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Fields of clover for red chair travels

Beyond wine in the Willamette Valley are fields of clover, heirloom roses, and the wackiness of the UFO Festival in McMinnville, Oregon.  Oh, and so much more.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper Kristin drove Red Chair round to some of her favorite spots in the Willamette Valley, starting with Chehalem Flats Farm Market where it met two of it’s cousins, Orange and Yellow, who stand guard over this shop filled with local farm produce, plants, lavender and even cheese and bread for winery picnics.

And then there were the fields of Crimson Clover, which he was told is used for a honey source, but also as a cover crop that feeds the soil. At Heirloom Roses’ seven acres of gardens, he posed for lots of photos, including this one of Snowfall.  Red met the art of Marta Farris, whose Sheep Herd share pasture space with the llamas at RainDance Marketplace.

Vista Balloon Adventure flight allowed Red to help inflate the balloons for the morning . In the heat of the afternoon, Red took shelter under the beautiful wisteria at Red Ridge Farms, which is also home to Oregon Olive Oil Mill. The final trek for the day was down the trail at Bald Peak State Park as the sun set beyond the Valley.

His final surprise while staying with Kristin at Chehalem Ridge B&B was to don the appropriate headgear and enjoy the parade at the 16th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville, which commemorates the 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnesses and photographed a UFO.

Red Chair Travels moved on to the inns of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild a couple of months back.  But we still have so much to share about its visit to the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild this past spring/summer.  Yes, many of the events visited have past but many are annual events so you might consider them for your next journey to Oregon.

Red’s journey is about all that is memorable and beautiful in the local area, with a B&B owner as its concierge.  Traveling is about getting outside of the everyday and seeing the world with fresh eyes.  Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

Red was lucky to visit all 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 partnered with Red Chair Travels keeping the journey alive and the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild had a blast hosting Red.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far and that you’re inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.

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.

Oregon Hazelnuts

Red had heard that Innkeeper and Chef Kristin Fintel of Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast sources ingredients for her gourmet breakfasts from local suppliers and he got to experience it for himself.

Strawberries for Chehalem RidgeFirst stop was Caravan Coffee, where Kat made him a cup of fair-trade coffee that Kristin serves in the mornings. On to the hazelnut orchards – or filbert orchards, depending on your point of view. Red learned that 99% of the US hazelnut production happens in the Willamette Valley.  No wonder Kristin uses them in her homemade granola. We stopped at the farmer’s market, where we picked up strawberries that smelled so good, Red was sad he could only hold them and not eat them. Kristin said they would be the star compote atop the next morning’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

Bob himself of Bob's Red MillFinally, Red got to visit Bob’s Red Mill where they still stone-grind wheat and other grains. He went in the store where Kristin buys her gluten-free flours and, lo!, there was Bob himself! Red was excited to pose with Bob in front of the French Burr Millstone from the 1800s. Red went back to the B&B with Kristin to help prep for breakfast, but it turns out he was all legs when it came to cooking.

Although Red Chair Travels has moved on to Washington State we still have so many tales to tell of its visit to Oregon.

BedandBreakfast.com partnered with Red Chair Travels keeping the journey alive and the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild have had a blast hosting Red.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far and that you’re inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.

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.

 

Chehelam Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast sits atop Chehalem Mountain, overlooking the Willamette Valley, home to Oregon’s Wine Country.  While Red Chair Travels was here, he stopped for a photo op at the sign, but then hurried down the driveway to soak in the view. He parked himself on the guest deck where we serve breakfast on weather-friendly mornings. From there, he had a great view of the town of Newberg, pinot noir vineyards and fruit and nut orchards. He got the full tour of Chehalem Ridge B&B’s five guest rooms, four which have private decks, with friendly chairs for him to hang out with, and stunning valley views. Red also got to meet Chehalem Ridge’s resident Welcoming Committee, Stumpy.

Founded in 2007 by innkeepers Kristin and Curt Fintel, Chehalem Ridge B&B offers exemplary hospitality, extraordinary views and an exceptionally Oregon experience. Perched on eight acres atop Chehalem Mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley and Coast Range, the inn’s four guest rooms and one suite, all with en suite bathrooms, offer a peaceful retreat between adventures with spectacular views of both mountain and valley.  More than 60 wineries are within a 20-minute drive of the contemporary house. Kristin, a former pastry chef, has been hailed by past guests for her mouthwatering gourmet breakfasts, housemade treats and jams, immaculate housekeeping skills, and charmingly quirky sense of humor.

Although Red Chair Travels has moved on to Washington State we still have so many tales to tell of its visit to Oregon.

BedandBreakfast.com partnered with Red Chair Travels keeping the journey alive and the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild have had a blast hosting Red.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far and that you’re inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.

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.

Yamhill Carlton AVA

The Innkeepers of Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast bid goodbye to Red Chair Travels. The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild thanks you for allowing Red to visit and explore some of historic Willamette Valley.  We’ve added many of your photos of Red to Red Chair’s Photo Album on the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild’s Pinterest boards and Facebook page.  Lucky chair has spent almost 3 months in Oregon visiting the member Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild with about two months left before heading north to the innkeepers of the Washington B&B Guild.

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.

Hutchcroft School

Oregon history runs deep in the Willamette Valley.  It is, after all, the end of the Oregon Trail, the 2,200-mile historic east-west large wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River the to valleys in Oregon.  “It is likely that Yamhill was the 19th century white settlers’ name for a tribe of Native Americans, a Kalapuya people, who inhabited the region”. Source Oregon Geographic Names, an amazing book with a plethora of information of Oregon Geographic Names origins.

The Yamhill Vineyards B&B Innkeeper’s took Red Chair Travels to visit Fort Yamhill, a State Heritage Park.  Built in 1856 Fort Yamhill represented a time of transition for the people of the Northwest. The fort served to ease tension between settlers and natives, protect both populations and control traffic between them.  Fort Yamhill is one of the best archaeologically preserved forts in the Northwest from the mid 19th century.  Red visited the relocated Officer’s Quarters and saw memorabilia through the windows.

The next stop was the Yamhill County Historical Society and Museum. The museum has history and displays of logging, dairies, mail coaches, farming equipment, and much more. They opened the restored Hutchcroft School built in 1877 and they were thrilled to have Red as a guest.

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.

Erratic Rock in the Willamette Valley

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast played host to Red Chair Travels a couple of weeks ago and what a busy week it was.  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,  a loft  and deck area, offering a relaxed country retreat.  The Oregon Bounty breakfast features one of five varieties of vineyard grape juice and local produce.

The gracious innkeepers took Red on a quarter of a mile to the Erratic Rock.  This 90 ton rock arrived in Oregon during the Ice Age Flood and commands a wonderful view of the valley.  The it was back to the farm for some chores farm that included planting red, white, and blue flower baskets to honor our servicemen and  women  past and present. Thank you for your service.  After all this work it enjoyed a day of rest in the great room of Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, gazing down the valley and over to the Coast Range, and watching the Koi in the pond. What a wonderful day.

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.

The Prospect Hotel and Crater Lake

Red’s time was short at the Prospect Hotel in Oregon’s Southern Cascades.  And the innkeepers of the Historic Hotel showed it a great time, exploring Oregon’s Southern Cascades.  Red especially loved the snow shoe trip up to the rim of famous Crater Lake, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.  Did you know that Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America, the second deepest in North America and the ninth deepest lake in the world? Thanks Travel Oregon for the video share

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.

Red Chair on the Oregon Coast

The innkeepers at Sandlake Country Inn hosted Red Chair Travels for just the week but they had just enough time to share one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon with its rugged coast, sandy beaches and amazing views.

Red invites you to grab your hiking or biking gear and head out to the Oregon Coast for a day or multi day hike.  There are miles and miles of trails for any skill level.  Don’t forget water and sun block and remember to breathe in the fresh Oregon air on these 7 Wonderful Hikes on the Oregon Coast

Drift Creek Falls Trail and Suspension Bridge ~ A fairly easy 3 mile round trip hike through a lush Pacific Coast forest. The foot bridge suspends 100 feet above Drift Creek and is the longest suspension bridge in Oregon at 240′

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

We will continue to share Red’s travel through Oregon as it visits the 7 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 unique 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.

Feller House Goats

Feller House Bed and Breakfast played host to Red Chair Travels at their lovely inn near Aurora, Oregon.  This restored 1860’s farmhouse is full of charm and guests are invited to stroll the gardens and orchard and take in the beauty of the French Prairie.  The resident  goats will surely show some love especially if you have a hand full of grain

We will continue to share Red’s travel through Oregon as it visits the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Oregon’s 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 unique inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.