Solena Estate Presents "New World - Old World" Comparative Tasting Series

The Willamette Valley, Oregon's largest AVA (American Vitaculture Area), stretches 150 miles from Portland, Oregon. to south of Salem and consists of six sub-appellations.  200 wineries and 10,000 acres of quality Oregon After a day exploring the Willamette Valley, return to the comfort of an Oregon Bed and Breakfast wine grapes.  The rich, diverse soil and relatively mild climate make for ideal grape growing conditions.  All this combined with warm summer days and cool nights allows the wine grapes to develop their flavor and complexity.

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Homes For Sale In Oregon!

Yes, there are homes for sale in Oregon...vintage homes in a town that boasts the most in the entire state!  Albany, Oregon has over 700 historic homes and buildings and they are all within four historic districts.

Each year, some of these gorgeous dwellings are open for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.  This year that happens to be on July 31st!  Join hundreds of visitor's to Albany and The Willamette Valley to get a glimpse of some of the most unique homes in the country. 

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Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge ~ A Favorite Oregon Geotourism Site

From nearly every viewpoint on the Oregon coast, colossal rocks can be seen jutting out of the Pacific Ocean creating postcard images.  
 
Tufted Puffin on the Oregon Coast Each of these rocks is protected as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge includes 1,853 small islands, rocks, and reefs plus two headlands, totaling 371 acres spanning 320 miles of Oregon's coastline from the Oregon–California border to Tillamook Head.

This is a place where eight of America's most beautiful wild and scenic rivers tumble...

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Cottage Grove, Oregon’s Bohemia Mining Days Festival – July 15-18

Submitted by guest blogger Kathe McIntire
Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Saturday, June 16, 2010 by Cindy Weeldreyer
   

Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast, a quality inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildThe Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to join us and celebrate Cottage Grove’s rich history at our annual community festival.

The four-day family-friendly event tranforms the city park into Bohemia City featuring music and entertainers, demonstrations, contests, themed meals and vendor booths offering food, beverages, community information, unique gifts...

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It's Berry Season in the Willamette Valley

We love our Berries!!  Any one of them could be called our favorite!  There is nothing quite as delicious as a berry plucked right from the plant.  And the Berries of the Willamette Valley are ripe for the pickin'.  Here are but a few of my favorites, really just a few!!

** Strawberry:  The fragrantly sweet juiciness and deep red color of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal..It is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world. 

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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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New York Times likes Oregon Organic Wines and Abbey Road Farm

Congratulations to Oregon B&B Guild member Abbey Road Farm near Carlton, Oregon, for their mention in Bonnie Tsui's recent New York Times Travel section article, "On This Oregon Trail, Pioneers Embrace Organic Wine" (NYT Travel, April 30, 2010)! 

Abbey Road Farm Oregon Wine Country LodgingBonnie writes:

. . .For those on the eco-trail, there are also inventive places to stay, like Abbey Road Farm, a five-room bed-and-breakfast on a working farm with modern rooms inside converted grain silos. Circular rooms have floors warmed by radiant... Read More
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Rhubarb Muffins in The Willamette Valley!

Lobenhaus B & B in Carlton, ORCentrally located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Lobenhaus Bed and Breakfast and Vineyard has sent us this very tasty recipe to share with our readers.

This muffin recipe looks easy and we love that!  We can't wait to try it.
Thanks innkeepers Shari & Joe Lobenstein for sharing.  You'll find the Lobenhaus as one of the unique inns of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild.

If you happen to try this recipe, be sure to let us know how it turned out!



RHUBARB  MUFFINS

MIX:
3/4 cup brown sugar
    1...

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Wings, Wine and Eugene Bed and Breakfasts of Oregon

The Wings and Wine Festival is scheduled for May 8, 2009 at Fern Ridge.  The extensive wetlands provide unique habitats for a variety of wildlife, including breeding birds and a large variety of birding opportunities for all levels.

Fern Ridge Wings and Wine Festival


Pre-registration is required for some activities.
There are many nature walks planned and a van tour of local wineries and tasting rooms.  Nothing like mixing a little geotourism and culinary tourism on the same trip!

Where to stay? Fern Ridge is located 10 miles west...Read More
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Culinary Travel and Oregon Coast Lodging in Astoria

April 23-25, 2010 The annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival is one of Oregon's most popular spring events. The festival focuses on the bounty of the Pacific as well as on the Astoria Crab Seafood and Wine Festival, a Culinary Delightregion's famous wines. Seafood lovers can savor shrimp, salmon, oysters, halibut, and clam chowder. The Northwest's awesome microbrews and and wines are also featured. In addition to the freshest of seafood, you'll be able to enjoy live music and crafts booths. The highlight of the three-day festival is...
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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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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
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Calling All Amateur Chamber Music Players (Strings, that is): 4th Annual Springs Strings in the Wallowas, April 23-26, 2010 in Northeastern Oregon!

Wallowa Valley Music Alliance Spring Strings in the Wallowas at Oregon bed and breakfasts in Enterprise and Joseph Oregon
Are you a classical string musician?  Play violin, viola or cello?  We want you for the 4th Annual Springs Strings in the Wallowas!

This event, co-hosted by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance and Wallowa County Oregon bed and breakfasts, is definitely an authentic Oregon experience.   Chamber music was designed to be played in salons and homes.   Every Friday to Monday of the last weekend in April, the bed and breakfast accommodations in Wallowa County welcome string musicians into their...Read More
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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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An Outdoor Soaking Tub and A Feather Bed...heaven in Oregon!

Our last trip to the Hood River region of Oregon, took us home on the South side of Mt. Hood.  A change of scenery from the absolute breathtaking gorge and Columbia River, we chose to drive "the other side" of the mountain! 

Driving past Timberline, on through Government Camp and then to our quick stop over to visit Brightwood Guest House B & B!  A unique bed and breakfast and often heard of, I was dying to see their outdoor soaking tubs in person.  Ahhh...if only I was a guest here!  Someday...Read More
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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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PLEASE JOIN US AT ARCH CAPE INN & RETREAT FOR A SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DINNER AND MEET OUR NEW CHEF, NOAH KAUFMAN

From our Guest Blogger
Lori McKean, Arch Cape Inn and Retreat

Chef Noah Kaufman, Arch Cape Inn and Retreat, Oregon Coast LodgingArch Cape Inn and Retreat
on the Oregon Coast is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Chef, Noah EunJung Kaufman, who will debut his culinary creations at the Inn beginning February 2010. Kaufman was born in South Korea and adopted by his American parents at an early age. While serving at the award winning 1913 Room in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kaufman's love for food blossomed and, in the fall of 2003, he enrolled at The Culinary...

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Presidents Day Weekend getaway to Eastern Oregon: Snow and a movie


 
Still wondering what to do for Presidents Day Weekend?  How about enjoying the Wallowa Mountains and the great snow we have here in Eastern Oregon?  And while you're at it, start the weekend really early, support a good cause, and see a spectacular film. (That's the teaser from the 2008 movie "The Fine Line" posted above and one of the movies that'll be shown at the event)

The Wallowa Avalanche Center Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2010.  Here are the details:

Who: Wallowa...
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A True Oregon Culinary Experience ~ Truffles and C'est La Vie Bed and Breakfast

"Truffle Hunting" - Photo from the Oregon Truffle Festival WebsiteThe Oregon Truffle Festival, held over three brisk winter days in the Oregon wine country near Eugene, Oregon, from January 29-31, 2010, celebrates the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil. It is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table.

Oregon truffles are emerging among the world's...

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A very cheesy post from your favorite lodging in Oregon (bed and breakfast, that is)

Sometimes I just can't help myself when I find something amusing on the internet.  Who doesn't like Tillamook cheese?  It's hard not to enjoy something so uniquely Oregon.  You'll find Tillamook cheese in use from our Astoria Oregon bed and breakfast inns to the Bend Oregon bed and breakfast inns and even all the way to the Prospect Historic Hotel (our Crater Lake lodging member). 

So here's the new video from Tillamook Cheese as they take their Loaf Love Tour.  The website's entertaining too,...Read More
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