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Benham Falls Oregon

Waterfall Wednesday in Oregon

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls. Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map was created with your planning in mind. We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat and of course, where to find some of the very best Oregon Waterfalls.

Latourell Falls – one of the Columbia River Highway Waterfalls, #14 on the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

Latourell Falls is usually the first waterfall seen along the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. The falls plunge 224 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt, some of the best formations in the Pacific Northwest. This waterfall is usually most recognized for the large patch of bright yellow lichen adorning the cliff face to the right of the falls

Latourell Falls

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

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.

Artistically designed limited edition while supplies last

oregon waterfall mapGet your map FREE map while supplies last. We invite you to come, stay, (water)fall in love with Oregon! Remember to order your FREE Oregon Waterfalls map while supplies last!

Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

You can chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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 Plan for Vacation Day

Oregon Mural Trail feature in The Dalles, Oregon, an historic city on the sunny eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge. The Dalles is fortunate to have easy access to rivers, hiking trails and scenic drives.

Travel Oregon’s Oregon, Only Slightly Exaggerated reveals whimsical scenes of enchanting forests, vineyards, rivers, mountains and more, and share with you that magical feeling of being in Oregon.

The captivating artwork is coming to the real world, proudly hand-painted on walls in Oregon where the illustrations represent the destinations. Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of each community. Take photos of the murals and use the hashtag #OregonIsMagic in social posts to share the love. And while you’re there, visit the landmarks and businesses that make these towns just so magical.

The featured mural was dedicated in The Dalles,Oregon. Lodging options in the Columbia River Gorge, the inns of the Mt Hood and The Gorge region.

Sneak Peak into 2022
NORTHWEST MURALFEST IN THE DALLES

Once a year, hundreds of Walldogs volunteer and travel on their own time and dimes to gather in one lucky town or city to paint multiple murals and old-fashioned wall advertisements. The Northwest MuralFest is a five-day mural painting event to be held in The Dalles, OR, planned for August of 2022. During the festival, 15 new historical murals will be created in the downtown area.

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.

Benham Falls Oregon

Waterfall Wednesday in Oregon – Horsetail Falls

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls. Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map was created with your planning in mind. We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat and of course, where to find some of the very best Oregon Waterfalls.

Horsetail Falls – one of the Columbia River Highway Waterfalls, #14 on the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

Named for its characteristic form, Horsetail Falls plunges 176 feet within view of the Historic Columbia River Highway’s “Waterfall Corridor.” Just east of the falls is a great picnic spot to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and watch the passing freight trains.

Horsetail falls

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

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.

Artistically designed limited edition while supplies last

oregon waterfall mapGet your map FREE map while supplies last. We invite you to come, stay, (water)fall in love with Oregon! Remember to order your FREE Oregon Waterfalls map while supplies last!

Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

You can chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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.

Benham Falls Oregon

Waterfall Wednesday in Oregon and Ecola Falls

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls. Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map was created with your planning in mind. We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat and of course, where to find some of the very best Oregon Waterfalls.

Ecola Falls

Ecola Falls – #15 on the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

Ecola Falls is one of over 70 spectacular falls in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Ecola is the last major waterfall along Multnomah Creek. Local innkeepers will recommend Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail: a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features 7 waterfalls, including Ecola,

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

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.

Artistically designed limited edition while supplies last

oregon waterfall mapGet your map FREE map while supplies last. We invite you to come, stay, (water)fall in love with Oregon! Remember to order your FREE Oregon Waterfalls map while supplies last!

Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

You can chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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: Watch for updates as mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.

Snow Plows

Don’t Pass Snow Plows on the Right.  Makes sense, right?

The snow has settled in almost everywhere in Oregon, from the beaches along the Oregon Coast to the top of Mt Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak and well east into the Wallowas.

Snow plows are clearing the roads, pushing, or blowing, the snow off to the road shoulder and beyond. Get the picture? A couple years back someone tacked this added message below the warning sign that really states the obvious. Be prepared when exploring Oregon during the winter months. Watch for snow plows and other maintenance equipment. And don’t always rely on that GPS. Many forest roads, while beautiful alternatives from the main highways and freeways during the snow free months, are not maintained during the winter.

Travelers should be aware that even a few inches of snow can obscure icy roads and soft shoulders where vehicles can become stuck.  Winter storms can trigger unexpected rock slides, and falling limbs and trees; they can quickly change driving conditions on forest roads from passable to impassable in a matter of minutes.

Keys to safe winter driving: Plan for the unexpected. Keep in mind that cell phones may not work in remote areas. Check the latest road and weather conditions at TripCheck.com or dial 511 before heading out. Always tell someone where you’re going and stick to that plan.   Carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. Travelers should be prepared to spend long periods of time in the car. Blankets or sleeping bags, warm clothes, a snow shovel, water, food and other necessities are recommended as part of a complete vehicle emergency kit. Always fuel up at the beginning of the trip.

Weather can change quickly, particularly in higher elevations. Good snow tires, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and chains are advised or often required, when driving in winter conditions. As a general rule, always adjust your speed to current conditions and drive at speeds that allow you to stop in half of the visible road distance ahead of you.

ODOT and the County Maintenance Crews do an amazing job keeping our Highways and Interstates passable. They plow, they de-ice and sand but it is our job to use a little common sense, stay on roads maintained during the winter months, and drive cautiously to make sure we reach our destination safely.

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: Watch for updates as mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.

Spring Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast

Winter Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast offers front row seats for folks to witness the yearly migration of the grey whale.

Winter Whale Watching can be observed as gray whales cruise along the Oregon coast en route from Alaska to Mexico, spouting geyser-like blasts of spray as they go. Thanks to towering coastal bluffs and a string of beaches set aside as state parks, Oregon offers visitors front-row seats for whale watching. People come from all over the United States to learn about the gray whales that migrate past our coast each year.

The Whale Watching Spoken Here program, unfortunately has been cancelled for the winter season. Blame COVID. In the meantime check out this video from Winter 2019. It has some great tips on how to look for gray whales migrating this time of year. The volunteers hope to be back for the Spring migration in 2022.

Located on U.S. 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, the Whale Watching Center is but one place to the center locate and watch whales as they blow, dive, spy hop and breach. About 18,000 gray whales will pass by in about 4 weeks, from mid-December to mid-January. The same locations are still great viewing spots.

Whales are visible from Oregon’s shores year round! Even more during the winter and spring migrations. Use this map to help plan your next whale watching trip. These are some of the best places to spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns on the Oregon Coast can be home base for your trip to the Oregon Coast to witness this yearly migration. From Astoria to Port Orford, 6 inspected and approved bed and breakfast inns of the Oregon B&B Guild will provide the ultimate in Oregon Coast Lodging.

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: Watch for updates as mask restrictions may lift soon under 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.

Benham Falls Oregon

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls. Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map was created with your planning in mind. We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat and of course, where to find some of the very best Oregon Waterfalls.

Drift Creek Falls is found east of Lincoln City in the central Oregon Coast Range. The Forest Service constructed a very leisurely trail to the falls in the 90s, which features a 250 foot long suspension bridge crossing Drift Creek adjacent to the falls that provides easy access to the opposite side of the gorge and the base of the falls.

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

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.

Artistically designed limited edition while supplies last

oregon waterfall mapGet your map FREE map while supplies last. We invite you to come, stay, (water)fall in love with Oregon! Remember to order your FREE Oregon Waterfalls map while supplies last!

Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

You can chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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: Watch for updates as mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.

Winter Birding Southern Oregon

Winter Birding in Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin

While winter birding in Southern Oregon witness the noisy, large flocks of snow geese as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath BasinWelcome to the Klamath Basin Birding Trail.

From November through February over 500 Bald Eagles arrive to the Klamath Basin, the largest concentration in lower 48 states, and winter near Bear Valley Roost. A leucistic bald eagle, nicknamed “Blondie,” has made the Klamath Basin its home for several years. Leucism is similar to albinism, an incredibly rare trait in an already rare species. The Basin also hosts Oregon’s highest concentration of the elusive Yellow Rail.

Located just 28 miles from Crater Lake National Park, The Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner House can be the perfect home base when winter birding in southern Oregon on the Crater Lake Loop of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail.  

Prospect Historic Hotel
Prospect Historic Hotel

The skeleton of the mighty Mt. Mazama exists today as Crater Lake National Park. The lake itself is a true American treasure that invites Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Double-crested Cormorant and holds the seventh deepest lake in the world.

Spend a few days at the Prospect Hotel, visit Crater Lake and the birding sites along the Crater Lake Loop, then head south to the Mt. McLoughlin Loop of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. This loop will take you along the north-western flanks of the Upper Klamath Basin and possibly the most ecologically diverse section on the entire route.

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 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.

Hospitality Update: Watch for updates as vaccinations rise, cases decline and mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.

Benham Falls Oregon

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

Clearwater Falls – on of the Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls, #55 on the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

Clearwater Falls‘High up in the Umpqua River drainage, the spring fed Clearwater River bubbles out of the ground and starts flowing through placid pools and never ending logjams. The ground around the falls is permeated with soft soil and thousands of intertwined roots, allowing the river to seep in and out of the ground at will. The result is a waterfall that appears to be springing from the ground. As mentioned, the Clearwater River is spring fed, and is one of the most consistent streams in the northwest in terms of flow, so visiting any time of the year will yield more or less the same results.’ Northwest Waterfall Survey

It’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls. Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map was created with your planning in mind. We included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat and of course, where to find some of the very best Oregon Waterfalls. We’ve a limited supply of maps left. View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

Artistically designed limited edition while supplies last

oregon waterfall mapGet your map FREE map while supplies last. We invite you to come, stay, (water)fall in love with Oregon! Remember to order your FREE Oregon Waterfalls map while supplies last!

Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now.

Chasing Oregon Waterfalls

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 and the Chasing Waterfalls category on this blog.

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: Watch for updates as vaccinations are on the rise and mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.

shop small online

We invite you to Shop Small Online as Shopping Small adds up to Big Things.

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.

Of course, we’d love to have you stay with us, let us provide some of the best hospitality Oregon has to offer, eat our home-cooked meals and get the inside scoop to the area’s best attractions and shopping.

But if traveling isn’t in your plans just now and you need some sweet gifts, or something for yourself, we asked our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild innkeepers to share a few local stores that have an online option so as to extend a show of small business camaraderie and economic optimism.

Shop Small online from the businesses in the Hood River Valley

Of course, we’d love to have you stay with at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast, let us provide some of the best hospitality Oregon has to offer, eat a home-cooked meals and get the inside scoop to the area’s best attractions and shopping.

But if traveling isn’t in your plans just now and you need some sweet gifts, or something for yourself, we asked our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild innkeepers to share a few local stores that have an online option so as to extend a show of small business camaraderie and economic optimism.

In the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, is the Old Parkdale Inn, a B&B in the quaint town of Parkdale. Much of Hood River’s Bounty is utilized at the Inn.

While online you might consider purchasing a gift certificate for a stay at Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakast, either for yourself, you certainly deserve it, or as a thoughtful gift.

Future Folks: Custom furniture, finishes and home decor. Artisan metal fabrications and earthy candles.

Moby Coffee Roasters: Roasted around the corner and enjoyed at the Old Parkdale Inn. Perhaps a gift of a monthly subscription? Brew and enjoy at home

The Fruit Company: offers the world’s finest fresh fruit, sourced from local orchards in Hood River, Oregon. Baskets, Gift towers and monthly fruit clubs, the ideal choice for a birthday gift, a sweet romantic surprise, a celebration of friendship, a holiday remembrance, a business gift, or “just because.”

Hood River Lavender: handcrafted merchandise ranging from bath and body products to various culinary items. Made with 100% PURE Lavender Essential Oil which is processed right here 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: Watch for updates as vaccinations rise, cases decline and mask restrictions may lift soon under 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 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.