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's most Delicious Destination Celebrating 21 years

Apple Valley Country Store in the Hood River Valley of OregonApple Valley Country Store in Hood River Oregon is celebrating its 21st year as one of Hood River’s favorite visitor attractions.  Located in the midst of picturesque orchards, forests and farmlands, our family has been making homemade jams, jellies, and pies in the store's kitchen for over 20 years. 

During the month of October you will be treated to some delicious treats as the Wright family cooks up pies, jams, jellies, dumplings and more.  Crisps and turnovers are baked only on special event...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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Kiyokawa Family Orchards and some Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts

Kiyokawa Family Orchards near a unique Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastHanner's Jumbo.  Zestar.  Hokutoi.  Sansa.  Ever heard of these apples?  How about Butter, Mederis, or Cascade pears?  I hadn't until I discovered an amazing family farm just a mile and a half from our innKiyokawa Family Orchards, located in the Upper Hood River Valley, has been growing the finest produce since 1911 and along with the "old world" varieties you'll find also the more common Bartletts, Gravs and Fuji.  The fertile soils found at the base of Mt Hood and glacier fed water sources...Read More
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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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Hood River Hops Fest and Columbia River Gorge Lodging

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Hood River Hops Fest mug
 
The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. in downtown Hood River, in the spacious parking area between Cascade and Columbia Streets.

More that 20 Northwest brewers are expected to attend, each providing one favorite brew, plus a fresh-hopped brew just for the event. 

Admission is free.  Wristbands and tasting mugs for those 21 and over run $5.  Taste tokens good for a 4-ounce pour run $1 each.







the Inn at the Gorge Bed and Breakfast

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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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Sunflowers and Gravensteins ~ An August Spectacular in the Hood River Valley

At Rasmussens Farm
Sunflowers at Rasmussen Farm near Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Aug 6&7 and continuing through August.
Celebrating 60 kinds of sunflowers – Perfect opportunity to paint, cut, take photos and enjoy the many colors of summer. Reservations suggested for photo clubs or art groups.  Kick-off weekend features live music, wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, vegetable games, and a treasure hunt. Quilt show and sale, art show and sale.  Come paint, take photos, cut bouquets, and enjoy through the whole month of August. Covered picnic area.

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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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Being the tourist in the Columbia River Gorge

I checked out for a couple of days.  Our son was visiting from California and we played the tourist, enjoying the cool breezes and warm sunshine in the Columbia River Gorge this past Memorial Weekend.

Mt Hood from the beer gardens of Elliott Glacier Brew Pub in Parkdale Oregon He arrived on Saturday afternoon and of course the first thing we like to do is walk over to the Elliot Glacier Brew Pub for a pint and to take in the awesome views of Mt Hood from their beer garden.

Then it was UFC 98 on the big screen at our Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast, the Old Parkdale Inn.

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The Historic Columbia River Highway Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead and Mosier House Bed and Breakfast

The Mosier Tunnel of the Historic Columbia River HighwayHistoric Columbia River Highway

Traversing between Hood River and Mosier, the five mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway passes through the Twin Tunnels and two climate zones and being closed to auto traffic is an amazing trail for hikers, bikers, rollerbladers, anyone human powered. Starting at the east Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead near Mosier, the trail leads through semi-arid terrain dotted with ponderosa pine for about a mile until you reach the Twin Tunnels. Spectacular...

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Good times at the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Board of Directors Meeting

It's always an intense but fun & rewarding experience when the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild board gets together for a meeting and the meeting this week was no exception.  Since we're a small group we could forego the Salem Oregon hotels and hold our meeting at our Administrative Assistant's home in Salem Oregon.

Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Board of Directors in Salem Oregon






























Pictured back row (L to R): Wayne Bailey (Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn); Debbie Lusk (The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn); Sandy Parker (Britannia at Terwilliger Vista); Patrick Arbuckle (Forest ... Read More
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The Mt Hood Cycling Classic Returns to the Columbia River Gorge

A scenic stage of the Mt Hood Cycling ClassicThe Mt Hood Cycling Classic is coming to the Columbia River Gorge June 2nd-5th.  The race features stages through the Gorge, the Upper Hood River Valley, and the Mt Hood National Forest and has been described by experienced international racers as some of the most beautiful they’ve ever ridden.

This event is not just for those that are racing. Spectators are given an opportunity to see the action first hand. Food, fun and music greet those who come to watch the action. Spectators have an...Read More
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Hood River Organics - A Community Supported Agriculture Coop in the Columbia River Gorge

Breakfast ingredients at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and BreakfastIt is all about the food.  I am so excited to be a member of the Hood River Organics CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Coop, bringing fresh, locally grown, organic food to my front porch!  Each week throughout the year the participating farms work with multiple other farmers and producers in the Columbia River Gorge area to put together a box of the most delicious, healthy, seasonal food.  Did I mention it will be delivered to my door?

Slow food is an idea, a way of living and a way of...

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Mother's Day Weekend at a Winery and an Oregon Bed & Breakfast...The Perfect Pairing

Anything planned for Mother's Day?  It's less than a week away and I have the perfect paring for the special women in our lives. 

Pheasant Valley Winery in Hood River is planning to treat moms to a Croissant and Chocolate Truffle event on Sunday, May 10th.  Take advantage of the complimentary flight of six of their luscious wines just for mom.  The winery is pairing their wines with chocolate truffles and a French croissant or "pain au chocolat." 

Villa Columbia Bed and Breakfast is located in...Read More
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Memorial Weekend Wine Events in the Columbia River Gorge

Come visit the unique Wine Growing region of the Columbia GorgeThe winegrowers of the Columbia River Gorge invite you for a weekend in the Gorge.   Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon and intimate tasting rooms are open and featuring new releases, vineyard tours, horseback riding, artisinal treats, live music and more!  Here are just a sampling of events and activities this Memorial Weekend in the Columbia River Gorge.  For a list of all winery events visit the Colum... Read More
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Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest - this weekend in the Hood River Valley

Hood River Middle School in beautiful Hood River Oregon


Starting today, May 1, and running through the weekend, the 2nd Annual Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest is an event filled with music for all ages.




May 1-3
Hood River Middle School
1602 May Street
Hood River Oregon
Friday Night: Concert
Saturday: Fiddle and Acoustic Contest
Ukulele and Tenor Guitar Raffle Drawing
 
Come enjoy an evening concert or listen to some of the nation’s best contest fiddlers as well as fresh new talent and acoustic pickers to impromptu jams. For those who like to play...
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Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Lodging, Lavender and A Driving Tour through the Hood River Valley

Hood River Lavender is a certified organic farm in the Hood River Valley.  The owners, Diane and Joe not only grow acres of lavender, they steam distill their crop to produce high quality pure essential oil of lavender which goes into the making of their line of bath and beauty products.

With majestic Mt Hood as a backdrop the farm is nurtured with abundant sunshine and fertile soils.  Joe and Diane take pride in the quality products they produce and the serenity of the property is like no other....Read More
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Find the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild on Facebook

Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild on FacebookIt's time to start finding the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild on Facebook as well as an ever increasing number of Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inns.

If you're a Facebook user, you'll find the OBBG page here or by clicking on the "Find us on Facebook" badge above.  A quick check this morning shows there are 50 fans, a video, three links, and a bunch of wall comments from innkeepers around Oregon.

Anne-Marie Lizet, innkeeper of C'est La Vie Inn in Eugene, announced the roll out of her...Read More
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