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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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WILLAMETTE VALLEY TRIP DAY 2: Wineries and Champoeg State Heritage Area

Wine lovers could easily spend a month exploring the wineries clustered throughout 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, another of McMinnville's excellent breakfast hangouts, for a generous serving of granola-rolled French toast and other breakfast treats.

There are a number of notable tasting rooms in the Dundee area: Argyle Winery, Archery Summit, Cameron Winery, Domaine Serene, Bella Vida Vineyards, Sokol Blosser, Ponzi Wine Bar, Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards, Sokol Blosser Winery and Erath Vineyards, to name a few of the best-known. Some require a tasting fee of up to $15, though not all. Many of the vineyards also have landscaped grounds where visitors may stroll, lounge or picnic for free. Several even offer guided tours of their facilities.

Harvest season at Archery Summit Winery in Willamette Valley

Between wine stops, take a head-clearing hike (or leisurely stroll) at the Champoeg (pronounced “shampoo-ee”) State Heritage Area just east of Newberg. Visitors may browse the museum, bird watch or even stumble upon an archeological dig. The lovely fields, groves of tall trees and the 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 beer battered cod and beef ribeye. Or try the The Painted Lady in Newberg; its charming Victorian digs hide the innovative modern cuisine prepared inside.

The dining room of The Dundee Bistro in Oregon

After partaking in some of Oregon's finest fare, head back to McMinnville for well-earned slumber.

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