to offer. Families can enjoy space to do arts and crafts, play games, and more. The competitive can participate in the Wiener Dog Race, or All Comers Race if you don’t have four legs. No German festival would be complete without polka music, dancing, and cultural dishes such as potato pancakes, sausages, and strudel. 

Newberg OktoberfestNewberg Oktoberfest
September 19th & 20th
Presented by Bob Lanphere’s Newberg Dodge
Newberg Memorial Park

Add a stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego to your fall festivity plans. All of our guest rooms provide plenty of room and luxurious bathrooms amenities to help you get ready in style. Our accommodations are pet-friendly, so be sure to bring your furry family members to participate in the Wiener Dog Race. 

Visit the Newberg Oktoberfest this month!


Squish Some Grapes at the St. Josef’s Winery Grapestoming Festival

Start the wine season off by crushing grapes at the Pacific North West’s original grapestomping.

Fall isn’t the only season that’s quickly approaching. September marks the start of winemaking season in Portland! The wine grapes will be harvested, followed by the crush. Get into the European spirit and join in on the fun at the St. Josef’s Winery Grapestomping Festival

St. Josef's WineryTake off your shoes, roll up your pant legs, and step foot into a 10 foot tall oak barrel that can old the equivalent of 3,200, and stomp away! People are welcome to squish grapes the old-fashioned way and have a few laughs while they’re doing it. In addition to crushing the grapes, the Pacific Northwest’s original grapestomping festival features live music and Bavarian food.

St. Josef’s Grapestoming Festival
September 20th - 21st, 2014
St. Josef’s Winery
Canby, Oregon 

Celebrate winemaking season in Portland with the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego! Our prime location provides easy access to some of Oregon’s best wineries. Wake up to a beautiful view of the Willamette Valley Hills. Take advantage of one our balcony rooms and enjoy a glass of wine outdoors.

We hope to see you for the Grapestomping Festival at St. Josef’s Winery!


Stuff Your Face at the 2014 Feast Portland!

One of Oregon’s newest food festivals returns with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its culinary flair and having an incredible variety of locally-sourced ingredients available throughout the year. Join locals in “celebrating Oregon’s bounty” in one of the best foodie cities in the country. Don’t miss the 2014 Feast Portland! 

2014 Feast Portland
Image Courtesy of Feast Portland

Feast Portland’s third anniversary event features a variety of hands-on classes, tasting panels, dinner series, and more. The chefs, distilleries, wineries, breweries, and artisans will be present, creating incredible dishes and drinks that will tantalize everyone’s tastebuds. From sweet to savory, vegan to meat options, you certainly won’t be leaving hungry.  

Feast Portland
September 18th - 21st
Multiple locations in Portland 

If you’re looking to savor even more local food and drink options on your trip to the Rose City, we welcome you to give one of our eateries at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego a try. 

Savor the flavors of the 2014 Feast Portland!