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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

Coffee, Doughnuts, Mancakes Any One??? 24 Hours As A Culinary Tourist!

Olives, Pinot Noir and Crusty Bread At La Buca, Portland, Oregon.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 Doughnuts.  I have wanted to try these doughnuts ever since moving to Oregon...Read More

You Say Puffcake, I Say Pancake...A Culinary Delight In An Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Danish Puffcake or Dutch Pancake Served At An Oregon Lodging Facility.Danish Puffcake

4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
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

Memorial Weekend Wine Events in the Columbia River Gorge

Come visit the unique Wine Growing region of the Columbia GorgeThe winegrowers of the Columbia River Gorge invite you for a weekend in the Gorge.   Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon and intimate tasting rooms are open and featuring new releases, vineyard tours, horseback riding, artisinal treats, live music and more!  Here are just a sampling of events and activities this Memorial Weekend in the Columbia River Gorge.  For a list of all winery events visit the Colum... Read More

Scones R 4 Blogging from the Nob Hill Bed & Breakfast

Nob Hill Riverview B&B Portland Oregon lodgingTana Phemester
Owner & Innkeeper
Nob Hill Riverview Bed & Breakfast
St. Helens, Oregon
Guest Blogger

Nob Hill English Scones

Makes 8 scones

2 cups sifted organic all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. Sugar /brown sugar optional
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup butter
optional Fruit or nuts of your choice
¾ plus 2 Tbs. Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut butter or margarine into small pieces and add to dry ingredients....

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