Warm Up with Chocolate and A Cozy Portland Bed and Breakfast

From The Oregonian, OregonLive.comWhat better way to warm up during this nippy season than with a cup of chocolate and afterwards, a warm and comfortable bed and breakfast?  In Portland, Oregon, shops that specialize in chocolates are taking cocoa seriously and innkeepers take your comfort seriously, also.

"It's not your mom's Swiss Miss, not by a long shot. In Portland, hot chocolate ingredients are now carefully sourced and dressed to kill because a new generation of chocolatiers take their sipping seriously",  writes Danielle...Read More

Portland, Oregon And The Food We Love To Eat!

sandwich at Bread and Ink Cafe, Portland, OregonLooking for Portland, 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 restaurants exuding 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 Breakfast Guild has 90 membership inns all over the state of Oregon.  A dozen of these inns are located in P... Read More

A Gift of Pampering for Mother's Day at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inn

Mother's Day is just a few weeks out.  Wanting to give the perfect gift?  Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Lodging Gift Vouchers can be just that.  When giving the gift of lodging you will be giving the gift of a unique Oregon experience.  And the recipient can decide where and when to use them.  So maybe they'd like to walk in the sand on the Oregon Coast.  Hike or snow shoe along the rim of Crater Lake.  Catch a new museum exhibit in Portland.  Ski world class snow.  Sample a pinot noir in the...

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Eco Friendly Travel at Certified Green Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is committed to Sustainable Travel and we are encouraging our members to be "Certified Green" through the OBBG Green Certification Program.  Not that we have to do too much coaxing.  Most of our members already implement many "green" practices, like recycling and composting.  But we don't stop there.  We apply business practices that promote sustainability of our planet's natural resources such as using recycled paper, minimal use of disposables and using...

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Riffs on an Oatmeal Cookie (with a nod to Quaker Oats)

Oatmeal Cookies at the Bronze Antler Bed & BreakfastEvery 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 cookie jar. 

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.

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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

Oh Oregon...I Could Just Eat You Up!!!

A simple autumn day in Oregon!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 share it.

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

A Bounty of Culinary Treasures. My Oregon Bounty!

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

Polish Festival, September 26-27 and Portland Oregon Lodging

Reserve your room at a Portland Oregon Bed and Breakfast and attend the Polish Festival 2009During 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 States.

This is a opportunity to share this rich cultural heritage with dance, music and of course food.

Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast for Portland Oregon Lodging
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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Continues to Add Quality Inns to Membership

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild welcomes Enchanted Garden Suite.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is a 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 this.
A Portland Oregon Bed and Breakfast, Enchanted Garden Suite
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 a...Read More

Make That 91 Inspected and Approved Bed and Breakfasts in the Oregon Guild

A Portland Bed and Breakfast, the Sandes of Time B&BThe 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 transportation.

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

A Tourist in our own Valley - The Hood River Valley Oregon

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."
The newly completed Mt Hood Winery and Event Center.
I attended the grand opening of the new Mt Hood...Read More

Giddy About Oregon!

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 down.

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 a...Read More

Sunflowers and Gravensteins ~ An August Spectacular in the Hood River Valley

At Rasmussens Farm
Sunflowers at Rasmussen Farm near Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Aug 6&7 and continuing through August.
Celebrating 60 kinds of sunflowers – Perfect opportunity to paint, cut, take photos and enjoy the many colors of summer. Reservations suggested for photo clubs or art groups.  Kick-off weekend features live music, wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, vegetable games, and a treasure hunt. Quilt show and sale, art show and sale.  Come paint, take photos, cut bouquets, and enjoy through the whole month of August. Covered picnic area.

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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

Grab Your Bike, Your Friends Bike And Even Your Mom's Bike And Hold On For A Fun Ride!

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.

Bicyclists From Portland Checking Out of An Oregon Bed and Breakfast.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

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

Its A Birthday Year for Oregon ~ Events Planned All Year

Explore Oregon And Win with Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildsThe 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!!

The Oregon 150 Challenge brought to you by Travel Oregon

Travel Oregon to attend rodeos, county fairs, festivals and wine tasting events.  There are more hiking and biking trails than even the most avid...

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Hittin' The Road In Oregon And Eatin' Pizza For Breakfast!

Guests at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, Albany, OregonIt's 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

The Portland Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens and Portland Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

The International Rose Test Gardens in Portland OregonTucked away in Washington Park, one of the largest urban parks in our nation, are the International Rose Test Gardens.  The Rose Garden contains 10,000 plantings of 550 rose varieties and boasts one the most photographed view of the City of Roses with Mt Hood towering in the distance.

Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States.  The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose...Read More