July 24, 2015

Turn Your Passion for Travel into a New Opportunity

Do you love to travel? Do your friends and family turn to you for help with planning their own vacations or for travel ideas? Here in Oregon, tourism as an industry brings in $10.3 billion annually. This includes not only basic travel planning, hotels, food and entertainment, but also event planning, community tourism, family vacations and niche markets, such as the 7 Wonders of Oregon, Golf or Bicycling activities. Were you aware that the tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world? Lifelong memories are created when traveling, but what would you say if you could get even more out of your experiences, turning your passion for travel into a career?

If you have given any thought toward starting a home based business, or expanding on what you already have been doing to help friends and family with their travel plans, you will want to register for the upcoming seminar, An Introduction to the World of Tourism & Travel, being presented by Cindy Passannante, President of C.P. Trips, One thing which has remained constant over the years is the need for Tourism Professionals, and the variety of services they provide to local residents and visitors alike. If tourism & travel is something you are passionate about, this seminar is a great opportunity to invest in yourself, and learn more about the industry.

During the seminar you will get insights into how to run your own home-based travel business. You will also learn about key areas of the Travel Industry, for example, niche markets in culinary tours, eco & adventure travel, cruises and more. You will learn about event planning and how this particular industry is connected to local tourism, through gatherings such as weddings, conventions, entertainment and sports events. You will have the opportunity to meet with local tourism & travel experts and vendors who understand the great impact tourism has on our local economy and communities. By the end of the seminar you will have the information, and access to tools and expert advice to help you take the next steps in creating and expanding your passion for Tourism & Travel into something for yourself.

For $99.00 you will learn the key “Ins & Outs” of the world of Tourism & Travel. The seminar is being held on Saturday September 19th, 2015. If you are ready to move forward with your passion for tourism and travel, this opportunity is not to be missed. Space is limited, to get more details and register for An Introduction to the World of Travel& Tourism, call 503-658-5646 OR go to www.cptrips.com and complete your registration online.

July 8, 2015

Bed and Breakfast at the Oregon Coast

Photo Credit: Bill Young

A trip to the Oregon Coast is a must do vacation for the Northwest. There are over three hundred miles of public beach just waiting for you to explore. You could spend a long weekend in one area, or take a week or two and journey along the coastline, experiencing the three regions, from the North coast, to the Central and Southern, each of which offers its own flavor of fun. From local breweries, award winning cheeses and incredible wineries, the fresh seafood has plenty of options to accompany menus at restaurants all along the way. There are several lighthouses to visit each with amazing views of the Pacific. The hiking trails are endless along the coast, with viewpoints along the way. Museums, aquariums, antique and artisan shops will never leave you wanting for something to do. Outdoor activities include fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating, camping, golf and more.  But where do you stay when at the Oregon Coast? Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) make a wonderful choice for a coastal vacation. 

A Bed & Breakfast offers you the comforts of home, including breakfast at the start of your day. There is the opportunity to meet local residents, those with the inside knowledge of what makes an area worth the visit. Often, a B&B is also more cost effective compared to a hotel, resort or rental house, so if budget is a concern, this could a great option. Bed & Breakfasts also offer an intimate setting which makes for meeting new friends easy. When you meet other travelers ideas are exchanges, stories shared and sometimes friendships made. During your stay at a B&B, you become family, if only for a short while, and it can make your travel memories that much better.

Along the Northern Coast, there is the Arch Cape Inn & Retreat. This B&B is reminiscent of a French Chateau located near Cannon Beach, home of world famous Haystack Rock (One of two in the state), a natural landmark which has been drawing visitors to the coast for years. The cedar shingled house has several suites designed to meet your desire for comfort. Some rooms have their own soaking tubs, and all have spectacular views, whether of the ocean below, or lovely grounds, whichever suite you stay in, you will be wrapped in luxurious beauty and charm. There are even three pet friendly rooms which have their own private entrances so you can bring your best friend along for your coastal adventure. Arch Cape Inn also offers incredible excursions and eco tours. You can spend a day with a local marine biologist and enjoy some whale watching for example. Another boasting point for Arch Cape Inn is their own approach to going “green” in terms of their services.  They are making updates and changes to how they run the inn in order to help the environment overall. From a romantic weekend to an eco-adventure, whatever your plans are for the Cannon Beach area, Arch Cape Inn & Retreat is an incredible place to call home while on vacation at the Northern Oregon Coast.

Newport is the mainstay of the Central Oregon coast, as one of the largest cities in the region, it
boasts enough attractions that you could spend your entire coastal vacation there, taking excellent day trips all around the area. A few examples include the Oregon Coast Museum, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Rogue Ales Brewery. One of the highlights of the Oregon coast are the incredible panoramic views to be had. So why not stay in a Bed & Breakfast with a view worth waking up to? Lightkeeper’s Inn in Newport gives you just that- each room has a panoramic view of the coastline. Yaquina Bay, including the lighthouse, Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Newport Bay Front and plenty of activity from sea lions to sailors can all be taken in from Lightkeeper’s Inn. The evenings are picturesque as you watch the sun go beneath the waves and docks and walkways become alight, a beacon in the dark. Lightkeeper’s Inn is a three story home with touches of coastal architecture. It offers 2 suites each with a gas fireplace, as well as a TV and DVD player for those Oregon Coast stormy nights (winter is an amazing season to experience at the Coast). The inn is perfect for an intimate stay with someone local, where you can relax in the comfort of home. There is a large living space, 4 viewing decks and dining room, but you are welcome to eat in your suite if you prefer. Each room is tastefully decorated in coastal themes, subtlety stated, yet charming, they make you feel at home along the coast. It is said an air of friendship awaits you at the Lightkeeper’s Inn, with the warm welcome Bill and Cheryl provide. The Lightkeeper’s Inn holds a lot of family history and connection to lighthouses. One of the owners, Cheryl comes from a line of Lighthouse Keepers, and is a fountain of local knowledge. 

For a truly Oregon experience there is a place in the Southern Oregon Coast which will not only help you understand what Oregon is all about when it comes to our approach to the environment, it will help you become a part of nature yourself. Just outside of Port Orford, Oregon, near Gold Beach and about 60 miles north of California, is a quaint B&B style property whose main focus is to support the natural beauty of the coastal forest, and their guests in luxury. Wildspring Guest Habitat is a five acre retreat nestled in the woods overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Their motto is “For Body and Soul” and they are serious about this concept.  With 5 guest cabins and an open air slate spa, tranquility is the goal that you can achieve when you stay. Wildspring is dedicated to making as little impact on the environment as possible, yet still providing a place where people can come and relax, connect with the peace of nature and the beauty of the Oregon Coast. Breakfast is included with your stay, and the grounds are filled with lush, natural vegetation and contemplative features such as a walking labyrinth and a sculpture garden. With rates starting as just about $200 a night, this is a retreat that is very affordable, yet will surround you with luxury. The owners of Wildspring Guest Habitat want to encourage others to help conserve our natural resources, and the way they bring you to nature in comfort and luxury, it is an easy thing to understand when you there. During your stay in the area you can visit any number of antique and gift shops, enjoy some golf and explore the region’s 8 rivers which flow into the Pacific. The Southern Coast is where the mountains meet the ocean in a sea of forest, and where you can step away from the ordinary and surround yourself with spectacular beauty. Wildspring Guest is just the place to rediscover yourself and connect with the spirit of the Oregon Coast.

 The next time you head for the Oregon Coast, or are planning a trip to Oregon, whether you are traveling from near or far, why not check out one of these Oregon Coast B&Bs? Be sure to check out our next blog, where we will share some unexpected aspects of the Oregon Coast. For a small fee, we at C.P. Trips are here to work with you in planning a stress free Oregon vacation.  Check out our website, cptrips.com and our Visit the Wonders of Oregon page for more information and travel ideas to the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Email us at cptrips@aol.com, or call Cindy Passannante at 503-658-5646 or our Oregon Dream’s Specialist, Julie Hirning at 503-705-8043, today and we can explore the incredible variety of vacation ideas and options waiting for you in our wonderful state of Oregon.