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4 Reasons to Love Oregon Wine

Things to do in the Willamette Valley
  • 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
Where to grab lunch in the Willamette Valley

Red Hills Market – This is a great stop for coffee and espresso drinks and our favorite pizza spot, they also have great sandwiches, salads, and cookies

Community Plate – ‘We love the healthy and vegetarian-friendly options at this upbeat, family-owned cafe. It serves American breakfast and lunch classics, plus beer, wine and cocktails. And it’s a favorite among the locals’, say the innkeepers at A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville.

Where to Eat Dinner in the Willamette Valley

We also love the Joel Palmer House in Dayton. Chef Chris works hard to source local, unique, even rare, foods. He artfully prepares each dish, for a great presentation, and they’re served by his excellent service team’, per the innkeepers at The DreamGiver’s Inn. The restaurant has developed a following for its mushroom cuisine.

The Painted Lady is a special dining experience offering 8-course prix fixe meal in a beautiful refurbished Victorian home. Rosmarino Osteria Italiana is a fine dining restaurant with an exciting, entertainer of a chef. So dining here is another experience that we love and guests love. Plus you get awesome, Northern Italian family recipes, per the innkeepers at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Things to Do in in the Willamette Valley

Like most other wine regions, great wines have drawn great restaurants, and there are dozens in the Valley along with many fine Bed and Breakfasts

The Willamette Valley extends from Portland south to Eugene, and from the Coast Range to the Cascades, although 99% of the wine grapes grown in the valley are on the west side of the Willamette River.  There are more than 500 wineries in the Valley and as many vineyards, growing pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling, and lesser known varietals.

Newberg is in the Willamette Wine Valley and home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. There are nearly 700 wineries in the area! There are 100-wineries alone within 20-minutes from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast. And all the wine tasting rooms in downtown Newberg are a great way to taste the wine, explore the eateries, and shop local.

Get an appointment with Beckham Family Vineyards in Sherwood. You can taste their excellent wines and learn about aging Pinot Noir in jars of clay.

Cozy up at the 99W Drive-In movie theater, weather-permitting, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are only three remaining drive-in movie theaters in Oregon. This one has been in operation since 1953.

The Chehalem Cultural Center offers a look at Oregon’s history as well as the work of emerging local artists. Music and events happen all year long offering locals and tourists a great community locale to immerse in local culture.

There are many museums and other attractions such as Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City (until it reopens, enjoy its digital content online), etc.

Visit 36 HOURS IN OREGON – WHAT TO SEE, DO, EAT AND WHERE TO STAY for so much more

Oregon Bird Watching in the Willamette Valley

There is an amazing wildlife show at these three Oregon wildlife refuges. Oregon Bird Watching is amazing. Especially this time of year when activity along the major flyways increase.

Visit a Hops Farm

Once known as the ‘Hops Capital of the World’ from the late 1890’s to the 1940’s, Independence, Oregon is located twelve miles southwest of Salem. You’ll still find acres of hops growing in the area. A few miles south of Independence is the 42 acres Hop Farm for Rogue Brewery and the Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – home of the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever constructed. This aviation museum in McMinnville also has the Hughes H-4 Hercules and more than fifty military and civilian aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and spacecraft.

Miller Woods Conservatory Area has several great hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

McMinnville Farmer’s Market is a must for fresh, local, fruits and veggies. It’s open on Thursdays from 12 to 6 p, May – October.

Visit 36 HOURS IN OREGON – WHAT TO SEE, DO, EAT AND WHERE TO STAY for so much more

Best Waterfalls near the Willamette Valley

The Multnomah Falls are a group of absolutely stunning waterfalls. They’re a short drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Ask your innkeeper for must-see destinations off the beaten path!

Silver Falls State Park – 10 waterfalls in over 8 miles, several that you can walk behind and get some waterfall mist on your face.

Where to Stay in the Willamette Valley

In the Willamette Valley you can spend your entire day doing nothing. or doing all of the above. Relax on a comfortable front porch at one of 14 bed and breakfasts or in their gardens.

Visit 36 HOURS IN OREGON – WHAT TO SEE, DO, EAT AND WHERE TO STAY for so much more

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

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

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

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

Pop the Question

Where to fly fish near Hood River

Tammy inquired: I’d like to spend our last day in Oregon fly fishing, possibly near Hood River. Any suggestions?

Hood River County reaches from the summit of the state’s tallest mountain, Mt Hood, to the middle of its biggest river, the mighty Columbia. Its many great fishing destinations vary from high-mountain lakes to mighty rivers.

Lost Lake is located about 20 miles southwest of Hood River, Oregon. The lake is bordered by old growth alpine forest that grows to the water’s edge. The surrounding basin is sleep sided and heavily wooded. The dramatic north side of Mt. Hood forms a fitting backdrop.

The East Fork of the Hood River may be a bit under the radar at the moment but not for long. This section doesn’t have the big fish that the main fork of the Hood River does but it will keep you busy with modest active trout perfect for a 3 or 5 weight rod in the summer time and a dry fly. It’s a great beginner & intermediate river with easy access. Polallie Trailhead about 23 miles south of Hood River. A NW Forest Parking pass is required in the main lot.  

Laurance Lake is potentially the best fly fishing lake in the Mount Hood region because angling regulations don’t allow the killing of wild fish. 23 miles from Hood River. Wild Bull Trout, wild rainbows and wild cutthroats inhabit this reservoir and provide an interesting mix in fishing.

Punchbowl Falls, where steelhead fishing is available year-round. 7 miles from Hood River. The West Fork area is highly popular with local fishermen who claim this to be the better spot for catches. 

Deschutes River 37 miles east of Hood River is a very good stretch of the famous trout and steelhead fisheries

Resources

Gorge Fly Shop fishing report blog

Gorge Fly Shop – Gorge Fly Shop can supply you with everything you need to have a great day of fishing on the water, including. They have everything from fly reels to wading gear, fly lines, and more. Stop by Gorge Fly Shop at 3200 Lower Mill Dr, Hood River, OR 97031. Gorge Fly Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call 541-386-6977 if you have any questions.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Seasonal fish and licensing information can all be found on the ODFW website. – Even great fishing spots to try out! A variety of licenses are available to Oregon residents and non-residents. Want to go fly-fishing for trout? This season starts in May, and once you get to the summer months anglers will be casting for Steelhead until the chill of fall.

Pack your bags, check in with Gorge Fly Shop and begin your Oregon Fishing trip. The member inns in the Mt Hood and the Gorge Region of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are here to accommodate you.

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

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

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

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9 Days In Oregon will be a great adventure for sure

Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls

Lyn from Louisiana asks:

I am planning a trip to Oregon in September for about 9 days. We’re looking to spend a couple days on the Oregon Coast. We really only want 2 days of our trip to traveling time, so I prefer something not too far apart that all my time will be on the road. Any must sees? I generally prefer small towns with charm and not so much big city life.I would also like to know more about tours, so my husband can enjoy the trip too. It sounds as though we have two airport options, I’m leaning towards Eugene, again prefer not too big of a city. ANY help is appreciated.

First, we’ll  tackle the easy question:

Yes, Eugene airport is an option. Eugene might be a bit more expensive, but not too bad. The Portland Airport is actually relatively small and you skirt the city on freeways to get out of the area. It might work to fly into Eugene and out of Portland to avoid extra driving?

Next: Oregon is a big state. This itinerary will lead you to Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls

Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls
Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls

Day 1-3 – From Eugene head toward the Oregon Coast via Newport Oregon, Depoe Bay and on up the coast to Lincoln City and Brey House B&B (2 hours driving)

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The tallest lighthouse you can find along the Oregon Coast. Featured photo
  • Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center
  • Lincoln City revels in kite festivals and glass blowing, saltwater taffy and music festivals. Be on the lookout for the colorful glimmer of hand-blown glass floats when exploring our Oregon Coast beaches
  • Support local artists with Tax free shopping
Head back into the Willamette Valley and MaMere’s Guesthouse

Day 4-6 – Monmouth Oregon is in a beautiful area with a small college and wineries, so much to see and do.

MaMere's Guest House
MaMere’s Guest House, a bike friendly B&B in the heart of the Willamette Valley
Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Day 7-8: 2.5 hours Northeast from Monmouth to the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast near Mount Hood.

Start Planning Your Oregon Vacation
A spectacular view from the Solera Brewery Beer Garden – photo credit Old Parkdale Inn
Back to Portland through the Columbia River Gorge

Day 9 – Explore the Columbia River Gorge

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

The innkeepers with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are certainly the best resource to ask what to see, what to do, and where to eat near them.

Flying in and out of Portland would only be adding a few extra miles, same number of days, and you’d certainly see a bit more of our diverse state.

  • Portland to Lincoln City
  • Lincoln City to Newport to MaMere’s
  • MaMere’s to Old Parkdale Inn
  • Old Parkdale Inn through the Columbia River Gorge and back to Portland.

Hope this has stirred the adventurous traveler in you. And we look forward to welcoming to Oregon. Do tell our innkeepers OBBG referred you and we’d love to see photos of your adventures.

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

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

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

Octopus Tree Heritage Tree

A Wines to Waterfalls to Waves Vacation

Situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast, Tualatin Valley is a welcoming destination with superb wineries, innovative breweries, endless miles of trails for both hiking and biking. Oceanside, Oregon is an idyllic coastal community located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop.

Let us help plan your getaway and a Wines to Waterfalls to Waves vacation.

Many folks visiting Oregon for the first time arrive via the Portland Airport. After being named the most liked airport in the country seven consecutive times, Portland International Airport lost the title of “Best Domestic Airport” to the 2019 runner-up, Indianapolis International Airport. The score difference in their rankings was about an eighth of a point.

Before heading out of this ‘Wines to Waterfalls to Waves Vacation’ let the Fulton House B&B be your home base for a few days exploring the vibrant city of Portland.

The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast, located in Southwest is a distinctive B&B offering four guest rooms, each with private baths. Room for many so maybe ask some friends to join you on this road trip. Bring your bikes or travel by car. Or both. You’ve certainly got options.

Situated in the northern tip of the famed Willamette Valley wine region, Tualatin Valley Wine Country boasts more than 30 estate wineries and tasting rooms, including some of Oregon’s oldest. If Oregon Beer is more to your liking some of Oregon’s best breweries can be found in the Tualatin Valley. Please imbibe responsibly.

By Bike: The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway extends through friendly downtowns, fertile farmlands and peaceful natural areas.

Oregon Mural Trail
Forest Grove Oregon is Magic Mural

Take the road less traveled to the Oregon Coast

Trees to Seas Byway is Oregon’s newest byway. The drive takes you through Oregon Coast Range forests to the rugged headlands and ocean-side cliffs of the Oregon Coast.

We traveled this route a couple years back in search of Oregon Waterfalls. And we found plenty: Bridge Creek, Stafford, Wilson and University Falls to name a few.

Arriving in Tillamook

After this long scenic drive treat yourself to double scoop of our famous icecream at the Tillamook Creamery. Maybe pick up some gourmet cheese and wine at Blue Heron French Cheese Company to take along as you continue your journey to Oceanside.

Arrive in Oceanside

Enjoy a relaxing and romantic getaway in beautiful Oceanside, Oregon, nestled between Cape Lookout and Cape Meares. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf, and wake up to a delicious hot and hearty breakfast at turtlejanes bed & breakfast, a two room inn,  beautifully appointed with private baths or Thyme & Tide Bed and Breakfast, 2 suites with large private baths and fine linens

Day Excursions from Oceanside Oregon

You might want to plan a couple days at our Oceanside B&Bs and take a few day trips. Three Capes Scenic Drive is a spectacular one with dramatic cliffs, old growth forests, crashing waves, hidden beaches, and historic lighthouses.


Trees to Sea Byway ends at Cape Meares State Park where you’ll find the Cape Meares Lighthouse, the Octopus Tree and the largest Sitka Spruce in Oregon. Follow the Big Spruce Trail to behold this awesome 800 year Oregon Champion Tree

Bonus: for those searching geocaches – Picea Sitchensis Octopoda GC3M4NX and Great Grandma Tree GC1KP5Q

At the northernmost end of Oceanside beach is a tunnel through Maxwell Point. During low tide, the tunnel provides access to Tunnel Beach on the other side. Think tide pooling and hunting for agates.

Tunnel Beach sunset in Oceanside Oregon

So much to do in Oceanside, Oregon:

  • beachcombing, tide pools, clamming, whale watching, bonfires
  • biking, hiking, waterfalls and forests
  • kayaks, canoes, horses
  • lighthouse, museums, wine tasting, brewpubs
  • the list goes on and on

Waterfalls near Oceanside

From Oceanside drive north on Bayshore Drive to Short Beach. There are quite a few steps down to this secluded beach and Larson Falls. Head southeast to Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site and Munson Creek Falls, tallest falls on the Coast Range.

Waterfalls are magical in any season, but visiting in winter is especially invigorating. It may be chilly and wet but the waterfalls are more robust after heavy rainfall.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild recognizes the biking and hiking culture and we have dedicated a Biking and Hiking target page on our website where our innkeepers share biking options near their inns.  You’ll find an Oregon B&B inn waiting for your arrival on your eco friendly journey through Oregon.

Many of our inns are designated as Bike Friendly Business’ through Travel Oregon, that is we must provide at least five services and amenities from their approved list.

Oregon Bed and Breakfasts Welcome You

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

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places may be lifted by the end of March. 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.

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.

Winery Itinerary Service at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

An Oregon Wine Country adventure would not be complete without a stay at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Since most visits to the Willamette Valley includes wine tasting, we’d like you to know that things have changed a bit from past years. Oregon wineries are requiring masks to be worn by all who are not seated at their tasting table. Easy, right? Also, due to social distancing, wineries have less capacity and most require reservations for tastings.

Still easy, but a bit more effort. Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast offers a Winery Itinerary Service for a $30 fee per itinerary. They have set up six unique itineraries with some of their favorite, smaller wineries. After you choose an itinerary they’ll set up your day of tasting at 3 unique wineries of the Willamette Valley. You can easily add the Winery Itinerary Service when you make your reservation online.

From Big Bold Reds to French-style Chardonnays

Wine ItineraryYour day could start with a cozy seating in Dominio IV’s delightfully refurbished 100 year old barn, then enjoying a delicious charcuterie and cheese board with a gorgeous view at Blizzard Wines and then end your day with a winemaker-guided tasting at Natalie’s Estate. For more information on their B&B’s Winery Itinerary Service go to www.chehalemridge.com

They’ll set up 3 wineries in 1 day for countless fun. Guests can choose from 6 different themed itineraries. For our Big Reds & Pinot Noir Itinerary, we will have you tasting at boutique wineries offering big bold reds, plus our valley’s renowned Pinot Noir.


Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast
sits atop Chehalem Mountain, overlooking the Willamette Valley, home to Oregon’s Wine Country. On weather-friendly mornings breakfast is served on the guest deck with great views of the town of Newberg, pinot noir vineyards and fruit and nut orchards. Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast offers a peaceful retreat from adventure and the valley below.

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.

Start Planning Your Oregon Vacation

Start Planning Your Oregon Vacation with the help of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild’s Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

There’s no one right way to plan your Oregon Vacation, that’s why we’re creating Socially-Distance adventures with a doodle map, encouraging you to fill your tanks, hit the road, and seize the summer – one waterfall at a time.

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.

The map will also highlight various bits of information, like the many Oregon food trails and pods, Instagram-worthy drives, popular in-state movie spots, scenic bikeways and more. Follow our blog, book your stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast, hit the road less traveled, then show us how you’re making Oregon vacation memories. Simply snap a photo of your next Oregon adventure, upload it to Instagram, and use the hashtag #oregontravelofwaterfalls.

The focus on the front of the Oregon map is on the waterfalls in Ore.gon and nearby places to stay that are members of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. The individually operated bed and breakfast inns are small, and meticulously inspected. Less people means less risk, and much more attention to detail, making these properties ideal lodging hubs for your many Oregon adventures.

You’ll also find the following informative panels:

Come Out and Play!

Don’t let summer pass you by, it’s time to make it one you’ll never forget! Peruse through our blog for ideas for hiking, biking, eating and more.

Oregon B&Bs Draw Doodle Map of Must-See State Waterfalls for Socially-Distant Adventures

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is putting pen to paper to draw a doodle map and encourage you to fill your tanks, hit the road, and seize the summer – one waterfall at a time.

Start Planning Your Oregon Vacation with the help of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild’s Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls, as it will be called, will be a beautiful, limited edition, double-sided map. The huge piece of art measuring 24-inches across and 18-inch down will be carefully folded and mailed free-of-charge to travelers upon request, while supplies last.

The map will also highlight various bits of information, like the many Oregon food trails and pods, Instagram-worthy drives, popular in-state movie spots, and scenic bikeways.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to numerous requests for the physical map we’ve no more copies. But you can still download a digital version of the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

SEE A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE MAP

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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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild.  

We’re hoping this mask mandate is lifted soon but until then 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.

outdoor activities in oregon

If you’re tired of being cooped up, here are the best outdoor activities in Oregon where you can linger and explore… and you’re unlikely to find crowds! If you want to revel in the great outdoors and have a great time, here are the top five picks from locals in-the-know.

1. Go Chase Waterfalls

One of the best outdoor activities, particularly on a hot day, is to hike to a waterfall and feel the cool mist on your face. You’ll get a workout, soak in some Vitamin-D, and marvel at the beauty of nature. Not sure which waterfall or where to begin?

2. Cycle Along an Oregon Bike Trail

Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? There are 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why it’s the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of the inns with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:

  • Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
  • Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
  • Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians

For a detailed list with information and useful links on all the Oregon bikeways, click here.

3. Nibble Your Way Across Oregon State

Visit farms, wineries, fruit stands, and more along the many Oregon food trails. Savor our various Indigenous foods. If you’d rather head to one destination with several food options, consider these Portland food cart pods or these food carts and food trucks dotting the state. While you’re at it, check out our many wineries and vineyards!

4. Reenact Scenes from Oregon Movies

Did you know that many movies have been filmed in Oregon over the years? It’s true! We also have the Oregon Film Trail, a film museum, and lots of movie locations you can scout first-hand. Some have plaques to commemorate movie scenes and others are more on the down-low. Learn more about Oregon movie locations you may visit here!

5. Put Your Feet in Ruts Left by Pioneer Wagons

Visit various outdoor historical sites and brush up on your Pioneer history in a really fun and engaging way.

Looking for more ideas on unique things to do in Oregon? Click here to print an Oregon Bucket List and check the items off as you go!


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.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to numerous requests for the physical map we’ve no more copies. But you can still download a digital version of the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

SEE A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE MAP

oregon waterfalls map request

 

We look forward to seeing your photos from your outdoor activities in Oregon!

Say farewell to summer in Yamhill County, Oregon. Experience the new Yamhill Farm Loop checking out fresh fall fruits, nuts, and vegetables. You may see a grape or Hazelnut harvest. As fall arrives you will see some great fall colors in the vineyards. When staying at Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast you can walk the vineyard and take a selfie.

Follow the Grapes Itinerary from Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast. Simply add it to your reservation.

Add the ‘Follow the Grapes’ Itinerary to your reservation and let Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast plan your day visiting wineries that purchase grapes from their vineyards. You will start your morning off with breakfast accompanied by their own grape juice, then take a vineyard walk with Ralph and his ‘Vineyard Practices 101’ Tour.

Follow the Grapes Itinerary

Then you’ll follow the grapes off the vineyard to taste at the wineries that make amazing wines with them. Sue and Ralph will make reservations for you at two wineries that use their grapes. Transportation, tasting fees and purchases are the responsibility of the guest.

Located in the Yamhill – Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area), Yamhill Vineyards sell their harvest to quite a few wineries. Which ones you’ll tour will depend on your wine preference and availability of the wineries at the time of your visit.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. The Inn is surrounded by vineyards, spectacular views and has two large guest rooms, each with private baths offering a relaxed country retreat. The Oregon Bounty breakfast features one of five varieties of vineyard grape juice, from their vineyards, and local produce.

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: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

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.

4 Reasons to Love Oregon Wine

Things to do in the Willamette Valley
  • 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
Where to grab lunch in the Willamette Valley

Red Hills Market – This is a great stop for coffee and espresso drinks and our favorite pizza spot, they also have great sandwiches, salads, and cookies

Community Plate – ‘We love the healthy and vegetarian-friendly options at this upbeat, family-owned cafe. It serves American breakfast and lunch classics, plus beer, wine and cocktails. And it’s a favorite among the locals’, say the innkeepers at A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville.

Where to Eat Dinner in the Willamette Valley

We also love the Joel Palmer House in Dayton. Chef Chris works hard to source local, unique, even rare, foods. He artfully prepares each dish, for a great presentation, and they’re served by his excellent service team’, per the innkeepers at The DreamGiver’s Inn. The restaurant has developed a following for its mushroom cuisine.

The Painted Lady is a special dining experience offering 8-course prix fixe meal in a beautiful refurbished Victorian home. Rosmarino Osteria Italiana is a fine dining restaurant with an exciting, entertainer of a chef. So dining here is another experience that we love and guests love. Plus you get awesome, Northern Italian family recipes, per the innkeepers at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Things to Do in in the Willamette Valley

Like most other wine regions, great wines have drawn great restaurants, and there are dozens in the Valley along with many fine Bed and Breakfasts

The Willamette Valley extends from Portland south to Eugene, and from the Coast Range to the Cascades, although 99% of the wine grapes grown in the valley are on the west side of the Willamette River.  There are more than 500 wineries in the Valley and as many vineyards, growing pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling, and lesser known varietals.

Newberg is in the Willamette Wine Valley and home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. There are nearly 700 wineries in the area! There are 100-wineries alone within 20-minutes from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast. And all the wine tasting rooms in downtown Newberg are a great way to taste the wine, explore the eateries, and shop local.

Get an appointment with Beckham Family Vineyards in Sherwood. You can taste their excellent wines and learn about aging Pinot Noir in jars of clay.

Cozy up at the 99W Drive-In movie theater, weather-permitting, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are only three remaining drive-in movie theaters in Oregon. This one has been in operation since 1953.

The Chehalem Cultural Center offers a look at Oregon’s history as well as the work of emerging local artists. Music and events happen all year long offering locals and tourists a great community locale to immerse in local culture.

There are many museums and other attractions such as Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City (until it reopens, enjoy its digital content online), etc.

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Oregon Bird Watching in the Willamette Valley

There is an amazing wildlife show at these three Oregon wildlife refuges. Oregon Bird Watching is amazing. Especially this time of year when activity along the major flyways increase.

Visit a Hops Farm

Once known as the ‘Hops Capital of the World’ from the late 1890’s to the 1940’s, Independence, Oregon is located twelve miles southwest of Salem. You’ll still find acres of hops growing in the area. A few miles south of Independence is the 42 acres Hop Farm for Rogue Brewery and the Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – home of the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever constructed. This aviation museum in McMinnville also has the Hughes H-4 Hercules and more than fifty military and civilian aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and spacecraft.

Miller Woods Conservatory Area has several great hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

McMinnville Farmer’s Market is a must for fresh, local, fruits and veggies. It’s open on Thursdays from 12 to 6 p, May – October.

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Best Waterfalls near the Willamette Valley

The Multnomah Falls are a group of absolutely stunning waterfalls. They’re a short drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Ask your innkeeper for must-see destinations off the beaten path!

Silver Falls State Park – 10 waterfalls in over 8 miles, several that you can walk behind and get some waterfall mist on your face.

Where to Stay in the Willamette Valley

In the Willamette Valley you can spend your entire day doing nothing. or doing all of the above. Relax on a comfortable front porch at one of 14 bed and breakfasts or in their gardens.

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Hospitality Update: With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon will again require masks in all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

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.