Le Jour de L’Amour at Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge

BIGFOOT LODGE EXTERIOR 2 copyBe part of an evening of Romance and Decadence
Wines by Phelps Creek Vineyards served during a Five-course dinner
Chef Shane Eagan of Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

Dine at Sakura Ridge Farm and Ridge, high above the Hood River Valley

All rooms at Sakura Ridge have been reserved.  We suggest visiting www.gorgelodging, the website for the Columbia Gorge/Hood River Bed and Breakfast Association, for additional lodging options

~ Tickets on sale now, $70.  Contact events@phelpscreekvineyards.com/541-285-8754

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.

Apple Dumplings at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

The last of the summer peaches went into a cobbler and I made a trip up to Kiyokawa Farms for fall apples and pears from the Hood River Valley Orchard.  The Apple Dumpling is a guest favorite and I look forward to making it for you in the months to come.

Apple Dumplings at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Old Parkdale Inn Apple Dumpling ~ 4 servings

For the Sauce: bring 1 cup water, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tbsp butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon to a boil and let simmer while you prepare the apples.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Apple stuffing:  Brown sugar, craisins, cinnamon. I make a large batch of this, maybe a couple of cups at a time, and keep leftovers in plastic zip lock bag in frig.  Prepare Puff Pastry: thaw sheet and cut into quarters

Peel and core your apples and fill with brown sugar stuffing then gently wrap puff pastry around apple.  Don’t worry if the dough doesn’t completely enclose around the apples.  Place the dumplings in a buttered pan and pour the sauce over the dumplings and around the sides of the pan. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with extra sauce drizzled over the top.

Three Sleeps Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Three Sleeps Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Camped on the banks of the Columbia River in Mosier, Lewis and Clark asked the Native Americans how far they were from the Big Water, the Pacific Ocean.  Their answer, ‘Three Sleeps’.

Three Sleeps Vineyard B&B sits high in the hills above the Columbia River Gorge.  The vineyard is the source of Dominio IV’s Tempranillo, Syrah and Viognier grapes and is farmed organically and biodynamically.  The B&B has two spacious room, both with their own private entrance, bath and cozy seating area. Start each day with a hardy breakfast, take a vineyard tour and relax on your private patio where you can enjoy the view of the vineyard, Mosier’s world famous cherry orchards and the night quiet.

A Northwest Culinary Delight ~ Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee CakeIt is spring in the Pacific Northwest.  The rhubarb in the gardens of our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn, is just about ready to harvest and the Oregon strawberries are showing up at our Farmers Markets.  Put the two together and we get a favorite of our guests, Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake.

3 c fresh rhubarb, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 c fresh strawberries
sweeten with agave nectar (or one c sugar)
1/3 c cornstarch

Cook the strawberries and rhubarb for about 5 minutes.  Combine the sweetener of your choice with the cornstarch and add to fruit.  Cook until bubbly and thick.  Set aside to cool

3 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 c butter

1 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Combine dry ingredients.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles fine  crumbs.  Beat wet ingredients together and add to flour mix, stirring just to moisten.  Spread half the batter in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan.  Spread the cooled rhubarb filling over this and spoon the remaining batter in small portions on top of the filling.

Make a topping by combining

3/4 c sugar, 2 cup flour, cut in 1/4 cup butter and then add 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Sprinkle over the coffee cake batter, bake at 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  The innkeepers of the
Columbia River Gorge/Hood River B&B Association truely enjoy turning your vacation into a culinary vacation.  Coffee anyone?

Ski, Surf, and Sip in and near the Columbia River Gorge

The town of Hood River, the hub of the Columbia River Gorge, is known in the world of sports as the windsurfing capital of America. Stiff prevailing winds and the Columbia’s strong Mt Hood, Oregon's tallest peak at 11, 240' watches over the Hood River Valleyriver currents 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 Mount Hood rises to fill the horizon, a perfect postcard image of Oregon.

Where can you ski in the morning and windsurf into the afternoon and evening?  And it’s blossom time in the Hood River Valley.  Take the Fruit Loop, a 35 driving tour through the valley’s orchards, forests and quiet communities.  Stroll the quaint shops, breweries, and wine tasting rooms in downtown Hood River before dinner in one of many fine dining rooms. The innkeepers of the Columbia River Gorge/Hood River B&B Association will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on where to dine and explore.

Columbia Gorge Pear and Wine Festival ~ May 19-20, 2012

Raise your glass and join the festivities in the Hood River Valley.  This annual event held in the heart of Wine and Pear Country celebrates the Columbia River Gorge and its local chefs, fruit, wine and art.

Not only will this event celebrate the Gorge, it will give back as well. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Hood River Scholarship Program, funding scholarships to area youth for higher education.

Create memories and plan to stay the weekend at an inn of the Columbia River Gorge Bed and Breakfast Association some just minutes from the WAAAM Museum where this event is being held.

Pheasant Valley Winery, in the Hood River Valley, Oregon

Come celebrate the blossom of our 8th year
Award Winning Organically
 Grown and Crafted Oregon Wines

Create memories at Pheasant Valley Bed & Breakfast, a 3 room inn in the Hood River Valley, Oregon. You are walking distance from their tasting room and as their guest you will receive a complimentary sampling of Pheasant Valley Winery’s award winning wines at our turn of the century wooden bar. Talk with our knowledgeable wine tasting staff, relax next to our large rock fireplace or wander through our gift shop.

Pheasant Valley Winery
3890 Acree Drive, Hood River, Oregon 97031
541-387-3040 or wine@pheasantvalleywinery.com

Ski Mount Hood

Skiing Mt. Hood is easy. We offer specials to ski and stay at any participating Gorge Lodging B&B.

Details for Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort: Tickets – Guests purchase their lift tickets directly from their host for just $50 for adults, $35 for children ages 7 to 14 and seniors, 65+. These are all day tickets – with a value of up to $79 (good from first lift to last). While there are no block out dates, minimum stays or other restrictions, the lift tickets have to be used within the same dates as the guest lodging visit. One lift ticket per guest per night’s stay.

Details for Timberline Lodge Ski Area Tickets – Guests purchase their lift ticket vouchers directly from their host at a cost of $40 for adults, valued of up to $64. While there are no block out dates, minimum stays or other restrictions, the lift tickets vouchers are to be used within the same dates as the guest lodging visit. One lift ticket per guest per night’s stay.

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