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Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway ~ Take Two

We explored the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway in two trips. First one, after attending a conference in Ashland, Oregon, we choose to head home via the Rogue River section of the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway. Due to a very snowy winter we were unable to explore as much as we’d like. Another trip we explored the Umpqua River leg of this incredibly scenic byway through the Oregon Cascades. Read about that in a previous post.

From Ashland: We caught Hwy 62 at Medford, Oregon, and headed east toward Prospect and the Historic Hotel and Dinner House where we planned to stay the night. The route ascends into the Rogue River canyon, into old-growth firs and lava flows. First stop, Butte Falls and then we traveled Butte Falls – Prospect Road to Prospect. Spent the night in The Prospect Hotel’s motel units as we were traveling with our dog. Next morning we explored the beauty surrounding the Prospect Hotel, a few waterfalls, geocaches, roaring rivers and creeks.

Said goodbye to Fred and Karen and continued travel on Hwy 62 toward Chiloquin. Stopped at the observation platform overlooking the Rogue Gorge, a collapsed lava tube where the river now courses through a 25-foot-wide, 40-foot-deep chasm or the Natural Bridge interpretive site that explains how the river disappears through an underground lava tube, forming a land bridge. Had a nice lunch at Becky’s Cafe in Union Creek. Unfortunately, there were a few more waterfalls we just couldn’t get into with the feet of snow. We’ll be back.

Prospect Historic Hotel and Dinner House is Crater Lake’s closest full service town and would be a perfect spot to refuel the body and soul while exploring Crater Lake and the Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway.  Built in 1888 as a stagecoach stop half-way between the Rogue Valley and Crater Lake, this Nationally Registered Historic Hotel has been restored to all of its glory. After a hearty breakfast set off to enjoy this breathtaking tour through the thickly forested southern Cascades.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

National Cherry Pie Day

National Cherry Pie Day

National Cherry Pie Day is February 20. Cherry Facts: Oregon’s Willamette Valley supplies 3,200 acres of sweet cherries and the Mid-Columbia Valley supplies 12,300 acres. The Hood River Valley anticipates the cherry harvest to start around the first of July. A little earlier in The Dalles Cherry orchards. Innkeepers at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Hood River Valley, will be making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast.

Although this is not a cherry pie, this tart is a favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Hood River Valley.

1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
2 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
2 Tbs. quick-tapioca
1 Tbs. lemon juice

In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in egg yolks. Stir in flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Divide dough in half. Press one portion over bottom and up sides to rim of a 9-inch tart pan with removable rim. Place other portion on a lightly floured piece of waxed paper. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix cherries, tapioca, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes as you roll out second portion of dough with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 10-inch round.

Pour cherries into tart shell. Invert round over cherries. Press edges into rim of tart pan, pinching off any excess. Sprinkle tart lightly with sugar.
Place tart pan on a baking sheet and bake on the lower rack of a 375 degree over until top is golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

The Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway in the Southern Oregon Cascades

Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state. The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel the backroads. Thanks Travel Oregon for sharing this information, inspiring our traveling spirits.

‘Two Raging Rivers Run Through It.  More commonly know as the ‘highway of waterfalls’, we hiked to and found 7 on our recent trip, 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.

Prospect Historic Hotel and Dinner House is Crater Lake’s closest full service town and would be a perfect spot to refuel the body and soul while exploring Crater Lake and the Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway. Built in 1888 as a stagecoach stop half-way between the Rogue Valley and Crater Lake, this Nationally Registered Historic Hotel has been restored to all of its glory. After a hearty breakfast set off to enjoy this breathtaking tour through the thickly forested southern Cascades.

Just outside of Roseburg, Oregon, nestled in the Umpqua Valley wine country, the Brenner Suite is a private luxurious “green” bungalow at the historic C.H. Bailey House, tastefully furnished with full amenities, luxurious linens, complimentary local wine and beer, breakfast, and fresh flowers. The suite includes a kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, walk-in closet, private bath with walk-in shower, and a variety of outdoor seating with restful views.

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. Whether you choose to travel the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway north or south, there’s an Oregon Bed and Breakfast for your start/stop lodging option.

Hospitality Update: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates

A Gift of Relaxation through the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

A Gift of Relaxation is the perfect gift for any occasion, any time of year. Rest and Relaxation in the form of a stocking stuffer? A wedding gift for the newly married? A graduation present? Employee holiday gifts? A much needed reprieve from the months of lockdown we’ve all endured? No two inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are alike. One thing we all have in common: we are small, owner/manager operated, independent lodging properties. When you stay with us, or purchase a Gift Certificate, you are making a difference by supporting our businesses and our community.

Guests at Thyme and Tide Bed and Breakfast on the Oregon Coast recently used 6 gift Lodging Gift Vouchers for a two nights stay. Susan and Duane from Eugene receive the gift of relaxation every Christmas from their kids. This last year the kids asked them if they’d prefer something else and they replied, “no, we like the gift cards best.”

Duane and Susan chatted about their long history of enjoying Oregon B&B’s and using the OBBG Lodging Gift Vouchers. They prefer B&B’s when they travel and Duane even Inn-sat for a 7 room B&B, single handedly, long ago when the full time Innkeepers went on vacation.

They arrived in masks and social distancing due to Covid and were quickly able to relax at Thyme and Tide, confident that all safety protocols were being observed. The Three Capes Scenic Drive led them to Oceanside and Thyme and Tide where they had a sunny day to explore the Oceanside tunnel to Short Beach. Dungeness crab is abundant right now. They feasted on crab quiche, made with locally caught crab, veggies on the side and fresh cinnamon buns the first morning. The second day they requested Bacon and Eggs with English muffins and avocado. A warm berry crisp rounded out their breakfast.

With Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Lodging Gift Vouchers you’ll give the gift of relaxation, time away from the everyday, the opportunity to gain a clear head. They are available in $25 increments and can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member across the state. With over 25 members to choose among, that’s a lot of choice.

And the recipient can decide where and when to use them. Maybe they’d like to walk in the sand on the Oregon Coast?  Hike along the rim of Crater Lake? Catch a new museum exhibit in Portland? Sample a pinot noir in the Oregon Wine Country? It’s not just about the lodging. It’s about time. And if you’ve been on the receiving end here’s your chance to pay it forward.

You can purchase Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Lodging Gift Vouchers online, choose the amount and where you’d like them delivered.  We’ll send them by mail with delivery confirmation.

It’s that simple. Not much of your time, but a generous gift of time for your recipient. What are you waiting for? Support a local, independently owned, small Oregon business. We thank you in advance.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

WildSpring Guest Habitat is an eco friendly Southern Oregon Resort

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, eco friendly resort on the Oregon Coast in Port Orford and the perfect location to use as your home base when visiting Oregon’s South Coast.  A member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, WildSpring Guest Habitat sits on 5 secluded acres and offers luxury accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment.

Five elegant cabin suites built like small homes are filled with art and antiques and sit in a secluded, peaceful forest surrounded by 100-foot trees. The guest hall, sculpture garden and open-air slate spa overlook the ocean make it a perfect location as your Oregon Coast Lodging choice.

Guests will enjoy a Guest Hall with modern guest kitchen, sculpture garden, lounging areas and large open-air slate spa all overlooking the ocean. Enjoy breakfast, spa robes, in-cabin massages, WiFi, walking labyrinth, flat-panel TV/DVD, CD/iPod stereo. You can help yourself to refreshments in the Guest Hall at any time, including popcorn and chocolates!

It’s a short walk to an uncrowded beach on the Oregon coast in search of agates and driftwood. Be sure to stroll into the lovely small town of Port Orford with art galleries, hiking trails, birdwatching, historical sites and the most westerly lighthouse in the 48 states.

‘If you love trees, your heart will be happy here. Comfy warm cabins, well lighted paths to the guest hall and hot tub’a Tripadvisor contributor

WildSpring has been recommended twice in the New York Times and seven times in Sunset Magazine.  And, they partner with TerraPass for a carbon neutral footprint for WildSpring operations.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Truffle Love at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Share some Truffle Love at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast. If you’re wondering how to participate in the truffle frenzy when you come to the Willamette Valley, we’d love to be your home base for all your truffle fun and clue you in to all of the events nearby. In lieu of larger gatherings and events this year, Taste Newberg has mobilized Chehalem Ridge B&B and several area businesses to offer truffle-themed products and/or smaller, personal experiences to its customers. Their blog has links to all the special events in Newberg and online.

As part of Chehalem Ridge B&B’s Truffle Love package, guests will also be delighted by a box of Briar Rose Fromage Blanc Truffles. We like to think of them as the “other” truffle.

Chehalem Ridge B&B is participating by discounting nightly rates when guests add a specially curated Truffle Love package to reservations at the inn throughout February 2021.

The Truffle Love package* includes:

*  10% discount on nightly rates

*   In-room truffle-inspired 3-course gourmet breakfast

*   Silk rose petals scattered in a heart on the bed

*   One box of 6 Briar Rose Fromage Blanc Truffles (the “other” truffle)

*   One bottle of Et Fille’s Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

*   One in-room truffle-themed dinner provided by The Newbergundian Bistro, delivered by B&B staff to your guest room at pre-determined dinner time.

*The Truffle Love package can be reserved on Chehalem Ridge, excluding the 3-day weekend around Valentine’s Day.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

quilt barn trail tualatin valley

The Westside Quilters Guild (WQG) embarked on a multi-year project in late 2013 to create a Quilt Barn Trail in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. The Quilt Barn Trail in the Tualatin Valley consists of large painted quilt blocks mounted on barns or buildings. The blocks are mounted on barns and non-residential buildings outside the Washington County Urban Growth Boundary, with a small number of blocks inside the city limits of towns that allowed them. In 2019, they reached their goal of installing 60 blocks throughout the county. All blocks are hand-painted, 8 ft or 4 ft-square quilt blocks, made using high quality materials for longevity.

The Quilt Barn Trail highlights the county’s agricultural and historical heritage, promotes area tourism, provides public art in unexpected places, and showcases the art of quilting. Brochures and maps are available in visitor centers, libraries and other locations, as well as online. Funding for our trail was provided by Westside Quilters Guild, grants, sponsors and donations. No public money has been spent on our trail. Oregon residents and visitors can use downloadable maps to navigate the trail.

Order the Quilt Barn Trail Map & Brochure

The Innkeepers in Oregon Willamette Valley welcome you, especially those who quilt, like Sue at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. The Inn is surrounded by vineyards, spectacular views and has two large guest rooms, each with private baths offering a relaxed country retreat. The Oregon Bounty breakfast features one of five varieties of vineyard grape juice, from their vineyards, and local produce.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast offers guests a quiet country setting with spectacular views, sunsets, and star gazing. Each of the two large guest rooms has a queen bed, table, chairs, and private bath.

‘Our vacation at the Yamhill Vineyards B&B was one of the best we have ever experienced. The location was fantastic in the middle of vineyards with a wonderful view of the valley.’ a trip advisor 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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Lemon curd coffee cake

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks and you guys and gals out there better get moving and plan that special day or evening with the one you love. A romantic dinner and an over-nite stay at one our lovely Oregon Bed and Breakfasts is the perfect choice! A delightful stay and the whole day to enjoy one of Oregon’s premiere destinations. Whichever destination you choose; the snowy mountains, the green Willamette Valley, the gorgeous Southern Oregon region, the majestic coast or the scenic east, all of Oregon is aptly suited for little bit of romance for two in an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inn!

So, if you are so inclined, enjoy one of our inns and you may be lucky enough to enjoy this Lemon Curd Coffee Cake. It’s just enough sweet, has just enough lemon and has just enough coconut and butter in it to make it the perfect breakfast cake to eat with that perfect cup of fresh ground coffee! Contributed by Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Lemon Curd Coffee Cake

1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. sugar
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 c. flaked coconut

Batter:

2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 c. cold butter
2/3 c. vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 c. lemon curd

Glaze:

1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

1) In a small bowl, combine the flour and sugar.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in coconut; set aside.

2) For batter, in a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, peel, egg and egg yolk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened (batter will be stiff).

3) Spread 2 cups of the batter in a greased 9-inch spring form pan; sprinkle with 3/4 cup of coconut mixture.  Drop 1/2 teaspoonfuls of lemon curd over the top to within 1/2 inch of edge.  Carefully spoon remaining batter over lemon curd; sprinkle with remaining coconut mixture.

4) Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan.  Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm cake.

Makes 12 servings.

Baking it in the spring form pan makes it really easy to release and serve! Hope to see you enjoy Valentine’s weekend an inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and hope your stay is absolutely perfect!

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, when you’re ready to travel again. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.