In keeping with its rural, boutique atmosphere, the Willamette Valley features a wide selection of bed and breakfasts. The Dundee Manor Bed and Breakfast and McMinnville’s Joseph Mattey House are among those frequently recommended.
Those seeking accommodations on a grander scale might consider The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, the first resort in Oregon wine country. Built with wood and stone to convey a Pacific Northwest feel, the resort features 65 large guestrooms, a concierge, window seats and balconies with views of orchards and the town, a highly touted restaurant, Jory, and a living roof (a roof covered in plants to reduce runoff).
Combining lodging with wine, Dundee’s Black Walnut Inn offers nine luxury suites as well as 13 acres of Pinot Noir vines. The inn was built in the style of a Mediterranean villa.
The Willamette Valley dining experience often means local, farm-to-table fare including seafood harvested from the nearby Oregon coast, beef, seasonal game and produce, and desserts made with local berries, all paired with regional wines.
Favorite restaurants in the area include Salem’s DaVinci, the Gathering Together Farm in Corvallis, Eugene’s Red Agave and Albany’s Sybaris. Celebrated newcomer Paulée, located in Dundee grows its own produce.
Other Fun Options
Hot Air Balloon Rides - For an aerial view of Oregon’s wine country, consider a hot air balloon ride. The Willamette Valley is home to a number of companies offering just that. Rides range from an hour to several hours.
Evergreen Aviation Museum - Home to Howard Hughes’ famous all-wood Spruce Goose, the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville features an impressive collection of vintage aircraft, an IMAX theater and a water park.
Truffle Hunting - Each winter, the Oregon Truffle Festival is held in and around Eugene. Considered one of nature’s delicacies, the wild truffle grows well beneath the Willamette Valley’s Douglas fir forests. Oregon has two types – the Oregon white truffle and the Oregon black truffle. The festival draws chefs, foragers and fans of the truffle to gather in celebration of the underground mushroom.
Want to learn more?
Visit willamettewines.com, oregonwinecountry.org or traveloregon.com.