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Oregon Winter Vacations

Oregon Winter Vacations start at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

From the small community owned slopes of Ferguson Ridge Ski Area in Eastern Oregon to the slopes of Mt Ashland in the south, 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 after your day’s adventure, get pampered at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast member inn nearby.

The Innkeepers of Central and Eastern Oregon await your visit.  Mt. Bachelor is one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski areas. Only 20 minutes form Bend and Sisters, Mt. Bachelor offers world class skiing and snowboarding from November through May. Famous for its deep, dry powder and with 3,683 acres of terrain served by a network of ten lifts, seven of which are high speed quads, there’s room for every interest and ability. Ferguson Ridge is a community owned ski area located just 9 miles outside Joseph, Oregon.  With the highest base elevation of any ski area in the state (7,100 feet) and located in the Elkhorn Ridge of the Blue Mountains, Anthony Lakes has the recipe for light, dry snow.

In the Cascades the ski areas in the Mt Hood National Forest provide downhill skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and cross country skiing. Mt Hood Meadows is the largest ski resort on Mt. Hood and  Timberline Ski Resort is the only ski area in North America that’s open 12 months of the year with up to 3,590 vertical feet.  Just about an hour from Portland and minutes from Hood River let the innkeepers in these regions provide a warm respite after your day in the crisp outdoors.

Crater Lake has the best Cross Country views along rim road and you can snowshoe the rim on free Ranger guided snowshoe hikes!
Lodging option: Historic Prospect Hotel

So there you have it.  The ski and snow adventure options are plentiful as are the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildOregon 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.

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.

It may look like a grave marker of a long lost surveyor.  But it’s not.

Everyone has heard about America’s Four Corners.  That would be the only place where four state boundaries meet: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

In Oregon our Four County Point in the Tillamook State Forest notes the meeting of Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Tillamook counties.

The trailhead has a brown four counties sign on the north side of U.S. 26, at milepost 34.8 (this is 2.9 miles west of the Timber-Vernonia junction, or about 39 miles west of Portland).

It takes about an 45 minutes to make the one mile hike out and back to see the marker and stand on all four counties at once. That makes Four County Point a quick leg-stretching hike when you’re driving between Portland and the northern Oregon coast.”

So let me help you plan your Oregon Geotourism experience.  Spend a day or two in Portland, experience amazing Northwest Culinary treats and the unique Portland bed and breakfasts of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Then head out Hwy 26, visit the Four Counties Marker before traveling on to an Oregon Coast lodging resting spot.  A perfect Seaside Oregon lodging option is the 10th Ave Inn B&B,  where panoramic windows provide views of the ocean, Seaside’s famous Promenade, beach homes and the coast mountain range.

And then there is the drive down the Oregon Coast.  Talk about an Oregon Geotourism Experience?  But that’s another blog.

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 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, 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.

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?