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Plum Upside Down Buttermilk Cake

Plum Upside Down Buttermilk Cake at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

The harvest has been Oregon Bounty style, plentiful, and the trees are loaded with fruit.  The innkeeper has been making cakes and pastries as they come off the tree for the couple of weeks. This Upside Down Cake has been well received by guests at the breakfast table of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Old Parkdale Inn Plum Upside Down Buttermilk Cake

Place 1/4 cup butter in 8″ round baking pan and place in an oven preheating to 400º until melted.  While it heats prepare about 10 plums by slicing them into wedges, getting about 8-10 wedges per plum.  When the butter has melted swirl it around the pan.  I use a pastry brush to make sure the sides are buttered too.  Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, mix it well into the butter then arrange the plum wedges in rays around the pan.

Buttermilk Cake Batter:
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ stick of butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.  In another bowl, cream the butter and ¾ cup of sugar together, then add the vanilla extract, egg and buttermilk and whisk till smooth.  Add to flour mixture. Stir until just combined.  Scrape the buttermilk cake batter onto the plum slices and smooth.  Bake for around 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes, then carefully invert onto serving platter.  We’ve been serving this Oregon Culinary Delight slightly warm with a dab of Greek yogurt and some sliced fresh plums as garnish

The Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast is mid way between Hood River, the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood and is a unique inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  The inn, with Pacific Northwest decor, is at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood in the bountiful Hood River Valley, Parkdale, Oregon.  The perfect base for outdoor adventure or a quiet retreat.

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.

Summer Adventures Oregon Ski Areas

Fall has arrived in the Hood River Valley.  The kids have gone back to school.  The crowds are lessening, especially during the week.  We invite you to experience the cool crisp nights, warm days and these 10 things to do before the snow falls

  1. Visit a Winery on the Hood River County Fruit Loop
  2. Your Breweries of the Gorge passport will guide you through the fabulous breweries in the Columbia River Gorge
  3. Explore a variety of Ciders
  4. Discover a new Apple
  5. Grab some higher elevation Geocaches
  6. Take a hike that may or may not include a Waterfall or two
  7. Mountain Bike
  8. Golf
  9. Cycle the fruit loop
  10. White Water Raft 

There are 8 Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in this spectacular region.  For the perfect stay in the Columbia River Gorge visit the Hood River Lodging page of the Guild 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.

Red at WAAAM

Hood River Fly-In September 8-9, 2018

Don’t miss WAAAM’s biggest event of the year.  The Annual WAAAM Fly-in will be held September 8-9, 2018 at the Hood River Ken Jernstedt Airfield.  Many of the museum planes are flown around the Hood River Valley.  Plane rides, Food, Activities and more.

After a day at the Fly-In step into a local brewpub or winery, enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants and stroll through shops filled with local art.  There are 8 Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in this spectacular region.

For the perfect stay in the Columbia River Gorge visit the Hood River Lodging page of the Guild 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

Salmon Return

Salmon Return to Ancient Spawning Grounds

In September, salmon can be found in many of the tributaries of the major Oregon Rivers: The Columbia: The Rogue: The Umpqua and others. We here in northern Oregon witness the return in many of the tributaries of the mighty Columbia River and there’s nothing as spectacular as seeing the huge fish leaping up Klickitat Falls on Washington state’s Klickitat River.  The Klickitat River Salmon can be seen hurling themselves up the 8 foot Klickitat Falls as they make their way to their ancient spawning grounds. Most use the Klickitat fish ladder that the Yakima tribe has created but many attempt the journey upstream to their spawning grounds by themselves.

The Klickitat River roars through a narrow basalt canyon just a couple miles upstream from the Columbia River.  At the head of this canyon is the falls and the fish ladder.  Just down from the falls, in the narrows of the canyon, is a busy Native American dip-netting site, a fishing method used for centuries.  During the week, daily except Sundays and Mondays, you may respectfully sit and watch as the huge fish are caught with dip nets. And sometimes purchase a fresh caught fish.  The fish get spooked on fishing days so you will want to visit on Sundays or Mondays to witness the uninhibited spectacle at the falls.

From the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast enjoy a scenic 80 mile loop, crossing the Columbia River into Washington, to the Klickitat River and back to the Inn, an adventure into the Eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge.

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.

Oregon Bigfoot Festival ~ Saturday, August 19

Oregon Bigfoot Festival is a celebration of mystery and legend. Is it real, some claim it is so, while others are unsure or don’t believe at all. This special event being held at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale, Oregon, uses the popular topic as a community platform to promote the Great Outdoors  and embrace a wildly fascinating North American legend.

How fun to set out in search of Bigfoot and Geocaches in the Columbia River Gorge.  Either before or after the Festival we invite you to embark on the Bonneville Bigfoots Search GeoTour in North Bonneville, Washington. Along the designated two mile paved “Bigfoot Discovery Trail” we learned about this unique area and why the Sasquatches were drawn to this picturesque area on the banks of the Columbia River.

We searched for and found 10 Bigfoots, BigFeet?, and their caches hiding out along the community’s Hamilton Creek Discovery Trail.

Bed and Breakfasts of Mt Hood/Columbia Gorge invite you to this scenic Oregon region.

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.

Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River, with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington. Due to the unique climate and geography found in The Gorge, this AVA exhibits a wide range of micro climates in a relatively small region.  It’s marketed as “A World of Wine in 40 Miles’.

Choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild in the Gorge when exploring the Columbia Gorge AVA

The land surrounding the Columbia Gorge AVA is defined by the Columbia River as it cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range and makes its journey to the Pacific Ocean. Abundant outdoor adventure, wildlife and wildflowers, and with vineyards and eclectic boutique wineries throughout its many diverse micro-climates, the Columbia River Gorge has it all.

The climates transitioning from hot, dry desert in the East to the foothills of the Cascades, with its cool moisture from the ocean in the West, is what makes this area so unique. From west to east: losing an inch of rain a mile and gaining a whole lot of sun, it’s an amazing combination of climate, soil and geology.

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.

Vineyardview

Vineyardview Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Hood River Valley

The Vineyardview Bed & Breakfast offers elegant, finely appointed rooms, beautiful vineyard and mountain views at an affordable price.

Enjoy lovely patio outdoor seating or our wooden swing in the herb garden or inside in the sunny solarium, perfect for early morning coffee, afternoon tea and evening wine sipping.

Fresh Himalayan Blackberries, Italian Plums and Pears grown on the property served up with gourmet coffee & tea, fresh scones or proscuitto parmesan frittata are seasonal breakfast specialties.

Vineyardview Bed and Breakfast has four guest rooms and sleeps up to 12 people.  The family suite sleeps 6, has a private half bath and is great for parents and children.  The queen room sleeps 2, has a lovely window seat perfect for curling up with a good book.  The twin room has two twin beds, sleeps 2 and shares a full bath with the queen room.   The Honeymoon Suite has a private full bath with indoor hot tub and shower for 2 with a generous walk in closet and mini-fridge. All rooms have TV, wireless internet and DVD players.

Nestled among their own Pinot Gris Grape vines, Vineyardview Bed and Breakfast is less than 3 miles from downtown Hood River and minutes from the hiking and biking trails of Post Canyon recreational area.  The inn is neighbor to both Cathedral Ridge Winery and Phelps Creek Winery, to name a few.

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.

may is oregon wine month

May is Oregon Wine Month!   Willamette Valley Wines writes  “We celebrate Willamette Valley all year round, but especially during Oregon Wine Month,  when the entire state joins in commemoration of our beloved industry for the month of May,  offering special activities, tastings and promotions for the enjoyment of Oregon Wine.”

To celebrate Oregon Wine Month in May, wineries around the state come together to host collaborative events.  These events offer unique opportunities to taste and experience a variety of producers with ease, and to gain a deeper understanding of the variances and specialties of many of Oregon’s diverse micro-climates.  Some of these events are one-time affairs, some ongoing.

Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River,  with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington.  Due to the unique climate and geography found in The Gorge, this AVA exhibits a wide range of micro climates in a relatively small region.  The innkeepers of the Columbia Gorge Region invite you to experience “A World of Wine in 40 Miles’

The Willamette Valley extends from Portland south to Eugene, and from the Coast Range to the Cascades.  There are currently 316 wineries in the Valley and as many vineyards.  Willamette Valley innkeepers can point you in the right direction.

Southern Oregon’s latitude and prevailing oceanic winds create a 7 month growing season that uniquely creates an ideal place to grow wine grapes.  Southern Oregon Winery Association and our Southern Oregon Inn invites you to tour the 5 regions of Southern Oregon with over 150 wineries.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Breweries of the Hood River Valley

St Patrick’s Day in the Hood River Valley is complete with award winning Pacific Northwest Brew and Hood River Bed and Breakfasts.

Immigrants began to move into Oregon Territory in the 1840’s.  German brewer Henry Saxer arrived in 1852, tasted the clear, soft water and recognized the prime hop and grain potential.  He, along with fellow immigrant Henry Weinhard, began brewing and the rest is history.

Fact from Oregon Craft Beer
Oregon had 234 brewing facilities operated by 194 brewing companies in 72 cities across Oregon.
Brewery count by city and region:
61 in Portland — 91 in the Portland Metro Area
13 in Eugene — 42 in the Willamette Valley
24 in Bend — 31 in Central Oregon
6 in Medford — 24 in Southern Oregon
5 in Astoria — 24 in The Coast
2 in Baker City/Ontario — 12 in Eastern Oregon
5 in Hood River — 10 in Mt. Hood/The Gorge

The breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  We’ll focus on the ones in Hood River and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.

Please ask your innkeeper their location so that you may pre-arrange a designated driver if needed.

Double Mountain  – Spacious brewpub serving up innovative beers, grub including awesome brick-oven pizzas & regular live music

Full Sail Brewery – Built in an abandoned cannery that had laid derelict for 15 years, Full Sail Brewing began brewing circa 1988.  Brewing three core brews along with a variety of seasonal and ever changing small batch beers

Big Horse Brew PubBrewery & restaurant with deck & views of the Columbia River Gorge serving pub grub and hand crafted brews

Pfriem Family Brewers Influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to their homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest

Solera Brewery ~ Built in the historic Valley Theater Building the backyard beer garden offers a spectacular view of Mt Hood.  Right across the street and a few doors down from the Old Parkdale Inn

So choose a Hood River Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inn, designate a driver, and, with a bit o’ luck, we’ll see you come St. Patrick’s Day in the Hood River Valley.

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.