It's late evening at Lily of the Field B&B, and I'm sitting on the deck listening to the sounds of frogs as they sing the forest to sleep. Earlier in the day, I rode my bike to a covered bridge, stopped by a winery, and for dinner, dined in downtown Cottage Grove. Now, with only the sounds of the forest for company, I feel like I've stumbled upon a magical mountain retreat; one that has wowed me right from the start.
While visiting Cottage Grove, I had the honor of being hosted by Lily of the Field B&B. I discovered this haven is the perfect place to unwind and explore Oregon's covered bridge capital and do some wine tasting in the Willamette Valley.
A Wow Location
Nestled within 1,100 acres of the Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy forest lands, Lily of the Field B&B is one of the properties within the Cerro Gordo Cooperative. Founded on “ecological values, including organic land care and gardening,” the cooperative includes meadows, forests with oak trees, seasonal streams, and hiking trails throughout the property.
Surrounded by towering trees, lush greenery, and a flower garden, the bed and breakfast is one of the homes in this cooperative.
There are views of the grassy yard with a vegetable garden and large pen where chickens and ducks roam from the B&B's windows, patios, and balconies.
Owner and manager Suzanne Huebner built the 800-square-foot section of the house, which is now the bed and breakfast, with her two sons. They lived in this cozy space for ten years and many of the items used to build the home are from resources on the property and reused materials, which all seem to have a story. Plus, there are beautifully handcrafted wood elements, so be sure to check out the stairs, railings, and cabinetry throughout the home.
Having the Lily of the Field B&B All to Yourself
Having stayed at many bed and breakfast establishments, I had envisioned sharing the space with others. That is not the case at Lily of the Field B&B. When you reserve a room, you have the entire place to yourself.
The tastefully decorated rooms are a mix of contemporary furniture, antiques, and décor with images of flowers or farm animals.
The downstairs living room has lots of natural light and overlooks the patio decorated with greenery and flowering potted plants.
There is also a small kitchen with a stove top where you can make tea or coffee, a fridge to store some goodies, as well as some dinnerware and wine glasses.
Upstairs are two bedrooms with queen-sized beds. Both rooms come with a small deck.
Since it was only me, I had my pick!
Feeling in more of a farm mood, I choose the one with a decorative rooster pillow.
But, the main reason I choose this room was the row of windows right next to the bed overlooking the yard and forest. That night, I knew I'd made the right decision as the creatures in the forest serenaded me to sleep. In the wee hours of the night, an owl hooted.
Next to the bedrooms is a bathroom with a tub. In the hallway, connected to the main house, is another bathroom with a shower. Guests can use either bathroom.
Lily of the Field B&B does have WiFi, but the property lends itself to a complete unplug from checking emails, making phone calls, and other distractions. My AT&T cell service didn't work, but I was told Verizon does get reception.
A Farm Fresh Breakfast at Lily of the Field B&B
Another highlight of staying at Lily of the Field B&B is their delicious breakfast made with items grown or gathered from their property. My breakfast started out with a cup of organic tea and plate of fresh fruit.
That was followed by an omelet made with eggs from their chickens and topped with tomatoes from their garden, avocados, a side of potatoes, and homemade pesto.
Wandering Oregon's Covered Bridge Capital
There is much to do once you manage to explore beyond Lily of the Field B&B. It's the perfect setting from which to explore the idyllic surroundings.
The Covered Bridges of Cottage Grove
The main attraction in Cottage Grove is its seven covered bridges. The oldest bridges date back to 1925, and all of them are accessible by car. Some you can even drive through. Touring the bridges is not something you want to zip through. I'd recommend setting aside at least two hours, and if you have time, taking the road all the way around Dorena Lake.
Biking the Row River Trail
During my visit, I also explored the bridges by bicycle on the 16-mile Row River Trail. The trail goes around Dorena Lake and by some of the covered bridges. I rode out to Mosby Bridge and back to town, which took around 45 minutes.
Discover Gold Mining History
If you are a lover of history or gold mining, you'll want to stop by the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, which is dedicated to the Bohemia mine, 34 miles from Cottage Grove. Set aside 30 minutes to tour the museum. If you have any questions, staff are happy to share the history of the mine and how the machinery operated.
The Restaurant Scene in Cottage Grove
I dined at two places during my visit. For lunch, I stopped by Jack Sprats Restaurant and ordered the Moroccan fish and rice dish. Very tasty.
For dinner, I stopped by the Axe and Fiddle Public House, for a juicy burger and cold beer. If you are in the mood for live music, check their weekend schedule. I'd recommend both restaurants on your visit.
Touring South Willamette Wine Country
Cottage Grove, Oregon is in the famed Willamette Valley, home to some of the state's best wineries. Saginaw Vineyard is a short 8-minute drive from downtown Cottage Grove. Located in a red barn, the tasting room is open daily, and features live music on Friday nights.
The beautiful Willamette Valley has more wineries than you can explore on one visit and home to some of the best Pinot Noir wines in the country. If you want to spend the day wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, head out about thirty minutes from Cottage Grove, along very scenic stretches of road, to King Estate Winery, Iris Vineyards, and Chateau Lorane.
If you want to break up your wine tasting with lunch en route, stop by Creswell Bakery in the small town of Creswell. Their sweet rolls and savory grilled sandwiches made with their own bread are big enough to split.
When You Visit Cottage Grove
Set in the mountains, just outside of Cottage Grove, Lily of the Field B&B provided an idyllic getaway. While the property has WiFi and you can connect to the world, I decided to disconnect from my technical gadgets. In return, I slept soundly with the sounds of nature right outside my window.
To book a room at Lily of the Field B&B visits their website.
For more information about the area visit Eugene Cascades and Coast.
If you are planning on touring the area and seeing the sights around Eugene or exploring the ale trail, I recommend checking out The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast. You can also read more about travels in Oregon on Wander here.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations and car rental for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.