Category Archives: Columbia River Gorge

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

Winery Itinerary Tour Service at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

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

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


Chase a Waterfall. Or two. Or three

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

SEE A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE OREGON TRAIL OF WATERFALLS MAP

bikeways oregonScenic Byways for Driving, Biking and Hiking

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

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

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

Seek out an Historic Covered Bridge of Oregon

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

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

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

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

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

National Donut Day

National Donut Day is the First Friday in June – June 4, 2021

National Donut Day is the first Friday in June, June 4, 2021.  We hope you have a chance to try this delicious baked donut recipe shared by the innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Clean up is easier than with a fried version not to mention a bit less guilt-inducing!

Baked Pumpkin Donut

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your donut shaped baking pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, melted butter, granulated and brown sugars. Mix on medium until combined.
  • Add in both of the eggs and maple extract. Mix on medium until incorporated.
  • Add in the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until just combined.

Use a piping bag, or spoon, to fill each donut cup about 3/4 full, making sure the center post is clear.  Innkeeper uses a 9 cavity donut silicone baking mold.  Bake until the donuts are a light golden brown and spring back when touched, 6-10 minutes.  Let cool slightly, flip pan over, glaze or roll in cinnamon sugar

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 is still requiring masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. 

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

National Apple Pie Day is May 13

National Apple Pie Day doesn’t necessarily have to be celebrated with an apple pie, right.  Why not Apple Pie Cookies? The innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast put a little spin on the classic apple pie and the results were amazing.

For quicker, easier assembly she used refrigerated pie crusts

Apple Pie Cookies

  • 6 green apples
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
  • 5 ounces caramel sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon

1) Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment and non stick spray;  set aside.

2) Remove pie crusts from refrigerator so they warm up slightly. This will make them easier to work with.

3) Peel the skin off the green apples, compost.  Continue peeling so you have bunch of fleshy, white peels of apple in your bowl.

4) Dust work area with flour and slightly roll out crusts. From one pie crust, cut out circles for the cookies.  Cut the second pie crust into 1/2″ strips.

5) Place round pie crusts on cookie sheet. Spread a thin layer of caramel sauce on each cookie, followed by a pile of white apple peels. Using the 1/2” strips, create a tic-tac-toe lattice pattern over each cookie.

6) Beat egg in bowl and add sugar and nutmeg until well blended. Brush cookies with egg wash.

7) Sprinkle cookies with cinnamon.  Use more or less cinnamon depending on your preference.

8) Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cookies are a golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy!

The Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley, a renowned growing region for pears and apples. Located in the quaint town of Parkdale, Oregon with Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, as a backdrop. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

You’re sure to enjoy sweet treats such as these at the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

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

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

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

Old Parkdale Inn

Old Parkdale Inn Offers lodging near Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Old Parkdale InnThe Old Parkdale Inn 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. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

All three Old Parkdale Inn well appointed, Oregon themed rooms have queen beds, private baths, a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine with a large selection of teas, coffee, and cocoa. The rooms are also equipped with a wall mounted smart TVs with satellite reception, hairdryer, alarm clock, fans, and heaters.

Driving an Electric Vehicle? Old Parkdale Inn has two EV chargers, one Tesla and one ClipperCreek offered as an amenity for their guests. They are also will be available to those passing through Parkdale along the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Electric Byway.

Recently awarded Travelers’ Choice 2022 by TripAdvisor, Old Parkdale Inn demonstrates a commitment to hospitality excellence thanks to their excellent reviews! This puts them in the top 10% of hotels worldwide!

The Old Parkdale Inn is equipped with FREE Wireless internet in the house. You’ll enjoy a hearty Northwest breakfast presenting and savoring Hood River delicacies in the Inn’s dining room.  As members of the Hood River Organics Community Supported Agriculture group a box of fresh, locally grown organic fruits and vegetables is delivered to the inn once a week. This produce, along with fresh herbs from the gardens and fruits and vegetables from the local farm stands and farmer’s markets, are used as ingredients in the breakfasts served every morning along with locally roasted organic coffee.

‘Everything you’d expect in a warm and cozy clean B&B. The room was wanting for nothing…very well stocked with attention to the smallest details.‘ a Tripadvisor contributor

For the outdoor enthusiast Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Timberline Ski Area, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, the Columbia River Gorge are all just minutes away and outdoor adventures abound.

For the wine lover visit “A World of Wine in 40 miles” on the backroads of the Columbia Gorge wine growing region. And breweries!  Oregon has the most small artisan breweries per capita than any other state in the union! Solera Brewery is walking distance down the street.

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.

Start Planning Your Oregon Vacation

Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Region and Bed and Breakfasts of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Your visit to the Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge Region of Oregon will be even more memorable with a stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, our only bed and breakfast in the Mt. Hood – Columbia Gorge Region. This inspected B&B inns is located close to all the finest attractions of the region, including:

Mt. Hood – Oregon’s Apex at 11, 240′

Mt Hood is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and it’s easy to see why.

  • Olympic-class skiing & snowboarding year-round
  • Breathtaking vistas in cross country skiing & snowshoe parks
  • Scenic hiking & biking trails
  • Historic Timberline Lodge – a National Park Lodge with a great restaurant, recreation & architecture
  • A cultural center & museum to learn the region’s history
  • And much more!

The Columbia River Gorge – Oregon’s Mightiest River

The Columbia River Gorge is one of the 7 wonders of Oregon and offers may things to see and do.

  • World-class water sports ranging from sailing & boating to parasailing & windsurfing
  • Over a dozen challenging and highly rated golf courses
  • Scenic driving & biking along the Historic Columbia River Highway & Bike Trail – be sure to stop at the Crown Point Vista House
  • Epicurean delights at a variety of restaurants featuring locally-sourced cuisine, plus wineries, breweries & distilleries
  • Farmland and winery tours, such as the Hood River County Fruit Loop, and farmers markets
  • Picturesque parks and forests for all your adventure recreation interests, from hiking & horseback riding to biking & birding
  • And much more!

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.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Staycation

A Trending Spring Break Staycation, Quick Drives 🚘, Whale Watching 🐳 & More

A Spring Break Staycation is your way to to stay close to home during spring break this year. Yet we’re all getting cabin fever from so much time at home and we’re feeling the need for a break from the ordinary. With spring in sight, going outdoors is a great option.

If you live in Oregon, or Southern Washington, Northern California, Idaho, you need not travel far to have a well deserved get-away.

Here’s a idea for you: A staycation at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Sensational Staycation Ideas for a break from the household grind and for those remote workers and digital nomads. When you’re on a real vacation, you don’t cook, clean, do chores or fret. Do as much as you want. As little as you want

Support Small Businesses with an Oregon Spring Break Staycations

Want to support local businesses while limiting social contact? Now’s a great time to purchase Gift Certificates from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. They can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inn across the state.

So Keep Calm and Stay with Us!  And here, I’ll put in a little jingle about Book Direct. As small business owners we are already starting to feel the ripple effect of this health scare. Our innkeepers truly appreciate your direct bookings. When you commit to booking direct, you will enjoy many perks and amenities that you would not have access to when booking through a travel agency. Not to mention, you will almost always pay less and stay in some very sanitized inns.

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 will end March 12. 

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

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah FallsMultnomah Falls is the most visited recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with 2 million stopping each year to take in the views. As a local innkeeper I suggest visiting the falls on either ends of the day and midweek to beat the crowds. I also suggest taking the time to hike the 6 miles Wahkeena – Multnomah Falls loop so as to ‘discover’ 6 more waterfalls, if you indeed love to chase waterfalls.

Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually its highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. Five flows of Yakima basalt are visible in the falls’ cliff face.

The earthcache ‘Multnomah Falls’, GC98X65, studies the different types of exposed basalt layers.

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. Choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member in Portland or the Columbia River Gorge as your home base while chasing waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

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 will end March 12. 

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

Spring Ski on Mt. Hood and stay at the Old Parkdale Inn

Spring Ski
Think Social Distancing and Spring Skiing on Mt Hood. Get out of town, get outdoors and enjoy the super sanitized Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s going to be awesome at least through April.

Book your room and leave the rest to the accommodating innkeepers. They’ll get you settled in for a comfortable night’s sleep, serve fresh coffee and a hearty breakfast in the morning and point you in the direction of Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort, only 19 miles from Mt. Hood/Parkdale or Timberline Ski Area, 32 miles or to a snow park or tubing hill.

Comfortable and Safe

Why stay in a Columbia River Gorge hotel when you can stay nearer to The Mountain and have all the comforts of home? As a small business owner we certainly appreciate your business. We’ve always maintained health and sanitation standards provided by our county health department and assure Health and Hospitality in all our guest rooms and common spaces as advised by many health departments, both local and national.

Come stay at the Old Parkdale Inn, play in Hood River County, ski on Mt Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain at 11, 240′, and relax at the Old Parkdale Inn. They’ve created some enticing packages for your Ski Vacation on Mt Hood. Lots of opportunity for outdoor snow adventures. 

Reserve your Stay Now

Deal #1) Cozy Winter Nights: Stay 2 Nights, Mid Week, Sunday through Thursday, and take 20% off room rates. Available January 2, 2022 through March, 2022. Ask us about discount mid-week ski lift tickets at Timberline Lodge. After you book with us we will provide a code to enter when booking your tickets on line. Request code in ‘Special Accommodations’ box when booking online.

Deal #2) Stay, Play and Ski: Stay 2 nights and receive 2 Gorge-to-Mountain tokens for a lift to Mt Hood Meadows or Tea Cup Snow Park, on Columbia Area Transit (CAT) G2M Express.

Deal #3) Stay, Play and Ski: Book your 3 night stay at the Old Parkdale Inn now through March 17 and enjoy 15% off lodging. Also included: 2 Gorge-to-Mountain tokens for a lift to Mt Hood Meadows or Tea Cup on Columbia Area Transit (CAT) G2M Express.

Deal #4) Stay, Play and Relax: Same as Deal #3: minus the G2M ride tokens. You won’t need them for a respite at the Old Parkdale inn. Book three consecutive nights and get the third night free. Experience the quiet of winter in the Hood River Valley and the Old Parkdale Inn.

Click HERE to book directly online, choose your dates, then select our Book Direct, Prepay and Save rate to receive 10% off our Best Available Rate (good only for online reservations). Prepay a non refundable 25% deposit and receive 10% Book direct discount.

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 will end March 12. 

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

bookdirect

Book Direct at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn. Book Direct is a trending thing we can all embrace and benefit from.

When you commit to booking direct, you will enjoy many perks and amenities that you would not have access to when booking through a travel agency. Not to mention, you will almost always pay less!

More than a hashtag

We believe that the #BookDirect message is more than just an annual hashtag and is a crucial one we should be spreading every single day. Also known as ‘Guest Education Day’ our goal is to explain the mutual benefits for both guests and hosts.

As small business owners our innkeepers truly appreciate your direct bookings. This not only allows you a more specialized experience as you interact directly with us, you also benefit the local economy

Book Direct

When booking direct:

  • You’re most always guaranteed the lowest pricing available. ‘An OTA (online travel agent) may be able to influence the price to get you to book but there is little they can do to improve your stay.’ Support your local businesses and #bookdirect! You save on your getaway, receive personalized service and the business saves on steep commissions – it’s a win win
  • The truth is, these booking sites charge at least 15% of each booking to the small business owner and sometimes charge you a ‘service fee’. The independent innkeeper really appreciates it when you book directly with them through their website
  • You work directly with the property in case of changes, delays, or cancellations
  • You typically will not have to pay additional booking, change, or cancellation fees.
  • You will enjoy exclusive benefits and can take advantage of special deals, amenities, and packages
  • Managers and homeowners know the properties and the area better than anyone and can better match travelers to homes and help plan a better vacation experience.
  • Book Direct

How can you, the traveler Join the Movement and make sure you’re always booking direct?

  • Always verify you are on the inn’s, or bed and breakfast’s website before you book.
  • When in doubt, call the Inn directly for assistance.
  • Be careful using the blue Book a Room button in Google. It NEVER goes directly to the the inn’s website. It ALWAYS goes to an online travel agency such as Booking.com or Expedia, or one of their downstream booking partners.

We invite you to read our online reviews. And then we encourage you to go directly to our websites and Book Direct: for all the right reasons

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 is still requiring masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. 

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

Blueberry Croissant French Toast

Blueberry Croissant French Toast served at the Old Parkdale Inn B&B, in the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of this Mt. Hood B&B.

National Croissant Day is January 30th but this buttery dish is served anytime at the Old Parkdale Inn

Blueberry Croissant French ToastThis Blueberry Croissant French Toast is a perfect breakfast entrée for both spring and summer, and super pretty when topped with fresh Oregon berries.

Let the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the comfortable Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast be your lodging alternative to a hotel or motel in the Hood River Valley. And maybe if you ask ahead they’ll treat you to this decadent Blueberry Croissant French Toast.


Blueberry Croissant French Toast

6-7 Large Croissants, torn into pieces
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Pecans

Thoroughly grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter or non stick spray. Tear up croissants and place half in bottom of baking dish. Cut up cream cheese into small pieces and place them on top of croissants. Put half the blueberries on top of cream cheese. Layer other half of torn croissants on top, then the rest of blueberries. Beat eggs, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour egg mixture over croissant mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, scatter pecans over french toast. Melt butter & add brown sugar to it to make a glaze like mixture. Drizzle mixture over french toast. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50- 60 minutes. Watch carefully last 10 minutes to make sure pecans don’t burn. If getting too dark, put some foil lightly over french toast to stop browning. Makes 8 generous portions.

Substitute any juicy berry such at strawberries or the Oregon Marionberry. Or maybe Peaches? Peaches and Cream sounds pretty good, too.

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 and Oregon will be following this guidance, which applies to fully vaccinated individuals. That means Oregonians and our guests who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces.

Let’s all be respectful and safe. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, it’s still a little scary, 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.