Dessert for Breakfast - Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

The Innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild use the freshest, locally grown ingredients when preparing breakfast for our guests.  Berries are big in Oregon and during July the Oregon farmer harvests the Blueberry.  The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake3 The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake is so easy and is always a favorite summer culinary treat at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This great crumb-topping coffee cake recipe comes to me via the Hood River County Fruit Loop Cook Book and Nelson's Blueberry Farm where we...
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Cherries, Cherries, and More Cherries ~ We Just Can't Get Enough

The 2010 Hood River cherry crop is amazing.  We have been picking about 10 pounds of fresh cherries every few days and they become the main ingredient in many a tasty breakfast treat here at the Old Parkdale Inn.  We’ve been making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast. 

One of our guests’ favorite though, is the Double-Crust Cherry Tart and as promised here is the recipe.

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival in the Amazing Columbia River Gorge

In 2003, riding on years of success protecting the Yuba River, the South Yuba River Citizens League, SYRCL, decided to plan an environmental film festival.  Seven festivals later, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the US.  The goal is to become the premiere environmental film festival in the world.  Each January, screening begins for the most important and inspirational environmental films available today, as well as host a variety...

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Magic Mile Sky Ride - A Geotourism Adventure on Mt Hood

A Chair with a View - Looking South off of Mt Hood When it is hot in the valleys there is nothing like a ride on the Magic Mile chair lift on Mt Hood, Oregon's tallest peak at 11, 240 feet.  The majestic mountain can be seen from Portland, the Willamette Valley, the Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge and is an easy day trip from any of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in these regions.

Take the lift to the mountain’s 7000′ level – no skis or snowboards needed but if you do need a ski fix there are but a few places in the...

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Let Oregon Bounty's Harvest Begin and Bring on the Cherries

Many varieties of Cherries are grown in the Hood River Valley OregonThe Hood River Valley is our nations largest pear growing regions but we don’t stop there.  Cherries and apples also are a huge crop along with the berries, stone fruit, lavender, wine grapes and more.  July’s warmth ripens the cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and begins the 2010 harvest.  From now through the summer, something is always fresh and ready to be picked, snipped or sipped.  The first cherries arrived in our CSA box this week!!

The 2010 Cherry Celebration, July 10...

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Lavender Daze in the Hood River Valley and other Oregon Lavender Festivals

What do you think of when we say the word "Lavender"?  Aromatic, fragrant, relaxing, soothing are a few adjectives that come to mind.  Leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind, visit an Oregon Lavender Farm and prepare to relax.  During the weekend of July 9-11, 2010, over 30 Lavender Farms in Oregon will open their farms to tours, workshops and celebrations, many including food and music, during the peak of the lavender season.  

I may be a little bias but my favorite lavender farm is Ho...

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A Northwest Culinary Treat ~ Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Panini as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Panini as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Guests at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast have been treated to the Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart several times now much to their delight.  This past weekend at our inn located in the Hood River Valley we served the Rogue Creamery Panini with Apples, Spinach and Red Onion.  I sauted the onion in a little butter to soften the flavor for a perfect breakfast sandwich.  Yummy!!  Enjoy and visit the Rogue Creamery on Facebook, like, and stay tuned to more of the yummy...
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Beer-Cation ~ Ya Gotta Love the Brews of Oregon

Immigrants began to move into Oregon Territory in the 1840's.  German brewer Henry Saxer arrived in 1852, tasted the clear, soft water and recognized the prime hop and grain potential.  He, along with fellow immigrant Henry Weinhard, began brewing and the rest is history.
 

Visit the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River and enjoy a pint at one of our fine breweriesThe breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  Plan your first Beer-Cation around those in Hood River, Oregon, and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.

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Oregon Bed and Breakfast's Slow Food

It's that time of year again.  A time when the Farmer's Markets in Oregon open and the Oregon Bounty begins to flows.  Found some fresh organic strawberries at ours this week and it just gets better from here out!

What do you see in this photo?  If you answered apples, mushrooms, potatoes, bread and greens, you would be right.  I see a savory Italian Fritatta with Argula and mushrooms, herbed roasted potatoes, a rich and flavorful banana French Toast and Old Parkdale Inn’s famous Baked Fuji...

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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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An Outdoor Soaking Tub and A Feather Bed...heaven in Oregon!

Our last trip to the Hood River region of Oregon, took us home on the South side of Mt. Hood.  A change of scenery from the absolute breathtaking gorge and Columbia River, we chose to drive "the other side" of the mountain! 

Driving past Timberline, on through Government Camp and then to our quick stop over to visit Brightwood Guest House B & B!  A unique bed and breakfast and often heard of, I was dying to see their outdoor soaking tubs in person.  Ahhh...if only I was a guest here!  Someday...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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A Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast In The Winter!

Isn't this a gorgeous picture?  We took this on our way home from the Hood River Valley a few days ago.  What a treat for us to stay in a few Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns near Mt. Hood.

After a few days near Bend for snowmobiling and relaxing, we headed north toward Mt. Hood.  Reservations at a few inns in that region gave us the opportunity to continue relaxing and get a bit spoiled.  Mary at The Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, Oregon as always, made us feel welcome, warm and relaxed....Read More
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Heron Haus: a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast to remember!

Heron Haus Portland Oregon bed and breakfast near Pearl DistrictWhenever my husband Bill & I travel we try as often as we can to stay in bed and breakfast lodging.  This week we spent three days and nights at Heron Haus-- a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast in a beautifully restored 1904 Tudor style home in hills of Portland just over the trendy Pearl District.

It was a dual-purpose stay.  Bill had appointments at the Casey Eye Institute (part of the OHSU hospital/clinic complex on the hill in Portland Oregon).  I was in Portland to attend a meeting of the Or... Read More
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Go Where I've Gone and Sleep Where I've Slept...Lodging in Oregon!

How lucky are you to have all the foot work done already!  Driving, flying or taking the train, you can experience the best of the best in Oregon Bed and Breakfasts with just a little click!

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast near Mt. Hood, OregonMany of us doing this innkeeping gig get to get away every now and then.  Can you guess where we prefer to stay? An Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inn of course!  Whether we are in or near Portland, at an OSU or Ducks game or just feel like moseying on down to Jacksonville for an Oregon small...Read More
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The Hood River Harvest Ride


Oregonians love their bikes and we are truely blessed with an amazing number of scenic backroads to explore.  The Hood River Harvest Ride is a family-friendly bike ride through the less-traveled majestic back-roads of the Hood River Valley.  There are five routes from easy to moderate to challenging and a new "kids under ten" loop this years.  Riders have the option to take 'er easy or feel the burn. 

Sakura Ridge The Farm and Lodge - A Sponsor of the Hood River Harvest Ride There will be reasonable offsite childcare available from Bambinos International Learning...

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The Hood River Holiday Market and Winery Events in the Columbia River Gorge. And for you, the Gift of Luxury Lodging

Choose a Hood River Bed and Breakfast while visiting the Columbia River Gorge and the Holiday MarketFind the best hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts at the 2010 Hood River Holiday Market.

This event is your opportunity to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or even for yourself!  You'll find 30+ vendors providing unique items, that you can't find anywhere else, all gathered in one place.

Holiday Market hours are 9am to 4pm on November 20 and November 27 at Westside Elementary School, 3685 Belmont Drive, Hood River.

Inn at the Gorge Bed and Breakfast in Hood River Oregon
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Thanksgiving Dinner and Luxury Lodging at Sakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge for the very best in Hood River Lodging

Sakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge is a working orchard and Bed & Breakfast in the foothills of Mt. Hood and an inspected and approved member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Relax in a rocker. Enjoy panoramic views. We grow Oregon's best dark sweet cherries and delicate pears.

Sakura Ridge - The Farm and Lodge for a luxury Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastJoin John and Deanna as the prepare Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lodge.  Herbed Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, local wines, and a Dessert Buffet. Call them at 877-472-5872 and reserve your seat at the table...
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Eco Friendly Travel at Certified Green Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild


The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is committed to Sustainable Travel and we are encouraging our members to be "Certified Green" through the OBBG Green Certification Program.  Not that we have to do too much coaxing.  Most of our members already implement many "green" practices, like recycling and composting.  But we don't stop there.  We apply business practices that promote sustainability of our planet's natural resources such as using recycled paper, minimal use of disposables and using...

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Oh Oregon...I Could Just Eat You Up!!!

A simple autumn day in Oregon!Ok...so I know what you are thinking...what the heck does this gorgeous fall picture have to do with the title of this blog?  Well...nothing really!  I just thought it was a simply gorgeous fall picture and wanted to share it.

I can't seem to get enough of Autumn in Oregon and so I walk, I ride and I gaze to try and soak it all in before it's gone!  Our second fall season as innkeepers in Oregon and I don't think I will ever take this place for granted.  All the gazing I did over this last...Read More
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