A scrumptious breakfast is served for your dining pleasure from 7:30-9:30 each morning – a variety of fresh fruits, scones or muffins, granola, yogurt, quiche and your choice of juices and beverages. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options can also be prepared.
You may enjoy your meal in our dining room, out back on the garden patio or in your room. On warm mornings, your hosts might invite you to sit on the rooftop Fulton House “Widow’s Walk,” overlooking the Willamette River and downtown Portland.
Originally, the Fulton House was not in Portland but in the small town of Fulton, which was annexed by its larger neighbor. One block from the Fulton House sits the old Fulton Post Office (cc 1894), today a building containing two small shops. In the area, there is a Fulton Park and the local microbrewery known as the Fulton Pub built on land previously owned by the old Fulton Dairy. Several of the larger homes in the area, like the Fulton House, still exist.
The Fulton House, built in the late 19th century, originally served as a bordello floating in the Willamette River, one of the gambling houses and bordellos built in present-day Willamette Park. Around 1902, the house was placed on logs and dragged one block west up the hill to its present location, a lot owned by Joseph Weber, a local tanner who owned the entire block. The Weber Tannery was the largest tannery on the Northwest Coast in 1894 and operated until 1945.
One block east of the Fulton House is Macadam Avenue, today a major thoroughfare but once the first black-topped road out of downtown Portland; in the eastern U.S., roads are paved with “macadam” not with blacktop, hence the street name (many of Portland’s early residents came from the eastern part of the country). Macadam Avenue was built to give easy access to Portland businessmen and politicians to the bars, gambling houses and bordellos, which lined the Willamette River in Willamette Park.
The magnificent Willamette Waterfront Greenway, nationally and rightfully renowned for its beauty, begins in Willamette Park and continues north almost to downtown Portland. Depending on season and the weather, you can play tennis, ride bikes, picnic in a covered area or watch boaters, skidoo enthusiasts, sailors and fishermen enjoying diverse river pleasures.
Wendy Fencsak, Owner/Innkeeper of the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast, has a Master’s Degree in Education from Oregon State University in Corvallis and a Bachelor Degree in Family & Consumer Studies Education from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She taught both high school and middle school for thirty three years before leaving teaching to continuing devoting her time exclusively to the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast. She has attended courses both at the International Culinary Institute in New York City as well as at the world recognized CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, New York.
Come join us for your next exciting visit to Portland, Oregon.