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Oh, but just a few Things to do in Oregon’s Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Region

Chase a waterfall or two or three

For the Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls (#22) then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls (#21) and back down to the lodge. The wildflowers were amazing. The views were stunning. Take a bit off your mileage with a ride on the Stadium chair lift for trail access.

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Hike or bike the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Sixty-eight of the original 73 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway are now open to travel either by motor vehicle, foot and bicycle. Work has begun on the last 5 miles needed to complete the connection and the groundbreaking for that section.

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.

Drive and graze along the Hood River County Fruit Loop

Spend a glorious Fall afternoon on The Loop seeking out your favorite fruit or fruit concoction. The summer harvest will end around the middle of October, but in its place you will find a array of apples, pears and vegetables through the fall and enough choices from both seasons to satisfy, and if you enjoy picking your own fruit, U-pick is available at a few orchards. Your Farm to Table feasts begins here.

Hike and Bike the Valley and the Mt Hood National Forest

We welcome cyclists of all terrains to the Hood River Valley and the Mt Hood National Forest. Hood River County caters to road cyclists and mountain bikers alike. You can ride scenic roadways and single track all in one weekend. Road cyclists often head east along the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, and continue along the Historic Columbia River highway to the scenic overlook at Rowena Crest.

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: Things are looking up. The CDC has updated mask wearing protocol and some inns may still be requiring masks to be worn in some situations. Please check with individual B&Bs to inquire about their specific policies. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties, inns and businesses. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Umbrella Fall Mt Hood National Forest

Umbrella Falls, in the Mt Hood National Forest, is found near the headwaters of the East Fork of the Hood River just down from the Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area. It veils 59 feet over a rough wall of reddish bedrock amid a forested meadow glade.

Because Umbrella Falls is located high in East Fork drainage it exhibits a significant variance in flow as the season progresses. Snow will linger in the basin well into July, but by September the amount of water flowing over the falls is greatly reduced.

Summer is an ideal time to hit the hiking trails on Mt Hood for wildflowers and waterfalls. For the Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls (#22) then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls (#21) and back down to the lodge. The wildflowers were amazing. The views were stunning. Take a bit off your mileage with a ride on the Stadium chair lift for trail access.

You can extend your hike with the Umbrella Falls (#23) and Sahalie Falls, a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, wildflowers, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Start, and end, your adventure chasing wildflowers and waterfalls on Mt Hood at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following the Pinterest and Facebook pages of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.
Oregon B&Bs Draw Doodle Map of Must-See State Waterfalls for Socially-Distant Adventures

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has created an Oregon waterfalls map, a beautiful, limited edition, double-sided map. The huge piece of art measuring 24-inches across and 18-inch down will be carefully folded and mailed free-of-charge to travelers upon request, while supplies last.

Where to Stay. What to Do. Where to Eat. Where to Play

We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat, even where to play the famed Oregon Trail game. The best part – you can get your map FREE! Here’s how: Submit your mailing address and the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will put your free map in the mail today. In a rush (or live outside of the U.S. or Canada)? View a digital, clickable, version here right now

The map also highlights various bits of information, like the many Oregon food trails and pods, Instagram-worthy drives, popular in-state movie spots, and scenic bikeways.

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: Things are looking up. The CDC has updated mask wearing protocol and some inns may still be requiring masks to be worn in some situations. Please check with individual B&Bs to inquire about their specific policies. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties, inns and businesses. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Summer is an ideal time to hit the hiking trails on Mt Hood for wildflowers and waterfalls.

For the Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls (#22) then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls (#21) and back down to the lodge. The wildflowers were amazing. The views were stunning. Take a bit off your mileage with a ride on the Stadium chair lift for trail access.

You can extend your hike with the Umbrella Falls (#23) and Sahalie Falls, a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, wildflowers, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom
Start, and end, your adventure chasing wildflowers and waterfalls on Mt Hood at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please complete the form below to receive your free limited edition map now, while supplies last! If you prefer to view a digital version of the map or if you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click here.

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Winter Birding Southern Oregon

Best Oregon waterfalls for bird-lovers

Bring out the hiking boots and binoculars, pack your bags and begin your Oregon waterfall and birdwatching adventure at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast.
birdwatching and waterfalls

Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey).And the habitats surrounding them are diverse and welcoming to many species of birds.

Tamanawas Falls (#18) is a plunge waterfall on the east slope of Mount Hood, along Cold Spring Creek. A riparian habitat and mature mixed-conifer forest surrounds the trail to Tamanawas Falls. Nesting Harlequin Ducks. American Dipper and Belted Kingfisher are common along the creek. Songbirds such as Yellow-rumped and Townsend’s Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet migrate through the Hood River’s east fork..

The member inns in the Mt Hood and the Gorge Region of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are here to accommodate you.


Silver Falls State Park (#36)
Enjoy the best of bird watching in Silver Falls State Park while hiking the Trail of 10 Falls. In Oregon’s largest State Park the best remaining low-elevation, old growth conifer forest create home for a variety of owls: Northern Spotted, Great Gray, Barred, Northern Pygmy, Western Screech, and Northern Saw-whet Owls have been observed. Other birds you might find include Blue Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, American Dipper, Varied and Swainson’s Thrushes, Hermit Warbler, Western Tanager, and Band-tailed Pigeon

Start your day at one of 14 bed and breakfasts in the Willamette Valley before heading out on a day trip to Silver Falls State Park, the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system.

McKay Crossing Falls (#60) Lodgepole pine forest on Paulina Creek; nesting Green-tailed Towhee, American Dipper, Common Nighthawk, Vesper Sparrow. Head upstream to Paulina Creek Falls (#61)

Although there isn’t a waterfall on the property WildSpring Guest Habitat is a birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail and certified wild animal habitat by The Wildlife Federation. Day trip out to Secret Beach Falls (#65), Golden Falls (#54) and Elk Creek Falls (#62)

Toketee Falls and other Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls (#55)  along The Rogue – Umpqua Scenic Byway, known as the ‘highway of waterfalls’. Douglas Fir forests surrounding water and riparian habitats along the two storied rivers, good for spring migrant songbirds such as Lazuli Bunting, Chipping Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Purple and Cassin’s Finches; lake and riparian areas support breeding Common Merganser, Wood Duck, Willow Flycatcher, and Yellow Warbler.

Start your day at C.H. Bailey House and take your boots off at the Prospect Hotel. From Prospect head around Crater Lake to Klamath Falls (#66) The murmur of thousands of snow geese will mesmerize as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Basin is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs.

The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please complete the form below to receive your free limited edition map now, while supplies last! If you prefer to view a digital version of the map or if you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click here.

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NEXT: Click on each image below to create your own epic Oregon road trip! Click here to view a digital map with interactive links.

 

National Donut Day

National Donut Day is the First Friday in June – June 4, 2021

National Donut Day is the first Friday in June, June 4, 2021.  We hope you have a chance to try this delicious baked donut recipe shared by the innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Clean up is easier than with a fried version not to mention a bit less guilt-inducing!

Baked Pumpkin Donut

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your donut shaped baking pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, melted butter, granulated and brown sugars. Mix on medium until combined.
  • Add in both of the eggs and maple extract. Mix on medium until incorporated.
  • Add in the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until just combined.

Use a piping bag, or spoon, to fill each donut cup about 3/4 full, making sure the center post is clear.  Innkeeper uses a 9 cavity donut silicone baking mold.  Bake until the donuts are a light golden brown and spring back when touched, 6-10 minutes.  Let cool slightly, flip pan over, glaze or roll in cinnamon sugar

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: Things are looking up. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals and while Oregon is following this guidance, some inns may still be requiring masks to be worn in some situations. Please check with individual B&Bs to inquire about their specific policies. Each Oregon county, depending on its vaccination and case numbers, are also adjusting their regulations accordingly. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties, inns and businesses. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train it’s still a little scary but we’re ready when you are! Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Blueberry Croissant French Toast

Blueberry Croissant French Toast served at the Old Parkdale Inn B&B, in the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of this Mt. Hood B&B.

Blueberry Croissant French ToastThis Blueberry Croissant French Toast is a perfect breakfast entrée for both spring and summer, and super pretty when topped with fresh Oregon berries.

Let the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the comfortable Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast be your lodging alternative to a hotel or motel in the Hood River Valley. And maybe if you ask ahead they’ll treat you to this decadent Blueberry Croissant French Toast.


Blueberry Croissant French Toast

6-7 Large Croissants, torn into pieces
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Pecans

Thoroughly grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter or non stick spray. Tear up croissants and place half in bottom of baking dish. Cut up cream cheese into small pieces and place them on top of croissants. Put half the blueberries on top of cream cheese. Layer other half of torn croissants on top, then the rest of blueberries. Beat eggs, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour egg mixture over croissant mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, scatter pecans over french toast. Melt butter & add brown sugar to it to make a glaze like mixture. Drizzle mixture over french toast. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50- 60 minutes. Watch carefully last 10 minutes to make sure pecans don’t burn. If getting too dark, put some foil lightly over french toast to stop browning. Makes 8 generous portions.

Substitute any juicy berry such at strawberries or the Oregon Marionberry. Or maybe Peaches? Peaches and Cream sounds pretty good, 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.

Hospitality Update: Things are looking up. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate and Oregon will be following this guidance, which applies to fully vaccinated individuals. That means Oregonians and our guests who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces.

Let’s all be respectful and safe. While it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, it’s still a little scary, we’re ready when you are! Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Little Multnomah Falls

Little Multnomah Falls is just upstream from its bigger, and slightly more famous sibling Multnomah Falls but stunning in its simple beauty.

Multnomah Creek traverses a flat shelf to create 15 foot Little Multnomah Falls, seen from the viewing platform above Multnomah Falls, before leveling off and plunging over the basalt edge into the Columbia River Gorge. Travel upstream and chase 3 more waterfalls. Make the 6 mile loop and discover 7 waterfalls total. Check trail status before you go.

And thus start a series of blog posts, Chasing Waterfalls and Oregon Waterfall Wednesdays. According to Northwest Waterfall Survey there are well over 1000 waterfalls in Oregon! We’ve set out to witness the beauty of as many as we can. We’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

You can Chase Oregon Waterfalls with us by following our Pinterest and Facebook pages. The heart of the Columbia River Gorge is located just a 30-minute drive from Portland or Hood River and bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart

Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart
An Oregon Culinary Delight

As bed and breakfast innkeeper we are always looking for unique breakfast recipes to serve guests, one that will provide a true Oregon Culinary experience using fresh Oregon ingredients.

The Rogue Creamery, in Central Point, Oregon, is a “artisan cheese company, with people dedicated to the sustainability and the art and tradition of making the world’s finest handmade cheese“.

Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart

Pie Crust in a 13 inch springform pan
1 cup ricotta cheese
8 oz Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar- shredded
2 eggs
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Bake pastry for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. In a food processor blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour into pastry shell and bake for another 20 minutes or until set. Serve topped with fresh fruit and herbs.

This is a simple tart, with its light, creamy texture and subtle hint of lavender receives high compliments from guests and has earned a spot on the Old Parkdale Inn’s Spring breakfast menu as has the Lavender Cheddar Panini Sandwich with Apples, Spinach and Red Onion.

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

It is spring in the Pacific Northwest.  The rhubarb in the gardens of the Old Parkdale Inn is just about ready to harvest and the Oregon strawberries should begin to come on soon. Put the two together and we get a favorite of our guests, Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

3 c fresh rhubarb, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 c fresh strawberries
sweeten with agave nectar (or one c sugar)
1/3 c cornstarch

Cook the strawberries and rhubarb for about 5 minutes.  Combine the sweetener of your choice with the cornstarch and add to fruit.  Cook until bubbly and thick.  Set aside to cool

3 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 c butter

1 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Combine dry ingredients.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles fine  crumbs.  Beat wet ingredients together and add to flour mix, stirring just to moisten.  Spread half the batter in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan.  Spread the cooled rhubarb filling over this and spoon the remaining batter in small portions on top of the filling.

Make a topping by combining

3/4 c sugar, 2 cup flour, cut in 1/4 cup butter and then add 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Sprinkle over the coffee cake batter, bake at 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild truely enjoy turning your vacation into a culinary vacation.  Coffee anyone?

The Old Parkdale Inn 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. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

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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.

Hospitality Update: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwiches

This Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich is a Northwest Culinary Treat

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Sandwiches as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. Created on home made figassa with a ricotta spread, scrambled eggs, spinach, red onion and Rogue Creamery Rogue’s Mary Cheddar. Mix up the cheese flavors with Oregon fruits and vegetables.

Rogue Creamery Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with your favorite ingredients

For each sandwich:
2 thick slices rustic 9 grain bread – sandwich in photo was made with fresh home made rosemary/tomato figassa
2 eggs, seasoned and scrambled
6 slices Rogue Creamery Rogue’s Mary Cheddar
2 thin slices tomato or try a thinly sliced Oregon apple
hand full of fresh organic spinach
3 slices red onion rings

Caramelize the onion in a little butter to sweeten the flavor or served raw. The bread toasted or, after assembly, pressed in a panini press and grilled. ‘My assembly looked like this: bottom slice of figassa with a ricotta spread, egg, cheese, tomato, spinach, top slice of figassa with ricotta spread. We served with sweet mustard, chicken apple sausage and lots of fresh fruit. Enjoy.’

The Old Parkdale Inn 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. Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby. The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

Shop and travel Local

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: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.