: Photo by Carly Diaz for Taste Newberg

Girls’ Getaway to Newberg

Wine tasting, dining and relaxing with moms or girlfriends.
May 12, 2022

Ready for a weekend getaway with your girlfriends? Newberg is the perfect destination for celebrating the important women in your life. Whether your crew likes active adventure or spas and wine tasting, you’ll find plenty of fun in this charming community in the North Willamette Valley. Here’s an insider’s guide on where to stay and what to do when you arrive.

The Pearl (Photo courtesy of Lifestyle Properties of Oregon)

Cozy Lodging in Oregon Wine Country

Step one for any girls’ getaway is a great place to stay. Newberg has options for groups of every size, some of which can accommodate furry friends.

If your group includes some who’d appreciate their own space to decompress, try boutique hotel The Setting Inn. Newberg’s newest vacation destination, this contemporary inn is located on 10 acres and has eight cozy one-bed rooms decorated with modern rustic touches. 

If you’re planning a trip for a bigger group, book a guesthouse with big couches for long catch-up conversations and dream kitchens for preparing meals together. Look into the private residences offered by Lifestyle Properties, some of which are pet-friendly and, like The Pearl, can sleep up to groups of nine. 

Want to really get the rural experience (with some luxury touches)? Book into the Bell Road Farmhouse, a comfortable guesthouse with sweeping vineyard views at Chehalem Winery. Prefer to be within walking distance of a coffee shop? Stay downtown in the Yamhill Flats Studios or the Newberg Wine Country Suites. 

Vista Balloon Adventures (Photo by Brittney Eisele for Taste Newberg)

Balloons, Bikes, Spas or Films

Once settled into your home away from home, it’s not difficult to find adventure. Early birds should consider a hot-air balloon ride. Vista Balloon Adventures takes groups of up to 10 on private morning excursions with views of the vineyards, the full majesty of the Willamette River and, on a clear day, Oregon’s 10 snowcapped mountains. 

If your group is up for some exercise, book a bike tour with Wine de Roads, or book an e-bike tour or rent a bike at Newberg Cycle & Skate. Both are family-owned businesses offering guided winery tours with plenty of chances to stop for tastings and a picnic lunch. 

Looking for a more leisurely approach to a weekend away? Newberg has several options for pampering yourself. Downtown’s Luminous Boutique Spa offers facials, massages and other esthetic services. Resonate Health Spa focuses on holistic wellness with treatments like infrared saunas, which operate at a lower, more comfortable temperature than traditional saunas. Looking for extra luxury? The Allison Inn & Spa offers the full wellness-retreat experience as well as an indoor pool, yoga classes, salon services and a spa cafe. 

Regardless of how you spend your days, a visit to 99W, Newberg’s retro drive-in movie theater, for a weekend double feature is a perfect way to cap the evening. Plan to tailgate with popcorn and snacks from the on-site concessions stand, or bring your own.

Winemaker Jessica Mozeico of Et Fille Wines (Photo by Carolyn Wells Kramer)

Savor Wines from Producers where Women Lead

Newberg is a major destination for wine tasting. Six wineries have tasting rooms within the city limits, and there are 60 within Newberg’s zip code. Many feature women winemakers or owners.

Make a reservation at Adelsheim Vineyard to taste winemaker Gina Hennen’s single-vineyard pinots and the winery’s famous chardonnay. Just across the road, book an appointment to try vineyard-owner Janis Pate’s limited bottlings from her biodynamic vineyard, Arlyn

Newberg’s Compris Vineyard is now helmed by Tiquette Bramlett, one of Wine Enthusiast‘s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers and the first Black woman appointed to run a winery in a major U.S. wine region. Make a reservation, then enjoy a tasting flight paired with a charcuterie board on the crushpad patio while you enjoy dramatic views of the valley. An option for downtown Newberg tasting is Et Fille Wines, where Winemaker Jessica Mozeico specializes in sustainably farmed pinot noir and viognier. Reserve online to snag a table in their elegant tasting room.

Pollinate Flowers (Photo courtesy of Taste Newberg)

Shop and Dine in Downtown Newberg

If shopping is a favorite hobby of your girl crew, Newberg’s many women-owned boutiques will keep you busy. Lineage, Nikki Jane’s and Little Bird all focus on women’s fashion and accessories. Pulp & Circumstance has beautiful selections of gifts and home goods, while Red Hills Home & Gift carries a little bit of everything.

Make sure to leave time to visit the woman-artist-owned Studio 306 for gifts of upcycled jewelry and mixed-media paintings. Indulge your houseplant habit at Uflora Plant House or pick up a fragrant souvenir at Little Lavender Shop. Need a bouquet for Mom? Pop in to Pollinate Flowers, a floral farm and studio that incorporates native plants in their designs. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find lots to choose from. For a quick and easy meal with lots of options to suit everyone in your group, check out Newberg’s food-cart pod, Bite of Newberg. There you can find Filipino-fusion cart Hunny Beez; curry, noodle and rice dishes at Bangkok Noi Thai; smoky pulled pork and crisp fried plantains at G&W Caribbean Smoke BBQ, and excellent Mexican dishes with a focus on fresh ingredients at Dos Mundos Mexican American Cuisine.

A short walk away at Good Company Cheese Bar & Bistro, owner Kristen Kidney’s charcuterie boards make for a wonderful light supper or snack, especially paired with a round of craft cocktails. 

Want to get dressed up for a fancy dinner out? Book a wine dinner with beautiful plates of pasta at Rosmarino Osteria Italiana, or the eight-course tasting menu at James Beard Award–nominated The Painted Lady (which also has an adjacent guest cottage for maximum convenience). Both are fitting places to wrap up a few days away with friends, and raise a glass to the women in our lives and how much we love them.

About The
Author

Emily Teel
Emily Teel is a senior food editor at Better Homes & Gardens magazine and writes about food through the lens of both agriculture and dining for outlets both local and national. A McMinnville resident and an avid forager, she loves exploring Oregon's hiking trails and pick-your-own farms in all seasons.

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