We're revving up for spring out out here in Eastern Oregon. . .Eight galleries in Joseph Oregon are throwing their 3rd Annual Gallery Art Walk on Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend (May 9, 2009) from 3 pm to 7 pm.
It's a lot of fun!
New work by gallery artists will be on display.
Artist demonstrations at various galleries.
Fantastic hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beverages.
And all you have to do is show up!
Call Catherine at Indigo Gallery (541) 432-5202 and she'll give you the details.
And where to show her how much you appreciate her? In one of four Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild members located in or near Joseph!
Catch a beautiful sunrise from your guestroom at the Alder Slope Bed & Breakfast high above town. With a little luck, you might even come across a mule deer in velvet--a harbinger of Spring in these parts.
Another favorite bed and breakfast for mule deer--and just a few blocks from the Gallery Art Walk--is the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast. You'll find plenty of fine wines and sparkling wines in their cellar to toast the woman in your life.
If you're looking for a cozy out of town retreat, then the Barking Mad Farm Bed and Breakfast is for you. Don't be put off by the name--this Oregon lodging pet friendly is the lap of luxury for you, your sweetie, and the dog too!
Belle Pepper's Bed & Breakfast is one block off Main Street in Joseph Oregon and close in to the Gallery Art Walk. The B&B might already be full for Mother's Day weekend, but keep it on your list--there might just be a cancellation!
See you on May 9th at the Joseph Gallery Art Walk!
Guest blogger Pepper McColgan from Belle Pepper's Bed and Breakfast in Joseph, Oregon shares what's going on in her little piece of the world:
Spring is coming! You can tell by the little things. There is more ground showing than snow, the trees have tiny buds that are thinking of swelling up, and the air is just a bit warmer. We do have to keep in mind that we are not through with winter’s cold and snow but it’s time to look toward spring.
My garden planning is in full swing. Note I said planning. At 4100 feet in northeast Oregon planning is all we’re doing. Seed choices have been made and ordered and seed starting equipment has been located and cleaned for a new season. Looking back on last year’s garden has provided hints for changes. There are always changes. New veggies to try, different places to put them and new methods of growing them.
This year for the first time we have baby goats to look forward to. Our milk goat Ginny is big with kid(s). Goats often have twins or triplets. I’m not entirely sure how many babies I really want, but the reality is I have no control over this particular event. Whether the birth goes smoothly or we get multiple kids is a mystery. We are certainly looking forward to fresh sweet milk again. It’s been a couple of long months with out it. Our guests can only enjoy the goats themselves and have to forgo the milk and cheese.
Our beautiful chickens provide fresh tasty eggs that our guests do enjoy. It’s perfect that when we have the most guests the chickens are laying generous amounts of eggs. It is great fun to watch the “girls” when they get the kitchen scraps. They get really excited and can polish of large amounts of goodies quickly.
This time of year is great for enjoying the excitement of spring and savoring the pleasures of winter as well. The snowshoeing and cross country skiing are still wonderful fun. Some days you can be snowshoeing in radiant sunshine. It is beautiful. The next day you can be getting the barn ready for new babies. How great is that?
Pecorino and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms
Balsamic Melon Salad
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Lamb Bacon, Marinated Tomato
Slices, Chipoltle Mayo on Ciabatta Rolls with Homemade Potatoe Chips
And. . .the price tag is $20 per person! Reservations are limited to 20 people by calling the Institute at 541-888-1540. The last Chef's Table of the session will be Friday, March 6th.
Can't make it to Coos Bay by March 6th? The Institute's Patisserie sells freshly made baked goods right out of the bakery on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 5 pm.
And you'll need somewhere to stay in Coos Bay after that lunch or after buying those pastries. How about an alternative to Oregon coast hotels by booking a reservation at the Coos Bay Manor? This Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inn is both Oregon lodging pet friendly and child friendly too.
John & Felicia, owners and innkeepers, would love to share their Midwestern hospitality with you. The inn is a perfect setting for events including meetings, reunions, retreats, scrapbooking and of course it is one of the Oregon wedding sites not easily forgotten.
Bring the family or bring yourselves and don't forget the family dog. Coos Bay is worth the visit anytime of year and the Coos Bay Manor is the place to stay. Give them a call toll-free at 1 (800) 269-1224.
Whether or not you are a pet owner or lover you have to have noticed the growing partnership between the booming pet and hospitality industries. Dog bakeries seem to be in every town, doggy day camps, dog boarding, dog grooming, pet portraits, and an unbelievable array of dog accessories that are available at high end boutiques. It is not surprising that more Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members are jumping on board. And now, with the slower economic times, with more travelers taking driving vacations, the need for more and more pet friendly accommodations is growing.
The Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, Oregon, has a pet friendly room and besides an occasional scrape or complaint the type of people who bring dogs are generally pretty conscientious and bring dogs who are well behaved.
Need pet friendly lodging at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn? You'll find accommodating innkeepers in every region of Oregon. Conduct a search in the region of your choice. Then pack Bella up, don't forget her overnight bag with leash, treats, plenty of plastic bags, and hit the road. (Tilly has a bandana for every season and I came upon K9 Just in Case Reversible Bandanas, designed with a built in pouch to carry a plastic bag - Just In Case).
You can rest assured that all pet friendly OBBG member inns meet or exceed the Guild's standards and inspection criteria. When it comes to accommodations for guest pets be sure to inquire about property policies and procedures to ensure a positive stay for all.
Begin your search today for a pet friendly Bed and Breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.
One OBBG member's housekeeper provided her reaction to the article. "Believe it or not, the guests notice whether or not you've vacuumed their floor or scrubbed their toilet," notes Joanna at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.
We sincerely hope that you will choose a bed & breakfast--and particularly an Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member--when you're looking for lodging in Oregon.
Folk Artist Dougie MacLean, March 25. He’s beloved around the world, with a gift for touching one’s life and deepest feelings with his gentle music and lyrics. The immensely popular folk artist from Scotland performs at Astoria’s Liberty Theater on Wednesday, March 25. Doors open at 6:45 PM and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival, April 24 – 26. The Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival will celebrate its 27th anniversary this year, and again, as always, it happens on the last full weekend in April. Festivalgoers can enjoy live music from northwest Bands, an enormous selection of seafood and other culinary delights (including the Rotary club’s traditional crab dinner), almost 50 Oregon Wineries and about 100 booths filled with handmade arts and crafts from Pacific Northwest artisans.