All posts by Mary Pellegrini

Oakridge, Oregon Is Magic on the Oregon Mural Trail

You’ll be charmed by nature and outdoor adventure in Oakridge, Oregon.  Nestled in a thickly forested Willamette Valley wonderland at the western foot of the Cascades and dubbed the “Mountain Bike Capital of the Northwest,” Oakridge has hundreds of miles of singletrack trails, many of which start and end in the city. There are also trails for hiking and horseback riding, plus excellent trout fishing for anglers. East of town, a short hike leads to Salt Creek Falls, Oregon’s second highest single-drop waterfall. The bright red Office Covered Bridge is an iconic landmark.

A few weeks back we set out on a road trip, seeking waterfalls, geocaches, covered bridges and this mural, all along Hwy 58 outside of Eugene. There are 20 covered bridges in Lane County, a county that has the distinction of possessing more covered bridges than any other county west of the Mississippi. Only got to roadside waterfalls and geocaches but did find the 6 covered bridges on our way to Oakridge, including the Office Covered Bridge mentioned. You could easily explore this area from a Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast as your home base. Take a couple of days to discover all this lush part of Oregon has to offer.

The videos of Travel Oregon’s Oregon, Only Slightly Exaggerated reveal whimsical scenes of enchanting forests, vineyards, rivers, mountains and more, and share with you that magical feeling of being in Oregon.

The captivating artwork has come to the real world, proudly hand-painted on walls in Oregon where the illustrations represent the destinations. Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of each community. Take photos of the murals and use the hashtag #OregonIsMagic in social posts to share the love. And while you’re there, visit the landmarks and businesses that make these towns just so magical.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Cherry Clafoutis at the Old Parkdale Inn

Clafoutis: Maybe it was the name, sounded very complex and intricate, but I put off attempting this dish. Now that I’ve tried it and realized how simple it is, I bake at least 3 or 4 a week for guests at the Old Parkdale Inn, especially during the Hood River Valley Cherry Harvest season.

ClafoutisClafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. Very simple but oh so sweet and delicate!

Start by pitting enough Dark Cherries to fill the bottom of a buttered 9 or 10 inch glass pie plate. Preheat oven to 350°.

Ingredients: 4 eggs, ½ cup sugar, ¼ tsp salt, ¾ cup flour, ½ tsp vanilla, ½ tsp almond extract, 1 cup milk, 2 Tbs butter

Whisk together all the ingredients and pour over the cherries. Bake 40-45 minutes. Let it cool and firm up a bit before slicing into wedges, dust with Powdered sugar and serve.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places has been lifted. Although some businesses may choose to require masks. And some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly be kind to yourself. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they probably are.

A'Tuscan Estate

A’Tuscan Estate offers beautiful accommodations in the Heart of Oregon’s Wine Country

A’Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast offers beautiful accommodations and wonderful cuisine in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country. A’Tuscan Estate is a 1928 Colonial Style Home with a decidedly European Flair a mere five blocks from downtown McMinnville with great restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms.

A'Tuscan EstateStay Safe, Stay Small. With just four rooms in the main house, appropriate distancing is easy to maintain. The Vacation Cottage offers two separate units each with King beds, private sitting areas, and kitchens. Our enhanced safety and cleaning procedures meet CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines. Common areas and high touch points are sanitized often throughout the day.

A’Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast is located just five blocks from McMinnville charming historic downtown. You will find a lively downtown in western Willamette Valley.  Stroll through unique shops, art galleries and neighborly architecture then stop and experience wine tasting, incredible farm to table restaurants and real-deal Oregon breweries.

Gracious service and warm hospitality abound at A’Tuscan Estate.

‘The entire property is kept immaculately clean and the quality of the breakfasts provided was outstanding.’ A Tripadvisor contributor

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places has been lifted. Although some businesses may choose to require masks. And some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly be kind to yourself. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they probably are.

Yachats Oregon is Magic on the Oregon Coast

The captivating artwork is proudly hand-painted on walls in Oregon where the illustrations represent the destinations. Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of each community. Take photos of the murals and use the hashtag #OregonIsMagic in social posts to share the love.

Yachats Oregon Is MagicLocated on a quiet stretch of the central Oregon Coast, Yachats is a friendly coastal village of innovative shops, art galleries and restaurants. The ocean meets the forest here at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the highest point on the Oregon Coast with some of the most dramatic views on the entire coastline. Be sure to visit the Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua, the largest and oldest tree in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area of the Siuslaw National Forest.

It’s possible to drive the entire Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in a single day. But why would you when you have 6 member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild from Cannon Beach to Port Orford? Take a few days, explore the Oregon Coast and the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfasts

Situated on a hillside with views of vineyards, farmlands, and the Coast Range, Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast offers an ideal venue for a romantic getaway, friends retreat, and wine tasting adventures.

The seven luxurious guest rooms at Bella Collina have been designed to maximize the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Willamette Valley.  Custom built with complete guests comfort and privacy in mind, as shown by features such as private decks, double-headed, tiled showers, heated tile floors, wet bar with sink and many more amenities.

Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast features a large great room with floor to ceiling glass and a large common deck that opens to the panoramic vistas.

Let Bella Collina be your home base when visiting over 100 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley wine country.  Day trips from the inn could include the Oregon coast, beautiful Silver Falls State Park, Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge River.

‘If you are looking for a beautiful countryside-like stay, serene mornings, and luxury rooms this is it!’ a Tripadvisor contributor

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12. Although some businesses may choose to require masks. And some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly be kind to yourself. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they probably are.

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Looking for the most scenic drives in Oregon? Want to make all your Instagram friends a little jealous? Ahem, below are the most scenic drives in Oregon and one of them has your name on it.

Oregon has 29 designated Scenic Byways! So, get in the car, take some pics, and reignite your soul. Quick note: please check for travel alerts, as well as the road and weather conditions. This free guide to Oregon scenic byways might come in really handy too.

Would you like to:

Train for a space mission? Tread the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, where astronauts have trained to walk on the moon! This byway has more than 500-miles of volcanic highlights and, of course, many waterfalls. Stay at Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House.

Channel your inner explorer? Trace the steps of Lewis and Clark along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. And well, not to take the adventure part out of anything, but here are some resources to help you on your journey: To check if it’s OK to park your car someplace, visit ReadySetGorge.com; find trip reports; and if you’re up to a trek, plan your hike. Stay at Olds Parkdale Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Retrace the route of a pioneer? Hit the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and stay wide-eyed on Barlow Road, a segment of the Oregon Trail. Stay at Old Parkdale Inn.

Boost your immune system? Drive the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway and pull over to do a little fishing! Stay at C.H. Bailey House.

Gaze at the clear blue sky? Drive the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway where the lofty Wallowa Mountains dominate the view along the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce tribe. If you have time, you won’t want to miss the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center. Stay at Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast.

Feel as if you’re on an expedition? Just beyond the Portland metro area, in Estacada, begins the West Cascades Scenic Byway. This curvy route winds along rivers and old growth forests. Stay at The Fulton House.

Rewind your mistakes? Drive the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway. You’ll see fossil beds, mining towns, and awe-inspiring Painted Hills. Stay at Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B.

Take the road less traveled? Trees to Seas Byway is the newest byway. The drive takes you forests to a rugged headland and ocean-side cliffs to end at Cape Meares State Park where you’ll find the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Stay at turtlejanes bed & breakfast and Thyme & Tide.

Surround yourself with cranberries? For a spectacular view of the cranberry bogs that mark this region and ocean bluffs travel the Charleston to Bandon Tour Route. Stay at WildSpring Guest Habitat.

Breathe in the salty ocean air? Roll down the windows and cruise the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. Stay at: Brey House Ocean View Bed & Breakfast Inn and Baywood Shores Bed & Breakfast.

Feel as smart as Albert Einstein? Soak is the stunning scenery along one of the many Willamette Valley Scenic Byways. After, take part in a wine tasting because studies show that wine tasting engages your brain more than complicated math. Stay at: Airlie Farm, A’Tuscan Estate, Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Franziska Haus B&B, La Bastide Bed and Breakfast, MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast, R.R. Thompson House, The Setting Inn – Willamette Valley, The Willows Bed & Breakfast, Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn.

The Oregon scenic drives mentioned above are the ones closest to our bed and breakfasts but there are more. Click here to see ALL of the byways.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

 

C.H. Bailey House

C.H. Bailey House is nestled in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley wine country. It’s Brenner Suite is a private luxurious “green” bungalow with a kitchen, queen-sized bed with luxurious linens, bathroom with walk-in shower, living room with gas fireplace, walk-in closet. Complimentary local wine and beer, and breakfast is included in the ADA accessible suite. 

The historic C.H. Bailey House and barn, built in 1909, and the beautifully manicured grounds offer a truly extraordinary romantic setting for your wedding or any other special celebration. You will find lots of idyllic country views, numerous places to sit, read, relax, chat, eat, drink, and be very merry. There are two groomed Italian bocce courts; play with a glass of wine or beer in your hand!

Day trips from C.H. Bailey House takes you to dozens of hiking trails and waterfalls along the famous Umpqua River. Visit award winning wineries and breweries, drive through world-renowned Wildlife Safari, or just relax and rejuvenate.

C.H. Bailey House can be your starting, or ending, place while touring the Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway. More commonly known as the ‘highway of waterfalls’, the Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway ascends from I-5 into the southern Cascades, tracking two of Oregon’s most storied rivers.’ From Gold Hill on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon or from Roseburg on the Umpqua River 85 miles north you’re only moments from enjoying this spectacular route. Follow the “Wild and Scenic” Umpqua and Rogue rivers through enchanting recreation areas in the heart of the southern Cascades.’

“Absolutely perfect….more than 5 Stars! I seldom write reviews for anything, but our stay at the CHBH is worth writing about. The occasion was our 30th Wedding Anniversary, so everything had to be perfect.” a Tripadvisor contributor.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12. Although some businesses may choose to require masks. And some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly be kind to yourself. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they probably are.

The Oregon Summer is Calling. June 21st marks the longest day of the year. Many, many hours of daylight to get out and explore. Over 16 hours of daylight actually.

Winery Itinerary Tour Service at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakast can  help take the effort out of your winery reservation planning. Give ’em a call.

There are more than 500 wineries in the Willamette Valley and as many vineyards, Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River, with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington. The Umpqua Valley has over 30 wine tasting venues to enjoy local award-winning Umpqua Valley wine.


Chase a Waterfall. Or two. Or three

Cool off in the mist of an Oregon Waterfall. We’ve come up with a list of 66 must-see waterfalls (it’s really more like 80 since we grouped some together).

SEE A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE OREGON TRAIL OF WATERFALLS MAP

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Let the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild be your home base while hiking and biking Oregon

Looking for the most scenic drives in Oregon? Want to make all your Instagram friends a little jealous? Oregon has 29 designated Scenic Byways! So, get in the car, on your bike or in your hiking boots, take some pics, and reignite your soul.

Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of our smaller communities. And while you’re there, visit the landmarks and businesses that make these towns just so magical.
Featured image above is the Oregon is Magic mural in Ontario, the gateway to desert beauty, stunning river canyons and towering mountain ranges. In a different time zone!

Seek out an Historic Covered Bridge of Oregon

Oregon has the largest collection of historic covered bridges in the western part of the United States, with over 50 covered spans.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Chehalem RidgeChehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast sits atop Chehalem Mountain, overlooking the Willamette Valley, home to Oregon’s Wine Country. On weather-friendly mornings breakfast is served on the guest deck with great views of the town of Newberg, pinot noir vineyards and fruit and nut orchards. Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast offers a peaceful retreat from adventure and the valley below. Guests might even be honored to meet Chehalem Ridge’s resident Welcoming Committee, Stumpy.

Founded in 2007 by innkeepers Kristin and Curt Fintel, Chehalem Ridge B&B offers exemplary hospitality, extraordinary views and an exceptionally Oregon experience. Perched on eight acres atop Chehalem Mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley and Coast Range, the inn’s four guest rooms and one suite, all with en suite bathrooms, offer a peaceful retreat between adventures with spectacular views of both mountain and valley.

Breakfast is definitely done right at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast as is lovingly presented on the Chehalem Ridge Facebook page

More than 60 wineries are within a 20-minute drive of the contemporary house. Kristin, a former pastry chef, has been hailed by past guests for her mouthwatering gourmet breakfasts, house-made treats and jams, immaculate housekeeping skills, and charmingly quirky sense of humor.

‘The view was perfect, the breakfast was delicious, and the staff was attentive. We got the package with cookies and wine, I highly recommend it.’ a Tripadvisor contributor

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12. Although some businesses may choose to require masks. And some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly be kind to yourself. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they probably are.

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Roseburg is Magic on the Oregon Mural Trail

Roseburg is MagicThe Umpqua Valley’s largest city, Roseburg, is an inviting destination for arts and culture and off jumping-off point for adventures. The Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River is just minutes away, where fly fishers cast lines. Along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, known as a highway of waterfalls, visitors can encounter more than 15 dazzling cascades.

Take a downtown walking tour to learn about the historic Applegate Trail and the 1959 Roseburg Blast. The Douglas County Museum illuminates thousands of years of natural and cultural history. For another glimpse into the past, visit the nearby covered bridges nearby. Foodies will love the eateries in Roseburg and the valley’s long winemaking tradition dating back more than a century. Major Oregon attractions are an easy drive away as is iconic Crater Lake National Park. At the end of a full day rest beneath the great spreading crown of the Courthouse Elm, an Oregon Heritage Tree.

C.H. Bailey House is nestled in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley wine country. It’s Brenner Suite is a private luxurious “green” bungalow with a kitchen, queen-sized bed with luxurious linens, bathroom with walk-in shower, living room with gas fireplace, walk-in closet. Complimentary local wine and beer, and breakfast is included in the ADA accessible suite.

The captivating artwork of the Oregon Mural Trail are proudly hand-painted on walls in Oregon where the illustrations represent the destinations. Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of each community. Take photos of the murals and use the hashtag #OregonIsMagic in social posts to share the love.

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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.