Looking for an Oregon culinary weekend? A romantic bed and breakfast? Do you embrace Oregon slow food? And don't want to venture too far away from Portland OR? How about a short trip west on the Columbia River to the little town of St. Helens, Oregon.
This town's received a lot of hype because of the original Twlight Movie, but there's more to St. Helens than a movie set. Wandering through the Internet today, I discovered a lovely painting that's currently on display in St. Helens at the Houlton Bakery for the month of February 2010.
Houlton Bakery loves the orange snail of Slow Food. I've not been there personally, but Lisa took the time to yelp about Houlton Bakery last July. And the Houlton Bakery blog (although not really, really current), gives you an idea of the loving touch they put into their breads, sandwiches, soups. . .and all those good foods you'll find at a great bakery.
For the month of February 2010, you'll find artwork by Scappoose artist Maeona Urban and by Jennifer Hanson (mosaic glass artist) on display at Houlton Bakery. Maeona is a member of the Columbia Arts Guild and her Secret Garden Flowers are superb.
On the romantic bed and breakfast scale, the little town of St. Helens boasts not just one but two romantic bed and breakfast inns. The Seawright House Luxury Retreat is currently closed for extensive renovation. Watch for its reopening sometime in the future.
In the meantime, the Nob Hill Riverview Bed & Breakfast provides romantic bed and breakfast accommodations that can more than fit your needs for a relaxing . (I've written extensively about Nob Hill--an excerpt of that appears here.)
The Nob Hill Riverview Bed and Breakfast is a former physician's home on the bluffs overlooking downtown St. Helens and the Columbia River. Tana & Matt own this luscious B&B, a cross between Victorian and Art & Crafts construction. Completely renovated, this stately home on the hill now holds three extensive guest suites and lovely common areas.
Guests meet for wine or tea and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoons on the comfortable front porch. If the weather's cool, the parlor and living room also face the river.
Tana gave us a tour of her B&B. My goodness! The Paris Apartment on the top floor has incredible views. This place is more like a fine boutique hotel than a B&B! We're staying in the Casablanca Suite--more of a self-catering suite rather than a typical B&B room. Two bedrooms, a living room, full kitchen, bath complete with a sensuous soaking tub for two with in-line water heater. . .the features go on and on. And now, on the day we leave, Tana tells me a local massage therapist is available for in room massage.
Breakfast included fresh fruit with organic yoghurt and scones, a baked stuffed French toast and hormone-free smoked chicken sausage. Tana uses mostly organic milk, eggs, butter, and other ingredients whenever she can. Tasty, tasty!
Ever since the Nob Hill Riverview Bed and Breakfast appeared in the November 2008 National Geographic Traveler magazine, Tana says that business has taken off. Guests arrive by boat at the St Helens Marina or by airplane from the Scappoose Oregon Airport--or drive in from nearby Portland.
You won't find another bed and breakfast in Oregon like the Nob Hill Riveriew Bed & Breakfast. What a hidden jewel!