Bed and Bike Oregon for an Authentic Oregon Vacation

Portland has been voted one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in United States and Oregon itself isn’t just one of the best places for biking in the nation it, too, is one of the most bike-friendly. Home to hundreds of state parks and endless highways and back roads ranging from alpine to high desert, Oregon offers the expert and beginner road and mountain biker unthinkable diversity. And while the journey may be the destination, don’t forget to enjoy an Oregon wine or brew at the end of a...

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Bed, Breakfast and Bike the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River Valley, and the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway

Bike the Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the Willamette Valley and have a comfy bed and and hearty breakfast at an bed and breakfast along the way.  A Bed and Breakfast offers so much more than a hotel.  Oregon innkeepers know the best back roads, the best places to eat, the scenic attactions you won't want to miss.  You determine how far you want to go in one day.  The whole adventure is about 200 miles and you'll discover why those arriving in Oregon on the Oregon Trail called...

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Wind Meets Wheatfields Meets Geological Wonderment

Wind Turbines on the high desert plains of Central OregonHead 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...

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Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast in Gresham, OR, as a movie set: Take Two!

Filmmakers and others appreciate the authentic Oregon aspects of some of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inns.  About a year ago, Patrick Arbuckle of the Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast in Gresham wrote a blog post about a recent experience his inn had with a film crew.   Patrick recently provided an updated post about the film. . .

Patrick Arbuckle
Owner & Innkeeper
Forest Springs B&B @ Historic Heiney House
Guest Blogger

Crew from Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers at Forest Springs Bed & Breakfast near Portland OregonThe crew returned on May 16th to film a few re-shoots for the...

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Culinary Tourism in Oregon Takes You To The Coffee Shop!

"Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries. Green unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Due to its caffeine content, coffee can have a stimulating effect in humans. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide." per Wikipedia when googling "coffee!"

And according to a National Geographic take on...Read More

50 Plates...all 50 States and the rest of the feast found in Portland!

"50 Plates is a restaurant showcasing the cuisine of the American tradition. Of memories real or imagined of grandmothers’ pies, state fair fries, of date shakes and cheese steaks; a Kentucky bourbon fueled culinary road-trip beyond Route 66, from Smithfield Hams to Ipswich Clams. 50 Plates is the best of red states, blue plates, and everything in between."

Nuff said!  This Portland, Oregon restaurant kind of sums up their offerings in one short and very sweet paragraph!  Too late for dinner one...Read More

"Faster! I'm Starving!" I'm kind of a freak when it comes to books.  I love old books, I love new books and I really love cookbooks!  My most favorite place to find books?...Powell's in downtown Portland, Oregon!

A full city block in size and several floors high, Powell's sits squarely in downtown Portland.  A sight seers destination, a visitors dream and this innkeepers heaven.  And yes...I can usually  be found in the cookbook isle.  We are always looking for a new recipe and new idea from a cookbook to keep...Read More

A Letter To A Friend! Love, Yours Truly...Oregon!

Mt. Hood Region of Oregon, Jan. 2010Dear friends,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I have been thinking about you a lot lately and wish we could spend more time together.  If you have some spare time this spring, summer or fall, please come for a visit.  I would love to have you and show you around a bit. 

It has been beautiful here all winter.  Rainy...yes, snowy...a bit, gorgeous and green...absolutely!  I have enjoyed all my visitor's this season and it looks like that last blanket of snow will draw tons more over the next...Read More

Oregon Farmer's Market...a lesson in culinary tourism!

Can you say sustainable travel?...can you utter culinary tourism?...or can you blurt..."wow...I've never seen veggies this green before!" began on March 20th in Portland!  It's Spring here and it's time for our Oregon Farmers Markets to sprout up all over the state and share their stuff!  Flowers, veggies, name it and you can find it.  From now till deep in to autumn, you can drive in to just about any Oregon town, city or region and find a farmers market! 

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Carousels and Hazelnuts...treasures in the Willamette Valley!

Albany Carousel ProjectWe recently had friends visit us in the Willamette Valley.  Desperately trying to cram everything we love about living here in to just a few days, we had to pick and choose and hopefully give them just enough to make them wanna come back.  Mission accomplished and we think they are now planning their next trip already.

Besides our dining frenzy that began with their arrival into Portland and ending in Albany, two "must see" experiences needed to be experienced.  Off we were and the first stop was...Read More

Wooden Shoes, Tasty Brews, and Feller House Bed and Breakfast

Kick off the 25th Annual Tulip Festival, March 25 - April 25, with a weekend of Oregon-grown craft brews, clogging, tulips, and family fun! Wooden Shoes and Tasty Brews will run opening weekend: Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th from noon to 6pm.

Wooden Shoes and Tasty Brews The event will feature Willamette Valley craft brewers, Bavarian-style food, clog dancing, and live music. Wooden Shoes & Tasty Brews is family-friendly and as always, children are welcome.

Brewers featured: Seven Bridges Brewing of Silverton;...Read More

A Northwest Culinary Tour! day as a foodie in Portland, Oregon.

Patrick, Mary and Cacao's!Sipping chocolate at Cacao's near The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland was only the beginning of our "Epicurean Tour" last Saturday!  In the works for months, Portland Walking Tours teamed up with a few very interested Oregon innkeepers and we headed out to devour the city!

Led by Bob, tour guide with Portland Walking Tours, we covered about 2 mi. of ground.  And thank goodness we did because it helped walk off all the extra bread I ate at Pearl Bakery!...well, I had help! After donning the...Read More

You Were Right Jimmie...the creme brule' french toast was delish!

8th Avenue Canal, downtown Albany!Three days, a daughter and her boyfriend, an inn, snow, hiking trails, shopping and four very well-fed people.  That's pretty much our last few days in a nutshell.  

Talk about a quick trip!  Our daughter and her boyfriend had read a few of our blogs.  Tired of just reading about Oregon, they were determined to do a little exploring for themselves.  In doing so, I realized that four people with determination, drive, a taste for adventure and delightful dining options should grab hold and enjoy...Read More

An Oregon Culinary Weekend, a Romantic Bed and Breakfast and Oregon Slow Food all in one place: St. Helens, OR

Looking for an Oregon culinary weekend?  A romantic bed and breakfast?  Do you embrace Oregon slow food?  And don't want to venture too far away from Portland OR?  How about a short trip west on the Columbia River to the little town of St. Helens, Oregon.

"Secret Flower Garden" by Scappoose artist Maeona on display during Feb 2010 at Houlton Bakery in St Helens OregonThis town's received a lot of hype because of the original Twlight Movie, but there's more to St. Helens than a movie set.  Wandering through the Internet today, I discovered a lovely painting that's currently on display in St. Helens at...Read More

What to do for Valentine's Day in Portland, OR

Now here's a real insider's view of what to do for Valentine's Day in Portland Oregon.  "Travel Geek" works at the Oregon Welcome Center at the Portland International Airport.  She's lived in Portland for 30 years, so she knows her way around!

Travel Geek offers a complete Portlander's guide for Valentine's Day with ideas for "Events that Inspire Romance" plus "Places that Fill You with Love" (a Northwest Culinary experience in itself) and "More Pragmatic, Less Romantic (and still fun).  She's...Read More

The Rose City...the perfect place to fall in love...all over again!

Tell me if you know, but what can possibly be more romantic than hopping on a train with someone you love and getting away for a night or two? 

There is just something romantic about the historic train station in the town where I live.  My inn is just a short 10 minute walk to the Albany Train Station.  So, when we want a little romantic get-a-way, we take the train! 

The tracks from Albany to Portland are steady, the train ride is smooth and the countryside...well...let's just say, I have had a...Read More

The Benefits of a Green Lodging Certification

Forest Springs Bed & Breakfast at Historic Heiney House near Portland OR. Green lodging program certified by the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. The Benefits of a Green Lodging Certification
Patrick Arbuckle
Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast
Gresham, Oregon (suburban Portland)
tel (503) 674-8992

Over the past year, Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast has seen our business grow in a new and welcome direction. Many of our guests have noted to us that our being a member of the green inspection programof the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild was a major factor in their decision to stay with us.  Knowing that we extended this care to our choices of...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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Heron Haus: a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast to remember!

Heron Haus Portland Oregon bed and breakfast near Pearl DistrictWhenever my husband Bill & I travel we try as often as we can to stay in bed and breakfast lodging.  This week we spent three days and nights at Heron Haus-- a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast in a beautifully restored 1904 Tudor style home in hills of Portland just over the trendy Pearl District.

It was a dual-purpose stay.  Bill had appointments at the Casey Eye Institute (part of the OHSU hospital/clinic complex on the hill in Portland Oregon).  I was in Portland to attend a meeting of the Or... Read More

I Resolve To Learn More About Oregon Brewed Beer!

Hops grown in the Willamette ValleyDon'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. 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