Again I am pleasantly surprised! I know it doesn't take much but I feel like a kid in a toy store. There is so, so much to do here in Oregon and especially if you love the outdoors. Grab your bike, your friends bike and even your mom's bike and hold on for a fun ride.
Last May, we opened our inn in Albany, Oregon and began a journey that would take us to discover Oregon in our own living room. As guests began piling in to enjoy our sweet town and us of course, we started to learn about all the great things to do that involved bicycling. Not only did Albany host it's first bicycle criterium in May, but as potential guests began calling to make reservations to stay with us, the questions always led to, "we are bringing our bikes, do you have a place to store them?" Here, at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, as in many of our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns, we offer storage for all kinds of sports equipment, especially bikes. Not only are our inns cozy, comfy and serve awesome breakfasts, many innkeepers understand the importance of accommodating our guests by making their visit even more memorable by offering them a secure place to store their toys.
Oregon is all about offering outdoor activities. The weather is perfect for these activities throughout the entire year. If you want to ski in the winter, The Old Parkdale Inn near Hood River offers storage for your skiing equipment as do many inns in that region. Wind surfing is "the sport" during summer months on the Columbia River and many guild inns offer wind surfing gear storage as well. We have had the pleasure of meeting the innkeepers at Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Hood River and enjoyed their hospitality as well. They offer storage for your windsurfing equipment, your bikes, your fishing gear, etc.
So, now that your wheels are turning, you can pick up a bicycle map at any of your local Oregon visitor's association offices or e-mail Albany Visitor's Association and I am sure they would be happy to send you one for Albany and the Mid-Willamette Valley. Not only do these maps offer ideas for your bike outing, they offer safety tips and point you to historical points of interest such as the covered bridges and historic barn tours.
If you are coming to Oregon for the wine, and you want to bring your bike, your in luck too! There is an annual "Vine Ride" every year in the Willamette Valley that benefits The Children's Cancer Association. This year it is on Saturday, August 15, 2009 and begins in the town of Newberg. The route can be as long or short as you like with offerings such as rides by charming villages, century-old farms, berry groves and of course vineyards. The food and entertainment sounds good too. Although, if I was riding through the wine country, I am not sure how far I would make it on my bike but it would be fun trying. You can check out the routes by going to the website http://www.vineride.com/index.shtm and sign up now!
Put your kick stand up and get your helmet on and get ready to have an unforgettable ride here in Oregon. If you are in the Willamette Valley in August, check out the Vine Ride through wine country or the second annual Bicycle Critierium in Albany.