1 night reservations will be accepted for bookings in December and January!
An explanation of this state-wide increase affecting all lodging establishments:
The Portland Tribune, March 3, 2016
SALEM — Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to nearly double the statewide tourist lodging tax and open up new ways to spend the revenue.
The bill hikes the tax from 1 percent to 1.8 percent until the end of June 2020, then reduces it to 1.5 percent in July 2021.
The votes to pass the bill in the House and Senate were among the last actions lawmakers took before they adjourned on Thursday. The bill will head next to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
The legislation clears the way for the state to subsidize a world track championship in Eugene in 2021. Nike and University of Oregon officials have pushed for the state to help pay for the event since at least 2014 and according to news reports, the Eugene nonprofit TrackTown USA wants the state to provide $25 million for the event.
State law requires the government to spend at least 80 percent of lodging tax revenues on tourism marketing. House Bill 4146 allows the state to spend that money on any “tourism programs,” including to subsidize the costs of events such as the track championship.
State lodging tax filing requirements
If you collect payment from lodging customers, you’re responsible for collecting the tax. The tax rate is based on the date of payment:
|Before July 1, 2016||1%|
|On or after July 1, 2016||1.8%|
|On or after July 1, 2020||1.5%|
Romeo & Juliet in February
February 27 – March 5, 2016 | Keller Auditorium
James Canfield | Sergei Prokofiev
Featuring the OBT Orchestra for all performances
A love that recognizes no boundaries, and an impossible-to-forget emotional journey intensified by what may be the most sublime music ever written for ballet… Get ready to be consumed by the passion of Romeo & Juliet as Oregon Ballet Theatre proudly returns James Canfield’s signature work to the repertory following an absence of more than 15 years!
As per Wikipedia, “Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both, but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare’s original.
Shakespeare’s use of his poetic dramatic structure (especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story) has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play.”
Book a two night stay in January and get the third night FREE!
Request rate code “January” when making reservation.
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!
The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast recently donated a two night Stay & Wine Basket at a Fundraiser for the PUGET SOUNDKEEPER ALLIANCE in Seattle, Washington at the AVEDA’S EARTH MONTH 2015 FIFTH ANNUAL EVENT “SAVE THE SOUND” AUCTION, MUSIC, FOOD AND DRINKS.
History of the Puget Sound Alliance:
Founded in 1984 as the Puget Sound Alliance (PSA), PSA was the first grassroots citizens’ organization to focus exclusively on protecting the marine environment of Puget Sound. Initially, PSA fought successfully for secondary wastewater treatment at West Point in Seattle and a Puget Sound Management Plan. In 1990, following the successful model of the Hudson Riverkeeper in New York, PSA launched the 6th licensed Waterkeeper program in the nation when it hired its first Puget Soundkeeper and began patrolling the waters of the Sound by boat.
Renamed Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (Soundkeeper) in 1992, the organization was a founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, a national movement founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Today, Waterkeeper Alliance and its member organizations are the fastest growing environmental movement in the world with over 200 licensed Waterkeepers on six continents.
Soundkeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound by monitoring, cleaning up and preventing pollutants from entering its waters.
To accomplish its mission, Soundkeeper actively monitors Puget Sound through kayak patrols and uses the Soundkeeper patrol boat on a weekly basis enlisting a network of trained volunteers to detect and report pollution. As a major environmental stakeholder, Soundkeeper actively engages government agencies and businesses working to regulate pollution discharges from sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, construction sites, municipalities and others. Soundkeeper actively enforces the Clean Water Act of 1972, using the power granted to citizens to sue under provisions of the Act, to stop polluters in their tracks and bring egregious polluters into compliance with the law. As one of the nation’s leading citizen advocates, Soundkeeper has a 100% success record and has filed over 150 cases. Soundkeeper’s settlements typically result in accelerated compliance measures including new implementation of, or upgrades to, stormwater and wastewater treatment systems. A 1993 settlement with the City of Bremerton is directly attributable to the Dyes Inlet shellfish beds reopening for the first time in 40 years. To date, Soundkeeper’s enforcement team has awarded over $3.6 million to third party restoration, education and water quality mitigation projects to heal the damage in the affected watershed and provide an incentive for future compliance. Soundkeeper does not receive any settlement money from Clean Water Act cases. Although we achieve our mission by stopping pollution, we know that much of Puget Sound’s problems can be stopped at the source by engaging the people and businesses in our community – after all, Puget Sound is where we all work, live and play.
We’re working to protect the waters of Puget Sound now and for future generations.kayak_patrol_hdr
Why? Because Puget Sound is in trouble.
• industrial SoundDeclining fish populations and die-offs in Hood Canal
• PCB’s in marine mammals
• health warnings about Puget Sound salmon and shellfish
• beaches closed to shellfish harvest
• Superfund cleanups
…and the list goes on.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Legal Action: We enforce the Clean Water Act through legal action.
Patrolling and Monitoring: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance actively patrols and monitors the waters of Puget Sound.
Active Engagement: We pursue the Clean Water Act’s goals through active engagement with business, government agencies and citizens.
Governmental Involvement and Business Partnerships: We get involved at many levels of government and legislation to toughen pollution standards. We create partnerships with business to help reduce pollution.
Here’s what you can do
Do your part to stop pollution: drive less (bike, walk, bus, carpool), fix vehicle oil leaks, rely on natural yard care rather than chemicals, report pollution when you see it happen, wash your car on your lawn or at a commercial car wash, and the list goes on…
Become informed about pollution.
Discover the beauty and richness of Puget Sound.
Join our team as a volunteer.
Give what you can to help protect Puget Sound now and for the future.
% of the proceeds benefit Local Clean Water Effort.
Check out the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Check out the link to Portland’s Saturday Market! Lots of things to do and great places to eat! Go enjoy the FUN!
Cyclists — A Great Day of Touring Oregon Wine Country Plus Treat Yourself to a Fabulous Brunch at Eola Hills Winery
Today, I completed my first 2011 MAC Annual Wine Ride touring Oregon wine country and treating myself to a fabulous made-to-order gourmet brunch — without guilt!
Starting at the Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Oregon I wandered along 36.8 miles of scenic Polk County Wine Country, through the town of Independence and across the Willamette River on the historic Buena Vista ferry and then made a loop back to the winery. As I approached the ferry crossing, I spotted an osprey nests up on the platforms and along the route was up close and personal with two turkey buzzards feasting on a dead rabbit just a few feet from me as I crossed the dead carcass in the road. This was just an incredible day in Oregon to be cycling.
Click here for the 2011_MAC_Wine_Ride_Map.
After my ride, I returned to the Eola Hills Winery for the reward of a fabulous brunch prepared by Eola Hills Winery’s master chefs that include stuffed crepes, eggs Benedict, waffles, omelets, sauteed oysters, and more, along with a choice of wine or champagne.
Check out their wonderful Menu for July 24th:
Fresh Pan Fried Oysters from Willapa Bay
Roast Beef Sliders with Onions and Cheese
Fruit Supreme w/
Fresh Fruit, Yogurt and Granola
FOUR styles of Eggs Benedict; Ultimate,
Traditional, Seafood and Veggie
Stick to your Ribs Biscuits and
an Omelet Bar with about 20 toppings to choose
Belgian & Hazelnut Waffles along with Crepes
Stir Fried Veggies
Spring Mix Salad with Apples and
Platter of Watermelon
homemade desserts and much more.
And don’t forget to belly up to the wine tasting bar to sample their wine selections and take home a bottle of their outstanding wines. I particularly like their 2009 Pinot Gris and their Pacific Blanc a Oregon White Wine after a hot day biking the latter that I am sipping now as a draft this post.
The Eola Hills Winery is approximately 58 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast in Portland, Oregon. Bring your bikes and enjoy a day of cycling Oregon.
“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!
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.
The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast Staff