Call Them Finishing or Flavored Salts. We call Them an Oregon Innkeeper's Culinary Secret

Sharing culinary secrets with each other is one thing us innkeepers do best.  Last March I traveled to Ashland for the annual meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and was a guest at the Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast, hosted by innkeepers Pat and Tom Howard. 

Pat developed her own custom salts and these are sprinkled onto food just before  serving.  The basic recipe is 2 Tbsp good salt and 1 tsp. flavoring.  "This is where you want to use a good quality salt - grey salt, sea salt, or at...Read More
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Harry Connick Jr....Ashland, September 2010

Really...this man needs no introduction, needs no drum roll and most definitely needs no one to miss out on seeing him perform later this summer.

Love the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon?  Well...this year's line up is unforgettable! Seriously if you love Harry...it's time to buy your concert tickets and reserve your Ashland Bed and Breakfast now.  Go to our website at www.obbg.org and reserve your room.  We have several Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns in Ashland and...Read More
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Not your momma's inn...An Oregon Culinary Vacation!

The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, Albany, OregonOver twenty years ago, I had my first experiece staying at an inn.  The Bath Street Inn in Santa Barbara was lovely.  Flowers, cakes, cookies, wine and yeah...the fact that it was set in Santa Barbara didn't hurt anything either. Well...that was a while ago and a few years back my dream of being an innkeeper came true.  It will be two years on May 1st since we opened our inn and began our new lives as innkeepers.  Wow...what a change from being the guest to being the innkeeper!  Yes...it's...Read More
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Ashland Bed & Breakfast Network's presentation to the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild meeting

Ashland Oregon Bed & Breakfast Network Educational Committee Innkeeping 101Day Two of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Annual Meeting in Ashland Oregon.  One of the presentations today came from Cyd Ropp of The Albion Inn and Art Gallery.  Cyd talked about a new initiative from the Ashland Bed & Breakfast Network:  Innkeeping 101. 

The Ashland Bed & Breakfast Network's Education Committee started an educational program in the form of a blog, Innkeeping 101, as partial fulfillment of their educational mission.  However, this blog is a free-for-all.  If you're an...Read More
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Social Innkeepers, Culinary Tourism and the OBBG Annual Meeting in Ashland Oregon

So here we are--social innkeepers engaging in a little culinary tourism in Ashland Oregon as part of our Annual Meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  We started the day with touring some wonderful Ashland Oregon lodging facilities:  Ashland Springs Hotel, Winchester Inn, Chanticleer Bed & Breakfast, the Romeo Inn, Albion Inn, Shrew's House Bed & Breakfast, the Ashland Royal Carter House, Oak Hill B&B and Country Willows Inn Bed and Breakfast.

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Ashland Oregon and the Annual Meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Greetings from Ashland Oregon!  Mary Pellegrini and I arrived yesterday evening for the start of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Annual Meeting week.  Today's Monday, March 29, 2010, and we started of the day with a great breakfast at the Oak Hill Bed & Breakfast, one of the Ashland Oregon lodging sites supporting the meeting.

Baked Eggs with Matcha Finishing Salt at the Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon lodgingIf we weren't here for business we could easily make this a northwest culinary vacation.  Pat & Tom purchased this 5-room bed and breakfast in 1999 and haven't looked back...Read More
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Blue Cheese, Oregonzola... Just Say Cheese Please!

A road trip to Ashland to prep for our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild annual meeting, a few of us decided that we liked being the "visitor" to Southern Oregon.  So, after twenty four hours of planning, meetings and setting up schedules, we decided to find the cheese!

Our friend Fred at The Historic Prospect Hotel in Prospect, Oregon told us that we had to go to Rogue Creamery near Medford in Central Point before we headed back home to Albany and Hood River respectively.  So, of course we always...Read More
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I Resolve To Learn More About Oregon Brewed Beer!

Hops grown in the Willamette ValleyDon't you just love this time of year?  An end of another year and the beginning of "new" beginnings, resolutions and promises we make to ourselves and others.  Well...in 2010 I resolve to learn more about where I live.  I resolve to learn more about Oregon, to learn more about why people flock here for the food and drink but most of all, I resolve to taste and learn all that I can about the beer brewed here in Oregon and why it is famous all over the world!  I think this is a resolution I...Read More
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A Room At An Inn...the gift of time!

Female Pheasant, UKImagine soaking in a tub filled with hot water in the great outdoors or sitting by a fire pit roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa with a rushing river close by or waking to the delicious smells of coffee, bacon and eggs with onions and peppers and then the scones...oh the scones baking with the cranberries and nuts and then the marmalade or lemon curd and butter... 

Have we convinced you that a gift of lodging is the perfect gift???  With over 90 membership inns to choose from, the Oregon... Read More
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World of Wine Festival and Southern Oregon Lodging Options

World of Wine Festival Southern Oregon
The annual World of Wine Festival, showcasing wines made from grapes grown in Southern Oregon is coming up Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. The place: once again at Del Rio Vineyards & Winery, just west of Gold Hill.  At latest count, 41 wineries have signed on to pour samples of their wines. Most are in Jackson, Josephine or Douglas counties, but not all. Wineries elsewhere in the state can qualify to take part if the wine they're pouring was made from Southern Oregon grapes. Ashland Oregon Lodging at the Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast

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Its A Birthday Year for Oregon ~ Events Planned All Year

Explore Oregon And Win with Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildsThe Sesquicentennial birthday of Oregon is reason for Celebration.  And the celebration will last until February 13, 2010 at events taking place across the state.  And its your chance to win with the Explore Oregon and Win Challenge of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Combine this with the Travel Oregon 150 Challenge and win grand Oregon Tours!!

The Oregon 150 Challenge brought to you by Travel Oregon

Travel Oregon to attend rodeos, county fairs, festivals and wine tasting events.  There are more hiking and biking trails than even the most avid...

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Hittin' The Road In Oregon And Eatin' Pizza For Breakfast!

Guests at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, Albany, OregonIt's that time of year!  If you haven't already sat down with your family, your honey or your best friend and planned your summer vacation, do it now! 

This motorcycle and side car husband and wife were our guests recently at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn.  So much fun and what a cool bike!  From San Luis Obispo to Ashland then here to Albany.  These lovely guests were the first of many to bike or bicycle to this area of the Willamette Valley this season.  From now until the leaves fall in late...Read More
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You Say Puffcake, I Say Pancake...A Culinary Delight In An Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Danish Puffcake or Dutch Pancake Served At An Oregon Lodging Facility.Danish Puffcake


4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1/2 cup whole milk
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup blackberries


1.  Heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Place a 12 inch ovenproof skillet with 4 tbsp butter in oven.
2.  In a blender, combine eggs, flour, salt and milk until a thin batter forms, about 30 sec.
3.  Remove pan with butter from oven and pour in batter.  Return to oven and bake until pancake is puffy, golden and...Read More
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Stealing Ideas From An Oregon Bed & Breakfast and Sharing Them With You!

Cream Sherry and an Oregon Bed & BreakfastLast summer just a few months after we opened our inn, we had to return to California to attend a retirement party.  It was our third trip back down in just seven months and only two months since we began taking guests.  Needless to say, we weren't ready for another vacation.  We were full swing into enjoying our inn and sharing the beautiful Willamette Valley summer with our new friends and guests.  So, since we had to go, we thought we might as well make the best of it and carve a...Read More
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Make a date in April 2009: Ballet and B&B pairing to support the Eugene Ballet

The Eugene Ballet Company is facing a $130,000 budget shortfall and is taking their 2009 season production of Swan Lake into a "show on the road" throughout the Pacific Northwest in April 2009 to raise awareness of the arts and hopefully solve their budgetary woes.
 


This is a wonderful opportunity to have a quick romantic Oregon getaway with an evening showing support for dance and the arts as well as a great overnight stay at one of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild's quality bed...

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Oregon Covered Bridges...the romance, the history and the ride!

Oregon Covered BridgeOregon has the most covered bridges in the west and one of the largest collections in the country.  Around 1850, the pioneers began building bridges out of the plentiful Douglas fir.  They then built houses on them to protect them from the Oregon dampness.  There was once hundreds of these covered bridges and now only 51 exist in several counties in Oregon. 

From Portland, the Willamette Valley, central and southern Oregon as well as the Coast, covered bridge history is alive and well due to the...Read More
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Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Comment Cards--Use 'Em (Please)!

comment about your stay at Seaside Oregon lodging or Portland Oregon lodgingThe Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild provides OBBG Comment Cards to its member Oregon bed and breakfasts and encourages the inns to put them out where the guests will use them.

Many bed and breakfasts put return postage on the comments cards so they'll go straight to the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild administrator without the guest doing a thing except dropping the card in a mailbox.

Here are the things asked about on the comment card (all open-ended):
  • Meal Quality
  • Service/Hospitality
  • Cleanliness and...
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Think you have what it takes to be an Innkeeper? This course is for you!

Want to open a Bend Oregon Bed and Breakfast?  Thinking about Crater Lake lodging?  Ashland Oregon lodging?  If you're serious, then an in-depth bed and breakfast training program might be just what you need.  And there's one coming up in the Pacific Northwest very soon.  Bed and Breakfast Seminars is a new venture of two Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild innkeepers and endorsed by the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild.
 

Guest blogger Diane Emineth tells the story:

Oregon Coast lodging owner Diane EminethTwo Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild...
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Let's Have Breakfast In The Garden!

Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns are known for their spectacular breakfasts.  So, how can we top the second half of the bed and breakfast experience?  Let's have breakfast in the garden!

Anne Hathaways Bed and Breakfast and Garden Suites, Ashland, OregonEarly last summer, we stayed in Ashland at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn, Anne Hathaways Bed and Breakfast and Garden Suites.  Being part of the guild, and belonging to the "innkeepers get-away" program, we had the opportunity to enjoy the inn as the hosts treated us to a lovely night at...Read More
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Choose Country Willow Bed and Breakfast Inn for a romantic Ashland Oregon Valentine's Weekend

For fine Ashland Oregon Lodging and a perfect Valentine's weekend, we offer you the Country Willows Bed and Breakfast Inn, a quintessential country inn situated on the edge of the village, only minutes to the center of Ashland in beautiful Southen Oregon.  Country Willows Inn fine Ashland Oregon Lodging An inspected and approved member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, Country Willows invites you to enjoy a little romance with your sweetheart.  Beginning Thursday, February 12th through Wednesday, February 18th, chocolate truffles and a...Read More
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