Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the western part of the United States, with over 50 covered spans. Because of the easy availability of forest resources most of the early bridges in the state were timber structures. These timber bridges were often covered to protect them from the weather. Now, the remaining examples of this obsolete bridge construction technology, generally located in pastoral rural settings, provide one of the most significant tourist attractions in the state.
The heyday of covered bridge building in Oregon occurred betweek 1905 and 1925 when there wer an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state. By 1977, this number had dwindled to 56. In 1990, the Oregon Department of Transportation worked with the Oregon Legislature to create the first comprehensive covered bridge preservation program to protect these scenic relics of our past. An online PDF version of the new Covered Bridges information and maps can be accessed here.
All but one of these historic bridges can be found west of the Cascade Range. The Swalley Canal, Rock O' The Range, Covered Bridge is just north of Bend. The others can be found in the Willamette Valley and west toward the Oregon Coast near many inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. Plan our next authentic Geotourism adventure along the backroads of Oregon.
Portland has been voted one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in United States and Oregon itself isn’t just one of the best places for biking in the nation it, too, is one of the most bike-friendly. Home to hundreds of state parks and endless highways and back roads ranging from alpine to high desert, Oregon offers the expert and beginner road and mountain biker unthinkable diversity. And while the journey may be the destination, don’t forget to enjoy an Oregon wine or brew at the end of a long day of cycling and choose an inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild to rest your tired body and soul.
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild recognizes the biking and hiking culture and we have dedicated a Biking and Hiking target page on our website where our innkeepers share biking options near their inns. You'll find an Oregon B&B inn waiting for your arrival on your eco friendly journey through Oregon. Enjoy the video courtesy of TravelOregon. Visit their website, plan your route then choose where to rest for the night.
Filmmakers and others appreciate the authentic Oregon aspects of some of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inns. About a year ago, Patrick Arbuckle of the Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast in Gresham wrote a blog post about a recent experience his inn had with a film crew. Patrick recently provided an updated post about the film. . .
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Forest Springs B&B @ Historic Heiney House
The crew returned on May 16th to film a few re-shoots for the film: Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers (See Below). As before, they treated our property with the utmost respect. If all bodes well, they have a tentative release date for Veterans Day 2010. We look forward to its premiere and wish the Film Makers (Portland Independent Films) all the success in the world.
Hollywood (or at least Portland) made a little visit to our Bed and Breakfast. Michael Conner Humphreys (Young Forest Gump) was our guest during the shoot and together with Portland Independent Films, they shot 3 scenes from their upcoming movie. Pathfinders: In The Company of Strangers is set in WWII England and France. As well as having a featured role in the Movie, Conner directed a few scenes. The Story centers around a volunteer unit of American paratroopers whose mission is to land in the heart of enemy territory, and survive long enough to direct the coming airborne invasion of Normandy. Their only hope for survival lies in remaining undiscovered, successfully marking the drop zones, and holding off the enemy until the ensuing invasion arrives.
The cast and crew were an absolute delight and despite the lights, cables, people, props and general chaos, they left our Bed and Breakfast as they had found it.
Thank you, Patrick! I know I'm planning on seeing the film not only for the subject and actors, but because I want to see Forest Springs Bed & Breakfast @ Historic Heiney House on the big screen! If you're an independent film maker or a location scout for a major film maker, don't forget the many historic homes preserved so well by members of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild.
And if you like to visit places used as filming locations, Forest Springs Bed & Breakfast @ Historic Heiney House in Gresham, Oregon, is as authentic Oregon as one can get. Plus, Patrick's inn is a leader in our Green Lodging Certification program. Situated close to Portland but a world away in terms of tranquillity, this bed & breakfast is the perfect Portland Oregon lodging for the traveler who wants the convenience of town but the serenity of the way Portland used to be.
FARM to FORK is a "traveling farm-to-table restaurant, local food fundraiser, and community celebration rolled into one! Our unique FARM to FORK dinners are designed to reconnect people to the source of their food, and to honor the talented farmers, food artisans, winemakers, and chefs that contribute to the growing culinary reputation and local food community of Southern Oregon"
Scheduling for the 2012 FARM to FORK events scheduled have begun and the promoters of this event invite you to "meet the farmers, tour the farms, and experience a remarkable artisan meal in the company of friends, neighbors, and fellow supporters of our local food and wine community. Proceeds from the dinners will be contributed directly to local farmers, wineries and organizations that support small farms, food security, and greater accessibility to healthy, local food."
We hope you can make one or more of the FARM to FORK dinners and we encourage you to make your reserve your seat early as these events will surely sell out as will most events happening in Ashland, Oregon. And the beds of Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns fill up even quicker!
Looking for a dude ranch vacation? Look no further. These working cattle ranches, members of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, provide horseback vacations, cattle drives, and fly fishing vacations. After a day in the saddle the friendly ranch style atmosphere, the cozy guest rooms and home cooked meals will satisfy and refresh hungry, tired guests.
Howdy! Welcome to the Long Hollow Ranch
Long Hollow Ranch is a guest ranch with good old fashion values. The newly remodeled 100-year old ranch house welcomes you to historic Central Oregon. Explore the ranch on horseback or hike the bordering high desert rimrock. Fish to your heart's content in the ranch reservoirs or spend a relaxing afternoon reading on the veranda, pitching horseshoes in the yard by the campfire or practicing your roping skills
Long Hollow Ranch is located in the heart of one of the Northwest's most scenic recreation areas, just a stones throw from Bend, Oregon. Golf courses manicured to perfection abound, whitewater rafting awaits the adventurous. Roaming the antique and quilt stores of Sisters, a true town from the Old West just minutes away, revives the spirit.
Welcome, Partner, to Wilson Ranches Retreat
Your hosts, Phil and Nancy Wilson, are fifth generation Oregonians, whose families homesteaded in Wheeler and Gilliam Counties over 100 years ago. A 9,000 acre working cattle and dude ranch takes you off the beaten track to a rustic hideout, located in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley three miles West of Fossil, Oregon off Highway 19. This incredible, secluded scenic Oregon Lodging Ranch with spectacular sunsets and brilliant star-studded nights will captivate you.
Enjoy horseback riding in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range or a quiet hike to view the wildlife and diverse flora and fauna on Wilson Ranches Dude Ranch. Wheeler County is home of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and has the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world.
What are you waiting for?
Work with ranch hands on authentic ranch activities from fixing fence to moving irrigation to working with cattle. These ranch adventures of a lifetime are just a click away and will take you on the ultimate Oregon Geotourism adventure a serve up great Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild hospitality. Happy Trails!!
St. Patrick's day is behind us but Green is here year-round in Oregon. Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members provide Certified Green Lodging. And at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland, the brewpub calls itself an "eco brewpub."
Many celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, but in Portland, we're not talking the food colored or dyed kind. We’re talking about the organic kind.
Green is no doubt the theme at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland. Not only does it serve all certified organic beer. It also uses all renewable energy, runs its kettles on biodiesal fuel, and even sits its customers on furniture made from recycled wood.
"We're really the first brew pub to incorporate all aspects of sustainability in our operation," said Christian Ettinger, brewmaster and owner of Hopworks.
Combining green beer with Portland's National Green status and the Green Lodging Certification held by some Portland area B&Bs makes for an authentic green Oregon vacation.
These member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's Green Certification Program are committed to engaging in practices that promote the sustainability of our planet's natural resources while providing luxurious accommodations and sharing their eco-friendly values.
Hopworks Urban Brewery is not alone in its green brewing. It joins other "green" breweries like Lauralwood, which back in 2002 became Portland's first ever organic brewery, as well as Root's Brewing Company which was the first brewpub in the city to serve all organic beer. While you'll find plenty of organic green beer at these pubs, you won't find any green colored beer on this day or any St. Patrick's Day
Whether you prefer urban environs, or an historic neighborhood, Portland has the perfect inn for your lodging preferences.
There's a new culinary tourism company here in Wallowa County (Northeastern Oregon) that just brought us information about tours and classes. Source Tours is a new effort of three women who want to bring the bounty of Northeastern Oregon to the public through farm and ranch tours, cooking experiences, bicycling and educational opportunities in our rural setting.
We're excited! They are currently offering four scheduled tours--June 6 & 7 and again August 22-23, 2009 for the "Classic Ranch and Farm Tour. The "Cooking from the Source Tour" will be offered on July 11-12 and August 1-2, 2009. In addition they have the flexibility to offer customs tours.
If you're looking for something different to do on your Eastern Oregon vacation, consider booking a ranch and farm tour--you'll learn directly from the farmers and ranchers of Wallowa County. From the Source Tours website:
This trip is for those with an appetite for an authentic experience. We'll travel through the picturesque Wallowa Valley to visit a grass fed beef ranch, an organic produce farm that supplies restaurants and farmers markets, a family-run dairy and chicken farm, a flock of sheep that inspired a rural economic development project, a brewery, wheat fields and more. Meet local farmers and ranchers and walk through their fields with them while they tell you the story of the land.
And we'll enjoy excellent meals that highlight as many local ingredients as possible. Scores of visitors are drawn to the beautiful scenery of Oregon’s rural landscapes, and with Source trips you can get an insider’s perspective and a rich understanding of the local agriculture, culture and economy.
Some of our hosts are the fourth generation of their family to steward the family ranch. Others made a mid-life career switch and started their business in the last few years. They all have a passion for what they do and how they do it. For the people who live here, and the people who visit here, the Wallowa Mountains are an amazing backdrop to it all.