A Two Sports, or more, Season near Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts

The Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Hood River Valley

This is the time of year when you can actually enjoy two completely different outdoor adventures in one day.  Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts and the Hood River Valley allows for this pretty much all year long but it is so apparent in the Spring.  How about some Spring Skiing on Mt Hood then windsurfing on the Columbia River?  Or biking?  Or hiking?  You can do it all!

The Old Parkdale Inn is are located in the beautiful Hood River Valley.  After a rejuvenating night at the inn and a hearty Northwest...

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Have I been an Oregon Innkeeper for 8 years already?

The Old Parkdale Inn-A Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastOn March 31st, 2003, we arrived in Parkdale and began our journey as innkeepers of the Old Parkdale Inn, a Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast.  It was something I had dreamed about doing for quite awhile and some days I still pinch myself and some days I ask myself what am I doing!

Today I begin my 9th year.  My, time certainly flies when we are having fun!  And I am having fun.  Oh, I admit there are days when it gets a little rough, say mid September when we have had a constant turnover of guests...Read More
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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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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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Where Will You Ski This Spring Break? Oregon’s Winter Has Finally Arrived

Summer Ski the The Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood

Winter is finally arriving in Oregon.  Yes, we’ve had snow, not much, and cold, sometimes bitter, but not nearly as much as we are used to.  Well, that's changing and there are plenty of spring storms lined up to bring exceptional spring skiing conditions up to where we like them for Winter Outdoor Adventures.

Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing...

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Hood River Blossom Festival and Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inns

Mt Hood, blooming orchards and beehives near a Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast - photo by Mary PellegriniIn the Hood River Valley 15,000+ acres pears, apples, cherries and other fruit, will burst into blossom this month.  It is a true sign of sping as we dust the snow off our back steps. 

Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of spring with a full plate of events from BBQs, to arts and craft shows, to antique sales. 

You won't want to miss the Blossom Fest Quilt Show with some 80-100 beautiful handmade quilts will be on display, many for sale.  Another can't miss event is the Dessert Party at the...

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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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Late Winter Storms in the Mt Hood National Forest Make for Some Great Spring Snow Adventures

Snow shoe the Mt Hood National ForestEvery time another storm comes through the Columbia River Gorge and into the Mt Hood National Forest we say, "This has got to be the last one".  And then comes another.  Seems like Winter and Spring are playing a bit of tug-a-war and we are hoping winter holds on a bit longer.  
  
The ski resort on Oregon's tallest peak, Mt Hood, have received about 15 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.  All this is making for some awesome spring conditions on Mt Hood and in the Mt Hood National Forest....

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Enjoy "Passport to Wine" by staying at a Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast

The Old Parkdale Inn, Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast

Spring in the Columbia River Gorge is amazing and what better way to enjoy the spectacular scenery and the unique wines of the federally designated grape-growing region of the Columbia Gorge Appellation than to join us for Passport to Wine,  April 12-14, 2013

A Columbia River Gorge Hotel awaits you this spring.

This is an exciting opportunity to sample the best that the Columbia Gorge  Winegrowers have to offer.  Passport holders will be entitled to a variety of benefits, including special reserve tastings, wine discounts, case discounts and more.

"N...

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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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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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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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