The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast
The Plan 9 Aug 2010, 9:16 amWith any business, you need to start with a plan. Now our plan for running a bed and breakfast didn't happen the way we thought it would. Here is a video of how my plan was told to Laura not long after we first met.
Big Travel Weekend 27 May 2010, 9:18 amThis weekend kicks off the travel season for America. So in classic travel form, today's salt and peppers are the classic travel companions, the family car and a trailer.
You don't see this combo very often anymore. The RV has taken over and the trailers are too huge to tow with a car. Now you need a $50k truck to pull your trailer.
A friend of ours decided to do the vintage travel trailer and purchased this.
We wish them a lot of luck getting this in tip top form. Having old VW's and "art cars" in the past, I'm sure this will be rockin'. I mean, really nice.
So hopefully you'll be out there with the rest of America and traveling this weekend. If you don't have reservations for your favorite B&B, it might be too late. Camping in Oregon, too late to. So plan ahead for your travels this summer. Who knows, you may drive by a field and find an old trailer that needs a new family.
Beer-cation 22 May 2010, 8:28 amBeer-cation, that's right, a vacation trek in search of beer. Sound good? Pacific City is home to the Pelican Pub & Brewery as well as our bed and breakfast, The Craftsman B&B. They are an award winning brewery, we are and award winning B&B.
Darron Welch, the brew master at the Pelican entered 11 beers to the Australian International Beer Awards this year and won 11 medals. That's an awesome accomplishment, a master at his craft. See all the awards their beer has won here.
We have won BedandBreakfast.com's Best of the West and LanierBB.com's Best Historic Renovation.
We think it's time you visited Pacific City, our still tiny beach town and see how one of the nicest places in the North West will inspire you to greatness.
Don't be afraid of staying at a B&B. We are the "no lace, do doilies" B&B. Men love our place and women love it too. TripAdvisor.com rates us # 1 in Pacific City and #3 for the Oregon Coast.
Come to Pacific City for the beer, stay for the friendly people and great hospitality.
30 years ago today 18 May 2010, 4:03 pmI am not the only post you will see today regarding what happened 30 years ago today. I have seen quite a few over the past few days. But I do have the best Salt and Peppers to commemorate the event.
These come from a friend who visited Mount St. Helens after seeing our collection at The Craftsman B&B. She was inspired to add to our collection with this awesome, creative idea for a S&P. As you can see, it's before, above and after, below.
May 20th, 1980 Mount St. Helens blew its top. Ash all over, even where I was living in Denver, nearly 1,300 miles away. This wasn't a big deal to me at the time, but now that I am a "North Wester," it's a part of the history of the area.
Another thing that makes this set one of my favorites is that they are glazed in ash from the eruption.
Just a few minutes and the mountain top was gone. I have seen some good links floating around the web today, here are a few: National Geographic has posted some pictures of how the mountain has transformed after the 123 years of hibernation.
The person who gave me the S&P's linked to a blog post today about what people remember on this day, 30 years ago.
Our local news station has a good video and photos posted to this page.
This didn't happen without warning. Earthquakes started in March followed by phreatic, steam, and ash eruptions. Then the big eruption and pyroclastic flow, I like that word, pyroclastic, on May 20th. Wiki has a great article here.
Do you have a set of Salt & Pepper shakers that depict a natural disaster?
Summer time Sunsets 1 Apr 2010, 6:08 pm
How do we tell what time of year it is on the beach? Well, in our, still tiny beach town of Pacific City, we look to see where the sun sets. North of Haystack rock in the Summer, South in the Winter. If you want a shot like this in your portfolio, make your plans to visit us at The Craftsman B&B.
A horse, of course. 24 Mar 2010, 5:36 pm
So you own a horse. That is a lot of responsibility. Feeding every day and cleaning stalls, it takes it's toll. We here at The Craftsman B&B think you need a vacation, and bring your horse with you. That's right, you and your human friends can stay at the B&B and your horses will be well taken care of at our local Horse Hotel.
Just a few minutes from Pacific City, our still tiny town, is the Horse Hotel. You can ride on the beach and many of the forested trails in the area, drop off your steed, check in, hit the town and do it all over again. Knowing your horse will be well taken care of and not stuck in it's trailer while you do your own thing.
Just let us know you plan on traveling with your horse and we can connect you with the Horse Hotel.
Bob Straub State Park is a great spot to horse around. They have a great parking/ staging area and a trail on the sand spit that separates Nestucca Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Ride down to the bar where the Nestucca enters the ocean and see the salmon swimming up and the seals and sea lions feasting and sun bathing.
We know you dream of riding on the beach. You haven't because it's too far for a day trip. Now, you don't have a reason not to, giddy up!
Biking to the Beach 16 Mar 2010, 11:53 amAs most Oregon bicyclists know, Pacific City is the destination of the Reach The Beach ride held every May. The rides vary in length by where you start, but they all end here, in our still tiny beach town. I'm in no way trying to promote that you stay here after riding in the Reach The Beach event. I have had the same group here since we opened, they have a standing reservation.
I am suggesting you ride over on an alternate route from the Reach the Beach ride. This route is one of the 10 best bike rides in the state. Nestucca River Road.
Get your bike and gear an hop on the, bike friendly, West Side MAX to the Hillsboro station. Head south through rolling farmland and vineyards to Carlton. Here is where you turn west along Meadow Lake Road into the Coast Range. After a good climb to the summit, it's all downhill to Highway 101 at Beaver. Head north just a bit to Sandlake Road, which you can follow all the way to Pacific City and The Craftsman B&B. Click here for a map. A few miles of Nestucca River Road are unpaved, though the gravel is generally well-packed and suitable for road bikes.
So you made it, now how are you going to get home? Well, last year some guests rode back, but if that's too much for you, you can take the bus. The Wave has bike racks on all bus's, pick it up in Pacific City, change in Tillamook and get off at the Hilsboro MAX, or downtown Portland.
What an awesome green way to travel! Stay 2 nights and we discount to room when you arrive on 2 wheels.
Tsunami? What Tsunami. 28 Feb 2010, 10:42 amAfter the massive earthquake in Chili, the Oregon Coast was under a tsunami advisory. Not a warning, like they had in Hawaii. They were expecting the waves to peak around 2:30 PM yesterday here. So we were interested in seeing a wave 90 degrees to the normal waves we get on the beach. Laura and I went out to the beach to watch, and wait. Nothing noticeable to report.
We have met a quite a few people from Hawaii, or who are now living in Hawaii, so we were concerned to what the magnitude and effect the tsunami would have on the islands. Through the facebook postings, we found out all was well.
So that leads us to today's salt and peppers. Our friends know about our collection at The Craftsman B&B and when they travel, they look for ugly S&P's for us. This set is from Hawaii, but could be from anywhere in the tropics. You would have believed these came from Tahiti, or Greneada, or Bora Bora, but they didn't. They are genuine Hawaiian.
After being in the Bay area for the big quake in 1989, I know the damage it can cause first hand. This quake was much worse and I hope the Chilean people come out of this disaster and are able to rebuild their lives. So if you r are so inclined, give to the red cross to help these people out.
How hoppy is your beer? 26 Feb 2010, 8:34 am
Beer drinking isn't like is was 30 years ago, partly because beer making has evolved. Smokey and the Bandit was a movie about smuggling Coors Beer. Being a Colorado Native, a lot of people smuggled Coors Beer in the 70's. Due to the company policy that the beer always had to be cold, they limited it's distributorship to the West. Most house guests we had growing up took home Coors Beer. It was rare and different then what they could get at home. It's a light beer, great for a hot Summer day or to chug after a softball game, I don't know why I know this.
Not that this blog is about Coors, but it is about a beer that is limited in distribution and production. If you are a beer drinker with any merit in your exploration of the liquid arts, you know about Pliny the Elder. This double hopped beer from Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, California. This is one of the top beers in the world and I have blogged about it before. It's hoppy, real hoppy. That is not my taste in beer so I am in the minority.
Well, there is a limited time of the year when the Hoppiest beer I have ever tasted is released. Pliny the Younger! 11.0%ABV, 1.098 O.G, GOBS of BUs, that's beer talk. Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder's nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA, hopped three times more than Russian Rivers standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times.
So where can I get this beer? In Pacific City, at Twist, tonight! Why is tonight in bold? Because people from all over will be there for this nectar and the keg will be empty before the night is out, trust me on that.
The best part about you coming to try this beer is The Craftsman B&B is walking distance to Twist. No drinking and driving in Pacific City, all the pubs and tasting rooms are walking distance. Don't forget to sample the wines from Basket Case, Shy Chenin, Reversal and Stumbling Block.
If your stuck in Portland and want to try some beers, check out Bailey's Taproom. But I got to warn you, beer and wine taste better at the beach.
Three Capes on Video 24 Feb 2010, 11:45 amHere is another one of Grants Getaways.
Grant stops at all the good spots and talks to Darron at The Pelican Pub & Brewery, just a mile and a quarter walk up the beach from The Craftsman B&B.
See why we love Pacific City?