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Winter in the Willamette Valley

Winter in the Willamette Valley is just beautiful.  Rumor is visitors will encounter rain and even more rain.  And you might but what a sunny and gorgeous time of year especially for touring some of our finest Oregon wineries.  Winter is typically not as busy as the summer months so you might have the opportunity to meet the winemaker or owner, learn more about the wines and why they taste the way they do.  Some might even break out a library wine or take you to the barrel room.  Many wineries are family operations giving you an opportunity to develop an intimate relationship of the entire operation.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are amazed each and every week with its beauty, but it’s our guests sharing what they love about the Oregon wine country that seems to tempt us to sneak away now and then for a taste. And we do. The Innkeepers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon can direct you to their favorite winery, vineyard and tasting room.  All for the love of good Oregon Wine.

The Willamette Valley is also home to snowy mountain peaks, fine art, rich heritage and a delicious culinary scene.  The many wildlife refuges provide opportunities to view the migratory birds such as the majestic Bald Eagle and the dusky Canada Goose.  Winter rains fill the foothill waterfalls and rivers that flow under the Covered Bridges.

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.

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Wine Country

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast is located in Dundee, Oregon, within 2 miles of more than 25 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley. You’ll appreciate both the privacy of a modern estate and charm of a country inn.

Innkeepers Mark and Elizabeth built La Bastide Bed & Breakfast in 2014 with the goal of creating a special place to enjoy great food and great service in the heart of Oregon wine country.  The name “bastide” refers to a country house in France and La Bastide reflects a French influence that is part of both the innkeepers style as well as the style of the wines made in the Dundee hills.

The inn offers 3 charming guestrooms, all with queen sized beds, private bathrooms, fireplace and vineyard views. The perfect place for a romantic getaway or to relax after a day exploring the Dundee Hills AVA.   An elegant two course gourmet breakfast is made and served from scratch each morning.  The fruit course may be something like fresh local Oregon berries with yogurt and house made granola, poached pears with raspberry sauce, or broiled grapefruit with coconut.  A hot entree will follow, such as poached eggs on toast, oven pancake with seasonal fruit sauce, or smoked salmon egg scramble.

La Bastide strives to create a comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience and the innkeepers are always happy to recommend local restaurants and activities.

We welcome La Bastide to the list of quality inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts and 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.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

A Gift of Relaxation through the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Gift of RelaxationA Gift of Relaxation is the perfect gift for any occasion, any time of year.  Rest and Relaxation in the form of a stocking stuffer?  A wedding gift for the newly married?  A graduation present?  Employee holiday gifts?

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Lodging Gift Vouchers might be just the thing.  You can give the gift of relaxation, time away from the everyday, the opportunity to gain a clear head.

OBBG Lodging Gift Vouchers are available in $25 increments and can be redeemed at every Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member across the state.  With over 50 members to choose among, that’s a lot of choice.

And the recipient can decide where and when to use them.  So maybe they’d like to walk in the sand on the Oregon Coast?  Hike along the rim of Crater Lake?  Catch a new museum exhibit in Portland?  Sample a pinot noir in the Oregon Wine Country?  It’s not just about the lodging.  It’s about time.

You can purchase Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Lodging Gift Vouchers online, choose the amount and where you’d like them delivered.  We’ll send them by mail with delivery confirmation along with a current Print Directory of where in Oregon our bed and breakfast members are located.

It’s that simple.  Not much of your time, but a generous gift of time for your recipient.  What are you waiting for?  Support a local, independently owned, small Oregon business this holiday season.  We thank you in advance.

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

Guest blogger: Roselyn, innkeeper
R.R. Thompson House in Carlton Oregon

This Christmas, Pittock Mansion takes a look back at the hobbies and pastimes of the legendary family in its annual holiday extravaganza.

From knitting to hiking, beekeeping to music, the decorations highlight familiar and not-so-familiar hobbies enjoyed by Henry and Georgiana Pittock, their children and grandchildren who resided in the opulent mansion 100 years ago.

Volunteers have decorated each of the rooms in the 16,000 sq. ft. mansion into a holiday showcase. Each room displays items related to one or two hobbies, such as skiing, opera, tea parties or card games.

The displays are on view through December 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Christmas Day).  Built in 1914, the mansion “tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneertown to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one of its most influential families, the Pittocks.” (http://pittockmansion.org)

The decorated mansion is a holiday treat for locals and tourists alike. Adding to the ambiance are musical recitals in the music/living room with stunning views of the Portland skyline.

The R. R. Thompson House will be glad to host your visit to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are located in the ‘Great Little Town of Carlton,’ and just an hour’s drive to Pittock Mansion.

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 Trail

The Historic Oregon Trail turns 175 in 2018.  Time for you to hit the highway, inspire your own pioneer spirit, stand in the actual wagon ruts pioneers left behind, and visit the numerous interpretive sites, monuments and cultural centers along the way.

The Oregon Trail traversed 2,170 miles of what today is Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.  Travel the Oregon National Historic Trail through Oregon, from Idaho, along the Columbia River and around Mt Hood.

There are several trail sights from the Idaho border to Baker City, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails.  From the top of Flagstaff Hill you can still see the trail running out across the plains.  Lodging in Baker City, Oregon: Baker City Blue Door

The cemeteries along the route reveal so many Oregon Trail stories: where the emigrants came from, how they lived, and died, as they headed for Oregon and the awaited promises.

The last hurdle for emigrants on the Oregon Trail was the Cascade Range. Early pioneers either had to barge down the treacherous Columbia River, make their home in The Dalles, or travel the Barlow Road through the Cascades along the south side of Mt Hood.  Lodging option on Mt Hood: Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast 

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum reveals the cataclysmic floods that helped shape the Columbia River Gorge. Here also you’ll experience interactive exhibits of the Lewis and Clark expedition, The Oregon Trail and 10,000 years of Native American life in the Gorge.  Lodging: Hood River Bed and Breakfasts

At the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Historic Site in Oregon City, visitors can learn about the journey, discover what it was like to be a pioneer and what life was like for those who reached Oregon Territory.  Lodging options: Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfasts

“On such a journey as this, there is much to interest and amuse one who is fond of picturesque scenery, and of wild life.” – Randolph Marcy, 1859

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.

Willamette Valley Wine Events

Innkeepers of the Willamette Valley share their choices for Thanksgiving Weekend Willamette Valley Wine Tastings.

One great aspect of the Thanksgiving weekend open houses is the opportunity to visit wineries that are usually only open by appointment.  Add to that the opportunity to Shop Small on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday and Sunday, and you have an adventure that supports the community.  The innkeepers in the Willamette Valley share some of their favorite choices to visit throughout the valley.

Some wineries are participating in the Willamette Cares Food Share in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank Network.  Each winery decides how to participate in raising funds or collecting food for the Food Bank. (https://willamettewines.com/willamette-cares-food-share/). Many wineries have special events the weekend before Thanksgiving, too.

BELLA VIDA VINEYARD (www.bellavida.com/<http://www.bellavida.com/>)  – 9380 NE Worden Hill Road, Dundee | 503-538-9821 Friday-Sunday, 11-5 | Tasting Fee $20 Taste with the owner/farmer, Steven Whiteside: Five estate Pinot noirs from the 2014 vintage crafted by four exceptional winemakers from one location. Wine country bites, logo glass and stunning view from 880′ all included.

BELLS UP WINERY (bellsupwinery.com/) – 27895 NE Bell Road, Newberg | 503-537-1328 Saturday-Sunday, Nov 17-18 and Friday-Sunday, Nov 23-25, 12-4 | Tasting Fee $15 (members free) Herald the holiday season and experience our rarely open, micro-boutique winery. Enjoy a sensory feast of handcrafted, classically-styled Pinot noir and Syrah poured by the winemaker-paired with light fare and spectacular views. Tasting fee waived w/ $75 purchase.

CRISTOM VINEYARDS (www.cristomvineyards.com/<http://www.cristomvineyards.com/> )  – 6905 Spring Valley Road NW, Salem | 503-375-3068 Saturday-Sunday, 11-4; closed Friday | Tasting Fee $20 per person per winery Join Cristom Vineyards as we partner with BETHEL HEIGTS, EVENING LAND, WALTER SCOTT, and LINGUA FRANCA for Thanksgiving Weekend in the Eola-Amity Hills! Cristom will be pouring a five-wine flight with a paired bite for this progressive tasting in the Eola-Amity Hills.

J.L. KIFF VINEYARD (www.jlkiffvineyard.com/<http://www.jlkiffvineyard.com/>)  – 13546 NW Willis Road, McMinnville | 971-237-6745 Saturday-Sunday, Nov 17-18 and Sat-Sun, Nov 24-25, 12-4 Tasting Fee $15 (free with three cans/boxes food donation) Flashback! We’re pouring ’10, ’11 and ’12 Pinots. 2018 barrel samples, too! Great vineyard views, off the beaten path, yet just minutes from McMinnville and Carlton.

LEFT COAST ESTATE (leftcoastwine.com/)  – 4225 N Pacific Highway 99W, Rickreall | 503-831-4916 Friday-Sunday, 12-5 | Tasting Fee: Classic $15, Seated $40 Thanksgiving weekend, we will feature a special tasting flight with holiday deals in the winery and our famous wood-fired pizza in the Cafe. This year we will also host an exclusive culinary experience each day at 1:00 and 3:00. Limited availability; RSVP today.

SOTER VINEYARDS (sotervineyards.com/) – 10880 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton | 503-662-5600 Friday-Saturday, 11-4 | Tasting Fee $30 Join us at Mineral Springs Ranch, our 240-acre biodynamic farm and vineyard. You’ll have the chance to taste our current releases, chat with our staff and winemakers, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, catered by our in-house chef, Alex Daley.

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.

Winter Romance at Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn

Winter Romance at Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn

Stay two nights, December 1 through March 31 at Le Puy A Wine Country Inn and accept their offer of 20% off room rates

Le Puy 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.  Re-balance, Rejuvenate and Refresh the tranquil setting, good food, spa amenities and fresh atmosphere.

Nestled on a hill in the luscious Willamette Valley wine country, Le Puy exudes a peacefulness, a graceful feel and that gentleness you only get while visiting our Oregon wine country.

Our view is beautiful year round.  December through March enjoy Oregon’s premier wine valley for a little less.  Less traffic, less crowds, less cost.  Perfect for an intimate winter getaway from the daily routine. Enter Promo Code: Winter18-19 when booking online

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.

Hood River Valley

Apple Berry Delight is a light baked pancake shared by Yamhill Vineyard B&B

Oregon has approximately 6200 acres of apple orchards in three major regions:  the Willamette Valley, the Mid-Columbia Valley and eastern Oregon’s Milton-Freewater area.  The most popular varieties of apple grown in Oregon are Fuji and Gala but in the Hood River Valley we have one orchardist growing over 50 varieties.

“Come stay where fine wines are born!” and some pretty tasty breakfasts, too, at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

Apple Berry Delight 

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Serving: 4
Preheat oven to 350°

Ingredients:

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Krustez Pancake Mix or mix your own to equal
1 ½ cups batter
¾ cup+2 Tablespoons Water
2 Tablespoons Chopped Hazelnuts (optional)
2 Tablespoons Butter melted in 9 inch pie plate

½ – 1 Apple peeled, cored & sliced thin, Granny Smith or any cooking apple
⅓ Cup Blackberries, Cranberries, Blueberries or Marion berries
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
4 Tablespoons Syrup – innkeeper likes Mrs. Butterworth’s the best

Instructions:

Mix pancake mix, Hazelnuts and water together, will be a little lumpy. Let stand. Swirl melted butter in the pie plate so that the edges are coated. Place the thin sliced apples around the bottom of the pie plate. Add the berries of choice. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over the apples and berries. Gently pour the syrup over the apples and berries. Spoon the pancake batter gently over the apples and berries.  Do not pour as this will disturb the apple arrangement.

BAKE: 30-35 minutes at 350° degrees

Loosen sides of pancake when done; put a plate on top and turn over, like an upside down cake.  Serve with whipped cream and candied Hazelnuts. Extra syrup is optional. Enjoy.

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.

National Pancake Day

National Pancake Day

Pancakes are good any day of the year as is proven by the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. 

Today let’s honor the pancake.  Does the mere mention of pancakes send your senses reeling?  A plate of steamy hot pancakes can instantly lift your spirits and certainly can make your tummy happy.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Innkeepers sure know how create pancakes that are tender, light and oh so tasty. Fresh local ingredients like crispy Hood River County Apples or sweet Willamette Valley Berries or fresh peaches picked up at a weekly farmers market make these unique ‘cakes’

Apple Pancakes with warm Apple Cider Syrup have become a guest favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and thanks to Ryan’s Hood River Juice Company for the Apple Cider Syrup recipe. In the Hood River Valley, known for its abundant apples and pears, this innkeeper’s been using a wonderful sourdough starter for the pancakes and mixing in one teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 cup grated fresh apple.

At the Carlton Inn Bed and Breakfast their farm fresh eggs will make their way into gourmet breakfasts at the inn like their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

The Old Parkdale Inn B&B also serves hot-off-the-griddle Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes often throughout the year, made with fresh and frozen berries of the Hood River Valley.

And then there’s the Blueberry Pancake.  And Dutch Baby Pancakes.  Reserve your room today and ask the innkeeper what their signature pancake recipe is and maybe, just maybe, if the fruit they use is in season you’ll be treated to awesome pancake goodness.

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.

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.

MaMere’s Guest House is charming, unique and colorful inside and out! Built in 1891 as a boarding house for female students, it has since housed hundreds and continues to do so today in its present form as a Bed and Breakfast Guest House.  From the Inn tour local vineyards, visit the coast, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the beautiful flowers, while listening to music from the Monmouth Amphitheater in Main Street Park

The innkeepers serve up this delicious Puffed Pancake for breakfast but it can also be a lovely brunch or luncheon dish served right from the oven.

Apple Puffed Pancake
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

6 large eggs
11/2 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

3 large apples (such as gala or yellow delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced into wedges
3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, optional

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a good blender, process or blend the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until well blended. Set this batter aside.

Place the butter in a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish. Place the dish in the oven about 2 minutes, or until the butter just melts. Carefully remove from the oven and place the apples in a single layer in the baking dish. Return to the oven about 4 minutes or until the butter begins to sizzle.

Remove from the oven and carefully pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Return to the oven and continue baking about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Cut into pieces and serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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.