St Helens, Oregon ~ A Small Town with Big Surprises and an Elegant B&B

St Helens, Oregon with Mt St Helens in the distanceThere's a quirky little town on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, a half-hour drive north of Portland, that is trying to discover itself. St Helens Oregon has already been discovered by Hollywood, for one.  Recently numerous scenes from "Twilight" were filmed here and each October Olde Towne recreated in the manner of the popular 1998 Disney movie, "Halloweentown".

Dozens of fishing boats might be waiting in the harbor for the tide to turn and the salmon to run.  The local brewery,...

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It's Just For The Girls!...a few days of pampering!

Monday, October 25th, The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn is opening it's doors to "girls only!"  It's the 2nd annual Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild "lady innkeeper's getaway!" 

Last year, Mary at the Old Parkdale Inn planned a few days of fun, relaxation, hiking, delicious dining and a much needed rest.  So, we decided that this should be an annual event and we hope you can join us!

I once had a guest that asked me if inn keeping was as romantic as it looked.  The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn had onlybeen open...Read More
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So...you're engaged!

Find Wedding Bliss at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Wedding VenueSA stunning wedding cake at an Oregon bed and Breakfast Guild Wedding Venueo...whether you JUST got engaged, are planning to GET engaged or just come to weddings for the cake, come to one of our very gorgeous Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild wedding venues!

I just checked out the web page that shows all of the inn's in our guild that host weddings.  I am already married but I wanna do it again...at one of these places!  

How does this sound..."a landscaped vineyard with gorge views" or "a wedding with the grace of a bygone era." Or this one..."a romantic legacy!"  Still...Read More
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Portland #1 in Serving up Street Food

Culinary Tourists, listen up.  You'd travel miles for the best Street-Food.  Even plan whole culinary vacations around Street-Food.  Well, you need only travel to Portland, Oregon for the very best in Street Food.  #1 in the World in fact according to Budget Travel and US News Travel

"With more than 400 carts selling everything from Korean tacos to Carolina-style barbecue, Food Carts Portland is a microcosm of mobile meals, " according to Marisa Robertson-Textor.

Lunchtime crowds gather near SW...

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Oregon Coast Winery Hosts Bluegrass Festival

Sandlake Country Inn for romantic bed and breakfast lodgingFor Oregon Coast Lodging choose a member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Leave the stress behind and plan a romantic weekend getaway while enjoying fine Oregon Coast wines, the amazing Oregon Coast and Nehalem Bay Winery's 15th Annual Bluegrass Festival 'n' BBQ.
 
Astoria bluegrass masters Brownsmead Flats will be headlining the show.  Seattle alt country rock outfit Western Star goes on just before Brownsmead Flats, and Nehalem songstress the Denise Drake Trio opens the show.  The...Read More
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Lavender Daze in the Hood River Valley and other Oregon Lavender Festivals

What do you think of when we say the word "Lavender"?  Aromatic, fragrant, relaxing, soothing are a few adjectives that come to mind.  Leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind, visit an Oregon Lavender Farm and prepare to relax.  During the weekend of July 9-11, 2010, over 30 Lavender Farms in Oregon will open their farms to tours, workshops and celebrations, many including food and music, during the peak of the lavender season.  

I may be a little bias but my favorite lavender farm is Ho...

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Beer-Cation ~ Ya Gotta Love the Brews of Oregon

Immigrants began to move into Oregon Territory in the 1840's.  German brewer Henry Saxer arrived in 1852, tasted the clear, soft water and recognized the prime hop and grain potential.  He, along with fellow immigrant Henry Weinhard, began brewing and the rest is history.
 

Visit the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River and enjoy a pint at one of our fine breweriesThe breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  Plan your first Beer-Cation around those in Hood River, Oregon, and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.

Hood...

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Harry Connick Jr....Ashland, September 2010

Really...this man needs no introduction, needs no drum roll and most definitely needs no one to miss out on seeing him perform later this summer.

Love the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon?  Well...this year's line up is unforgettable! Seriously if you love Harry...it's time to buy your concert tickets and reserve your Ashland Bed and Breakfast now.  Go to our website at www.obbg.org and reserve your room.  We have several Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns in Ashland and...Read More
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Oregon Birdwatching in the Mt Hood Region of Oregon

This Oregon Innkeeper is in New Mexico visiting our daughter.  We are enjoying the many birds visiting her bird feeders and thinking about the birds back home.  March brings the southward movement of many migratory land birds and as an avid birder I wanted to share the many birding opportunities that can be found in Oregon.  The Oregon Cascade Birding Trail (OCBT) is a self-guided tour highlighting nearly 200 prime birding destinations designed to showcase the region's birds and...

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A Scones Throw Away...an Oregon Culinary Vacation!

Lately a lot of the guests at our inn have traveled short distances to stay with us.  SometimesThe breakfast table at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Inn! they are visiting family, sometimes they are here to catch up with old friends and even some of them just want to get out of the big city or just get in to a city of any size.  More and more our travels are taking us to destinations that aren't too far from home.  Sometimes we just wanna get away!  Isn't that a song lyric?  Anyways, when you need to get away or just want to treat yourself to a little...Read More
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Not your momma's inn...An Oregon Culinary Vacation!

The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, Albany, OregonOver twenty years ago, I had my first experiece staying at an inn.  The Bath Street Inn in Santa Barbara was lovely.  Flowers, cakes, cookies, wine and yeah...the fact that it was set in Santa Barbara didn't hurt anything either. Well...that was a while ago and a few years back my dream of being an innkeeper came true.  It will be two years on May 1st since we opened our inn and began our new lives as innkeepers.  Wow...what a change from being the guest to being the innkeeper!  Yes...it's...Read More
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"Where the boots meet the suits!"

Farms, vineyards, restaurants, art studios, inn's, horses, golf, antiques, alpacas, jewelry, fish hatchery's, hazelnuts, wolf sanctuaries and nursery's are just a few places you will find on The Oregon Country Trails! With over 65 rural businesses, tours and adventures, these trails are self guided driving tours that offer a bit of the country to our visitors to Oregon.

Follow a reservoir near villages in Lane county and visit a bio-dynamic garden filled with organic produce or pick fruit...Read More
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American Idol Finalists of the Lodging Industry

Here are two things that don't fit together:  "generic" and "bed and breakfast accommodations" Ask any bed and breakfast traveler and they'll tell you.  But, there are people out there who think the old stereotype still exists.  Thanks to Fox News' Paul Eisenberg for helping to clear out the old!

"If your idea of a bed and breakfast experience involves antique furniture, creaky floors, and sharing bathrooms and meals with strangers, well, you have the right idea.

However, this is just one...

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Oregon Coast Romantic Weekend Getaway brought to you by the Oregon Scenic Railroad and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Step back in time and experience a bit of yesteryear. Enjoy the beautiful Oregon Coast line by riding the rail behind a 1910 Heisler Steam Locomotive. This scenic trip chugs along Tillamook Bay and gives passengers views of the ocean.  Great for all ages, this trip will give you a glimpse into history.

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is offering two types of old school excursions for 2010.  A true Oregon Geotourism excusion, the first is a shorter coastal excursion which travels between...

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Birding, Blues and Bed and Breakfast Accommodations on the Oregon Coast

Pacific City, Ore.— The seventh annual Birding and Blues Festival returns to Pacific City, the Nestucca Bay National Refuge, and numerous top birding locales in the area April 8-10.

Start your Oregon Coast birdwatching getaway at a Pacific City Bed and Breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Our innkeepers are committed to providing luxurious accommodations while promoting Oregon Geotourism opportunities such as this event.

The Craftsman Bed and BreakfastThe Craftsman B&B ~ Winner, Best of the West, in The Best of...Read More
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Portland, Oregon. Known for Eco Friendly Travel, Certified Green Lodging and Green Beer

St. Patrick's day is just around the corner  but Green is here year-round in Oregon.  Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members provide Certified Green Lodging.  And at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland, the brewpub calls itself an "eco brewpub."

Oregon's Green BrewMany celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, but in Portland, we're not talking the food colored or dyed kind. We’re talking about the organic kind.

Green is no doubt the theme at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland.  Not only...

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Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast ~ An Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Member

The Cornerstone B&B, the newest member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, was built in 2006 on the south side of Cooper Mountain and is a gateway to wine country overlooking beautiful green pastures, orchards and vineyards.

Cornerstone Bed and BreakfastIn the warm summer evenings guests love to watch the crimson sunset from their rocking chairs on the large covered deck surrounding the house.  If you listen carefuly you can hear the owls hooting in the twilight and watch over 20 species of birds coming for their last...

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One Step ~ 4 Counties ~ Many Bed and Breakfast Options

It may look like a grave marker of a long lost surveyor.  But it's not.

Four Counties Marker in the Tillamook State ForestEveryone has heard about America’s Four Corners.  That would be the only place where four state boundaries meet: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

In Oregon our Four County Point in the Tillamook State Forest notes the meeting of Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Tillamook counties.

The trailhead has a brown four counties sign on the north side of U.S. 26, at milepost 34.8 (this is 2.9 miles west of the Timber-Vernonia...

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Romantic Weekend Getaways: Coos Bay Manor and the Hawaiian Chieftain starting March 19, 2010

Arrrrg, matey, it's spring and the depending on where you are in Oregon it's still snowing or perhaps the daffodils are already blooming.  Romantic weekend getaways are starting to take shape.  How about a trip down the Oregon Coast to Coos Bay?  The tall ship "Hawaiian Chieftain" will drop anchor in Coos Bay on March 19, 2010, and stay in port for 5 days.  Here's a little video from the Hawaiian Chieftain's visit to Tacoma, WA, to get your pirate juices flowing:


 

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The Craftsman B&B ~ A Green Vacation on the Oregon Coast

Located in Pacific City, The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to experience beautiful Oregon Coast Lodging in style, grace, and comfort.  

The Craftsman B&B was awarded the Best Period Restoration AwardThe Craftsman B&B was awarded the Best Period Restoration Award in the LanierBB.com Guests’ Greatest Picks Award program out of 8,500 B&B’s world wide.

Built in 1921, The Craftsman B&B was renovated in 2004-2005 to return the character of the period and modernize the workings.   Classic Arts and Crafts elements were incorporated - from the Greene & Greene...

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