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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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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Bed, Breakfast and Bike the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River Valley, and the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway

Bike the Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the Willamette Valley and have a comfy bed and and hearty breakfast at an bed and breakfast along the way.  A Bed and Breakfast offers so much more than a hotel.  Oregon innkeepers know the best back roads, the best places to eat, the scenic attactions you won't want to miss.  You determine how far you want to go in one day.  The whole adventure is about 200 miles and you'll discover why those arriving in Oregon on the Oregon Trail called...

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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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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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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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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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Garden to Table in Our Oregon Bed & Breakfast

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!  Oregon Bounty isn't just a title of some grand event that occurs every fall which is now stretched to a year round celebration.  Oregon Bounty is something all good...Read More
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Hood River Harvest Ride through the heart of the Hood River Valley

Inaugural Hood River Harvest Ride Announced for Saturday, September 26

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee (HRVRC) is putting on their first Hood River Harvest Ride on September 26, 2009. Founded in 1977 to stop the creation of one-acre ranchette's in the upper Hood River Valley, today they are expanding their farm and forest preservation mission to include bike advocacy. The Hood River Harvest Ride is a natural blend of both missions.
Hood River Harvest Ride and Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts
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Pumpkins, Pinot and Pears...A Never Ending Harvest!

A fall tree in the Willamette Valley!I know it's a week or so away, actually it's only 7 days from today and I am so giddy I can hardly contain myself. Okay, don't worry...I won't take it too far but, I am excited!

I love Autumn! Have I mentioned that before? I think I have eluded to that fact on Facebook but I don't know if I have really made that clear. But, Autumn is my most favorite time of year!

Living in SoCal most of my life, Autumn meant to me that it was going to start cooling down. I like summer ok but I really hate and I...Read More
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A Tourist in our own Valley - The Hood River Valley Oregon

Last weekend I was out and about.  Driving the Fruit Loop, a 35 miles driving tour through Oregon's Hood River Valley's orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. "Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home, visit a winery, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet adorable alpacas, savor delicious baked goods, and create memories by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop locations throughout the year."
The newly completed Mt Hood Winery and Event Center.
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Oregon 150 and the Sesquicentennial Youth Legacy Parks Dedication

Explore Oregon and Win with Oregon Bed and BreakfastsOregon 150, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the City of Hood River will present the second dedication of Oregon's five sesquicentennial Youth Legacy Parks on Friday, June 26th, at the new Waterfront Park on the Columbia River, 2:00 p.m.

As one of Oregon 150's six signature projects, this youth legacy project is geared toward reconnecting kids with nature; following a growing national movement to get children out of the house and into the outdoors.

One dedication already took...Read More
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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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