The year 2000 was a monumental year for the Joyce family. After living in Hawaii for twenty years, my husband Rob and I, along with our son Brandon, had decided to relocate to somewhere on the West Coast. Our mission: to find a historic property suitable for a Bed and Breakfast. We covered a lot of territory from San Francisco, up the I-5 corridor, and across to the Oregon Coast before we discovered this house: a truly historic Victorian property, built for R.D. Hume in 1890 as he built his fortune and empire on the Rogue River. After his death in 1908, it became Ireland's Wedderburn Inn, and then Ireland's Rustic Lodge, after it was rebuilt and relocated to Route 101 in Gold Beach when the Patterson Bridge was built in the 1930's. The old Victorian needed a lot of work when we arrived, but Rob's experience as a carpenter and his expertise in restoring Victorians in the San Francisco area came into play, and today, after its extensive restoration, the historic property is now restored.
So here we are in 2014, after years of hard work, ready to reopen this historic place for our "dream come true" venture. Fourteen years ago, we opened Rollin In Dough Bakery/Bistro as a means of income and to fund the extensive restoration. We built a nice business here, but now it is time to move forward. The Rollin In Dough Bakery/Bistro has been reinvented as the Gold Beach Country Cottage Inn, a spacious, beachy, shabby chic bungalow that overlooks the Rogue River, with views of the Pacific ocean beyond the Patterson Bridge, and serves healthy gourmet breakfasts, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, picnic lunches, and private Chef's dinners to enjoy from the comfort of your room or on the private redwood deck with your friends and loved ones, as well as providing a variety of activities to make your experience with us all the more enjoyable.
I have been working in the hospitality industry for forty years. Trained as a chef at the Culinary Institue of America, I have worked at the Outrigger Hotels in Honolulu, Hawaii, set up and operated a restaurant for the famous Hawaiian musician, singer, and entertainer Don Ho, and then became the general manager of a company that bought out defunct restaurants and refurbished them to a profitable state. After moving to Oregon, I hosted the television cooking show "Flavors of the Coast" and operated the Rollin In Dough Bakery/Bistro for fourteen years as chef/owner.