Thursday, December 8, 2011

Take Me To The River....

Well... that's exactly what we're going to do! Because next year's Portland Art & Soul event will be taking place at the Red Lion on the River in Jantzen Beach. Imagine the serenity of being right on the Columbia River... with spectacular views of the waterway right outside your room, the restaurants, and even the classrooms! This resort-style property is the perfect location for letting go of the everyday doldrums and diving into your creative adventure!

Besides the scenic location, one of the great advantages to this venue is that everything will be in one place! No more waking up early to catch a shuttle to that workshop in the other hotel. You don't even have to leave the Red Lion if you don't want to!

Red Lion's free airport shuttle will pick you up and drop you off. When you check in you'll find the accommodations simply delightful, with each room featuring a balcony view (some overlooking the river), microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and in-room safe. Your stay includes a free breakfast and happy hour beverage. Rates are $129 for a standard guestroom, $139 for a river view, and suites are $179 & $189. Single and double-bed rooms are available... so come for solitude or share your stay with a creative friend!

At the Red Lion on the River, you'll find a friendly, exuberant staff to welcome you into this relaxing atmosphere. As hosts of our event, they've set up a Hospitality Bar right at our registration area. Grab a snack or a refreshment when you need it in-between classes or for a quick pick me up (if you've ever been to Art & Soul, you know what we mean!).

On site, you'll have plenty of room to relax, stretch out, or even take a stroll on their more than one mile long paved walking path along the river. And when you're hungry or need some libations, head over to the Red Lion's own Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill, offering a stylish, upbeat atmosphere and boasting one of the best views on the Columbia River. Known as one of the happiest lounges around, they have 2 Happy Hours offered from 3-6 AND 9pm-11pm! And Executive Chef Lorenzo Gonsalves has quite a background... we're looking forward to having some delicious meals here! And, if you do need to get out or want to take care of meals on your own, there's a Grocery store nearby as well as the Jantzen Beach Shopping Mall.... and of course... Portland!

We are so looking forward to this new location and taking a respite from the workaday world. Remember how excited you were about recess when you were a little kid? Well... welcome to recess for creative adults! Now that you've heard about our new accommodations, check out the list of workshops for Portland Art & Soul 2012 and plan your escape today!


  1. WOW this looks amazing cant wait counting down the days already sad eh LOL

  2. WOW is right! That looks like an absolutely fabulous place!

  3. I stayed at this hotel earlier this year... and here are a few hints: get a RIVER view room on the swimming pool side of the hotel. The tennis court side is also nice, but more of the meeting spaces are on that side and there's more noise during events. The tennis court side is also closer to the I5 bridge. It's a drawbridge, and it can get pretty noisy. The hotel is BIG. Seriously big... and laid out in an odd shape.

    The extra charge for the top floor isn't really worth it, in my opinion. It's also a VERY pet friendly hotel.


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