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Octoberfest!

Request promotional code OCTOBERFEST and join us during October and November to celebrate the craft beer capital of the U.S., PORTLAND!

Stay with us for 2 week nights either month and we will send you to The Fulton Pub with a card for a flight of beer to sample and enjoy.

Fulton Pub has had a long history in the John’s Landing neighborhood and is a perfect starting point for your journey!

Fulton Pub Brew Menu locinfo_fulton

Rain or Shine, Portland Offers Plenty of Opportunities to Get Wet!

 

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Oregon Coast by Michael Tillotson

Summer time in Portland really can’t be beat.  For a few short months the infamous rain showers (usually) take a vacation, letting the sun shine hot and bright and opening up a whole new set of opportunities for Portlanders to get wet! This city is surrounded in every direction by beautiful water features — endlessly flowing rivers and waterfalls, serene lakes and even the ocean are all easily accessible to the city and they are just waiting to be enjoyed. While the shopping, dining and drinking in Portland shouldn’t be overlooked, make sure you set aside some time in your visit to enjoy some of the natural places that make the Pacific Northwest such a wonderful place to be!

 With the official start of summer just days away, here are a few ideas of water-focused excursions that are sure to cool you off on a hot summer day in and around the Rose City.

Ocean

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Ecola State Park photo by Carrie Lipps

The drive to the Pacific Ocean is only one and a half hours from Portland, making a day on the beach an easy trip from the Fulton House.   Cannon Beach is a popular tourist destination where you can find easily accessible beaches and lots of shops and restaurants. Haystack rock is Cannon Beach’s iconic monolith, (giant rock) that harbors tide pools teeming with sea life. This is a popular spot so if crowds aren’t your cup of tea, you might opt to head either north or south to a few other less crowded beach destinations.

Ecola State Park lies just north of Cannon Beach off highway 101. The views of the coast from this park are breathtaking and always changing so a trip up here never gets old. There are several trails to take within the park that lead to secluded beaches and scenic viewpoints. The beaches are ideal for walking, with compacted sand, tons of rocks, shells, driftwood, tide pools, sea creatures and sea birds to discover –You may even spot a bald eagle or even a whales from one of the lookouts. Although the water stays pretty cold year round, many people find its briskness refreshing on a hot summer day! There are several picnic areas with barbecues, as well as restrooms available for day use. And if you feel like you just can’t go all the way to the coast without seeing the landmark Haystack Rock, you’re in luck! Because the view of Haystack and “the needles” from Ecola State really Park can’t be beat.

Just 10 miles south of Cannon Beach on highway 101 lies a hidden gem of a beach: Oswald West State Park. A short hike through lush rainforest leads you to half-moon shaped Short Sands Beach- a secluded spot where locals come to surf, windsurf, boogie board and swim in the ocean (most people choose to don wetsuits, it’s cold!) Oswald West State Park encompasses 2,474 acres with majestic views of Cape Falcon, Neahkahnie Mountain, Arch Cape and Smuggler’s Cove, so you can choose to head straight for the beach or pick a trail, each provides breathtaking coastal views.

 Lakes

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Lost Lake by Mike Prine

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure and you don’t mind the drive, point the car towards Mt. Hood and head up to Lost Lake. Sitting 3,100 feet up on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Lost Lake is an ideal introduction to the Oregon outdoors. There’s an easy loop hike that takes you through ancient forests and wetlands and lots of places to dip your feet in to the 175 feet of icy blue (average water temperatures in the summer are around 65 degrees). Rowboats and canoes can be rented at the lodge and there are several excellent swimming spots along the lakeshore. The view of Mt. Hood’s northwest face is perhaps the crowning glory of this spot. You don’t want to miss it.

If you’re looking for a place to catch some fish, head out the Columbia Gorge to Benson Lake. The lake is stocked with trout, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and bullhead and has good bank access.  There is no boat ramp but fishers are encouraged to float in tubes and rafts. Take I-84 E to exit 30 just before Multnomah Falls but be sure you read the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before you go.

Rivers

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Floaters on the Clackamas River, Oregon Live

FLOATING! A favorite summertime activity in Portland is to float down one of the regions many rivers. Think amusement park “Lazy River” rather than class 5 rapids. The Sandy and Clackamas rivers are ideal for summer floats, the former perhaps a little warmer than the latter. There really isn’t much that’s better than gliding merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, gently down the stream with a cold drink and your closest friends and loved ones beside you. You can dunk in the water if you get too hot, and there are several spots along each route to stop and swim or rest on the shore if you so desire. To float the Clackamas River you will need to bring your own innertubes (which can be bought several stores in Portland. We recommend individual tubes or the double ones with an inflatable cooler in the middle), snacks and beverages and your group will need two vehicles. Drive to Carver Park and leave one vehicle in the parking lot, then take your crew and all  your gear to Barton Park and launch your rafts from there. You’ll end up floating about five miles, which usually takes about 3-4 hours with a few short stops. There are a few sections of gentle rapids, nothing scary or dangerous- just fun! A word of warning though, this section of the river is pretty popular so be prepared to join the crowd of merry floaters!

No need to venture far from the Fulton House B&B if you’re itching to get out on the water- the beautiful Willamette River is just a couple blocks from our door! You can rent kayaks or the newly popular stand up paddle boards (SUP) from Portland Kayak Company which is a short 4 block walk from the B&B, then roll your vessel another block to Willamette Park’s boat launch. From here you can paddle south towards Sellwood and check out the funky houseboats on the east side of the river or you can head north and take a loop around Ross Island. The island is uninhabited and is owned by Ross Island Sand and Gravel, which mined the area extensively from 1926-2001. You can paddle right up to the processing plant which sits on the shores of Ross Island Lagoon on the island’s east side. An occasional barge comes through, but action at the plant is pretty minimal these days. As you round the northern tip of the island, you get a pretty stellar view of Portland’s skyline and the bridges that connect the east and west sides. Boats are rented by the hour or the day at very reasonable prices and the Fulton Pub is only a block away once you get back from your trip!

For a “two rivers for the price of one” experience (actually, it’s free!) head up through North Portland to Kelley Point Park where the Willamette empties into the Columbia River. While it’s not quite as picturesque as some of the other river spots I’ve highlighted in this post, Kelly Point Park is a charming spot for an afternoon stroll or a picnic. You can choose to wander wooded trails or follow the paved paths. There’s a sandy beach by the river where you can take a dip or just walk, a big rolling lawn for picnics, games or napping, and blackberry bushes galore! Time it right and bring a few bags or Tupperware containers and you could be dining on the most delicious fresh berries you’ve ever tasted. The best part of this park is it’s so close to the city center so you don’t have to spend hours in your car to get there!

Waterfalls

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Ponytail Falls by porbital

Multnomah Falls is a ubiquitous tourist landmark and it’s a sight to see for sure. Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall and if you’re going to make a trip into the gorge you really have to stop and visit. You can simply view the falls from the bottom or you can hike the 2.6 miles (roundtrip) to the top and back. If you’re quick you can do it in a bout 90 minutes. It’s a lovely hike with several side trails you can take to other equally stunning waterfalls, but be prepared for crowds.

A little further east from Multnomah Falls off the Historic Columbia River Highway is another great spot for a waterfall tour. Start by following the Horsetail Falls Trail, pass through a chamber behind Ponytail Falls, and then continue on Oneonta Gorge Trail to see Oneonta Gorge, Oneonta Falls and Triple Falls. You won’t get to swim here but you can enjoy the refreshing mists and the shade that the gorge provides. This is also a popular area, so be prepared to share the trail with others.

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Kayaking on the Willamette travelportland.com

If you’re lucky enough to miss out on that one kind of water Portland is (in)famous for (you know, the kind that comes from the sky), make sure you check out some of the other fabulous water features this amazing region provides. Be safe and have fun, the opportunities abound!

STREET CARS OF PORTLAND

Oregon once had one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the United States. Streetcars provided cheap, comfortable public transportation – before there were automobiles.

Streetcar lines formed the streets and neighborhoods that shaped our cities…

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The Metropolitan Railway’s historic Fulton Line was the first electric line on the West Side, opening on New Year’s Day 1890 (two months after the Albina trolley).  It was intended to run south to West Linn, but the owners began building an interurban on the other side of the river instead.  When the Fulton run reached Riverview Cemetery in 1891 it (briefly) become the longest electric railway in the state at six miles.  Access to downtown was secured by converting the old Portland Traction Company horsecar line on 2nd Avenue to standard gauge electric operation.  Yet, in 1897 the City & Suburban Ry. began changing the whole Riverview line to narrow gauge, necessitating a transfer to standard gauge cars in South Portland for several years.  When the regauging was finished in 1900 the original private right-of-way to Riverview Cemetery was abandoned.  The Fulton Line was discontinued in 1923 when it merged with North and South Portland.  However, an “F” dash sign continued to be used to signify North and South line cars running south to the former Fulton line terminus.

 

23rd Annual Beerfest in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon Beer Festival 2010

23rd Annual Beerfest in Portland, Oregon on July 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2010 — “Always the last full weekend in July”

Portland ranks as number one for hand-crafted beer in the world because:
1. Last year, Oregon craft brewers produced the equivalent of more than 263,000,000 bottles of beer.
2. The total beer industry in Oregon grew 17% in 2006 with more than $2-1/4 billion in sales.
3. More than 38% of all draft beer and 11% of all beer consumed in Oregon is state-brewed craft beer, the highest percentage of local craft beer consumption in the U.S.
4. Oregon has 80 brewing facilities with at least 2 more ready to open; the state is the second largest producer of craft beer in America.
5. The City of Portland has 29+ breweries, more than any other city in the world.
6. Oregon ranks second in the nation in hops production, growing more than 20 different varieties.

Portland from July 22-25 is the world’s best place to be for lovers of great beers. The City will again host the largest Craft Brewer’s Festival on the globe for the 20th year. There’ll be 72+ craft beers, live music, food, displays and vendors, all at Waterfront Park beginning at noon each day. For a complete list of the beers, click on to http://oregonbrewfest.com

Here’s how easy it is to get to Waterfront Park from The Fulton House, which are both located in Southwest Portland. Walk 1/2-block to a city bus stop #35  and take the 10-minute ride downtown to a Street Car stop at Moody Avenue switch to MAX light rail (it’s free!), which will take you 1 block from the Festival in about 3 minutes. 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 today….thousands come into Portland for this ultra-popular event!

Join us at 2010 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 2-5, Tom McCall Waterfront Park

"Water Front Blues" Tom McCall Park

The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival on the West Coast and the second largest blues festival in the nation.

The festival not only brings the best blues artists to Portland, it benefits Oregon Food Bank’s work to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

And we still have rooms left.  So don’t delay — book your reservations now.   Call us at 503-892-5781. or book on-line at www.thefultonhouse.com

Also, remember that there’s a bus stop a half-block from The Fulton House, which will take you downtown to the Festival. You’ll avoid the incredible hassles and expense of trying to park near the Park by taking public transportation, and you’ll also have no fears of a Breathalyzer and DUI if you have a beer or two.

Schedule of Events:  Check out the Waterfront Blues Website for more information.

Friday, July 2
Time Stage Performance
03:00PM – 03:45PM AE Kicking it off::
03:00PM – 03:45PM CU Kicking It Off: Gunnar Roads Band
03:45PM – 04:30PM MS Boogie Bone
03:45PM – 04:30PM WS TBA
04:00PM – 04:45PM AE Bob Shoemaker Band
04:30PM – 05:15PM CU Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
05:00PM – 06:00PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: King Louie & Baby James
05:15PM – 06:00PM MS  Moreland and Arbuckle
05:15PM – 06:00PM WS Solo Lap-Slide Guitar: Colin Lake & Chance Hayden
06:00PM – 07:00PM CU  Walter Trout
06:15PM – 07:15PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues:  PorterDavis
07:00PM – 08:00PM MS  Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
07:00PM – 08:00PM WS Blues of the Delta Jukes::  Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm
07:30PM – 08:30PM AE  Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic
08:00PM – 09:00PM CU  JOHN MAYALL, presented by Schwindt & Co..
08:45PM – 09:45PM AE Too Loose Cajun Band, with Reggie Houston, Steve Kerin & Portland All Stars
09:00PM – 10:15PM MS  TAJ MAHAL , presented by Safeway.
09:00PM – 10:15PM WS Texas dust, Mississippi mud:  PorterDavis
09:30PM – 12:30PM H50  
10:00PM – 11:00PM AE  Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse
10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise:  Moreland and Arbuckle
10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise:  Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise: Colin Lake & Chance Hayden
10:30PM – 11:45PM MH After-hours Blues Jam:  Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
10:30PM – 01:15AM BC DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise: Lucky Peterson with:  Michael Burks
11:55PM – 01:15AM MH After-hours Blues Jam: Walter Trout with:  JOHN MAYALL
 
Saturday, July 3
Time Stage Performance
12:00PM – 11:00PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp , presented by Cascade Zydeco Association.
12:00PM – 12:45PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: dance demonstration/class: Roland & Janine Jemerson
12:00PM – 12:45PM WS Eric Tweed
12:00PM – 12:45PM MS Dudley Taft
12:45PM – 01:30PM CU  The I-5 Nine: Healy, Miller, Bott, Pain…et al
12:45PM – 01:45PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp:  Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band
01:30PM – 02:15PM WS Blues Guitar 101:  Walter Trout
01:30PM – 02:15PM MS Ty Curtis Band
02:00PM – 03:00PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: Capt. Leroy & The Zydeco Locals
02:15PM – 03:00PM CU Terry Robb Band
02:25PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise:  Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise:  Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise:  Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise:  David Vest
03:00PM – 04:00PM WS Cigarbox guitars: Jerry Zybach
03:00PM – 04:00PM MS Northwest Women in Blues, w/ special guests Tahoe Jackson and Nicole Fournier
03:15PM – 04:15PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp:  Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic
04:00PM – 05:00PM CU  Lucky Peterson with:  Michael Burks , presented by the Boeing Company.
04:30PM – 05:30PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp :  Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
05:15PM – 06:15PM WS Boogie Woogie piano::  David Vest
05:15PM – 06:15PM MS  Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
05:45PM – 06:45PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: Capt. Leroy & The Zydeco Locals
06:15PM – 07:15PM CU Juke Joint Duo: Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm
07:00PM – 08:00PM MS BOOKER T. , presented by FedEx.
07:00PM – 08:00PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse
07:15PM – 08:15PM WS Super Chikan’s Chiktars and Diddly Bows: Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
08:15PM – 09:15PM CU Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
08:15PM – 09:15PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band
09:00PM – 10:15PM WS Electric Blues Guitar 102 and 103: Michael Burks with: Lucky Peterson
09:00PM – 12:00PM H50  
09:15PM – 10:15PM MS Bobby Rush, presented by Karolyn H. March, attorney.
09:30PM – 01:00AM RE Encore After Hours:TBA
09:30PM – 11:00PM AE Zydeco Swamp Romp: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble , presented by Cascade Zydeco Association.
10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: Bridgetown Sextet, with special guest Marilyn Keller
10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: Alan Hager & Albert Reda
10:30PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: PorterDavis
10:30PM – 11:45PM MH After-hours Blues Jam: BOOKER T.
11:55PM – 01:15AM MH After-hours Blues Jam: Bobby Rush
 
Sunday, July 4
Time Stage Performance
12:00PM – 03:00PM AE Cascade Blues Association: International Blues Challenge Winners/Finalists
12:00PM – 12:45PM CU Billy D and the Hoodoos
12:10PM – 12:40PM AE Journey to Memphis Finals: The Catillacs , presented by Cascade Blues Association.
12:45PM – 01:30PM MS Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers
12:45PM – 01:30PM WS  
12:50PM – 01:20PM AE Journey to Memphis Finals: David Brothers Band
01:30PM – 02:00PM AE Journey to Memphis Finals: Vicki Stevens Band
01:30PM – 02:15PM CU Gretchen Mitchell Band
02:10PM – 02:40PM AE Journey to Memphis Finals: Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
02:15PM – 03:00PM MS Sultans of Slide: Amundson, Cooper & Goldwasser
02:15PM – 03:00PM WS TBA
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise:
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise: Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise: Norton Buffalo’s Knockouts
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise: Janiva Magness
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise: : Dale LeRoy Perry
03:15PM – 04:15PM CU Linda Hornbuckle & Janice Scroggins Old Time Gospel Hour, w/ special guest Lucky Peterson
03:15PM – 04:00PM AE Journey to Memphis 2009 Winner, solo-duo: Son Jack Jr. & Michael Wilde
04:00PM – 04:50PM WS  
04:00PM – 04:45PM MS Mingo Fishtrap
04:15PM – 05:15PM AE Jim Mesi Band
04:45PM – 05:30PM CU The Twisters
05:30PM – 06:30PM MS Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen , presented by First Tech Credit Union.
05:30PM – 06:30PM AE Journey to Memphis 2009 Winner, Band: Karen Lovely
05:40PM – 06:30PM WS 21st Century Blues: Chris Thomas King
06:30PM – 07:15PM CU Norton Buffalo’s Knockouts
06:45PM – 07:45PM AE Harmonica Blow-Off: : Bill Rhoades’ Harmonica Blow-off
07:15PM – 08:15PM WS Music of Louisiana’s Bayous: Atomic Gumbo: Steve Kerin & Friends
07:15PM – 08:15PM MS Janiva Magness
07:55PM – 08:40PM AE Harmonica Blow-off: Bill Rhoades’ Harmonica Blow-off
08:15PM – 09:00PM CU Kara Grainger
08:50PM – 09:30PM AE Harmonica Blow-Off: : Bill Rhoades’ Harmonica Blow-off
09:00PM – 12:00PM H50 Kara Grainger
09:00PM – 10:00PM MS Curtis Salgado , presented by Good Neighbor Pharmacy.
09:00PM – 10:00PM WS  
09:30PM – 10:00PM AE Harmonica Blow-Off: Bill Rhoades’ Harmonica Blow-off
09:30PM – 01:00AM RE Encore After Hours: TBA
10:00PM – 10:30PM TMWP FIREWORKS!
10:00PM – 10:00PM MS National Anthem: Alonzo Chadwick
10:30PM – 11:45PM MH After-hours Blues Jam: Mingo Fishtrap
11:55PM – 01:15AM MH After-hours Blues Jam: JJ GREY and MOFRO
 
Monday, July 5
Time Stage Performance
12:00PM – 12:45PM CU Gary Burford Band
12:00PM – 12:45PM AE Steve Cheseborough
12:45PM – 01:30PM MS Dani Paige Band
12:45PM – 01:30PM WS  
01:00PM – 01:45PM AE John-Alex Mason
01:30PM – 02:15PM CU Kolvane
02:00PM – 03:00PM AE North Mississippi by Northwest: McMurrian, Lemhouse, Shoemaker & Bott
02:15PM – 03:00PM MS Robbie Laws Bigger Blues Band, featuring Mz. Dee
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Sail on Sister! Cruise: Baskery
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Sail on Sister! Cruise: Kara Grainger
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Sail on Sister! Cruise: Divas of Soul (Linda Hornbuckle, LaRhonda Steele, Juliane Johnson, Janice Scroggins)
02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Sail on Sister! Cruise: Ellen Whyte Quartet
03:00PM – 04:00PM CU Chris Thomas King
03:15PM – 04:15PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: Devin Phillips Black & Blue
04:00PM – 05:00PM WS  
04:00PM – 05:15PM MS JJ GREY and MOFRO, presented by Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival.
04:30PM – 05:30PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes w/ Jim Wallace
05:15PM – 06:00PM CU Baskery
05:45PM – 06:45PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: Robbie Laws Bigger Blues Band, featuring Mz. Dee
06:00PM – 07:00PM WS  
06:00PM – 07:15PM MS LITTLE FEAT , presented by IQ Credit Union.
07:00PM – 08:00PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: The Twisters
07:15PM – 08:00PM CU Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection
07:50PM – 09:00PM WS  
08:00PM – 08:05PM MS Oregon Food Bank Presentation
08:00PM – 09:15PM MS GALACTIC with Cyril Neville and Corey Henry (from Rebirth), presented by ecoShuttle.
08:15PM – 09:30PM AE Swingin’ to the Blues: Duffy Bishop
09:00PM – 12:00PM H50  
09:00PM – 01:00AM MH After-hours Blues Jam:
09:30PM – 01:00AM RE Encore After Hours: TBA

 

STAGE KEY
H50 = H50 Bistro at Hotel 50
RE = Rafati’s Encore 310, University Place Hotel
TMWP = Tom McCall Waterfront Park
MS = Miller Stage
MH = Marriott Hotel
TBA = Stage To Be Announced
AE = A&E Front Porch Stage
CU = Credit Union Blues Stage
BC = DME Portland Spirit Blues Cruise
WS = FedEx Workshop Stage

 Featured Performers
<b></b><b>Kara Grainger</b> Kara Grainger: “One of the best new voices on the Americana scene this year belongs not to an American, but an Aussie, Kara Grainger. She brings the whole trifecta of singing, playing and writing… ” – www.americanaroots.comPERFORMANCES:
Sunday, July 4
08:15PM
Credit Union Blues Stage

Sunday, July 4
09:00PM
H50 Bistro at Hotel 50

Monday, July 5
02:30PM
DME Portland Spirit Blues Cruise


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Pastries, Pastries, and more Pastries!

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

CIA “BOOT CAMP”

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.

No, not that CIA but the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA.

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!!!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.
“KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.”

The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast is just minutes away from the Grand Chapiteau at SW Moody Avenue just South of the Marquam Bridge. Don’t miss this wonderful event.

The Los Angeles Times states, “Simply. Amazing.”

Birds & Beers

As I traveled back from my New Year’s week vacation on the Amtrak Empire Builder, a train from Chicago to Portland/Seattle, I was amazed by the amount of wildlife I observed during my multi-day trip. My train was three days late in departure and five hours late into Portland due to temperatures of -37 to -52 degrees in the Mid-West. However, these delays did not cause me frustration or anger by having to extend my vacation but it presented me with an opportunity to view portions of the trip that normally I would only see in complete darkness. When we crossed into Washington from Idaho heading towards Oregon, we had only three hours until daylight. I was fortunate enough to observe a plethora of winter birds, deer, Roosevelt Elk, Bald and Golden Eagles and other wildlife in Oregon from the comfort of my private sleeper car eating a wonderful box lunch and sipping a beer. But you don’t have to take a long train ride on the Empire Builder to observe winter birds and sip beer, just book a weekend here at the Fulton House and you can do both.

Portland’s winged wonders create a visual feast for bird-watchers this time of year which include wild ducks, cormorants, coots and kinglets. One of the most colorful sightings is the wood duck, a bird that was nearly extinct a century ago because of hunting and habitat loss. But today, both conservation and placement of artificial nesting boxes have increased their numbers. Wood ducks are one of the waterfowl species that can be seen in the Portland area year-round. Other birds easily seen in the winter include the dark bird with the long neck, a double-crested cormorant. Rather a proud bird who paddles around with its bill tipped up. The pinkish-brown duck with the white racing stripe over its head is an American wigeon, a duck species with a habit of kleptoparasitism (stealing food). And American coots, almost as common as mallards, ply the ponds in groups, with their white bills contrasting with their black bodies. You will also find buffleheads and hooded mergansers both with a white patch or “hoods” on the sides of their heads. Buffleheads prefer the open water of Crystal Springs where as the Mergansers prefer the more sheltered waters right across the street in Reed Lake, on the Reed College campus as well as the pied-billed grebe. There are two locations to observe bald eagles either driving on I-84 up the gorge or in at a winter roost in Washington County from which 30-40 eagles `commute’ to Sauvie Island each morning at sunrise. Even right here in downtown Portland among all its tall-buildings, you will find red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons perched or nesting along with all the city dwellers. Or perhaps you will hear a tiny kinglet or a black-capped chickadee (Oregonian, January 10, 2010).

WINTER BIRDING LOCATIONS IN PORTLAND:

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: Near the intersection of Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. Admission is free through February. 503-771-8386, (8 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) http://www.tinyurl.com/cyfvrk

Reed Lake on the Reed College campus: 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd; (10 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) www.reed.edu/canyon

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
: Southeast Seventh Avenue and Sellwood Boulevard. (4minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) http://www.tinyurl.com/h36g3

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area: 5300 N. Marine Drive, 503-797-1850, (19 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) http://www.tinyurl.com/smithbybee

Tom McCall Waterfront Park: Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison & Northwest Glisan streets, downtown. (8 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) http://www.tinyurl.com/pdxperegrines

Willamette Park: Macadam Avenue and Nevada Street, (1 minute from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast). Check out the four-season list of birds regularly seen in the Portland area at http://www.tinyurl.com/pdxbirdlist

Winter is no time to stop watching birds so check out either of these recommendations. For places to go and wild things to see, check out “Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas”, edited by Mike Houck and M. J. Cody recently re-released and available at the Portland Audubon Nature Store, 5151 N.W. Cornell Road, and amazon.com. Or join naturalists from Metro and the Portland Audubon on February 6th for a Raptor Road Trip to see eagles, hawks and falcons. $10per vehicle includes parking permit. More information: 503-797-1650 or http://www.tinyurl.com/raptortrip

MICRO-BREW LOCATIONS FOR SIPPING:

After a winter day of birding or if you just need to take a lunch break, you can stop at any one of our wonderful micro-brews located here in Portland. While visiting Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Reed Lake on the Reed College campus, stop off at The Beer Mongers on 12th & Division and pick up your favorite international or local beer. They are a new and growing beer store and micro bar selling and serving some of the best ales and lagers from around the world. You can drink on premises or purchase beer to bring back to the Fulton House and enjoy in the privacy of your room. Tastings Events on January 11, 2010 Lagunitas Tasting and January 20th Three Creeks– Check out their website at: http://www.thebeermongers.com

Oak Bottom Public House is named for the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge that runs just west of their location in the Heart of West-Moreland and is located at 1621 Southeast Bybee Boulevard. The 163-acre Natural Wetlands was Portland’s first urban wildlife refuge and is home to more than 125 species of birds, including the Great Blue Heron. Try their Lompoc Strong Draft, a Portland Classic! This strong ale has a deep mahogany color and is crafted with seven different specialty malts. A touch of smoked malt gives it a complex aroma and incredible flavor. Check out their website at http://www.newoldlompoc.com

Fulton Pub and Brewery is located on Nebraska Street just across the avenue from Willamette Park. Fulton Pub dates back to 1926 when it was a Prohibition-era hangout serving home cooked meals, pinball games, stogies, candy and ice cream. Speculation says that during Prohibition that the pub might even have provided patrons the odd pint o’ beer as an unadvertised special. Try the Hammerhead Ale, legend has it that the brew’s hallowed recipe was perfected here! My favorite is the Nebraska Bitter which was first brewed here at the Fulton Pub & Brewery. While wandering along the river’s edge in Willamette Park watching for Blue Heron, Canada Geese, ducks and other waterfowl just stop off at the Fulton Pub for a quick refreshment or lunch. Check out their website at http://www.mcmenamins.com

Hope to see you soon! Now is the only time to see some of our winter visitors!

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