Cozy Wine Tasting by the Fireplace

In these cold winter months, do you dream of yourself tucked in next to a cozy fireplace with a glass of wine in hand? Good news! You can cozy up to a fireplace as you taste at one of these great Willamette Valley wineries this Cellar Season. Let us help you find the best places to warm your insides with the valley’s renowned Pinot Noirs and your tootsies by the fire at one of these inviting wineries.

At Colene Clemens, wine dog Oso and the fireplace await your Cellar Season visit

Colene Clemens Vineyards is a family owned vineyard with a lovely tasting room complete with a toasty fireplace and delicious, award winning Pinot Noirs. In fact, Wine Spectator just named Colene Clemens 2015 Chehalem Mountains Dopp Creek Pinot Noir as this year’s #7 of 100. Impressive, tasty and not to be missed. While the patio has amazing views of the countryside, during cellar season, sometimes it’s nicer to taste while warming up next to their roaring fire.

Another standout tasting experience can be found at Alexana Winery. This 80-acre estate celebrates its diverse terroir and champions the rich Dundee Hills soil that adds such nuance to each of their fine wines. Visit their tasting room and you will find that they are keen to teach you about the intricacies of growing grapes and making wine. From their bar that is designed with a layered soil display to their large viewing window showing off their inner workings, you’ll get an education as well as a distinguished flight of wine. And, if you just want to sit back and sip? You can relax next to their outdoor fireplace, but in marginal weather, take a seat next to their indoor fireplace and taste the terroir that surrounds you.

Parrett Mountain Cellars’ fireplace welcomes you to warm up with a tasting of bold red wines by the fireplace.

At Parrett Mountain Cellars – a new winery that opened its doors September 2018, you’ll find bold reds and a few pinots. They have quite a variety of wines ranging from a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to a velvety smooth Malbec (which is a favorite of mine). Enjoy a glass by the hearth to stave off the chill of a cold day! Add to all that, they have an outstanding view and a tasting room built with timber grown on the estate.

Picture yourself at any one of these amazing venues, a glass of wine in your hand, a fire warming your toes and a smile on your face. And when you want a cozy place to warm up after the wineries close, we happen to have a few fireplaces ourselves at the B&B, so give us a call or go online to reserve your room and make the most of the Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season.

By Liz Bethell

Winter Weather atop the Ridge

With winter weather, sometimes we don’t have a view up here at 1000 feet atop Chehalem Mountain.  Good news, though: the B&B is cozy, wine tasting is an indoor sport and you can get even deeper savings with our No View = Savings 4U rate.

Don’t get me wrong – winter weather can bring us beautiful views of a fog-covered valley where you feel like you’re in a castle atop the clouds.

Sometimes we float atop the clouds

Sometimes we float atop the clouds

Winter weather can bring us the occasional light dusting of snow, usually at night so guests wake up to a winter wonderland.

Sometimes the clouds give us snow

Sometimes the clouds give us snow

But winter weather can also bring us the middle of a low cloud.  For days.  Followed by howling winds.  You look outside and the clouds are flying past you with 20 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 40mph. 

Sometimes we are amid the cloud

Sometimes we are amid the cloud

Fortunately, we are cozy inside Chehalem Ridge B&B, with our living room fireplace warming us up.  In-room amenities like the fireplaces in the Oregon Coast Room and the High Desert Suite and the 2-person jetted tubs in the Wine Country Room and the High Desert Suite are cozy, too.  Of course, every room has individually-controlled heating.

In the Willamette Valley, we call this time “Cellar Season”, a time when things are quiet and maybe stormy, but also filled with opportunities to experience our hospitality one-on-one.  One way to take advantage of this is to book our Beans, Brews and Bells Up package, which introduces you to local artisans and the beverages they craft.

Because winter weather comes with both the good and the bad, we’re offering our No View=Savings 4U rate at 10% below our already lower off-season rates.  This rate is good through March 2019, with exception to February 8, 9 and 14-18.  Enter code “No View” to take advantage of this great discount… even if you stay on a day with our amazing views!  Winters on the Ridge have exciting weather and we love it, but we thought we should let you know what to expect… anything!

Foodie Options for Lunch in Wine Country

Stopping for lunch while wine tasting is necessary. Even though we serve a hearty breakfast at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, you really need to balance your wine intake with food. Trust us, we’ve seen and experienced the consequences. Here are some of our favorite foodie options, with one in each of our winery towns.

Liz’s all-time favorite at Red Hills Market is the Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

When you arrive in the valley, you’ll probably hear about the buzzworthy Red Hills Market located in Dundee. Cozy and vibrant, the counter-service restaurant doubles as a market stocked with local artisan goods. The wood-fired pizzas are excellent, though they can add a bit to your wait time. The sandwiches, soup or salads are the way to go if you’re on a schedule. My absolute favorite is the Open-Faced Egg Salad Sandwich. The flavors are always spot on and they are also vegetarian and vegan friendly, with gluten-free bread and pizza crust available as well. While there is seating inside and outside, you can also use Red Hills Market for procuring picnic supplies. You can call ahead for an order off the menu or make a selection from the deli case meats and cheeses and head to a picnic-friendly winery.

Another option for curating your picnic lunch, with a larger selection of grocery items, is the Fred Meyer right off 99W in Newberg. They have a deli plus a great deal of specialty cheese, meats, olives, bread and produce. We have picnic backpacks at the inn for you to borrow with plates and utensils, cutting boards and insulated storage ready for your use.

The Fish & Chips at The Newbergundian Bistro is a tasty choice




If a table-service restaurant is what your lunch is calling for, The Newbergundian Bistro (in Newberg, get it?) is a hopping spot where you can get an appetizer of brothy, delicately flavored mussels that pairs well with a nice glass of Pinot Gris. Or, you may want to try their inventive sandwiches and salads, like the Croque Monsieur Salad with smoked ham hock, spinach and gruyere. They also have a hearty burger, fish and chips and Steak Frites on the menu. Sitting at the chef’s counter is a great way to see the action of the kitchen at work.

If your wine tasting takes you further west towards McMinnville, check out the lunch options at Pura Vida, where Latin American cuisine graces the menu. The meats are well seasoned and tender, and Kristin swears by the Plátano Maduro. Their bar menu includes many flavors of margaritas, mojitos and the Brazilian caipirinha in case you want a break from wine.

Finally, the town of Carlton, where you’ll find The Horse Radish with wines by the glass from Marshall Davis Wines and taps of local beers and cider. For lunch, order the cheese and meat board to select from their mostly local cow, goat and sheep cheeses and cured meats. They also have a good selection of sandwiches to choose from using local meats and house-made condiments, and the soup of the day is always tasty.

Whether you decide to relax for lunch in a restaurant or grab a picnic to enjoy at a picnic-friendly winery, throughout the Willamette Valley you’ll find diversity of choices to balance out the wine tasting you’re doing.

By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper

Beans, Brews and Bells Up Package

Experience hidden gems of artisanal beverages

Let us, your trusty B&B innkeepers, help you find the hidden gems you long to discover on vacation. Yes, innkeepers are one of the best kept secrets to successful travel planning because we live here and play here!  At Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, we’ve taken this knowledge a step further by planning a day for you in wine country with our special Beans, Brews and Bells Up Package which will have you experiencing a variety great drinks produced by local artisans who happen to be our neighbors.  This package of a 2-night stay and the day of tastings and lunch is available through May 2020, taking advantage of the Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season when you can get up close and personal with the artisans of our area.

Different techniques of pour-over coffee at Caravan Coffee highlight different aspects of the beans

We’ll start your day off right with a gourmet, inventive breakfast in our dining room and then send you to your first tasting at Newberg’s Caravan Coffee. Here you’ll enjoy a private tour of their roastery where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at all sorts of coffee beans in various stages of their journey to become that amazing cup of joe you look forward to each day. Take a peek at their legendary San Franciscan Roasters, the impressive, hand-crafted machines that make artisan coffee roasting possible. Then, with their coffee flight, you’ll experience tasting one coffee brewed 4 different ways, discerning all the nuances in the bean brought out by the various techniques and equipment.


Brewer Paul Long with his Porter

Next up, LONG Brewing, a small operation delivering big taste and winning awards along the way. Hailing from several generations of hops farmers, it’s no wonder Paul Long, a retired electrical engineer, makes his beer with such care, precision, and complexity. Standing amongst his brewery equipment, Paul will take you through a tasting of his available beers – from ales to lagers to stouts – to show you the science behind his brewing techniques and share what he can do differently because of his small batch style. He’ll blow you away and make you rethink what you think you know about one of the world’s oldest recipes.


Winemaker Dave Specter shares barrel tastings

After lunch at a local restaurant, you head to the final artisan tasting: Wine! And not just any wine, mind you, because it comes from Bells Up Winery, the kind of boutique winery you hope to visit when you come to Oregon’s wine country. Nestled in the foothills of the Chehalem Mountains, owner and winemaker Dave Specter invites you into his tasting room that doubles as his barrel room. Taste his hand-crafted wines with a view of their beautiful vineyard. While the vineyard is young, Dave produces a bright rosé from its harvest.  The pinot noirs, sourced from the Willamette Valley, are produced as a fruit-forward blend and as a couple of vineyard-specific bottlings. Dave also makes a well-balanced syrah from Walla Walla grapes. Producing just over 400 cases, Dave has his hands in every part of the winemaking process, so don’t be afraid to ask any questions about wine, winemaking, wine tasting or how they chose the Willamette Valley… that’s a good story!
Book your two-night stay package with us now through April to experience the work of these great artisans.  After a day of good food, great company and delectable beverages, come back to the B&B and tell us all about it. We love to hear about your adventures!

By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper

Ring in 2019 in Wine Country

Ready to knock your New Year’s Eve plans out of the park? The time is now to plan your celebration in Wine Country with sparkling wine, dinner at one of our local fine dining restaurants and a relaxing stay at Chehalem Ridge B&B. When you book a room with us over New Year’s Eve, your stay will include a bottle of Argyle Brut for your midnight toasting. And because we know you might be up late, sleep in on the first day of 2019 and enjoy our renowned breakfast offered later in the morning and a later check-out time. BTW, since New Year’s Eve is on a Monday this year, it’s a perfect time to make it a long weekend.

The view of Vidon’s Vineyards on a crisp fall day

Start you celebration with wine tasting at one of the many wineries that will be open on December 31. Most of them are closing early, around 3 or 4, so plan accordingly. Good options we know to be open include Vidon, a boutique winery where you’ll taste among the barrels and Furioso, with its brand new tasting room and cozy fireplace. Nearly all valley wineries are closed January 1.

For your special New Year’s Eve dinner, we have many fine-dining restaurants that are taking reservations now for this celebratory evening.  We can help you connect with driving services for the night.

  • Ruddick/Wood is a happening spot located on the main drag in downtown Newberg. They will be offering a prix-fixe menu on NYE, and with a tavern attached to the dining room, you can head straight on over and dance the night away to the tunes of The Big North Duo, playing an acoustic set of bluegrass, country and swing.
  • The Joel Palmer House in Dayton is a family owned and operated restaurant with a delightful & inventive coursed menu. The beautiful setting and elegant service of this restaurant will impress you, but the inventive dishes they serve, revolving around truffles and wild mushrooms, will blow you away.
  • The Dundee Bistro, a restaurant created by one of Oregon’s oldest wine families – the Ponzi’s – it focuses on food made with wine in mind. For New Year’s Eve they have created a prix-fixe four-course menu for guests to enjoy, along with a curated wine pairing list.  Some of their house-made pasta is on the menu!

The Dundee Bistro plans a fantastic menu to ring in 2019

  • Also in Dundee, you’ll find intriguing flavors, like their famous roast duck, that Tina’s Restaurant brings to classic Northwest cuisine. Enjoy a special four-course meal at this lovely little romantic spot that’s been catering to wine-loving foodies since 1991.
  • For an elegant dining experience you won’t soon forget, make reservations at Newberg’s The Painted Lady. Oregon’s only Forbe’s Four Star fine dining restaurant serves outstanding prix-fixe 7 course dinners, with an extra-special menu for New Year’s Eve.
  • If a party is more your style, head to 503 Uncorked in Sherwood where the Nate Botsford Band and DJ Burn will be ringing in the new year with a dessert bar from The Hungry Hero. Be sure to plan to wear your Vintage Bling for this party.

To experience something different for New Year’s Eve this year, start 2019 off right and call us right now. We’ll be tucked up high in the Chehalem Mountains, waiting for you.

by Liz Bethell