Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway with Two Bed and Breakfasts Along the Way

Did you know that Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway Program in the Nation?  And that many of these have been created by locals and have been ridden and reviewed to provide inspiration for planning a two-wheeled Oregon Cycling Vacation?   And that there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn on, or near, almost every one of them that you can use as your base camp?  Or perhaps plan an Inn-to-Inn Ride.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway features varied terrain, generally downhill...

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A Very Deep Lake, Dramatic Volcanic Landscape and a Rich Birding Refuge

Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel Oregon's backroads. I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon. Thanks Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation for sharing this information.

Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner HouseThe Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway owes its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife to its rich...

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Bike the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and Relax at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

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 attractions 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...

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A Scenic Byway, the Deepest US Canyon and a Delightful Oregon B&B = Oregon Geotourism

It's that time of year again.  Time to start planning that Oregon Road Trip.  Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel the backroads.  I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation for sharing this information.

CNN Travel released...

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ArtWalk in Oregon's Wine Country

Guest Blogger
Kristin Fintel, Innkeeper
Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Newberg, Oregon

Photo by Kristin Fintel, InnkeeperOn the first Friday of each month, the shops, wine tasting rooms and other local businesses in downtown Newberg, Oregon stay open late, welcoming locals and visitors alike for the First Friday ARTwalk.  Strolling around the downtown area you will find a wide array of cultural choices.  At least five of the downtown wine tasting rooms stay open late for First Friday, and if you need more variety, most of the...

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CNN Travel Recognizes Crater Lake in Oregon as a 2014 Must See But Where to Stay?

Crater Lake photograph by Fred Wickman of the Prospect Historic HotelThinking about where to travel for your 2014 vacation?  CNN Travel released an article today about the deepest, longest, tallest, etc., record-setting place to visit in the US. Feature writer Helyn Trickey Bradley distilled the wonders of the United States into 10 superlatives for 2014.  Two are located in Oregon:  Crater Lake and Hells Canyon: Oregon geotourism at its finest! 

Helyn writes about the deepest lake in America (and I just love this):  "Looking to be gobsmacked by nature?...

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McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival

Guest Blogger
Debbie Dersham ~ Owner and Innkeeper
Eagle Rock Lodge
Vida, Oregon

McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival This will be Eagle Rocks Lodge's 9th year of hosting the McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival. This has been a labor of love for Debbie and Randy. The McKenzie River Drift boat was created for the McKenzie River and we have dedicated each April to honoring the builders and craftsman that have made this boat what it is today.  

This year's festival will be held Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00 to 5:00 on the beautiful...

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Oregon Grown Wool Center Stage at Olympics

Did you watch the Opening Ceremony last night for the Olympics?  Did you see the sweaters being worn by Team USA!!  American made from start to finish but I will focus on where it all started.

The Imperial Stock Ranch in Central Oregon is a family owned and operated ranch located on more than 30,000 acres of Oregon’s beautiful high desert.  The only privately held ranch in Oregon recognized as a National Historic District, the Hinton/Ward family has been working the ranch since 1871.

Team USA in American Made Sweaters with wool from OregonOnce a year...

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The Carlton Inn offers Valentine’s Specials thru February at an Oregon Wine Country Lodging Bed and Breakfast

Love is in the Air at The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast

Valentines Special at The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast Celebrate your Valentine's Day anytime from in February with a romantic getaway at The Carlton Inn Bed &Breakfast.  Add-on our Romance Package for just $60 to any regular room rate.  Your love fest will include a bottle of  2011 Seven of Hearts Coupe's Cuvee Pinot Noir Dessert Wine, a bag of local, hand-crafted Honest Chocolate chocolates and a Colorful Flower Bouquet.  Stay a second night for just $99.  Both nights include a fabulous...

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Valentine’s Day the Whole Month of February at Long Hollow Ranch


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you made your plans? Check out the special being offered the whole month of February at Long Hollow Ranch in Sisters!  

February’s Couples Special includes:
2 nights in our historic 1905 ranch house
2 hot and hearty breakfasts
1 delicious ranch-style dinner and complimentary champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries in your room

Book your 2-night stay at Long Hollow Ranch any two consecutive days in February 2014 and get everything listed above...

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Oregon Outback Scenic Byway ~ A View into Oregon’s Past and Dynamic High Desert Scenery

We recently spent a few weeks in Taos visiting our daughter.  A long road trip that brought us back into Oregon from Nevada onto one of Oregon’s 26 Scenic Byways, Oregon Outback Scenic Byway.  This byway takes you through a slice of the Great Basin, an isolated diverse landscape, where lush green forests of the Oregon Cascades are replaced by sagebrush and stunning rock formations.  

See striking evidence of mysterious rock formations left behind by volcanoes at Fort Rock.  The Abert Rim is a...

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Why Should I Care Where in the World is the Prospect Hotel?

 

Guest blogger Karen Wickman, owner of the Prospect Historic Hotel, lodging near Crater Lake, Oregon, wants you to know!  She writes:

Prospect is a sleepy little town on the side of the road off of Highway 62 in Southern Oregon. It’s right on the way to Crater Lake National Park and is nestled in the middle of the Rogue River National Forest.  It is surrounded by astonishing natural wonders that you would never know were there if you didn’t do a little exploring. Within a half a mile of the Prospe...

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Style in Jacksonville!

 

Chinese New Year in Jacksonville Oregon with Bybee's Historic InnReady for a little culinary tourism combined with an Oregon geotourism event?  Check out the information provided by Vikki and Tina at Bybee's Historic Inn near Jacksonville, Oregon.  Register your own parade entry, or plan to participate in the "Snake-A-Leg" 5K fun run (ever seen a group of folks do a 5K in a dragon costume?)!
 
The signature event for Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association is a Chinese New Year
Festival.  The main events are held in Jacksonville, Oregon, in partnership...
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Where to Stay on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Crater Lake as photographed by Fred Wickman, innkeeper of the Historic Prospect Hotel, Motel and Dinner HouseGeotourism is a great way to see the United States. Keith Riggs at the US Department of Agriculture recently posted a really good blog post about touring through Northern California and Southern Oregon on the national Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.  The route runs from Lake Almanor in Northern California to Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, passing through seven national forests along the way.  Riggs writes: 

Along this journey from volcano to volcano you’ll find opportunities for adventure,...

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It Really is a Family Affair At Wilson Ranches Retreat

Wilson Ranches Retreat is Celebrating 12 Years and 4 Generations

Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed & Breakfast celebrated their 12th Anniversary on March 12, 2012.  Thank you for twelve years of extraordinary memories and for being an amazing extended family!  They've created an amazing Oregon Geotourism adventure in Central Oregon.

Your hosts, Phil and Nancy Wilson's families homesteaded in Wheeler and Gilliam Counties over 100 years ago after traveling the Oregon Trail in the 1800's.  Four generations,...

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Music in The Mountains at the Prospect Hotel ~ An Annual Southern Oregon Event


Prospect Hotel's Music in the MountainsMusic in the Mountains  at the Prospect Hotel

Friday Night, September 23rd, Saturday September 24th, Sunday September 25th, 2011

 

Music Festival, Prospect, Or. – ‘Music in the Mountains’ on the Prospect Historic Hotel grounds. Two days of Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Americana Music. Starts Friday night Sept 23 at 6pm with ‘Jammin’ on the Veranda’. Then all day Saturday starting at 10am Sept. 24th & 10am again on Sunday Sept. 25th. Great Food, Local Wines and Beers. Craft Booths, Quilt Show...

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Joseph Oregon State Airport Closes For Repairs in August 2011

Joseph State Airport near Joseph OR and the Wallowa MountainsSome of us more remote Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild members are located near the smaller state airports.  In the Joseph/Enterprise area of Eastern Oregon, you'll find three:  1910 Historic Enterprise House (walking distance from the Enterprise Municipal airport), and Belle Pepper's B&B and the Bronze Antler B&B (a long walk or courtesy transportation from the Joseph State Airport--pictured here).

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Wallowa County Chamber Releases New Arts, History & Cultural Guide

Oregon geotourism includes the famous Joseph Art Walk in Northeastern Oregon. You'll find monumental sized bronzes produced by local bronze foundries on the street corners. Photo courtesy of the Wallowa County Chamber of CommerceThe Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce recently released its new Arts, History & Cultural Guide.  You can download the PDF at this link to learn more about what's going on in this authentic Oregon corner.

Wallowa County is home to a diverse group of artists and artistic bronze foundries.  With drop dead scenery of Northeastern Oregon, many photographers calls Wallowa County home.  You'll find many local artists represented in the fifteen galleries scattered from Joseph to Wallowa, Oregon.

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Celebrate with a Romantic Weekend Getaway at the Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast

Guest Blogger: Cindy Weeldryer
for Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Look toward Romantic Weekend Getaways at this Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

Whether it’s time to take your relationship to the next level or to celebrate an important milestone in your journey together, the Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast  is an ideal place to romance your sweetheart with a romantic weekend getaway in the woods.

A member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, the Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast will help you plan a customized romantic weekend get-away to Cottage Grove, the...

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Applied Oregon Geotourism in Northeastern Oregon in Summer: Parasailing!

Oregon geotourism from a parasail over Wallowa Lake near Joseph OregonEven if it's still wintry weather outside, you might be thinking about an Eastern Oregon vacation this summer.  How about a little applied Oregon geotourism in Northeastern Oregon?  You'll get a great view of the lateral and terminal moraines surrounding Wallowa Lake and the Wallowa Mountains too.  Eagle Cap Parasailing has a nice video posted on its website that gives you a good flavor of the experience.

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