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National Plan for Vacation Day 2022

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 31 2023 is finally here and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild would love to assist and inspire your
2023 travel plans.

 

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31st

Ah, that feeling of vacation bliss, when you can truly unwind, unplug and relax.

For so many of us, that feeling seems like a distant memory. We’ve put vacation planning on the back burner, despite the fact that close to eight in 10 Americans believe vacations are important to their overall health and well-being.

Chances are you’ve been carrying a heavy load. Break free from burnout and on this National Plan for Vacation Day, let’s do something to give ourselves a lift, ignite that spark we get from your “booking confirmed” page from an Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day 2023

Between January 31st and February 5th, take time to plan your time off for the year. Receive a 20% discount for a two night stay during 2023 at a select Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Maybe plan a few 2023 get aways.

Mt Hood Region:

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast 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. Use promo code OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. The Old Parkdale Inn has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

Willamette Region

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. Yamhill Vineyards has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

MaMere’s Guest House, located in the heart of wine county, and the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visit Western Oregon University (WOU). Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. MaMere’s Guest House has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th

On our website we’ve developed six different ways to find an Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Experience something new. Take in unforgettable sites by searching favorite interest such as birdwatching or visiting historic sites. Find all Oregon has to offer: high desert country in the east, balmy coasts to the west, and mountains, rivers and forests in between.

In previous years more than 768 million vacation days went unused. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 31, 2023 and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild would love to assist and inspire your 2023 travel plans.

National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31st

Ah, that feeling of vacation bliss, when you can truly unwind, unplug and relax.

For so many of us, that feeling seems like a distant memory. We’ve largely put vacation planning on the back burner, despite the fact that close to eight in 10 Americans believe vacations are important to their overall health and well-being.

Break free from burnout and on this National Plan for Vacation Day, Let’s do something to give ourselves a lift, ignite that spark we get from your “booking confirmed” page from an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.

On January 31st take time to plan your time off for the year. And if you need some inspiration let the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild assist and inspire your 2023 travel plans.

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day 2023

Receive a 20% discount for a two night stay during 2023 at a participating Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Maybe plan a few 2023 get aways.

Mt Hood Region:

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast 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. Use promo code OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. The Old Parkdale Inn has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

Willamette Region

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country. Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. Yamhill Vineyards has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

MaMere’s Guest House, located in the heart of wine county, and the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visit Western Oregon University (WOU). Use promo code
OregonVacation when booking through their online booking platform. MaMere’s Guest House has extended their ‘book by’ date through the weekend, February 5th.

On our website we’ve developed six different ways to find an Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Experience something new. Take in unforgettable sites by searching favorite interest such as birdwatching or visiting historic sites. Find all Oregon has to offer: high desert country in the east, balmy coasts to the west, and mountains, rivers and forests in between.

Most years more than 768 million vacation days go unused. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Valentine's Day Getaways

Romance Package at MaMere’s Guest House

February will be here before we know it. Celebrate the month of ❤️ with a stay at MaMere’s Guest House Whether you come with a partner for Valentine’s Day, are celebrating Galentine’s Day with your best buds, or you need some personal time for respite and self care, MaMere’s has a room for you! And they can make it extra special with their locally curated packages and add-ones. 🌹 🍷 🍓 Book directly on their website for the best rates and access to exclusive packages.

MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.

Romance Package at MaMere'sFrom the Inn tour local vineyards, visit the coast, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the beautiful flowers, while listening to music from the Monmouth Amphitheater in Main Street Park.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Peanut Butter Balls from Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast feature a crunchy peanut butter filling inside a chocolate coating. Incredibly easy to make with just five simple ingredients!
No Bake and makes about 100 Peanut Butter Balls
In a large bowl combine
  • 3 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter – creamy peanut butter like Jif or Skippy. The peanut butter layer may not set up very well with a natural peanut butter that separates.
  • 1⁄4 pound margarine melted
Mix well by hand. Roll into 1-inch balls and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
In a small pan over water melt:
  • 1 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chips for 60-75 seconds, stopping to check and stir every 30 seconds.
  • Drop the frozen balls in the melted chocolate one at a time, use a fork to roll around to ensure an even coating. Place back on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Garnish with additional rice cereal while the chocolate is still warm. Chill until the chocolate has set.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a little known gem located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country.  The Inn is surrounded by Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfastvineyards, spectacular views and has two large guest rooms.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Oregon Bird Watching

Oregon Bird Watching in the Willamette Valley

There is an amazing wildlife show at these three Oregon wildlife refuges. Oregon Bird Watching is amazing. Especially this time of year when activity along the major flyways increase.

The Oregon Cascades Birding Trail (OCBT) is a great place to begin your birding adventure. From there you can decide where you’d like to visit. When you have made that decision turn to the website for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and I am sure you will find an inn close by.

The Willamette Valley is known for its unique Bed and Breakfasts, fertile land with orchards, vineyards and rolling grass fields.  Nestled between the snow-capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the forests of the Coast Range it’s no wonder the valley offers an abundance of birds and bird habitats and the Willamette Valley Birding Trail will take you there.

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex provides protection for historically abundant oak savanna, native prairie, riparian forest and wetland habitats. In these three protected places, endangered plant populations grow, summer songbirds nest, and wintering waterfowl find sanctuary in vast wetlands.

A hungry flock of Canada Geese soar high and then land to munch the grass across deep lush pastures at the Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge near Dallas, Oregon. They arrive at Baskett Slough from far off arctic nesting grounds and have come to this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge for the habitat.

Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam Rivers, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1965, the refuge provides wetlands and riparian woodland sanctuary for migratory and resident wildlife which range from the tiny Pacific chorus frog to the black-tailed deer.

Established in 1964, the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge’s primary management goal is to provide wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Driving through the 5,325 acres of the refuge and the 341 acres of its Snag Boat Bend Unit, is like taking a step back into the natural history of the Willamette Valley.

The State of Oregon is a bird watcher’s paradise.

There are extensive reserves and habitats that serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species. Many of our Member Inns have habitats on their grounds or are located near land ideal for birding. Grab your binoculars, choose an inn, and set out on your bird watching adventure.

When your journey ends, your bags are unpacked, and you’re scrolling through your vacation photos you will reminisce on memories of great accommodations, food, conversation and birding in 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.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

MaMere's Guest House

MaMere’s Guest House in the Heart of Oregon’s Wine Country

MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University.  The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.

MaMere’s Guest House is charming, unique and colorful inside and out! Built in 1891 as a boarding house for female students, it has since housed hundreds and continues to do so today in its present form as a Bed and Breakfast Guest House.  From the Inn tour local vineyards, visit the coast, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the beautiful flowers, while listening to music from the Monmouth Amphitheater in Main Street Park.

“Amazing historical house! This beautiful old home has charm & personality! Cannot add more stars to say it was one of the best B&B experiences we have had.” a Tripadvisor contributor.

MaMere’s Guest House provides an unforgettable breakfast each morning. Taking advantage of Oregon’s Bountiful Central Valley, MaMere’s breakfast often include fresh fruits, baked treats, and savory home cooked meals. Offering everything from homemade waffles, and bacon to delicious quiche. Experience the delight, as you wake up to slow roasted coffee, and a specially prepared meal.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE-COVERED ANYTHING DAY

Chocolate lovers rejoice on National Chocolate Covered Anything Day today, December 16th. On this day, dip and drizzle your favorite foods in every kind of chocolate imaginable. Enjoy these Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies from A’Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast

INGREDIENTS:

10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt, optional
½ cup dark chocolate (chips or melting disks)
½ cup white chocolate (I find melting chips work the best)
2 oz red melting disks

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two lightly colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and vanilla extract until creamed.

Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; mix until combined

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread CookiesScape bowl down and add flour while beating on low. Scrape bowl once more and mix until a crumbly dough forms. It will look like crumbs in the stand mixer, but when squeezed together in your hands will hold its shape.

Form dough into a ball and roll between parchment paper to 1/3-1/2 inch thick.  Cut using a 3–4-inch heart shaped (or any shape) cookie cutter and place onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are barely golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes on hot baking trays before transferring to cooling racks.

Now for the Dipping

Once your cookies are completely cooled line another tray with aluminum foil and prepare to dip

Melt dark chocolate in microwave for 50 seconds. Stir until completely melted. If necessary, heat again at 10 second intervals until fully melted. If the chocolate is too thick for your liking, add a tsp of vegetable oil and stir. Add more vegetable oil if necessary.

Dip one half of the heart in the melted dark chocolate letting excess drip back into bowl. Place on foil to harden.

Once dark chocolate had hardened, melt white chocolate in microwave for 50 seconds. Stir until completely melted. If necessary, heat again at 10 second intervals until fully melted. If the chocolate is too thick for your liking, add a tsp of vegetable oil and stir. Add more vegetable oil if necessary.

And Dip Some more

Dip the other half of the heart in the melted white chocolate letting excess drip back into bowl. Place on foil to harden. You can skip steps 10 and 11 if you prefer just dark chocolate.

Once all dipped chocolate has hardened, melt red melting disks in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted. If necessary, heat again at 10 second intervals until fully melted. If the chocolate is too thick for your liking, add a tsp of vegetable oil and stir. Add more vegetable oil if necessary. You’ll want this chocolate thinner than the dipping chocolate so that you can drizzle easily over the cookies.

Dip a fine tined fork into the melted red chocolate and drizzle over cookies. You may also use a baggie, just cut a very small tip off the corner.

A’Tuscan Estate offers beautiful accommodations and wonderful cuisine in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country. A’Tuscan Estate is a 1928 Colonial Style Home with a decidedly European Flair a mere five blocks from downtown McMinnville with great restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms.

Order Oregon B&B Gift Certificates Now

Shop Small Online Willamette ValleyE-mail info@obbg.org or call OBBG at 503-893-4210. Please leave a message as this line is monitored by our busy innkeepers. We’ll get back to you for the details: who will be the recipient of your thoughtful gift, acquire your payment method and shipping information. We’ll send them by mail, to either you or the recipient, with delivery confirmation. The recipient will have a great time getting away to a high-quality destination of their choice.

OBBG Lodging Gift Certificates are available in $25 increments and can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member across the state. With 25 members to choose from that’s a lot of choices and with an 18 months expiration recipients have plenty of time to redeem them at the Inn of their choosing.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild offers a wide variety of inns, from a small guest cottage or two-room bed and breakfast to a larger country inn or small historic hotel.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

bella Collina

Bella Collina offers majestic views from every Panoramic Window

Situated on a hillside with views of vineyards, farmlands, and the Coast Range, Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast offers an ideal venue for a romantic getaway, friends retreat, and wine tasting adventures.

Bella Collina The seven luxurious guest rooms at Bella Collina have been designed to maximize the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Willamette Valley.  Custom built with complete guests comfort and privacy in mind, as shown by features such as private decks, double-headed, tiled showers, heated tile floors, wet bar with sink and many more amenities.

Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast features a large great room with floor to ceiling glass and a large common deck that opens to the panoramic vistas.

Let Bella Collina be your home base when visiting over 100 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley wine country. Day trips from the inn could include the Oregon coast, beautiful Silver Falls State Park, Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge River.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Poached Pears from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

We ask our innkeepers to submit their favorite recipes and are  pleased to see that once again, we are all about keeping it local and fresh. Did you know that 84% of the nation’s pears are grown in Oregon and Washington? This Poached Pear Delight comes to you from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Poached Pears from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

2 Large Pears
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbsp Hazelnut Granola

Instructions:
  1. Mix orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small pot and heat over medium heat.
  2. Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the core with a melon baller and cut out the upper and lower stem areas with a knife.  Place pear halves, cut side down, in orange juice liquid.
  3. Poach pears, with the liquid barely bubbling, for 4 to 8 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, turn pears and poach for another 4 to 8 minutes, until the pears are softened.  Really ripe pears take less time while harder pears will take longer.
  4. Serve 1 pear half per person with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a sprinkling of Hazelnut Granola in the hollow of each pear half.
  5. Pro tip: Poached pears wait for no diner.  Well, they can wait, but be sure to leave them in the liquid with the heat off.  After about 10 minutes out of the liquid, they will turn a bit brown and not in the pretty caramelizing way.

Order Oregon B&B Gift Certificates Now

Shop Small Online Willamette ValleyE-mail info@obbg.org or call OBBG at 503-893-4210. Please leave a message as this line is monitored by our busy innkeepers. We’ll get back to you for the details: who will be the recipient of your thoughtful gift, acquire your payment method and shipping information. We’ll send them by mail, to either you or the recipient, with delivery confirmation. The recipient will have a great time getting away to a high-quality destination of their choice.

OBBG Lodging Gift Certificates are available in $25 increments and can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member across the state. With 25 members to choose from that’s a lot of choices and with an 18 months expiration recipients have plenty of time to redeem them at the Inn of their choosing.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild offers a wide variety of inns, from a small guest cottage or two-room bed and breakfast to a larger country inn or small historic hotel.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

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.

La BastideInnkeepers 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 7 charming guest rooms, 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.

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

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.