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A'Tuscan Estate

Erin Clark Gilchrist has a long history in the hospitality industry and invites you to experience her warm and inviting A’ Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast in McMinnville, Oregon.

Erin is originally from Indiana and received her Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University. She has been in hospitality her entire career and fell in love with the Willamette Valley.  She has two adult children

Erin continues the gracious hospitality for which A’Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast is well known.

A’Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast is located just five blocks from McMinnville charming historic downtown. You will find a lively downtown in western Willamette Valley.  Stroll through unique shops, art galleries and neighborly architecture then stop and experience wine tasting, incredible farm to table restaurants and real-deal Oregon breweries.

Six guest rooms include private ensuite baths, TV, complimentary WiFi, robes, hairdryers and irons; two of our accommodations include private kitchens to accommodate longer stays.  In warm weather months, soak up the sun on our patios, porches and gardens.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Your innkeepers at C’est la Vie Bed and Breakfast,  Josh and Miriam have been married for 34 years.  They moved to Eugene in 1993 and have two adult children and three grandcats.

“We had owned rental properties for over two decades and had been thinking about consolidating our properties when C’est la vie presented herself.  We had lived in the neighborhood for over 12 years and could see the inn from our bedroom window.  Josh likes to joke that I wanted to become an innkeeper after binge watching the Gilmore Girls! I work at the University of Oregon as an administrator and Josh retired as a Chief Information Office in 2015.

“Being an Innkeeper is the perfect business for us.  Josh had years of construction experience before going into IT and he’s an amazing cook and gardener.  We like to say that this property called to him because she was in need of some serious love and care to address deferred maintenance.  It’s hard to find someone who wants to work on an old house, so luckily he has the skills to do it himself.

“For me, I love talking to people from different places and hearing their stories.  Owning an Inn is like traveling without having to leave home.  The best part is that we didn’t have to leave our wonderful Eugene neighborhood to own an Inn.”

C’est la Vie Inn Bed and Breakfast is a preeminent place to stay in Eugene, whether visiting local family or friends, celebrating a wedding or anniversary, or transforming a business trip into something less arduous, you will find that the Inn is quite ideal.  Since its renaissance in 2007, this handsomely restored bed and breakfast inn has been recognized as one of Oregon’s premier examples of Queen Anne architecture and offers a quiet urban oasis for the traveler with discriminating taste

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn

Lea & Andy developed and designed Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn, converting a single family home into a luxury 8-room inn. We left our careers as architects in 2011 and celebrate the start of our 9th season this year.  Their guests are invited to come to the inn to re-balance themselves with the tranquil setting, good food, spa amenities and fresh atmosphere.

Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn is an 8-room, 4-season, destination inn for the Yamhill Wine Valley. The inn strives to exemplify sustainability from the food offered, to the products used, to the care for the environment from the exterior to the interior. Their goal is to provide a superior hospitality experience and their mission is to be an authentic “eco-inn”.  Le Puy will gladly host meetings, retreats and seminars as well as intimate weddings, anniversaries and reunions.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

R.R. Thompson House

Roselyn and Mike, innkeepers at R.R. Thompson House in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, have greeted guests from nearby towns and cities in Oregon to the state of Maine, as well as those from other countries. We enjoy meeting people from around the world and delight in sharing our home with them. We enjoy hearing the stories they share with us, whether it relates to travel adventures, career or family.

R.R. Thompson House has five beautifully appointed suites and rooms, each named after a flower which can be found in the artistically designed gardens. The spacious Rose and Lavender Suites and the more intimate Magnolia, Lilac and Garden Rooms all have deluxe, pillow top king or queen mattresses and crisp, luxury linens.

When you choose R.R. Thompson House as your lodging choice in Carlton you’ll create the perfect wine country get-a-way.  Stroll just a few blocks to the explore dozens of small wineries, unique shops and wonderful restaurants in Carlton’s historic pioneer downtown.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

MaMere's Guest House

Meet the innkeepers – sister and brother duo Emily and Eli keep things going at MaMere’s Guest House in Monmouth Oregon.

‘How did we come to run the inn? The story starts loooooong ago. Emily helped out at an B&B in SE Alaska during high school and college and got a wild hair that she wanted to do this someday. T he dream never went away. After getting her masters degree is public health and settling in Monmouth, Oregon with her husband Mike she decided she needed to pursue this a bit further and not just let it be a “what if..”.

At the time the fabulous owner of MaMere’s, Terri, agreed to talk to Emily about what it is like to run a b&b. Emily helped out some and just couldn’t get the historic Howell House out of her mind.

‘Our parents, Bill & Sarah, were super supportive of Emily’s passion and in what seemed like a blink of eye, the stars aligned and our parents decided to buy the charming B&B in August of 2016. Giving Emily the opportunity to turn her “what if” into a “why not?”.

‘At that time Eli was also looking for a change and Emily was quickly realizing the reality of the running an inn with 2 small kiddos.  Eli loves this place just as much as we do and fortunately for us, this small family business has been a great fit! Our sisters, Katie and Hannah also have been involved over the last few years. Come see Hannah’s artwork proudly displayed in some of our rooms!’

MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University.  The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

‘It just so happens that the first prompt for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild #bnbphotochallenge19 is ‘Meet the Innkeepers’ and today happens to be the beginning of our 17th year of innkeeping.

‘We bought the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in 2003. The inn is nestled in Oregon’s Hood River Valley on the northern slope of Mt. Hood. I’m Mary and I had always had this crazy dream to be an innkeeper. I like being at home, cooking, decorating, so I convinced my reluctant husband to do this. I’m often asked if I’ve had a B&B before the Old Parkdale Inn and my response: “I raised three kids and a husband, I have been doing the B&B thing for many years!”

‘Steve had steady work as a pipeline welder, which kept him away from the Inn for long periods of time. In 2013 he retired and now shares the workload of housekeeping, yard maintenance, and occasional server to our guests.

‘We enjoy the outdoors, absolutely love Oregon and look forward to sharing our knowledge of the area and its many attractions with guests.’

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.

All three Old Parkdale Inn well appointed, Oregon themed rooms have queen beds, private baths, a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine with a large selection of teas, coffee, and cocoa.  The rooms are also equipped with a wall mounted flat screen TV with satellite reception, DVDs, hairdryer, alarm clock, fans, and heaters.

Driving an Electric Vehicle?  Old Parkdale Inn has two EV chargers, one Tesla and one ClipperCreek offered as an amenity for their guests.  They are also will be available to those passing through Parkdale along the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Electric Byway.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Although we are surrounded by charming guests, sometimes 365 days a year, Oregon Innkeepers tend to live isolated lives when it comes to our industry.  We live in our own little worlds doing all the things we need to do to provide quality accommodations to the traveler.  We’re marketing engineers: we research the best ways to market our properties and then we implement. We’re concierges: we communicate with our guests, we’re travel experts, we manage reservations.  We shop then prepare menus and meals while keeping an immaculate home.  We tend to our gardens and sometimes our ranches.  And then we do it all again.  Because we love what we do.

  1. This week was the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  An opportunity for Innkeepers to get away from their inns and participate in Networking and Educational Workshops and conversations with other Innkeepers.

We had one day of Internet Intensives: tips and how-tos on building a better online presence and improving our bottom line: how to apply yield management strategies; and top trend in technology and travel.  Other workshops and presentations included:

  • Exploring Prominent topics, testing tools and guidelines to provide a positive Mobile and Desktop presence
  • Creating interesting blog posts and optimizing content for far reaching web distribution
  • Working with International Travel Agencies to bring International Travelers to Discover America
  • Implementing Web-based tools
  • The Sharing Economy is here to stay
  • Vendor show with businesses providing industry products

These Industry tools are indispensable but so much more invaluable is the Networking that occurs when Innkeepers get together.  The highlight of our Conference was time spent at Willamette Valley Vineyards with a winery tour, wine tasting, and a delicious dinner.  Time to gather around and relax.  R, R & R?  Rest. Relaxation. Rejuvenation.  Now back to work, implementing the tools of the trade.