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Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway

Traversing between Hood River and Mosier, the five mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway passes through the Twin Tunnels and two climate zones.  Being closed to auto traffic is an amazing trail for hikers, bikers, rollerbladers, anyone human powered.  Starting at the east Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead near Mosier, the trail leads through semi-arid terrain dotted with ponderosa pine for about a mile until you reach the Twin Tunnels.  There is an Earthcache nearby, Missoula Ice Age Floods at Mosier Syncline Flanks GC4T299, which shares information about nearby spectacular geologic formations that tell the story of the gorge’s creation.

After passing through the tunnels, you’ll emerge into a forest of fir trees and other common western Oregon plants and stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge.  Viewpoints along the 3.5 mile segment from the tunnels to the west Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead overlook the river.  Consider a stay at Three Sleeps Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Mosier when exploring the Historic Mosier Tunnels

Three Sleeps Vineyards B&B has two beautiful rooms that overlook their mountain vineyard and the little valley in Mosier full of cherry trees and a Mt. Adams view.  Only 15 mins from the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River you’ll feel like you are miles from anywhere. Both rooms have private baths and patios and their own entrances.

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Guest Blogger: Liz Bartholomew, innkeeper, Three Sleeps B&B

‘In 2002 we planted about 8 acres of vineyard on our Mosier, Oregon property.  We grow mainly syrah, tempranillo and viognier.  Our labyrinth has 5 varietals, syrah, tempranillo, petite verdot, cab franc and malbec.  They labyrinth grapes are fermented together to make, what is called, a field blend.  Guests at the bed and breakfast are encouraged to walk the Labyrinth.

‘Our winery and tasting room, Dominio IV in Carlton, Oregon, is owned by our daughter and son-in-law, Leigh Bartholomew and Patrick Reuter. We’ve been selected as a 2018 International Pinot Noir Celebration – IPNC – Featured Winery!   Dominio is Latin for feast and Spanish for territory or dominion.  The IV refers to four people, four seasons, four climates and four quadrants of the labyrinth.   We farm our grapes organically.  We truck our grapes from here to Carlton where all the wine is made.   We do purchase other grapes that we don’t grow, mainly Pinot Noir.  However, Leigh and Patrick have just planted some Pinot at their property in Carlton.

‘Our home was built 2007 and 2008 on our vineyard property.  We didn’t start out thinking B and B but it evolved into that as we were building. Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast opened in 2010 using our two extra rooms originally designed for and still used periodically for our daughters and their families.   They each have their own bathroom, sitting area and outdoor patio.”

On a side note, I might add, as the creator of this blog post, that I’ve always been fascinated how Three Sleeps got its name:  It is reported that when the Lewis and Clark expedition came to the area of the Columbia River that is now Mosier in 1805, they asked the local Native Americans how far it was to the Pacific Ocean. The answer: “Three Sleeps”.

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Oregon Birding

It’s that Time of Year again:  Time to follow the Spring Bird Migration

With the Spring Bird Migration about to begin it’s time to book your room, pack your binoculars and set out on your bird watching adventure to 7 superb Oregon Birding locations.  The state’s diverse and spectacular landscape provide varied habitats ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. More than 500 species of birds call Oregon home year round or migrate through, sometimes stopping to nest.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has over 40 quality assured inns scattered throughout the state, each near a unique birding opportunity.  Our innkeepers know the most favorable viewing areas and after providing a comfy bed, hearty breakfast and useful information, will send you off on an extraordinary birding adventure.  The Guild recognizes this popular activity and has dedicated a page to Birdwatching that includes inns where innkeepers can share the best observation sites and what you might expect to see.

1. Watch surfbirds and black oystercatchers scramble over rocky headlands along the Oregon Coast.

2. Explore the alpine meadows, picturesque lakes, mountain streams, and dense conifer forests of the Cascades in search of Lewis’s woodpecker and Clark’s nutcracker.  Listen to the song of hermit warblers among majestic pines framing the snowy volcanic peaks. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon’s second highest peak.

3/4. The murmur of thousands of snow geese will mesmerize as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath Basin and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

5. Salem, is a leader in urban forestry, with tree-lined streets and 40 city parks and is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River so no wonder there are many birding sites in its backyard.

6. Supporting one of the highest concentrations of breeding hawks and eagles in North America, the Zumwalt Prairie in Eastern Oregon, is also home to falcons making this a haven for birds of prey and 17 species of grassland songbirds. The nearby Wallowa Lake has a wide variation in habitat and terrain drawing a large number of species.

7. The Mt. Hood Loop of the OCBT rises from the Columbia River to Mt. Hood and combines some of the best of the region’s birding with legendary Oregon scenery.  This loop traverses the Columbia River National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest and visits 19 birding sites.

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 of course birding in Oregon.

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Brookside Bed and Breakfast

Brookside Bed and Breakfast

Brookside Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful haven on 5 acres of lovingly manicured grounds.  Adjacent to the Indian Creek Golf Course Brookside B&B has a majestic view of Mt. Hood and is conveniently close to all that Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have to offer.  Stroll along paved walking paths to a babbling brook feeding into a private pond, play a bit of tennis on their outdoor tennis court or relax by the outdoor artisan fireplace and take in the night sky.

Brookside B&B offers three spacious suites, each finely furnished and with private baths.   Electric fireplaces, air conditioning, free wifi and lots of extra touches will make your stay enjoyable and unforgettable!  The Veranda Room offers a view of the grounds,  tennis court and the golf course and opens up onto a deck and the shared patio.  I think this would be my favorite room.

Guests can easily explore the vibrant downtown of Hood River, buzzing waterfront, Fruit Loop attractions, award-winning restaurants, wineries and breweries, and the beauty of the forested trails of Mt Hood all in a single day.

A sweet guest testimonial:  ‘We enjoyed waking up to such beautiful mountain views and greatly enjoyed the gardens and making fools of ourselves playing tennis!’

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.

WAAAM

WAAAM in Hood River Oregon

WAAAM, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, in Hood River Oregon is full of Life, housing one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country.  You’re sure to enjoy their extensive collection of antique aircraft including the 1917 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, the Piper Cub and WACO collections,  Aeronca collection, Stearman collection and many more fun aircraft.

Don’t forget the cars.  There are over 130 cars in the collection.  You’re sure to find your favorite whether it be a 1914 Detroit Electric, a Ford Model A or Model T, a Packard, a Studebaker or even a Locomobile.

WAAAM events happen throughout the year.  Visit their website for more information and more events:
Traffic Jam ~ July 8 and 9, 2016 ~ Food. Fun. Music. a museum, a car show, and a swap meet all in one great place.
Second Saturday ~ Get your engines running every Second Saturday at WAAAM. Weather permitting cars and planes will be brought outside and fired up.  Inclimate weather demonstrations held inside.
Fly-In ~ September 10 and 11, 2016 ~ Attracting hundreds of people each year and is a great way to see old aircraft fly and meet the awesome people who fly them.
Model A Day ~  September 17, 2016 ~ Enjoy this gathering of Model A Fords (Model Ts welcome too). There is nothing like seeing all of these old cars in motion.

In 2015 Old Parkdale Inn played host to Red Chair Travels.  The Red Chair traveled to over 20 states with nearly 500 innkeepers before it visited us at the Old Parkdale Inn.  I believe it is somewhere in Canada now, lucky chair!!  We were thrilled to host Red and act as it’s concierge visiting sights in The Valley, The Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood National Forest. Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

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.

Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast was built in 1928 by French craftsman and renowned inventor August Guignard.  The homestead featured acres of farms and orchards as well as manufacturing operations for the fruit grading equipment he pioneered.

The lush gardens surrounding the Inn are bordered by mature Douglas Firs that provide complete privacy and the feel of country living.  Views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams provide a dramatic backdrop for serene and peaceful seating nooks and gardens within the meticulously kept grounds.

Spacious dining and living rooms, a shady porch, and a sunny deck offer places to enjoy the views over a glass of wine and good company while nooks for reading or meditating provide peace and quiet.

With an emphasis on healthy, fresh food, Seven Oaks is proud to feature vegetarian specialties, homemade jams and pastries, and organic, locally roasted coffees.

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.

tourist hood river valley

A Tourist in the Hood River Valley

It’s great fun being a tourist in our own Hood River Valley.  Driving the Fruit Loop, a 35 miles driving tour through orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. “Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home, visit a winery, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet adorable alpacas, savor delicious baked goods, and create memories by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop locations throughout the year.”

We stopped by the Mt Hood Winery, Oregon’s 2016 Winery of the Year.  The 8000 square foot Tasting Room facility was built with event hosting in mind.  A conference room, large meeting hall, a private dressing room.  They thought of everything.  Surrounded by newly planted vineyard the winery has breathtaking views of Mt Hood and the Hood River Valley.

The Fruit Loop is just an hour away from Oregon’s largest city, Portland. Located just outside the national scenic area called the Columbia River Gorge, our Valley is the nation’s largest pear-growing region, one of the few places that offers the complete experience of growing, producing, and then enjoying fruits and wines.

On the Loop we stopped to stroll through the dahlia fields of the Gorge White House.  I’m not sure how many varieties there are but there are a lot!  From a field map you can identify the ones you would like to order for your own garden.  They also have an spectacular showing of glads this year along with fragrant oriental lilies.  Pick up a bouquet of fresh cut flowers to brighten your home.

Our last stop was at Packer Family Orchards and Bakery. The bakers use pears in just about every one of their products. By using pear concentrate, they have reduced or in some cases, eliminated the need for refined sugar in many of their recipes!  Enjoy the sweet taste even more, knowing that their products make for a healthier alternative.   I went in for some fresh peaches, so juicy and sweet, and one of their giant cherry/white chocolate cookie.  Ended up with that one and the macaroon and one other that had an amazing lemon flavor.

The harvest season is in full swing.  Our bed and breakfast is the Old Parkdale Inn and I, along with the other innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast, invite you to enjoy the fall season in the Hood River Valley.

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.

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the Hood River Valley

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the same region of Oregon?  Where can you ski in the morning and windsurf in the afternoon?  Then dine at fine restaurants and sip award winning wines, brews or ciders in the evening? The innkeepers of Oregon’s Mt Hood/Gorge Region will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on where to ski, surf, and sip.

The wind and the currents of the Mighty Columbia River combine to create a kind of wind tunnel that makes for legendary windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions.  South of the city, above the pear and apple orchards of the Hood River Valley, the massive glaciered peak of one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, Mount Hood, rises to fill the horizon, a perfect postcard image of Oregon complete with summer skiing.

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.

Hood River Valley

Hood River Valley Blossoms are an Oregon Must See

The Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is next weekend but the acres and acres of Fruit Blossoms are putting on a show right now through the first part of May.

There are over 2 million cherry, apple, and pear trees in the Hood River and they welcome spring by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers along the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile self guided driving tour along the county’s scenic back roads.  The blossom started in the lower elevations around the town of Hood River, they are in full bloom now in the the Mid Valley and just starting to bud at the higher elevations in the Upper Hood River Valley.

Along with the blossoms April brings the re-opening of the many Fruit Stands, Wineries and Cideries that have been closed for the winter months.  Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more.   Venues along the fruit loop play host to many events all year starting with these events in April:

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest – Saturday, April 16, 2016
sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers along with more than 20 cideries others who participate with upwards of 38 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food trucks and music

Gorge Artists Open Studios – April 22-24, 2016
Enjoy art in the Columbia River Gorge. The tour is free and self-guided. The artist roster for 2016 features a variety of work including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture photography, textiles, fiber.  Artists’ studios are located throughout the mid-Columbia Gorge both in Washington and Oregon

Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show – April 16-17, 2016
This annual craft show and plant sale at the Hood River Fairgrounds includes more than 125 vendors selling jewelry, plants, clothing, baked goods, photos, paintings, metal art, garden art, and wine tastings. The annual quilt show includes more than 100 beautiful quilts.

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.

 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Buffet

The Cherry Blossom Buffet is one of Mosier Oregon’s most anticipated yearly event.  Served up by the Mosier Grange on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, this delightful event will be held in the Mosier Grange Hall.  You won’t want to miss so take Exit 69 off of Interstate 5 and follow the signs to the Grange Hall.

The buffet features:  Grilled Salmon, Ham, Main Dishes, Salads and a Cherry Dessert.  The price is only $10.00 for adults, $2.00 for children age 6:12 and free for the littles under 6.  Proceeds benefit the Mosier Grange hall as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter.  For more information call 541-478-3505

After you eat, we invite you to take the guided route through the Mosier Valley to view the beautiful cherry blossoms and wildflowers.

Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to Mosier with two spacious rooms that overlook their mountain vineyard and the little valley in Mosier full of cherry trees and a Mt. Adams view.  Only 15 mins from the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River you’ll feel like you are miles from anywhere. Both rooms have private baths and patios and their own entrances.

Plan your visit around the Cherry Blossom and Wildflower burst, now through May.  And you might want to come back when the delicious Mosier Cherries are being harvested.  Or perhaps come back for the wine. Lots of exploring to do in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

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.