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Lavender

Lavender Fields with a Mt Hood View

With Mt Hood as a backdrop, the lavender farms of the Hood River Valley are nurtured with abundant sunshine and fertile soils and growers who take pride in producing their quality lavender products.  You’ll find serenity, be rejuvenated in the aromatic fields.

Hood River Lavender is a certified organic farm in the Hood River Valley.  The owners, Diane and Joe not only grow acres of lavender, they steam distill their crop to produce high quality pure essential oil of lavender which goes into the making of their line of bath and beauty products.

In 2015 Red Chair Travels visited the Hood River Valley and relaxed awhile in the Hood River Lavender fields.

Lavender Valley farms 25-acres in the rich soils of the Hood River Valley, some rows are oriented with a vanishing point that pays reverence to the beauty of Mt. Hood.  The grounds also offer a 5,000 square-foot, circular view area for picnics, events or celebrations.  The lavender products they produce are designed to bring lavender into your daily life.

Both Lavender Farms are located on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the Hood River valley.  Meandering the scenic back roads, with awe inspiring views of Mt Hood around every corner.   Visit family farms, wineries, and friendly communities.  Over 15,000 acres of fruit trees are in full bloom from about mid April through mid May.

There are 9 unique Oregon bed and breakfast inns located in the Hood River Valley.  Each provides the hospitality and comforts not always found in hotels.  After a hearty Northwest breakfast our innkeepers love to help you plan your day, whether it be hiking the forests that surround Mt Hood, tasting wines, searching for that perfect photo op or just relaxing at a serene location such as the Hood River Lavender fields.

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.

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon, presented by the History Museum of Hood River County, will focus on the rich heritage of Hood River Oregon.  Tours will be on Monday mornings starting at 11am, taking walkers on a 90 minute stroll through the historic Hood River.

Hood River was incorporated in 1895 and became the seat of Hood River County when the county was first established in 1908.  The town of Hood River is at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The city is about 30 miles north of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mount Hood.

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

The Innkeepers of Oregon’s Mt Hood/Gorge Region will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on the best of Hood River and 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.

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.

The Historic Columbia River Highway Celebrates 100 years in 2016

It’s that time of year again.  Time to start planning that Oregon Road Trip. Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel the backroads.  I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon for sharing this information

Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway Map

Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913 and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age.

As its name implies, the Byway is incredibly rich in cultural history.  This stretch of the Columbia once served as fishing and meeting grounds for the many indigenous peoples of the Columbia Basin.  Oregon Trail Pioneers also traveled down the Columbia in the mid 1800s.

When the highway first opened in 1916, Teddy Roosevelt praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. And The Illustrated London News went on to call it “the king of roads.” With its mossy stone walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens of waterfalls, this All-American Road still reigns as one of the world’s most glorious drives.’

Start planning your road trip by booking a room at either a Portland or Mt Hood Region bed and breakfast of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

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 or 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.

Red at WAAAM

WAAAM Museum: Nestled in the Hood River valley along the Columbia River Gorge you will find the opportunity to step back in time and see life as it was in the era of early flight and transportation. The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is a living museum dedicated to preserving transportation’s golden past. WAAAM honors the memory of early aviators from the first and second war, barnstormers, air mail and early transportation.

WAAAM is proud to have the largest known collection of flying 3 cylinder radial engine aircraft. Within the next year we hope to have the largest collection of flying OX-5 Aircraft. We currently have 5 flying with one more being restored in the next year. One of our OX-5 flying aircraft is a very rare and very original 1917 Curtiss JN4D Jenny. This museum fleet includes many other flying antique aircraft making it one of the largest flying in the world today. This museum also brings a unique and rare collection of other Aircraft, Automobiles, Propellers, Aircraft Engines, Aircraft Instruments, Military Jeeps, Tools of War and other interesting artifacts.

While visiting the Columbia River Gorge choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn for the perfect Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast.  If you fly in our innkeepers will gladly taxi you to and from the airport.

Don’t miss WAAAM’s biggest event of the year.  The Annual WAAAM Fly-in will be held September 12-13, 2015 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.

Member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild serve up many a Northwest Culinary Treat.  Guests at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast have been treated to the Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart several times now much to their delight.  This past weekend at our inn located in the Hood River Valley we served the Rogue Creamery Panini with Apples, Spinach and Red Onion.  I sauted the onion in a little butter to soften the flavor for a perfect breakfast sandwich.  Yummy!!  Enjoy and visit the Rogue Creamery on Facebook, like, and stay tuned to more of the yummy recipes utilizing their superb cheeses.

LAVENDER CHEDDAR PANINI WITH APPLES, SPINACH AND RED ONION
2 thick slices rustic 9 grain bread
6 slices Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar
6 thin slices Braeburn apple
6 leaves fresh organic spinach
…3 slices red onion rings
Layer slice of bread with 3 slices of cheese and the remaining ingredients. Top with 3 more slices of cheese and bread. Drizzle bread with olive oil and place oil side down on a pre-heated panini press. Drizzle more oil on top of bread and close panini press. Grill until cheese is melted and bread is a golden brown. Serve with sweet mustard or jam and lots of fresh fruit.

You’ll find that the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild take extra steps to seek out the freshest ingredients from our Oregon farms so we can serve up the very best Oregon Culinary breakfast treats.