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A share of the PDX carpet phenomenon that has been said to have inspired beer flavors and even poetry, has made its way to Aurora. Nagl Floorcovering located in our small town of Aurora, has been serving the greater Portland area since 1958, and was recently awarded one of the four winning bids to recycle 1000 yards each of the iconic PDX carpet to the public. An estimated 300 million travelers have trod on the carpet since it was installed in 1987. To many Oregonians, the carpet has been a welcome home sign and has become part of Portland’s culture.
Randy Schultze of Nagl Floorcovering and My PDX Carpet has had both national and international requests for samples to be made into wall art, coasters, floor mats and area rugs from fans wanting to latch on to a piece of history.
The company will be giving back to the city by donating a minimum of 5% of the profits to three Portland charities. Recipients are Outside In, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Portland Rescue Mission.
Come and visit Aurora and while you are here, stay at Feller House Bed and Breakfast. We are only a short 20 minutes from PDX!
The Willamette Valley has a rich history of quilting. It was a means of expression for women and a practical way to provide beauty as well as comfort in the home.
Many beautiful historic quilts as well as other arts and crafts can be seen at the Old Aurora Colony Historical Museum here. The museum gives us a picture of what life was like in this part of the valley during the Aurora Colony period from 1856 to 1883.
Women continue to gather at the museum every Tuesday to work on projects, one being the annual quilt that is raffled at the annual October quilt show that benefits the museum.
Quilt displays can be seen around the valley any month of the year. A few to put on your calendar….
January 23-25 … Stitches in Bloom at the Oregon Garden in Silverton
February 20 and 21 …Zion Mennonite’s Annual Quilt Show near Hubbard
March 6 and 7 …Metropolitan Patchwork Society’s All Roads Lead to Quilting in Beaverton
April 23-25… Threads of Friendship in Rickreall
Speckled Hen Quilts is our local quilt shop near Aurora and provides lots of inspiration for this quilter.
Speckled Hen Quilts
Stay with us at the Feller House for a cozy nights sleep and great breakfast before beginning your adventure in search of beautiful quilts!
When we moved to this new location here on the French Prairie, we knew that the soil was excellent for growing lots of things. How would we decide what to plant? There was a current farm deferral with Marion county so we decided the first thing would be some nursery stock and Christmas trees.
Now seven years later, the Christmas trees were finally big enough to harvest some this season.
We told our friends and did a little advertising and families have come and had fun choosing their Christmas trees. Some have preferred to cut their own with a pruning saw and some have tried out a chain saw for the first time. We have visited with friends and neighbors over hot chocolate and cookies and are glad to have the opportunity to provide folks with a fun holiday adventure.
Bike Friendly Business
We are excited that the Feller House has recently been designated a Bike Friendly Business by Travel Oregon.
Cyclists can look forward to:
- A warm welcome
- A secure place to store bikes
- A comfy place to sleep for the night
- A hearty breakfast with high carb options and lots of fresh
- fruits and vegetables
- Local information about bike shops and supplies
- Information about the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
Ready to go!
It is a beautiful time of year in the Willamette Valley of Oregon! We are always awe struck when the first daffodils appear, then the flowering trees and the greening of the grass! Traveling on back roads is an inspiration as we take in all of the vivid colors of spring. Agricultural activity has picked up with nurseries planting and harvesting, farmers tending to animals with newborn spring babies and soon to be tilling and planting fields as well.
Consider a visit soon. Stay at the Feller House Bed and Breakfast, our restored 1860’s farmhouse now with cozy rooms and healthy home cooked breakfasts, while checking out the many local attractions. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest opens on March 28th and runs through May 4th, there are many wine tasting events at local wineries and vineyards, and retail nurseries opening for the season.
Oregon’s French Prairie, located in the northern Willamette Valley is rich in history and takes its name from French Canadian and Indian families who re-settled in the area in the 1830’s. In 1843, at the town of Champoeg (now Champoeg State Park) a half dozen or so of the leading French Canadians joined with their American neighbors in voting to form a provisional government.
Champoeg State Park Visitors Center depicts the story of the area in early times and is well worth a visit. The story of the settling of the town of Aurora, on the Eastern portion of the French Prairie, can be learned in a visit to the Old Aurora Colony Museum in Aurora. Many of the historic buildings still remain and a brochure titled “Walk with Emma” gives visitors a self guided tour of this National Historic District. Many of the historic buildings are occupied by antique shops and other businesses.
Feller House Bed and Breakfast is offering a two night winter special Sunday through Thursday from January 25 to March 20 for just $189.00 allowing guests to visit the area and also enjoy the cozy atmosphere of our bed and breakfast in the winter. Start the day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast then relax by the fire or head out to discover the area.
It has been a great gardening year here in the Willamette Valley! Spring brought us just the right amount of rain, sun, and warm days to get the garden off to a good start. Thanks to our neighbors for the hop compost we hauled in and added to the soil and for some wonderful summer weather, now our garden is overflowing with zucchini, tomatoes, corn, and lots of other tasty vegetables.
This is the fourth season the Mitchell’s and Feller House have hosted a community garden with about 10 families participating every Tuesday evening. The fun begins with some work in the garden, good conversation, harvesting vegetables and then eating a potluck dinner together. Because one half of this innkeeping duo (whose name is Arnie) has a passion for growing things, we have about 200 tomato plants (43 varieties) and enough zucchini for our community garden families plus the neighborhood except that they all keep their yard lights on and their cars locked at night!
If you happen to be a guest during this season at the Feller House, you just might find tomatoes on your breakfast plate and maybe even zucchini disguised in some yummy dish.
See the flora and fauna, agriculture of the valley, and experience the gentle breezes and birds singing as you cycle the Willamette Valley Bikeway. www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/pages/wvsb_main.aspx
Start at the beginning at Champoeg State Park or anywhere along the route. Travel 132 miles from beginning to end or choose just a segment. Cycle all or part of the way and maybe take Amtrak for a segment. Any combination will be an adventure on the well marked route in this beautiful part of Oregon
Stay at the Feller House Bed and Breakfast and start your ride with a great nights sleep and an energy boosting breakfast. Many guests have ridden out from Portland and made the Feller House their first stop. We have plenty of parking so you can choose to leave a car for your return
Spring is the favorite season for these innkeepers, and spring in the Willamette Valley is spectacular! The daffodils are blooming and soon the tulips will be showing their beautiful colors.
We extend a warm welcome to you, our guests and invite you to take advantage of our spring tulip special:
Stay with us during the month of April and receive 10% off your first nights stay, 20% off the second night, 30% off of the third night.
After a cozy night in our comfy beds, come down to the great room where the morning fire glows in the wood stove and the smell of fresh coffee invites you to sit and relax before breakfast. You will be served breakfast with the “Feller House flair” that is most attractive, healthy, and tasty! Spring will show itself on your breakfast plate as well with fresh herbs and violas or maybe violets!
After breakfast, take a jaunt out to the tulip fields and enjoy spring color at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival and enjoy our countryside as well.