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Festival of Birds at Oak Bottom Park

Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Events at the B & B, Festivals in Portland, Oregon, Portland.

Lazuli Bunting -- photo by Jim Cruce

“Festival of Birds” is an event sponsored by the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Portland and Portland Audubon for a Celebration of Migratory Birds.

“A welcome sign of spring, Portland’s migratory birds are arriving in the northwest from their tropical wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. The Festival invites families and bird lovers to enjoy a day outdoors and learn about birds through a variety of fun activities such as: Guided bird walks, Live music and stories, Nature photography field trips, Kids’ games and art activities, Live birds from Portland Audubon, and Exhibits about the birds of Portland.

Oaks Bottom and other natural areas in Portland are important to migrating birds for nesting, wintering, resting and re-fueling. Come and see birds hailing from as far away as Argentina in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the City of Portland’s first designated Migratory Bird Park.

This is a free festival for the whole family to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. No registration is required.

  • Attend the Early-Bird Bird Walk at 7:30 a.m. Registration required: Call 503-823-2525 or go to www.portlandparks.org and click on recreation tab, choose class #345264.
  • Guided Bird Walks on the ½ hour from 9 am – 2 pm.  Compare this year’s sightings with bird appearances in earlier years.
  • Family Activities, make bird feeders for your mother’s garden, run as fast as birds fly in Bird Olympics, create bird pictures using forms from NW Native American art, send a bird postcard to schools along the Pacific Flyway, or choose from a myriad of other activities.
  • Storytelling and Live Music by local storytellers and musicians. Come hear songs and stories about migratory birds in the Portland area.
  • Education Birds from Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center.  See up close a Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and Common Raven.
  • Our Partners. Visit with local partners of the Migratory Bird Treaty Program and learn about other locations to visit and enjoy birds.
  • Look for our Nature Store booth.”

Pack a lunch, bring your bikes and enjoy birding!

 

 


Geocaching in Portland, Oregon

Posted on April 17th, 2011 in Events at the B & B, Oregon, Portland, Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

Geocach Fulton House B & B

Look for the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast’s geocaching site.

Welcome to Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

Look for the clues about the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast’s history from the book “Weird Oregon”, Your Travel Guide to Oregon’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Al Eufrasio & Jeff Davis.

Could the Fulton House be Nancy Bogg’s Floating Bordello?  Legend has it that she was a shrewd business woman and after years of being raiding in downtown by Portland Police she place her bordello on a barge in the Willamette River and eluded raids by docking on the opposite side of the river when police planned raids in downtown Portland. She was also known to welcome  police trying to board her scow with a shower of steaming hot water from a fire hose, fed by her boiler.

The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast was originally located on the Willamette River and rolled to its current site on logs with the help of  draft horses.  And it was a former bordello.   The Fulton House’s was owned  by the Weber Tannery Company which was the largest tannery on the Northwest Coast in 1894. The Weber Tannery Company was located on what currently is the site of Marine Powers Park in South Portland across from River View Cemetery.

To this day when digging in the back yard of the Fulton House,  you will find pieces of history such as pieces of leather, harnesses and an occasional trolley token of  the Virginia Street Trolley.

Get involved in geocaching and preserve a bit of Portland history by sharing your new find with family members and friends.

Happy Trails,

The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast Staff

 

 

 

 


Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 22 & 23, 2011 in Portland, Oregon

Posted on April 15th, 2011 in Events at the B & B, Festivals in Portland, Oregon, Portland.

One of Portland’s original beer festivals, the 17th 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!


Gorge Biking the Historic Columbia River Highway

Posted on April 14th, 2011 in Biking in Portland Oregon, Oregon, Portland, Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

Get on your bike and experience the “King of Roads”, the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), America’s first scenic highway. The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, a nonprofit organization, is organizing the fourth annual Gorge Ride.

This gorgeous route starts from the Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles and travels along this majestic road and the HCRH State Trail. The ride goes all the way to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead near Hood River then returns to the start. This route with world-class scenery is a combination of historic highway that is open to motor vehicles and the quiet HCRH State Trail that is open only to hikers and cyclists.

Highlights of the 38.5 mile ride include the breathtaking panorama at Rowena Crest, a special visit to the grounds of the historic Mayerdale Estate and a remarkable journey through the restored Mosier Twin Tunnels. The proceeds from this fully supported ride go toward restoring and reconnecting the Historic Columbia River Highway from The Dalles to Troutdale by its 100th Birthday, June 7, 2016.

Come back after a day of biking and enjoy soaking in our luxurious hot tub.  Or sip a glass of wine on the patio either way you will enjoy your stay at the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast.