Category Archives: Scenic Bikeways

Did you know that Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway Program in the Nation?  And that many of these have been created by locals and have been ridden and reviewed to provide inspiration for planning a two-wheeled Oregon Cycling Vacation?   And that there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn on, or near, almost every one of them that you can use as your base camp?  Or perhaps plan an Inn-to-Inn Ride.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway features varied terrain, generally downhill from Sisters, less than 37 miles, which most cyclists will find most enjoyable.  You could start your ride in Sisters and spend the night at Long Hollow Ranch.  Or after a restful night’s sleep and hearty breakfast at The Ranch, you could take off from there and you’re almost half way to Smith Rock!  The Historic Farmhouse has five attractive, clean rooms, each with their own bath and plenty of room for your cycling group.  Long Hollow Ranch is a working cattle ranch offering trail rides and fly fishing so you might consider adding another day or two to your cycling adventure.

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.

A special thanks to Travel Oregon for the work they do to promote Oregon Tourism and for providing this video

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These Scenic rides/drives can be taking in your car or on your bike. Either way there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn where you can rest your tired bones at either end.  Plan either your two or 4-wheeled vacation in Oregon on one of Oregon’s Scenic Drives in the Central Cascades.

Oregon is the only state in the nation with a Scenic Bikeways program.  These routes were created, inspected, ridden and officially approved by Ride Oregon Ride and those cyclists who have made Oregon a bike friendly state at the head of the pack.

Fall foliage is amazing on these routes though Oregon Central Cascades and you’ll want to hit them before the first snows fall.  I’ve included links for both the McKenzie River Scenic Bikeway and the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic Byway.  Both allow you to start your journey in Sisters, Oregon, at the Long Hollow Ranch before heading over the McKenzie Pass to McKenzie River Round House.  Finish the 82 mile ride by taking the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic Byway back to Sisters.  Lava fields, snowcapped peaks and rushing rivers mark this 82-mile loop around two of Central Oregon’s Cascade Mountain passes.

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.

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“Oregon Scenic Bikeways are chosen with cyclists in mind: endearing historic downtowns, breathtaking scenery, and bicycle lanes where possible. Oregon’s first designated scenic bikeway celebrates the Willamette Valley, its people and its splendor.”

What better way to experience Oregon’s awesome fall then by traveling the roads less traveled.  Designed with cyclists in mind.  And we might add there are plenty of welcoming Bed and Breakfasts along the 127-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.  The WVSB travels through one of the most diverse agricultural regions on earth, and showcases the sites where Oregon’s history was made”  Thanks to Travel Oregon for creating the only Scenic Bikeway program in our Nation.


“The Willamette River meanders north through the valley, eventually flowing into the Columbia River at Portland, Oregon’s largest city and is home to many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns, some urban, some rural.  We can help you plan an Oregon Inn to Inn bike Tour.  Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or short day trips April through November brings drier weather, lots of flowers and warm days, family farms and fruit stands, making them the best months to ride.

Looking for shorter day trips?  Consider an Oregon B&B as your home base, start your day feeling refreshed and ready to ride.  We’ll share with you our favorite scenic backroads, parks, and bike trails near.

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.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

“Oregon Scenic Bikeways are chosen with cyclists in mind: endearing historic downtowns, breathtaking scenery, and bicycle lanes where possible. Oregon’s first designated scenic bikeway celebrates the Willamette Valley, its people and its splendor.”

And we might add some welcoming Bed and Breakfasts along the 127-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.  The WVSB travels through one of the most diverse agricultural regions on earth, and showcases the sites where Oregon’s history was made”  Thanks to Travel Oregon for creating the only Scenic Bikeway program in our Nation.


“The Willamette River meanders north through the valley, eventually flowing into the Columbia River at Portland, Oregon’s largest city and is home to many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns, some urban, some rural.  We can help you plan an Oregon Inn to Inn bike Tour.  Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or short day trips April through November brings drier weather, lots of flowers and warm days, family farms and fruit stands, making them the best months to ride.

Looking for shorter day trips?  Consider an Oregon B&B as your home base, start your day feeling refreshed and ready to ride.  We’ll share with you our favorite scenic backroads, parks, and bike trails near.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild thinks it’s high time to book your ride through the Willamette Valley, one Inn at a time.  And yes, we can tell you where to stay, park your bike and enjoy our Oregon countryside, sweet downtowns and the best places to dine! 

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.

Bicycle Oregon

Yes, it’s that time of year!  It’s time to get your bikes out of the basement, the shed or garage.  Dust the seat off and grab your helmet and you are good to go!

One of the most scenic places in the country to ride bikes, Oregon plays host to cyclists from all over the world every summer.  It’s not unusual for some our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns to be filled to the brim with bicyclists when the weather is perfect here!

Oregon’s innovative Scenic Bikeways program offers the very best of Oregon’s scenic, historic, natural and cultural experiences for you to explore from the seat of your bike.  The website provides the resources you’ll need to plan your bicycling trip.  Some of these trails take you through some of the most beautiful countryside you have ever seen.  Small towns, villages, covered bridges, you name it you can experience it on your bike this season!  It’s no surprise that Oregon’s other favorite thing to do, “eating” and sharing their “really good” food is a perk and available along many of the trails found here.  Restaurants and deli’s along the bikes routes are expecting you and we have heard nothing but positive experiences from our cyclists.

Many inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are located along these bike trails too!  Most have storage for your gear, can fill your water bottles, point you in the right direction for pasta to get you through the next day and then send you off with a hearty culinary experience you will not forget!  They’ll even share some of their favorite scenic back roads nearby.

So, plan your trip, pack your bikes and we’ll see you bicycling in Oregon this season!  The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, it’s 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 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.

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway; An Oregon Scenic Byway

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway ‘reveals tales of pioneers, towns boomed and busted, and creatures that wandered this terrain million of years ago.  The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway stretches 266 miles through north central to eastern Oregon.  Beginning in the community of Biggs and ending in Baker City, this Byway meanders through ghost towns and small farming communities that bring to Old West to Life.

‘The ‘Wild and Scenic’ John Day River, North America’s second longest undammed river, parallels much of the route, offering excellent rafting, fishing, and camping.   Geology buffs, and anyone who’s curious about fossils, will take great pleasure in the interpretive trails at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  The monument is made up of three units, one of which is the Painted Hills, recently labeled one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.   Thanks to Travel Oregon for sharing this information.

You might consider bringing the bikes and trade out 4 wheels for two. The Old West Scenic Bikeway is a rugged piece of the Old West that you can check out, offering different terrains and scenery, from rushing rivers to hot springs to fossil beds and some attention-getting climbs.

Wilson Ranches Retreat in Fossil, Oregon, a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild provides the perfect accommodations when traveling the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway and the Ranch offers up true Oregon hospitality and an Old West Experience.

Complete your Journey Through Time at the Baker City Blue Door Inn, centrally located in the heart of the downtown historic district of Baker City, Oregon.   Stroll through the beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods or visit one of several museums.  Walk to local restaurants, shops and breweries. Hop back on your bike and cruise the lovely Leo Adler trail which meanders along the beautiful Powder River.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, it’s 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 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.