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Willamette Valley City Trip

Sokol Blosser Winery's tasting room in the Willamette Valley is the perfect place to spend an afternoon


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Wine lovers could spend a month exploring the scores of wineries clustered in the Willamette Valley. For a varied selection of the local offerings, plan a tasting tour in the area of Dundee, Carlton and Newberg. Many visitors arrange for a car service to avoid traffic and the challenges of driving after sampling too many luscious varietals, though convenient luxury bus tours have also proven popular. Before heading out, stop at the Wildwood Café, McMinnville''s premiere breakfast hangout, for a generous serving of granola-rolled French toast.

There are a number of notable tasting rooms near Dundee: Argyle Winery, Archery Summit, Domaine Serene, Bella Vida Vineyards and Erath Vineyards, to name a few of the best-known. Some require a tasting fee of up to $15, though not all, but offer scenery in the price, thanks to landscaped grounds that visitors may stroll, lounge or picnic on for free.

Harvest season at Archery Summit Winery in Willamette Valley

Between wine stops head off on a head-clearing hike, or take a leisurely stroll at the Champoeg (pronounced “shampoo-ee”) State Heritage Area just east of Newberg. Visitors can browse the museum, bird watch or even stumble upon an archeological dig. The lovely fields, groves of tall trees and sparkling river are guaranteed to provide a relaxing interlude.

For dinner, head to Dundee Bistro, a beautiful, light-filled spot that further defines Willamette Valley cuisine with entrées such as Oregon petrale sole risotto and pinot-braised coq au vin. Or try the The Painted Lady in Newberg; its charming Victorian digs hide the innovative modern cuisine prepared inside.

Hotel Oregon's beautiful entrance leads the way to a rooftop bar

Before you turn in, stop at the Hotel Oregon for a nightcap in the Rooftop Bar. Open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends, this is a pleasant spot to reflect upon your day while gazing at the valley lights.

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