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National Plan for Vacation Day 2022

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 31 2023 is finally here and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild would love to assist and inspire your
2023 travel plans.

 

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31st

Ah, that feeling of vacation bliss, when you can truly unwind, unplug and relax.

For so many of us, that feeling seems like a distant memory. We’ve put vacation planning on the back burner, despite the fact that close to eight in 10 Americans believe vacations are important to their overall health and well-being.

Chances are you’ve been carrying a heavy load. Break free from burnout and on this National Plan for Vacation Day, let’s do something to give ourselves a lift, ignite that spark we get from your “booking confirmed” page from an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day 2023

Between January 31st and February 5th, take time to plan your time off for the year. Receive a 20% discount for a two night stay during 2023 at a select Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Maybe plan a few 2023 get aways.

Mt Hood Region:

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Use promo code OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. The Old Parkdale Inn has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

Willamette Region

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. Yamhill Vineyards has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

MaMere’s Guest House, located in the heart of wine county, and the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visit Western Oregon University (WOU). Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. MaMere’s Guest House has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th

On our website we’ve developed six different ways to find an Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Experience something new. Take in unforgettable sites by searching favorite interest such as birdwatching or visiting historic sites. Find all Oregon has to offer: high desert country in the east, balmy coasts to the west, and mountains, rivers and forests in between.

In previous years more than 768 million vacation days went unused. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.

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. 

Although 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.

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 31, 2023 and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild would love to assist and inspire your 2023 travel plans.

National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31st

Ah, that feeling of vacation bliss, when you can truly unwind, unplug and relax.

For so many of us, that feeling seems like a distant memory. We’ve largely put vacation planning on the back burner, despite the fact that close to eight in 10 Americans believe vacations are important to their overall health and well-being.

Break free from burnout and on this National Plan for Vacation Day, Let’s do something to give ourselves a lift, ignite that spark we get from your “booking confirmed” page from an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.

On January 31st take time to plan your time off for the year. And if you need some inspiration let the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild assist and inspire your 2023 travel plans.

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day 2023

Receive a 20% discount for a two night stay during 2023 at a participating Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Maybe plan a few 2023 get aways.

Mt Hood Region:

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Use promo code OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. The Old Parkdale Inn has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

Willamette Region

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. Yamhill Vineyards has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

MaMere’s Guest House, located in the heart of wine county, and the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visit Western Oregon University (WOU). Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. MaMere’s Guest House has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

On our website we’ve developed six different ways to find an Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Experience something new. Take in unforgettable sites by searching favorite interest such as birdwatching or visiting historic sites. Find all Oregon has to offer: high desert country in the east, balmy coasts to the west, and mountains, rivers and forests in between.

Most years more than 768 million vacation days go unused. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.

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. 

Although 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.

Oregon's South Coast

Submitted by guest blogger Michelle Duarte
Innkeeper WildSpring Guest Habitat
Port Orford, Oregon

The Oregon South Coast is the place for travelers who want to get away from the same old thing – traffic, strip malls, franchise hotels and restaurants. Travelers who’d like to bring home tales of something off-beat, who enjoy exploring the special but quirky.

Oregon’s spectacular south coast is a world all its own, very different from its northern counterpart. It is remote, underdeveloped, without the crowds. A series of authentic small towns scattered along what could reasonably be considered the U.S.’s last accessible, affordable coastline. This is where the ocean and the forests meet the crashing seas. Where rivers pour into the Pacific and people enjoy long, empty beaches perfect for agates and driftwood.

Port Orford – In the middle of the South Oregon Coast

Port Orford is in the middle of it, perfectly situated as base camp to explore the best of the south coast…from redwoods to the south, the sand dunes up near Florence, and everything in between.

Hiking. Art. Antiques. Biking. Golf. Birding. Fishing. History. Museums. Shopping. Boating. Surfing. Horseback riding. Wine. Wind surfing. Parks, reserves, floral estates and estuaries. All framed with spectacular ocean vistas on one side and the forests and mountains on the other.

Oregon's South Coast

And it bears repeating…all without the crowds

Visitors will find some unexpected options in Port Orford, 60 miles from the California border and an authentic port town of only 1,200 people.

The Port of Port Orford is probably the heart of the town, home to its commercial fishing fleet that – unusually – does not rest in the water. The Port is one of only two “dolly docks” in the U.S. and six in the world, where boats are lifted in and out of the water by huge cranes and sit on custom-made trailers when not in use.

The area is also known for its active art community, with eight galleries owned and operated by working artists, and some beautifully restored and maintained historic sites, such as Hughes House – an authentic Victorian Mansion – and the old Coast Guard Lifeboat station where brave and hardy men had to jerry-can gas down a thousand steps to Nellie’s Cove where they would start their sea rescue missions during Port Orford’s famous winter storms.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

Oregon's South CoastIf visitors like to indulge themselves with luxurious accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment, there’s WildSpring Guest Habitat. On five acres in a quiet, residential forest overlooking the ocean, it offers only five cabin suites built like small homes, filled with art and antiques, a Guest Hall, lounging areas, sculpture garden, walking labyrinth and open-air slate spa where guests can whale-watch by day and enjoy the Milky Way at night.

Peaceful seclusion, attention to detail

Known for its peaceful seclusion, attention to detail and eco-friendly operations, WildSpring Guest Habitat is an Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member, a Select Registry Inn and has enjoyed some national attention of note, including USA Today and the NY Times.

The most recent addition to the local scene sits on the northern end of Battle Rock Park and offers arguably the most beautiful views of the Pacific ocean in the U.S.: across sea stacks, a beach with sand the color of a mocha late, down to Humbug Mountain, the tallest mountain in Oregon to rise directly from the ocean.

Port Orford, beautiful and surprising, is a great place to visit if people want to experience the best of Oregon’s beautiful coast without having to fight their way through crowded streets to reach it.

For more information about Port Orford and WildSpring Guest Habitat please contact:

Michelle Duarte, owner, WildSpring Guest Habitat and webmaster for Enjoy Port Orford.com, michelle@wildspring.com, 541.332.0977.

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. 

Although 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.

McKenzie River Koosah Falls

Expedia is saying: “This year is about travelers doing what they want to do, not what everyone else is doing’

2023 Travel Trends waiting for you

‘Travel is rebounding back to pre-pandemic levels, even despite inflation and, at times, significant operational challenges in 2022. We expect travelers to head to all corners of the globe, even if that means splurging at times and planning ahead seems to be a common theme. Plus, we’ll see even more emphasis on experiences once you’re at your destination and a renewed focus on traveling responsibly and sustainably throughout 2023.’ Forbes Magazine

Travel Is Still a Priority

The U.S. Travel Foundation is forecasting an increase in travel spending in 2023 compared to 2022 (or 2019, for that matter).

U.S. Continues To Get Domestic Traffic

International travel may look affordable, the reality is many travelers will stay stateside. An Expedia survey found that 59% of respondents expect to plan travel within the U.S., either instead of or in addition to foreign trips.

Travelers Are Planning Ahead Again

Travelers are finally comfortable with locking in trips ahead of time. Now, stability is relatively common again.

Studies found that travelers are booking trips farther ahead for 2023 than they did back in 2019 and were already thinking about where to go in summer 2023.

Digital Nomadism Allows Remote Workers Flexibility

WFH doesn’t just mean ‘work from home’. For us in the lodging world it can mean ‘Work From Here’. Remote workers and digital nomads? Looking for a change of scenery from your home office?

Digital nomads were gaining traction even before remote work became commonplace. But for some individuals, being a full-on digital namad is too extreme. That’s precisely why “hush” trips have the potential to be the newest travel trend in 2023. Remote workers pack up and head somewhere new for a limited amount of time, maybe a week or two. Then, login, get to work, and save some time to explore.

Regardless of Where or How You Go, Experiences Reign

Almost all travelers want to spend at least part of their trip experiencing new or unique activities. Travelers want to experience a destination “like a local” and many specifically worry about whether it’s an authentic experience.

Responsible Travel Is Emphasized

Hand in hand with a desire to see a destination as locals do, travelers are putting more emphasis on traveling responsibly. When you’re eliminating the gap between tourist and resident and forging human connections, your impact as a traveler is more apparent. A Virtuoso survey found that clients want to benefit local people and the economy and are willing to pay more accordingly.

Environmentally sustainable travel is equally important to some travelers, stating that traveling sustainably enhances their experience. Meanwhile, the YouGov Travel and Tourism Practice believes we’re at an important tipping point. Many consumers try to make purchases, including travel, from socially and environmentally conscious businesses.

Recap of 2023 Travel Trends waiting for you

  1. Travel Is Still a Priority
  2. U.S. Continues To Get Domestic Traffic
  3. Travelers Are Planning Ahead Again
  4. Digital Nomadism Allows Remote Workers Flexibility
  5. Experiences Reign
  6. Responsible Travel Is Emphasized

Activities and attractions are often the top considerations when travelers are choosing where to go and where to stay. Oregon is a beautiful state with stunning natural and architectural wonders. If you are planning a trip anywhere this year, take a few minutes to consider these places to visit 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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although 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.

turtlejanes bed and breakfast

turtlejanes bed and breakfast

turtlejanes bed and breakfast is a delightful small inn on the Oregon Coast in Oceanside, nine miles west of Tillamook, home of world-famous Tillamook Cheese.

‘Think of all the best superlatives and apply them to turtlejanes. Comfy, welcoming, and delicious‘ a TripAdvisor contributor

turtlejanes
The inn’s two bedrooms are beautifully appointed with spectacular views, king-size beds, private bathrooms with heated floors, and blackout shades on the windows.  You’re invited to help yourself to coffee, tea, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn and Tillamook ice cream, available to guests around the clock.

Oceanside is a cozy little hideaway located just off the Three Capes Scenic Drive.  The beach is uncrowded and  a tunnel through the hill leads to another beach famous for agate collecting.  There are amazing hiking trails at Cape Lookout and Cape Meares with lighthouse and access to the unusual Octopus tre). Birders love the area and it is not unusual to see paragliders coming down from the top of Maxwell Mountain.

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. 

Although 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.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Staycation

Give the Gift of Lodging on the Oregon Coast

If you know someone who dreams of the Oregon Coast even when they’re landlocked, a Gift of Lodging will make their dreams come true

The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway‘Wind, Waves and a Long, Winding Road. Yes, it’s possible to drive the entire Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in a single day. But it’s also pointless. Because you wouldn’t have time to experience any of the breathtaking viewpoints, stunning state parks and quaint coastal towns.

  • A thriving arts culture, from visual & written to music & theatre can be found all along coastal Oregon
  • Bird watchers might be surprised by the diversity of species to be found along the coast, from bald eagles to puffins & brown pelicans
  • Farmers markets offer the chance to experience the local organic produce, crafts from artisans, baked goods, flowers & more
  • Seven lighthouses are open to the public and offer a glimpse into their past & present
  • World-class whale watching for gray & killer whales from land, sea & air
  • Fairs, festivals and other events offer a glimpse of how locals celebrate their life & heritage on the Oregon coast
  • Outdoor recreation ranges from vast dunes for sandboarding & dune buggy tours to surfing, world-class golfing, tide pool exploring, hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, crabbing & clamming.
  • Explore the End of Lewis & Clark Trail Museum, Maritime Museum & Tillamook air museum and a world-class aquarium.
  • And much more!

Shop Small Online on the Oregon Coast

Your generous Gift of Lodging will pair the recipient with an opportunity to explore Oregon’s Wild Pacific Coastline and enjoy a stay at an Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast.

Brey House Ocean View B&B Inn – The ocean awaits the recipient of your generous gift just across the street. Private baths, private entrances. Wonderful breakfast served in the ocean view breakfast room. Quilts, snuggy warm blankets, fluffy bath towels. Fireplaces, tv, DVD, small in -room refrigerators

Oceanside is a tranquil village that is isolated, but not remote. turtlejanes bed and breakfast is a delightful inn with two en suite guest rooms with spectacular views of the ocean. It is a 3-minute walk to the beach. Eclectic house-made breakfasts and delightful afternoon snacks are provided daily.

Tunnel Beach in Oceanside Oregon

Also in Oceanside: A relaxing and romantic getaway at Thyme and Tide Bed and Breakfast awaits. Sleep nestled in a canopy queen bed between Cape Lookout and Cape Meares. Fall asleep to the sound of surf and wake up to a delicious hot breakfast. Beaches are a mile away. Filtered horizon water/sunset view from both rooms.

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, eco-friendly resort in Port Orford. On 5 peaceful and secluded acres, it offers comfortable luxury in a parklike environment. Enjoy cabin suites built like small homes filled with art and antiques. Guest Hall, sculpture garden and open-air slate spa overlook the ocean.

Can’t decide which inn the recipient might find the most relaxing? Give the gift of rest and relaxation by purchasing Gift Certificates from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and they can choose.

Order Oregon B&B Gift Certificates Now

Shop Small Online Willamette ValleyE-mail info@obbg.org or call OBBG at 503-893-4210. Please leave a message as this line is monitored by our busy innkeepers. We’ll get back to you for the details: who will be the recipient of your thoughtful gift, acquire your payment method and shipping information. We’ll send them by mail, to either you or the recipient, with delivery confirmation. The recipient will have a great time getting away to a high-quality destination of their choice.

OBBG Lodging Gift Certificates are available in $25 increments and can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member across the state. With 25 members to choose from that’s a lot of choices and with an 18 months expiration recipients have plenty of time to redeem them at the Inn of their choosing.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild offers a wide variety of inns, from a small guest cottage or two-room bed and breakfast to a larger country inn or small historic hotel.

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. 

Although 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.

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.

Be on the lookout for the colorful glimmer of hand-blown glass floats when exploring our Oregon Coast beaches. Finders Keepers! Discover glass treasures in Lincoln City, Oregon every day of the year!

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. 

Although 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.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

WildSpring Guest Habitat is an eco friendly Southern Oregon Resort

WildSpring Guest HabitatWildSpring 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 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 making 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 buffet, 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.

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: 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.

Brey House Oceanview

Brey House Oceanview Bed and Breakfast

Brey HouseBrey House Oceanview in Lincoln City, Oregon is only 100 feet away from stairs leading down to a long Pacific Ocean Beach.  The private entrance rooms have ocean views, private baths, quilts, warm blankets, and plush bath towels.

Wake up to sounds of the Pacific Ocean and the aroma of your breakfast being prepared.  Breakfast is served in the ocean view dining room, with fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea, a full course breakfast meal and a freshly baked sweet treat.  Walking to Lincoln City shops, restaurants and Chinook Winds Casino is easy from Brey House Oceanview.

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.

Astoria Oregon

Astoria Oregon and the Oregon North Coast

What would you do if you only had 36 hours to explore Oregon’s North Coast. Where would you stay? The innkeepers with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild have plenty of suggestions to make your day-and-a-half Oregon adventure worth every second!

Astoria, Oregon is where we spent the morning of the last day on our Oregon to California to Oregon Coast and home again Road Trip, traveling the entire 365 miles north on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

Astoria ColumnWe had a crystal clear, calm day to explore Astoria. On a day like this a trip to the Astoria Column is a must. Sitting 600′ above sea level, high on Coxcomb Hill, the column was dedicated on July 22, 1926. The hand-painted spiral frieze rising up the column commemorates the historic events that transpired at the mouth of the Columbia River, from the beginning with its discovery and ending with the arrival of the railroad. While it’s a bit of a challenge you’ll want to climb the 164-step spiral staircase within to the observation deck for amazing views of Astoria, Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the mighty Columbia River, and in the distance, on a clear and calm day like we had, the Pacific Ocean. After lunch at the Fort George Brewery, we took a walk on the pier and went geocaching in a Pioneer cemetery.

Did you know: The Columbia River is the second largest river, by volume, in the U.S.? It is also said to be one of the most dangerous river bars in the world. Where the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean come together, waves can reach up to 30′. There are about 20 Columbia River Bar Pilots based in Astoria that work day and night to assist ships cross the bar safely. These pilots have to actually memorize this whole area as to safely pilot large ships up to 1000′ and even nuclear submarines in and out of the bar area. An important and dangerous job these pilots have.

Also in Astoria is the Lightship Columbia, a 128-foot welded-steel lightship, built in 1950 for the U.S. Coast Guard. It was stationed at the mouth of the Columbia River near Cape Disappointment between 1951 and 1979. Retired in 1979, after 28 years of service the Lightship Columbia was sold to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria in 1980. Lightship Columbia, is afloat, open to the public as part of museum admission. On December 20, 1989, the Lightship Columbia was added to the National Register of Historic Places as National Historic Landmark #89002463.

Youngs River Falls

‘Credit to discovery of the falls lies with Patrick Gass, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition who was leading a hunting party on March 1, 1806 and made note of the falls in his journal. No mention was made of whether or not Lewis or Clark visited the falls themselves, and the party left Fort Clatsop within 3 weeks of the discovery of the falls.’ Northwest Waterfall Survey

Blumenthal FallsBlumenthal Falls is located at the north end of Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park. The falls is one of a very few waterfalls in the Northwest which can be seen dropping into the Pacific Ocean. Take a lovely beach stroll to the bottom of the falls, as this 45 foot falls drops into the ocean only during the highest tides

National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world in 2013. Cannon Beach offers the small beach town experience on the Oregon Coast. Meander the picturesque sidewalks and courtyards of downtown Cannon Beach to discover art galleriesspecialty shopsrestaurants and public art. Cannon Beach is easy and enjoyable to explore on foot.

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.