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The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the Heart of the Willamette Valley Wine Country
The Carlton Inn
Built in 1915,
The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, is in the charming community of Carlton, Oregon.

The Inn offers 4 guest rooms, each with a private bath. The bedding ensemble includes comforters, micro-fiber sheets, and pillows covered with hypo-allergenic slip covers. All rooms have central air conditioning and wireless internet.

A most walkable wine district, Carlton is known as the ‘Wine Capital of Oregon’. A short walk out the inn’s front door you’ll discover over a dozen winery tasting rooms as well as unique shops and wonderful restaurants.

Breakfast at The Carlton Inn

Freshly prepared homemade food using the best ingredients available is the hallmark of breakfast at The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast. Their garden provides fresh herbs and vegetables that make their way into the breakfast menu.

Amazing: Joka and Keef were wonderful hosts, the breakfasts were so tasty, and the location is 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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

oregon wine country

Oregon wine country is truly spectacular in scenery and in wine.

Oregon’s cooler climate is responsible for its signature grape – Pinot Noir, but there are more than 700 wineries, 1,000+ vineyards and 70+ varieties of grapes in all. Come stay near our vineyards and choose your favorite.

American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a specific vineyard zone based on geology, geography and climate. AVA info is used on wine labels to help distinguish wines quickly. There are many AVAs in Oregon. Here are the AVA regions and sub-regions closest to our inns. Share your wine preferences with your innkeeper for a personalized recommendation.

Oregon AVAs:

WILLAMETTE VALLEY AVA

This is Oregon’s biggest wine growing region and produces two-thirds of the state’s wine production.
Learn more about Willamette Valley wines here.
Get a Willamette Valley AVA touring guide pdf.
Explore the Willamette Valley AVA wine clubs.
Stay at: The Fulton House and C’est La Vie

SOUTHERN OREGON AVA

Less than 7,000 acres of grapes are divvied up between dozens of varieties, with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling among the most popular. Learn more about Southern Oregon wines here.

COLUMBIA GORGE AVA

The Columbia Gorge AVA straddles Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. It’s separated by the Columbia River, which is the only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountain Range. The most common varieties here include: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Learn more about Columbia Gorge wines here.
Stay at: Old Parkdale Inn and Brookside Bed & Breakfast

Ask your innkeeper about the best upcoming winery events and tastings.


The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please complete the form below to receive your free limited edition map now, while supplies last! If you prefer to view a digital version of the map or if you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click here.

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Let us know which of the wines from Oregon wine country is your favorite!

Oregon Outback Scenic Byway

NASA tests spacesuits in Oregon, echoing 1960s race to space

NASA is testing spacesuits designed for a return to the moon at a number of rugged locations around Bend, John Day and Crater Lake.

Apollo astronauts trained and tested their spacesuits in Oregon during the 1960s because the natural volcanic landscape closely resembles the moon.

Big Obsidian Flow is the youngest lava flow in Oregon

Oregon Space Exploration Test Sites

A crew of about 10 people came to Oregon to test the new suits at some of those same sites, which includes Lava Butte, the Big Obsidian Lava Flow, Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground along the Outback Scenic Byway and the Yapoah Lava Flow at McKenzie Pass.

They also visited a number of new sites including Pumice Slope at Crater Lake National Park, the Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument along the Journey through Time Scenic Byway, the Skylight Cave and Little Nash Crater.

The reason Starlight Cave was chosen as a test site is because, for the first time ever, NASA is testing spacesuits designed specifically for caves exploration.

The suits are being designed to display GPS maps, show heart rates, respond to voice commands and assist with detailed image sampling. Exactly what you’d expect from a 21st century spacesuit.

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.

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.

Outdoor Activities

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a treasure of Earth’s history that covers the past 55 million years of time since the Dinosaurs died out and mammals took over the world.

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Visit the Painted Hills: distinguished by varied stripes of red, tan, orange, and black, this area preserves a sequence of past climate change.

Click here to have a FREE limited edition map on The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls mailed to your home, while supplies last. Or click here to see the map now online.

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Benham Falls Oregon

Benham Falls and Waterfall Wednesday in Oregon

Benham Falls is one of three major waterfalls on the Deschutes River near Bend, easily visible to visitor when hiking the Deschutes River Trail. Benham has been cited as being the largest waterfall on the Deschutes River, stating the falls drop 95 vertical feet in half of a linear mile, loved by kayakers.

Benham Falls

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

Our Chasing Waterfalls and Oregon Waterfall Wednesdays series continues. According to Northwest Waterfall Survey there are well over 1000 waterfalls in Oregon! We’ve set out to witness the beauty of as many as we can. We’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

You can chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

The Willows

The Willows Bed and Breakfast in Newberg, Oregon

The WillowsThe Willows Bed and Breakfast is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Country and combines the modern accommodations of a small boutique hotel with the friendly treatment of a bed and breakfast.

Conveniently located on the western edge of Newberg, in the heart of Yamhill County wine country and just minutes from the Dundee Hill Wine Region, this one or two bedroom suite inn prides itself on providing luxury accommodations, privacy, attentive service, handy location, and an inviting space, both inside and out.

The Willows is situated on over an acre of combined landscaping and native plantings. Enjoy the spacious 600 square-foot Northwest Suite and, if traveling with friends or family, the East Room can be yours also. You will be the only guests during your stay. A full breakfast is delivered to your suite each morning to be enjoyed at your leisure, in the comfort of your suite.

Nourish your body and soul while enjoying a famous Willamette Valley wine on the terrace or in a special nook in the gardens.  Relax in the afternoon sun while gazing across the Valley to the Chehalem Mountain. When evening comes, listen for the symphony of the frogs from nearby nameless creek.

Exceptional B&B

‘We travel a lot but do not often write reviews, but The Willows is so exceptional we felt compelled to do so. We stayed six nights and could not have been more pleased.‘ 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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Elkhorn Scenic Byway

The Elkhorn Scenic Byway ‘packs plenty of sights into a 106-mile loop through the mountains west of Baker City, long the lucrative hunting grounds of the Plateau Indian tribes and, later, where miners came to seek their fortunes. The true treasures are the Elkhorn Mountains and Baker Valley themselves, rich in beauty and history.’ Travel Oregon

The byway passes through farmlands along the Powder River before climbing up into a beautiful area of mountain lakes and outdoor adventure. The fall foliage starting here around October is absolutely gorgeous.

Miners and Farmers

Around 1900, thousands of miners chiseled and dredged millions in gold from the Elkhorn Mountains and Powder River to Sumpter. The massive Sumpter Valley Dredge still floats here, and has been recently restored. The dredge left much of the rocky footprint that you’ll see on your trek along Highway 7, and is an important link to Oregon’s pioneering past and development. It is one of the largest and most accessible gold dredges in the U.S.

Ghost towns of Oregon

The town of Granite was also big during the gold-rush, and many buildings here, now abandoned, remind us of a once flourishing place in Oregon. John Cabell operated the La Bellevue Mine in Cabell City.  All that remains of the settlement is the cemetery, which houses the graves of Fred and Johanna Cabell and their 8-year-old daughter, as well as a few abandoned buildings and mining equipment.

There is plenty to do on this road trip: hiking, biking, picnicking and oh, so many photo ops. We’re heading out this way next month to do some quality assurance inspections on Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns. We’ll drive the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway to Wilson Ranches Retreat, then explore the Ghost Towns on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway before heading up to the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon,

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.

You’re going to need road snacks for sure.

Oregon food trails and several Oregon food loops serve local fare with scenery on every side included for you keep you full. And Food Pods, popping up across the state. All the growers and crafters along these trails are committed to sustainable practices and supporting the agricultural legacy of their regions. So, go ahead — eat your heart out!

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

MaMere's Guest House

MaMere’s Guest House in the Heart of Oregon’s Wine Country

MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University.  The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.

MaMere’s Guest House is charming, unique and colorful inside and out! Built in 1891 as a boarding house for female students, it has since housed hundreds and continues to do so today in its present form as a Bed and Breakfast Guest House.  From the Inn tour local vineyards, visit the coast, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the beautiful flowers, while listening to music from the Monmouth Amphitheater in Main Street Park.

“Amazing historical house! This beautiful old home has charm & personality! Cannot add more stars to say it was one of the best B&B experiences we have had.” a Tripadvisor contributor.

MaMere’s Guest House provides an unforgettable breakfast each morning. Taking advantage of Oregon’s Bountiful Central Valley, MaMere’s breakfast often include fresh fruits, baked treats, and savory home cooked meals. Offering everything from homemade waffles, and bacon to delicious quiche. Experience the delight, as you wake up to slow roasted coffee, and a specially prepared meal.

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Carlton Crush

Carlton Crush Puts the Focus (or the Feet) on Oregon Wine
Guest Blogger: Roselyn, innkeeper at R.R. Thompson House

Carlton Crush Harvest Festival has become one of the signature wine events in the north Willamette Valley. The 2021 Crush is scheduled for September 11th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features an array of exciting activities for young and old.

‘Watch as teams stomp on grapes, or sign up if you’re adventurous! The winning team will receive special prizes.  The Carlton Business Association (CBA) sponsors the Grape Stomp Competition with teams of four people each.  “Grapes are stomped in bare feet, in a half-barrel, with each team member stomping for one minute apiece.”  Visit Carlton Crush on the web and follow it on Facebook for updated posts.

‘Visitors and town folk not stomping can visit the Artists’ Market, listen to live music and enjoy food from Main Street restaurants or vendor booths. Crush has activities for kids as well. In addition to their own Grape Stomp, there will be a kids’ watermelon eating contest. All events are held in the Upper Park or downtown Carlton.

‘Jeff Lorton and Valerie Anctil, proprietors of Opus Desserts, originated the idea for Carlton Crush as fun event that would bring the wine industry and local community together and it has been a hugely successful event from its start in 2012.

The R. R. Thompson House is a five minute walk to the park and downtown Carlton. Choose from two spacious suites and three beautifully appointed rooms;  each has a private bath with jetted tub.  Book your two-night stay and spend a weekend in Wine Country! Free parking at the B & B and all over town, and no entrance fee to this event.’

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

outdoor activities in oregon

Summer is slipping away and the quieter days of fall are fast approaching. Exploring Oregon at the end of summer and the quieter days of fall sometimes feels like you have the whole state to yourself.  September and October are great times to visit our great state if you prefer a slower pace. Take a quiet hike, chase a waterfall, discover Oregon.

You’ve been waiting for this quieter Oregon for some time. tirehere are the best outdoor activities in Oregon where you can linger and explore… and you’re unlikely to find crowds! If you want to revel in the great outdoors and have a great time, here are the top five picks from locals in-the-know.

1. Go Chase Waterfalls

One of the best outdoor activities, particularly on a hot day, is to hike to a waterfall and feel the cool mist on your face. You’ll get a workout, soak in some Vitamin-D, and marvel at the beauty of nature. Not sure which waterfall or where to begin? Request this free map to Oregon’s most stunning waterfalls or view the digital version online here.

2. Cycle Along an Oregon Bike Trail

Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? There are 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why it’s the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of the inns with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:

  • Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
  • Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
  • Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians

For a detailed list with information and useful links on all the Oregon bikeways, click here.

3. Nibble Your Way Across Oregon State

Visit farms, wineries, fruit stands, and more along the many Oregon food trails. Savor our various Indigenous foods. If you’d rather head to one destination with several food options, consider these Portland food cart pods or these food carts and food trucks dotting the state. While you’re at it, check out our many wineries and vineyards!

4. Reenact Scenes from Oregon Movies

Did you know that many movies have been filmed in Oregon over the years? It’s true! We also have the Oregon Film Trail, a film museum, and lots of movie locations you can scout first-hand. Some have plaques to commemorate movie scenes and others are more on the down-low. Learn more about Oregon movie locations you may visit here!

5. Put Your Feet in Ruts Left by Pioneer Wagons

Visit various outdoor historical sites and brush up on your Pioneer history in a really fun and engaging way.

Looking for more ideas on unique things to do in Oregon? Click here to print an Oregon Bucket List and check the items off as you go!


The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please complete the form below to receive your free limited edition map now, while supplies last! If you prefer to view a digital version of the map or if you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click here.

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We look forward to seeing your photos from your outdoor activities in Oregon!

The Clock is Ticking on these Deals

The Clock is Ticking on these Deals

Summer is ticking away, and so are these fall deals

The Clock is ticking for these Fall Getaway Deals

Plan a Fall Getaway at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast. Receive a Charcuterie Plate (assorted cheese, fruit, meat, bread, crackers) when you book a two night stay from October 1 to November 15, 2021 at Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast in the Willamette Valley.

Drop Dead Savings

Drop Dead Savings are back at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. We invite you to Stay two nights, mid-week in October at the Old Parkdale Inn and enjoy a 20% discount. Either Suite, midweek, Sunday through Thursday at the Old Parkdale Inn and includes, of course, our hearty Northwest Breakfast. We’ve blocked one room through 2021, leaving only our two suites, Douglas Fir and Chinook available as a COVID safety protocol. Because we have one less room available we’ve extended this deal into November so you have a chance to visit the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood.

You deserve a relaxing evening soak after the summer you’ve had

MaMere’s Guest House & Event Center
Enjoy a relaxing evening in and take a soak during your stay. One of MaMere’s favorite local businesses, Botany Barn, has put together a wonderful array of spa items to help you unwind. Gift set includes a organic lotion bar and soap bar; bath salts; and lip balm. While you are at it, get an extra one to use at home!

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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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.