Lavender Daze in the Hood River Valley and other Oregon Lavender Festivals

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.  

I may be a little bias but my favorite lavender farm is Ho...

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Beer-Cation ~ Ya Gotta Love the Brews of Oregon

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.

Visit the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River and enjoy a pint at one of our fine breweriesThe breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  Plan your first Beer-Cation around those in Hood River, Oregon, and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.


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Oregon Birdwatching in the Mt Hood Region of Oregon

This Oregon Innkeeper is in New Mexico visiting our daughter.  We are enjoying the many birds visiting her bird feeders and thinking about the birds back home.  March brings the southward movement of many migratory land birds and as an avid birder I wanted to share the many birding opportunities that can be found in Oregon.  The Oregon Cascade Birding Trail (OCBT) is a self-guided tour highlighting nearly 200 prime birding destinations designed to showcase the region's birds and...

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A Letter To A Friend! Love, Yours Truly...Oregon!

Mt. Hood Region of Oregon, Jan. 2010Dear friends,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I have been thinking about you a lot lately and wish we could spend more time together.  If you have some spare time this spring, summer or fall, please come for a visit.  I would love to have you and show you around a bit. 

It has been beautiful here all winter.  Rainy...yes, snowy...a bit, gorgeous and green...absolutely!  I have enjoyed all my visitor's this season and it looks like that last blanket of snow will draw tons more over the next...Read More

4 Ts and some B&B's

I really am a country girl.  That's why my inn is in the country, in a little town about 10 blocks square, near the Mt Hood National Forest where I can hike to my hearts content and enjoy quiet quiet nights.  But every once in a while I like to go into the city.  Take in the hustle and bustle, visit shops and coffee houses, enjoy culinary surprises, ride mass transit.  I love it.  So when I overheard my Portland guests suggesting to our Portland bound Minnesota guests the 4T Trail I was all...Read More

An Outdoor Soaking Tub and A Feather Bed...heaven in Oregon!

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! 

Driving past 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

A Souffle' To Fall For...breakfast at a Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast!

view from a table...Mt. Hood HamletWhen we make reservations at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast, we usually know what to expect!  A cozy inn, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, gorgeous views and that special seat when we are the honored guests at an innkeepers breakfast table.

When Diane and Paul hosted us at their inn, the Mt. Hood Hamlet, we were in for a treat!  The following recipe was submitted by these innkeepers giving credit to a recipe book by Marion Cunningham called, "The Breakfast Book." A simply...Read More

A Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast In The Winter!

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 Breakfast Guild 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

A Room At An Inn...the gift of time!

Female Pheasant, UKImagine soaking in a tub filled with hot water in the great outdoors or sitting by a fire pit roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa with a rushing river close by or waking to the delicious smells of coffee, bacon and eggs with onions and peppers and then the scones...oh the scones baking with the cranberries and nuts and then the marmalade or lemon curd and butter... 

Have we convinced you that a gift of lodging is the perfect gift???  With over 90 membership inns to choose from, the Oregon... Read More

The Hood River Harvest Ride

Oregonians love their bikes and we are truely blessed with an amazing number of scenic backroads to explore.  The Hood River Harvest Ride is a family-friendly bike ride through the less-traveled majestic back-roads of the Hood River Valley.  There are five routes from easy to moderate to challenging and a new "kids under ten" loop this years.  Riders have the option to take 'er easy or feel the burn. 

Sakura Ridge The Farm and Lodge - A Sponsor of the Hood River Harvest Ride There will be reasonable offsite childcare available from Bambinos International Learning...

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Ski Oregon and Stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Ski Oregon and Stay at an Oregon Bed and BreakfastOregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation.  Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for back-country trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Oregon has it all. And after your day's adventure, get pampered at a member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Central and Eastern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Mt. Bachelor, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski areas. Only 20 minutes form Bend, Mt. Bachelor offers world class skiing and...

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Thanksgiving Dinner and Luxury Lodging at Sakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge for the very best in Hood River Lodging

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.

Sakura Ridge - The Farm and Lodge for a luxury Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastJoin 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...
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Coming To Oregon For The Holidays?...take the epicurean trail!

Whether you are just passing through, planning to stay or just haven't made up your mind yet, consider visiting one or more of Oregon's quaint villages, small towns or even the big city! Boasting historical districts consisting of vintage homes, downtown buildings and bed and breakfasts from Jacksonville to Albany and from McMinnville to Astoria, finding that perfect place to dine, explore and stay overnight isn't hard!

This time of year is when you find native Oregonians holding on to the edge...Read More

Hood River Harvest Ride through the heart of the Hood River Valley

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.
Hood River Harvest Ride and Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts
The Hood River Harvest Ride features four loops, each...Read More

Kiyokawa Family Orchards and some Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts

Kiyokawa Family Orchards near a unique Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastHanner's Jumbo.  Zestar.  Hokutoi.  Sansa.  Ever heard of these apples?  How about Butter, Mederis, or Cascade pears?  I hadn't until I discovered an amazing family farm just a mile and a half from our innKiyokawa Family Orchards, located in the Upper Hood River Valley, has been growing the finest produce since 1911 and along with the "old world" varieties you'll find also the more common Bartletts, Gravs and Fuji.  The fertile soils found at the base of Mt Hood and glacier fed water sources...Read More

Oregon Fall Foliage will not Disappoint Avid Leaf Peepers

While hiking the Mt Hood National Forest just today I noticed a hint of fall colors.  The vine maples were more orange than green.  Through past experience I know what to expect and the leaf peepers of Oregon will not be disappointed as a variety of deciduous trees begin to change against a bold evergreen background.

Mt Hood and the Fall Foliage of the Mt Hood National Forest
Typically one can expect the Willamette Valley peak color change to happen during the third week in October.

The higher you go in the Cascade Mountains the earlier the color change....

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Hood River Hops Fest and Columbia River Gorge Lodging

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Hood River Hops Fest mug
The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. in downtown Hood River, in the spacious parking area between Cascade and Columbia Streets.

More that 20 Northwest brewers are expected to attend, each providing one favorite brew, plus a fresh-hopped brew just for the event. 

Admission is free.  Wristbands and tasting mugs for those 21 and over run $5.  Taste tokens good for a 4-ounce pour run $1 each.

the Inn at the Gorge Bed and Breakfast

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An Oregon Bed and Breakfast ~ a perfect home base to Tour, Explore and Taste

Labor Day Weekend in Oregon, so much to do, so many wonderful back-roads and places to explore.  How about some wine tours?

Chehalem Mountains Wingrowers and AVA of the Willamette ValleyExplore, Tour & Taste through the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge. Participating member wineries and vineyards of the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers - including those rarely open to the public - will offer special activities during the weekend. Visit the website for a full list of events.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
The Willamette Valley, Oregon's leading wine region has two-thirds of the state's...

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A Tourist in our own Valley - The Hood River Valley Oregon

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."
The newly completed Mt Hood Winery and Event Center.
I attended the grand opening of the new Mt Hood...Read More

Sunflowers and Gravensteins ~ An August Spectacular in the Hood River Valley

At Rasmussens Farm
Sunflowers at Rasmussen Farm near Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Aug 6&7 and continuing through August.
Celebrating 60 kinds of sunflowers – Perfect opportunity to paint, cut, take photos and enjoy the many colors of summer. Reservations suggested for photo clubs or art groups.  Kick-off weekend features live music, wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, vegetable games, and a treasure hunt. Quilt show and sale, art show and sale.  Come paint, take photos, cut bouquets, and enjoy through the whole month of August. Covered picnic area.

Gravens... Read More