Category Archives: Summer in Oregon

Summer Adventures Oregon Ski Areas

Summer Adventures and Events Happen at an Oregon Ski Area

Winter snow sports shift into Summer adventures and events at an Oregon Ski Area.  Did you know you can summer ski on the Palmer Glacier at Timberline Lodge?

Mt. Hood: Skibowl

Skibowl is a playground for the whole family, with more than 20 attractions including zip lines, the Malibu Raceway, a bungee tower, mini golf, disc golf and a kiddie canoe.  Guided tours and equipment rentals for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, fishing and even hiking and waterfall exploring.

Mt. Hood: Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge has the longest ski season in North America. Take the Palmer Express high-speed quad lift to ski or snowboard through Labor Day.  Explore the mountain’s biking and family-friendly hiking trails. During the daytime, the U.S. Forest Service gives free 45-minute tours of the Lodge. And the Magic Mile Sky Ride offers spectacular views of Mt Hood and the Oregon Cascades to the south.  Mountain Music Festival on September 2nd will cap the season with hot tickets in the local and national acoustic, bluegrass and folk music festival scene.

Mt. Hood: Hood Meadows

Mt.Hood Meadows comes alive on Saturdays and Sundays this summer, starting with an Uphill Challenge on July 27 and the Northwest Spirits Festival, August 3rd.  In between, hop on a $10 chairlift ride to soak up the sunshine and view the wildflowers below and Mt. Jefferson and Three Sisters on the horizon. There’s also a Summer Brew fest, (July 6), Makers Market, (August 17), star gazing and more.  An acoustic concert series lineup is also coming soon.

Mt Hood Region Bed and Breakfasts

Mt. Bachelor

Have you dined at 7,800 feet? Bachelor in Central Oregon will have a sunset dinner series, and chair lift rides, providing views of Three Sisters peaks, Broken Top and many of the Cascade Lakes below paired with local fare.  Take to the trails by foot or bike. It’s a bike-lover’s paradise here, with 13 miles of newly established single-track trails.

Central and Eastern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Mt. Ashland

Mt Ashland in Southern Oregon comes alive for a few trail events in the summer, including  the Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run (July 13) and the Mt. Ashland 5K run (July 6).  Oregon’s ski areas are shining jewels year-round; make sure to show your love.

Southern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Anthony Lakes

For the first time in 50 years as a ski area, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in Eastern Oregon is open for summer operations.  Located in North Powder (between La Grande and Baker City), the resort’s rugged terrain and accessible trail system make it a hotspot for mountain biking, with their annual Mountain Bike Festival (with free camping, live music and $10 chair lift rides) set for August 3rd. Food and music are also a big draw. Live music by the Bruno Dunes Band out of Baker City is set for Aug. 20. Fuel up at the resort’s Starbottle Saloon, a family-friendly restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food with indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular views along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway.

Central and Eastern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

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.

5 Waterfall Hikes

Wildflowers will soon start popping up across the landscape in Columbia River Gorge.  Spring wildflower hikes are a Gorge specialty you won’t want to miss, so plan your wildflower weekend now. These hikes are on the Washington side of the Columbia River but easy bridge access from Portland and Hood River

Mosier Plateau:

This trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek up the hill, through a pioneer cemetery, onto the Mosier Plateau.  This trail is part of Gorge Towns to Trails project, a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation. The trail was completed in the summer 2013 with numerous partners and volunteers. Enjoy!

Catherine Creek Area

Parking is on the north side of WA14 where you can pick up trails for longer hikes and more great wildflower and bird viewing.  Catherine Creek Trail #4400 is a one mile paved trail with great views of the Columbia River on the south side of WA14.  Catherine Creek Arch (1.9m) and Catherine Creek Labyrinth (5.5 miles) trails can be picked up here.

Rowena Plateau Loop

This easy stroll provides stunning views up and down the Gorge.  In late spring, the balsam root and other wildflowers are abundant.  You can’t talk about the Rowena Plateau without talking about the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. The Nature Conservancy has worked to preserve the fauna and flora here. Starting in spring, volunteers lead interpretive hikes.

You’ll have stunning Columbia River Gorge Views on these trails, through open grasslands, vernal ponds and oak woodlands.  Bring your camera.

Start your day at one of the many Oregon Bed and Breakfasts near Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge with a breakfast prepared from fresh local products.  Or take a relaxing day trip from a Portland region bed and breakfast

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Lavender Daze

What do you think of when we say the word “Lavender”?  Aromatic, fragrant, relaxing, soothing are a few adjectives that come to mind.  Leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind, visit an Oregon Lavender Farm and prepare to relax.  During the weekend of July 8 – 9, 2017, over 30 Lavender Farms in Oregon will open their farms to tours, workshops and celebrations, many including food and music, during the peak of the lavender season.

I may be a little bias but my favorite lavender farm is Hood River Lavender Farms as it is just 8 miles from the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Hood River Lavender Farms is a certified-organic u-pick lavender farm situated on the top of Straight Hill surrounded by orchards and offering amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Hood River Valley below. It has a large wildflower garden, Oregon native wildflowers, in the center of the farm.

The farm is home to the annual Lavender DAZE Festival, July 21 featuring live music, local wines, 20+ local artisan booths, craft classes, kid activities and more. Picnic lunches are encouraged. Truly a unique and beautiful experience.  The bed and breakfast inns of the Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, all members of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, have rooms available for the perfect, romantic weekend getaway.

Can’t make it to the Hood River Valley?  No problem as there are plenty of Lavender Destinations and Events planned across Oregon.  And certainly a bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild near the one of your choice.

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.

slow food csa farmers market

It’s that time of year again.  A time when the Farmer’s Markets in Oregon open and the Oregon Bounty begins to flows.  Soon the fresh organic strawberries will fill the stands and it will continue to get better as we move into summer

What do you see in the photo above?  If you answered apples, mushrooms, potatoes, bread and greens, you would be right.  As innkeepers we see a savory Italian Fritatta with Argula and mushrooms, herbed roasted potatoes, a rich and flavorful banana French Toast and famous Baked Apples at the Old Parkdale Inn.

In May, as Oregon’s Bounty starts flowing the Farmer’s markets across Oregon re-open.  The Victorian on 10th is walking distance to the McMinnville’s market.  Most markets have live music, handcrafted goods and much of the fruits and veggies sold make their way into the afternoon treats and breakfasts of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Inns.  This is exceptional Oregon Slow Food.

Some of the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild belong to their local CSA and they also, along with most of our innkeepers, visit the farmers markets regularly, selecting the perfect ingredient to create a true Northwest Culinary experience for our guests.  Many have gardens producing fresh herbs, veggies, and more.

It’s Spring and it’s time for our Oregon Farmers Markets to sprout up all over the state and share their stuff!  Flowers, cheese, veggies, wine, art, you name it and you can find it.  From now till deep into autumn, you can drive to just about any Oregon town, city or region and find a farmers market!

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.

McKenzie River Valley

Imagine Festivities in the McKenzie River Valley

The McKenzie River Valley and the nearby member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild invite you to visit the McKenzie River this summer for festivals, events and outdoor adventure.

McKenzie River Lavender Farm invites you to their Lavender Farm Open House and Festival July 7-9.  This event is a small piece of The Oregon Lavender Farm Tour presented by the Oregon Lavender Association, featuring statewide lavender events held the second weekend July. There’ll be arts & crafts, music, food, kids fun, and blooming lavender ready for u-cut lavender, lavender plants, and lavender lemonade and treats. Local artisans will be selling handcrafted skin care products, unique jewelry, soft woven scarves and more.

Chainsaw Art Festival being held at the McKenzie Community Track and Field venue in Blue River, July 21 – 23 have arts & crafts, chainsaw art, food, family activities, and a health fair.

Imagine yourself enjoying the many summer activities along the Wild and Scenic McKenzie River and nearby Willamette National Forest.  Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast at one of our inns before heading out to explore the McKenzie River Valley:

The Innkeepers along the McKenzie River at McKenzie River Round House will be glad to suggest day trips and adventures while visiting this stunning piece of Oregon.

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.

Oregon Lavender Farms

Oregon Lavender Farms Tour is the Oregon Lavender Associations featured, statewide lavender event held the second weekend in July, July 8 and 9, 2017

Oregon Lavender farms and nurseries will open their doors to the public during lavender blossom time.  Enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender as you travel the Oregon Back Roads through pastoral countrysides to each destination

Each lavender farm is unique and offers different activities for the weekend, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors.  Entry to each location is free.

Member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are located near many Oregon Lavender Farms and the Innkeepers will be glad to suggest day trips and adventures for touring the Oregon Back Roads.

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.

Lavender

Lavender Fields with a Mt Hood View

With Mt Hood as a backdrop, the lavender farms of the Hood River Valley are nurtured with abundant sunshine and fertile soils and growers who take pride in producing their quality lavender products.  You’ll find serenity, be rejuvenated in the aromatic fields.

Hood River Lavender is a certified organic farm in the Hood River Valley.  The owners, Diane and Joe not only grow acres of lavender, they steam distill their crop to produce high quality pure essential oil of lavender which goes into the making of their line of bath and beauty products.

In 2015 Red Chair Travels visited the Hood River Valley and relaxed awhile in the Hood River Lavender fields.

Lavender Valley farms 25-acres in the rich soils of the Hood River Valley, some rows are oriented with a vanishing point that pays reverence to the beauty of Mt. Hood.  The grounds also offer a 5,000 square-foot, circular view area for picnics, events or celebrations.  The lavender products they produce are designed to bring lavender into your daily life.

Both Lavender Farms are located on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the Hood River valley.  Meandering the scenic back roads, with awe inspiring views of Mt Hood around every corner.   Visit family farms, wineries, and friendly communities.  Over 15,000 acres of fruit trees are in full bloom from about mid April through mid May.

There are 9 unique Oregon bed and breakfast inns located in the Hood River Valley.  Each provides the hospitality and comforts not always found in hotels.  After a hearty Northwest breakfast our innkeepers love to help you plan your day, whether it be hiking the forests that surround Mt Hood, tasting wines, searching for that perfect photo op or just relaxing at a serene location such as the Hood River Lavender fields.

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.

Victorian Garden Blooms

Victorian Garden Blooms at The Victorian on 10th in McMinnville

The Victorian Garden Blooms welcome Summertime into the English garden at The Victorian on 10th!  Fresh cut flowers from the Victorian Garden and fresh lavender from the Innkeeper’s nearby vineyard property are featured throughout the inn.  Fragrant bunches of lavender are made available to guests staying during July and August.

Victorian on 10th is a pet friendly inn that has been lovingly restored to it’s original 1896 Queen Anne Victorian beauty and offers a “home away from home” quality.  Located just a few blocks from McMinnville Oregon’s 3rd street, you’ll experience a new type of Bed and Breakfast.  The homestay inn has 2 fully equipped apartments each featuring an extra large queen bed bedroom, a separate large sitting room, and a bathroom with antique porcelain fixtures.   Farm to table and local specialties, artisan pastries, fruit, fresh dairy, juice, and premium coffee and teas. are made available in your apartment’s fully equipped kitchen to be enjoyed at your leisure while staying in this historic building.

Victorian on 10th is the perfect retreat for food and wine enthusiasts, those visiting family and friends, and travelers looking for dog friendly options in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

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