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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Oregon Wine Country Lodging and Newberg's First Friday ARTwalk

In September, 2002, a small group of downtown Newberg, Oregon, businesses started a First Friday ARTwalk monthly event.  In the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, the goal is to make downtown Newberg a place associated with Art, Music, Food, Wine, and Fun.  Visitors are encouraged to relax, socialize, look at new art, meet the artists, listen to music, eat some food, taste some wine and see what each of the participating businesses has to offer, but most of all … just to come downtown and enjoy...

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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

Abbey Road Farms Bed and Breakfast, The AgriVino Center and Wine-Inspired Dinners in the Oregon Wine Country

Set among the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley wine country Abbey Road Farms is a truly unique bed and breakfast inn with luxurious accommodations.  The old grain silos on the property have been converted into the unique Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast "Silo For Oregon Wine Country Lodging choose Abbey Road Farms Bed and BreakfastSuites".  Each room has a spectacular view of the valley, wetlands, pastures and/or gardens. And although this is a working farm, the accommodations are more like what one would find at a resort with fabulous views, a location in the...
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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

Springbrook Hazelnut Farm

"From rustic to regal there's no better way to embrace the pleasures of fall than a weekend on the farm."  This is the opening line for a recent article in Sunset Magazine, Top 10 Farm Vacations, November issue.

Springbrook Hazelnut Farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley
Listed at #3 and for the best autumn fun was Springbrook Hazelnut Farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Springbrook Hazelnut Farm has been a  member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild for many years and continues to provide a quality bed and breakfast experience to the guests.  This...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. 

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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

Good times at the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Board of Directors Meeting

It's always an intense but fun & rewarding experience when the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild board gets together for a meeting and the meeting this week was no exception.  Since we're a small group we could forego the Salem Oregon hotels and hold our meeting at our Administrative Assistant's home in Salem Oregon.

Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Board of Directors in Salem Oregon

Pictured back row (L to R): Wayne Bailey (Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn); Debbie Lusk (The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn); Sandy Parker (Britannia at Terwilliger Vista); Patrick Arbuckle (Forest ... Read More

Abbey Road Farm And Silo Suites At An Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Abbey Road Farm, an Oregon Bed & BreakfastIn the heart of Oregon wine country in Carlton sits the most perfect little farm where the view is so spectacular it's hard to believe it's real.  The rolling hills of vineyards, grasses, clover, trees and the sweetest and most gentle farm animals grace this piece of heaven at Abbey Road Farm.

About two weeks ago we took a trip to check out the farm and "silo suites".  An hour and a half from Albany and the Corvallis area and an hour and a half South of Portland, sits 82 acres of pure bliss....Read More

Cowboy Boots, A Wine Glass, And A Horse?

Horseback Wine Tasting in The Willamette ValleySo, what does putting cowboy boots on, grabbing a wine glass and gettin' on a horse in the Willamette Valley have to do with each other?  A wine tour by horseback!  At Equestrian Wine Tours near Abbey Road Farm in the heart of wine country, you can actually go wine tasting at several wineries on the back of a Tennessee Walking Horse. I have heard of taking a limo and even assigning a dear friend as the "designated driver" while wine tasting but a wine tasting tour by horseback?  A...Read More

The Oregon Garden in the foothills of the Willamette Valley

The Oregon Gardne in the beautiful Willamette Valley

The Oregon Garden is located on 80 acres in Silverton, Oregon, and features thousands of plants in more than 20 specialty gardens.  It is the setting for a summer concert series, educational programs and other special events. 

The city of Silverton needed to find a use for its reclaimed water and the Oregon Association of Nurserymen (OAN) was looking for a site for a planned botanical garden.  The city of Silverton purchased the hillside south of town and the partnership began.  What a great...Read More

Memorial Weekend in The Willamette Valley Wine Country

Pinot Noir in Oregon Wine Country Near an Oregon Bed & BreakfastIt's time to start planning your Memorial weekend get-a-way.  Spending a few days sipping wine from over 100 valley wineries sounds pretty tempting.  I think I can do that!

Memorial weekend is May, 23, 24 and 25 this year and many of the finest wineries in Oregon will open their cellar doors from 11-5pm and offer tastes of new releases as well as some barrel tastings.  Meet the Winemakers from large and small wineries in the valley region and experience some of the family owned wineries that...Read More

A Country Farm Tour & A Kiss At An Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Sheep At A Country Farm In Wilsonville, Oregon. Near an Oregon Bed & BreakfastLooking for something fun to do this weekend in the Willamette Valley?  We hear that our weekend here is going to be warm and sunny.  So, we are going on a farm tour!  This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be several farms that will be open to the public for touring.  Go to Favorite5CountryFarms.blogspot.comfor maps and directions to the farms.  This 10 mile tour between Wilsonville and Sherwood offers Oregon wines, garden tips and grape vineyard growing techniques.  Miniature...Read More

Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild welcomes our newest member: The DreamGiver's Inn in the Oregon Wine Country

The process of being an Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member is a slow and steady one.  First, aspiring members must prove their merit by providing the Guild with proof of food handlers' training, commercial liability insurance, and other licenses and permits.  Once all of this paperwork is approved, the inn must successfully pass a physical inspection by the Guild's administrative team.  The Guild's Quality Assurance Standards and Guidelines are used for the inspection.

Our newest member, The... Read More

Beer & BBQ in McMinnville--hey, isn't this Oregon Wine Country?

Father's Day is coming and here's an event and place to stay to treat Dad for the weekend.

Oregon Brews & BBQs in McMinnville Oregon for Father's Day Weekend 2009

Mark your summertime weekend calendar now for a trip to McMinnville Oregon in June.  The Oregon Brews and BBQs festival, a event celebrating Northwest breweries, will take place this year in McMinnville June 19 & 20, 2009--Fathers Day Weekend!

What: Oregon Brews and BBQs
When: Friday, June 19, 3 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, June 20, noon- 10 pm
Where: Granary District, 845 NE 5th Street, McMinnville, Oregon
Why:...Read More