The Red Chair gets its Legs Wet in the Tidepools of Southern Oregon

Photo by Randy ScholtenOregon's rocky shores create a unique marine environment that offer a glimpse into Pacific Ocean marine life and The Red Chair took advantage of a break in an Oregon Winter Storm to explore the tidepools.

Tidepools are created when the tide goes out from rocky coastal areas, leaving water in crevices and holes. These intertidal (between tides) places support a unique and diverse assortment of plants and animals. The organisms that live in the intertidal areas have to be able to withstand a...

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Music in The Mountains at the Prospect Hotel ~ An Annual Southern Oregon Event

Prospect Hotel's Music in the MountainsMusic in the Mountains  at the Prospect Hotel

Friday Night, September 23rd, Saturday September 24th, Sunday September 25th, 2011


Music Festival, Prospect, Or. – ‘Music in the Mountains’ on the Prospect Historic Hotel grounds. Two days of Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Americana Music. Starts Friday night Sept 23 at 6pm with ‘Jammin’ on the Veranda’. Then all day Saturday starting at 10am Sept. 24th & 10am again on Sunday Sept. 25th. Great Food, Local Wines and Beers. Craft Booths, Quilt Show...

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Sled Dog Races in Oregon ~ A Great Way to Celebrate Winter!

Sled Dog Races in Oregon, a great way to celebrate winter. Photo courtesy of 2005 International Dog-Sled Races The infectious enthusiasm and energy of sled dogs will be seen and heard by young and old spectators alike at two different Oregon Sled Dog events.  This year’s Annual Chemult Sled Dog Races, January 15 & 16, is particularly special as it marks 50 years of sled dog racing in Oregon.  And this week it's time for Eagle Cap Extreme which starts this Thursday, January 6th at the Ferguson Ridge Ski Areaoutside of Joseph Oregon.  The every popular veterinary checks for sled dogs takes place at 9 am on...Read More

Winter Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast

The Whale Watching Center near Oregon Coast LodgingEvery winter gray whales cruise along the Oregon coast en route from Alaska to Mexico, spouting geyser-like blasts of spray as they go. Thanks to towering coastal bluffs and a string of beaches set aside as state parks, Oregon offers visitors front-row seats for whale watching.  People come from all over the United States to learn about the gray whales that migrate past our coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during Watch Weeks...Read More

New Years Eve at the Prospect Hotel ~ Crater Lake Lodging

What are you doing for New Year's Eve?
Join us for a Murder Mystery Dinner
Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Murder at the Salty Sea Dog - A Pirate's Tavern

YOU are one of the characters in the mystery!
Will you be killed off or did you committ the dastardly deed!

"ARRRRGGGHH Mateys we'll not know 'til the evenuns dun"

Champagne Reception @ 8:30,
Dinner @ 9:00

Dinner $60, Over 3 hours of entertainment!

Hotel overnight Package for 2 including Breakfast - $245

Comparable deals to stay in the Motel!

Reservations A...

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Travel Oregon Wanderfeast Beer Week ~ Week Three

Another week....another feast!  Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

The beer spectrum in Oregon is...Read More

A very "GREEN" vacation!

We love being "green!"  We love preserving our natural resources, we love the word, "sustainable" and we love experiencing all of this in the natural beauty that surrounds each of us living in or visiting the great "green" state of Oregon!

Not only are we on the forefront of all that exudes "green," we are and have been the example to the rest of the country that if you wanna be green, you have to learn from the best!  Riding our bikes, using public transportation, conserving, recycling,...Read More

Move Your Family Reunion into A B&B This Summer

From BnBFinder Bed and Breakfast Blog:

"Family reunions are no longer limited to Thanksgiving or Christmas, or to being a one-day potato salad and hot dog affair. They can be customized to embrace every family’s lifestyle and hobbies, and for that reason, bed and breakfasts and innkeepers can be a reunion-planner’s best friend. Many B&Bs offer their entire premises as the venue for staging your event, and also offer a variety of packages  and activities to fit your family’s budget and...

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Lonesome Duck Ranch and anglers dream!

Lonesome Duck Ranch and ResortIn preparing to write this blog, I had to look up what the word "angler" meant.  According to wikipedia, it means someone who fishes with a rod and line.  I'm not a fisherman or fisher "woman" for that matter but when I had the opportunity to check out Lonesome Duck Ranch and Resort, I was pretty excited.  I love anything that says "ranch!"  I love what that word means.  I love that there are usually animals on a ranch, sometimes a dog, almost always a horse to two and that laid back kind of...Read More

American Idol Finalists of the Lodging Industry

Here are two things that don't fit together:  "generic" and "bed and breakfast accommodations" Ask any bed and breakfast traveler and they'll tell you.  But, there are people out there who think the old stereotype still exists.  Thanks to Fox News' Paul Eisenberg for helping to clear out the old!

"If your idea of a bed and breakfast experience involves antique furniture, creaky floors, and sharing bathrooms and meals with strangers, well, you have the right idea.

However, this is just one...

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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

Corvallis Culinary 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

Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race in Northeastern Oregon, Jan 13-16, 2010

Rick Katucki and team at start of the 2009 Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race Joseph ORIt's time again for the annual Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race in Northeastern Oregon!  This race is Oregon's only sled dog race that is a qualifier for both the Alaska Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in Alaska/Canada.

In a recent press release, ECX President Clyde Raymer, Jr., announced that twelve teams are preregistered for the race--8 for the 100 mile race in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Wallowa County, Oregon, and 4 for the 200 mile race through the Eagle Cap Wilderness to a site near Halfway,...

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Things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August

Thinking about a quick vacation?  There are plenty of things to see and do in Northeastern Oregon in August--especially in Wallowa County.  Here's a suggestion for the weekend of August 22 and 23:

Wallowa Resources First Annual Barn Dance Fundraiser
  • Saturday, August 22, 5:30 pm to 10 pm
  • 5:30 pm social hour with wine tasting
  • 6:30 pm dinner catered by Beth Gibans of Backyard Gardens featuring plenty of fresh, local ingredients (Oregon culinary tourism at the grass roots)
  • Dance to Country Band "Diverse"...
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Pirates, Beer and A BBQ's all happening in historic downtown Albany!

BOOM pirates from Portland, OregonWhere else can you go for a weekend of fun, food and free family entertainment?  Try downtown Albany, Oregon this weekend if you like pirates, like to act like a pirate or just like saying "aarg!" 

The Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (BOOM) pirates will be invading The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn and downtown Albany beginning Friday, July 31st.  Calapooia Brewing Co. joins in the downtown fun when the festivities begin with Agility Dog Demo's, a pet parade, an Owner/Pet Look-a-like contest, Army Rock...Read More

Great Live Music in Eastern Oregon Every Thursday Evening During Summer!

Wallowa Valley Music AllianceLooking for a different start to your Oregon vacation?  How about some great live music in Northestern Oregon every Thursday evening during summer? 

During June, July and August, the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents a live music courthouse concert.  This isn't just any old concert series--musicians come in from all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond to this far-away corner of Oregon.  Performances range from early jazz and swing to alt-country-rock to traditional folk to...Read More

An Oregon Bed & Breakfast, Butterflies and Elk?

Elk on highway 38 between two Oregon Bed and Breakfasts.A 7:30am coffee wake-up call was the perfect way to crawl out of a cozy bed and greet the morning.  Last week we enjoyed visiting with our host Jon at Coos Bay Manor, an Oregon coast lodging facility and Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inn.  

The manor boasts five guest rooms, a hearty, healthy breakfast and two sweet dogs that happily greet each and every guest.  This pet friendly inn offers the perfect location for bird watching, dune buggy rides in the sand dunes and many other...Read More

Being the tourist in the Columbia River Gorge

I checked out for a couple of days.  Our son was visiting from California and we played the tourist, enjoying the cool breezes and warm sunshine in the Columbia River Gorge this past Memorial Weekend.

Mt Hood from the beer gardens of Elliott Glacier Brew Pub in Parkdale Oregon He arrived on Saturday afternoon and of course the first thing we like to do is walk over to the Elliot Glacier Brew Pub for a pint and to take in the awesome views of Mt Hood from their beer garden.

Then it was UFC 98 on the big screen at our Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast, the Old Parkdale Inn.

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Farm To Table...A Cook's Treasures In One Oregon Bed & Breakfast!

Flowers at French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul, Oregon.All throughout the Willamette Valley, farmer's markets are popping up their tents, propping up their tables and unloading their farm and garden treasures for anyone seeking a purely organic culinary experience.  Culinary tourism here is fast becoming the reason why people are planning their entire vacations around food.  It is also one of the top 10 reasons why someone chooses a destination to begin with. 

Almost two years ago, Sunset Magazine wrote an article on the Willamette Valley and why it...Read More

Culinary Tourism and Sustainable Practices in Eastern Oregon

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