The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast

7006 SW Virginia Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219
Innkeeper(s): Wendy L. Fencsak, Owner; Kevin Waring-Manager

Oregon state lodging tax increase takes effect July 1, 2016! 21 Apr 2016, 1:16 pm

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:

Payment date
Tax rate
Before July 1, 2016 1%
On or after July 1, 2016 1.8%
On or after July 1, 2020 1.5%

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Fulton House is now an Oregon Bike Friendly Business! 12 Apr 2016, 4:55 pm

Oregon Bike Friendly Businesses

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’’s why we’’re the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers.  Bike Friendly Businesses are committed to welcoming cyclists, offer amenities riders may need and have officially been recognized by the state. Find a list of participating businesses below, and don’’t forget to keep your eye out for the Bike Friendly sign – recognized businesses will showcase the sign prominently, allowing you to easily locate them.

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April is Hood River Valley Blossom Time! 1 Mar 2016, 1:32 pm

Hood River Valley Blossom Time!

Hood River Valley Blossom Time

Date: April 2016

Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers. They start in the lower elevations and, like a domino effect, move up the valley creating a patchwork of color.

The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April. Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest.

One of the best ways to enjoy Blossom Time is to drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms.

Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more. Download The Blossom Time event guide at hoodriver.org — you’ll see there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few of the 2016 Blossom Time events:

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Now in its third year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than 20 cideries participate, with more than 38 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food trucks, a kids area and a line-up of local music, from bluegrass to classic rock – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family.

Passport Gorge Grapes Weekend

Explore the essence of what makes the Columbia Gorge Wine Region “a world of wine in 40 miles.” With so much diversity of climate and soil, the Gorge has the ability to grow many unique varietals, from the familiar to the obscure. Purchase a Passport and use it throughout the month of April to take advantage of exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries. Your passport will also allow you to access three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries.

Gorge Artists Open Studios

Now in its tenth year, Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour provides opportunities for the public to experience and enjoy art in the Columbia River Gorge. The tour is free and self-guided. Detailed maps are available online and at the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. The artist roster for 2016 features a variety of work including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture photography, textiles, fiber. Artists’ studios are located throughout the mid-Columbia from Cascade Locks to The Dalles and from Parkdale, Oregon to Trout Lake, Washington. April 22-24, 2016 gorgeartists.org

Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show

Hood River Fairgrounds, 3020 WyEast Rd., Hood River

This annual craft show and plant sale at the Hood River Fairgrounds includes more than 125 vendors selling jewelry, plants, clothing, baked goods, photos, paintings, metal art, garden art, and wine tastings. The annual quilt show includes more than 100 beautiful quilts. With lots more to see and do, you won’t want to miss this annual celebration of local art and craft.

 

 

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ROMEO & JULIET: Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland February 27 – March 4, 2016 4 Feb 2016, 8:31 am

Portland Ballet

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.”

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Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz………March 12 & 13 1 Feb 2016, 4:20 pm

Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz!

Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz is a festival in historic Silverton, Oregon.

The event features premier jazz music from the Pacific Northwest and fine wines from the Cascade Foothills wineries. The Main Event takes place at The Oregon Garden, an 80-acre botanical garden, followed by wine tasting and live jazz in downtown Silverton.

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PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL 26 Jan 2016, 8:14 pm

FEB 18-28, 2016

Click on the link to get the line up and ticket info for PDXjazz 2016!

Schedule and ticket info

Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is convenient to all venues.

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Stay free in January! 11 Jan 2016, 4:59 pm

Book a two night stay in January and get the third night FREE!

Request rate code “January” when making reservation.

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Octoberfest! 1 Sep 2015, 6:36 pm

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 

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