Oregon Wine Country Lodging: A Most Delicious Bit of Travel Advice
(McMinnville, Oregon) – Oregon wines are no longer any kind of secret in the exalted enclaves of the sommelier, and where they come from is bit of a tourism hotspot now as well. Not quite as well-known as its product, Oregon Wine Country does indeed boast its share of ever-growing accolades and attractive qualities to regional visitors.
For those venturing out to this lush and lovely land of vineyards, hills and wide open skies, here's a few suggestions on where to stay.
R. R. Thompson House Bed & Breakfast. History-laden with lace, antique furnishings and lamps, it's a pastoral trip back in time.
This cuddle-inducing BnB sits within cozy Carlton, surrounded by the lush greens and the rolling hills of Oregon Wine Country, but within walking distance of numerous wine tasting rooms, upscale restaurants and distinctive shops. Major museums, wineries of all sizes and McMinville are a short drive away.
The Thompson home was built in the 30's and has in recent years been faithfully restored with two large suites and three charming rooms. The BnB balances classic elegance with modern features such as air conditioning (quite important during summers here), wi-fi and granite or marble whirlpool baths.
Other distinctive features featured in some rooms include a golden fir floor, an expansive window seat, pine furnishings, spa robes and more.
Breakfast is served to start off the day right for your adventures, whether it's hiking the nearby hills or driving through the scenery. 17 North Kutch Street. Carlton, Oregon. 503-852-6236. www.rrthompsonhouse.com
The Black Walnut Inn. Both a vineyard and a bed 'n' breakfast, grape vines dominate the view here as far as the horizon extends. That and plenty of mountains.
Here, you are in the Dundee Hills and close to all the major wineries that have made a national and international splash in recent years. Five minutes to the old school Americana of Newbert and close to the hills of the Oregon coast range.
It's what they call “wine country lodging” - and with good reason. You are quite literally in the midst of a winery. Nine upscale suites come with private baths and sitting areas, plus awe-inspiring views of major mountains of the area can be taken in from the balconies, patios and gorgeous gardens. Pleasant details abound, such as Italian linens, soaking tubs, top-of-the-line bath products and wi-fi.
Black Walnut Inn. 9600 NE Worden Hill Road. Dundee, Oregon. 503.538.8663. www.blackwalnut-inn.com.
Red Ridge Farms. Located in the tiny burgh of Dayton, you're surrounded by forested roads, small rivers and of course, an abundance of wineries. Laid out in polished wood and soaring ceilings, there's not simply a massive window to the world here but a glorious balcony overlooking the greenery of wine country.
There are two private retreats offered here. One is tucked above the Red Ridge Gift Shop and is perfect for a getaway for two. There's a dining room and a full kitchen to help you fill it up, along with a living room. Two balconies overlook the vineyard, an olive grove and a field of lavender.
The second is Stoneycrest Cottage, which is larger and accommodates families. It boasts two bedrooms and two bathrooms – an excellent home base for groups looking to really explore the pleasantries and pleasures of the area. 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd. Dayton, Oregon. 503-864-8502. http://redridgefarms.com/
3rd Street Flats. This downtown McMinville beauty is a bit of a curiosity. The business is part hotel, part BnB and part vacation rental, with two locations that serve different roles and feature a total of 11 intriguing little flats. Each is perched above a winery, a famed local restaurant or other kinds of hip shops.
Each is fully equipped and resting in the lap of luxury, while still holding fast to the intriguing history of the local area. One is even a former bank.
Some flats sleep as many as six, allowing groups or larger families to enjoy all the fun of wine country. Others are better for two and come armed with plenty of ammo for the romantic side of things in their surroundings and vibe. They are set up for longer stays – like a rental – which helps you really dig in and explore the stunning scenery of Yamhill County, as well as Portland, the Willamette and the coveted coastal beaches. 219 NE Cowls St. McMinnville, Oregon. (503) 857-6248. http://thirdstreetflats.com/
Find lodging on the Oregon coast, nearby.