R.R. Thompson House B&B

Oregon Wine Country

The Red Chair Travels to Carlton

Raspberries, a crackling fire and Taylor Swift’s lipstick share a striking attribute with the iconic traveling chair:  the color Red.  The Red Chair continued its cross country adventure at the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, Oregon with a low-key transfer ceremony in mid-April.

Red’s adventure is one few of us will duplicate.  Starting on Cape Cod, moving throughout New England, to Mississippi, westward to California, and now Oregon, Red is welcomed by innkeepers and enjoyed by guests all along the way.  It’s part of the Red Chair Travels program. Can you think of a more unusual conversation starter?

What did Red experience in and around Carlton?  Visiting a vineyard was a must, Carlton being located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.  Our quaint little town, just an hour from  Portland, has over two dozen wine tasting rooms.  Red also learned about the history of Carlton, known in decades past as a timber and tanning town.

Red visits a vineyard near Carlton

Red visits a vineyard near Carlton


Another day, Red marveled at the Boeing 747 perched atop the Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark building.  And Red explored the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museums, viewing the Spruce Goose, a Curtiss flying machine, a lunar rover and many more planes and rockets.

Curtiss Flying Machine

Red Ready for Takeoff in a Vintage Curtiss Flying Machine

Moving from science to pastoral life, Red witnessed adorable lambs on a sheep farm east of Carlton.  Red attracted a lot of attention from the lambs who, like Red, were busy exploring their world.  Yes, Red Chair Travels offered opportunities for Red to see a slice of life in Yamhill County.  When home at the inn, Red spent time resting  under the wisteria-covered arbor.

Follow Red’s continuing odyssey at http://www.redchairtravels.com/













Carlton Bakery A Great Fit in Wine Country

10-Grain Luke Bread

10-Grain Luke Bread

Baguettes, croissants, 10-grain bread and fruit pastries.  These are a few of the wonderfully tasty baked goods available at Carlton Bakery in Carlton, Oregon. Tim and Ahmee Corrigan own and operate the bakery at 305 W. Main St.

Equipped with a custom-made, three-deck oven manufactured in Germany, the bakery has won fans in Carlton and beyond. After just one year of operation, the Corrigans supply some of the top restaurants in the area with delicious breads. These include The Painted Lady and The Dundee Bistro.

Guests of the R. R. Thompson House Bed and Breakfast, three short blocks down Kutch Street, have raved about the breads and sweet treats; many have enjoyed lunch at the bake shop, open Wednesday through Sunday.

The bakery is proving to be a good fit in Carlton and the wider Wine Country community. Come enjoy!


Ahmee Lifts Giorgonzola from Oven


Valentine's Day Accommodations w/ Free Bottle of Wine

There’s still time to make plans for the weekend and Valentine’s Day.  Treat your sweetheart to a romantic getaway at the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, Oregon and receive a free bottle of local wine when you mention this blog or Facebook post!  Located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, the inn is within walking distance of over two dozen wine tasting rooms, serving some of the finest Pinot Noir in the country.  Call or book on line to receive this offer.

Glorious Roses

Roses are Red, Pink and Yellow

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Winners


Carre Heineck First in Women's

Carre Heineck First in Women's Field

Runners in the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon were welcomed with applause, medals and refreshments at the race’s end point in Carlton.  The race was held Sunday, September 4.  Cheers went up for Mario Mendoza of Bend, the fastest in the men’s field.  Second place went to Tahir Chakisso of Clackamas.

Carre Heineck of Portland, the 2010 defending champion, was impressive with another win in the women’s field.  Second place went to Natalie Bak, also of Bend.  Congratulations to the winners and all the race participants.

Gleaming Gold Medals

Gleaming Gold Medals

The R. R. Thompson House hosted six runners — three women and three men.  All completed the race and received a gleaming gold medal and something to brag about when they return to work!





Gas Discount to Visit Yamhill Valley Aug 26-28

What to do this weekend?  Consider a trip to the Yamhill Valley, a beautiful area known for its Pinot Noir and just an hour from Portland.  Go horseback riding through the Wine Country with Equestrian Wine Tours.  Or perhaps a limousine ride is more your style.  There are many limo companies to choose from.  Take a hike on the trails behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey.

Plan to make the R. R. Thompson House your home base, located in the friendly wine town of Carlton.   Located in the heart of Wine Country, Carlton has over two dozen tasting rooms within walking distance of the R. R. T. House.  Mention this post and receive a discount for gas when you stay in one of our two luxurious suites — $20 discount for a one-night stay and $40 for a two-night stay.

The Rose Suite at the R. R. Thompson House

Oregon Wine Country Lodging for Fourth of July

Welcome to Carlton in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the heart of Wine Country in the state.  We have lodging available for the 4th of July weekend.  Please give us a call and choose from a magnificent suite or cozy room.  We’ll give you a $25 discount for gas with a two-night stay (mention our blog post).

Carlton, Oregon Quest Lodging Available

Remember scavenger hunts from high school or college?  Relive those memories the weekend of June 11-12 in Carlton, Oregon.  A scavenger hunt with a small town theme will be hosted by over 25 businesses in town.  Part of the proceeds will go to support Carlton Together Cares.  Prizes will include wine from local wineries/tasting rooms as well as donations from other participating businesses.   For more information visit the Carlton Quest web site.  The R. R. Thompson House is participating in the Quest and donated a collection of personal care products.  We have availability on Friday, June 10 and Sunday, June 12.  See you in Carlton!

Carlton, Oregon Quest

Carlton, Oregon Quest

Memorial Weekend in Willamette Valley Wine Country

Wineries in the Willamette Valley opened their doors Memorial Weekend as they kicked off the summer wine tasting season.  This was the 21st year of special events and tastings during Memorial Weekend.

Carlton, Oregon was among the towns buzzing with activity throughout the weekend.  Visitors enjoyed fine wine, food, music and hospitality offered by various businesses around the town.

This year Willamette Valley wineries donated a portion of proceeds to Ecotrust’s Farm to School Programs.  The programs work to promote more healthy, locally grown food choices at schools in the region.

Carlton, Oregon

Visitors Enjoy Carlton's Ambiance


Yamhill-Carlton AVA Spring Tasting

The Yamhill-Carlton AVA will be hosting its Spring Tasting on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The location is Anne Amie Vineyards, near Carlton, Oregon, in the picturesque Willamette Valley.  You are invited to stop by and visit with over 20 Yamhill-Carlton AVA paraticipating wineries and several area restaurants.  More information is available at http://www.yamhillcarlton.org/.  While attending this event, plan your stay at the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, a romantic bed and breakfast in an historic home, renovated with today’s modern amenities.