Harry Connick Jr....Ashland, September 2010

Really...this man needs no introduction, needs no drum roll and most definitely needs no one to miss out on seeing him perform later this summer.

Love the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon?  Well...this year's line up is unforgettable! Seriously if you love Harry...it's time to buy your concert tickets and reserve your Ashland Bed and Breakfast now.  Go to our website at www.obbg.org and reserve your room.  We have several Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns in Ashland and...Read More
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"Faster! I'm Starving!"

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
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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
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A Scones Throw Away...an Oregon Culinary Vacation!

Lately a lot of the guests at our inn have traveled short distances to stay with us.  SometimesThe breakfast table at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Inn! 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
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Upstairs Downtown in a small town!

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 genius!

Boasting the most in number and the most varied in...Read More
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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! 

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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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