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
Thursday, June 10, 2010 by
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...Read More
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, 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...
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
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
Friday, September 25, 2009 by
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.
The Hood River Harvest Ride features four loops, each...Read More
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by
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
Monday, August 17, 2009 by
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."
I attended the grand opening of the new Mt Hood...Read More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by
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
One dedication already took...Read More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by
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
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 by
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
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
Then it was UFC 98 on the big screen at our Mt Hood Bed and
Breakfast, the Old Parkdale Inn.
Thursday, May 21, 2009 by
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...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 by
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
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