Magic Mile Sky Ride - A Geotourism Adventure on Mt Hood

A Chair with a View - Looking South off of Mt Hood When it is hot in the valleys there is nothing like a ride on the Magic Mile chair lift on Mt Hood, Oregon's tallest peak at 11, 240 feet.  The majestic mountain can be seen from Portland, the Willamette Valley, the Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge and is an easy day trip from any of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in these regions.

Take the lift to the mountain’s 7000′ level – no skis or snowboards needed but if you do need a ski fix there are but a few places in the...

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Stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inn and Tee off at an Oregon Golf Course

Aspen Lakes Golf Course, Sisters OregonBring out the golf clubs and try to decide where to golf in Oregon.  I went to Travel Oregon's website to find "a few" courses to blog about and I found well over a hundred!!
And with Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inns located in every region we would like to encourage you to explore Oregon as you tee off across the state.

The golf courses of Central and Eastern Oregon are well known as are the Bed and Breakfasts in Central and Eastern Oregon

There are so many courses in the Willamette...Read More
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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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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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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
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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
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"Explore Oregon And Win" Promotion Coming to an End

State of Oregon FlagThe state of Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859 and on February 14, 2009, Oregon turned 150!  That's a big birthday!  One to celebrate all year.  And that is exactly what Oregonians did. 

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild  joined the celebration by creating "Explore Oregon and Win", a year-long celebration, encouraging travelers to visit all the regions in our state.  Under the program travelers who stayed at an inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild in at least 5 of the 7...
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.
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Its A Birthday Year for Oregon ~ Events Planned All Year

Explore Oregon And Win with Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildsThe Sesquicentennial birthday of Oregon is reason for Celebration.  And the celebration will last until February 13, 2010 at events taking place across the state.  And its your chance to win with the Explore Oregon and Win Challenge of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Combine this with the Travel Oregon 150 Challenge and win grand Oregon Tours!!

The Oregon 150 Challenge brought to you by Travel Oregon

Travel Oregon to attend rodeos, county fairs, festivals and wine tasting events.  There are more hiking and biking trails than even the most avid...

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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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It's Always About The Food...Culinary Tourism in Oregon

Epicure:  a person devoted to pleasure and refined sensuous enjoyment, especially for good food and drink!  That is what you can get in Portland, Oregon.  Yes, it's a "foodie" tour and it sounds heavenly.  The Portland Epicurean Tour takes you on a wonderful journey through Portland letting you taste a bit of what makes this area of Oregon one of the most sought after "food lovers" heaven and the center for culinary tourism.  Go through the back door of a distillery and sample the gin or rum...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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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Innkeepers Come from across the state

Oregon Innkeepers came from both sides of our fine state. This past week we had the 2009 Annual meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and every Oregon region was represented. From the Eastern region to the Oregon Coast, from Portland to Crater Lake, the Willamette Valley to Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge and of course from Central Oregon where our gathering took place.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is 88 members strong and counting.  As a professional association of Oregon's individually operated Bed and Breakfast inn, our mission is...Read More
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