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Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast

Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast in Lincoln City Oregon

Baywood ShoresBaywood Shores Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to their Lincoln City inn on the shores of Siletz Bay. Relax and rejuvenate in your private suite with a king-size bed and 2-person Jacuzzi.  You’ll find everything you need to feel at ease: a refrigerator, microwave, private bathroom, TV with VCR/DVD player, fireplace, wireless internet more.

Be mesmerized by the ebb and flow of the salty water along the Oregon coast and amazed by the stunning, panoramic view of the ever-changing sky above Lincoln City and the Pacific Ocean.  Make yourself at home and wake to a delicious breakfast

Just south of the Taft District of Lincoln City, Oregon, on the bank of Siletz Bay, sits Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast.  Lincoln City offers 7 miles of sandy beach, fine dining, shopping, attractions and events.

Do you enjoy birding? It’s easy to spend hours identifying the varied birdlife that frequents Siletz Bay, including Great Grey Herons, Great White Herons, Eagles, Ospreys, a variety of ducks, and more. Harbor Seals can be seen just about every day swimming in or beaching on the banks at the mouth of Siletz Bay and the ocean.

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.

best hikes in oregon

Want to know what are the best hikes in Oregon? That’s a tricky question… there are many incredible places to hike in Oregon and each has its own unique charm.

So, after much thought, we’ve created a list of the three best hikes in Oregon based on specific interests. There are many, many, more but consider these a starting point for your next adventure:

Best Oregon Hike for Photography: Watchman Peak Trail 
Located in the Crater Lake National Park, the very top of the Watchman Peak Trail at the Watchman Overlook is the place to be. While the trail is steep it’s short (approximately 3-hours round trip) hike and there are places to catch your breath along the way. Those who make the trek to the Overlook will be rewarded by an incredible view of Crater Lake. The trail does close seasonally. It’s best to go between June and October. Bring your camera! Learn more here.

Best Hike in Oregon for History Buffs: Fort Stevens
This 4,300-acre park near Astoria, Oregon, is one of the nation’s largest campgrounds and a must-see destination for history buffs. It has much to offer, including beach-combing, a freshwater lake, trails, wildlife, and a historic shipwreck. Fort Stevens was built near the end of the Civil War to protect the Columbia River. It is also the site of a military installation once used to guard the mouth of the Columbia River from Confederate ships. The fort was in service for 84 years — up until World War II. Learn more here.

Best Hike for Bird Watching: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
If you’re into bird watching, grab your binoculars and head to the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge just south of Salem. To date, more than 230 different types of birds have been spotted in the area. While there are two easily accessible boardwalk routes, you’re likely to see more birds at the Pintail and Egret Marsh Boardwalk, especially if you hike further into the interior ponds where the shorebirds like to hang out. Learn more here.


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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Winter Birding Southern Oregon

Best Oregon waterfalls for bird-lovers

Bring out the hiking boots and binoculars, pack your bags and begin your Oregon waterfall and birdwatching adventure at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.
birdwatching and waterfalls

Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey).And the habitats surrounding them are diverse and welcoming to many species of birds.

Tamanawas Falls (#18) is a plunge waterfall on the east slope of Mount Hood, along Cold Spring Creek. A riparian habitat and mature mixed-conifer forest surrounds the trail to Tamanawas Falls. Nesting Harlequin Ducks. American Dipper and Belted Kingfisher are common along the creek. Songbirds such as Yellow-rumped and Townsend’s Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet migrate through the Hood River’s east fork..

The member inns in the Mt Hood and the Gorge Region of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are here to accommodate you.


Silver Falls State Park (#36)
Enjoy the best of bird watching in Silver Falls State Park while hiking the Trail of 10 Falls. In Oregon’s largest State Park the best remaining low-elevation, old growth conifer forest create home for a variety of owls: Northern Spotted, Great Gray, Barred, Northern Pygmy, Western Screech, and Northern Saw-whet Owls have been observed. Other birds you might find include Blue Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, American Dipper, Varied and Swainson’s Thrushes, Hermit Warbler, Western Tanager, and Band-tailed Pigeon

Start your day at one of 14 bed and breakfasts in the Willamette Valley before heading out on a day trip to Silver Falls State Park, the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system.

McKay Crossing Falls (#60) Lodgepole pine forest on Paulina Creek; nesting Green-tailed Towhee, American Dipper, Common Nighthawk, Vesper Sparrow. Head upstream to Paulina Creek Falls (#61)

Although there isn’t a waterfall on the property WildSpring Guest Habitat is a birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail and certified wild animal habitat by The Wildlife Federation. Day trip out to Secret Beach Falls (#65), Golden Falls (#54) and Elk Creek Falls (#62)

Toketee Falls and other Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls (#55)  along The Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway, known as the ‘highway of waterfalls’. Douglas Fir forests surrounding water and riparian habitats along the two storied rivers, good for spring migrant songbirds such as Lazuli Bunting, Chipping Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Purple and Cassin’s Finches; lake and riparian areas support breeding Common Merganser, Wood Duck, Willow Flycatcher, and Yellow Warbler.

Start your day at C.H. Bailey House and take your boots off at the Prospect Hotel. From Prospect head around Crater Lake to Klamath Falls (#66) The murmur of thousands of snow geese will mesmerize as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Basin is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs.

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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North Oregon Coast Birding

“The northern coast of Oregon stretches from the mouth of the historic Columbia River south to fog-shrouded Cascade Head, an area of broad tidal estuaries and rugged headlands that flank stretches of North Oregon Coast Birdingsandy beaches.”  This from the North Coast map of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. From Astoria, to Seaside, the town of Tillamook, to Lincoln City. Close to 375 species of birds have been recorded on the Northern Oregon Coast and quite a few Oregon Bed and Breakfasts are awaiting your arrival.

Start your Oregon coast adventure in Astoria, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River. Astoria’s historic downtown is minutes from the floodplains and open wetlands of the lower Columbia River ecosystem.

The Necanicum Estuary is one of the best sites on the north coast to watch shorebirds during migration. The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway winds through flooded pasture, river frontage and estuaries surrounding Tillamook Bay Estuaries, bays, plentiful river systems, coastal rainforests and an extensive watershed ecosystem offers unmatched bird watching opportunities.

Heading down the coast toward Lincoln City is the Cascade Head Nature Preserve where spectacular sitka spruce forests end with views of the Salmon River Estuary. Roosevelt elk graze the open grasslands that are habitat for the endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast inns on the Oregon Coast welcome you. You can certainly inn hop from Cannon Beach to Port Orford and stay at member inns along the way. Take your pick, grab your binoculars and be prepared to be dazzled by the abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery on the Oregon Coast.

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: Things are looking up. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals and while Oregon is following this guidance, some inns may still be requiring masks to be worn in some situations. Please check with individual B&Bs to inquire about their specific policies. Each Oregon county, depending on its vaccination and case numbers, are also adjusting their regulations accordingly. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties, inns and businesses. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train it’s still a little scary but we’re ready when you are! 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 Bird Watching

Oregon Bird Watching in the Willamette Valley

There is an amazing wildlife show at these three Oregon wildlife refuges. Oregon Bird Watching is amazing. Especially this time of year when activity along the major flyways increase.

The Oregon Cascades Birding Trail (OCBT) is a great place to begin your birding adventure. From there you can decide where you’d like to visit. When you have made that decision turn to the website for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and I am sure you will find an inn close by.

The Willamette Valley is known for its unique Bed and Breakfasts, fertile land with orchards, vineyards and rolling grass fields.  Nestled between the snow-capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the forests of the Coast Range it’s no wonder the valley offers an abundance of birds and bird habitats and the Willamette Valley Birding Trail will take you there.

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex provides protection for historically abundant oak savanna, native prairie, riparian forest and wetland habitats. In these three protected places, endangered plant populations grow, summer songbirds nest, and wintering waterfowl find sanctuary in vast wetlands.

A hungry flock of Canada Geese soar high and then land to munch the grass across deep lush pastures at the Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge near Dallas, Oregon. They arrive at Baskett Slough from far off arctic nesting grounds and have come to this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge for the habitat.

Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam Rivers, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1965, the refuge provides wetlands and riparian woodland sanctuary for migratory and resident wildlife which range from the tiny Pacific chorus frog to the black-tailed deer.

Established in 1964, the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge’s primary management goal is to provide wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Driving through the 5,325 acres of the refuge and the 341 acres of its Snag Boat Bend Unit, is like taking a step back into the natural history of the Willamette Valley.

The State of Oregon is a bird watcher’s paradise. There are extensive reserves and habitats that serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species. Many of our Member Inns have habitats on their grounds or are located near land ideal for birding. Grab your binoculars, choose an inn, and set out on your bird watching adventure.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast

Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast in Lincoln City Oregon

Baywood ShoresBaywood Shores Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to their Lincoln City inn on the shores of Siletz Bay. Relax and rejuvenate in your private suite with a king-size bed and 2-person Jacuzzi. You’ll find everything you need to feel at ease: a refrigerator, microwave, private bathroom, TV with VCR/DVD player, fireplace, wireless internet more.

Be mesmerized by the ebb and flow of the salty water along the Oregon coast. And amazed by the stunning, panoramic view of the ever-changing sky above Lincoln City and the Pacific Ocean. Make yourself at home and wake to a delicious breakfast

Just south of the Taft District of Lincoln City, Oregon, on the bank of Siletz Bay, sits Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast. Lincoln City offers 7 miles of sandy beach, fine dining, shopping, attractions and events.

Do you enjoy birding? It’s easy to spend hours identifying the varied birdlife that frequents Siletz Bay, including Great Grey Herons, Great White Herons, Eagles, Ospreys, a variety of ducks, and more. Harbor Seals can be seen just about every day swimming in or beaching on the banks at the mouth of Siletz Bay and the ocean.

‘Wonderful stay in a residential area of south Lincoln City

‘This is a really great bed and breakfast in a residential area off of Siletz Bay. The room itself that we had was ideal with a very comfortable King bed and equally comfortable two-person jacuzzi that offered a great view of the bay’ 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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Zumwalt Prairie

Zumwalt Prairie and Wallowa County Birding and Wildflowers

Zumwalt PrairieHead into the North Eastern corner of Oregon and the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The Prairie is situated in the Wallowa River Valley northeast of Joseph and the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast. At 33,000 acres, the Zumwalt Prairie is North America’s largest remaining grassland of its type and you are welcome to enjoy the beautiful views of the prairie and canyons. Visit in the spring for an explosion of wildflowers.

Supporting one of the highest concentrations of breeding hawks and eagles in North America, the Zumwalt Prairie is also home to falcons making this a haven for birds of prey and 17 species of grassland songbirds. Many large mammals in the Prairie include elk, mule deer, big horn sheep and bobcats.

Stay Local at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Make your reservation today at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph, Oregon. Then spend a day, or two, hiking the Zumwalt Prairie in search of the rare Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, once wiped out from the prairies of Oregon. While in the area you’ll want to also visit the Wallowa Lake region where a wide variation in habitat and terrain draw a large number of species. You best book a few extra night to see it all!

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake

Located just 28 miles from Crater Lake National Park, The Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner House can be the perfect home base when birding on the Crater Lake Loop of the Oregon Cascade Birding Trail. The Rogue River is minutes away with mature riparian habitat surrounded by mixed conifer forests. Peregrine Falcon, Calliope and Rufus Hummingbirds nest in these forests. Diamond Lake supports high concentrations of diving birds. The rich, diverse habitats on the Crater Lake Loop provide home for a large variety of birds. Crawford Creek Meadows is home to at least eight species of nesting owls.

The Propsect Historic Hotel Bed and Breakfast, built in the late 1800’s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent stage house sits on five acres with grounds great for strolling or just relaxing after a long day’s hike.

Nestled in the woods behind the main house, the 14 motel units offer exceptional privacy and convenience. The motel is accommodating to travelers with large groups.

Spend a few days at the Prospect Hotel, visit Crater Lake and the birding sites along the Crater Lake Loop, then head south to the Mt. McLoughlin Loop of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. This loop will take you along the north-western flanks of the Upper Klamath Basin and possibly the most ecologically diverse section on the entire route.  With over 25 inns, The Guild makes it easy to explore Oregon, traveling through scenic and diverse landscapes and knowing a comfortable Bed and Breakfast awaits your arrival.

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.

Oregon Bird Watching

Oregon Bird Watching in the Willamette Valley

Oregon Bird Watching is amazing.  Especially this time of year when activity along the major flyways increase and the spring rituals in our habitats and backyards resume.  The Oregon Cascades Birding Trail (OCBT) is a great place to begin your birding adventure.  From there you can decide where you’d like to visit.  When you have made that decision turn to the website for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and I am sure you will find an inn close by.

The Willamette Valley is known for its unique Bed and Breakfasts, fertile land with orchards, vineyards and rolling grass fields.  Nestled between the snow-capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the forests of the Coast Range it’s no wonder the valley offers an abundance of birds and bird habitats and the Willamette Valley Birding Trail will take you there.

The State of Oregon is a bird watcher’s paradise.  There are extensive reserves and habitats that serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species. Many of our Member Inns have habitats on their grounds or are located near land ideal for birding.  Grab your binoculars, choose an inn, and set out on your bird watching adventure.

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.

Oregon Birding

It’s that Time of Year again:  Time to follow the Spring Bird Migration

With the Spring Bird Migration about to begin it’s time to book your room, pack your binoculars and set out on your bird watching adventure to 7 superb Oregon Birding locations.  The state’s diverse and spectacular landscape provide varied habitats ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. More than 500 species of birds call Oregon home year round or migrate through, sometimes stopping to nest.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has over 40 quality assured inns scattered throughout the state, each near a unique birding opportunity.  Our innkeepers know the most favorable viewing areas and after providing a comfy bed, hearty breakfast and useful information, will send you off on an extraordinary birding adventure.  The Guild recognizes this popular activity and has dedicated a page to Birdwatching that includes inns where innkeepers can share the best observation sites and what you might expect to see.

1. Watch surfbirds and black oystercatchers scramble over rocky headlands along the Oregon Coast.

2. Explore the alpine meadows, picturesque lakes, mountain streams, and dense conifer forests of the Cascades in search of Lewis’s woodpecker and Clark’s nutcracker.  Listen to the song of hermit warblers among majestic pines framing the snowy volcanic peaks. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon’s second highest peak.

3/4. The murmur of thousands of snow geese will mesmerize as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath Basin and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

5. Salem, is a leader in urban forestry, with tree-lined streets and 40 city parks and is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River so no wonder there are many birding sites in its backyard.

6. Supporting one of the highest concentrations of breeding hawks and eagles in North America, the Zumwalt Prairie in Eastern Oregon, is also home to falcons making this a haven for birds of prey and 17 species of grassland songbirds. The nearby Wallowa Lake has a wide variation in habitat and terrain drawing a large number of species.

7. The Mt. Hood Loop of the OCBT rises from the Columbia River to Mt. Hood and combines some of the best of the region’s birding with legendary Oregon scenery.  This loop traverses the Columbia River National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest and visits 19 birding sites.

When your journey ends, your bags are unpacked, and you’re scrolling through your vacation photos you will reminisce on memories of great accommodations, food, conversation and of course birding in Oregon.

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.