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Winter is finally arriving in Oregon.  Yes, we’ve had snow, not much, and cold, sometimes bitter, but not nearly as much as we are used to.  Well, that’s changing and there are plenty of spring storms lined up to bring exceptional spring skiing conditions up to where we like them for Winter Outdoor Adventures.

Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Oregon has it all and our inns offer special ski packages and expertise on our their favorite spots.  After your day’s adventure, curl up at a cozy and warm bed and breakfast accommodation offered by a member inn the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Crater Lake Skiing has the best Cross Country views anywhere.  Stay below the heavy snow at the Prospect Hotel, yet be just 45 minutes from world class views of Crater Lake.

Whether your pleasure is blasting down the slopes on skis or trekking through the forest on cross-country skis or snowshoes, let the innkeeper at the Long Hollow Bed and Breakfast in Sisters share with you winter adventure in Central Oregon.

The Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon are a backcountry skiers dream!  After a day in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area come home to the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Joseph, Oregon.

The Old Parkdale Inn, located halfway between Hood River and the ski resorts of Mt Hood, offers plenty of Stay/Ski/Play packages.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of or many 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.

Chehalem Ridge

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

All the rumors are true: I do need to avoid gluten.  Now, if this sentence means nothing to you, here’s a little food science.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat flour (and rye and barley and a few other grains) that gets gooey when mixed with a liquid.  It’s what makes all the ingredients in muffins stick together and it’s what gives bread the elasticity to be kneaded and then be chewy.  And it’s what makes a certain group of people ill.  To many bakers, it’s the most important ingredient in baked goods, but to many eaters, it is the bane of baked good desires.  It is for me and my digestive system requested that I find a different way to make my baked goods work.  I can claim success!

I have translated that personal success of gluten-free baking into serving my guests at the B&B.  I’m happy to report that it is not necessary for my gluten-free guests to avoid muffins at breakfast because they have a bowl of muffins made with gluten-free ingredients.

September 13 is National Celiac Awareness Day and I happened to have a guest last night who has Celiac Disease (when the gluten proteins cause damage to the small intestine).  In honor of Celiac Awareness Day, I give you the recipe for the muffins I served to her this morning, my Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin. The flour mixes I use are from Bette Hagman‘s Gluten-Free Gourmet series, but you could probably use your own GF flour mix.  The recipe is also easy to convert to dairy free and/or egg free by using a milk substitute and/or Egg Replacer.  I’ve made this recipe free of all three ingredients and it was tasty.  And that’s not just because I have trouble remembering what a wheat flour muffin tastes like – Curt likes them, too.

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • 1-3/4 cups Featherlight Rice Flour Mix
  • 1/4 cups Four Flour Bean Mix
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray or use muffin papers.

Whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, poppy seeds, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and zest in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together with the oil, milk and lemon juice, then combine with the dry ingredients until mixed well.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  Let the muffins rest for 5 minutes before serving warm.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is honored to have Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast as a member.  There’s discussion a plenty about food choices.  The thing about breakfasts at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member is that they will be varied, wholesome and nutritious, and probably never the same from one B&B to another.

Are you ovo-lacto vegetarian?  Vegan?  Prefer no pork or beef?  Lactose intolerant?  Allergic to eggs?  To kiwi fruit?  Gluten-free?  Low-calorie?  Eat everything on your plate?  The list goes on and on.  The important thing is that when you choose to stay at a bed & breakfast, and especially an Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member, you can let your innkeeper know, In advance, about your eating preferences and we’ll do our best to comply.

Most innkeepers keep a ready supply of specialty foods or know what to purchase if they need something special for a guest.  And we are glad to do it as we want your stay to be memorable, in a good way.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner  but Green is here year-round in Oregon.  Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members provide Certified Green Lodging.  And at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland, the brewpub calls itself an “eco brewpub.”

Many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, but in Portland, we’re not talking the food colored or dyed kind. We’re talking about the organic kind.

Green is no doubt the theme at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland.  Not only does it serve all certified organic beer.  It also uses all renewable energy, runs its kettles on biodiesal fuel, and even sits its customers on furniture made from recycled wood.

“We’re really the first brew pub to incorporate all aspects of sustainability in our operation,” said Christian Ettinger, brewmaster and owner of Hopworks.

Combining green beer with Portland’s National Green status and the Green Lodging Certification held by some Portland area B&Bs makes for an authentic green Oregon vacation.

These member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild’s Green Certification Program are committed to engaging in practices that promote the sustainability of our planet’s natural resources while providing luxurious accommodations and sharing their eco-friendly values.

Hopworks Urban Brewery is not alone in its green brewing.  It joins other “green” breweries like Lauralwood, which back in 2002 became Portland’s first ever organic brewery, as well as Root’s Brewing Company which was the first brewpub in the city to serve all organic beer.  While you’ll find plenty of organic green beer at these pubs, you won’t find any green colored beer on this day or any St. Patrick’s Day.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of or many 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.

Love is in the Air at The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast

Valentines Special at The Carlton Inn Bed and BreakfastCelebrate your Valentine's Day anytime from in February with a romantic getaway at The Carlton Inn Bed &Breakfast.  Add-on our Romance Package for just $60 to any regular room rate.  Your love fest will include a bottle of  2011 Seven of Hearts Coupe's Cuvee Pinot Noir Dessert Wine, a bag of local, hand-crafted Honest Chocolate chocolates and a Colorful Flower Bouquet.  Stay a second night for just $99.  Both nights include a fabulous 3-course gourmet breakfast made from scratch.  Therapeutic massage is available on-site upon advance request.  Stroll to several local winery tasting rooms.

Built in 1915, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast is located within the charming community of Carlton, known as "The Wine Capital of Oregon." A short walk out the inn’s front door you'll discover over a dozen tasting rooms and wineries as well as unique shops and wonderful restaurants. A short drive and you’ll reach even more places to explore.

The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast has four comfortable bedrooms, 1 with a king size bed and private bath, 3 with private bath and queen size beds, living room with wood burning fireplace and TV area along with central air conditioning and wireless internet throughout.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of or many 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.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakast for Oregon Wine Country LodgingThe innkeeper at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast, Kristin Fintel, came across an article on-line the other day.  It mentions staying at Bed and Breakfasts to help deal with your dietary restrictions when traveling.

“As an innkeeper with a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, I am more than happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.  I’ve been my own guinea pig over the years, so I know what I’m doing.  Nothing is worse than having a reaction while on vacation, but we innkeepers can focus on our guests and make sure they are comfortable and healthy.”

Breakfasts at Chehalem Ridge are a culinary delight and Kristin shares her gluten free scone recipe here, which she adapted from the Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book.  The unusual ingredients, such as sorghum, tapioca flours and xanthan gum are available at many regular stores or on-line through Bob’s Red Mill.

Gluten-Free Chai Scones
Glutten Free Scones, a speciality at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.
1 1/4 cups Sorghum Flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
3/4 cup baking soda
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, frozen and grated (or margarine)
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup Chai tea concentrate
1 egg

Topping:
1 tbs butter or margarine
1 tbs sugar

Mix together dry ingredients.  Add frozen, grated butter and mix gently to coast. Combinee the egg, milk and Chai tea concentrate.  Pour over the flour mixture and mix until dough comes together.
On rice-floured baking sheet, pat dough into a 8″ circle.  Refrigerate until ready to bake.  If you wait a while, you will be able to cut the dough into wedges before baking.  If baked immediately, cutwhen outt of oven.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle sugar on.
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

As we pointed out in a previous post Food Flexibility is the Norm at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast” , food allergies or restrictions and dietary preferences are just a matter of course for many innkeepers.  And the innkeeper of Chehalem Ridge is a fine example of the quality cuisine you will find among Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many 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, 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.

The Willamette Valley, Oregon's largest AVA (American Vitaculture Area), stretches 150 miles from Portland, Oregon. to south of Salem and consists of six sub-appellations.  200 wineries and 10,000 acres of quality Oregon After a day exploring the Willamette Valley, return to the comfort of an Oregon Bed and Breakfastwine grapes.  The rich, diverse soil and relatively mild climate make for ideal grape growing conditions.  All this combined with warm summer days and cool nights allows the wine grapes to develop their flavor and complexity.

Being "stewards of the land", a large percentage of Oregon's winemakers are certified as sustainable, organic, or biodynamic.  Sustainability is both a priority and lifestyle even for those not certified.

The Willamette Valley region there has numerous Oregon Bed and Breakfast inns, unique amongst themselves yet each providing the consistent high standards of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Oregon Wine Country Lodging is a place where visitors can visit the wineries and find great shopping, fine dining and lively art communities.  During the summer months roadside farm stands and farmers markets appear all through the Valley.  Other outdoor adventures include birdwatching, hiking, and nearly 40 public golf courses!  

Get to know our State like a local.  Select a Bed and Breakfast from where to start and end your trip.  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, 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.

Visit the Willamette Valley in Oregon and experience fine Oregon Wine Country Lodging at the member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Salut!

Snow shoe the Mt Hood National ForestEvery time another storm comes through the Columbia River Gorge and into the Mt Hood National Forest we say, "This has got to be the last one".  And then comes another.  Seems like Winter and Spring are playing a bit of tug-a-war and we are hoping winter holds on a bit longer.  
  
The ski resort on Oregon's tallest peak, Mt Hood, have received about 15 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.  All this is making for some awesome spring conditions on Mt Hood and in the Mt Hood National Forest. Take advantage of these longer, warmer days of Winter and the substantial snow pack to explore the back-country side of Mt. Hood, just minutes from Hood River Oregon and the member inns there of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  No Sno-Park passes needed after April 15 and you'll find no crowds, the trails less traveled, great spring snow adventures and an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inn.  What more do you need?

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 waterpark is topped by a Boeing 747 aircraft.  Here’s a video of the huge plane being hoisted to the top of the building:

The waterpark includes ten different waterslides for everyone’s taste. In addition to just plain fun, the waterpark teaches youngsters about the wonder of science and the power of water through interactive exhibits and learning tools.  Here’s a video of one of the waterslides:

 

Wings and Waves is part of the impressive Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum complex, a jewel in Yamhill County.  This is an attraction visitors to the north Willamette Valley will not want to miss.
The waterpark meets all ADA guidelines, according to the Evergreen website.

After the Spring Break and Easter periods, the park will be open Thursday through Sunday until June when it will again be open daily.  Please check the website for days and times of operation before your visit.

Thanks, Roselyn, for sharing things to do near your bed and breakfast!

R. R. Thompson

Here's a special you won't want to miss in the Oregon Wine Country!  

Roselyn, innkeeper of the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, invites you to enjoy a Spring Break Special.  For the rest of March 2013 and through the month of April 2013 only, you can:

  • book one night and get the second night half off;
  • book two nights and get the third night free! 

Please call the inn directly to reserve this special rate: (503) 852-6236  

Spring is a special time to visit the Willamette Valley.  The daffodils are in bloom and soon many flowering trees will be at the peak of beauty. 

The R. R. Thompson House is walking distance to nearly 20 wine tasting rooms and a short driving distance to many world-class wineries found in the Oregon Wine Country.  Located only 40 miles from Portland, Oregon, and 60 miles from the Oregon Coast, this inn makes a perfect central location for your Spring Break getaway.

And you'll stay in luxury.  Although the house was originally constructed in 1936, today this authentic Oregon home boasts two spacious suites and three intimate guestrooms, each appointed with marble tiled baths and jetted tubs and either a king or queen-sized pillow top mattress and crisp, luxury linens.

Hungry yet?  Make your Spring Break a culinary vacation too.  The R. R. Thompson House features a bountiful breakfast with specialties like Brie omlettes and house-baked pastries.  You can read more about this wonderful inn from a previous blog post here.

Visit the R. R. Thompson House soon and "like" them on Facebook too!