Category Archives: Explore Oregon

Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway ~ Take Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway in the Southern Oregon Cascades

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

‘Two Raging Rivers Run Through It.  More commonly know as the ‘highway of waterfalls’, we hiked to and found 7 on our recent trip, the Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway ascends from I-5 into the southern Cascades, tracking two of Oregon’s most storied rivers.’ From Gold Hill on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon or from Roseburg on the Umpqua River 85 miles north you’re only moments from enjoying this spectacular route. Follow the “Wild and Scenic” Umpqua and Rogue rivers through enchanting recreation areas in the heart of the southern Cascades.

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

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

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn. Whether you choose to travel the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway north or south, there’s an Oregon Bed and Breakfast for your start/stop lodging option.

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

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates

A Gift of Relaxation through the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

When booking direct:

  • You usually are 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.

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.

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.

So many unique inns in the Willamette Valley. Your generous Gift of Lodging will pair the recipient with an opportunity to explore Oregon’s wine country and enjoy a stay at a Willamette Valley bed and breakfast.

  • A world famous wine country that offers 440 wineries, producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling using the grapes from 647 vineyards in the region
  • Organic farms providing livestock and produce for fine dining at area restaurants
  • Several craft breweries, cideries, meaderies & distilleries
  • An active arts culture & museums can be found throughout the region
  • Scenic drives & biking routes that connect it all on back roads and through covered bridges

Give the Gift of Lodging in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. If you know someone who’s dreaming of life after quarantine a Gift of Lodging will be a dream come true when they’re ready to travel again.

Youngberg HilI Vineyards and Inn, Oregon’s premier wine country inn sits on a 50 acre hilltop surrounded by organic 25 year old vineyards.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast – “Come stay where fine wines are born!” A little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country,

A’Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast  is the perfect spot for your escape from reality, where their location and enhanced safety measures allow one to enjoy Oregon Wine Country in the comfort of a relaxing, convenient home.

The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the charming community of Carlton where you can stroll to numerous tasting rooms, wineries, unique shops and wonderful restaurants.

C’est La Vie Inn offers a clean and safe small accommodation experience in Eugene’s Jefferson Westside neighborhood. Walking distance to the Lane County fairgrounds, the food, brewery, and distillery scene in the Whiteaker neighborhood and the Downtown/Market District.

From R.R. Thompson House stroll to restaurants, tasting rooms and shops in Carlton, the heart of Oregon Wine Country. The R. R. Thompson House is just three blocks from historic Main Street.

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.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: 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.

wonderful hikes on the oregon coast

The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

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.

‘This Byway offers many natural wonders. Visit between November and June to watch the storms come in or to scan the horizon to catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales. Several rock formations are home to large colonies of seals and sea lions, and shorebirds abound in the countless estuaries. And then there’s the wind-sculpted dunes, marshes, lush agricultural valleys and majestic rainforests.’ The Oregon Coast: one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Thanks to Travel Oregon for sharing this information.

Yes, it’s possible to drive the entire Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in a single day.  But why would you when you have 8 member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild from Cannon Beach to Gold Beach? Take a few days and enjoy the ride.

Oregon is embracing electric vehicles (EVs) with such enthusiasm we are creating Electric Byways across the state. The Oregon Coast Electric Byway allows you drive all 363 miles of the beautiful Oregon Coast and charge your EV along the way.

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, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates

Your purchase of Oregon Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates make a difference by supporting our small, often family run, businesses and our communities. Give the gift of rest and relaxation by purchasing Gift Certificates from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. 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. No two inns are alike. One thing we all have in common: we are small, owner/manager operated, independent lodging properties. Fact: for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.

America Runs on Small Businesses and small businesses are the retail backbone of our communities and our economy. Shop Small is a nationwide movement dedicated to supporting thousands of small businesses and encouraging shoppers to think small. Many of our inns offer gift certificates for redemption at their bed and breakfasts.  Visit their websites for details.

However when you give the gift of lodging at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast you will be giving the gift of a unique Oregon experience. And the recipient can decide where and when to use them. So maybe a walk in the sand on the Oregon Coast would soothe the soul. Or a hike or snowshoe along the rim of Crater Lake. Catch a new museum exhibit in Portland. Sample a Pinot Noir in the Oregon Wine Country. Maybe just relax with a good book in one of our inns.

The Lodging Gift Certificates of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild can be purchased online and are redeemable at any one of our
Oregon Bed and Breakfasts, available in $25 increments. When purchasing a Gift Certificate either through our website or directly from the inn of your choice, know that 100% goes directly to our innkeepers, each a small individually owned Oregon Inn. No commissions like some online certificate services. We thank you in advance.

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

Hospitality Update: Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Three Capes Scenic Drive and two Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Three Capes Scenic Drive is a spectacular one with dramatic cliffs, old growth forests, crashing waves, hidden beaches, and historic lighthouses.

This gorgeous byway connects three amazing capes: Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout, and Cape Meares, and loops around on a lovely inland stretch of highway 101.   Along the way, you’ll pass incredible sea stacks, sand dunes, pristine beaches and charming seaside towns, two of which are home to Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns.

At Thyme and Tide Bed and Breakfast, in Oceanside fall asleep to the sound of the surf and wake up to a delicious hot breakfast.  Oceanside is a cozy little hideaway located just off the Three Capes Scenic Route.  Built upon a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Oceanside offers the ambiance of a quaint European Village.

Also in Oceanside you’ll find turtlejanes bed and breakfast, delightful small inn on the Oregon Coast. Nine miles west of Tillamook, home of world-famous Tillamook Cheese, 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.

Located just offshore is the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, the first National Wildlife Refuge established west of the Mississippi. Three Arch Rocks is home to the largest breeding colony of tufted puffins and the only site on Oregon’s North Coast for pupping steller sea lions. A tunnel through Maxwell Point affords access to Tunnel Beach, Agate Beach and other secluded beaches.

The drive only takes a couple of hours in total, but you’ll want to plan on taking some extra time to explore along the way, perhaps create a multi-day adventure, allowing our innkeepers to be your hosts.

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, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

wonderful hikes on the oregon coast

The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

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.

‘This Byway offers many natural wonders. Visit between November and June to watch the storms come in or to scan the horizon to catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales. Several rock formations are home to large colonies of seals and sea lions, and shorebirds abound in the countless estuaries. And then there’s the wind-sculpted dunes, marshes, lush agricultural valleys and majestic rainforests.’ The Oregon Coast: one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Thanks to Travel Oregon for sharing this information.

Yes, it’s possible to drive the entire Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in a single day.  But why would you when you have 9 member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild from Cannon Beach to Gold Beach? Take a few days and enjoy the ride.

Oregon is embracing electric vehicles (EVs) with such enthusiasm we are creating Electric Byways across the state. The Oregon Coast Electric Byway allows you drive all 363 miles of the beautiful Oregon Coast and charge your EV along the way.

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, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Leaf Peepers

Oregon Leaf Peepers are sure to enjoy the vibrant fall colors

Oregon Leaf Peepers have come to expect a stunning fall color show and this year’s changing seasons will not disappoint as a variety of deciduous trees begin to change against a bold evergreen background. Visit our National forests, our orchards and vineyards, our state and urban parks and our grand, stately neighborhoods.

Typically one can expect the Willamette Valley peak color change to happen during the third week in October. The higher you go in the Cascade Mountains the earlier the color change. Road passes often peak 10 days to two weeks earlier than the lower elevations.

The earliest fall color display happens in the Wallowa Mountains and northeast region of Oregon, peaking the first part of October.

Begin planning your Fall Foliage Tour, first by choosing a region, then by calling an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inn and asking when the peak near them will occur.  We may not hit it right on but since we live and play in our regions we have a pretty good idea what’s happening around us.

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, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.