We want to go wine tasting in the North Willamette Valley. Where should we stay and where should we eat?
The towns I love for wine tasting are Newberg, McMinnville and Dundee. All three are driving distance of each other in Yamhill County.
For dinner, The Painted Lady is seriously top notch. Recipe- A Neighborhood Kitchen is also very nice. Downtown Newberg has many tasting rooms all located within walking distance of each other. You can see a map here: newbergdowntown.org/wine-tasting/
In McMinnville, walk the downtown area where you can shop, taste wine and eat at wonderful restaurants. Here you can stay at the Mattey House which is a B&B located in a beautiful 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Home on 10 acres. Or perhaps you would prefer Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, a 22 year old organic vineyard and tasting room with deluxe accommodations. There is also a classic European style B & B called The Steiger Haus that is located in downtown McMinnville. There are many options for meals in this town but a few of my favorites are: Community Plate (lunch only), Nick’s Italian Café and Bistro Maison. Here is a guide to downtown McMinville: downtownmcminnville.com/explore
If you make a stop in Dundee, The Dundee Manor is a nice place to stay, as is the Black Walnut Inn. While in town, you can even visit Herbert Hoover’s (America’s 31st president) boyhood home. There is no shortage of good restaurants in the area. Thistle, Tina’s and the Dundee Bistro are all great choices. Red Hills Market is good for casual dining.
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Debbie Grimm says…
come stay at Hoot Owl Hill vacation home, great location for touring the wineries and then coming home and relaxing in the hot tub and enjoying your wine.
http://www.hootowlhill.com or vrbo # 259384
Chehalem ridge bed and breakfast in Newberg and La Rambla for dining in McMinnville
Le put was fabulous, highly recommend it.
Janine Weick says…
I would also add that Backroads Wine Tours would be an excellent way to enjoy visiting various wineries with a daylong tour.
Nancy Vondran says…
By far the best breakfast in town is the Crescent Cafe. Always fresh and home made.
I would suggest going to Carlton. The little town has many wine tasting rooms on their main street so you can walk to everything, especially if you stay at the R.R. Thompson House, Carlton Inn B&B, or Parkside. We’ve enjoyed eating at the Horse Radish, where there is often live music in the evenings, and Cielo Blu. The jam tasting at Republic of Jam is not to be missed if you can squeeze in time between all of the tasting rooms and wineries.
Jack stewart says…
Please include RV parks?
Whether you come to explore its dozens of small wineries, picturesque vine-covered hills or historic pioneer downtown, Carlton is on the “must do” list for visitors that seek the authentic Oregon wine experience. What it may lack in metropolitan size, tiny Carlton more than makes up for in a true bon vivant style. Filled with interesting shops, restaurants and twenty wine tasting rooms, Carlton is also home base for the globally respected Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. A stroll down Carlton’s Main Street includes not only great wine tasting but also opportunities to sample locally produced gourmet meats, cheeses, breads, fruit preserves and handmade chocolates.
Hi .. Looking for a winery with great view for a glass of wine about one hour north or east of youngberg winery … We are traveling from hood river to youngberg in early September on a weekday and looking for a stop to relax location. Thanks so much …
percy Ingersoll says…
we moved from wilamite valley in 1951 back to the snowy state of montana.been here ever since except that was born in roundup mt and raised in melstone east of roundup.roller mskated at the oaks rink
Jim Degnan says…
Don’t forget that some of the wineries have a high tasting room fee. I realize that it can be quite expensive for them to offer their product to everyone for tasting but generating no sales. I think a reasonable $1.00 or more tasting fee, depending on the wine, would be to their advantage. Some of them will count the fee towards a purchase but I do not believe all will. However,while you are in the Willamette Valley take advantage of trying and buying some truly great cheeses.
Bev Nadeau says…
Newberg Bakery in downtown Newberg, at 1st and College Streets. They use local products. They make gluten free, and dairy free as well as the usual baked goods. Their sticky bun cinnamon rolls/hazelnuts are to die for. They serve soup and salads for lunch.
HI,Im looking for a charming place to stay along the southern oregon coast or among the redwoods- peter nice hotel- any thoughts?
Jeff Davies says…
We agree with many of the suggestion given. If you are in the Portland area though, you can also take a wine tour from Portland. http://www.ecotours-of-oregon.com/wine.htm
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About Ask Oregon Expert Janel Bennett
Janel Bennett has been living in the Willamette Valley for the past 25 years. When she is not working at the restaurants she and her husband own, Sybaris Bistro and First Burger, she can be found on the road with their daughters on her way to a family fun spot. When she has the opportunity to ditch the kids, she and her husband love to sample the wide variety of dining options that Oregon has to offer.