Red Chair Travels visits Historic Jacksonville, Oregon

Historic Jacksonville, Oregon, CemeteryJacksonville was founded following discovery of gold in 1851–1852. It became the county seat of Jackson County, a role which was transferred to nearby Medford in 1927.  The innkeepers of TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast, where Red Chair Travels is now staying, spent a lovely Sunday afternoon being tour guides for Red and included a visit to the historic cemetery. Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery, with its first official burial of the remains of Mrs. Margaret Love, in October of 1859, is one of...

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Where to Stay on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Crater Lake as photographed by Fred Wickman, innkeeper of the Historic Prospect Hotel, Motel and Dinner HouseGeotourism is a great way to see the United States. Keith Riggs at the US Department of Agriculture recently posted a really good blog post about touring through Northern California and Southern Oregon on the national Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.  The route runs from Lake Almanor in Northern California to Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, passing through seven national forests along the way.  Riggs writes: 

Along this journey from volcano to volcano you’ll find opportunities for adventure,...

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Red Chair Travels arrives at TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast in Jacksonville Oregon

TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast in Jacksonville Oregon hosts Red Chair TravelsRed Chair Travels has made the journey over Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountain Range to Jacksonville, Oregon and a stay at the Touvelle House Bed and Breakfast.

Historic Jacksonville Oregon is full of wonderful little surprises and Red Chair Travels is going to absolutely love its time here.  If you're planning a trip to Southern Oregon, consider doing it up in style and stay at an inspected Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild inn.  TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast features 6 guestrooms with private baths, air...

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Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour ~ An Oregon Scenic Byway

 Covered Bridge in Oregon
Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state and I'd like to present a few of them in a series of blogs to create amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon for sharing this information

Cottage Grove is known as the "Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon". There are seven bridges along the route, including Dorena Bridge, Stewart Bridge, Mosby Creek Bridge, Currin Bridge, Chambers Railroad Bridge, Centennial Bridge, and Swinging Bridge. 


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Red Chair Travels time on the Southern Oregon Coast Comes to an End

Photo Credit: Randy Scholten

Red Chair Travels nears the end of its stay at WildSpring Guest Habitat. The storm has cleared, leaving a stunning vista of the Pacific Ocean and allowing for reflection on time spent on Oregon’s stunning South Coast.

Red will make the journey over Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountain Range to Jacksonville, Oregon and a stay at the Touvelle House Bed and Breakfast.

We will continue to share Red’s travel through Oregon as it visits the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Oregon Wine Country, Mt Hood, Crater Lake and...

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Oregon's North Coast Birding and Oregon Coast Lodging

"The northern coast of Oregon stretches from the mouth of the historic Columbia River south to fog-shrouded Cascade Head, an area of broad tidal estuaries and rugged headlands that flank stretches of sandy beaches."  This from the North Coast map of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail   From Astoria, to Seaside, the town of Tillamook, to Lincoln City.  Close to 375 species of birds have been recorded on the Northern Oregon Coast and quite a few Oregon Bed and Breakfasts are awaiting your arrival.

Photo courtesy of Sandlake Country Inn Bed and Breakfast

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Red Chair Travels to Port Orford on Oregon's Rugged South Coast

Photo by Randy ScholtenThe Red Chair sat for a spell with the Blue Boat at the entrance to Port Orford, Oregon.  The area around Port Orford offers some of the best of Oregon’s spectacular southern coast, from awe-inspiring seascapes to mountain hiking trails and winding rivers.  Visitors will find an active arts community, plus charming gift shops and restaurants featuring fresh local seafood.  

The port of Port Orford is one of only six “dolly” ports in the world where working fishing boats are lifted into and out...

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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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Red Chair Visits WildSpring Guest Habitat and Port Orford Oregon

Red Chair Visits WildSpring Guest Habitat and Port Orford OregonRed Chair arrived at WildSpring Guest Habitat last week while it was raining so staff chair, being the gracious host, held an umbrella for our visiting celebrity.

Peaceful and secluded, WildSpring provides eco friendly travel in Port Orford, 60 miles north of California, with a zero carbon footprint.  At bit travel weary after its trip up from the Gingerbread Mansion Inn in Ferndale California, Red took advantage of WildSpring's five acres of old Native American ground to restore and...

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Oregon Wine A-List Awards presented by Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board

The Prospect Historic Hotel Bed and Breakfast Inn – Motel and Dinner House was just chosen by the Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board as an Oregon Wine A-List Honoree.  A total of only 65 restaurants from all over the State received this recognition. 10 of them are from Southern Oregon!

Everyone wants to be on the A-List, but it takes a special commitment to Oregon wine for a restaurant to earn a coveted Oregon Wine A-List Award!

Oregon Wine A-List Awards (formerly known as the Superior Cellar...

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An Evening in Portland and the Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast

The Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast InnThe Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, located in the Portland's Historic Irvington District, was a perfect location for us when spending the evening in town. Listed on the National Registry of Historic places, the Lion and the Rose is within a few blocks of great restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and the TriMet Public Transportation Max train.

And proximity to the Max station was but one reason we chose to stay with Steve and Dusty.  We were attending a concert at Portland's...

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Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway and Two Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway extends through friendly downtowns, fertile farmlands and peaceful natural areas. The bikeway stretches more than 50 miles, including a paved, 21-mile portion of the woodsy Banks-Vernonia State Trail capturing the best of the northern Willamette Valley.  This section of the Scenic Bikeway stands today as Oregon's rail-to-trail.

Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast in Beaverton, OregonThe Cornerstone B&B, in Beaverton, Oregon is built on the south side of Cooper Mountain at the gateway to wine country...

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Tulips, Tulips and More Tulips! In the Heart of Oregon Wine Country

Guest Blogger Barb Mitchell
Feller House Bed and Breakfast
Aurora, Oregon

When you think Willamette Valley Oregon, the first thing that comes to mind are the acres and acres of wine grapes, the wineries and the Oregon Wine Country.  But did you know that the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm has over 40 acres of Tulips, Daffodils and other cut flowers in full bloom from now through April?  And this time every year they open their fields and expand their operations to include taking bulb orders, cut flowers,...

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Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway with Two Bed and Breakfasts Along the Way

Did you know that Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway Program in the Nation?  And that many of these have been created by locals and have been ridden and reviewed to provide inspiration for planning a two-wheeled Oregon Cycling Vacation?   And that there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn on, or near, almost every one of them that you can use as your base camp?  Or perhaps plan an Inn-to-Inn Ride.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway features varied terrain, generally downhill...

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A Very Deep Lake, Dramatic Volcanic Landscape and a Rich Birding Refuge

Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel Oregon's backroads. I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon. Thanks Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation for sharing this information.

Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner HouseThe Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway owes its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife to its rich...

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Bike the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and Relax at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Bike the Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the Willamette Valley and have a comfy bed and and hearty breakfast at an bed and breakfast along the way.  A Bed and Breakfast offers so much more than a hotel.  Oregon innkeepers know the best back roads, the best places to eat, the scenic attractions you won't want to miss.  You determine how far you want to go in one day.  The whole adventure is about 200 miles and you'll discover why those arriving in Oregon on the Oregon Trail...

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A Scenic Byway, the Deepest US Canyon and a Delightful Oregon B&B = Oregon Geotourism

It's that time of year again.  Time to start planning that Oregon Road Trip.  Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel the backroads.  I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation for sharing this information.

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ArtWalk in Oregon's Wine Country

Guest Blogger
Kristin Fintel, Innkeeper
Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Newberg, Oregon

Photo by Kristin Fintel, InnkeeperOn the first Friday of each month, the shops, wine tasting rooms and other local businesses in downtown Newberg, Oregon stay open late, welcoming locals and visitors alike for the First Friday ARTwalk.  Strolling around the downtown area you will find a wide array of cultural choices.  At least five of the downtown wine tasting rooms stay open late for First Friday, and if you need more variety, most of the...

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McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival

Guest Blogger
Debbie Dersham ~ Owner and Innkeeper
Eagle Rock Lodge
Vida, Oregon

McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival This will be Eagle Rocks Lodge's 9th year of hosting the McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival. This has been a labor of love for Debbie and Randy. The McKenzie River Drift boat was created for the McKenzie River and we have dedicated each April to honoring the builders and craftsman that have made this boat what it is today.  

This year's festival will be held Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00 to 5:00 on the beautiful...

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Woodpecker Wonderland near Bend Oregon Lodging

Central Oregon with the ponderosa pine forests of the Metolius River Basin and Douglas fir forests just west of Santiam Pass, is home to 11 species of nesting woodpeckers.  The Three Sisters Loop of the Oregon Cascade Birding Trails traces portions of some of Oregon’s most  Scenic Byways, offering stunning scenery and incredible diverse habitats at nearly 50 prime birding sites.

The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival is scheduled for mid-June. The event is loaded with half and full day fields trips,...

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