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National Donut Day

National Donut Day is the First Friday in June – June 4, 2021

National Donut Day is the first Friday in June, June 4, 2021.  We hope you have a chance to try this delicious baked donut recipe shared by the innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Clean up is easier than with a fried version not to mention a bit less guilt-inducing!

Baked Pumpkin Donut

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your donut shaped baking pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, melted butter, granulated and brown sugars. Mix on medium until combined.
  • Add in both of the eggs and maple extract. Mix on medium until incorporated.
  • Add in the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until just combined.

Use a piping bag, or spoon, to fill each donut cup about 3/4 full, making sure the center post is clear.  Innkeeper uses a 9 cavity donut silicone baking mold.  Bake until the donuts are a light golden brown and spring back when touched, 6-10 minutes.  Let cool slightly, flip pan over, glaze or roll in cinnamon sugar

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.

Blueberry Croissant French Toast

Blueberry Croissant French Toast served at the Old Parkdale Inn B&B, in the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of this Mt. Hood B&B.

Blueberry Croissant French ToastThis Blueberry Croissant French Toast is a perfect breakfast entrée for both spring and summer, and super pretty when topped with fresh Oregon berries.

Let the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the comfortable Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast be your lodging alternative to a hotel or motel in the Hood River Valley. And maybe if you ask ahead they’ll treat you to this decadent Blueberry Croissant French Toast.


Blueberry Croissant French Toast

6-7 Large Croissants, torn into pieces
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Pecans

Thoroughly grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter or non stick spray. Tear up croissants and place half in bottom of baking dish. Cut up cream cheese into small pieces and place them on top of croissants. Put half the blueberries on top of cream cheese. Layer other half of torn croissants on top, then the rest of blueberries. Beat eggs, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour egg mixture over croissant mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, scatter pecans over french toast. Melt butter & add brown sugar to it to make a glaze like mixture. Drizzle mixture over french toast. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50- 60 minutes. Watch carefully last 10 minutes to make sure pecans don’t burn. If getting too dark, put some foil lightly over french toast to stop browning. Makes 8 generous portions.

Substitute any juicy berry such at strawberries or the Oregon Marionberry. Or maybe Peaches? Peaches and Cream sounds pretty good, too.

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 and Oregon will be following this guidance, which applies to fully vaccinated individuals. That means Oregonians and our guests who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces.

Let’s all be respectful and safe. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, it’s still a little scary, 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.

Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart

Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart
An Oregon Culinary Delight

As bed and breakfast innkeeper we are always looking for unique breakfast recipes to serve guests, one that will provide a true Oregon Culinary experience using fresh Oregon ingredients.

The Rogue Creamery, in Central Point, Oregon, is a “artisan cheese company, with people dedicated to the sustainability and the art and tradition of making the world’s finest handmade cheese“.

Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart

Pie Crust in a 13 inch springform pan
1 cup ricotta cheese
8 oz Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar- shredded
2 eggs
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Bake pastry for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. In a food processor blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour into pastry shell and bake for another 20 minutes or until set. Serve topped with fresh fruit and herbs.

This is a simple tart, with its light, creamy texture and subtle hint of lavender receives high compliments from guests and has earned a spot on the Old Parkdale Inn’s Spring breakfast menu as has the Lavender Cheddar Panini Sandwich with Apples, Spinach and Red Onion.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

It is spring in the Pacific Northwest.  The rhubarb in the gardens of the Old Parkdale Inn is just about ready to harvest and the Oregon strawberries should begin to come on soon. Put the two together and we get a favorite of our guests, Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

3 c fresh rhubarb, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 c fresh strawberries
sweeten with agave nectar (or one c sugar)
1/3 c cornstarch

Cook the strawberries and rhubarb for about 5 minutes.  Combine the sweetener of your choice with the cornstarch and add to fruit.  Cook until bubbly and thick.  Set aside to cool

3 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 c butter

1 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Combine dry ingredients.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles fine  crumbs.  Beat wet ingredients together and add to flour mix, stirring just to moisten.  Spread half the batter in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan.  Spread the cooled rhubarb filling over this and spoon the remaining batter in small portions on top of the filling.

Make a topping by combining

3/4 c sugar, 2 cup flour, cut in 1/4 cup butter and then add 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Sprinkle over the coffee cake batter, bake at 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild truely enjoy turning your vacation into a culinary vacation.  Coffee anyone?

The Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

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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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwiches

This Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich is a Northwest Culinary Treat

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Sandwiches as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. Created on home made figassa with a ricotta spread, scrambled eggs, spinach, red onion and Rogue Creamery Rogue’s Mary Cheddar. Mix up the cheese flavors with Oregon fruits and vegetables.

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with your favorite ingredients

For each sandwich:
2 thick slices rustic 9 grain bread – sandwich in photo was made with fresh home made rosemary/tomato figassa
2 eggs, seasoned and scrambled
6 slices Rogue Creamery Rogue’s Mary Cheddar
2 thin slices tomato or try a thinly sliced Oregon apple
hand full of fresh organic spinach
3 slices red onion rings

Caramelize the onion in a little butter to sweeten the flavor or served raw. The bread toasted or, after assembly, pressed in a panini press and grilled. ‘My assembly looked like this: bottom slice of figassa with a ricotta spread, egg, cheese, tomato, spinach, top slice of figassa with ricotta spread. We served with sweet mustard, chicken apple sausage and lots of fresh fruit. Enjoy.’

The Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

Shop and travel Local

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

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Join the Movement and BookDirect with Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Join the Movement and BookDirect with an Oregon Bed and Breakfast member inn. Book > Direct is a reservation platform where you, the traveler, while visiting our association site, can book directly with our inns, no middle man. Just put in your dates and select other filters. You’ll see our member properties that have availability on those dates including rates. Select an inn and go directly to the inn’s booking engine to complete your booking.

There are many great reasons why booking direct is beneficial for both the innkeeper and the guest.

  • You are always guaranteed the lowest pricing available. An OTA (online travel agent) may be able to influence the price to get you to book but there is little they can do to improve your stay. Support your local businesses and #bookdirect!  You save on your getaway, receive personalized service and the business saves on steep commissions – it’s a win win
  • The truth is, these booking sites charge at least 15% of each booking to the small business owner and sometimes charge you a ‘service fee’  The independent innkeeper really appreciates it when you book directly with them through their website
  • You work directly with the property in case of changes, delays, or cancellations
  • You typically will not have to pay additional booking, change, or cancellation fees.
  • You will enjoy exclusive benefits and can take advantage of special deals, amenities, and packages
  • Innkeepers know their properties and the area better than anyone. If you have a specific need or wants more detailed information about a property, you’ll be able to communicate with our hosts directly who are well acquainted and who are well-equipped to address your needs.

Another great reason to book direct is because you will always have direct access to our innkeepers. There is no middle man. If a guest has a specific need or wants more detailed information about a property, you’ll be able to communicate with our hosts directly who are well acquainted with our locations and who are well-equipped to address your needs. As a privately owned small business we have the power to offer our guest world-class customer service via our staff and our business.

When you commit to Book>Direct, you will enjoy many perks and amenities that you would not have access to when booking through a travel agency.  Not to mention, you will almost always pay less!

As small business owners our innkeepers truly appreciate your direct bookings. This not only allows you a more specialized experience as you interact directly with us, you also benefit the local economy. How can you, the traveler Join the Movement and make sure you’re always booking direct?

Always verify you are on the bed and breakfast’s website before you book. When in doubt, call the Inn for assistance. Be careful using the blue Book a Room button in Google. It NEVER goes directly to the hotel website. It ALWAYS goes to an online travel agency such as Booking.com or Expedia, or one of their downstream booking partners

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

Hospitality Update: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Meet the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Innkeepers

‘It just so happens that the first prompt for the B and Bs Around the World #bnbphotochallenge21 is ‘Meet the Innkeepers’ and today happens to be the beginning of the 19th year of innkeeping for the Steve and Mary Pellegrini of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

‘We bought the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in 2003. The inn is nestled in Oregon’s Hood River Valley on the northern slope of Mt. Hood.

I’ve always had this crazy dream to be an innkeeper. I like being at home, cooking, decorating, so I convinced my reluctant husband to do this. I’m often asked if I’ve had a B&B before the Old Parkdale Inn and my response: “I raised three kids and a husband, I have been doing the B&B thing for many years!”

‘Steve had steady work as a pipeline welder, which kept him away from the Inn for long periods of time. In 2013 he retired and now shares the workload of housekeeping, yard maintenance, and occasional server to our guests.

‘We enjoy the outdoors, absolutely love Oregon and look forward to sharing our knowledge of the area and its many attractions with guests.’

The Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

All three Old Parkdale Inn well appointed, Oregon themed rooms have queen beds, private baths, a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine with a large selection of teas, coffee, and cocoa. The rooms are also equipped with Smart TVs with satellite reception, hairdryer, alarm clock, fans, and heaters.

Driving an Electric Vehicle? Old Parkdale Inn has two EV chargers, one Tesla and one ClipperCreek offered as an amenity for their guests. They are also will be available to those passing through Parkdale along the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Electric Byway.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Old Parkdale Inn

Old Parkdale Inn Offers lodging near Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Old Parkdale InnThe Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

All three Old Parkdale Inn well appointed, Oregon themed rooms have queen beds, private baths, a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine with a large selection of teas, coffee, and cocoa. The rooms are also equipped with a wall mounted smart TVs with satellite reception, hairdryer, alarm clock, fans, and heaters.

Driving an Electric Vehicle? Old Parkdale Inn has two EV chargers, one Tesla and one ClipperCreek offered as an amenity for their guests. They are also will be available to those passing through Parkdale along the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Electric Byway.

The Old Parkdale Inn is equipped with FREE Wireless internet in the house. You’ll enjoy a hearty Northwest breakfast presenting and savoring Hood River delicacies in the Inn’s dining room.  As members of the Hood River Organics Community Supported Agriculture group a box of fresh, locally grown organic fruits and vegetables is delivered to the inn once a week. This produce, along with fresh herbs from the gardens and fruits and vegetables from the local farm stands and farmer’s markets, are used as ingredients in the breakfasts served every morning along with locally roasted organic coffee.

‘Everything you’d expect in a warm and cozy clean B&B. The room was wanting for nothing…very well stocked with attention to the smallest details.‘ a Tripadvisor contributor

For the outdoor enthusiast Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Timberline Ski Area, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, the Columbia River Gorge are all just minutes away and outdoor adventures abound.

For the wine lover visit “A World of Wine in 40 miles” on the backroads of the Columbia Gorge wine growing region. And breweries!  Oregon has the most small artisan breweries per capita than any other state in the union! Solera Brewery is walking distance down the street.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Staycation

A Trending Oregon Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Staycation

Many people are choosing to stay close to home during spring break this year. Yet we’re all getting cabin fever from so much time at home and we’re feeling the need for a break from the ordinary.  With spring in sight, going outdoors is a great option, but remember to wear a face covering and make sure there’s enough space to keep 6 feet of physical distance when you’re in public.

If you live in Oregon, or Southern Washington, Northern California, Idaho, you need not travel far to have a well deserved get-away.

Here’s a idea for you: A staycation at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Sensational Staycation Ideas for a break from the household grind and for those remote workers and digital nomads. When you’re on a real vacation, you don’t cook, clean, do chores or fret. Do as much as you want. As little as you want

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild work in the travel industry and cleanliness has always been a high priority for our guests, our innkeepers and our employees. Our inns are inspected regularly by the State Health Departments and we inspect ourselves to make sure we’re following the guidelines presented by them. Food handler cards are a must and we’ve always taken pride in our cleanliness. Most all of us have instituted some new protocols in our inns, going above the practices we have in place.

Support Small Businesses

Want to support struggling local businesses while limiting social contact? Now’s a great time to purchase Gift Certificates from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. They can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member inn across the state.

So Keep Calm and Stay with Us!  And here, I’ll put in a little jingle about Book Direct. As small business owners we are already starting to feel the ripple effect of this health scare. Our innkeepers truly appreciate your direct bookings. When you commit to booking direct, you will enjoy many perks and amenities that you would not have access to when booking through a travel agency. Not to mention, you will almost always pay less and stay in some very sanitized inns.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

National Cherry Pie Day

National Cherry Pie Day

National Cherry Pie Day is February 20. Cherry Facts: Oregon’s Willamette Valley supplies 3,200 acres of sweet cherries and the Mid-Columbia Valley supplies 12,300 acres. The Hood River Valley anticipates the cherry harvest to start around the first of July. A little earlier in The Dalles Cherry orchards. Innkeepers at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Hood River Valley, will be making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast.

Although this is not a cherry pie, this tart is a favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Hood River Valley.

1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
2 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
2 Tbs. quick-tapioca
1 Tbs. lemon juice

In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in egg yolks. Stir in flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Divide dough in half. Press one portion over bottom and up sides to rim of a 9-inch tart pan with removable rim. Place other portion on a lightly floured piece of waxed paper. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix cherries, tapioca, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes as you roll out second portion of dough with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 10-inch round.

Pour cherries into tart shell. Invert round over cherries. Press edges into rim of tart pan, pinching off any excess. Sprinkle tart lightly with sugar.
Place tart pan on a baking sheet and bake on the lower rack of a 375 degree over until top is golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.

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

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