Wine country isn’t just about the wine. It’s about the unfolding views, the earthy-sweet aromas, the ethereal blankets of fog, and the impression that you are a part of the landscape, rooted as firmly in the soil as the vines themselves.
– Rachel Ritchie, with Aaron Scott, Emily Grosvenor, Marty Patail
Portland Monthly’s article, “Northwest Wine Country Weekends”, gave readers a few suggestions on how to fully enjoy a visit to the Willamette Valley. The following excerpts were taken from the article and showcase a number of premier local businesses that offers visitors “a whole new way to drink with your eyes.”
Where to Stay
For a bit more space to stretch, balance yourself at Le Puy Inn in Newberg, where the eight rooms were designed with feng shui principles in mind. With a smoked salmon crêpe or a Dutch baby with seasonal fruit for breakfast, you’ll have plenty of reason to rise and shine. Or ritz it up at the Allison Inn & Spa, where 85 luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus a 15,000-square-foot spa and a fine-dining destination lend our valley some Napa-style panache.
Where to Eat
You’ll find a perfect pre-tasting lunch at Storrs Smokehouse, where the pair behind Newberg’s long-running Painted Lady dole out piles of 18-hour brisket, 12-hour pulled pork, St. Louis–style ribs, and all the trappings of a classic BBQ feast on cute cafeteria trays (right).