Take me to your apples please!

Apples at the Albany Farmer's Market last week!This is my most favorite time of year!  I love Autumn, I love the fruit, I love the weather, the trees just beginning to turn colors and drop their leaves, the food and everything else that depicts the perfection here in Oregon right now!

Oregon Bounty is happening all over the state.  There is truly a plethora of wonderful foods being prepared by our chef's as they forage our local Farmer's Markets, pick from their very own gardens and find those perfect items for their fall menu's.  Kind...Read More

An Oregon Bed & Breakfast and Wine Country by Horseback!

Growing up around horses didn't prepare me for this ride!  Wanting to find something fun to do in the Willamette Valley that involved wine tasting, a horse and a beautiful ride through those gorgeous vineyards led me to discover "Equestrian Wine Tours!"

Seeing those black mares waiting for us as we pulled up to begin our tour, got me itchin' to climb up and get going!  The ride through the vineyards of the Willamette Valley on this unique tour was not only exciting but the perfect way to see and...Read More

Crater Lake Lodging, hiking, breakfast, jaw dropping beauty and cheese!

Wow...what trip!  This photo of Crater Lake has not been altered in any way, shape or form!  I took it so I know it's for real.  Can you imagine this gorgeous lake was just sitting here and it took me almost three years to see it?  That is just shameful! 

We began our short journey by staying at the Prospect Hotel on our way to Crater Lake a few days ago.  We dined, we hiked, we saw waterfalls, we drank wine and dined again at breakfast!  This historic inn is so perfectly situated for your...Read More

Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn located in Oregon's Wine Country

Guest Blogger
Wayne Bailey
Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn

Baby grapes of Youngberg Hill Vineyards in the Willamette Valley Oregon

We LOVE watching the babies grow.  We have been working hard to keep up with all the growth and give the grapes enough energy and sunlight.  Look at the walls of green vines protecting the beautiful grapes.

Have you always wondered what it would be like to work crush?  Crush  happens when the grapes are ready to harvest, usually between late September- October. We notify volunteers as soon as we know, often on short notice — so be ready...
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Oregon Coast Winery Hosts Bluegrass Festival

Sandlake Country Inn for romantic bed and breakfast lodgingFor Oregon Coast Lodging choose a member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Leave the stress behind and plan a romantic weekend getaway while enjoying fine Oregon Coast wines, the amazing Oregon Coast and Nehalem Bay Winery's 15th Annual Bluegrass Festival 'n' BBQ.
Astoria bluegrass masters Brownsmead Flats will be headlining the show.  Seattle alt country rock outfit Western Star goes on just before Brownsmead Flats, and Nehalem songstress the Denise Drake Trio opens the show.  The...Read More

Solena Estate Presents "New World - Old World" Comparative Tasting Series

The Willamette Valley, Oregon's largest AVA (American Vitaculture Area), stretches 150 miles from Portland, Oregon. to south of Salem and consists of six sub-appellations.  200 wineries and 10,000 acres of quality Oregon After a day exploring the Willamette Valley, return to the comfort of an Oregon Bed and Breakfast wine grapes.  The rich, diverse soil and relatively mild climate make for ideal grape growing conditions.  All this combined with warm summer days and cool nights allows the wine grapes to develop their flavor and complexity.

The inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast...Read More

It's Nutty, Spicy, A Little Smokey With A Berry Finish!...Oregon Wine!

Posting some info on Facebook today got me thinking! I wanted to know from our Albany Visitor's Association Facebook fans what someone visiting this region could do for fun on a 300 dollar budget. Well...we got a few comments and for some reason, they all involved wine. It's kind of a given in these parts that when you come to the Willamette Valley, you are coming to taste our wine. Is there really any other reason to come??? Of course there's your family and friends to visit. There's hiking in...Read More

A photo from one of our Oregon Wine Country Lodging members

Spring brings more than just grape flowers in the Oregon Wine Country.  Here's a post from guest blogger Sue Stein at Yamhill Vineyard Bed & Breakfast in Yamhill, Oregon.  This Oregon bed & breakfast is one of the many Oregon Wine Country lodging accommodations you'll find on the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild website.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Oregon Wine Country
May brings flowers and the Eremurus are blooming. They are a flower of the deserts in Turkey and the Himalaya Mountains. The stalk can be 9 feet tall and the bloom 42 inches long....
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Culinary Travel and Oregon Coast Lodging in Astoria

April 23-25, 2010 The annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival is one of Oregon's most popular spring events. The festival focuses on the bounty of the Pacific as well as on the Astoria Crab Seafood and Wine Festival, a Culinary Delightregion's famous wines. Seafood lovers can savor shrimp, salmon, oysters, halibut, and clam chowder. The Northwest's awesome microbrews and and wines are also featured. In addition to the freshest of seafood, you'll be able to enjoy live music and crafts booths. The highlight of the three-day festival is...
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A Dinner Party, A Wedding or a Weekend Getaway...it's all about the food!

Some may argue, some may actually disagree and some may even deny it.  But, we all know...it's all about the food!

It's that time of year when the daffodils are in full bloom, my "bleeding hearts" have blossomed and the cherry trees smell heavenly around this town.  And, it's that time of year to book your Oregon vacation, plan your wedding or your party at one of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild membership inns!

Many of our inns are places for fun events, some are open for a party now and then...Read More

"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 True Oregon Culinary Experience ~ Truffles and C'est La Vie Bed and Breakfast

"Truffle Hunting" - Photo from the Oregon Truffle Festival WebsiteThe Oregon Truffle Festival, held over three brisk winter days in the Oregon wine country near Eugene, Oregon, from January 29-31, 2010, celebrates the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil. It is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table.

Oregon truffles are emerging among the world's...

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Romantic Valentine's Getaway in Oregon's Wine Country

Cupid is out in force for Valentines Day"Tis the season for Romance.  Celebrate and renew cherished, romantic time together this Valentine's Day weekend with fine wines, unique chocolates and luxurious accommodations at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn, surrounded by gorgeous scenery, fabulous wine and delicious food.

Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn sits atop a mountain with commanding views over the valleys below that will take your breath away.  Youngberg Hill will provide the perfect location for those seeing a...Read More

Willamette University Jazz Festival and Salem Oregon Lodging

Hopewellarly thirty years, the Willamette University Jazz Festival has brought the leading names in jazz to Salem, Oregon, for a weekend of world-class jazz performance and education.  The 2010 festival runs February 05-06.  Renowned for its educational focus and artistic vision the festival offers northwest jazz students from all levels of ability and experience the chance to learn from the finest jazz educators from across the country.  And for the jazz lover a concert to top of the event.

The...Read More

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Members in the News

Prospect Historic Hotel for Crater Lake Lodging
The Prospect Historic Hotel was just published in the 2010 Annual Calendar for Saif Corporation, one of the largest Workers Compensation Insurance carriers in Oregon with over 50,000 members. The Project Director and Photographer for Saif visited the Hotel earlier this year and must have shot a zillion photos!   The Hotel was 1 of 14 companies selected out of over 50,000 for our historic significance and claims records.

Congratulations Fred and Karen.  You've done the Guild proud!!

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast for Oregon Wine Country LodgingYou won't find...
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Winter fun in Halfway Oregon

Winter fun.  Time to start thinking snow!  Oregon ski resorts are open for the season.  Cross country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are available in many areas across our lovely state.

And how about some winter fun in Halfway Oregon?  Here's a YouTube clip of a family having a blast with their snowmobile in Halfway--all the way across the state near Hells Canyon.

The little giggle at the end is especially cute.

Need a place to stay in Halfway?  How about the Inn at Clear Creek Farm?...Read More

Where to Eat (and Sleep) in Wine Country

Grant Butler, writing for The Oregonian on November 17, 2009, weaves a wonderful article about where to eat in Wine Country.  And he's got some great suggestions:

"Winter is one of the best times to discover the subtle side of wine country. With the exception of Thanksgiving weekend's open houses, tasting rooms are typically less crowded than during the peak of the summer season. So you can sip at a more leisurely pace, asking questions and building your knowledge of what makes prized pinots so... Read More

Things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August

Thinking about a quick vacation?  There are plenty of things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August--especially in Wallowa County.  Here's a suggestion for the weekend of August 22 and 23:

Wallowa Resources First Annual Barn Dance Fundraiser
  • Saturday, August 22, 5:30 pm to 10 pm
  • 5:30 pm social hour with wine tasting
  • 6:30 pm dinner catered by Beth Gibans of Backyard Gardens featuring plenty of fresh, local ingredients (Oregon culinary tourism at the grass roots)
  • Dance to Country Band "Diverse"...
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Annual Historic Tour of Homes and Gardens...It's All Happening In Albany, Oregon

Victorian Style, Queen Anne. The Train House Inn, Albany, OregonJuly 25th, 2009, Albany, Oregon highlights their valley treasures by opening doors and garden gates to let you into some of the most gorgeous historic homes and gardens in the entire state of Oregon. 

Boasting the most varied collection of historic home styles in the state and the most in number as well, come tour the four Nationally Registered Historic Districts that drawBungalow in downtown Albany, Oregon. The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn. photographers, travel writers, history buffs and anyone interested in the vintage bliss these homes exude. 

Bring your...Read More

What Does Wine Tasting In The Willamette Valley and The Spruce Goose Have In Common?

Aviation Museum, Mc Minnville, OregonSo, what does the Aviation Museum in McMinnville and wine tasting have in common?  Hopefully nothing and everything! 

All located within a few miles of each other, the Aviation Museum that houses the Spruce Goose among many other airplanes, space capsules and rockets, makes for wine tasting in the Willamette Valley quite the perfect pairing.

My family from Arizona and California visiting this week wanted to experience something new, something tasty and something very "Oregon", so I made a list!...Read More