The Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard was featured on the Today Show for their affordable excellence in a segment titled How to vacation like a millionaire — without spending more than $200 a night, which recommends it for a wine tasting vacation. Read an excerpt of the article below.
The expensive: Napa Valley (from $600 to $3,000 a night)
The affordable: The Black Walnut Inn, Willamette Valley, Oregon (starting at $199 a night)
Sitting outside, overlooking a vineyard with a glass of wine in hand is the sheer definition of a luxurious vacation. But with hotels in California’s Napa Valley topping out at $3,000 a night, a wine vacation there is a luxury not too many can afford.
For beautiful views, delicious wines and great prices, opt for Willamette Valley, Oregon’s wine region, instead. Less than an hour from Portland, the area is home to more than 300 wineries and is known for its world-class Pinot Noir. Like in Napa, bike riding is a great activity here — you can ride or stroll through centuries-old farms, and view the gorgeous hillsides covered by vineyards.
The Black Walnut Inn, a vineyard and bed and breakfast right in the valley, has great access to the region’s world-class wineries, and is just five minutes from historic downtown Newberg. The hotel touts itself as affordable luxury; there are balconies overlooking the breathtaking views, upscale Italian linens, soaking tubs and more. Best of all, it sits on 13 acres dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.