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7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake

Crater Lake Lodging along with Birdwatching on the Crater Lake Loop

Located just 28 miles from Crater Lake National Park, The Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner House can be the perfect home base when birding on the Crater Lake Loop of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. The Rogue River is minutes away with mature riparian habitat surrounded by mixed conifer forests. Peregrine Falcon, Calliope and Rufus Hummingbirds nest in these forests. Diamond Lake supports high concentrations of diving birds. The rich, diverse habitats on the Crater Lake Loop provide home for a large variety of birds. Crawford Creek Meadows is home to at least eight species of nesting owls.

The Propsect Historic Hotel Bed and Breakfast, built in the late 1800’s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent stage house sits on five acres with grounds great for strolling or just relaxing after a long day’s hike.

Nestled in the woods behind the main house, the 14 motel units offer exceptional privacy and convenience. The motel is accommodating to travelers with large groups.

Spend a few days at the Prospect Hotel, visit Crater Lake and the birding sites along the Crater Lake Loop, then head south to the Mt. McLoughlin Loop of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. This loop will take you along the north-western flanks of the Upper Klamath Basin and possibly the most ecologically diverse section on the entire route.  With over 25 inns,

The Guild makes it easy to explore Oregon, traveling through scenic and diverse landscapes and knowing a comfortable Bed and Breakfast awaits your arrival. 

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Spectacular Oregon Wildflower Bloom and Waterfalls

Summer is an ideal time to hit Oregon hiking trails for wildflowers and waterfalls.

Willamette Valley

Parker Creek FallsParker Creek Falls and Alder Creek Falls are roadside on the way up to Mary’s Peak, the highest in Oregon’s Coast Range at 4,097 feet. On a clear day from the top you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley.

With four main trails to choose from, wildflowers come into bloom in the meadows and rock gardens throughout late spring and summer. Look for glacier lilies, scalloped onion, harsh Indian paintbrush, Cardwell’s penstemon and spreading phlox. Day trip to here from MaMere’s Guest House.

Oregon Coast

Travel south along the Oregon Coast from Oceanside to The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve. Hike the 3.4-mile trail to see rare wildflowers, including hairy checkermallow and the Cascade Head catchfly – most of the catchfly’s world population found only here.

Secret Beach Falls is tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove.

Port Orford Heads State Park is home to a number of hikes where you’ll find beautiful flowers such as coast lily and coastal gumweed. The entire Curry county shoreline is public, bordered by scenic viewpoints, parks, sea stacks and natural bridges. On the headland trails, you’ll hike through a forest of mixed conifer into rugged headlands, spotting wild iris, cat’s ear and hot-pink salmonberry flowers along the route. Day trip from WildSpring Guest Habitat

Eastern Oregon

Wilson Ranches Retreat should be your home base when visiting the John Day Fossil Beds. Take an stroll along the Clarno Unit trails to see Mariposa lilies, orange globe mallow, purple sage, prairie clovers and more. Look for golden bee plant, hedgehog cactus and bitterroot along the five Painted Hills trails through May.

Head into the North Eastern corner of Oregon and the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The Prairie is situated in the Wallowa River Valley northeast of Joseph, Oregon, and the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast. A tapestry of more than 100 wildflower species, from lupine to goldenrod find space in the 33,000 acres. This Nature Conservancy preserve is part of the largest intact bunchgrass prairie in North America.

Portland Region

Just minutes from Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is Tryon Creek State Natural Area hikers can spot the white three-petaled Trillium on the aptly named Trillium Trail.

Tucked in the neighborhoods of West Linn, the Camassia Natural Area is in a lesser-known wildflower haven that is a must-visit come springtime. On the 1.4-mile loop hike, which features a boardwalk through sensitive areas, you’ll find many species of wildflower, including camas lily, blue-eyed Mary and buttercup.

Powell Butte Nature Park is home to 611 acres of meadowland and forest that is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. In the spring, you can spot more than a dozen wildflower species, including foxglove, Oregon sunshine, dog rose and blue elderberry.

Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Located near Hood River, Rowena Crest has one of the most incredible views of the Columbia Gorge. The wide, paved pullout along the Historic Columbia River Highway is at the top of a high hill, which allows for spectacular panoramic views of the Columbia River, a hidden lake, the curved highway and basalt cliffs.

The Tom McCall Preserve is open from March 1 to October 31. Oregon’s most impressive displays of spring wildflowers is found amidst the mounds, swales and vernal pools of this grassland preserve. More than 300 plant species, including grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, balsamroot, lupine and Indian paintbrush thrive here.

The open grasslands are home to four plant species unique to the Columbia River Gorge: Thompson’s broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson’s waterleaf and Hood River milk-vetch

For spectacular summer Wildflower Bloom and waterfalls start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls 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 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.

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: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

 

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.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to numerous requests for the physical map we’ve no more copies. But you can still download a digital version of the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map

SEE A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE MAP

oregon waterfalls map request

 

 

7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake

7 Wonderful Hikes near Crater Lake ~ one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders

The snow is melting, the weather is warming, and the wildflowers are on their to the higher elevations meadows. Summer in the Oregon Mountains is right around the corner!  We invite you to Take a Hike near Crater Lake ~ one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders

7 Wonderful HikesPlaikni Falls Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Mount Scott: The high point inside the park, is Oregon’s 10th highest mountain at 8,929 feet. It’s a relatively easy five-mile round trip hike, July to early October.

Godfrey Glen: An easy 1 mile loop through old growth hemlock and fir

Garfield Peak: This hike might leave you a bit breathless, the summit elevation being 8,054′. There are ample places to stop along the way, to rest and take in the view.

Annie Creek Canyon Trail: along the rim and into the surrounding forest and a unique geological feature

Boundary Spring: In the northwest part of the park, hike the short trail to see the headwaters of the Rogue River gush out of the ground.

Barr Creek Falls Viewpoint and Mill Creek Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prospect, Oregon.

The Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel and Dinner House is a Nationally Registered Historic Hotel that has restored for full comfort while maintaining its charm. Being the Closest Bed and Breakfast to Crater Lake, only 28 miles away, the inn is a perfect home base while Hiking Near Crater Lake.

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. As of this morning Oregon is 71,522 people away from 70% vaccinated. The CDC has lifted the mask mandate and each Oregon county, depending on its vaccination and case numbers, will adjust their regulations accordingly. Oregonians and our guests who are fully vaccinated may no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of our individual counties 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.

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.

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.

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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.

Northeastern Oregon is home to one of Travel Oregon’s Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Wallowa Mountains and the Wallowa Lake Tramway. With the opening of the gondola in 1970, Wallowa County added one of its most popular attractions. The 3700′ vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard is a memorable experience. The exciting trip to the top of the mountain allows one to enjoy the 4000′ view as the gondola rises above the blue waters of Wallowa Lake. Once on the top enjoy over 2 miles of trails in the alpine wilderness and spend a day seeing into four states.

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast is just minutes from the Tram and they hope to see you in Eastern Oregon during the Wallowa Lake Tramway operating season, now through the end of September.

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: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Tundra Swans in the Columbia River Gorge

For me the return of the Tundra Swans to Mirror Lake in the Columbia River Gorge, marks the beginning of Winter.

Mirror Lake is at the foot of Crown Point, visible from Interstate 84 just west of the Rooster Rock exit. The Lake can host upwards of 100 Tundra swans, although as of yesterday only a few had arrived from their Arctic tundra nesting grounds.  The Scenic Colombia River Gorge is just one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders and Oregon B&Bs in the Region welcome you.

Tundra Swans dine on plant material, slugs, snails, insects and crayfish, and typically weigh from 10 to 18 pounds, averaging about 53 inches in length.  They mate for life and travel in family groups in roundtrip migrations of up to 3,725 miles.

Tundra Swans winter here and share space with Hooded Merganser, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Song Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Steller’s Jay, Black-capped Chickadee.

Look closely at the photo for Mallards, a Great Blue Heron and a Hooded Merganser.

Oregon is a bird watchers paradise and many of our Member Inns recognize and are located near land ideal for birding.  Some, like the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, have Backyard Wildlife Habitats recognized by the National Wildlife Federations.  There are extensive reserves across the state.  These habitats serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species.  Bald eagle and osprey nest in many parts of the state and can sometimes be seen dining on the local wild life.

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.

Submitted by guest blogger Michelle Duarte
Innkeeper WildSpring Guest Habitat
Port Orford, Oregon

The Oregon South Coast is the place for travelers who want to get away from the same old thing – traffic, strip malls, franchise hotels and restaurants. Travelers who’d like to bring home tales of something off-beat, who enjoy exploring the special but quirky.

Oregon’s spectacular south coast is a world all its own, very different from its northern counterpart. It is remote, underdeveloped, without the crowds. A series of authentic small towns scattered along what could reasonably be considered the U.S.’s last accessible, affordable coastline. This is where the ocean and the forests meet the crashing seas. Where rivers pour into the Pacific and people enjoy long, empty beaches perfect for agates and driftwood.

Port Orford is in the middle of it, perfectly situated as base camp to explore the best of the south coast…from redwoods to the south, the sand dunes up near Florence, and everything inbetween.

Hiking. Art. Antiques. Biking. Golf. Birding. Fishing. History. Museums. Shopping. Boating. Surfing. Horseback riding. Wine. Wind surfing. Parks, reserves, floral estates and estuaries. All framed with spectacular ocean vistas on one side and the forests and mountains on the other.

And it bears repeating…all without the crowds.

Visitors will find some unexpected options in Port Orford, 60 miles from the California border and an authentic port town of only 1,200 people.

The Port of Port Orford is probably the heart of the town, home to its commercial fishing fleet that – unusually – does not rest in the water. The Port is one of only two “dolly docks” in the U.S. and six in the world, where boats are lifted in and out of the water by huge cranes and sit on custom-made trailers when not in use.

The area is also known for its active art community, with eight galleries owned and operated by working artists, and some beautifully restored and maintained historic sites, such as Hughes House – an authentic Victorian Mansion – and the old Coast Guard Lifeboat station where brave and hardy men had to jerry-can gas down a thousand steps to Nellie’s Cove where they would start their sea rescue missions during Port Orford’s famous winter storms.

If visitors like to indulge themselves with luxurious accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment, there’s WildSpring Guest Habitat. On five acres in a quiet, residential forest overlooking the ocean, it offers only five cabin suites built like small homes, filled with art and antiques, a Guest Hall, lounging areas, sculpture garden, walking labyrinth and open-air slate spa where guests can whale-watch by day and enjoy the Milky Way at night. Known for its peaceful seclusion, attention to detail and eco-friendly operations, it is an Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member, a Select Registry Inn and has enjoyed some national attention of note, including USA Today and the NY Times.

The most recent addition to the local scene sits on the northern end of Battle Rock Park and offers arguably the most beautiful views of the Pacific ocean in the U.S.: across sea stacks, a beach with sand the color of a mocha late, down to Humbug Mountain, the tallest mountain in Oregon to rise directly from the ocean.

Here, Redfish is that rare restaurant serving food that actually lives up to the view, and looks like it came from Top Chef. The executive chef Patrick Zulick trained at celebrity chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas, and specializes in Pacific Northwest adaptations of traditional French recipes using fresh local fish, beef, chicken, lamb and produce. It has the Redfish LOFT upstairs, a one-room luxury guest suite overlooking the bay.

Also part of this new mixed-use development is Hawthorne Gallery, with museum-quality art in a space that begs comparison to metro world-class galleries. It shows the unique works of 14 internationally collected artists from across the country, including eight of the very gifted Hawthorne family, who also owns the famous Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur, California.

Port Orford, beautiful and surprising, is a great place to visit if people want to experience the best of Oregon’s beautiful coast without having to fight their way through crowded streets to reach it.

For more information about Port Orford and WildSpring Guest Habitat please contact:

Michelle Duarte, owner, WildSpring Guest Habitat and webmaster for PortOrford.org and EnjoyPortOrford.com
michelle@wildspring.com, 541.332.0977

www.portorford.org
www.wildspring.com

For more information about Redfish and the Hawthorne Gallery, please contact:

Jeff Mecredy, manager & media relations, Hawthorne Gallery, Redfish LOFT jeff@hawthornegallery.com, 541.366.2266

wonderful hikes on the oregon coast

So many wonderful hikes on the Oregon Coast.  Here are but a few.  All 363 Miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to the Public.  From agate covered beaches to lush rainforests to numerous hiking opportunities.  Whale Watching and Beach-combing.  Golfing or just be still and listening to the crashing waves.  How you explore it is entirely up to you.  Complete your visit with a stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Member inn.  We invite you to visit the Oregon Coast, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon

Cape Lookout is one of the best spots for watching the whales during their spring and fall migration

Cape Meares Hike takes your though a state park and a wildlife refuge and connects to the Cape Meares Lighthouse Trail.

Cascade Head Conservancy trail ~ spectacular views and is home to an endangered butterfly and at least 2 rare plants

Bayocean Spit Look Hike ~ a sand spit hike with great birdwatching

Nestucca Spit Loop Hike ~ a lovely bayshore hike leading into wonderful wooded strip of stunted, lichen-draped trees

Sand Lake – Cape Kiwanda Hike ~ a beach hike with excellent views of Cape Lookout and Haystack Rock

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns welcome you to the rugged and scenic Oregon Coast.  You can certainly inn hop from Astoria to Port Orford traveling the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and stay at member inns along the way.  Select your inns, pack your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and be prepared to be dazzled by the abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery on the Oregon Coast.

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.