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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Woodpecker Wonderland near Bend Oregon Lodging

Central Oregon with the ponderosa pine forests of the Metolius River Basin and Douglas fir forests just west of Santiam Pass, is home to 11 species of nesting woodpeckers.  The Three Sisters Loop of the Oregon Cascade Birding Trails traces portions of some of Oregon’s most  Scenic Byways, offering stunning scenery and incredible diverse habitats at nearly 50 prime birding sites.

The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival is scheduled for mid-June. The event is loaded with half and full day fields trips,...

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Portland, Oregon. Known for Eco Friendly Travel, Certified Green Lodging and Green Beer

St. Patrick's day is just around the corner  but Green is here year-round in Oregon.  Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members provide Certified Green Lodging.  And at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland, the brewpub calls itself an "eco brewpub."

Oregon's Green BrewMany celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, but in Portland, we're not talking the food colored or dyed kind. We’re talking about the organic kind.

Green is no doubt the theme at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland.  Not only...

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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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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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Where Will You Ski This Spring Break? Oregon’s Winter Has Finally Arrived

Summer Ski the The Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood

Winter is finally arriving in Oregon.  Yes, we’ve had snow, not much, and cold, sometimes bitter, but not nearly as much as we are used to.  Well, that's changing and there are plenty of spring storms lined up to bring exceptional spring skiing conditions up to where we like them for Winter Outdoor Adventures.

Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing...

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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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Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast ~ An Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Member

The Cornerstone B&B, the newest member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, was built in 2006 on the south side of Cooper Mountain and is a gateway to wine country overlooking beautiful green pastures, orchards and vineyards.

Cornerstone Bed and BreakfastIn the warm summer evenings guests love to watch the crimson sunset from their rocking chairs on the large covered deck surrounding the house.  If you listen carefuly you can hear the owls hooting in the twilight and watch over 20 species of birds coming for their last...

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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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One Step ~ 4 Counties ~ Many Bed and Breakfast Options

It may look like a grave marker of a long lost surveyor.  But it's not.

Four Counties Marker in the Tillamook State ForestEveryone has heard about America’s Four Corners.  That would be the only place where four state boundaries meet: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

In Oregon our Four County Point in the Tillamook State Forest notes the meeting of Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Tillamook counties.

The trailhead has a brown four counties sign on the north side of U.S. 26, at milepost 34.8 (this is 2.9 miles west of the Timber-Vernonia...

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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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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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