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
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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
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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
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"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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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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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
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Go Where I've Gone and Sleep Where I've Slept...Lodging in Oregon!

How lucky are you to have all the foot work done already!  Driving, flying or taking the train, you can experience the best of the best in Oregon Bed and Breakfasts with just a little click!

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast near Mt. Hood, OregonMany of us doing this innkeeping gig get to get away every now and then.  Can you guess where we prefer to stay? An Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inn of course!  Whether we are in or near Portland, at an OSU or Ducks game or just feel like moseying on down to Jacksonville for an Oregon small...Read More
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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.  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
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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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A Room At An Inn...the gift of time!

Female Pheasant, UKImagine 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 Oregon... Read More
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Christmas In A Vineyard, "A Tuna Christmas" and The Big City In Lights!

Looking for a simply unique way to experience Oregon 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!
Vintage Roost, Albany, Oregon
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 first!...Read More
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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