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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Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark for Spring Break Fun

Roselyn from the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, Oregon, writes about what you can can do for Spring Break in the Oregon Wine Country:

Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark in nearby McMinnville will be open every day during Spring Break and Easter period -- the last week of March and the first week of April.  The educational waterpark includes ten waterslides and a wave pool.  In addition, a children’s museum is dedicated to teaching students about the power of water.  The building housing the...

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SIP like a boss! (in McMinnville, Oregon, that is)

Roselyn at the R. R. Thompson House is ready and waiting for you!  

Roselyn shares the following information:

The 20th Annual McMinnville Wine and Food Classic, known as SIP, will be held Friday through Sunday, March 8 – 10, 2013, at the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville.  Come enjoy great cuisine and meet the chefs, talk with winemakers about their craft and purchase by the taste, glass or bottle.  View fine art available for purchase. 

The R. R. Thompson House in nearby Carlton still has...

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What I like about bed and breakfasts in Oregon (Doily Decision 2012)









Hey sports fans--do you like an Oregon bed and breakfast of the traditional type with doilies on the nightstands?  Or are you the type of traveler to prefer your bed and breakfast lodging be doily-free?  Well, here's your chance to let us Oregon innkeepers know.

The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (affectionately known as PAII and pronounce as "pie") is holding a vote: DOILY DECISION 2012.  We need to hear from you, the guests who stay in our Oregon bed...

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Kelty Estate Bed and Breakfast ~ Historic Oregon Wine Country Lodging

Whatever your pleasure—romantic getaway, playing hookey from work, change of pace, touring Oregon's Wine Country or even a quiet weekend just for you, you can find it at the Kelty Estate Bed and Breakfast.

Kelty Estate Bed and BreakfastAn inspected and approved inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, Kelty Estate is located in one of Oregon's many wine country regions and is just 48 miles from Portland, 60 miles from beautiful beaches at Lincoln City or zero miles from the most relaxing holiday you have ever enjoyed.


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The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon's Wine Country

While you are out enjoying and exploring Oregon's Wine Country stop in at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum outside of McMinnville, home of the Spruce Goose.  In March 1990, the current owner of the Spruce Goose, the Disney Corporation, announced that it was closing the exhibit located in Long Beach, Calif. The Aeroclub of Southern California was notified and they immediately began the search for a new home for the Spruce Goose. In 1992, the Evergreen Museum won the bid with a proposal to...Read More

Coming To Oregon For The Holidays?...take the epicurean trail!

Whether you are just passing through, planning to stay or just haven't made up your mind yet, consider visiting one or more of Oregon's quaint villages, small towns or even the big city! Boasting historical districts consisting of vintage homes, downtown buildings and bed and breakfasts from Jacksonville to Albany and from McMinnville to Astoria, finding that perfect place to dine, explore and stay overnight isn't hard!

This time of year is when you find native Oregonians holding on to the edge...Read More

Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn located in Oregon's Wine Country

Guest Blogger
Wayne Bailey
Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn

Baby grapes of Youngberg Hill Vineyards in the Willamette Valley Oregon

We LOVE watching the babies grow.  We have been working hard to keep up with all the growth and give the grapes enough energy and sunlight.  Look at the walls of green vines protecting the beautiful grapes.

Have you always wondered what it would be like to work crush?  Crush  happens when the grapes are ready to harvest, usually between late September- October. We notify volunteers as soon as we know, often on short notice — so be ready...
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Heron Haus: a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast to remember!

Heron Haus Portland Oregon bed and breakfast near Pearl DistrictWhenever my husband Bill & I travel we try as often as we can to stay in bed and breakfast lodging.  This week we spent three days and nights at Heron Haus-- a Portland Oregon bed and breakfast in a beautifully restored 1904 Tudor style home in hills of Portland just over the trendy Pearl District.

It was a dual-purpose stay.  Bill had appointments at the Casey Eye Institute (part of the OHSU hospital/clinic complex on the hill in Portland Oregon).  I was in Portland to attend a meeting of the Or... Read More

Where to Eat (and Sleep) in Wine Country

Grant Butler, writing for The Oregonian on November 17, 2009, weaves a wonderful article about where to eat in Wine Country.  And he's got some great suggestions:

"Winter is one of the best times to discover the subtle side of wine country. With the exception of Thanksgiving weekend's open houses, tasting rooms are typically less crowded than during the peak of the summer season. So you can sip at a more leisurely pace, asking questions and building your knowledge of what makes prized pinots so... Read More

What Does Wine Tasting In The Willamette Valley and The Spruce Goose Have In Common?

Aviation Museum, Mc Minnville, OregonSo, what does the Aviation Museum in McMinnville and wine tasting have in common?  Hopefully nothing and everything! 

All located within a few miles of each other, the Aviation Museum that houses the Spruce Goose among many other airplanes, space capsules and rockets, makes for wine tasting in the Willamette Valley quite the perfect pairing.

My family from Arizona and California visiting this week wanted to experience something new, something tasty and something very "Oregon", so I made a list!...Read More

It's All In A Day...Saturday, July 25th In The Willamette Valley

Albany, Oregon Anuual Historic Tour of Homes and GardensJuly somehow seems kind of far off.  However, it is less than two months away and I think it's time now to start planning fun ways to spend those beautiful warm weekends we treasure here in Oregon. 

If you are able to get away for a whole weekend this summer, good for you lucky duck!  If you are day-tripping it, that's okay too cause I have just the perfect day planned with three of the most perfect ways to squeeze all you can out of the Willamette Valley in just one day! 

Saturday, July 25th Alb... Read More

Brigittine Truffles, Moonstruck Chocolates and Sandi's Candy and Fudgery.

Brigittine Monastery Truffles. Served to guests at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn, an Oregon Bed & Breakfast.With a rich history of at least 4,000 years old, chocolate can be described as one of the most decadent treats on earth.  From the seed of the cocao tree, chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and the monks at the Brigittine Monastery in Amity, Oregon have cornered the market on truffles and fudge.  Using real chocolate, fresh dairy butter, real cream, the freshest nuts, and real flavors, the monastery produces some of the most delicious candy in the world. 

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Beer & BBQ in McMinnville--hey, isn't this Oregon Wine Country?

Father's Day is coming and here's an event and place to stay to treat Dad for the weekend.

Oregon Brews & BBQs in McMinnville Oregon for Father's Day Weekend 2009

Mark your summertime weekend calendar now for a trip to McMinnville Oregon in June.  The Oregon Brews and BBQs festival, a event celebrating Northwest breweries, will take place this year in McMinnville June 19 & 20, 2009--Fathers Day Weekend!

What: Oregon Brews and BBQs
When: Friday, June 19, 3 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, June 20, noon- 10 pm
Where: Granary District, 845 NE 5th Street, McMinnville, Oregon
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