Friday, April 1, 2011 by
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
Saturday, March 28, 2009 by
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
When 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
Friday, March 20, 2009 by
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 been
plentiful 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
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by
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...Read More
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by
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
Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter
recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for
backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing...
Saturday, April 6, 2013 by
In 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. Read More
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
Thursday, March 12, 2009 by
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.
2-15oz. cans pear halves in light
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. plain low-fat or fat free yogurt
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...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by
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
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
Monday, April 8, 2013 by
Every 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. Read More
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....
Monday, April 8, 2013 by
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
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.
Sunday, March 1, 2009 by
"It is just the lightest, most powdery snow," said Dave Tragethon
with Mount Hood Meadows during a recent interview for a
. "It's just so much fun to go out there and
just plow through this powder. I mean, this is just epic
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
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
Thursday, February 26, 2009 by
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
Sunday, February 22, 2009 by
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.
May, we opened our inn in Albany, Oregon
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
Sunday, February 22, 2009 by
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
, in the beautiful Hood River Valley, on the north
slope of Mt Hood, 6 years ago and haven't looked back.
When we do get a...Read More
Friday, February 20, 2009 by
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 Chapelle
, 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
It was only appropriate that we visit the O'Keeffe Museum as one of
the rooms in our inn, The Old...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 by
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
Friday, February 6, 2009 by
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?Read More
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...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 by
The mighty Columbia River, which forms much of the boarder
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
Sunday, February 1, 2009 by
Day is February 14, this year part of a three day weekend made
possible by Presidents Day on February 16th.
Many of the inns of the Oregon Bed
and Breakfast Guild
offer Romance packages , some to
be celebrated any time and some with an emphasis on
From the Oregon Coast to Eastern Oregon. From Ashland to
Portland. The Willamette Valley to the Hood River
A special experience awaits you at a member inn of the Oregon Bed
and Breakfast Guild. Visit the Specials...