Category Archives: Willamette Valley

Tulips, Daffodils, Iris soon to bloom in the Willamette Valley

Tulips, Daffodils and other cut flowers will soon be in full bloom from now through April in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Spring is just around the corner and a beautiful time to plan a trip to the Willamette Valley and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival,  which opens March 23 and runs through April 30.   Enjoy the flowers along with a variety of activities each day and special events on the weekends.  This time every year they open their fields and expand their operations to include taking bulb orders, cut flowers, potted tulips, a gift shop, other plants, and all sorts of food and activities on weekends.

Are you a painter or a photographer?  Whether amatuer or professional I would imagine this would be an amazing place to spend some time.  After a day in the fields, just up the road from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm rest your head at the Willamette Valley member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

A field report from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm:  “The bloom in the field is behind schedule due to the cold weather.  The tulips are changing daily but we will open with very little color.  We will keep you posted on our bloom status.  Right now, the second week of April on should be a good time to plan your visit.”

‘Giant rabbits jumping over tulip fields?  Okay, the giant rabbits might Only be Slightly Exaggerated in Travel Oregon’s whimsical marketing campaign.

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.

R. R. Thompson House

R. R. Thompson House in Oregon’s Yamhill County

When you choose R. R. Thompson House as your lodging choice in Carlton you’ll create the perfect wine country get-a-way.  Stroll just a few blocks to the explore dozens of small wineries, unique shops and wonderful restaurants in Carlton’s historic pioneer downtown.

R. R. Thomspon House has five beautifully appointed suites and rooms, each named after a flower which can be found in the artistically designed gardens. The spacious Rose and Lavender Suites and the more intimate Magnolia, Lilac and Garden Rooms all have deluxe, pillow top king or queen mattresses and crisp, luxury linens.

Breakfast begins with a medley of fruits, berries from local farms in season, melons and citrus.  Savor a cup of French press coffee or choose from a variety of teas.  Enjoy a glass of orange juice, a blend of orange and berry or a refreshing mango drink.

Carlton is also home base for the globally respected Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area.

Pick up some gourmet meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruit preserves and handmade chocolates to fill your picnic basket before heading out to explore the vine-covered hills  of Yamhill County.

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.

Yamhill Vineyards

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

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 and local produce.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast offers guests a quiet country setting with spectacular views, sunsets, and star gazing. Each of the two large guest rooms has a queen bed, table, chairs, and private bath.

As part of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Green Certification Program, Yamhill Vineyard’s intention is to care for you and the earth with respect and gentleness.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts and 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 Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the Heart of the Willamette Valley Wine Country

Built in 1915, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast is located within the charming community of Carlton, known as “The Wine Capital of Oregon.” A short walk out the inn’s front door you’ll discover over a dozen tasting rooms and wineries as well as unique shops and wonderful restaurants. A short drive and you’ll reach even more places to explore.

The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast has four comfortable bedrooms, 1 with a king size bed and private bath, 3 with private bath and queen size beds, living room with wood burning fireplace and TV area along with central air conditioning and wireless internet throughout.

Freshly prepared homemade food using the best ingredients available is the hallmark of breakfast at The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast.  This means cooking with eggs from our own chickens, and locally grown/raised foods whenever possible.   Weekly farmers markets and honor system farm stands abound in Oregon Wine Country.  Our own garden provides fresh herbs and vegetables that make their way into our breakfast menu. Carlton Farms is the source for breakfast sausage, ham, and bacon.  Your hostess makes her own homemade yogurt and granola, and the local hazelnuts add a wonderful sweet nuttiness to the granola and other breakfast entrees.

Wake up to the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Coffee and tea are available in the dining room at 8:00am. Breakfast is served at 9:00am beginning with a beautifully presented plate of fresh fruit or compote, accompanied by homemade yogurt and granola.Should you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, just let us know in advance and we will be happy to do our best to accommodate.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts and 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.

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Wine Country

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast is located in Dundee, Oregon, within 2 miles of more than 25 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley. You’ll appreciate both the privacy of a modern estate and charm of a country inn.

Innkeepers Mark and Elizabeth built La Bastide Bed & Breakfast in 2014 with the goal of creating a special place to enjoy great food and great service in the heart of Oregon wine country.  The name “bastide” refers to a country house in France and La Bastide reflects a French influence that is part of both the innkeepers style as well as the style of the wines made in the Dundee hills.

The inn offers 3 charming guestrooms, all with queen sized beds, private bathrooms, fireplace and vineyard views. The perfect place for a romantic getaway or to relax after a day exploring the Dundee Hills AVA.   An elegant two course gourmet breakfast is made and served from scratch each morning.  The fruit course may be something like fresh local Oregon berries with yogurt and house made granola, poached pears with raspberry sauce, or broiled grapefruit with coconut.  A hot entree will follow, such as poached eggs on toast, oven pancake with seasonal fruit sauce, or smoked salmon egg scramble.

La Bastide strives to create a comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience and the innkeepers are always happy to recommend local restaurants and activities.

We welcome La Bastide to the list of quality inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts and 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.

Ski Oregon and Stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.

Ski Oregon, as it offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation and the snow is piling up across the state.  Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking for back-country trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Oregon has it all. And after your day’s adventure, get pampered at a member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Central and Eastern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Mt. Bachelor, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski areas. Only 20 minutes from Bend, Mt. Bachelor offers world class skiing and snowboarding from November through May.

Ferguson Ridge is a community owned ski area located just 9 miles outside Joseph, Oregon.  Operated by the Eagle Cap Ski Club, Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol, and the Enterprise-Joseph Lions Club, it’s completely run on heart-volunteers who want a community place to gather and play

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfasts

From the Willamette Valley, the Willamette Pass Resort on Highway 58 offers big mountain skiing to a variety of skill levels. Seven lifts including the state’s only high-speed six passenger lift will take you to 360 degrees of alpine adventure.

Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts 

Mt. Hood’s ski resorts provide downhill skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and cross country skiing.  Mt Hood Meadows is the largest ski resort on Mt. Hood! Enjoy 2150 acres of terrain with high speed express service with 5 high speed quads. Twelve chairlifts total and Snowcat access the greatest variety of terrain in the state of Oregon. Experts will revel in back-country skiing at Heather Canyon.

Timberline Ski Resort is the only ski area in North America that’s open 12 months of the year with up to 3,590 vertical feet.

Southern Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

From Mt. Ashland’s 7,533-foot summit, skiers and snowboarders ride a drop of 1,150 vertical feet. There is a remarkable terrain park, and the four chairlifts provide access to 23 trails as well as to open bowl skiing.

In Crater Lake National Park cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. There are nine different skiing trails available, ranging in difficulty.

These are but a few of your Oregon winter sport options.  Many inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are within minutes of world class outdoor adventures.  Begin planning your Winter Ski Trip today with bed and breakfast accommodations at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.

Thanks to Travel Oregon, who launched the Only Slightly Exaggerated campaign and showed the world that Oregon is unlike any other place in the spring and summer, but our state’s magic extends into the fall and winter, 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

Willamette Valley Wine Events

Innkeepers of the Willamette Valley share their choices for Thanksgiving Weekend Willamette Valley Wine Tastings.

One great aspect of the Thanksgiving weekend open houses is the opportunity to visit wineries that are usually only open by appointment.  Add to that the opportunity to Shop Small on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday and Sunday, and you have an adventure that supports the community.  The innkeepers in the Willamette Valley share some of their favorite choices to visit throughout the valley.

Some wineries are participating in the Willamette Cares Food Share in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank Network.  Each winery decides how to participate in raising funds or collecting food for the Food Bank. (https://willamettewines.com/willamette-cares-food-share/). Many wineries have special events the weekend before Thanksgiving, too.

BELLA VIDA VINEYARD (www.bellavida.com/<http://www.bellavida.com/>)  – 9380 NE Worden Hill Road, Dundee | 503-538-9821 Friday-Sunday, 11-5 | Tasting Fee $20 Taste with the owner/farmer, Steven Whiteside: Five estate Pinot noirs from the 2014 vintage crafted by four exceptional winemakers from one location. Wine country bites, logo glass and stunning view from 880′ all included.

BELLS UP WINERY (bellsupwinery.com/) – 27895 NE Bell Road, Newberg | 503-537-1328 Saturday-Sunday, Nov 17-18 and Friday-Sunday, Nov 23-25, 12-4 | Tasting Fee $15 (members free) Herald the holiday season and experience our rarely open, micro-boutique winery. Enjoy a sensory feast of handcrafted, classically-styled Pinot noir and Syrah poured by the winemaker-paired with light fare and spectacular views. Tasting fee waived w/ $75 purchase.

CRISTOM VINEYARDS (www.cristomvineyards.com/<http://www.cristomvineyards.com/> )  – 6905 Spring Valley Road NW, Salem | 503-375-3068 Saturday-Sunday, 11-4; closed Friday | Tasting Fee $20 per person per winery Join Cristom Vineyards as we partner with BETHEL HEIGTS, EVENING LAND, WALTER SCOTT, and LINGUA FRANCA for Thanksgiving Weekend in the Eola-Amity Hills! Cristom will be pouring a five-wine flight with a paired bite for this progressive tasting in the Eola-Amity Hills.

J.L. KIFF VINEYARD (www.jlkiffvineyard.com/<http://www.jlkiffvineyard.com/>)  – 13546 NW Willis Road, McMinnville | 971-237-6745 Saturday-Sunday, Nov 17-18 and Sat-Sun, Nov 24-25, 12-4 Tasting Fee $15 (free with three cans/boxes food donation) Flashback! We’re pouring ’10, ’11 and ’12 Pinots. 2018 barrel samples, too! Great vineyard views, off the beaten path, yet just minutes from McMinnville and Carlton.

LEFT COAST ESTATE (leftcoastwine.com/)  – 4225 N Pacific Highway 99W, Rickreall | 503-831-4916 Friday-Sunday, 12-5 | Tasting Fee: Classic $15, Seated $40 Thanksgiving weekend, we will feature a special tasting flight with holiday deals in the winery and our famous wood-fired pizza in the Cafe. This year we will also host an exclusive culinary experience each day at 1:00 and 3:00. Limited availability; RSVP today.

SOTER VINEYARDS (sotervineyards.com/) – 10880 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton | 503-662-5600 Friday-Saturday, 11-4 | Tasting Fee $30 Join us at Mineral Springs Ranch, our 240-acre biodynamic farm and vineyard. You’ll have the chance to taste our current releases, chat with our staff and winemakers, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, catered by our in-house chef, Alex Daley.

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.

Winter Romance at Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn

Winter Romance at Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn

Stay two nights, December 1 through March 31 at Le Puy A Wine Country Inn and accept their offer of 20% off room rates

Le Puy is an 8-room, 4-season, destination inn for the Yamhill Wine Valley. The inn strives to exemplify sustainability from the food offered, to the products used, to the care for the environment from the exterior to the interior.  Re-balance, Rejuvenate and Refresh the tranquil setting, good food, spa amenities and fresh atmosphere.

Nestled on a hill in the luscious Willamette Valley wine country, Le Puy exudes a peacefulness, a graceful feel and that gentleness you only get while visiting our Oregon wine country.

Our view is beautiful year round.  December through March enjoy Oregon’s premier wine valley for a little less.  Less traffic, less crowds, less cost.  Perfect for an intimate winter getaway from the daily routine. Enter Promo Code: Winter18-19 when booking online

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.

Hood River Valley

Apple Berry Delight is a light baked pancake shared by Yamhill Vineyard B&B

Oregon has approximately 6200 acres of apple orchards in three major regions:  the Willamette Valley, the Mid-Columbia Valley and eastern Oregon’s Milton-Freewater area.  The most popular varieties of apple grown in Oregon are Fuji and Gala but in the Hood River Valley we have one orchardist growing over 50 varieties.

“Come stay where fine wines are born!” and some pretty tasty breakfasts, too, at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

Apple Berry Delight 

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Serving: 4
Preheat oven to 350°

Ingredients:

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Krustez Pancake Mix or mix your own to equal
1 ½ cups batter
¾ cup+2 Tablespoons Water
2 Tablespoons Chopped Hazelnuts (optional)
2 Tablespoons Butter melted in 9 inch pie plate

½ – 1 Apple peeled, cored & sliced thin, Granny Smith or any cooking apple
⅓ Cup Blackberries, Cranberries, Blueberries or Marion berries
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
4 Tablespoons Syrup – innkeeper likes Mrs. Butterworth’s the best

Instructions:

Mix pancake mix, Hazelnuts and water together, will be a little lumpy. Let stand. Swirl melted butter in the pie plate so that the edges are coated. Place the thin sliced apples around the bottom of the pie plate. Add the berries of choice. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over the apples and berries. Gently pour the syrup over the apples and berries. Spoon the pancake batter gently over the apples and berries.  Do not pour as this will disturb the apple arrangement.

BAKE: 30-35 minutes at 350° degrees

Loosen sides of pancake when done; put a plate on top and turn over, like an upside down cake.  Serve with whipped cream and candied Hazelnuts. Extra syrup is optional. Enjoy.

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.

National Pancake Day

National Pancake Day

Pancakes are good any day of the year as is proven by the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. 

Today let’s honor the pancake.  Does the mere mention of pancakes send your senses reeling?  A plate of steamy hot pancakes can instantly lift your spirits and certainly can make your tummy happy.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Innkeepers sure know how create pancakes that are tender, light and oh so tasty. Fresh local ingredients like crispy Hood River County Apples or sweet Willamette Valley Berries or fresh peaches picked up at a weekly farmers market make these unique ‘cakes’

Apple Pancakes with warm Apple Cider Syrup have become a guest favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and thanks to Ryan’s Hood River Juice Company for the Apple Cider Syrup recipe. In the Hood River Valley, known for its abundant apples and pears, this innkeeper’s been using a wonderful sourdough starter for the pancakes and mixing in one teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 cup grated fresh apple.

At the Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast their farm fresh eggs will make their way into gourmet breakfasts at the inn like their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

The Old Parkdale Inn B&B also serves hot-off-the-griddle Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes often throughout the year, made with fresh and frozen berries of the Hood River Valley.

And then there’s the Blueberry Pancake.  And Dutch Baby Pancakes.  Reserve your room today and ask the innkeeper what their signature pancake recipe is and maybe, just maybe, if the fruit they use is in season you’ll be treated to awesome pancake goodness.

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.