Don’t Pass Snowplows on the Right! DUH!

DO NOT PASS SNOWPLOWS ON THE RIGHT
DUH!

A couple years back someone tacked this added message below the warning sign that really states the obvious.  Be prepared when exploring Oregon during the winter months.  And don’t always rely on that GPS.  Many forest roads, while beautiful alternatives from the main highways and freeways during the snow free months, are not maintained during the winter.

Travelers should be aware that even a few inches of snow can obscure icy roads and soft shoulders where vehicles can become stuck.  Winter storms can trigger unexpected rock slides, and falling limbs and trees; they can quickly change driving conditions on forest roads from passable to impassable in a matter of minutes.

Keys to safe winter driving: Plan for the unexpected.  Keep in mind that cell phones may not work in remote areas.  Check the latest road and weather conditions at TripCheck.com or dial 511 before heading out.  Always tell someone where you’re going and stick to that plan.   Carry an emergency kit in your vehicle.  Travelers should be prepared to spend long periods of time in the car.  Blankets or sleeping bags, warm clothes, a snow shovel, water, food and other necessities are recommended as part of a complete vehicle emergency kit.  Always fuel up at the beginning of the trip.

Weather can change quickly, particularly in higher elevations. Good snow tires, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and chains are advised or often required, when driving in winter conditions.  As a general rule, always adjust your speed to current conditions and drive at speeds that allow you to stop in half of the visible road distance ahead of you.

Helpful information about planning a trip to a national forest during the winter months can be found on the Know Before You Go webpage at go.usa.gov/Cmq.

ODOT and the County Maintenance Crews do an amazing job keeping our Highways and Interstates passable.  They plow, they de-ice and sand but it is our job to use a little common sense, stay on roads maintained during the winter months, and drive cautiously to make sure we reach our destination safely.

Pony Tail Falls and Waterfall Wednesday in the Gorge

Pony Tail FallsPony Tail Falls plunges through a crack in the basalt into a large pool and allows for hikers to walk behind the roaring water.  An moderate 1/3 mile hike from the trailhead, this 88 foot falls is a favorite for photographers, for shots looking out from behind the falls.

Chasing Waterfalls and Waterfall Wednesday.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon!  I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Lower Lewis River Falls ~ Waterfall Wednesday

Lower Lewis River FallsThe Lower Lewis River Falls is a beautiful and quite powerful waterfall, fed by the glaciers on Washington’s Mt Adams, creates a nice plunge pool, perfect for swimming in.  Be sure to stay away from the falls however, considering this is a glacial river, and one wrong slip could end up sending a person into the powerful undertow beneath the falls, which would almost definitely be fatal. The falls are accessed from the Lower Falls Recreation area, a good starting point for exploring the numerous other waterfalls in the area.

Chasing Waterfalls and Waterfall Wednesday.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon! I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Punch Bowl Falls ~ Waterfall Wednesday

Punch Bowl Falls in one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, the Columbia River Gorge

Punch Bowl FallsPunch Bowl Falls is one of the most photographed falls in the Columbia River Gorge, maybe even the Pacific Northwest.  But you’ll need to get your hiking boots on and trek in about a mile and a half along the Eagle Creek Trail.  Constructed in 1915 with pick axes and shovels, the cliffs have been blasted out so that the trail could bypass several deep canyons.   The entire Eagle Creek trail is 14 miles long with a minimum of 6 waterfalls along the way.

Chasing Waterfalls and Waterfall Wednesday. With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Sakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge

Sakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge

Sakura RidgeSakura Ridge ~ The Farm and Lodge is a working orchard and Bed & Breakfast in the foothills of Mt. Hood and an inspected and approved member of the Columbia Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association.  Perched on 72 acres in the foothills of Mt Hood, the farm has thousands of fruit trees and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, and berries.  Fresh eggs are gathered daily and there is always plenty of honey from the hives.

Sitting on the expansive decks, overlooking the orchards and fields, with an awesome view of Mt Hood, you’ll feel like you’re so much more than only 10 minutes from downtown Hood River.  Five well appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath and complete with down comforters, Hudson Bay or Pendleton blankets.  Just the right balance between rustic and classy.  Breakfast is always what’s in season, what’s from the farm and what is always good to eat.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Multnomah Falls ~ Waterfall Wednesday

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah FallsMultnomah Falls is the most visited recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with 2 million stopping each year to take in the views, making it to where a visit to the falls can be challenging.   As a local innkeeper I suggest visiting the falls on either ends of the day and midweek to beat the crowds.  I also suggest taking the time to hike the 6 miles Wahkeena/Multnomah Falls loop so as to ‘discover’ 6 more waterfalls, if you indeed love to chase waterfalls.

Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it’s highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods.  Five flows of Yakima basalt are visible in the falls’ cliff face.   Geocache ‘What’s Behind Multnomah Falls’, GC14VG2, studies the different types of exposed basalt layers.

Chasing Waterfalls and Waterfall Wednesday.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon! I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Lemon Blueberry Biscuits

The Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast shares this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Biscuits which is sure to become a guest favorite using Hood River Valley blueberries.

Lemon Blueberry BiscuitsLemon Blueberry Biscuits are sure to be a sweet treat at our tables of the Columbia Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association.  Thanks to Sue, innkeeper at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast for sharing this recipe.

‘Lemon and Blueberries made such a fresh and flavorful combination in all kinds of baked goods, especially these sweet biscuits’  Taste of Home Test Kitchen

 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lemon yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

Preheat oven to 400°.  In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk yogurt, egg, butter and lemon peel until blended. Add to flour mixture, stir just until moistened.  Fold in Blueberries.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until light brown.

In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients.  Stir until smooth.  Drizzle over warm biscuits.  If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the dough.  Makes about a dozen sweet and tangy biscuits.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Dry Creek Falls ~ Waterfall Wednesday in The Gorge

Dry Creek FallsThe hike to Dry Creek Falls is moderate to difficult, only because it is a slow 2 mile climb.  But oh, so worth it.  We hiked in on a very cold, 20° New Years Day, 2015, and found that the creek was flowing and the basalt covered with ice. Also some beautiful ice formations in the creek below the falls.

Chasing Waterfalls and Waterfall Wednesday.  According to Wiki there are at least 238 waterfalls in Oregon! I’m guessing even more than that.  Wouldn’t it be grand to witness the beauty of every one of them?  With 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge alone, we’ve set out to find them all plus those in the nearby Mt Hood National Forest, Washington and beyond. And when we do we’ll share our finds with you, our guests, so you too can set out to Chase Waterfalls.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Brookside Bed and Breakfast ~ A Hood River B&B

Brookside Bed and BreakfastExperience the heart of Hood River at Brookside Bed and Breakfast. Adjacent to the award-winning Indian Creek Golf Course, Brookside BnB is a peaceful haven situated on five acres of manicured paradise, with majestic Mt. Hood views, yet conveniently close to all that Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have to offer.

Guests can easily explore Hood River’s vibrant downtown, buzzing waterfront, Fruit Loop attractions, award-winning restaurants, wineries and breweries, and the beauty of Mt. Hood’s forested trails all in a day’s play.  But oftentimes, guests find it difficult to leave the grounds. That’s because Brookside B&B is a paradise all its own with mountain views and paved walking paths along a babbling brook to a private pond, outdoor tennis court, and an outdoor artisan fireplace to rest your feet and take in the night’s sky. The three suites are each finely furnished and contain privacy, comfort, and lots of extra touches to make your stay enjoyable and unforgettable!

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

Vineyardview Bed and Breakfast in Hood River

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

VineyardviewEnjoy 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.

The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association are eager to share their favorite spots and events for adventure and exploration in the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Mt Adams and Mt Hood.

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