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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River Rhythms Summer Concert Line Up, 2010!

Wow...what a summer it's going to be in the Willamette Valley!

So...you have picked up your three or four, yes...I said three or four bottles of that great Willamette Valley Pinot Noir?  So, now where can you go to enjoy it while listening to some great music.

Funny you should ask...cause we have the perfect solution!

The City of Albany announced today their summer line-up for River Rhythms Summer Concert 2010.  And, yes...Joe Diffie will be here!  Have I mentioned these concerts are only 6...Read More
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A Letter To A Friend! Love, Yours Truly...Oregon!

Mt. Hood Region of Oregon, Jan. 2010Dear friends,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I have been thinking about you a lot lately and wish we could spend more time together.  If you have some spare time this spring, summer or fall, please come for a visit.  I would love to have you and show you around a bit. 

It has been beautiful here all winter.  Rainy...yes, snowy...a bit, gorgeous and green...absolutely!  I have enjoyed all my visitor's this season and it looks like that last blanket of snow will draw tons more over the next...Read More
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Oregon Farmer's Market...a lesson in culinary tourism!

Can you say sustainable travel?...can you utter culinary tourism?...or can you blurt..."wow...I've never seen veggies this green before!"

Well...it began on March 20th in Portland!  It's Spring here and it's time for our Oregon Farmers Markets to sprout up all over the state and share their stuff!  Flowers, veggies, art...you name it and you can find it.  From now till deep in to autumn, you can drive in to just about any Oregon town, city or region and find a farmers market! 

Throughout this...Read More
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Carousels and Hazelnuts...treasures in the Willamette Valley!

Albany Carousel ProjectWe recently had friends visit us in the Willamette Valley.  Desperately trying to cram everything we love about living here in to just a few days, we had to pick and choose and hopefully give them just enough to make them wanna come back.  Mission accomplished and we think they are now planning their next trip already.

Besides our dining frenzy that began with their arrival into Portland and ending in Albany, two "must see" experiences needed to be experienced.  Off we were and the first stop was...Read More
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Bicycle Oregon...a sustainable travel option with a culinary twist!

Yes, it's that time of year!  It's time to get your bikes out of the basement, the shed or garage.  Dust the seat off and grab your helmet and you are good to go!

One of the most scenic places in the country to ride bikes, Oregon plays host to cyclists from all over the world every summer.  It's not unusual for some our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns to be filled to the brim with bicyclists when the weather is perfect here! 

There are maps, bike trails and websites that help you...Read More
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A Dinner Party, A Wedding or a Weekend Getaway...it's all about the food!

Some may argue, some may actually disagree and some may even deny it.  But, we all know...it's all about the food!

It's that time of year when the daffodils are in full bloom, my "bleeding hearts" have blossomed and the cherry trees smell heavenly around this town.  And, it's that time of year to book your Oregon vacation, plan your wedding or your party at one of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild membership inns!

Many of our inns are places for fun events, some are open for a party now and then...Read More
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A Northwest Culinary Tour!...my day as a foodie in Portland, Oregon.

Patrick, Mary and Steve...at Cacao's!Sipping chocolate at Cacao's near The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland was only the beginning of our "Epicurean Tour" last Saturday!  In the works for months, Portland Walking Tours teamed up with a few very interested Oregon innkeepers and we headed out to devour the city!

Led by Bob, tour guide with Portland Walking Tours, we covered about 2 mi. of ground.  And thank goodness we did because it helped walk off all the extra bread I ate at Pearl Bakery!...well, I had help! After donning the...Read More
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An Evening and Dessert with Alton Chung...Brownsville, Oregon

Alton Chung, Nat'l StorytellerA family event in Brownsville, Oregon, storytelling by Alton Chung will provide an entire evening of entertainment!

The charming town of Brownsville, Oregon is sweetly tucked into the countryside of Linn County.  Known for it's quaint and spectacular history, Brownsville is also known for a few other things as well. 

A movie set for "Stand By Me," and a "Carriage Me Back," event, Brownsville is also home to the "Storytelling Festival."  Annually, this festival brings together several storytellers...Read More
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You Were Right Jimmie...the creme brule' french toast was delish!

8th Avenue Canal, downtown Albany!Three days, a daughter and her boyfriend, an inn, snow, hiking trails, shopping and four very well-fed people.  That's pretty much our last few days in a nutshell.  

Talk about a quick trip!  Our daughter and her boyfriend had read a few of our blogs.  Tired of just reading about Oregon, they were determined to do a little exploring for themselves.  In doing so, I realized that four people with determination, drive, a taste for adventure and delightful dining options should grab hold and enjoy...Read More
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Agritourism Meeting & Pot Luck...a Northwest Culinary Picnic!

Linn County is the heart of the Willamette Valley.  In this region, you can find some of the most fertile land in the country.  The soil, the rain and the weather here makes for some of the best conditions for growing just about anything!  So, to capture this natural gift and share it with our visitors and guests to our region, we are getting on that proverbial band wagon and hittin the trails!

Tuesday, February 16th from 12-2pm join us as we treat you to a taste of the Linn Countryside and...Read More
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Romancing Oregon...Wine Tasting and Chocolates Upon The Hills!

Heart Cookie from Sweet Things in Albany, ORWho doesn't love chocolate?  Who doesn't enjoy a good Oregon Pinot Noir?  And how perfect they are together!  Especially when paired in a candle lit wine cellar!

This weekend at Willamette Valley Vineyards, you and your honey can enjoy this delight hand in hand as you sip and taste your way through this Valentine's Day weekend.  Only available one time a year, this winery offers their 2007 Pinot Noir Quinta Reserva Port Style.  Now pair that with "Extreme Chocolates" and "Brigittine Monks...Read More
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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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Blue Cheese, Oregonzola... Just Say Cheese Please!

A road trip to Ashland to prep for our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild annual meeting, a few of us decided that we liked being the "visitor" to Southern Oregon.  So, after twenty four hours of planning, meetings and setting up schedules, we decided to find the cheese!

Our friend Fred at The Historic Prospect Hotel in Prospect, Oregon told us that we had to go to Rogue Creamery near Medford in Central Point before we headed back home to Albany and Hood River respectively.  So, of course we always...Read More
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The Rose City...the perfect place to fall in love...all over again!

Tell me if you know, but what can possibly be more romantic than hopping on a train with someone you love and getting away for a night or two? 

There is just something romantic about the historic train station in the town where I live.  My inn is just a short 10 minute walk to the Albany Train Station.  So, when we want a little romantic get-a-way, we take the train! 

The tracks from Albany to Portland are steady, the train ride is smooth and the countryside...well...let's just say, I have had a...Read More
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"Lemon Curd Coffee Cake...make them fall in love with you!"

An English Bakery!It's getting near one of my favorite holidays.  Well...I'm not sure it's considered a holiday but if any special day that involves romance, flowers, chocolate and nice dinner out, constitutes as a holiday in my book!

Valentine's Day is coming up in a few weeks and you guys and gals out there better get moving and plan that special day or evening with the one you love.  A romantic dinner and maybe an over-nite stay at one our lovely Oregon Bed and Breakfasts is the perfect choice!  A delightful...Read More
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Corvallis Culinary Week...an epicurean delight!

Downtown Corvallis, Oregon"...where the beer flows through ice taps."  Now what could entice you more than those few words?...and enticing is just the beginning! 

If you love food, love food from Oregon, love food in Oregon and love the local, fresh and organic mantra we all do our best to cook by, you'll love this week in Corvallis

Imagine walking up and down the quaint "hip" town of Corvallis, Oregon sampling not only very cold beer and the perfect Pinot Noir but a smattering of delish grub from some of best of the...Read More
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A Souffle' To Fall For...breakfast at a Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast!

view from a table...Mt. Hood HamletWhen we make reservations at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast, we usually know what to expect!  A cozy inn, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, gorgeous views and that special seat when we are the honored guests at an innkeepers breakfast table.

When Diane and Paul hosted us at their inn, the Mt. Hood Hamlet, we were in for a treat!  The following recipe was submitted by these innkeepers giving credit to a recipe book by Marion Cunningham called, "The Breakfast Book." A simply...Read More
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A Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast In The Winter!

Isn't this a gorgeous picture?  We took this on our way home from the Hood River Valley a few days ago.  What a treat for us to stay in a few Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns near Mt. Hood.

After a few days near Bend for snowmobiling and relaxing, we headed north toward Mt. Hood.  Reservations at a few inns in that region gave us the opportunity to continue relaxing and get a bit spoiled.  Mary at The Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, Oregon as always, made us feel welcome, warm and relaxed....Read More
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