Red Chair Travels says Goodbye to the Innkeepers at Sandlake Country Inn

The Innkeepers of Sandlake Country Inn bid goodbye to Red Chair Travels. The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild thanks you for allowing Red to visit and explore the stunning Oregon Coast and your lovely Bed and Breakfast.  Your photos of Red were wonderful and as they come in we'll be sure to add them to Red Chair's Photo Album on the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's Pinterest boards and Facebook page.  Lucky chair gets to spend two more weeks on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to more pictures...

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80+ Quilt Blocks on the Tillamook Quilt Trail

 

Quilt Block on the Heifer Barn at Leuthold Dairy in Tillamook CountyTake a self-guided tour on the Tillamook County Quilt Trail. The trail showcases the great heritage of historic barns and buildings in Tillamook County on Oregon's Scenic North Coast with a large painted wooden quilt block.  The Trail, the first of its kind on the West Coast, have invited tourists and locals alike to share the dairy history and celebrate the unique rural heritage that is Tillamook County. 

Although Red's time on the Quilt Trail was short it did get a chance to visit The Leuthold...

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Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge ~ A Favorite Oregon Geotourism Site

 

Red Chair Travels at Haystack RockFrom nearly every viewpoint on the Oregon coast, colossal rocks can be seen jutting out of the Pacific Ocean creating postcard images.  Red Chair Travels watched the sunset near Haystack Rock, an iconic monolith, a short scenic drive from Sandlake Country Inn where its been staying this past week. 
 
Each of these rocks is protected as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge includes 1,853 small islands, rocks, and reefs plus two headlands, totaling 371 acres spanning 320...

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3 Capes Scenic Route on the Stunning Oregon Coast

 

Our innkeepers are so very talented and creative.  Not only do they provide unique bed and breakfast accommodations, delightful breakfasts and all the amenities to present a unique lodging experience, we also spend time exploring our regions so as to have the very best local information for our guests.  Where to watch the best sunset, see a magnificent waterfall, the best stroll on the beach or hike in our forest.  We've been here and done that!  That's what makes staying at a member inn of the...

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Red Chair Travels takes a Trip to the Farm

Red Chair Travels Meets Holstein Cow is a lush dairy pastureThe history of Tillamook began in 1909 and is a fascinating tale of nineteenth century European immigrants making their way to the Oregon coast in search of cheap inhabitable land not already taken by folks coming through on the Oregon Trail.

The innkeepers of Sandlake Country Inn put on their concierge's caps and took Red Chair to one of Tillamook's cooperative dairies.  Many of the nearly 100 farm families have been farming in Tillamook County for generations and take great pride in producing...

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Blueberry Croissant French Toast from the Sandlake Country Inn


OK.  I saw this recipe on the Sandlake Country Inn's Facebook page and it was just too darn yummy looking to not share.  Hope Diane and Ron, innkeepers at the Sandlake Country Inn don't mind!  Let the quiet and relaxed atmosphere in this comfortable Oregon coast B&B show you a lodging alternative to a hotel or motel in Pacific City, Oregon. Relax in your romantic private jacuzzi suite and enjoy a decadent 4 course breakfast & beverages delivered to your door each morning. At this Oregon Bed and...

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7 WONDERful Hikes on the Oregon Coast ~ One of Oregon's 7 Wonders

 

Red Chair Travels exploring Oregon's Stunning CoastThe innkeepers at Sandlake Country Inn are hosting Red Chair Travels this week.  They'll have just a little time to share one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon with its rugged coast, sandy beaches and amazing views.

Red invites you to grab your hiking or biking gear and head out to the Oregon Coast for a day or multi day hike.  There are miles and miles of trails for any skill level.  Don't forget water and sun block and remember to breathe in the fresh Oregon air.

Drift Creek Falls Trail and...

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7 WONDERfully Glorious Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast ~ One of Oregon's 7 Wonders


While visiting the Oregon Coast, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, you won't want to miss exploring the historic Lighthouses, the beacons of light of bygone days.  Perched on the very edge of land and sea, Oregon Lighthouses were built to warn ships of the dangerous rocky shores.  The treacherous Pacific storms wrecked many a ship but the lighthouses prevented even more from such fate.  

Most were built in the late 1880's 
and of the Eleven Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, nine are on the Historic...

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Oregon's Coast ~ One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon

 

All 363 Miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to the Public.  From agate covered beaches to lush rainforests.  Whale Watching and Beach-combing.  Golfing or just being still and listening to the crashing waves. How you explore it is entirely up to you. Complete your visit with a stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Member inn.  We invite you to visit the Oregon Coast, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its...

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Willamette Valley in Spring

Spent a few days in the Willamette Valley last spring.  What a lovely time to visit.  So many shades of green everywhere.  And then there's the acres and acres of bulbs in full bloom along with the cover crops of clover and mustard.  It really was lovely drive along the backroads of the Willamette Valley.

After spending a couple of nights at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn I began the drive home to our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. This drive should only take about 3...

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Spring Time Events and Places to Stay in Oregon's Wine Country

You won't want to miss a Willamette Valley Event.  A short list of Spring Time Happenings follows and more can be found on the Willamette Valley Events Page on the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild website along with event details and links

  • SIP McMinnville Wine and Food Festival ~ March 13-15
  • Mad Hatter's Winemaker Dinner @ Youngberg Hill ~ March 20
  • Easter Wine Hunt at Youngberg Hill ~ April 5
  • North Willamette Vintners Wine Trail ~ April 11-12
  • Camellia Festival ~ April 11
  • Youngberg Hill Winemaker Dinner...
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Oregon Innkeepers get some Much Needed R, R & R

The Innkeepers and Vendors of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildAlthough we are surrounded by charming guests, sometimes 365 days a year, we Innkeepers tend to live isolated lives when it comes to our industry.  We live in our own little worlds doing all the things we need to do to provide quality accommodations to the traveler.  We're marketing engineers: we research the best ways to market our properties and then we implement. We're concierges: we communicate with our guests, we're travel experts, we manage reservations.  We shop then prepare menus and...

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Geocaching in Oregon Where it all began

'Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people, from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.  Geocaching.com is the headquarters for the activity"

Did you know that Geocaching started right here in Oregon?  The full version of the...

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Red Chair Travels Visits Youngberg Hill for the Best of Oregon Lodging

Red soaks up Willamette Valley views from Youngberg HillRed Chair Travels has journeyed up the Willamette Valley for a short visit to Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, an inspected and approved member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  The inn will take your breath away with the most beautiful views, a warm luxurious Inn, and exceptional estate wines. Youngberg Hill provides the perfect location for those seeking a quiet, romantic getaway  The Inn is 10,000 square foot with four large guest rooms (three are corner rooms) and three suites, all...

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It's Always About The Food ~ Culinary Tourism in Oregon

Chehelem Ridge Bed and Awesome BreakfastWe innkeepers believe it's almost always "about the food!"  We've have discovered the joy in finding some new way to use the fresh, local and organic ingredients found in abundance at road side stands and farmer's markets in Oregon.  In Oregon wine country, you not only find wine grapes, but there are berries growing on the sides of the road, greens growing in rows along winding streets and huge gorgeous pears hanging off trees in the orchards in the Mt. Hood region. So, how can it not be about...

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On the Banks of the Majestic McKenzie River ~ The McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival

Eagle Rock Lodge and the McKenzie River Wooden Boat FestivalThe McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival at Eagle Rock Lodge, a labor of love for innkeepers Randy and Debbie Dersham, returns for its 10 year, Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 to 5:00. 

The McKenzie River Drift boat was created for the McKenzie River and the Dershams have dedicated each April to honoring the builders and craftsman that have made this boat what it is today. New and historic McKenzie drift boats will be on display along with casting demonstrations, fly tying workshop.  Boat owners...

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McKenzie River Waterfalls

Next week is the Annual Meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and living in Parkdale, Oregon, we have a couple of ways to get to Salem.  We are choosing the longer route for a couple of reasons:  We love to Chase Waterfalls and Geocaches and document them on our Facebook page.  So we'll head south around Mt Hood then take the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway, Hwy 126.  These are just a few of the Waterfalls we hope to shoot.  If you know of any others please let me know.  We have most of the...

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The World Famous McKenzie River Area Attractions

Red Chair rests on the banks of the McKenzie RiverRed Chair Travels finishes up its stay at the McKenzie River Inn, not able to see half the attractions that this World Famous Area has to offer.  Here it sits in the sun imagining the summer activity on the Wild and Scenic McKenzie River and the things it missed in the nearby Willamette National Forest:

  • Bike or Hike the McKenzie River Trail
  • Float the McKenzie River on a famous McKenzie River Drift Boat
  • Fly Fish with or without a guide
  • Soak at Tewrilliger Hot Spring
  • Drive the Oregon Scenic Byways ~...
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Covered with Charm ~ The Historic Bridges of Oregon

Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the western part of the United States, with over 50 covered spans. These timber bridges were often covered to protect them from the weather. Now, the remaining examples of this obsolete bridge construction technology, generally located in pastoral rural settings, provide one of the most significant tourist attractions in the state.  Allow the Innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild to share local examples of Oregon History then...

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McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway and the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

These Scenic rides/drives can be taking in your car or on your bike.  Either way there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn where you can rest your tired bones at either end.   Plan either your two or 4-wheeled vacation in Oregon on one of Oregon's Scenic Drives in the Central Cascades.  Oregon is the only state in the nation with a Scenic Bikeways program.  These routes were created, inspected, ridden and officially approved by Ride Oregon Ride and those cyclists who have made Oregon...

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