Imagine this: You’ve spent a day motoring through wine country or walking through the Columbia Gorge or perhaps exploring the Nehalem River.
You’re on a romantic getaway, or just taking time for yourself. You check into a beautiful, welcoming inn and find your room. On a serving tray you notice a place to put your vape leftovers, a grinder and a top-of-the-line vaporizer, home-made cookies and a list of local dispensaries.
You take a contented sigh, smoke a vape, then go out on the spacious deck and light up your joint or pipe with fellow cannabis-friendly visitors. You’re gearing up for a delicious, farm-to-table dinner.
Stoner version of “Fantasy Island?” Nope, “bud and breakfasts” are a real thing here in Oregon. And if this sounds like an ideal weekend away, you’re in luck. Oregon is seeing an increase in cannabis-friendly bed and breakfasts that provide a welcoming environment and services catering to marijuana users.
While hotels and motels qualify as public spaces under state rules — which means no cannabis consumption on the premises — smaller lodging opportunities such as bed and breakfasts have the possibility to be friendly pot oases. Add this to the fact that Oregon is known for its excellent marijuana, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Who is the clientele? Everyone from “day trippers to pot tourists from out-of-state to international visitors,” says Della Dugger, host of B&B Mt. Scott Manor, a Tudor-style inn in Happy Valley.
The benefits for visitors at these cannabis-friendly resorts are privacy, convenience and the atmosphere of travelers who share the same interest. Of course, you could have your edibles at a traditional hotel, but this is a new and different experience.
Cannabis tourism is now a budding industry, and B&Bs are in a great position to capitalize on that. For example, tourist interest in states and cities where it is legal to buy and consume cannabis without a medical license is shooting up, shows a study by Hotels.com (using its own search data).
Meanwhile, many owners look at cannabis as just another service that they can facilitate for their customers. For Margie Rikert, host of 1431 NW 53rd, a B&B near Portland’s Forest Park, marijuana use is “more of an ancillary service we provide.”
Or as Tom Reid of McKenzie Orchards B&B in Springfield says, “We’re in the hospitality business, and this is hospitality.”
B&B owners are not allowed to sell or even give away cannabis, so you’ll have to bring your own bud. Also, some B&Bs allow smoking outside or in your room, but not in the common rooms. Know the rules and have a great time.
Jefferson Reeder is a freelance writer living in Medford. Reach him at email@example.com.