Unique Sleeps: The Pacific Northwest to The Southwest


7 Bed & Breakfasts to Experience in Oregon, Colorado, and New Mexico
A Love Your Parks Tour Travel List by Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, publishing, and podcast team.

Over the last couple of years, we have visited and stayed in over 30 Bed & Breakfast Inns across America. Each provided a unique lodging experience, offering deluxe comfort with charm and character, and delicious breakfast fare crafted from local ingredients. From keeping a clean house to pouring afternoon tea, and sharing their region’s seasonal events, activities, and must-do attractions, innkeepers pay great attention to their guests needs which is more than appreciated during this unprecedented time in travel. And to top it all off, each Inn has a fascinating history and backstory, as do the innkeepers themselves. These hardworking entrepreneurs and small business owners are invested in their homes and community, and their caring hospitality shows it.

We visited these states at various times of the year, delighting in the local farms and gardens, exploring exquisite parks and nature preserves, browsing vibrant public art, sampling wine, brews, and delectable regional and farm-fresh cuisine, and walking the historic downtown districts and architecturally interesting residential areas.

  • A’ Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast
    A’ Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast

Follows is a list of 7 B&Bs we recommend staying in (or maybe even get married in), each with an innkeeper podcast interview sharing their Inn’s history, guest experiences, and local highlights.

A’ Tuscan Estate – Located in McMinnville, the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country, this charming 1928 historic Colonial Style B&B is beautifully decorated with Old-World flair. Enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast and comfortable guest rooms with private ensuite baths, along with modern and traditional lodging amenities. In warm weather, soak up the Willamette Valley sun while enjoying a glass of wine out in the garden or porch areas. Listen to the podcast with innkeeper/owner Erin Gilchrist on YouTube
Address: 809 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR 97128
Tel: (503) 434-9016
Web: https://a-tuscanestate.com/

Castle Creek Manor Bed & Breakfast
– Nestled in the heart of Grand Junction, near the historic downtown, Colorado National Monument, and local wineries, Castle Creek Manor features a spa-like design with an expansive two-story deck providing private outside entrances to each of the five luxury suites. Each suite is tastefully appointed, spacious, and features extraordinary comforts such as a two-person jacuzzi tub, fireplace, mini-fridge, and microwave. And breakfast is a real treat! Listen to the podcast with innkeeper/co-owner Brenda Greene on YouTube. 

Address: 638 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Tel: (970) 241-9105
Web: https://castlecreekmanor.com/

Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast – Situated on a small farm on the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway, Dancing Moon B&B features four themed rooms, each representing a different decade in history while also featuring private baths and modern amenities. Wake to a scrumptious breakfast and close the day with a glass of local wine in one of the indoor or outdoor common areas that include the pool, wrap-around porch, or garden. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Trey & Annette Lewis on YouTube. 
568 34 Road, Clifton, CO 81520
(970) 434-3779
Web: https://www.dancingmoonbnb.com/

Vistas and Vineyards Bed & Breakfast – Located on the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway, and within walking/cycling distance to wineries, Vistas & Vineyards B&B offers a cozy, casual, and convivial experience. The Inn is solar-powered and eco-friendly and features a variety of themed rooms and suites designed to make you feel at home yet take you away. Enjoy breakfast indoors in the sunroom or out on the deck overlooking the garden. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Brad and Gail Matthiessen on YouTube. 
3587 G Road, Palisade, CO 81526 USA

Tel: (970) 464-7478
Web: https://vistasandvineyards.co


Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast – A top-rated lodging destination in Taos, the Dreamcatcher offers private, well-appointed southwestern-style casitas, homemade gourmet breakfasts, and peaceful flower gardens complete with seating areas, a hammock, and an outdoor firepit. The Inn is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood, and is just a 10-minute walk into the heart of town, and the historic Taos Plaza where you will find galleries, shops, and restaurants. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Boyd and Mary Beth Earl on YouTube. 
416 La Lomita Road, Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-0613
Web: https://dreambb.com/

Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast – Conveniently located in the heart of the Old Town historic district of Albuquerque, and adjacent to historic Route 66, Bottger Mansion is a lovingly restored 1912 home that retains its original architectural features, including pressed tin ceilings, detailed woodwork, and hardwood floors. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts, locally roasted coffee, and homemade cookies. Relax in the lovely garden or courtyard filled with lush plantings, fountains, and birds. Listen to the podcast with innkeepers/owners Steve & Kathy Hiatt on YouTube. 
110 San Felipe Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Tel: (505) 243-3639
Web: https://bottger.com/

Bear Mountain Lodge – Nestled within 178 secluded acres adjacent to the Gila National Forest, Bear Mountain Lodge is a tranquil oasis just minutes from historic downtown Silver City, an Arts & Culture District of New Mexico. Built in 1928, the Lodge is fully restored and lovingly maintained, and features eleven luxurious guest rooms with modern amenities, a dining room serving breakfast and dinner, Blue Dome Gallery, and walking trails. Listen to the podcast with co-owner Geoffrey Brown on YouTube. 
60 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd., Silver City, NM 88062
(575) 538-2538
Web: https://bearmountainlodge.com/



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