Fields of clover for red chair travels

Beyond Wine in the Willamette Valley

Beyond wine in the Willamette Valley are fields of clover, heirloom roses, and the wackiness of the UFO Festival in McMinnville, Oregon.  Oh, and so much more.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper Kristin drove Red Chair round to some of her favorite spots in the Willamette Valley, starting with Chehalem Flats Farm Market where it met two of it’s cousins, Orange and Yellow, who stand guard over this shop filled with local farm produce, plants, lavender and even cheese and bread for winery picnics.

And then there were the fields of Crimson Clover, which he was told is used for a honey source, but also as a cover crop that feeds the soil. At Heirloom Roses’ seven acres of gardens, he posed for lots of photos, including this one of Snowfall.  Red met the art of Marta Farris, whose Sheep Herd share pasture space with the llamas at RainDance Marketplace.

Vista Balloon Adventure flight allowed Red to help inflate the balloons for the morning . In the heat of the afternoon, Red took shelter under the beautiful wisteria at Red Ridge Farms, which is also home to Oregon Olive Oil Mill. The final trek for the day was down the trail at Bald Peak State Park as the sun set beyond the Valley.

His final surprise while staying with Kristin at Chehalem Ridge B&B was to don the appropriate headgear and enjoy the parade at the 16th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville, which commemorates the 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnesses and photographed a UFO.

Red Chair Travels moved on to the inns of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild a couple of months back.  But we still have so much to share about its visit to the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild this past spring/summer.  Yes, many of the events visited have past but many are annual events so you might consider them for your next journey to Oregon.

Red’s journey is about all that is memorable and beautiful in the local area, with a B&B owner as its concierge.  Traveling is about getting outside of the everyday and seeing the world with fresh eyes.  Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

Red was lucky to visit all Seven Wonders of Oregon, Oregon Wine Country, Mt Hood, Crater Lake and all points in between, while experiencing gracious bed and breakfast hospitality at more than 20 inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild partnered with Red Chair Travels keeping the journey alive and the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild had a blast hosting Red.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far and that you’re inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its Culinary Tourism and Geotourism, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our six regions.  Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.