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Want to know what are the best hikes in Oregon? That’s a tricky question… there are many incredible places to hike in Oregon and each has its own unique charm.

So, after much thought, we’ve created a list of the three best hikes in Oregon based on specific interests. There are many, many, more but consider these a starting point for your next adventure:

Best Oregon Hike for Photography: Watchman Peak Trail 
Located in the Crater Lake National Park, the very top of the Watchman Peak Trail at the Watchman Overlook is the place to be. While the trail is steep it’s short (approximately 3-hours round trip) hike and there are places to catch your breath along the way. Those who make the trek to the Overlook will be rewarded by an incredible view of Crater Lake. The trail does close seasonally. It’s best to go between June and October. Bring your camera! Learn more here.

Best Hike in Oregon for History Buffs: Fort Stevens
This 4,300-acre park near Astoria, Oregon, is one of the nation’s largest campgrounds and a must-see destination for history buffs. It has much to offer, including beach-combing, a freshwater lake, trails, wildlife, and a historic shipwreck. Fort Stevens was built near the end of the Civil War to protect the Columbia River. It is also the site of a military installation once used to guard the mouth of the Columbia River from Confederate ships. The fort was in service for 84 years — up until World War II. Learn more here.

Best Hike for Bird Watching: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
If you’re into bird watching, grab your binoculars and head to the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge just south of Salem. To date, more than 230 different types of birds have been spotted in the area. While there are two easily accessible boardwalk routes, you’re likely to see more birds at the Pintail and Egret Marsh Boardwalk, especially if you hike further into the interior ponds where the shorebirds like to hang out. Learn more here.


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Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Summer is an ideal time to hit the hiking trails on Mt Hood for wildflowers and waterfalls.

For the Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls (#22) then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls (#21) and back down to the lodge. The wildflowers were amazing. The views were stunning. Take a bit off your mileage with a ride on the Stadium chair lift for trail access.

You can extend your hike with the Umbrella Falls (#23) and Sahalie Falls, a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, wildflowers, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom
Start, and end, your adventure chasing wildflowers and waterfalls on Mt Hood at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

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There are many dog friendly hiking trails to spectacular waterfalls in Oregon.

Listed below are the best dog friendly waterfall hikes in Oregon, arranged by region. Remember to grab a leash – dogs are allowed to use these trails but must be tethered.

Make sure to request a free copy of the limited edition The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map, so you may take the map with you on your hikes and more easily keep your footing. The W# beside each waterfall refers to the waterfall number on the map. You may also view a digital version of the map online now. When you go, plan to stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn in Mt Hood; the motel at the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect; and C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg; as these are pet-friendly, top-rated, OBBG properties.

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Willamette Valley

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  • Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls TrailAlsea Falls (W42) is the namesake and the first of two cascades on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail (W41). These two waterfalls are stunning, quick, and easy to reach with a 2.4-mile out-and-back trail. It’s a good year-round trail for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls: Sahalie Falls (W46) is the first and tallest of three waterfalls on the roaring McKenzie River. It plunges about 100 feet over a naturally formed lava dam. Koosah Falls (W47), aka Middle Falls, is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in the Cascade Range. The waterfalls are part of a 2+ mile hike along a loop trail near Cascadia, Oregon, and features a beautiful lake.  It’s a good year-round trail for all skill levels. Visit with time to make the most of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail and other wag-worthy activities. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Lower Kentucky Falls and Upper Kentucky Falls: Upper Kentucky Falls (W52): is the first of three spectacular waterfalls on the Kentucky Falls Trailhead, a 3.7-mile moderate out-and-bike hike. About 2-miles after Upper Kentucky Falls you’ll see an old growth forest and spectacular twin falls plunging 100 feet, they are: Lower Kentucky Falls (W51) and North Fork of the Smith Falls. The area is also popular with bird-watchers, so grab your binoculars and prepare for spectacular adventure. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Dog Friendly Hikes Oregon Coast:

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  • Drift Creek Falls: A 240-foot suspension bridge (the longest in all of Oregon!) crosses the canyon beside the 8-ft falls at Drift Creek Falls (W34), making this waterfall an excursion unlike any other. This is a busy 3.2-mile out-and-back trail that’s open year-round near Lincoln City. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Hug Point Falls: Hug Point Falls (W3) sits at a beach and is surrounded by several caves. It’s a little over a mile on an out-and-back trail and open year-round. Great for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Secret Beach Falls: Shh… Secret Beach Falls (W65) is called a secret because it’s hard to find but here’s a tip: Tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove, you’ll find a nearby trail that leads to a small beach with a waterfall. Roughly a mile-and-a-half, this moderate out-and-back trail is popular with bird watchers and best used between March and October. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Southern Oregon:

  • Toketee Falls: Toketee Falls (W55) is one of the five waterfalls that make up the Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls. It’s about a half-mile out-and-back trail near Idleyld Park where picnic benches are plentiful. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg and Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect.
  • Rogue River Gorge Falls: At the head you’ll find Rogue River Gorge Falls (W63) right where the river splits around volcanic rock. The view is stunning and made even better by the surrounding forest. The Rogue Gorge Trail is a 0.3-mile moderate loop that’s good for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome at these dog friendly hikes in the Gorge! Stay nearby with your dog at the motel of the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect.
  • Pearsony Falls: Pearsony Falls (W64) is one of four falls that make up Prospect Waterfalls, which also include Barr Creek Falls, Prospect Falls, and Mill Creek Falls. This series of cascades follow the Rogue River just outside the town of Prospect. The river drops and ricochets until it hits a stretch of boulders. There is a 1.2-mile out-and-back trail that’s good for all skill levels. The trail is best trekked between April and September. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg and the motel of the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Central and Eastern Oregon:

  • Benham Falls: Benham Falls (W58) are the largest falls on the upper Deschutes River. Unlike the other falls the area, Benham Falls is not related to a lava flow. It is a free-form cascade in its own right and you’ll come to it along the Benham Falls Trail. It’s a 1.5-mile out-and-back trail near Bend that’s open year-round and good for dog friendly backpacking Oregon for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • BC Creek Falls: Located near Wallowa State Park, the BC Creek Falls (W26) lies within the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, approximately an 8-mile out-and-back trail near Joseph. In less than 3-miles on the trail you’ll find two rivers and Wallowa Lake views, in addition to the falls. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Mt Hood and The Gorge:

  • Tamanawas Falls: Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds on your way to Tamanawas Falls (W18)! The falls are AMAZING at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trailhead footbridge is the midpoint of a 8-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Hood River hosting nesting Harlequin Ducks. The moderate 3.4-mile out-and-backed trail is best used between May and October. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.
  • Starvation Creek Falls: This waterfall is an anomaly in that it’s a manmade waterfall! Highway crews created tunnel through the rock to divert Warren Creek here in the 2930s and solve an issue with the creek and the highway. The water shoots out from a long tunnel and, well, falls… creating Starvation Creek Falls (W13). The falls are on a 0.2-mile out-and-back trail near Hood River. After you see it, keep going west, you’ll pass Cabin Creek Falls, Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, and Lancaster Falls  to reach a jaw-dropping view of the Gorge. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.
  • Ramona Falls: Ramona Falls (W17) is a shaded waterfall is in a forest along the Pacific Crest Trail on the upper Sandy River — on the west side of Mount Hood. The falls are about 120-feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades. You’ll see them on a moderate 7-mile loop trail that’s best used between May and October. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.

The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please complete the form below to receive your free limited edition map now, while supplies last! If you prefer to view a digital version of the map or if you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click here.

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Let us know which of the food cart pods Portland was your favorite!

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). Order your Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map and start planning

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: Things are looking up. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals and while Oregon is following this guidance, some inns may still be requiring masks to be worn in some situations. Please check with individual B&Bs to inquire about their specific policies. Each Oregon county, depending on its vaccination and case numbers, are also adjusting their regulations accordingly. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties, inns and businesses. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train it’s still a little scary but 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.

7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake

7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake ~ one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders

The snow is melting, the weather is warming, and the wildflowers are on their to the higher elevations meadows. Summer in the Oregon Mountains is right around the corner!  We invite you to Take a Hike near Crater Lake ~ one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders

7 Wonderful HikesPlaikni Falls Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Mount Scott: The high point inside the park, is Oregon’s 10th highest mountain at 8,929 feet. It’s a relatively easy five-mile round trip hike, July to early October.

Godfrey Glen: An easy 1 mile loop through old growth hemlock and fir

Garfield Peak: This hike might leave you a bit breathless, the summit elevation being 8,054′. There are ample places to stop along the way, to rest and take in the view.

Annie Creek Canyon Trail: along the rim and into the surrounding forest and a unique geological feature

Boundary Spring: In the northwest part of the park, hike the short trail to see the headwaters of the Rogue River gush out of the ground.

Barr Creek Falls Viewpoint and Mill Creek Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prospect, Oregon.

The Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner House is a Nationally Registered Historic Hotel that has restored for full comfort while maintaining its charm. Being the Closest Bed and Breakfast to Crater Lake, only 28 miles away, the inn is a perfect home base while Hiking Near Crater Lake.

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. As of this morning Oregon is 71,522 people away from 70% vaccinated. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate and each Oregon county, depending on its vaccination and case numbers, will adjust their regulations accordingly. Oregonians and our guests who are fully vaccinated may no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties and businesses. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train it’s still a little scary but 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.

wonderful hikes on the oregon coast

So many wonderful hikes on the Oregon Coast.  Here are but a few.  All 363 Miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to the Public.  From agate covered beaches to lush rainforests to numerous hiking opportunities.  Whale Watching and Beach-combing.  Golfing or just be still and listening to the crashing waves.  How you explore it is entirely up to you.  Complete your visit with a stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Member inn.  We invite you to visit the Oregon Coast, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon

Cape Lookout is one of the best spots for watching the whales during their spring and fall migration

Cape Meares Hike takes your though a state park and a wildlife refuge and connects to the Cape Meares Lighthouse Trail.

Cascade Head Conservancy trail ~ spectacular views and is home to an endangered butterfly and at least 2 rare plants

Bayocean Spit Look Hike ~ a sand spit hike with great birdwatching

Nestucca Spit Loop Hike ~ a lovely bayshore hike leading into wonderful wooded strip of stunted, lichen-draped trees

Sand Lake – Cape Kiwanda Hike ~ a beach hike with excellent views of Cape Lookout and Haystack Rock

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns welcome you to the rugged and scenic Oregon Coast.  You can certainly inn hop from Astoria to Port Orford traveling the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and stay at member inns along the way.  Select your inns, pack your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and be prepared to be dazzled by the abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery on the Oregon Coast.

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.

Lower McDowell Creek Falls

Lower McDowell Creek Falls this Waterfall Wednesday

Lower McDowell Creek Falls is one of four falls we found in the McDowell Creek Falls County Park.  Picnic while hiking three miles of trails in this lush green park, with bridges and viewing decks along McDowell Creek. We visited as a side trip off of the Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Scenic Byway

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silverton Oregon Mural

Silver Falls State ParkFeller House Bed and Breakfast said goodbye to Red Chair Travels but not before the innkeepers took it to Silver Falls State Park just outside of Silverton, Oregon.  The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Falls is only 20 miles southeast of Salem, our state capital with 9,000+ acres that includes more than 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and a 4-mile bike path.  Its 8.7-mile Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek.

We will continue to share Red’s travel through Oregon as it visits the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Oregon Wine Country, Mt Hood, Crater Lake and all points in between, while experiencing gracious bed and breakfast hospitality at more than 20 inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

BedandBreakfast.com has partnered with Red Chair Travels keeping the journey alive and now the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will do our part .  We know you’ll enjoy the ride and hope you’re inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red will visit.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its Culinary Tourism and Geotourism, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our six 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.