My Wife and I spent 3 nights at the Chehalem Ridge B&B to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary and enjoy the Willamette Valley wine country. Fitting enough for our trip, we chose the Wine Country Room which was awesome. This was our first trip to Oregon and we used Trip Advisor comments and ratings to help choose this B&B. Having only stayed one night in a B&B before this (also during this trip), we did not know what to expect. I will tell you that the house looks great online and is even better in person. The Wine Country Room is on the top floor, right hand side. The space is cozy, the bed sleeps well, and the bathroom is very modern and totally makes this the best room in the house. The views out of the balcony were amazing and we had some great weather (mid 60s) the week we were there. If you stay here, you will really enjoy the large jetted tub.
Kristin, the Innkeeper, is very knowledgable of the area and the vineyards and is great with directions. She knows the restaurants well and will tell you what you can expect. She was also helpful when we asked about a side trip from the Inn to see Mount Hood the day we checked out. We had 3 amazing breakfasts at the Inn. She has a knack of bringing fruit and traditional breakfast items together (apple pancakes as an example) without going overboard. Usually the breakfast involves fruit that her and her husband picked during one of their excursions. Funny story, the first evening we went to Tina's in Dundee for dinner (Kristin's recommendation) and while we were eating the waitress asked where we we staying and when we told her, she said "I have heard great things about the breakfast there". When you visit the Inn, be prepared to rest, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
If you venture out to the wineries, I would highly recommend Elk Cove, Chehalem (tasting room in Newberg), Archery Summit, Dobbes, Duck Pond, Lange, Erath, and the Carlton Wine Maker's Studio (another Kristin recommendation). From our experience (12 wine tastings in 2 days), the best Pinot in the Valley is at Lange. The most interesting wine tasting room is at the Carlton Wine Makers Studio and the fun stop at the end of a full day of wine tasting is Argyle who is just as known for their sparkling wines as their pinots. Another must see winery and a look into sustainable wine making is Sokol Blosser.
For those of you that are flying out of Portland and have a afternoon to kill, you must visit Hip Chicks Do Wine on the South East side of Portland, It is in a very unassuming industrial section of town (call for directions) and is worth the trip. You will blown away by their wines.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning vistas of Oregon's wine country await you as guests of Chehalem Ridge B&B. Each of the five rooms - four queen rooms and one king suite - within the modern house evoke the spirit of Oregon in their decor. In-room amenities like fireplaces, jetted tubs and private decks enhance your experience. The valley is full of opportunities to explore with award-winning wineries, fine-dining restaurants, hot air ballooning, local artisans and markets all within a short drive. Of course, you start each morning with a gourmet breakfast, complete with scratch-baked treats, a creative fruit dish and a hearty entree. Dietary needs, like gluten or dairy free, are happily accommodated. ... more less