Spring is the start of an exodus of urbanites fleeing — for a few days at a time — the congestion of cities as they head for rural roads that lead to respites in idyllic territory. Increasingly, farm country in North America is being rebranded as wine country. Few destinations on the continent offer the mix of charm, value, convenience, and quality as the Willamette Valley. The viticulture region known as Oregon Wine Country begins about one hour by car south of Portland and boasts more than wineries. One of the most lovely is McMinnville.
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Our hand in the winery never speaks louder than the grapes or their place of origin. We strive for natural balance in our wines and allow the strong influence of vintage in the Willamette Valley to shine through. From harvest to bottle, our cellar program was built around handling wine in small, unique lots. Michael has been lovingly crafting the wine at Walnut City since Drawing from over 15 years of experience, his influence on the wines has been profound. His debut in , and subsequent four vintages, as founding winemaker at Illahe Vineyards solidified his place in the Willamette Valley.
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With two locations in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville, choose from 11 uniquely inspired flats, all perched above local wineries, acclaimed dining and eclectic boutiques. A gourmet breakfast is served daily to start your day of wine tasting right. Winery to be completed Spring Our spa boasts 12 treatment rooms, a swimming pool and fitness studio.
Usually when choosing a hotel, it's about the location more than anything else. Many times we select a slightly less-endearing accommodation to save a few dollars, only to use them later on memorable activities and photo-worthy food. To my left, a blur of buildings glides past my window as my eyes scan for a sign that reads Hotel Vintage , and then it's there — a beautiful red brick building sandwiched between a restaurant and a neighboring hotel. I have to loop the block twice before I find a spot to park, but once I walk up to the doors I already know the drive was worth it. An iconic city that represents everything the Pacific Northwest stands for, Portland is a haven for bicycle-riding, coffee-slurping craft beer addicts, who shop at farmers markets and vintage clothing