Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week

I am particularly excited about Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week, as the orchard featured, Kiyokawas is a stones throw up the Hood River Valley from our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn.  It is one of my favorite fruit stands, not only because of the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your apple and pear related questions but because of the variety of fruit.  Over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears, many familiar, many old world varieties which you may or may not have ever...Read More
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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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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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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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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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Wooden Shoes, Tasty Brews, and Feller House Bed and Breakfast

Kick off the 25th Annual Tulip Festival, March 25 - April 25, with a weekend of Oregon-grown craft brews, clogging, tulips, and family fun! Wooden Shoes and Tasty Brews will run opening weekend: Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th from noon to 6pm.

Wooden Shoes and Tasty Brews The event will feature Willamette Valley craft brewers, Bavarian-style food, clog dancing, and live music. Wooden Shoes & Tasty Brews is family-friendly and as always, children are welcome.

Brewers featured: Seven Bridges Brewing of Silverton;...Read More
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A Dinner Party, A Wedding or a Weekend Getaway...it's all about the food!

Some may argue, some may actually disagree and some may even deny it.  But, we all know...it's all about the food!

It's that time of year when the daffodils are in full bloom, my "bleeding hearts" have blossomed and the cherry trees smell heavenly around this town.  And, it's that time of year to book your Oregon vacation, plan your wedding or your party at one of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild membership inns!

Many of our inns are places for fun events, some are open for a party now and then...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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Calling All Amateur Chamber Music Players (Strings, that is): 4th Annual Springs Strings in the Wallowas, April 23-26, 2010 in Northeastern Oregon!

Wallowa Valley Music Alliance Spring Strings in the Wallowas at Oregon bed and breakfasts in Enterprise and Joseph Oregon
Are you a classical string musician?  Play violin, viola or cello?  We want you for the 4th Annual Springs Strings in the Wallowas!

This event, co-hosted by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance and Wallowa County Oregon bed and breakfasts, is definitely an authentic Oregon experience.   Chamber music was designed to be played in salons and homes.   Every Friday to Monday of the last weekend in April, the bed and breakfast accommodations in Wallowa County welcome string musicians into their...Read More
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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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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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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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The Rose City...the perfect place to fall in love...all over again!

Tell me if you know, but what can possibly be more romantic than hopping on a train with someone you love and getting away for a night or two? 

There is just something romantic about the historic train station in the town where I live.  My inn is just a short 10 minute walk to the Albany Train Station.  So, when we want a little romantic get-a-way, we take the train! 

The tracks from Albany to Portland are steady, the train ride is smooth and the countryside...well...let's just say, I have had a...Read More
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Things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August

Thinking about a quick vacation?  There are plenty of things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August--especially in Wallowa County.  Here's a suggestion for the weekend of August 22 and 23:

Wallowa Resources First Annual Barn Dance Fundraiser
  • Saturday, August 22, 5:30 pm to 10 pm
  • 5:30 pm social hour with wine tasting
  • 6:30 pm dinner catered by Beth Gibans of Backyard Gardens featuring plenty of fresh, local ingredients (Oregon culinary tourism at the grass roots)
  • Dance to Country Band "Diverse"...
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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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Farm To Table...A Cook's Treasures In One Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Flowers at French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul, Oregon.All throughout the Willamette Valley, farmer's markets are popping up their tents, propping up their tables and unloading their farm and garden treasures for anyone seeking a purely organic culinary experience.  Culinary tourism here is fast becoming the reason why people are planning their entire vacations around food.  It is also one of the top 10 reasons why someone chooses a destination to begin with. 

Almost two years ago, Sunset Magazine wrote an article on the Willamette Valley and why it...Read More
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