Friday, April 30, 2010 by
Ok...so I'm kind
of a freak when it comes to books. I love old books, I love
new books and I really love cookbooks! My most favorite place
to find books?...Powell's
in downtown Portland, Oregon!
A full city block in size and several floors high, Powell's sits
squarely in downtown Portland. A sight seers destination, a
visitors dream and this innkeepers heaven. And yes...I can
usually be found in the cookbook isle. We are always
looking for a new recipe and new idea from a cookbook to keep...Read More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by
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
3/4 cup brown sugar
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 by
Lately a lot of the guests at our inn
have traveled short distances to stay with
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
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by
There's a reason why all the Bed and Breakfast
Accommodations are totally booked Friday, May7th in Albany,
Oregon. There's a reason why everyone loves coming to
downtown Albany every year in May. And last year was such a
success, we're going for a repeat!
Our Upstairs Downtown Tour has been a huge hit every year.
Last year someone had the very bright idea of tossing a little
Oregon wine in to the mix and guess what...that someone was a
Boasting the most in number and the most varied in...Read More
Sunday, April 11, 2010 by
Over 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
Thursday, April 8, 2010 by
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
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
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by
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
Funny you should ask...cause we have the perfect solution!
The City of Albany announced today their
for River Rhythms Summer Concert
2010. And, yes...Joe Diffie will be here! Have I
mentioned these concerts are only 6...Read More
Friday, April 2, 2010 by
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
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by
you say sustainable travel?...can you utter culinary tourism?...or
can you blurt..."wow...I've never seen veggies this green
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
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by
We 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
Monday, March 15, 2010 by
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
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
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 by
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
Monday, March 1, 2010 by
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
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
!...well, I had help! After donning the...Read More
Monday, February 22, 2010 by
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
Sunday, February 21, 2010 by
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
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
Saturday, February 13, 2010 by
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
Tuesday, February 16th from 12-2pm join us as we treat you to a
taste of the Linn Countryside and...Read More
Thursday, February 11, 2010 by
Who 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
Monday, February 8, 2010 by
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!
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
Saturday, February 6, 2010 by
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
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
Sunday, January 31, 2010 by
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
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