Oregon Bird Watching In the Oregon Cascades from Mt. Hood to Crater Lake

March brings the beginning of the southward movement of many migratory land birds through Oregon and as an avid birder I wanted to share the many birding opportunities that can be found in throughout our state.  The Oregon Cascade Birding Trail (OCBT) is a self-guided auto tour highlighting nearly 200 prime birding destinations designed to showcase the region's birds and spectacular scenery.  This blog will focus on the Mt Hood Loop of the Oregon Cascade Birding Trail.  Let's get settled...

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The Historic Columbia River Highway Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead and Mosier House Bed and Breakfast

The Mosier Tunnel of the Historic Columbia River HighwayHistoric Columbia River Highway

Traversing between Hood River and Mosier, the five mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway passes through the Twin Tunnels and two climate zones and being closed to auto traffic is an amazing trail for hikers, bikers, rollerbladers, anyone human powered. Starting at the east Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead near Mosier, the trail leads through semi-arid terrain dotted with ponderosa pine for about a mile until you reach the Twin Tunnels. Spectacular...

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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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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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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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Old Parkdale Inn B&B's Plum Upside Down Buttermilk Cake

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast Plum Upside Down Buttermilk CakeWe have three plum trees in the gardens of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, an alternative to a Hood River Oregon hotel.  The harvest has been Oregon Bounty style and the trees are loaded with fruit.  We've been making cakes and pastries as they come off the tree for the couple of weeks.  This Upside Down Cake has been well received by our guests at the breakfast table of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Old Parkdale Inn Plum Upside...

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Dahlias Make a Showing in the Hood River Valley

The Hood River Valley is certainly known for having thousands of acres of fruit of which cherries, blueberries and peaches are finding their way to the fruit stands now.  We also have some amazing flower farms, one of which, The Gorge White House, has glads, daisies, cone flowers, snapdragons, Oriental lilies, lavender and more. 

Dahlias make a showing near Hood River Lodging AccommodationsThe dahlia fields at the Gorge White House have begun to bloom and it is a photo op you won’t want to miss.  They will be in their seasonal display until the first...

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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.

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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
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Farm Dinner to Celebrate the Hood River Valley Farmers, Winemakers, and Food Artisans

Matthew Domingo
FARM to FORK Co-Founder

Farm Dinners Celebrate Hood River Valley's Farmers, Winemakers and Food Artisans

Farm to Fork’s founders have created a traveling farm-to-table restaurant, local food fundraiser, andcommunity celebration rolled into one. Each dinner is set at the farm where Hood River Valley Farm to Fork, A Culinary delightmuch of the food on the menu was produced, and proceeds benefit food-focused non-profits. rm to Fork’s mission is to connect guests to local sources of produce, meat, seafood and dairy products, and to...

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The Mt Hood Cycling Classic Returns to the Columbia River Gorge

A scenic stage of the Mt Hood Cycling ClassicThe Mt Hood Cycling Classic is coming to the Columbia River Gorge June 2nd-5th.  The race features stages through the Gorge, the Upper Hood River Valley, and the Mt Hood National Forest and has been described by experienced international racers as some of the most beautiful they’ve ever ridden.

This event is not just for those that are racing. Spectators are given an opportunity to see the action first hand. Food, fun and music greet those who come to watch the action. Spectators have an...Read More
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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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The Hood River Valley Christmas Bird Count ~ 2011

Stellar's Jays on the Old Parkdale Inn Seed BlockOn New Year's Day I participated in the 2011 Christmas Bird Count at our Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast.  Although this yearly event has been going on now for 111 years through the Audubon Society, it is the 23rd annual event in the Hood River Valley.  Unlike many who braved the single digit temps, I stayed close to home, I did have B&B guests to pamper, participating in the FeederWatch Count. 

Thousands of volunteers braving the winter weather, grab their binoculars, bird guides and checklists to...

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Oregon's Winter Vacations Start at the Member Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Ski Oregon and Stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Member InnFrom the small community owned slopes of Ferguson Ridge Ski Area in Eastern Oregon to the slopes of Mt Ashland in the south, Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder or looking for backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Oregon has it all. And after your day's adventure, get pampered at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast member inn nearby.

The Innkeepers of Central and Eastern Oregon await your visit....

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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!

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Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week

I am particularly excited about Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week, as the orchard featured, Kiyokawas is a stones throw up the Hood River Valley from our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn.  It is one of my favorite fruit stands, not only because of the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your apple and pear related questions but because of the variety of fruit.  Over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears, many familiar, many old world varieties which you may or may not have ever...Read More
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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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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
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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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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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