Upscale Oregon Destinations Celebrate in Wine Country, Mount Hood

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Published 10/30/09

Upscale Oregon Destinations Celebrate in Wine Country, Mount Hood

Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn in Oregon wine country celebrates 20 years

(Welches, Oregon) – Big things are popping up at two fiercely beautiful Oregon resort destinations. One is a major award for a resort at the bottom of Mount Hood, and an Oregon wine country favorite celebrates 20 years of culinary and vino fireworks.

The Resort at The Mountain (The Resort) recently won Smart Meetings magazine’s 2009 Platinum Choice Award.  The award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting facilities in the Western Region, comprised of 14 western states, Western Canada and Mexico.

Resort at the Mountain is a conference, golf, spa and ski resort located on the western slope of Mt. Hood.

“It is an honor to receive Smart Meetings’ Platinum Choice Award,” said Frank Casarez, general manager of The Resort. “To be acknowledged by meeting planners validates our decision to invest $14 million over the past two years and put The Resort at The Mountain back on the meetings map.”

Casarez said Smart Meetings’ 2009 Platinum Choice Award winners must meet strict industry standards for overall guest experience, including ambience, amenities, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, restaurant and dining facilities, staff attitude, technical support and recreational activities. 

Winners are voted on by readers with first-hand experience and additional input is provided by the publication’s editors and industry leaders. Only 100 winners are selected from thousands of eligible venues.

The Resort and its fellow honorees will be featured in the December issue of the magazine, both in print and on the magazine’s website.

The Resort at The Mountain is located at 68010 E. Fairway Avenue in Welches, Oregon, at the western base of Mt. Hood. The Resort offers activities including golf, spa, skiing, fly fishing, croquet and tennis along with 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space. 

The Resort’s high-end accommodations and public areas – geared towards business meetings, social events and leisure travelers - recently completed $14 million in renovations and expansion. For reservations, call toll-free (877) 439-6774.  Contact The Resort at The Mountain directly at (503) 622-3101 or visit

 In McMinneville – in the midst of Oregon’s wine country - Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn will be celebrating 20 years in a special dinner on November 7. That day also features a wine pre-release party, while more magnificent special dinner celebrations are lined up for months.

This five-course anniversary dinner will include: Dungeness crab salad with tomato sorbet and caviar; cream of seasonal mushroom soup; roasted bones with bruschetta and asparagus spears; roasted loin of bison with spud strings with wild mushroom; reduction and Tuscan chard; Yamhill County hazelnut tart.

6:30 p.m. The five-course wine dinner is $125/person. Advanced reservations required for dinner or rooms at or 503.472.2727.

The November 7 Wine Club Pre Release Party is for wine club members only.

On November 27 – 29, they will be open Thanksgiving weekend from 11 – 5 p.m., Friday - Sunday. Guests can taste the 2007 vintages, along with barrel tasting of the 2008 bounty. Enjoy food pairings and music along with exceptional views in the valley. Tasting fee $5/person, Join the Youngberg Hill Wine Club and enjoy a complimentary tasting and added discounts.

December 12 boasts a Holiday Winemaker Dinner, with a three-course dinner that features shrimp bisque soup, grilled pork roast roulade and wild mushroom lasagna.

6:30pm $55 person. Advanced reservations required at or 503.472.2727.

January 9 features a cellar crawl and winemaker dinner where guests can get serious about pinot noirs.

10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road. McMinnville, Oregon.



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