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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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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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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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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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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Ski Mt Hood this Spring Break on Discount Lift Tickets from Participating Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inns

Ski Mt Hood this Spring Break and stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast InnSpring skiing on Mt Hood is going to be awesome at least through May.  More snow is on the way this weekend and Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort offers discounted lift tickets to guests staying at participating Hood River area lodging properties.  And many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast inns in the Columbia Gorge and the Hood River Valley welcome our destination guests who can purchase their discount lift tickets directly from our innkeepers.  The cost of these tickets are only $35 for adults and $30...

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Apple Crunch French Toast and an Oregon Bed & Breakfast

A few blogs ago, I told you about going to visit a distillery in Portland and how we came home with some of their liqueur's.  Well, now you get the low down on how to incorporate these liqueurs into french toast and maybe some other favorite recipes of your own.

French toast at an Oregon Bed & BreakfastWhen I first read about putting orange liqueur into a breakfast recipe, I just couldn't believe it.  Who would wanna put liquor in their breakfast?  That was about three years ago and let me tell you, since then I have found so many ways...Read More
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Soaking Up The Sun In The Willamette Valley!

Don't think we've seen the last of the blue birds digging up their stored treasures in our garden but it is a beautiful and sunny day again here in the Willamette Valley.

I've said it before and I will say it again, the sunny days this year have beenOregon Bed & Breakfast, Willamette Valley, Oregonplentiful and far outweigh the number of snowy and rainy days that are typical of an Oregon winter.  So, today is the first day of spring and I am eager to start our garden and enjoy getting my hands dirty.  Last year we had homegrown tomatoes, herbs...Read More
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Wine, Pears, Alpaca's and a Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast.

Breakfast or dessert, you decide.  This Pear Pudding recipe is one of my favorites and makes a perfect breakfast addition or a perfect ending to a perfect dinner.

Pear Pudding
 
2-15oz. cans pear halves in light syrup
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. plain low-fat or fat free yogurt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Drain pear halves, reserving 3/4 c. syrup.  Lay pears flat side down in a shallow greased casserole dish and score pear...
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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Nominated for the Geotourism Project

As a seasoned traveler you seek out unique cultures, local heritage, distinctive environments and un-matched scenic beauty.  Coming to the Central Cascades of Oregon will not disappoint and staying at an bed and breakfast in Oregon, especially an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn, is sure to add to your experience.

The National Geographic Society and it's local partners, are producing a Geotourism MapGuide and website that conveys geotourism information, sites and experiences.  They will...Read More
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Choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Inn when planning your spring "Staycation" for "Epic" ski conditions

"It is just the lightest, most powdery snow," said Dave Tragethon with Mount Hood Meadows during a recent interview for a KATV report .  "It's just so much fun to go out there and just plow through this powder.  I mean, this is just epic conditions."

There are Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members in Hood River who participate in the Destination Get Here/Stay Here Program with Mt. Hood Meadows, offering discount lift tickets to our overnight guests.  Guests purchase the tickets priced at $35 for...Read More
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, or any day for that matter, at the Breweries of the Columbia River Gorge

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.

The breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  Today I focus on those in Hood River and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.  The first three are located...Read More
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Get Your Helmet On and Let's Go For A Ride!

Again I am pleasantly surprised!  I know it doesn't take much but I feel like a kid in a toy store.  There is so, so much to do here in Oregon and especially if you love the outdoors.  Grab your bike, your friends bike and even your mom's bike and hold on for a fun ride.

Sister's Suite at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, Oregon LodgingLast May, we opened our inn in Albany, Oregon and began a journey that would take us to discover Oregon in our own living room.  As guests began piling in to enjoy our sweet town and us of course, we started to learn about all...Read More
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An Oregon Innkeeper's Dream and Travels in New Mexico

My first stay in a Bed and Breakfast was, I don't know, 15 years ago and I was taken inn!  We have stayed in many over the years and I always came away with the dream to have my own inn, "someday".   When our youngest graduated from college, I asked my husband if we could "please do it now"?  Relunctantly, he said yes and the rest is history.  We purchased the Old Parkdale Inn, in the beautiful Hood River Valley, on the north slope of Mt Hood, 6 years ago and haven't looked back.

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Oregon Innkeeper on Vacation

Santa Fe ChapelI left Portland International Airport for Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Our daughter lives in Taos so after meeting up with her we spent a day exploring Santa Fe. The ChapelleThe Chapelle Street Casitas are comprised of quite a few vacation rentals, some that include a Street Casitas, only a couple of blocks from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, have 30 vacation rentals all in the same great location.  The one we stayed in was 216 McKenzie Street Casita, right behind the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

It was only appropriate that we visit the O'Keeffe Museum as one of the rooms in our inn, The Old... Read More
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Wining your way in Newport Oregon, February 20-22, 2009

Fresh oysters are perfect with Oregon wines on the coast. Photo courtesy of the Newport Oregon Chamber of CommerceShake off the winter doldrums and plan a weekend getaway to the Oregon Coast--it's time for the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival!

Here's a chance to meet, greet and sample nearly 80 Oregon wineries and taste excellent Oregon coast seafood all in one location!  Arts & craft vendors add to the local color.

A complete list of wineries, breweries and exhibitors is here.  Some of the wineries include:  Pheasant Valley Vineyard, Hip Chicks Do Wine, Oak Knoll Winery, Hood River Vineyards,...Read More
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Celebrate Oregon's Sequicentennial at a Columbia River Gorge B&B

Oregon has it's 150th birthday on February 14 and what better way to celebrate than to attend one of the many events during the day and relax with a stay at an approved and inspected inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild for a couple of nights?

On February 14, 1859, Oregon was officially admitted into the Union.   The Discovery Center will be commemorating the event with a Free Admission Day.  Opened from 10am to 4pm, admission to the Discovery Center and the Wasco County Museum will be...

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Experience Hood River Lodging after a day Windsurfing the Columbia Gorge

The mighty Columbia River, which forms much of the boarder between the states of Washington and Oregon, has carved the Columbia River Gorge, known not only for its incredible beauty but for world renowned windsurfing and kitesurfing with launch sites along the hundred mile stretch of river from Cascade Locks to Mosier to Arlington.

The peak time to surf the Columbia is quickly approaching.  The month of May is sometimes iffy, but the summer months here are perfect for these sports.

The town of...Read More
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