Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Parkdale, Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Author: , April 25th, 2019

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and you’ll wake to fresh brewed coffee from our local roaster and a delicious breakfast prepared with locally grown fruits and veggies, organic whenever possible.

Only minutes from the Mt. Hood National Forest we are the perfect base for outdoor adventures and quiet retreats. Our grounds have been recognized as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and many varieties of birds feed and nest in our gardens. From the inn set off on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the valley, visiting the country farms, fruit stands and wineries along the way.

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Gay Portland, Oregon – The Gay UK

Author: , February 22nd, 2019

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For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other friends post breathtaking photos on social media, I thought it was time to give Portland a try.

When I first arrived, I got the feeling that I was in a smaller version of Seattle, but as I spent time in Portland, I quickly discovered that it had a life of its own. I did however speak to some locals and they told me the city has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late as they try to compete with Seattle’s economic boom, mostly driven by Amazon and other tech firms. But, why try to be Seattle? Just be Portland.

The entire downtown area is pretty much walkable, with many of the city’s main attractions located within a few miles of each other. What was obvious from the start were the abundance of rainbow flags scattered throughout the city. I think it’s safe to say that Portland may have the highest concentration of rainbow flags per capita than any city I have visited thus far.

My first stop in Portland was The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Being of Jewish decent, I found it fascinating that this particular attraction would be located in Portland. I wasn’t aware of the city’s extensive Jewish community. The museum explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. The museum features rotating exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. They also offer an extensive program of films, lectures, and concerts throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage.

By Joey Amato – Full Story at The Gay UK

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Dundee Manor Bed & Breakfast – Dundee, Oregon Gay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , January 26th, 2019

Dundee Manor Bed & Breakfast

Dundee Manor is truly a destination for discriminating treavelers. Originally built in 1908, with all the clean, elegant architecture of a four square Edwardian estate. Wander through our gardens and under massive trees, or just relax and ponder by the fountain. Sit in the Gazebo and deck areas and admire Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in our antique-furnished dinning room, or outside on one of two private deck areas, surrounded by nature and all the glory of the red hills of Dundee. Savor a glass of wine from one of our local wineries, and let us spoil you during your stay.

Each room is filled with treasures brought back from four continents. There’s a private library with video collection, and the most delightful rocking chairs on the front porch to enjoy the garden view.

When your stay at Dundee Manor, you can enjoy the many amenities the area has to offer. Spend the day wine tasting and touring Mt. Hood or visiting the Oregon Coast, and return to the manor for the warmth and comfort we offer. And yes – Turn-Down Service is included.

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Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat – Eastern Oregon Gay Friendly Resort

Author: , January 14th, 2019

Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat

A paradise 20 years in the making, Painted Hills Vacation is not your typical lodging experience! Our retreat is made up of 3 unique, European-style cottages, delightful indoor and outdoor gathering areas, and awe-aspiring gardens where you can relax and recharge.

The thoughtful and creative decor, abundant original artwork, magical gardens, and spectacular Central Oregon countryside create an unforgettable experience. Come discover it for yourself and understand why our guests call us the “Oasis in the High Desert!”

The Painted Hills Vacation – Cottages & Retreat is family owned and operated by Barbara and Aruna Jacobi, a dynamic mother/daughter team. Natives of Germany, the Jacobi family has been living in the U.S. for almost 30 years.

After running a successful restaurant in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for ten years, the Jacobi family felt that it was time for a change and, after much traveling, fell in love with Eastern Oregon. After settling in the small town of Mitchell, the family spent years remodeling 2 old houses inside and out, transforming them into works of art. Barbara, a writer and master gardener, created the beautiful gardens connecting the properties with many magic nooks and crannies. In 2008, Painted Hills Vacation was officially born.

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WildSpring Guest Habitat – Gay Friendly Port Orford Resort

Author: , November 19th, 2018

WildSpring Guest Habitat - Gay Friendly Port Orford Resort

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, ecofriendly resort in Port Orford, overlooking Oregon’s spectacular southern coast. On five acres of old Native American grounds set in a peaceful, secluded forest of 100-ft trees, WildSpring offers luxury accommodations in a quiet and serene, naturally beautiful environment.

With only five cabin suites built like small stylish homes with radiant-heated floors and vaulted ceilings, and filled with art and antiques, WildSpring will make you feel you’re visiting a private estate rather than a hotel.

Cars are not allowed in the cabin area, so the loudest thing you will hear all night is maybe an owl. Sleep to the sound of wind through the trees, and wake up to deer outside your window.

Relax in the Guest Hall overlooking the ocean where you can help yourself to beverages, fruit, popcorn and chocolates(!) at any time. Play a game, fiddle with a jigsaw puzzle or just gaze at the ocean on its expansive deck. And don’t miss the breakfast buffet each morning with specially made hot entrees that change each day.

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Oregon Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 8th, 2018

Oregon Coast road trip - 2TravelDads

With so many ways to do a road trip you can take almost any approach. We just did it with two kids so we are ready to share exactly how to get the most from the Oregon Coast. Doing an Oregon Coast road trip is really fun and very easy. There are zero chances to get lost and 1000 opportunities to fall in love with the nature and nautical sights along the way.

Have you done the Oregon Coast with kids? Want to see what we did to keep them entertained as well as give us parents things to look forward to with each stop? Here’s how you do an Oregon Coast road trip with kids that’s good for the whole family no matter the season.

The Oregon Coast is gorgeous… even in the foggy rain which you might experience any time of year. When you’re packing for an Oregon Coast road trip be sure to plan for hot sun as well as chilling wet. As a rule when we’re touring around Western Washington or Oregon we always pack equally for rain or sun, erring on the side of the time of year. This includes activities we bring with us.

Like with any itinerary, take this one with a grain of salt and update it for your own family. We like to visit beaches, breweries and lighthouses, so this Oregon Coast road trip itinerary has a healthy mixture of nature and culture. And like any jaunt through small town America, you’ll be tempted to stop in places we don’t mention and to find your own foodie spots. Go for it! Road tripping is all about fun and new experiences and the Oregon Coast is no exception!

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Peerless Hotel – Ashland Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , December 21st, 2017

Peerless Hotel

The Peerless Hotel in Ashland, oregon, has a storied history – originally built in 1900, it was known then as the Peerless Rooms. It has now been lovingly restored, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being featured in the bestselling book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”.

Our Ashland hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street, in the Historic Railroad and Gallery District, just three blocks form downtown and six blocks from the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk from here to many great restaurants, shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Our guests are pampered with Italian Frette bed linens, Lynova 5-Star towels, Pharmacopia natural and organic bodycare products, an in-room spa or clawfoot bathtub, and a gourmet two-course breakfast every morning during the mid and high seasons.

We also offer complimentary WiFi internet access, as well as reserved guest parking. You will enjoy the quiet, private surroundings of our beautiful gardens, as well as hotel staff that prides itself on fantastic customer service.

Just a garden away from the Hotel, you’ll find the Peerless Restaurant and Bar – a lively, sophisticated neighborhood restaurant and wine/cocktail bar.

Enjoy the Peerless experience in our stylish dining room, our friendly and intimate bar, or dine alfresco in our enchanted garden. Our dinner menu features a wide variety of small plates, as well as steak, chops, pasta and seafood, capturing the flavors of the seasons and the essence of the Pacific Northwest.

If you’re coming to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival or just passing through on the way to somewhere else, come stay with us at the Peerless Hotel.

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TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast – Jacksonville, Oregon

Author: , March 20th, 2017

TouVelle House B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast is ready to welcome you with a gentle, serene environment where you can relax knowing that all of your needs have already been anticipated. TouVelle House combines modern comforts with understated elegance and leisure.

Restful gardens, feather-soft bedding, home-made breakfasts and bountiful amenities create a luxurious retreat from the day-to-day. This Craftsman estate sits atop a knoll and is set well back from the street. The house is draped in an acre of lush landscaping and is open to a variety of local fauna.

A short walk will take you to the heart of Jacksonville where you will find ample opportunities for shopping, dining, wine tasting and pampering.

Historic guided tours offer insight into Jacksonville’s gold rush days or we can provide a pocket guide to explore on your own.

Feeling like getting out beyond the Rogue Valley? Crater Lake National Park, the Oregon Caves and the California Redwoods National Park are each a short day-trip from TouVelle House. We offer a sack breakfast option if you want to head out early but don’t want to skip a meal.

We post a daily breakfast menu of three courses. If the menu doesn’t suit you, we offer a selection of alternatives that satisfy most dietary restrictions and allergies. We happily accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets with advanced notice.

As former military and law enforcement officers ourselves, we like to recognize and thank others in the armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Mention your service and we’ll be honored to offer you a ‘thank you’ discount.

We look forward to having you as our guests. Please let us know how we can make your visit to Southern Oregon extra special.

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Columbia River Gorge – Dolly Travels

Author: , July 27th, 2016

Columbia River Gorge - Dolly and Randy

My blog posts are usually about faraway places: Europe, New Zealand, Mexico, but today I had the lovely experience of riding through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, right here in the United States, on the back of a motorcycle.

I came up to southern Washington State several days ago, primarily to visit my eldest son and his family and to help Randy celebrate his 60th birthday. Now those festivities are in the past, but we wanted to do something fun. Sunny days have been a rarity up here during this trip; however, yesterday and today turned out to be very pleasant. Randy asked me if I would like to visit the Columbia River Gorge on his motorcycle.

We left La Center, motored south past Vancouver, crossed the bridge over the Columbia River and turned east.

The Columbia River is the boundary between the states of Oregon and Washington for over 80 miles. We wanted to travel the Historic Gorge Highway, which is on the Oregon side. We left the main highway, got onto the Gorge Highway, which winds up and up, twisting and turning, crossing old bridges, following along what is known as the “Waterfall Trail”, as there are several waterfalls along the route. The largest of the waterfalls is Multnomah Falls, towering 620 feet above the gorge, falling in two sections to join a stream that flows down to the Columbia River.

There was so much traffic around the falls today that signs were up directing traffic
away. We had to stop and take this picture from a roadside stop on the Washington side of the River. The falls are still impressive.

Along the Historic Highway, we stopped at Vista House. This building was constructed in the early 1900’s as a rest stop for travelers. It is a very attractive building, built of local stone with stained glass windows and inside walls of marble.

We climbed the staircase inside the building and came out onto a balcony that encircled the building, giving visitors a 360-degree view of the Columbia River, mountains in the background, farmland around small waterways.

We were happy that we had talked to the young couple. They were from Melbourne, Australia, and they were having a grand time touring our Pacific Northwest. However, they were a bit embarrassed that they could not pronounce the names of places correctly. Randy told them that some of the names are of Native American extraction , so unless one was born here, the names are difficult for all of us. They were so cute and friendly. We were sorry to leave them.

Later, we stopped for gas and a snack, which we had while resting at a picnic area. A young man, also riding a motorcycle, stopped and engaged Randy in a conversation about road trips, motorcycle efficiency and other motorcycle-related topics. This must be the way things are all over the world: people of like minds and interests gravitate to others of the same interests.

Finally, we had to head for home. We crossed the Columbia River again, over to the Washington side, by way of the Bridge of the Gods. This is a cantilevered steel bridge. While driving across, I fcould look down and see the water about 400 feet below us. I only looked once! I had to research why it is called Bridge of the Gods. Apparently, over 600 years ago, an earthquake made a dam in the River, allowing people to cross from one side of the River to the other. Eventually, that dam washed away, and other bridges were made, with only man-made materials and labor, but the name stuck.

Once on the Washington side of the River, we followed the Lewis and Clark scenic highway back to Vancouver. We had to get on the freeway for some time before Randy turned found the exit he wanted. We finished our trip by going through more farmland and peaceful scenery.

I had a great time, and I am very grateful to my son who took the time to take his mother on an adventure. Thank you, Randy.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Silverton Inn and Suites, Silverton, Oregon

Author: , February 13th, 2016

Silverton Inn & Suites

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Silverton Inn & Suites is a luxury boutique hotel located less than a mile from The Oregon Garden one of Oregon’s most popular destinations, and minutes from The Silver Falls State Park. The Inn’s incredible lodging experience includes rooms with their own individual character.

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