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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!

Roselyn at the R. R. Thompson House is ready and waiting for you!  

Roselyn shares the following information:

The 20th Annual McMinnville Wine and Food Classic, known as SIP, will be held Friday through Sunday, March 8 – 10, 2013, at the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville.  Come enjoy great cuisine and meet the chefs, talk with winemakers about their craft and purchase by the taste, glass or bottle.  View fine art available for purchase. 

The R. R. Thompson House in nearby Carlton still has rooms available for this event.  Check out our website and plan your stay with us. You can read and see more about the R. R. Thompson House in a previous blog post.

(And thanks to the SIP!McMinnville page on Facebook for the image of this year's wine–Kramer Vineyard's 2011 Estate Cuvee is the featured wine for the 20th Anniversary wine label.  This image is courtesy of the SIP!McMinnville page on Facebook.)

Tyee Lodge offers gracious Oregon Coast lodging for travelers in a picturesque beachfront setting. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the incomparable Oregon coastline can be seen from every window. All rooms have private baths.

Close to Newport, Oregon, Tyee Lodge is also close to other Central Oregon Coast attractions including the Bayfront, historic Nye Beach, ocean tour cruises and fishing, two lighthouses, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and fantastic restaurants. We are here to help you discover why guests return again and again to Tyee Lodge.

Our Native American themed rooms have queen size beds with cozy chairs for reading, whale watching, or enjoying a storm. The rear gardens are made for catching fresh sea air and enjoying relaxing views of the mighty Pacific and Sitka Spruce. It's the perfect spot for bird watching. A short private path leads to miles of incomparable Oregon beach and tidepools.

It's the most romantic bed & breakfasts that invite lovers to relax and enjoy quality time with each other and the Tyee Lodge Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast, an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member, is just one of these.


Pioneer hospitality and an Oregon horse ranch vacation near John Day, Oregon, await you at Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed and Breakfast.  Immerse yourself in a peaceful ranch environment rich in history and love on a 9,000 acre working cattle and hay ranch in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley, three miles west of the small town of Fossil, Oregon.

Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine ranch style guest rooms.  Stunning sunsets, brilliant star-studded nights and the diverse flora and fauna of Central Oregon will captivate you.

Wilson Ranches Retreat, a unique Bed and Breakfast member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, is an exceptional place to headquarter your exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where you will discover the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world.  Wheeler County, Oregon is a spectacular destination for rafting and world-class bass fishing on the John Day River. Fossil, Oregon is truly an untouched part of Eastern Oregon history.

Get to know our State like a local.  Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural 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.

Want to know why business travelers should choose an Oregon bed and breakfast over a hotel?  Lots of reasons!  Of course, every bed & breakfast is different and that's the beauty of staying at a B&B. Some are more accustomed to business travel, but all are gracious and accommodating.  Here are just a few reasons to consider:

  1. Comfortable bed (and great pillows)
  2. Home atmosphere (yes it's fine to take off your shoes & stretch out)
  3. A place to spread out your work if you need to (dining room table in the evening with a glass of wine in your hand?)
  4. Free Wi-Fi always (always, always free!)
  5. Maps, local contacts, restaurant recommendations (we really do live here not just work here like the front desk clerk often does)
  6. Cooked breakfast prepared for you when you want it (and coffee or tea too)
  7. Peace & quiet (a big plus–sometimes with a TV in the room, sometimes not)
  8. Especially for women traveling alone, someone who at least knows if you don't make it home at night (your mom away from mom)

Isn't it funny how many chain hotels are now offering breakfast, free Wi-Fi, etc.?  Wonder where they got the idea? 

Here's a recent comment in a room journal from a business traveler who spends about 75% to 80% of her time on the road calling on clients:

"After spending 4 out of 5 nights a week in "tract" hotels–what a wonderful break! The bed was spectacular (my back says THANK YOU!) and the robe so comfy.  Breakfast was such a treat.  I'll be back and be sure to let my fellow road warrior know about you.  Bravo!! See you soon – KB

Sure you can stay at the Salem Oregon hotels or the Portland Oregon hotels, for instance, but why choose a hotel when you can stay at a bed & breakfast?  Expand your radar and put us on the map.  You won't be sorry.  Oh, and if you need a little more convincing to think "bed and breakfast" when you travel on business, hope you enjoyed the video courtesy of the Better Way To Stay campaign.

See you at your next Oregon bed and breakfast!









Hey sports fans–do you like an Oregon bed and breakfast of the traditional type with doilies on the nightstands?  Or are you the type of traveler to prefer your bed and breakfast lodging be doily-free?  Well, here's your chance to let us Oregon innkeepers know.

The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (affectionately known as PAII and pronounce as "pie") is holding a vote: DOILY DECISION 2012.  We need to hear from you, the guests who stay in our Oregon bed and breakfasts. Tell us your preference!  Register your vote! (Oh, and by the way, when you vote, you might wind up winning an opportunity to stay at a likeminded inn.)

Are you the type that jumps for joy when you see your lodging without lace?  Are you outraged at the thought of a bed and breakfast without the traditional touch?  Check out this video and see which way your blood boils:

From the McMinnville Oregon bed and breakfast to the Astoria Oregon bed and breakfast to the far reaches of Eastern Oregon and Crater Lake, you'll find quality inns of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild.  Let you hosts know how you voted in Doily Decision!

10th Avenue Inn Bed and BreakfastFrom the steps of the 10th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast you can enjoy Seaside's famous Promenade for an early morning walk or a breathtaking sunset.  A short walk to shopping and restaurants. Fill your day with short trips to view the mighty Columbia River from the Astoria Column, visit history at Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop, historic Fort Stevens and the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. Picnic and feed the seagulls while viewing Haystack Rock at Ecola State Park, or go for 18 holes at one of our area's many beautiful ocean-view golf courses.

All three exquisite guest rooms have king beds, attached baths, TV/VCRs and small refrigerators and are bright and airy.  Choose the Sunrise Room for and watch the sunrise over the coastal range in the morning and a Pacific Sunset in the evening from the two window seats.   Great place to storm watch, too.

10th Ave Inn Bed and Breakfast is a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.   

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.


Culinary Tourists, listen up.  You’d travel miles for the best Street-Food.  Even plan whole culinary vacations around Street-Food.  Well, you need only travel to Portland, Oregon for the very best in Street Food.  #1 in the World in fact according to Budget Travel and US News Travel
“With more than 400 carts selling everything from Korean tacos to Carolina-style barbecue, Food Carts Portland is a microcosm of mobile meals, ” according to Marisa Robertson-Textor.

Lunchtime crowds gather near SW 10th Avenue and SW Alder Street; later on, night owls head across the river to SE 12th Avenue and SE Hawthorne Boulevard for deep-fried cherry pies and savory crepes, served until 2 a.m.

Food Carts Portland has a list of cuisine categories, locations and maps.  From Baked Potatoes to Vietnamese to Turkish to Sicilian, you’ll find more than 50 different carts.  “Like” Food Carts Portland on Facebook.

Start your Culinary Vacation at a Portland Bed and Breakfast where we serve up the very best in Oregon Slow Food, right from the Farmers Market to you.  Then “graze” through Portland and see what we already knew, Portland has the “World’s Best Street Food”.

Eat Mobile, Portland’s Food Cart Festival, will be held at OMSI this year on Saturday April 28. Fifty different street food vendors will serve up samples of their creations to the throngs of fans who will eat it up while enjoying an adult beverages and some live music. All proceeds from the event go to Mercy Corp Northwest’s local economic development program which assists entrepreneurs in securing funds for small businesses, including food carts.

Just another reason to visit Portland, Oregon and regional member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  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.