09/23/2014

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!

09/16/2014

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!

09/09/2014

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!

09/02/2014

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!

08/26/2014

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!

08/19/2014

Earn 10,000 Priority Club Points with our Portland IHG® Rewards Package!

Receive 10,000 Priority Club Points per night on your next stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego.

Did you know that IHG® offers the world’s largest hotel loyalty program? If you’re a member of the Rewards Club you can earn extra points on your next stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego. Take advantage of our Portland IHG® Rewards package and earn 10,000 points on per night!

Priority Club Points can be used towards future IHG® hotel stays anywhere in the world, flights, car rentals, merchandise, and gift cards. 10,000 points can earn you a free night’s stay in most Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Hotels. Not a member of the program? Join today!  

Portland IHG Rewards Package10,000 Priority Club Bonus Package:

  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Priority Club points per night of your stay
  • Deluxe King sized bed our two Double bedded rooms
  • Complimentary parking and high-speed Internet access
  • 32 inch flat screen television with high definition

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego provides quick, easy access to the city and the beautiful Willamette Valley area. In addition to complimentary parking and WiFi, you’ll enjoy relaxing by our indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool and working out in our fitness center or with our complimentary boot camp class. Featuring modern amenities, you’ll have everything you’ll need for the perfect stay at a great value.

Book your next trip with our Portland IHG® Rewards package!

08/12/2014

Cycle Through the City on Portland Bike Tours

Portland Bike Tours

See areas of the city off-limit to automobiles on Portland bike tours.

Did you know that Portland is America’s cycling capital? What better way to see PDX than with the city’s oldest bicycle tour company! Put on your helmet and see the city on two wheels on Portland bike tours!

The City of Roses and the surrounding area is filled with bike lanes and even bike-only scenic routes that are off limit to cars and trucks. Cycle Portland allows you to choose how you want to see the city based on your interests. 

  • Bike-O-Rama - Ride down the “Bike Boulevards” like a local and learn all about Portland culture. 
  • Breweries By Bike - Portland has the most breweries out of any city in the world, and beer enthusiasts can sample the best with Cycle Portland. Bike from brewery to brewery before enjoying a pint back at the bike shop.
  • Essential Portland Tour - Are you a first time visitor to Portland! See historic Old Town, the Waterfront Esplanade, and other major areas of the city with the Essential Portland Tour.
  • Neighborhood Parkways - Portland has some of the most beautiful national parks on the West Coast, connected by Neighborhood Greenways. See gardens, greenery, and craftsmen homes on this tour.
  • A Taste of Portland - PDX is known for its unique eateries, bold flavors, and incredible and convenient food carts. Start your bike ride with a cup of Portland’s best coffee before biking through the city’s culinary hot spots and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the most popular food truck pods. The tour has a sweet ending with a chocolate stop.

Will you be touring the Portland area? The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego offers an incredible location minutes away from the city with beautiful views of Willamette Valley. Savor the flavors of the Northwest in Basil’s Kitchen. Complimentary WiFi allows you to share your trip day-by-day with family and friends.

Start planning your trip and book your Portland bike tours today!

08/05/2014

Sprint Through a Rainbow at the 2014 Portland Color Run™

The happiest 5K will be returning to Portland in September.

Looking to liven up your fitness routine? Add some color to your run! Grab your friends, wear all white, and get ready for the funnest workout you’ve ever experienced at the 2014 Portland Color Run™! 

Also known as the “happiest 5K on the planet”, the Color Run™ is one of the most popular running events in the world. As you begin the course, you’ll be pelted with various colors of powdered paint while you jog to the beat of live music. Once you cross the finish line, celebrate at the Finish Festival, which includes more color throwing, dancing and more. With this year’s theme, “Kaleidoscope Tour”, runners can expect new attractions. This year’s Portland event will benefit the Dream Factory of Oregon.

2014 Portland Color RunPortland Color Run™
September 6th, 2014
Portland International Raceway 

Will you be heading into Portland for the Color Run™? The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Prepare for the race in our fitness center or with one of our fitness boot camp classes. Our Sleep Advantage Program® will provide you with plenty of rest for the big event.

Reserve your stay for the 2014 Portland Color Run™!

07/29/2014

End the Summer on a High Note and Spend Labor Day Weekend in Portland

Labor Day Weekend in Portland

A guide to events taking place in the Portland area during Labor Day Weekend.

For many, Labor Day Weekend is the non-official end of summer. From barbecues to fireworks shows, everyone will be spending time outside and celebrating the holiday. If you’re looking for something to do, there’s a variety of exciting events taking place this Labor Day Weekend in Portland! 

Art in the Pearl® Festival at Northwest Park - August 30th - September 1st
Are you looking for unique works of art? Over one hundred artists are coming together to show and sell their pieces. You’ll find a variety of different styles including jewelry, woodwork, and photography. While you shop, musicians will serenade you from the World Music Stage and children will enjoy hands-on activities. Local cafes and eateries will be serving up delicious food as well. 

Oregon State Fair at the Oregon Exposition Center - August 22nd - September 1st
Enjoy good old-fashioned family fun and incredible live acts at one of the top 10 state fairs in the country! The Oregon State fair offers everyones favorite carnival games and rides along with top caliber acts including David Spade and the Beach Boys. Check out all the animals participating in the livestock and horse shows and enter one of the fair’s contests open to the public. 

Vaux’s Swifts Watch at Chapman Elementary School - September 1st
Concerts and fireworks are not the only shows that will be taking place this Labor Day Weekend. Every year, Vaux’s Swifts use the Chapman Elementary School chimney as a roost during their fall migration. Gather on the school’s lawn and watch the spectacular birds fly around while you learn more about them from the Portland Audubon Society.  

If you’ll be heading to Portland for Labor Day Weekend, join us for a holiday stay at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego. Have some fun splashing around in our pool and playing video games while you dine in our BC Lounge.  

We hope to see you during Labor Day Weekend in Portland!

07/22/2014

Celebrate Summer at Bella Organic Sounds and Tastes of the Farm

Throughout our country, summer is often known for four things: music festivals and concerts, reuniting with friends and family, being outdoors, and indulging great food. If you’re looking for a great time, one of our local farms in Portland is bringing the best aspects of the summer together every weekend. Savor the season at Bella Organic Sounds and Tastes of the Farm!

Bella Organic Sounds and Tastes of the FarmHead to Sauvie Island and spend your Saturday night at the state’s only certified organic farm. Start your evening with a tour of the pumpkin patch and winery on a hayride and visit the animals on the farm. If you’re feeling hungry, enjoy some of the fresh fruits, vegetables, a glass of beer or wine, and great food. Once the sun starts to set, pull up a hale bay and gather around as local bands play under the stars. Proceeds from the event benefit the organization Music for the Heart. 

Sounds & Tastes of the Farm
Bella Organic Farm
Every Saturday at 5 PM
From July 19th - August 30th, 2014
$10 per carload 

Will you be visiting Portland this summer? The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego offers beautiful, serene accommodations near Portland’s best attractions. After the concert, sleep peacefully in our Serta beds with luxurious linens. Our amenities, which include complimentary Internet access, an outdoor pool, and premium in-room entertainment options, will keep each member of your family satisfied.

Visit Sauvie Island for Bella Organic Sounds and Tastes of the Farm! Head to our website to reserve your accommodations.