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Spring Beer & Wine Fest

Posted on March 31st, 2010 in Festivals in Portland, Oregon.

We’re looking forward to seeing you Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3, 2010at the 16th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Festival. Here’s how easy it is to get to the Oregon Convention Center from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast. Walk a 1/2-block to SW Macadam & Nevada St, ride city bus #35 (for just $2) exit at the Rose Quarter stop and then a short 4 minute walk to the Convention Center. Then Reverse directions to get back to us. Follow these instructions and you’ll have absolutely no worries about the hassles and expense of downtown parking. More importantly, you’ll avoid being stopped by one of Portland’s finest and being issued a ticket for DUI.

Book your reservations now! Mention this blog and receive $10 off each night in April when booking for 2 or more nights.

One of Portland’s original beer festivals, the 16th annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest returns to the Oregon Convention Center for another year of exceptional artisan food and drink. Enjoy samples of more than 80 craft beers, 30 regional wineries and local artisan spirits, plus tastes of specialty cheese and handcrafted chocolate, all while mingling with brewers and winemakers and enjoying a global shopping marketplace, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and live music from Northwest bands!

Hop aboard the Tour de Cheese
Mingle with artisan brewers, vintners, distillers & cheese makers
Nibble on tasty gourmet delights
Get schooled at the Chefs Stage – and eat your homework
Groove to tunes from hot NW bands

For tickets and info, check out the website!

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Posted on March 26th, 2010 in Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

Why Water Fountains?

In every country we have visited on our travels, we always discovered beautiful and tranquil fountains. Right here in Portland, Oregon the city is filled with fountains. Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How did they build them? Unlock their secrets and ponder their history as you wind your way through this bustling area of the city on a 2.6 mile, self guided tour. Download a self-guided tour of downtown Portland’s Fountains and begin your journey into history.

History shows early evidence from pictures drawn on the walls of Egyptian tombs that garden fountains existed in the ancient Middle East. The fountains were rectangular with trees lining the edges. The shade trees and sparkling crisp water provided a cool place to escape the hot sun.

The Persians, enclosed their gardens and fountain pools. Bathing rituals were important to the Romans and so they put public baths in gardens with fountains. In the hot deserts of the Middle East, pools and fountains provided relief from the heat as we discovered in our travels to the Dead Sea!

Similar garden fountains and pools were built in Spain before the 15th century and in 17th and 18th-century in India. In China, architecture was often centered on a courtyard which included pools. Japan also has many gardens inspired by those in China. During the Renaissance period in Italy, gardens became more complex and used spouting fountains and waterfalls. Other versions of the Italian Renaissance gardens began to appear throughout Europe.

In the late 18th century, gardens were designed to look like the wilderness. Rivers and ponds were placed haphazardly with scattered trees and shrubs to look more natural. In the 20th century, in warmer climates, gardens were often continued inside a house. Many architects use fountains to incorporate nature into their designs. Indoor pools and water fountains began appearing in shopping malls, office buildings, and homes. Even at the Fulton House we have a wonderful koi pond and waterfall in the backyard.

During your journey discovering Portland’s Fountains, don’t forget to send me pictures of yourself in front of your favorite fountain and we will highlight you on our Fulton House Bed & Breakfast Facebook page!

Brew Pub Events

Posted on March 16th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

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