Category Archives: Columbia River Gorge

Guest Blogger: Liz Bartholomew, innkeeper, Three Sleeps B&B

‘In 2002 we planted about 8 acres of vineyard on our Mosier, Oregon property.  We grow mainly syrah, tempranillo and viognier.  Our labyrinth has 5 varietals, syrah, tempranillo, petite verdot, cab franc and malbec.  They labyrinth grapes are fermented together to make, what is called, a field blend.  Guests at the bed and breakfast are encouraged to walk the Labyrinth.

‘Our winery and tasting room, Dominio IV in Carlton, Oregon, is owned by our daughter and son-in-law, Leigh Bartholomew and Patrick Reuter. We’ve been selected as a 2018 International Pinot Noir Celebration – IPNC – Featured Winery!   Dominio is Latin for feast and Spanish for territory or dominion.  The IV refers to four people, four seasons, four climates and four quadrants of the labyrinth.   We farm our grapes organically.  We truck our grapes from here to Carlton where all the wine is made.   We do purchase other grapes that we don’t grow, mainly Pinot Noir.  However, Leigh and Patrick have just planted some Pinot at their property in Carlton.

‘Our home was built 2007 and 2008 on our vineyard property.  We didn’t start out thinking B and B but it evolved into that as we were building. Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast opened in 2010 using our two extra rooms originally designed for and still used periodically for our daughters and their families.   They each have their own bathroom, sitting area and outdoor patio.”

On a side note, I might add, as the creator of this blog post, that I’ve always been fascinated how Three Sleeps got its name:  It is reported that when the Lewis and Clark expedition came to the area of the Columbia River that is now Mosier in 1805, they asked the local Native Americans how far it was to the Pacific Ocean. The answer: “Three Sleeps”.

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.

WAAAM

WAAAM in Hood River Oregon

WAAAM, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, in Hood River Oregon is full of Life, housing one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country.  You’re sure to enjoy their extensive collection of antique aircraft including the 1917 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, the Piper Cub and WACO collections,  Aeronca collection, Stearman collection and many more fun aircraft.

Don’t forget the cars.  There are over 130 cars in the collection.  You’re sure to find your favorite whether it be a 1914 Detroit Electric, a Ford Model A or Model T, a Packard, a Studebaker or even a Locomobile.

WAAAM events happen throughout the year.  Visit their website for more information and more events:
Traffic Jam ~ July 8 and 9, 2016 ~ Food. Fun. Music. a museum, a car show, and a swap meet all in one great place.
Second Saturday ~ Get your engines running every Second Saturday at WAAAM. Weather permitting cars and planes will be brought outside and fired up.  Inclimate weather demonstrations held inside.
Fly-In ~ September 10 and 11, 2016 ~ Attracting hundreds of people each year and is a great way to see old aircraft fly and meet the awesome people who fly them.
Model A Day ~  September 17, 2016 ~ Enjoy this gathering of Model A Fords (Model Ts welcome too). There is nothing like seeing all of these old cars in motion.

In 2015 Old Parkdale Inn played host to Red Chair Travels.  The Red Chair traveled to over 20 states with nearly 500 innkeepers before it visited us at the Old Parkdale Inn.  I believe it is somewhere in Canada now, lucky chair!!  We were thrilled to host Red and act as it’s concierge visiting sights in The Valley, The Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood National Forest. Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

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.

Lavender

Lavender Fields with a Mt Hood View

With Mt Hood as a backdrop, the lavender farms of the Hood River Valley are nurtured with abundant sunshine and fertile soils and growers who take pride in producing their quality lavender products.  You’ll find serenity, be rejuvenated in the aromatic fields.

Hood River Lavender is a certified organic farm in the Hood River Valley.  The owners, Diane and Joe not only grow acres of lavender, they steam distill their crop to produce high quality pure essential oil of lavender which goes into the making of their line of bath and beauty products.

In 2015 Red Chair Travels visited the Hood River Valley and relaxed awhile in the Hood River Lavender fields.

Lavender Valley farms 25-acres in the rich soils of the Hood River Valley, some rows are oriented with a vanishing point that pays reverence to the beauty of Mt. Hood.  The grounds also offer a 5,000 square-foot, circular view area for picnics, events or celebrations.  The lavender products they produce are designed to bring lavender into your daily life.

Both Lavender Farms are located on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the Hood River valley.  Meandering the scenic back roads, with awe inspiring views of Mt Hood around every corner.   Visit family farms, wineries, and friendly communities.  Over 15,000 acres of fruit trees are in full bloom from about mid April through mid May.

There are 9 unique Oregon bed and breakfast inns located in the Hood River Valley.  Each provides the hospitality and comforts not always found in hotels.  After a hearty Northwest breakfast our innkeepers love to help you plan your day, whether it be hiking the forests that surround Mt Hood, tasting wines, searching for that perfect photo op or just relaxing at a serene location such as the Hood River Lavender fields.

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.

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the Hood River Valley

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the same region of Oregon?  Where can you ski in the morning and windsurf in the afternoon?  Then dine at fine restaurants and sip award winning wines, brews or ciders in the evening? The innkeepers of Oregon’s Mt Hood/Gorge Region will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on where to ski, surf, and sip.

The wind and the currents of the Mighty Columbia River combine to create a kind of wind tunnel that makes for legendary windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions.  South of the city, above the pear and apple orchards of the Hood River Valley, the massive glaciered peak of one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, Mount Hood, rises to fill the horizon, a perfect postcard image of Oregon complete with summer skiing.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hood River Valley

Hood River Valley Blossoms are an Oregon Must See

The Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is next weekend but the acres and acres of Fruit Blossoms are putting on a show right now through the first part of May.

There are over 2 million cherry, apple, and pear trees in the Hood River and they welcome spring by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers along the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile self guided driving tour along the county’s scenic back roads.  The blossom started in the lower elevations around the town of Hood River, they are in full bloom now in the the Mid Valley and just starting to bud at the higher elevations in the Upper Hood River Valley.

Along with the blossoms April brings the re-opening of the many Fruit Stands, Wineries and Cideries that have been closed for the winter months.  Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more.   Venues along the fruit loop play host to many events all year starting with these events in April:

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest – Saturday, April 16, 2016
sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers along with more than 20 cideries others who participate with upwards of 38 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food trucks and music

Gorge Artists Open Studios – April 22-24, 2016
Enjoy art in the Columbia River Gorge. The tour is free and self-guided. The artist roster for 2016 features a variety of work including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture photography, textiles, fiber.  Artists’ studios are located throughout the mid-Columbia Gorge both in Washington and Oregon

Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show – April 16-17, 2016
This annual craft show and plant sale at the Hood River Fairgrounds includes more than 125 vendors selling jewelry, plants, clothing, baked goods, photos, paintings, metal art, garden art, and wine tastings. The annual quilt show includes more than 100 beautiful quilts.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Buffet

The Cherry Blossom Buffet is one of Mosier Oregon’s most anticipated yearly event.  Served up by the Mosier Grange on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, this delightful event will be held in the Mosier Grange Hall.  You won’t want to miss so take Exit 69 off of Interstate 5 and follow the signs to the Grange Hall.

The buffet features:  Grilled Salmon, Ham, Main Dishes, Salads and a Cherry Dessert.  The price is only $10.00 for adults, $2.00 for children age 6:12 and free for the littles under 6.  Proceeds benefit the Mosier Grange hall as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter.  For more information call 541-478-3505

After you eat, we invite you to take the guided route through the Mosier Valley to view the beautiful cherry blossoms and wildflowers.

Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to Mosier with two spacious rooms that overlook their mountain vineyard and the little valley in Mosier full of cherry trees and a Mt. Adams view.  Only 15 mins from the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River you’ll feel like you are miles from anywhere. Both rooms have private baths and patios and their own entrances.

Plan your visit around the Cherry Blossom and Wildflower burst, now through May.  And you might want to come back when the delicious Mosier Cherries are being harvested.  Or perhaps come back for the wine. Lots of exploring to do in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

The Historic Columbia River Highway Celebrates 100 years in 2016

It’s that time of year again.  Time to start planning that Oregon Road Trip. 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.  I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon for sharing this information

Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway Map

Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913 and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age.

As its name implies, the Byway is incredibly rich in cultural history.  This stretch of the Columbia once served as fishing and meeting grounds for the many indigenous peoples of the Columbia Basin.  Oregon Trail Pioneers also traveled down the Columbia in the mid 1800s.

When the highway first opened in 1916, Teddy Roosevelt praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. And The Illustrated London News went on to call it “the king of roads.” With its mossy stone walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens of waterfalls, this All-American Road still reigns as one of the world’s most glorious drives.’

Start planning your road trip by booking a room at either a Portland or Mt Hood Region bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of or many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Punch Bowl Falls

Punch Bowl Falls in one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, the Columbia River Gorge

Punch Bowl Falls is one of the most photographed falls in the Columbia River Gorge, maybe even the Pacific Northwest.  But you’ll need to get your hiking boots on and trek in about a mile and a half along the Eagle Creek Trail.  Constructed in 1915 with pick axes and shovels, the cliffs have been blasted out so that the trail could bypass several deep canyons.   The entire Eagle Creek trail is 14 miles long with a minimum of 6 waterfalls along the way.

You can Chase Waterfalls with us by subscribing to this blog, follow us on Pinterest, and on our Facebook Page.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon!  I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do 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. The heart of the Columbia River Gorge is located just a 30-minute drive from Portland or Hood River and bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Dry Creek Falls

Dry Creek Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

Dry Creek FallsThe hike to Dry Creek Falls is moderate to difficult, only because it is a slow 2 mile climb.  But oh, so worth it.  We hiked in on a very cold, 20° New Years Day, 2015, and found that the creek was flowing and the basalt covered with ice.  Also some beautiful ice formations in the creek below the falls.

You can Chase Waterfalls with us by subscribing to this blog, follow us on Pinterest, and on our Facebook Page.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon!  I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

Dry Creek Falls is only one of over 70 waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. You can Chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages. The heart of the Columbia River Gorge is located just a 30-minute drive from Portland or Hood River and bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.