Sunday, August 8, 2010 by
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.
Thursday, August 26, 2010 by
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
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...Read More
Saturday, July 17, 2010 by
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.Read More
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...
Friday, June 25, 2010 by
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...
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by
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. Read More
I may be a little bias but my favorite lavender farm is
Monday, May 31, 2010 by
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
, like, and stay tuned to more of the yummy...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 by
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
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.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 by
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
Parkdale Inn’s famous Baked Fuji...
Sunday, April 11, 2010 by
Over 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
Monday, February 8, 2010 by
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!
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
Saturday, February 6, 2010 by
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
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
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by
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
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
Sunday, January 10, 2010 by
Whenever 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
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...
Saturday, January 2, 2010 by
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
Many 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
Saturday, September 4, 2010 by
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
There will be reasonable offsite childcare available from Bambinos International
Thursday, October 28, 2010 by
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
While visiting Hood River let the Bed and Breakfast Inns of the...
Monday, November 16, 2009 by
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.
Join 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...Read More
Friday, November 19, 2010 by
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...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by
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
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
Saturday, October 10, 2009 by
How does that old saying go?...when life gives you lemons...!
Well, what does an Oregon
innkeeper do when she is handed three
bags of just harvested peppers, chili's, tomatoes and corn?
She makes a frittata of course!
I cannot think of a more perfect time to be in the Willamette
Valley or Oregon for that matter than right now!
isn't just a title of some grand
event that occurs every fall which is now stretched to a year round
celebration. Oregon Bounty
all good...Read More