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
Thursday, May 7, 2009 by
Anything planned for Mother's Day
less than a week away and I have the perfect paring for the special
in our lives. Pheasant
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
Columbia Bed and Breakfast
is located in...Read More
Friday, May 1, 2009 by
Starting today, May 1, and running through the weekend,
the 2nd Annual Columbia Gorge Fiddle
is an event filled with music for all ages.
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...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 by
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
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by
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
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
Anne-Marie Lizet, innkeeper of C'est
La Vie Inn
in Eugene, announced the roll out of her...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
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
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
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, 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