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Oregon Truffle

Oregon Truffle Festival happens over three weekends in January

Oregon Truffle Festival is right around the corner..  The Joriad Truffle Dog Championship in Eugene and surrounding area followed by the Joriad Awards Gala at the Hilton Eugene.  At the qualifying events in Eugene on January 25, spectators are welcomed to cheer for teams of hunters

January 26 – 28th, Eugene hosts the Oregon Truffle Festival.  There are several options for guests in Eugene, The Epicurious, the Gourmand, The Truffle Growers All-Adventure.  There will be Truffle Dog Training, a Grand Truffle Dinner and the Eugene Fresh Truffle Marketplace.

Then, February 16 – 18th, events come to Yamhill County.   The Black and White Dinner series held a four highly regarded Yamhill Valley restaurants, present a prix fixe menu featuring Oregon black and white truffles at their seasonal peak.  The Oregon Truffle Marketplace, February 18,  will have cooking classes, chef demos, wine tasting, artisan food samples, fresh Oregon truffles for sale and a truffle dog demonstration.

You’ll want to make your reservations early at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in the Willamette Valley.

Thanks to Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast for passing on this information and the enticing photo from the Oregon Truffle Festival website.

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 Thanksgiving Feast at the Prospect Historic Hotel.

A Thanksgiving Feast at the Prospect Historic Hotel is one you won’t want to miss.  A 16′ long Buffet Table will present Karen’s Sumptuous creations and of course a wonderful selection of her famous desserts.  This has become a traditional yearly event, attended by many, so make your reservations early by calling 541-560-3664.  Reservations are required.

A Thanksgiving Feast

Prospect Historic Hotel Bed and Breakfast Inn provides lodging in its 10 room, each with period furnishings and decorations, private baths and beautiful quilts on every bed.  Hearty belly filling breakfasts.  Stay where Teddy Roosevelt, Jack London, Zane Grey, John Muir, William Jennings Bryan, Gifford Pinchot and Hubert Humphrey slept. Relax in the sitting parlors, warming your toes at the fireplace and catch up on some local history from our collection of books.  Unwind on the wrap around Veranda with a glass of wine or a microbrew and a good book.

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 Buttermilk Biscuit

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is May 14

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is May 14 and the innkeeper at WildSpring Guest Habitat, a small eco-friendly resort with amazing Pacific Ocean views on Oregon’s south coast shares a guest favorite

Big Fluffy Biscuits:  Preheat oven to 475° and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together:
2 C flour
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 T (heaping) dark brown sugar
1 t salt
sprinkle cinnamon

Mix 1 cup cold buttermilk with 1 stick melted, unsweetened butter, stirring with a balloon whisk until butter clumps.  Let sit 5 minutes

Mix all ingredients, stirring just to moisten.

Use ¼  cup portion/ice cream scoop to drop biscuits on parchment paper. Sprinkle tops with white sugar.  Bake at 475° for 11 – 13 minutes.  The biscuits will will expand during cooking to be about 2 ½” diameter, and 1 ¼” high.

Peach Biscuit/Scones

Use the recipe above, with the following changes:  Add 1 can sliced peaches, drained well and chopped fine to the buttermilk/butter mixture

Fold into the flour mixture until well blended. (do not overmix)
Bake as directed above.

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, eco friendly resort in Port Orford and is the perfect location to use as your home base when visiting Oregon’s South Coast.   A member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, WildSpring Guest Habitat sits on 5 secluded acres and offers luxury accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment. Five elegant cabin suites built like small homes are filled with with art and antiques and sit in a secluded, peaceful forest surrounded by 100-foot trees.

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Sip McMinnville

SIP! the McMinnville Wine and Food Classic

The 24th Annual McMinnville Wine and Food Classic, know as SIP!, will be held Friday through Sunday, March 10, 11, and 12, at the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville.  Come enjoy great cuisine and meet the chefs, talk with winemakers about their craft and purchase by the taste, glass, or bottle.  View fine art available for purchase.  The first 1000 Attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday

SIP! will host over 70 wineries, beers, spirits and cider from Oregon along with over 30 artists displaying their works and 20+ culinary artisans presenting breads, chocolates, olive oils and more.

Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic was established in 1993 as both a fun event for wine and food enthusiasts and a benefit for the children of St. James School. Over the years it has grown in attendance to over 15,000. Sip! is brought to you by the dedicated volunteer hours of families, staff, & friends of Saint James.

The Willamette Valley Innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put on their concierge’s hat and share with you ways to discover restaurants, breweries, bike trails, shopping trails and more.  These inspected B&B inns combine uniquely styled accommodations with locations that are close to the valley’s many attractions and events.

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.

Corvallis Culinary Week

Corvallis Culinary Week

Corvallis Culinary Week kicks off January 23rd and runs through January 29, with top chefs from local restaurants showing off their culinary skills by offering locally-produced delicacies in at least one $10 chef’s specialty plate.  From Northwest to Asian Fusion and Latin cuisine, there’s something for every taste.

Oregon’s Bounty reaches far and wide with incredible ingredients, from black truffles and hazelnuts to sustainably caught tuna, salmon and crab. Follow any of the award winning restaurants on Social Media and you’ll see tempting pictures of the plates being prepared from this bounty, paired with any one of the thousands of handcrafted beers and wines Oregon produces.   The fact is, Oregon has always been in the forefront when it comes to culinary travel and sustainable travel.  Long before good, local and fresh foods became the popular trend, Oregon led the way in culinary tourism because of all the agricultural treasures found here.  Pair all that great food with some spectacular travel options and you have found the perfect draw for visitors seeking the perfect vacation.

Turn your visit to Corvallis Culinary Week into a week long getaway with a visit to the Oregon Truffle Festival, starts January 21, in nearby Eugene, Newberg,  and across Yamhill County.  You’ll want to make your reservations early at one of 14 Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in the Willamette Valley.

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.

Bounty of Yamhill County

Bounty of Yamhill County 2016 should be your next adventure in Oregon Wine Country

Bounty of Yamhill County 2016 is a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience where Bounty partners with chefs, vintners and farms to create “Culinary Adventures in Oregon Wine Country”.  Fresh events have been added to the weekend, including hiking, yoga, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding, all topped off with delicious food and wine, of course.

While you’re having fun, you’re also doing good. Proceeds from Bounty of Yamhill County benefit the Yamhill Enrichment Society.

Friday, August 26th

Winemaker Grill & Chill | Newberg & McMinnville kick of the weekend with a kicked-back alfresco evening of food and fun

Saturday, August 27th
Up, Up & Away! start your day with a hot air-balloon ride over the Yamhill Valley
Stretch & Sip Brunch – get your zen on with yoga and bubbles among the vines
Vineyard Hike & Vineyard Lunch
– get your shoes dirty then wet your whistle
Winemaker Dinners – picturesque Yamhill County wineries partner with chefs for one-of-a-kind wine country dining

Sunday, August 28th
River Paddle & Winery Picnic paddle your way to a gourmet picnic lunch
ZiNG! FOOD & WINE TOGETHER – educate your palate with the experts at R. Stuart & Co.
Giddy Up – Saddle up for a horseback ride through the Dundee Hills
BIG NIGHT – A harvest feast at Sokol Blosser Winery featuring 20 chefs + 20 farms + 20 wineries.

Find out more about the many events and book your tickets soon.  Then contact an Innkeeper in the Willamette Valley to complete your perfect adventure to Oregon’s Wine country

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.

grape harvest

Grape Harvest Special at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

A Grape Harvest Special awaits guests at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Country.  From September 10 to October 30, 2016, you can harvest 25 pounds grapes from the vineyards of Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast and make your own grape juice.  Grape varieties will vary depending on the time you book your stay: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay

After a gourmet breakfast each morning, prepared by your innkeeper, you’ll head out on a vineyard tour, harvest your grapes and head back into the kitchen to make your juice, that can be drank as it is or used for jams and jellies.

Your Grape Harvest Special includes:

  • A 2 night Stay at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast
  • two gourmet breakfasts
  • vineyard tour
  • wine tasting coupons and a winery map
  • grape juice containers
  • recipes

For an additional $20 you can make your freezer jam right then and there, great for breakfast and topping on your favorite cheesecake.  Pectin, sugar and containers included

As if that’s not enough your be treated to an evening dessert at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast.  The Inn is surrounded by vineyards, spectacular views and has two large guest rooms, each with private baths, a loft  and deck area, offering a relaxed country retreat.

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

The Grape Harvest Special is US $426.66, tax included, when you reserve the Grape Suite and US $375.76 tax for a special including the Garden Room.

  • Great for breakfast and topping on cheesecake
  • Recipes included
  • SUBJECT to availability
  • GRAPE varieties will vary

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,  a loft  and deck area, offering a relaxed country retreat.  The Oregon Bounty breakfast features one of five varieties of vineyard grape juice and local produce.

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.

Hazelnut Festival

Hazelnut Festival in Donald, Oregon

Hazelnut Festival festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m., July 11, with:

  •  A parade which will feature young marines as well as a 17′ replica of the iconic WWII Iwo Jima flag raising.
  • Food and drink, including beer will be available for purchase and a BBQ contest is planned as well.
  • Live music on the main stage by local  artists will be sure to entertain
  • A Classic Car Cruise-In, sponsored by the local company, GK Machinery, is expected to have over 100 vehicles on display
  • Vendors and local artisans will offer unique items and a special Hazelwood Boats display will be of special interest to attenders.
  • Period actors from Champoeg State Heritage area will be mingling through the crowd and large agricultural machinery will be on display

The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and promises to be a fun day for the whole family.  Donald, Oregon is located two miles West of I-5 from the Aurora exit 278.  The Feller House Bed and Breakfast, a short ½ mile from Donald, invites you to enjoy the Hazelnut Festival with the inn as your home base.

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.

Muffin Making Mojo

Muffin Making Mojo in 3 simple steps

Muffin Making Mojo is a breeze with these three simple steps from the Innkeeper at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Newberg, Oregon

1.       Measuring:  Dry ingredients: use a cup for desired amount, (1 cup, ½ cup, ⅓ cup, etc), scoop up more than you need then scrape off the excess with the back of a knife.  Wet ingredients: use either a glass or plastic measuring cup so that you can look through the glass at eye level to make sure your ingredient makes it to the right line, then not spill all over the place.

2.       Mixing: Gluten is all the rage these days.  While some people have negative reactions to it, the rest of us keep it in baked goods because it’s a very useful protein.  Specifically, gluten is the protein in wheat flour (and a few other grains) that creates structure when you add liquid and heat.  When you stir it a lot, like when kneading bread dough, it creates a chewy structure.  But nobody wants a chewy muffin, so you need to make sure you don’t stir it a lot after you add the wet ingredients to the dry.  That’s why most muffin instructions will say “mix until dry ingredients are just moistened”.

3.       Tools: Make double duty of your ice cream scooper to fill your muffin tins.  By ensuring that each tin contains the same amount of batter, you know all the muffins will be done at the same time.  No small muffins to be used as hockey pucks and no giant muffins with gooey centers.

Kristin, half of the innkeeping team at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast attended Portland’s Western Culinary Institute where she graduated with honors.  She then took a position as a pastry chef at Papa Haydn, a restaurant in northwest Portland known for their stunning desserts. Kristin is our go-to colleague when we innkeepers have questions related to kitchen mojo.

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.

Coconut French Toast

Coconut French Toast with a Tropical Twist

Coconut French Toast with a Tropical Twist has become a favorite of guests at The Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast in Carlton, Oregon.  Once you’ve tried it you’ll know why!

Coconut French Toast
Makes 2-3 servings

Blend together:

1 large egg
¾ C coconut milk
1 Tbs sugar
½ teas vanilla

6 slices of stale baguette
Dip bread in egg mixture (let the bread soak for several seconds to a minute).  Dip in sweetened, shredded coconut and chopped almonds
Cook on a hot griddle lathered with 1 teas butter

Top with Maple syrup, sugar, jam, fresh fruit, almonds and/or Dark Chocolate Rum Sauce, this makes plenty, even if you double the French Toast recipe:

¾ C heavy cream
½ C dark brown sugar
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
¼ stick unsalted butter
1 ½ Tbs spiced rum
Pinch of salt
¼ teas vanilla

Combine the cream, sugar, chocolate, butter, rum, salt, and vanilla in a small saucepan and melt over medium-low heat until the chocolate is completely melted and combined. Use a whisk and stir constantly for best results.  Drizzle away!

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 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.

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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.