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“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good-Night.”

By Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

BREAKFAST SPECIALTIES AT THE FULTON HOUSE B & B


We’ve been told time and again that our breakfasts at The Fulton House are the best in Portland. Now, they’re going to get even better.

While our good friend and budding B&B owner was serving as innkeeper for the past week, Wendy was in New York City for the World Series and attending The International Culinary Center’s Hungarian Pastries Course. Wendy’s artistic talent and passion for food came together in this course and her success in pastry is due to her mastery of techniques and a highly creative mind. Now at the Fulton House, you can expect to sample the delights of our homemade breakfast breads and pastries with an international flair.

Prior to being served the main freshly prepared main dish, our guests have enjoyed granola or premium dry cereal with fresh fruit and two yogurts, vanilla and plain. There’ll still be two yogurts to go along with the granola and fresh fruit but now our guest can now enjoy a homemade Hungarian pastry or Artisan Bread. We know our guests will enjoy these delights of homemade breakfast breads and pastries.

Secondly, in addition to freshly ground and brewed coffee, both regular and decaf, and a wide variety of teas, guests during the holiday seasons will also be able to choose hot chocolate or apple cider. Rich hot chocolate made at The Fulton House is most definitely not just for kids.

Also, Wendy a trained and certified Home Economics Instructor will be attending the CIA this spring for a Boot Camp where she will refine her skills and fundamentals of pastry and the techniques used in creating basic preparations such as laminated dough, pastry creams, crème anglaise, pâte à choux (éclairs and profiteroles), mousses and bavarians, sponge cakes, and buttercreams and tarts.

Finally, although it’s not part of our breakfast menu, during the holiday seasons, our guests can come out to our patio or porch (if it’s wet out, we’ll use the living room and dining room), for some holiday cookies and treats in a variety of flavors. These will be served at 3:00 p.m., or if you are out shopping or enjoying Portland during that time the extras will be located on our self-serve buffet. Help yourself!

We know you’ll enjoy these additions to the already outstanding fare at The Fulton House.

Make your holiday shopping reservations soon! Mention this blog and receive a $10 discount off your room rate per night. This offer good until December 20, 2009.

See ya soon….

Experience a Day of Rejuvenation at the Spa!


During your stay here at the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast take a break from your busy day of site-seeing, traveling or business and experience any one of the wonderful treatments available at the Rejuvenation Spa. They are located just four block north on Macadam Avenue from the Fulton House. We can even book your reservation for you. Their mission is to provide a Sanctuary of harmony and healing where people can come to rejuvenate physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually

They are committed to offering services that enhance the quality of life through stress reduction.

The earth naturally creates herbs, plants, and minerals that are full of the very elements our bodies need to stay healthy. Their products have been chosen for their purity and restorative powers. The water at Rejuvenation is double purified, and the air is circulated through the highest quality filters.

Their treatments are provided in rooms that are tranquil, with minimal outward distractions, so you can more easily access your inner experience. Between treatments, the Sanctuary offers a continued quiet place to relax and read as the gentle sounds of their Japanese Tsukabai lend a soothing melody.

Let this be a personal invitation to experience the warmth of their staff and the quality and healing properties of their treatments. You can feel secure knowing that the Rejuvenation Experience of serenity and healing is now a part of your life.

My recent visit was a 2 1/2 hour Pure Simplicity Package.
Ideal anytime of day and a delightful introduction to spa treatments.

*Signature Massage (one hour)
*Signature Facial (one hour)

About two and a half hours
$190.00

Plus during the month of October you save 10% on any services, gift certificate purchases or retail products.

Don’t denial yourself of a day of pampering–You deserve it!

Check it out for yourself. I did and so should you! http://www.rejuvenationdayspa.com/

Come Join Us for the Portland Marathon–October 4th, 2009

The Portland Marathon, to be held in 2009 on Sunday, October 4, is rated as one of the top 10 local road race events in the U.S. and one of the top 40 races of all types and distances. “Runner’s World” magazine calls it the “best people’s marathon in the West,” and for the past 10 years has ranked it as one of the top 10 or 15 marathons in the nation. The publication also calls the Portland Marathon one of the “friendliest and best organized races in the country.”

The race is the standard 26 miles, 385 yards and is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Federation and the Association of International Marathons.
The Portland Marathon begins and ends in S.W. Portland, which is where The Fulton House is also located. We are about a 6-minute drive or a 12-minute bus ride from the start-finish line, and there’s a bus stop 1/2 block from us. So, we’re very convenient for participants and spectators.

It’s important to note that the race also attracts marathon walkers as well as runners; about 25% of participants each year are walkers. Also, a great number of female runners finish the race — since 1998 more than 1/2 of all finishers were females and last year 56% of the finishers were female.

Historically, conditions are excellent for the race. In early October, the normal mean Portland temperature is 55 degrees and the precipitation averages a mere .02 inches. It’s only rained once on the race in the last 25 years and the rain only lasted for 10 minutes.

Since several thousand people, participants and spectators alike, descend on Portland during Portland Marathon weekend, MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW. As of today (September 8th), The Fulton House can accommodate either a party of 2 or up to 4 persons traveling together. If it suits your schedule, we can serve breakfast very early the morning of the race, so you’ll have plenty of time to get to the course. And, we have a wonderful HOT TUB for soaking after the race. Look forward to seeing you for this year’s race!

2009 Willamette Park Concerts

The FULTON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST is only a short block away from Willamette Park and you are invited to join the free Concerts in the park presented by the South Portland Business Association.

Wednesday, July 29: The Troublemakers

Five prisoners of Rock ‘n Roll, the members of this band served their musical hard time in low-down Texas blues bars, Memphis juke joints, Detroit rock clubs and legendary hangouts up and down LA’s Sunset Strip. When their sentences were up, each musician made his way to Portland. They went looking for trouble and found it, forming The Troublemakers in 2004. The Troublemakers are keepers of the flame for American roots music. It’s Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash and all their musical descendants. This band knows there’s no parole from Rock N Roll

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Tuesday, August 4: The Wicky Pickers at the National Night Out picnic

When naturopathic physicians, Neil and Steven started writing music for the band about a year ago, the Celtic/traditional sound morphed to an eclectic blues/swing sort of thing. The hits keep coming. The band does about 25 originals now.
Aug. 4 is also our yearly National Night Out picnic. We will be serving hot dogs and a few other food items as long as they hold out. It is a potluck, so bring a dish for a few neighbors if you wish. There will be a climbing wall for children.

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Friday, August &7: NEW! Movie in Willamette Park – Hairspray

For the first time there will be a movie night in Willamette Park. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 and the movie starts at dusk. This year’s movie is “Hairspray” with John Travolta. Pre-movie musical entertainment will be the River City Band and The Sounds of Rayvis. There will be free popcorn as well as hot dogs for purchase. We are hoping for good weather, but if it is rained out, we will post here by 5:00pm. See you there.

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All above events are at the South end of Willamette Park. Children’s activities start at 6:00 and the music goes from 6:30-8:00pm Willamette Park parking is free concert nights!
Also OPB and Ankrom Moison Architects have generously allowed us to use their parking lots concert nights

COME JOIN THE FUN!

Wonderful U-Pick Strawberries are Now Ready


While you are here visiting Portland you can also CHECK OUT SAUVIE ISLAND FOR WONDERFUL U-PICK FARMS and other exciting adventures. OUR FAVORITE U-PICK IS THE PUMPKIN PATCH– you can pick strawberries and eat them too.

Check out the link to Sauvie Island at http://www.sauvieisland.org/what-to-see-and-do/ or browse their information below.

What to See and Do
Sauvie Island has become a popular destination for a variety of people — those seeking the freshest and best produce; birdwatchers looking for sandhill cranes, bald eagles, blue herons, or migrating geese; and those wanting to hike, bike, fish, hunt, or use the public beaches.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

12,000 acres of land on the island have been preserved as the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. Managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wildlife area is a premier hiking, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing location. The area is open to the public mid-April through September and closed to hunting permit only over the wintering months.

In the fall and winter, the island hosts over 150,000 migratory ducks and geese. Other seasonal guests include bald eagles (winter), sandhill cranes (fall and spring), and tundra swans (fall). Permanent residents of the preserve include great blue heron, wood ducks, beavers, red foxes, black-tailed deer, and raccoons.

Hiking: The wildlife area is a perfect place to explore the local landscape on foot. Picnicking and other day-use activities are permitted as long as visitors obey the regulations in place to protect wildlife. Please respect the area by carrying all your garbage out. There is no drinking water available and only primitive restrooms. Also, there is no overnight camping.
All wildlife areas are open to the public from April 16 through September 30 each year.

Birdwatching: Conditions fluctuate with the seasons and migratory patterns. Late winter and early spring are excellent for viewing waterfowl. Bald eagles are usually spotted in the winter as they feed on the weaker waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds can be seen on the island throughout the year.

Hunting: A special permit is required for hunting on the island and is only available during designated seasons (usually late fall through winter). Bird hunting is enjoyed by 8,000 hunters annually. Regulations and permits change every year, so be sure to check with the Fish and Wildlife website before planning a hunting trip:
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/Regulations/regs.html

Fishing: The lakes on the island provide warm-water varieties of fish such as catfish, perch, and crappie. Due to water levels, fishing is best March through June. The Columbia and Willamette rivers offer salmon and steelheed fishing during open season. Regulations and permits change every year, so check with the Fish and Wildlife website before planning a fishing trip:
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/InfoCntrFish.html

To park in the wildlife area, visitors must purchase a day permit ($3.50), which is available at Sam’s Market (Cracker Barrel Grocery) located at the foot of the Sauvie Island bridge or the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Portland Headquarters. Annual permits are also available.

Please follow guidelines for wildlife area usage as set forth by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/) and respect the rights of local landowners.

Farms: U-Pick and Farm Stores

From the bridge, go north on Sauvie Island Road or south on Gillihan Road and you will find an array of U-pick choices. The most common U-pick items are fruits, berries, flowers, and pumpkins. If you have never experienced hand-picking peaches in an orchard, blackberries off a bush, or pumpkins from the vine – you are in for a special treat. Besides the pleasure of harvesting the most delicious foods and beautiful flowers, U-pick is also more economical than purchasing from the store.

If you don’t want to get into the fields, the local farm stores sell just about everything grown on the island. There are two primary farm stores – – – Kruger’s (located north of the bridge on Sauvie Island Road) and The Pumpkin Patch (located south of the bridge on Gillihan Road).
Both locations offer a superb selection of local staples and other delicacies.

Howell Territorial Park

Howell Territorial Park is located one mile north of the Sauvie Island bridge on NW Sauvie Island Road. The park includes 93 acres of beautiful land available to the public, including reservable picnic areas, an orchard, and the Bybee-Howell House (an authentically restored farmhouse built in the 1850’s).
The park is currently managed by Metro and welcomes visitors from sunrise to sunset. The house is not open for tours at this time.

Bicycling

Ride Tri Met #17 bus to Sauvie Island, or drive to the island and park your car at the parking lot located at the foot of the bridge. The most popular ride is the 12-mile loop around the lower end of the island comprised of Sauvie Island Road, Reeder Road, and Gillihan Road. There is a large tourist information map on the parking lot premises.

Although most bicyclists are quite respectful, the community of Sauvie Island would like to remind cyclists to obey traffic laws and courtesy signs. Bicyclists (and drivers) should be aware that this is an agricultural zone and that farm equipment on the road and tall crops alongside the road can present challenging biking and driving conditions.

LOCATION…LOCATION…LOCATION

Someone once famously said “location, location, location,” when asked how to make money in the real estate market. While the innkeepers at The Fulton House are not interested in real estate speculation, we do believe that our location is one of the primary reasons that make us such a spectacular place to stay.

Look at a map of Portland and you’ll see that downtown is located in the Southwest quadrant of the City. So is The Fulton House. We’re only about 5 minutes from downtown driving, or 10 minutes if you take the bus, which picks you up a mere half-block away. Then, there’s our proximity to local universities for parents visiting their youngsters or in town for their graduation. We’re extremely close to Lewis & Clark and just across the Willamette River from Reed. You can be at either in well less than 10 minutes.

Interstate 5, both north and south, is easy to access from The Fulton House, as is Interstate 84 going east and Sunset Highway going west. So, whether you’re heading to the beach, Mt. Hood, Salem or Washington State, you’ll waste no time stopping at frequent traffic lights or stop streets.

One other advantage we offer — a wide variety of local services (dry cleaners, grocery stores, microbrewery, beauty salon, barber shop, etc.) are within walking distance and, since they are neighborhood establishments, their charges will go easy on your wallet. And there are more than a dozen good neighborhood restaurants (Italian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, pizza, deli, fish house and several others) real close to The Fulton House, many within easy walking distance.

Finally, look at your Portland map again and note that we’re located a short block from Willamette Park, the Willamette River, the Spring Water Trail and the famous Willamette Greenway, the last perfect for strolling or biking. Come visit us and enjoy the delights of Portland. But make your reservations early since warmer weather is already here.

Persimmons & Figs & Currents…O My!


Both the back and front yards of The Fulton House are planted with extensive gardens. Among the dozens of varieties of vegetables and flowers are a number of bushes and trees filled with tasty fruits. Let’s look at three which provide the main ingredients in scrumptious home-baked goods served to our guests.

First, persimmons, which grow on a tree in our front yard and are just ripening and about ready to pick right now. Wendy makes persimmon pudding, cake-like and sweet and delicious. Many, if not most, people have never been served this dish. This would include our son, who was offered a slice when he came home from college one break. He demurred, but I convinced him to try a bite. Three large pieces later, he was full, but whenever he returns home now he always asks for persimmon pudding if he knows they are in season. I promise you’ll love Wendy’s persimmon pudding.

Second, figs, which grow on two trees in our back yard. Figs are amazingly versatile and most people have snacked on Fig Newtons as kids. Wendy serves them sauteed in butter and sugar and placed in a small pool of raspberry coulis and cream. Incredibly delicious!

Finally, red currants, which grow on two bushes in our back yard. These berries are tart and, at The Fulton House, made into a sauce which is drizzled over rich New York Cheesecake. You’ll want seconds, but you’ll probably have to pass because this dish is extremely rich and filling..

The Fulton House gardens also produce strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, two varieties of cherries, eating grapes and golden gage plums.

All of these marvelous fruits are grown in our large yard, yet we’re only about four minutes from downtown Portland. Come stay with us and, depending on season, enjoy some of our home-grown fruits and berries, served fresh or in baked goods.

Oh, and by the way, we also serve the best breakfasts in town!

WINE & HOT TUBBING

The weather is perfect here in Portland. The rainy season is at least two months away and daily temperatures are in the low 70’s. In other words, it’s a great time of year to soak in The Fulton House hot tub each evening while enjoying a glass of wine.

Our hot tub is large — easily holding 6 — and we’ll even give you a complimentary bottle of wine to sip out of plastic cups, which we also provide. The hot tub meets all health and safety regulations and is kept at just about 102 degrees. Aaaaah!

The Fulton House is located in southwest Portland, only about 4-6 minutes away from City Center if you drive. Or you can avail yourselves of just about the best public transportation system of any major city in America. The Fulton House is just one block away from a bus stop. If you’re feeling energetic and in the mood for a pleasant walk along the Willamette River on the Greenway — just a block away from The Fulton House — it’s less than 3 miles to downtown.

We’re on off-season rates, so you and a friend need not spend a great deal of money to stay with us for a couple of nights.

And we promise you the best breakfast in town!

Make your reservations now and enjoy yourselves while you relax.

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