Head east on I-84 out of Portland, through the Columbia River Gorge, where the spectacular river canyon opens up to the rolling high desert wheat fields of the Columbia Basin. It is stunning, big skies and vast views. Rock formations left over from the Ice Age Missoula Floods, floods that shaped the landscape and the Columbia River Gorge. And wind, sometimes gentle but often times strong. The perfect place for hundreds of wind turbines. Oregon’s goal: to capture 20% of our energy needs from the wind.
Traveling south off the Interstate into the heart of Oregon, along the John Day River, be sure to explore the three units of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. It's like taking a journey into ancient Oregon where paleontological research is ongoing. Millions of years ago the west coast states, Oregon, Washington, and California were sea beds and the fossils discovered throughout the monument are evidence to that.
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Member Inns located in Central Oregon:
Featured in the Ultimate Northwest Magazine's 150 ways to Celebrate Oregon, The Inn at Juniper Ridge overlooks the Strawberry Mountains. Explore our thousand acres, or drive to Magone Lake, the John Day Fossil Beds or Kam Wah Chung. Their ambience is tranquil and comfortable, their style Western.
Pioneer hospitality awaits you at Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B in North Central Oregon on a 9,000 acre working cattle ranch, three miles west of the small town of Fossil, Oregon. Lifetime memories are created on scenic horseback rides, cattle drives, hiking and 4X4 sunset ranch tours in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range. Enjoy the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, bass fishing, river rafting, and golfing