Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by
from The Old
turned me on to this hiking trail near Mt. Hood
last October when she hosted an inn full of "lady
innkeepers." Still thinking that this trail was pretty good
for someone wanting to experience a nice hike with a easy grade, I
chose to take my daughter there today.
Always trying to find new things to do in Oregon isn't hard at
all. And when you find that perfect spot in the universe, you
wanna keep going back. I was trying to remember how many inns
I have stayed...Read More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by
is my kitchen!
I am an innkeeper!
I want a new kitchen!
However, I know that patience is a virtue and I am waiting
patiently for winter so I can get my new kitchen!
Our inn will be hibernating for a month or so this winter so
we can begin renovating this 1970's, plywood cabineted (is this
even a word?), floor tile on the counter mess of a kitchen.
Yeah...the picture isn't too shabby but believe me when I tell you
that it really needs a makeover! Do you hear that "This Old
House" people?...Read More
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by
a taste of a small town in Oregon this weekend? Come join us
in Albany as we celebrate "ANTIQUES IN THE
Albany is known for many spectacular things but this event for sure
stands out among those of us that LOVE vintage finds, a sweet
downtown and very yummy tastes of locally grown and prepared
On Saturday, our annual event, "Antiques In The Streets" will begin
at 8am! Our Albany Farmer's Market
at 9am and is just around the corner from all the
festivities! Our...Read More
Monday, September 6, 2010 by
October 25th, The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn
is opening it's doors to "girls only!" It's the 2nd annual
Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild
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 only
been open...Read More
Sunday, September 5, 2010 by
trip! This photo of Crater Lake has not been altered in any
way, shape or form! I took it so I know it's for real.
Can you imagine this gorgeous lake was just sitting here and it
took me almost three years to see it? That is just
We began our short journey by staying at the Prospect Hotel
on our way
to Crater Lake a few days ago. We dined, we hiked, we saw
waterfalls, we drank wine and dined again at breakfast! This
historic inn is so perfectly situated for your...Read More
Friday, August 20, 2010 by
weekend is the award winning Wah Chang NW Art
& Air Festival
! The party begins Friday, August
27th and continues through Sunday, August 29th at the Linn County
Fairgrounds in Albany, Oregon!
Our balloonist begin floating in to town late next week to prepare
for their hot air festivities! Join us as we celebrate the
stunning "Balloon Night Glow" while enjoying Curtis Salgado.
"America" will be our entertainment on the MAIN STAGE Saturday
evening! Celebrating their 40th anniversary tour,...Read More
Thursday, August 12, 2010 by
the word, "strata," I found that it can mean many things. A
geological formation, the former name of a rock band, it's a recipe
and a name of a company! I'm not sure why this recipe is
named "Strata" except that in this photograph, you can kind of see
why perhaps because of the way it rises as it's squeezed out of
it's perfect boundaries while baking.
This is a very easy recipe and again one of those we have twisted
around, added to and played with till we got it right.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by
love being "green
We love preserving our natural resources, we love the word,
"sustainable" and we love experiencing all of this in the natural
beauty that surrounds each of us living in or visiting the great
"green" state of Oregon!
Not only are we on the forefront of all that exudes "green,
we are and have been the example to the rest of the country that if
you wanna be green, you have to learn from the best! Riding
our bikes, using public transportation, conserving, recycling,...Read More
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 by
Oregon Bed and
strives to bring our guests the highest quality
possible when it comes to our membership inns! And, lately it
hasn't been that hard to do!
Two newly inspected inn's to the guild are the Lara House Lodge and
Airlie Farm. The Lara House Lodge
is located in
Bend, Oregon and sits on slight knoll on a corner and Airlie Farm
perfectly on a few acres in horse country near Monmouth,
Oregon! Great locations for both inns! Winter and
summer activities in Bend so...Read More
Monday, July 26, 2010 by
Moseying today from the Pearl
District in NW Portland, I made my way to the Rose Test Garden
and The Japanese
. I had decided that after trekking to the
earlier in the week, my "city trekking" was not
For my birthday last week, my husband planned a
nice hike near
He knows I am in
love with hiking in Oregon and somewhat embarrassed to say, we've
been here 2-1/2 yrs. and hadn't made it to the falls yet. I
picked the actual trail...he won't take...Read More
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 by
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
and The Willamette Valley to get a glimpse of some of the most
unique homes in the country.
Friday, July 9, 2010 by
Pondering what I wanted to serve my
guests for breakfast a few days ago, I remembered that I had this
egg recipe I got off the Williams-Sonoma
website. I remembered
liking it because it was single serving and had tomatoes and cream
in it. It just had to be delicious and you can't go wrong
with something that calls for cream!
Similar to my "Shirred Egg" recipe, this one is healthier
version. Not as much cheese but just enough grated on top as
it exits my oven...to make it perfect!
Here's the...Read More
Saturday, July 3, 2010 by
recipe for fun, we mixed a chef that owns a beautiful B & B
in Gresham, a
few friends and a few of my family members together and you will
not believe what we made! It was amazing and delicious and
spectacular and perfect!
Two lasagne's later, after the bruschetta and olive tampenade, but
during the caprese and the salad then again later when the Dutch
Apple Cheesecake Tart came out of the oven...oh my gosh
Patrick! All we could say was, "it was gorgeous, delicious,
slice me a big...Read More
Sunday, June 27, 2010 by
my, where do I begin?
I was born in SoCal on a warm dry day in 1961. Ok...skipping ahead
a few years.... I watched as my grandmother pounded the heck out of
a steak. She was a tiny thing but man could she pound the heck out
of that beef. And, she was one of those kinds of women that could
pull a few items out of her pantry and prepare a feast. Now my
Jewish grandmother on my mom's side, another important influence in
the kitchen, she told a totally different story. Couldn't
understand a word...Read More
Monday, June 14, 2010 by
Not sure I would
want this guy in my garden but I loved going to our local nursery
Looking for all kinds of herbs to plant in our garden has been fun
this year. Our usual Sweet and Thai Basil will steal the show
in all our breakfasts at our inn but this year we are looking for
those unusual herbs that add a taste that's new and fresh!
There are a few of my favorite summertime recipes below that I hope
you make, enjoy and share with your friends. Around here when
the sun is shining,...Read More
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by
info on Facebook
today got me thinking! I wanted to know from
Albany Visitor's Association
Facebook fans what someone
visiting this region could do for fun on a 300 dollar budget.
Well...we got a few comments and for some reason, they all involved
wine. It's kind of a given in these parts that when you come to the
Willamette Valley, you are coming to taste our wine. Is there
really any other reason to come??? Of course there's your family
and friends to visit. There's hiking in...Read More
Saturday, May 29, 2010 by
preparing to write this blog, I had to look up what the word
"angler" meant. According to wikipedia, it means someone who
fishes with a rod and line. I'm not a fisherman or fisher
"woman" for that matter but when I had the opportunity to check out
Duck Ranch and Resort
, I was pretty excited. I love
anything that says "ranch!" I love what that word
means. I love that there are usually animals on a ranch,
sometimes a dog, almost always a horse to two and that laid back
kind of...Read More
Saturday, May 22, 2010 by
Not a tower in London or a
layer of rock and soil but an Italian recipe for breakfast!
This Strata Recipe
is one more that can be changed up,
modified, ingredients moved and changed around and one more recipe
that I love preparing for my guests!
Whatever you have growing in your garden this summer can be added
to the Strata
making it even better. Fresh tomatoes,
zucchini, Thai Basil...you name it and it can be added to this
recipe. Until then...using fresh eggs and veggies from your
Sunday, May 16, 2010 by
is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called
coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee
cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries. Green unroasted
coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the
world. Due to its caffeine content, coffee can have a stimulating
effect in humans. Today, coffee is one of the most popular
beverages worldwide." per Wikipedia when googling "coffee!"
And according to a National Geographic take on...Read More
Sunday, May 9, 2010 by
"50 Plates is a restaurant showcasing the
cuisine of the American tradition. Of memories real or imagined of
grandmothers’ pies, state fair fries, of date shakes and cheese
steaks; a Kentucky bourbon fueled culinary road-trip beyond Route
66, from Smithfield Hams to Ipswich Clams. 50 Plates is the best of
red states, blue plates, and everything in between."
Nuff said! This Portland, Oregon restaurant kind of sums up
their offerings in one short and very sweet paragraph! Too
late for dinner one...Read More