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Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard
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Reviewed March 19, 2007

We just returned from Oregon and can't wait to tell all our friends about this jewel in the heart of the wine country. I had been checking out what might be in the area but when we came to this Villa it was like stepping back to Tuscany Italy but "all new". After being greeted by Karen the owner and operator she told me what might be my choices (off season) when I saw the room "Vista" I fell in love with it. It was a hugh room on the main level in the back wing of the Inn. It was a room with 3 french doors to the outside and small patios with table and chairs to look at the view. The first view was over the wine countryside looking at the vineyards, the doors that were at the far wall viewed Mt. Hood in all it's glory, and the other door was looking over more vineyards. Keep in mind the Inn sits on top of this hill with vast views. Karen help plan a full day of wine touring. After having lunch at the Dundee Bistro and return late afternoon homemade lemon bars hot out of the oven greeted us. Karen also stated she can't serve wine by there state laws but when they start selling there wine they will be able too. (I hope I have that right) We ate at Tina's for dinner another great suggestion. Returned and looked at the bed and notice it had Peacock Alley sheets and robes for our use. What a nice touch. In the morning we entered the breakfast area and were offered hot scones and Karen took our order. (4 choices) I had the Frittata and my husband had fresh fruit and granola but all entree's look great. It was hard to say goodbye to such a beautiful place. I will return as soon as possilbe. This would be a special place for any wedding or romantic time away.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kitty S
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Reviewed October 23, 2006

If you have come to this site looking for a review of the Black Walnut Inn, my husband and I have just stayed there. In a word, the place is spectacular! Such luxury...right in the heart of wine country (the Dundee area is the best for wine tasting) and you'll find the rooms immaculate and beautifully decorated. The views from our room, called Rapture, were filled with scarlet sunrises and you could see for almost 100 miles around including snow-capped Mt. Hood. I've been to Tuscany and I never saw or stayed in such an amazing place with that view/villa combination. All the guests staying last weekend were just filled with adjectives about the beauty of the Black Walnut Inn looking out over Dundee in the autumn. The food is excellant; the breakfast scones are the best you'll ever have and each morning you may choose from four delicious entrees served steaming hot from the kitchen and served to order. The owner's are always onsite and extremely kind and helpful. You will find their heart and soul in all aspects of the villa. They have much of their own art tastefully on display and while it all lends an air of sophistication, it is nonetheless a very casual and comfortable country inn/villa. Bring your jeans and your manners for it is blissfully serene, (no rowdy groups should apply), but in the morning, the breakfast room lends itself to lively conversation with the staff before everyone departs for the day. For a week-end get-a-way, alone or with friends, or a special event in your life, you won't be disappointed staying here.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank SantaFeStyle
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Reviewed August 8, 2006

We booked 7 rooms at this inn for an Oregon Wine Country tour. The inn is gorgeous, but our room was tiny (the Tower Room). There was no tabletop to put keys, cellphone, purse, etc. There was no closet, just a short bar under a metal, spiral staircase to an upper room that was totally useless. The bathroom door could not open fully as it would hit the sink. The room contained only a bed and a t.v. cabinet and there was barely room to put down a suitcase, thus forcing you to turn sideways to pass between the bed and the cabinet. All for Napa prices ($310/night). There was a large balcony (could not open balcony door all the way since it would hit the bed). One night, four of us sat on the balcony and the owner actually walked into our room and out our balcony to tell us it was after 10 and to not talk--even though there was a full size stair next to us right near the front door of the inn which he could have accessed. He was totally unconcerned that our door was wide open when we returned from dinner and even less concerned that a cat (which we later saw mousing in the field) was in our room when we first unlocked our door and viewed our room. The employee who booked us in said there was no cat that lived on the premises and the owner laughed it off and said it was the inn's cat. We requested that breakfast be a half hour earlier and the employee said she'd call the owner and to assume it was OK if we didn't receive a note. We received no note and when we came downstairs, we were told that they couldn't cook breakfast a half hour early and gave us some boiled eggs. The owner then proceeded to use a mean voice and tell my husband this was their home (a point her husband made the night before--sorry, we had paid approx. $2K for the seven rooms per night--a little customer service is in order) and that they were going to do it their way. The breakfast server continued with the lack of customer service mantra, refusing to let anyone look at a menu until she was ready to take their order, only taking "2-4 orders at one time," not allowing second glasses of juice, not taking the breakfast order for a girlfriend who was a minute behind her boyfriend "because she's not here" and not allowing menu changes. I asked for scrambled eggs and she said no, forcing me to order the breakfast burrito without anything (tortilla, bean paste, cheese, tomatoes) except the scrambled eggs. It got to the point that we were laughing at how she went out of her way Seinfeld-esque to not be helpful. We got off to a bad start with the proprietors, but there are not many choices in Newberg area and the setting and building are gorgeous. Be sure to get a room in the main building (Classic and Rapture upstairs were nice) and the end one on the first floor was gorgeous (most expensive one after the Master Suite--$340). Be sure to go to the Penner-Ash winery--amazing facility and the nicest owners you will ever meet. We also enjoyed Stoller's world class facility, Dundee Bistro and Joel Palmer House. Red Hills Provincial catering did a gorgeous job at the Stoller winery, setting up a tasty lunch--you can even play frisbee golf there. For a special event, book the Penner-Ash private room--an unforgettable memory.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with friends
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9  Thank Chris-Portland-OR
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BWIDundee, owners at Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2007

As the owners of the Black Walnut Inn we always feel it is important to acknowledge guest concerns. We would like to reply with some information for the readers of Trip Advisor.

Our Tower Suite is a two-story suite with the sleeping area and bath on the first level. The sleeping area has a queen bed, 30" round bedside table with three-way lamp, wall mounted three-way lamp on the other side along with a 12" x 6" shelf for holding glasses or evening reading material, dresser/amoire, and hanging clothes bar. The inside of the amoire top to the dresser has two shelves that guests use to store purses and purchases. In addition there are two luggage racks that fit either at the end of the bed or along the wall. After carefully evaluating these guest's needs, we have added an additional table with tray to accommodate keys, cell phones, coins, and wallets.

The outside door opens to a 90 degree angle allowing access to the balcony from this part of the suite. Up a spiral stariway is the sitting area which has a full-sized sofa, two chairs, a table, two lamps, an end table, a large tufted ottoman used as a coffee table and amoire with television. Most guests staying in this suite use this level to read, relax, watch tv and catch up on computer work.

Queen Bee is our inn cat and lives outdoors. She is a great mouser and occasionally guests let her into the inn. This terrifies her as she is quite shy so we ask all guests to please leave her outdoors although sometimes guests think it best to let her in. (We have now posted a notice to all guests on the blackboard by the chech in desk to leave the cat outside.) When that happens she will hide anywhere she can and in this case we believe she was under the bed in the Tower and ran out when the door was opened. We regret that this may have scared the guests.

Our inn is located in a quiet area where sound travels through the hills and vineyards. We ask our guests to use quiet voices after 10 PM when sitting outdoors on the decks in order to be good neighbors. As owners, we are obligated to speak to our guests about unnecessarily loud noise after 10 at night in order to continue to be good neighbors and fulfill our obligations under our agreement with the county. We do not enter guest's rooms without knocking. When there is no answer and we perceive there is a problem we will enter the room after knocking, opening the door, and calling into the room. We regret that the guests did not respond to any of the above but in this case the door was open to the hallway when we approached and we did knock and were motioned inside by others in the group out on the deck.

We serve our breakfast in the dining room from 8:30 to 9:30 each morning. Guests choose from a menu and the breakfast is prepared for them after they order. Staffing is arranged based on the number of guests at the inn. Without advanced notification we are unable to accommodate a group of 14 for an early breakfast. In this instance, we were called by our employee and told of the early breakfast request the evening before it was needed. She was instructed to tell the guests we could prepare a continental breakfast for them to take or to eat in the dining room but that it was not possible to staff for an early breakfast the next morning. She delivered the message to the guests verbally not in a note. We were given the information that the continental breakfast was their choice.

Fresh scones, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, and water, all in individual black bags were prepared for the guests and ready for them by 7:30 in the morning. Coffee and tea service were also prepared and served with to-go cups or china mugs.

The gentleman in charge of the group was dissatisfied with the continental breakfast and let us know his group would be eating breakfast at 8:30 with the rest of the guests. They were served off of the regular breakfast menu. Service was slow that morning because the chef had only prepared for four guests for breakfast due to her understanding that 14 of the guests were having the continental breakfast she had prepared for them. It was an owner decision that morning not to have substitutions on the breakfast menu. We regret any inconvience that this caused the guest who wanted a different breakfast than the choices offered.

As owners of the Black Walnut Inn we take guest concerns seriously. We strive to work to improve our inn and the experiences that guests have here at the inn. We would invite this guest to return to our inn to show the Black Walnut Inn's service and would be happy to offer them an upgrade to their room based on availability at their time of check in.

Sincerely,
Karen and Neal Utz

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Reviewed July 25, 2006

Love, love, love this place! It's drop dead gorgeous. Just 2 years old, but we felt like we'd been transported to a historic Tuscon Villa. Perched at the top of a hill overlooking vineyards on all sides; views are breathtaking. Guest rooms and common areas are beautifully appointed. Food was great. Hosts were lovely. Location is perfect for touring the wine valley. Fabulous restaurants just downt the street. We'd love to go back and stay a week. Susan & Jim, Chicago

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed February 28, 2006

This inn has the potential to be a five star accomodation, though I rate it a 4 due to the problem of noise resonating throughout the inn...doors slamming, early morning vacuuming, bridal parties, etc...noise travels too easily throughout the inn. Also, this inn/vineyard is in the heart of the wine country, yet guests are not offered a glass of wine at any time during their stay at the inn.

Stayed: February 2006
9  Thank Katie H
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