Travel Oregon Wanderfeast Beer Week ~ Week Three

Another week....another feast!  Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

The beer spectrum in Oregon is...Read More
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Week Two - Travel Oregon Fish Week

A month of so ago I introduced you to Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

Oregon’s streams, lakes,...Read More
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Cheese Week in Travel Oregon's Wanderfeast Celebration

A month of so ago I introduced you to Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

Week One - Throughout...Read More
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Oregon Bounty Wanderfeast - A Culinary Vacation through Oregon

Leave it to Travel Oregon to create a clever, catchy word or phrase.  First it was Oregon Bounty.  Then it was Cuisinternship.  Now Wanderfeast. What in the world is Wanderfeast?

"It’s a thing we made up because there are just no words to describe what it’s like to spend the harvest season following your taste buds on a quest to procure the best of Oregon’s flavors at their peak.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game...

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Homes For Sale In Oregon!

Yes, there are homes for sale in Oregon...vintage homes in a town that boasts the most in the entire state!  Albany, Oregon has over 700 historic homes and buildings and they are all within four historic districts.

Each year, some of these gorgeous dwellings are open for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.  This year that happens to be on July 31st!  Join hundreds of visitor's to Albany and The Willamette Valley to get a glimpse of some of the most unique homes in the country. 

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Culinary Tourism...a "nosh" tour in the Willamette Valley!

Oh my, where do I begin?

I was born in SoCal on a warm dry day in 1961. Ok...skipping ahead a few years.... I watched as my grandmother pounded the heck out of a steak. She was a tiny thing but man could she pound the heck out of that beef. And, she was one of those kinds of women that could pull a few items out of her pantry and prepare a feast. Now my Jewish grandmother on my mom's side, another important influence in the kitchen, she told a totally different story. Couldn't understand a word...Read More
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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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A Scones Throw Away...an Oregon Culinary Vacation!

Lately a lot of the guests at our inn have traveled short distances to stay with us.  SometimesThe breakfast table at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Inn! they are visiting family, sometimes they are here to catch up with old friends and even some of them just want to get out of the big city or just get in to a city of any size.  More and more our travels are taking us to destinations that aren't too far from home.  Sometimes we just wanna get away!  Isn't that a song lyric?  Anyways, when you need to get away or just want to treat yourself to a little...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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"Where the boots meet the suits!"

Farms, vineyards, restaurants, art studios, inn's, horses, golf, antiques, alpacas, jewelry, fish hatchery's, hazelnuts, wolf sanctuaries and nursery's are just a few places you will find on The Oregon Country Trails! With over 65 rural businesses, tours and adventures, these trails are self guided driving tours that offer a bit of the country to our visitors to Oregon.

Follow a reservoir near villages in Lane county and visit a bio-dynamic garden filled with organic produce or pick fruit...Read More
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Culinary Travel and Oregon Coast Lodging in Astoria

April 23-25, 2010 The annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival is one of Oregon's most popular spring events. The festival focuses on the bounty of the Pacific as well as on the Astoria Crab Seafood and Wine Festival, a Culinary Delightregion's famous wines. Seafood lovers can savor shrimp, salmon, oysters, halibut, and clam chowder. The Northwest's awesome microbrews and and wines are also featured. In addition to the freshest of seafood, you'll be able to enjoy live music and crafts booths. The highlight of the three-day festival is...
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Oregon Farmer's Market...a lesson in culinary tourism!

Can you say sustainable travel?...can you utter culinary tourism?...or can you blurt..."wow...I've never seen veggies this green before!"

Well...it began on March 20th in Portland!  It's Spring here and it's time for our Oregon Farmers Markets to sprout up all over the state and share their stuff!  Flowers, veggies, art...you name it and you can find it.  From now till deep in to autumn, you can drive in to just about any Oregon town, city or region and find a farmers market! 

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Bicycle Oregon...a sustainable travel option with a culinary twist!

Yes, it's that time of year!  It's time to get your bikes out of the basement, the shed or garage.  Dust the seat off and grab your helmet and you are good to go!

One of the most scenic places in the country to ride bikes, Oregon plays host to cyclists from all over the world every summer.  It's not unusual for some our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns to be filled to the brim with bicyclists when the weather is perfect here! 

There are maps, bike trails and websites that help you...Read More
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A Northwest Culinary Tour!...my day as a foodie in Portland, Oregon.

Patrick, Mary and Steve...at Cacao's!Sipping chocolate at Cacao's near The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland was only the beginning of our "Epicurean Tour" last Saturday!  In the works for months, Portland Walking Tours teamed up with a few very interested Oregon innkeepers and we headed out to devour the city!

Led by Bob, tour guide with Portland Walking Tours, we covered about 2 mi. of ground.  And thank goodness we did because it helped walk off all the extra bread I ate at Pearl Bakery!...well, I had help! After donning the...Read More
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Culinary Travel? Head right down Crater Lake for Dinner on Saturday, March 20, 2010!

Southern Oregon Brewing Company joins with Prospect Historic Hotel for Crater Lake lodging and beerCulinary travel makes for some interesting trips.  On Saturday, March 20, 2010, Pacific Northwest Culinary enthusiasts will convene at the Prospect Historic Hotel near Crater Lake, Oregon.  The reason?  A Getaway Beer Tasting Dinner featuring Southern Oregon Brewing and the imaginative cuisine of Prospect Hotel owner Karen Wickman!

The Menu (designed by Karen to complement Tom's and Ander's selections of beers):

Appetizer: Chevre Chaud oozing from within a fluffy pastry purse
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The Craftsman B&B ~ A Green Vacation on the Oregon Coast

Located in Pacific City, The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to experience beautiful Oregon Coast Lodging in style, grace, and comfort.  

The Craftsman B&B was awarded the Best Period Restoration AwardThe Craftsman B&B was awarded the Best Period Restoration Award in the LanierBB.com Guests’ Greatest Picks Award program out of 8,500 B&B’s world wide.

Built in 1921, The Craftsman B&B was renovated in 2004-2005 to return the character of the period and modernize the workings.   Classic Arts and Crafts elements were incorporated - from the Greene & Greene...

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Agritourism Meeting & Pot Luck...a Northwest Culinary Picnic!

Linn County is the heart of the Willamette Valley.  In this region, you can find some of the most fertile land in the country.  The soil, the rain and the weather here makes for some of the best conditions for growing just about anything!  So, to capture this natural gift and share it with our visitors and guests to our region, we are getting on that proverbial band wagon and hittin the trails!

Tuesday, February 16th from 12-2pm join us as we treat you to a taste of the Linn Countryside and...Read More
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An Oregon Culinary Weekend, a Romantic Bed and Breakfast and Oregon Slow Food all in one place: St. Helens, OR

Looking for an Oregon culinary weekend?  A romantic bed and breakfast?  Do you embrace Oregon slow food?  And don't want to venture too far away from Portland OR?  How about a short trip west on the Columbia River to the little town of St. Helens, Oregon.

"Secret Flower Garden" by Scappoose artist Maeona on display during Feb 2010 at Houlton Bakery in St Helens OregonThis town's received a lot of hype because of the original Twlight Movie, but there's more to St. Helens than a movie set.  Wandering through the Internet today, I discovered a lovely painting that's currently on display in St. Helens at...Read More
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What to do for Valentine's Day in Portland, OR

Now here's a real insider's view of what to do for Valentine's Day in Portland Oregon.  "Travel Geek" works at the Oregon Welcome Center at the Portland International Airport.  She's lived in Portland for 30 years, so she knows her way around!

Travel Geek offers a complete Portlander's guide for Valentine's Day with ideas for "Events that Inspire Romance" plus "Places that Fill You with Love" (a Northwest Culinary experience in itself) and "More Pragmatic, Less Romantic (and still fun).  She's...Read More
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Presidents Day Weekend getaway to Eastern Oregon: Snow and a movie


 
Still wondering what to do for Presidents Day Weekend?  How about enjoying the Wallowa Mountains and the great snow we have here in Eastern Oregon?  And while you're at it, start the weekend really early, support a good cause, and see a spectacular film. (That's the teaser from the 2008 movie "The Fine Line" posted above and one of the movies that'll be shown at the event)

The Wallowa Avalanche Center Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2010.  Here are the details:

Who: Wallowa...
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