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Posted on April 27th, 2010 in Food & Recipes, Uncategorized.

Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, New York


Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

After months of anticipation, I have finally arrived for my “Culinary Experience of a Lifetime.”  A week-long culinary CIA“Boot Camp” entirely of pastries. Tomorrow morning at 6 am, I will walk into the pastry kitchen of The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier cooking school located in Hyde Park, New York.   A place where famous chefs like Anthony Bourdain, George Hirsch , Sara Moulton, Cat Cora, and an  archive of other outstanding chefs/graduates  have attended.

I arrived a day early to wander through campus, check-out where our classes will be held and locate the closest parking lot and space so I will avoid the 5:45 a.m. parking lot rush hour.  And to visit Historic Hyde Park’s two National Historic SitesPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home including the Presidential Library, museum,  Eleanor Roosevelt’s country cottage, Val-Kill; and to tour the Vanderbilt Mansion.

While I am away from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast, I know that my trusted Innkeeper will be taking great care of my guests and seeing that everything runs smoothly.  On your next visit to Portland, Oregon be sure to stay  with us at the Fulton House to enjoy  sampling the wonderful pastries that I am adding to my repertoire.

Be sure to check back this week to read about my day, see pictures of my creations and gather some of our wonderful recipe we are using during our week-long Pastries “Boot Camp.”

Bon Appetit!

Wendy, Innkeeper

Fulton House Bed & Breakfast

Portland, Oregon

"Your Travel Guide to Oregon's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets"

Posted on April 22nd, 2010 in Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

Join us for our upcoming event, “Weird Oregon–Open House & Book Signing” in June to celebrate the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast’s notoriety as an old bordello. The Fulton House, built in the late 19th century, originally served as a bordello near the Willamette River, one of the gambling houses and bordellos built in present-day Willamette Park according to local legend. Could we be Nancy Boggs’s Floating Bordello?

Local author, Jeff Davis and Al Eufrasio from New Jersey have just released their new Book, “Weird Oregon,” a Travel Guide to Oregon’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Both are avid documenters of Pacific Northwest weirdness, traversing Oregon to uncover odd tales of far-out beasts, spooky haunts, eerie cemeteries, peculiar folks, and much more.

Pick up a copy today and bring it with you to our “Weird Oregon–Open House & Book Signing.” Details to follow in the Fulton House’s upcoming “Blogs” with time, date and RSVPs. Check out pages 60 & 61 to find out more information about Nancy Boggs’s Floating Bordello and its connection with the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast.

Sunday Parkways News

Posted on April 14th, 2010 in Biking in Portland Oregon.


Opening streets, connecting our communities- without traffic!

NE Sunday Parkways
May 16th, 10AM-3PM

N Sunday Parkways
June 27th, 10AM-3PM

East Sunday Parkways
July 18th, 10AM-3PM

SE Sunday Parkways
August 15th, 10AM-3PM

NW Sunday Parkways
September 26th, 10AM-3PM

Sunday Parkways are seven-eight mile “temporary parks” along city streets connecting neighborhoods and residents in Portland. Sunday Parkways started in 2008, modeled after the Ciclovias project in Bogota, Columbia which happens every Sunday to close 70 miles (!!) of streets for community activity. In 2008 there was just one event in Portland, but it was huge. So in 2009 we added two more events for a total of three Sunday Parkways. Again the response was overwhelming – and we’re excited to announce that this year there will be FIVE Sunday Parkways events!

For more information about Sunday Parkways, see our website or call Janis McDonald at 503-823-5358.

PLAN FOR A FULL SUMMER OF FUN AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS AT THE FULTON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST LOCATED RIGHT OFF OF SW BIKE TRAIL NUMBER 4 NEAR WILLAMETTE PARK. We even have a HOT TUB to soak your sore muscles after a long day of biking along the Willamette River and beautiful parks in Portland, Oregon. We even have an enclosed locked sunporch to store your bikes.

Plan to come to all five Sunday Parkways this summer – each one will have its own neighborhood flair with cultural groups, activities and restaurants fron the neighborhood. Sunday Parkways is a great way to get outside with your friends, neighbors and family to spend time in your own neighborhood – or explore other neighborhoods. If you’re reading this newsletter, chances are good that you’ve already been to a Sunday Parkways. So, this year, how about bringing someone along for a great day in Portland? Invite along a coworker, bring your neighbors, offer to chaperon kids from your neighborhood, invite your parents to town and hang out with friends.

Portland's Aerial Tram–Up, Up, & Away!

Posted on April 12th, 2010 in Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.


The Portland Aerial Tram opened in 2007. At its typical speed of 22 miles per hour, It takes about three minutes to travel 3,300 feet from the South Waterfront to the
9th Floor of OHSU’s Peter O. Kohler Pavilion on Marquam Hill, 500 feet higher. The tram cars have a capacity of 78 passengers plus an operator. They are designed to look like bubbles floating in the sky. The cars are named Walt and Jean, after Walt Reynolds, OHSU’s first African-American graduate and Jean Richardson, Oregon’s first female engineering graduate from Oregon State University. Both graduated in 1949. Walt is the north car and Jean is the south car. The Upper Terminal is named Chameffu, meaning “on the mountain” and the Lower Terminal is named Chamanchal, for “on the water.” Both names are from the Tualatin Indian language.

You can take a wonderful walk along the Willamette River from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast and reach the tram.
Current Hours of Operation
Weekdays – 5:30AM to 9:30PM

Saturday – 9AM to 5PM

Sunday – 1PM to 5PM
June 06 to Sept 19


Posted on April 4th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

This coming April, Innkeeper, Wendy Fencsak of the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast in Portland, Oregon will embark on a new journey participating in one of the CIA’s “Boot Camps.” Interesting enough the CIA — The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI, with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.


Wendy will be attending the CIA’s Pastry Boot Camp in Hyde Park, NY during the week of April 26th thru 30th. When she enlisted in the CIA Pastry Boot Camp, she will report to the Kitchen each morning before 6 am and finish her day around 9 pm. Here is a sneak preview of her intense schedule–
6–6:45 a.m. Breakfast
7–8:15 a.m. Lecture
8:15–8:30 a.m. Coffee Break
8:30–9:15 a.m. Recipe Review
9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Demos/Production
12:45–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–1:45 p.m. Review & Clean-up
x:xx–x:xx p.m. Afternoon Activity/Lecture
x:xx–6:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
6:30–8:30 p.m. Dinner in CIA restaurant

All work and no play–Innkeeper, Wendy will let her artistic talent and passion for food come together in this intensive, fun Boot Camp experience. Success in pastry making depends on both a mastery of techniques and a highly creative mind. After this five-day course, she’ll prepare all those amazing fresh hot pastries and desserts you find at the pâtisserie right here at the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast in Portland, Oregon. You might find Wendy has prepared for you, one or more of the basic preparations such as laminated dough, pastry creams, crème anglaise, pâte à choux éclairs and profiteroles, mousses and bavarians, sponge cakes, buttercreams or tarts along with your regular breakfast menu.

Watch for her future blogs from the CIA with pictures of her lastest creations. Look out Julie & Julia!!!