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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.

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/













Celebrate Spring at the Amity Daffodil Festival

Amity Daffodil Festival

Visit a Local Farm During the Amity Daffodil Festival

Celebrate Spring at the 21st annual Amity Daffodil Festival this weekend.

Now in its 21st year, the Amity Daffodil Festival at the Amity Elementary School (300 Rice Lane) runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22.  A daffodil show with a huge variety of daffodils, sponsored by the Oregon Daffodil Society, is a highlight of the event.  Public viewing of the displays starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The festival also offers “… An art show, commemorative postal cancellation, dinner, gardening expert presentations, kids’ activities, plant sale, self-guided tour to a local daffodil farm in bloom, vineyards, alpaca farm and other local attractions, self-guided historic walk of Amity and volkswalks.” (newsregister.com)

The poet Wordsworth paid tribute to the daffodil:

“They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”

The R. R. Thompson House Bed and Breakfast in Carlton has availability during Amity Daffodil Festival weekend.  Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Willamette Valley, where  flowering trees in pink and white compete with the brightly colored flowers for your attention!



Wish You Were Here! Save 15%

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Wish You Were Here!  Save 15%

If you can only stay one night, this special is made for you.   Stay one night at the Inn and receive a discount of 15% when you mention our blog post at check out.

Wish You Were Here Includes:

  • One-night stay at the Inn
  • R. R. Thompson House’s Signature Breakfast
  • Complimentary tasting cards for 2 wineries.

Or Stay Two Nights, Receive Second Night for 50% off.

This special Includes:

  • Two-night stay at the Inn
  • RRT House’s Signature Breakfast
  • Complimentary tasting cards for 2 wineries

For reservations made 2/27/15 or later.  Both specials valid through March 31, 2015

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Happy Mother's Day from the R. R. Thompson House B & B

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Happy Mother’s Day!

In tribute to mothers everywhere, some of our favorite quotes about Mom:

The mother is everything – she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly. Kahlil Gibran

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. Honore de Balzac

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving

When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. Picasso

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. Albert Einstein

When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. Erma Brombeck

Tualatin River Bird Festival Set for May 18th

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Bird lovers rejoice! The Friends of the Refuge, in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, welcome all to their Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a family-friendly, free event.

Visitors will experience a diversity of activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. Enjoy live bird shows, conservation exhibits, food, and guided walks for adults and kids.

Build a bee board, birdhouse or bat house; try your hand at casting a fishing line; stay under par at the migration putt-putt golf activity; and participate in hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids.

Please note, there will be no parking at the refuge on the day of the Festival. There will be a free shuttle from 12205 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin (Two-story Brick Building). Watch for the bright yellow signs. The first shuttle departs at 5:30 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving the refuge at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit:


Photo by Charles Hillestad, McMinnville


Honeymoon Accommodations, Willamette Valley of Oregon

Bridal Bouquet

The regal and romantic Rose Suite at the R. R. Thompson House is perfect for honeymoon couples. The spacious suite features beautiful, carved furnishings and colors of rose, green and gold. A king-size bed with a luxurious pillow-top mattress, sitting area with chaise lounge, and large table and chairs are additional features of the suite. Find the music you love on one of 50 music channels on the HDTV!

The luxurious, marble and granite private bath has a jetted tub, separate shower with glass door and European-style bidet. Premium bath products and spa robes provided for a pampered retreat. Also ideal for couples celebrating an anniversary or birthday. Check out our website for photos of the suite!

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


Amity, Oregon Daffodil Festival

Amity Daffodil Festival

Daffodils in Amity

The 19th annual Amity Daffodil Festival, held March 23 and 24 in Amity, Oregon, featured an amazing variety of these favorite early spring blooms.  The daffodil show was held at the Elementary School on Rice Lane and included judging.  In addition, an art show, volkswalks on Sunday, food, driving tours and a nursery products sale were all part of the two-day event.  It is still time to enjoy daffodils in the north Willamette Valley.  Drive around the countryside and you will see plenty of blooms and spectacular flowering trees.















Carlton Quest Community Scavenger Hunt

Carlton Quest, a city-wide scavenger hunt, will be held Saturday, June 9 from 11 to 5 in Carlton, Oregon.  Participants can pick up field guides at Carlton Cellars or Monks Gate Vineyard.  Visit 20 Carlton businesses and collect stamps for following clues to identify scavenger hunt items, all with a shelter theme.  A part of the proceeds will be donated to McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Carlton Welcomes Visitors

Carlton Welcomes Visitors


A barbeque concludes the day’s activities and will be held at Carlton Cellars from 6 to 9 p.m. Winners will be announced at the dinner.

The R. R. Thompson House is offering a 10 % discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 8 – 10, to guests who tell us they read our blog or ‘liked’ our Facebook post regarding the Quest.


Carlton Oregon Bed and Breakfast Reviews

Here’s what two couples who recently stayed at the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, Oregon shared in our in-room guest books:

“A lovely home and a gorgeous room.  We felt very regal in the lovely master suite.  Your dinner recommendation to Cuvee was great.  We had a wonderful dinner after a day of wineries.  The weather cooperated and our breakfast companions were delightful.  A very pleasant experience.  Thank you!”  Vickie and Rich, Iowa (Stayed in the Rose Suite)

“We had the greatest time in Carlton exploring wineries.  Your hospitatlity surpasses ours in Texas.  Y’all really know how to make us feel at home.  Thank you!”  Susan and Sean, Texas

The R. R. Thompson House is located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, just an hour from Portland.  Come and enjoy Carlton, “A Great Little Town.”  Leave your car and walk to all of the town’s wineries!


The Rose Suite

The Rose Suite