Monday, December 28, 2009 by
Don't you just love this
time of year? An end of another year and the beginning of
"new" beginnings, resolutions and promises we make to ourselves and
others. Well...in 2010 I resolve to learn more about where I
live. I resolve to learn more about Oregon
to learn more about why people flock here for the food and drink
but most of all, I resolve to taste and learn all that I can about
the beer brewed here in Oregon
and why it is
famous all over the world! I think this is a resolution I...Read More
Monday, December 21, 2009 by
soaking in a tub filled with hot water in the great outdoors or
sitting by a fire pit roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa
with a rushing river close by or waking to the delicious smells of
coffee, bacon and eggs with onions and peppers and then the
scones...oh the scones baking with the cranberries and nuts and
then the marmalade or lemon curd and butter...
Have we convinced you that a gift of lodging
is the perfect
gift??? With over 90 membership inns to choose from, the
Monday, December 14, 2009 by
Looking for a simply unique way to experience
this season? Looking for a way to
show your visiting family and friends how we do things here in the
Pacific Northwest? Wanna show em' a little bit of
everything? Well, follow me and see Portland, a vineyard and
a play in a small Oregon theater...all in a day...or two!
Hmmm...where shall I begin? Let's just start at the
beginning...Portland! So you have family coming in or some
friends wanting to visit for the weekend. First things
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by
, Oregon lodging? Looking for a
nice B & B near all the downtown shopping? Looking
for a new place to have lunch? Well, it's that time of year
and not only are Portland
their usual delights, they are turning their skills up a few
notches and providing "foodies" a chance to taste all that is so
good in holiday and seasonal faire!
The Oregon Bed and
has 90 membership inns all over the state of
Oregon. A dozen of these inns are located in
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by
now and then a bed and breakfast guest is amazed at something we
innkeepers take for granted, like fresh oatmeal cookies.
If you check into a Bend Oregon
Bed and Breakfast
, or a Portland
Oregon Bed and Breakast
, or just about any Bed and Breakfast in
Oregon, you're likely to find some version of a bottomless
Here's a riff on an oatmeal cookie, starting with the classic
"Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies"
recipe found on most every
container of Quaker Oats.
At the Bronze
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by
Ok...so I know what you are
thinking...what the heck does this gorgeous fall picture have to do
with the title of this blog? Well...nothing really! I
just thought it was a simply gorgeous fall picture and wanted to
I can't seem to get enough of Autumn in Oregon
and so I walk, I
ride and I gaze to try and soak it all in before it's gone!
Our second fall season as innkeepers in Oregon and I don't think I
will ever take this place for granted. All the gazing I did
over this last...Read More
Monday, September 28, 2009 by
So what does an innkeeper do
when he and/or she has a day to play in the garden? Well, let
me tell ya! We clipped our sunflower heads off, picked a huge
bell pepper, moved some rose bushes that were suffering terribly in
their spot, trimmed the lavender, harvested our wee bundle of hops
and drank a really cold beer. Kind of perfect day in the
Oregon sun if I don't say so myself.
As I was collecting my treasures, I was thinking which is always
dangerous I might add, that we have our own Oregon...Read More
Saturday, September 12, 2009 by
the last weekend of September, the annual
Portland Oregon Polish Festival
expects 12,000 attendees to
join in native music, dancing, home-made food and imported beer.
Many participants wear their colorful dress from various regions
and epochs of Poland. The festival has been recognized as the
largest authentic ethnic celebration in the western United
This is a opportunity to share this rich cultural heritage with
dance, music and of course food.
Let the Oregon Bed and Breakfast...
Thursday, August 20, 2009 by
The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild welcomes Enchanted
. The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild
membership organization with credibility and prestige that comes
from maintaining high standards and professionalism. And
the addition of Enchanted Garden Suite is a true testament to
Nestled in a quiet and private residential neighborhood of West
Portland and near renown Forest Park, the Enchanted Garden Suite
provides a wonderful guest experience. The private entry is through
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by
historic Sandes of Time B&B sits tall and proud atop a
rocky knoll overlooking the street below in Milwaukie/SE Portland.
4 lovely guest suites include private baths & fireplaces. The
beautifully landscaped yards and gardens are best appreciated from
one of the three covered porch swings. Nearby public
The home is situated between Portland and historic Oregon City- a
ten to fifteen minute drive in either direction. In
closer proximity to shopping malls, antiques stores,...Read More
Monday, August 17, 2009 by
Last weekend I was out and about. Driving the Fruit Loop
, a 35
miles driving tour through Oregon's Hood River
Valley's orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly
communities. "Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home,
visit a winery, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet
adorable alpacas, savor delicious baked goods, and create memories
by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop
locations throughout the year."
I attended the grand opening of the new Mt Hood...Read More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 by
It's all about being on the
"edge", it's all about what "you" want and it's all about "what we
can do for you"!
I have never experienced so much in one week. As an
innkeeper, I get to meet new people every day. To give you an
idea of what an innkeeper's week is like, let me give you a run
Beginning about one week ago, we have hosted honeymooners from
Portland, gave refuge to eight BOOM pirates here for the Willamette
River Festival, took in Harley motorcyclists from Canada, provided
Sunday, July 26, 2009 by
Sesquicentennial birthday of Oregon is reason for
Celebration. And the celebration will last until February 13,
2010 at events taking place across the state. And its your
chance to win with the Explore
Oregon and Win Challenge of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast
Guild. Combine this with the Travel Oregon 150
Challenge and win grand Oregon Tours!!Read More
Travel Oregon to attend rodeos, county fairs, festivals and wine
tasting events. There are more hiking and biking trails than
even the most avid...
Monday, July 13, 2009 by
July 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 draw
photographers, travel writers,
history buffs and anyone interested in the vintage bliss these
Bring your...Read More
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by
We are so bad, but what can I say, we've been busy bees
lately! We finally drug our bikes out of the basement, dusted
them off, filled our tires with air and off we were. Enjoying
the perfect summer weather here in the Willamette Valley is what we
Oregonians do best.
There is so much to do and see
here on bicycles, that we attract enthusiasts from all over the
Pacific Northwest and some from the Southwest as well. Toting
their bikes on cars, vans and trucks, or taking the train or...Read More
Thursday, June 18, 2009 by
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
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by
that time of year! If you haven't already sat down with your
family, your honey or your best friend and planned your summer
vacation, do it now!
This motorcycle and side car husband and wife were our guests
recently at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn
. So much fun and
what a cool bike! From San Luis Obispo to Ashland then here
to Albany. These lovely guests were the first of many to bike
or bicycle to this area of the Willamette Valley this season.
From now until the leaves fall in late...Read More
Friday, May 29, 2009 by
Ok, so I never and I mean "never"
eat doughnuts. Well, just this one time I ate one. But
it was a vegan doughnut. So, does that count???
My last 24 hours in Portland have been full. And I really
mean full in every sense of the word. For my husbands
birthday, we headed north and my goal was to check out as many
little "out of the way" cafes and restaurants we could. So I
had a doughnut this morning at Voodoo
. I have wanted to try these doughnuts
ever since moving to Oregon...Read More
Friday, May 22, 2009 by
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup blackberries
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a 12 inch
ovenproof skillet with 4 tbsp butter in oven.
2. In a blender, combine eggs, flour, salt and milk until a
thin batter forms, about 30 sec.
3. Remove pan with butter from oven and pour in batter.
Return to oven and bake until pancake is puffy, golden and...Read More