Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Are We There Yet?

On the trail for adventures
As the days get longer, and we inch into spring, it's a great time to make plans for travel, vacations, and fun getaways. The South Willamette Valley has it all....beautiful countryside, small cities with major universities, culture, sports, and more, and unlimited outdoor activities, farmers' markets, concerts, and of course, fabulous wineries and microbreweries.

Farmers markets will come alive in the spring with Eugene's Saturday Market opening on April 1.
The Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets opens on April 15, and our nearby Lone Pine Farms produce market opens in early May for daily shopping for produce, baked goods, ice cream, and fun family activities as well.

Graduations at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University draw family and friends from across the country for celebrating accomplishments and cheering on graduates.  Plan ahead for limited accommodations in the area.  June 17 for Oregon State graduation and June 19 for University of Oregon graduation.

Fun times for our family grad in 2015

And on the radar screen for mid-August is the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 right here in the Willamette's Valley's Oregon Wine Country.  Our B&B is very near the zone of totality, so viewing should be excellent in our area.  Read up on the eclipse on the Travel Oregon website and on the Willamette Valley Oregon Wine Country website.

Hope to see you in the country soon.  Cheers to spring and summer!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Happy Holidays to All

The holidays are upon us and a time of year to gather with family and friends for food, fun, and drink.  It is also a time to help those less fortunate and to reach out to those who may be facing significant challenges this holiday season.
The search for the perfect tree
 Thank you to all who have stayed with us over the past four years.  Every guest has been special and memorable. There have been so many people with such special stories and journeys.  I believe my life is better for all the wonderful people (and horses and pets) that have come through our door and our gate.

We Welcome All Through Our Door
May winter lights brighten your path and light your way this holiday season.  Here is hoping for peace in all our hearts, our nation, and our world.  Happy holidays from our family to yours.


Our cheery winter lights brighten the path

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Falling Into Fall

The first of the fall rains have begun in the South Willamette Valley, gently watering the parched soil and dry grass.  The "green fall" will be here soon, with lush grass abounding. Our neighboring wineries are in the final moments and details of harvest.  2016 will go down as a great growing year, with perfect temperatures and growing conditions, and a nice dry September to complete the harvest. Looking forward to seeing how those 2016 wines will taste.  For the moment,  we are savoring 2014 Pinot Noirs for this fall season. 

Fall Colors from our Neighbors at Walnut Ridge Winery

Walnut Ridge Winery Grapes Ready to Harvest

 Football is well underway, and fans with green and gold Duck attire and black and orange Beaver gear are out and about every weekend.  The arts are getting in full swing with fall performances of music and dance and art exhibits.

Farmers Markets are still in full swing, and pumpkin patches and festivals and mazes will be great sources of entertainment through October.  

Cape Foulweather on the Oregon Coast
B&B Host Dog Lucy at the OR Coast
Our horse activities are moving closer to home now, having wrapped up some beautiful beach riding on the Oregon Coast between rain storms and wet gear and wet horses.  Fall is a great time for visiting the country and all the beauty and fun that Oregon has to offer....sports, arts, wine, and outdoor activities.....come visit us and see for yourself.  

The "Del Nortes" on the Trail at Silver Falls State Park
September Ride at Dexter Dam

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sweet Oregon Summer

Summer has arrived in the South Willamette Valley, a beautiful time of year.

Flowers and summer flag welcome our guests
Summer arrived in splendor on the June 20 Solstice with a full moon for the first time since 1948.  The "honey moon" was a spectacular site over the farm.

Wineries are in full swing with delicious Oregon wine offerings, food carts, and live music.  Concerts with great music under the stars are a special experience with venues in Eugene, Ashland, and Bend to name only a few.

Music and Oregon Pinot on the patio at Tebri Vineyards
B&B Owner Mary (center) and neighbors and family friends enjoying Brigadoon Wine Company 

Farmers are harvesting hay, planting and maintaining other crops, and farmers' markets are rolling out more and more fresh produce as the summer progresses.

Nearly 30 tons of hay in the loft for our stable for the year

Nothing like machinery to make the job easier

Flower arranging by one of our talented family friends.  Thanks Rachel

Celebrating the season with sparkling wine and Oregon strawberries

And, Eugene, OR known as "Track Town USA," is eagerly awaiting the Olympic Trials with top athletes and their families and friends and lots of visitors rolling into town in early July. Go USA, go Oregon. Welcome to our summer.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring in the Country

Spring is everywhere in rural Oregon, and the South Willamette Valley is alive with flowers, budding trees, green grass, singing birds, and all that the beautiful countryside has to offer.  Farmers are getting to work in the fields, Eugene's Saturday Market is open again, wineries in the area are gearing up for spring and summer activities, and locals folks are preparing for visitors, graduations, and weddings.

Now is a great time to make plans for a stay in the country, away from crowded motels and traffic jams, and just a short drive to Eugene or Corvallis and all the fun activities in those communities.

Important Dates:
Oregon State Commencement, June 11
University of Oregon Commencement, June 13
NCAA Track & Field Championships, June 8 - 11
Olympic Team Trials, July 1 - 10

Choose from our Queen Room or Twin Room in our B&B with a generous continental breakfast in the morning.

"Julia & Molly's Room," our B&B Room with a Queen Bed
Flowers and a bottle of Sparkling wine from nearby Rainsong Vineyard
Breakfast is Served in the Dining Area

"Jerri's Room," our B&B Room with Comfy Twin Beds

Or choose a unique stay in "Fern," our brand new travel trailer guest house and enjoy "glamping" in the country with all the amenities.
Comfy Queen Bed in Fern, with Two Additional Beds

Glamping in Fern

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Football Special

Avoid the crowds and expand your U of O home game weekend with wine tasting and fun in the country.  Ask for our November Football Special and save 10% on booking two rooms for one night (bring your friends) or booking one room for two nights (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday), including a generous continental breakfast each morning.  Two rooms available in our cozy farmhouse B&B, each suitable for two people.

Breakfast will be served in the dining room

Cozy living room with wood burning fire

Our November Football Special is also available for our new travel trailer guest house, with all the amenities, an option for  "glamping"  near our B&B, comfortable for up to 4 people.

Glamping option in "Fern"
Located 4 miles west of Junction City, an easy 30 minute drive to the game or to shuttle locations. Within 10 minutes of 10 wineries offering delicious Oregon wine in beautiful settings.  Access to even more wineries within 30 to 45 minutes, both north and south.

November Football Special available for the home game weekends of November 6,7,8 and November 20,21,22. Also available for the Civil War game weekend after Thanksgiving on November 27,28,29.  Prices begin at $79 plus 9% bed tax for a one night stay.  Special pricing applies to booking two rooms or staying for two nights.  Send us an email or give us a call for more detailed pricing, more information, and to book your stay.  Come to the country.  We'd love to meet you.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Winery Halloween Parties

How about a new approach to Halloween with a weekend in the country and fun at nearby winery Halloween parties?  Plan your costume, pack your bags, and prepare to relax at our country B&B, dance the night away at our local wineries, and drink some great Oregon wine.

Stay at our country B&B on Friday and Saturday nights, October 30 and 31, and enjoy spooktacular fun and savings too.  Mention our Halloween Special and save 10% on booking a room for two nights, including a generous continental breakfast.  Two rooms available in our cozy farm house B&B, each suitable for two people.  Also available, our new travel trailer guest house with all the amenities.  This is a "glamping option" near our B&B comfortable for up to 4 people.

Start off Friday night at Pfeiffer Vineyards rocking Halloween costume party and frightening good wine, less than 10 minutes away.  Brush off your costume and do it all again on Saturday night at Bennett Vineyards, just down the road with live music, live magic, and more great Oregon wine.

If you are looking for fun in the city, there is the Lavelle Vineyards Halloween Party on Saturday night, 10/31 at their Wine Bar and Grille in Eugene/Springfield, featuring music with the Peter Giri Trio, and more fun and more great wine.

Join us in the country for great fall scenery, great Oregon wine, and winery Halloween parties. Check out all the wineries in our special place in the South Willamette Valley at Prairie Mountain Wineries.  You won't be disappointed.