Wineries and Restaurants in Willamette Valley Wine Country are Open and Taking Reservations!

What to expect when visiting wine country Summer 2020

5/20/2020

Yamhill County, Oregon – home to hundreds of Willamette Valley wineries – began reopening its doors to the public May 15th. As part of the Phase 1 reopening plan set by the Governor’s office, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants are permitted to once again offer in-house service with a few new guidelines in place. At Chehalem Ridge B&B, we are waiting for leisure travel to open up, which we hope will happen on June 5.  Sign up for our monthly newsletter to make sure you hear the latest and then keep reading to learn what to expect at the businesses that are open now. Wine country’s business owners and fans rejoice as we partner together to keep everyone safe… and to stay open!

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We’re all excited to leave our homes and experience normal life again, but it is not quite business as usual in wine country. Some wineries and restaurants are sticking with to-go options for a little longer. The businesses that are opening in the Willamette Valley will be operating a bit differently with reservations needed at most wineries and restaurants as they increase the space between guest groups and can serve less people. As you make those reservations, ask each winery how much time to allot for your reservation.  Staff at Oregon businesses are required to wear face coverings (masks) and many businesses are asking their customers to don them as well when not sitting at a table.  Many wineries are no longer permitting on-site food consumption, children and pets. We recommend calling ahead to make sure you know what to expect.

You may have to put a little more time into researching where you want to visit and then make reservations accordingly, but in the long-run, we think you’ll have many more fulfilling, personal experiences. Owners and staff have been waiting to re-open and are just as excited to host you as you are to visit. Let’s get you on your way! Here are a few wineries we love that are currently welcoming reservations and visitors. For an on-going list of openings, please refer to the Willamette Valley Winery Association website.

Fireplace at Parrett Mountain Cellars

The spacious Parrett Mountain Cellars is reopened for wine tasting.

Parrett Mountain Cellars, a lodge-style building with spectacular views of Mt. Hood, is the kind of place that makes you feel like you are on vacation the moment you walk onto their Newberg property.  Their spacious, yet cozy tasting room is ready for visitors Thursday, Sunday & Monday 12-5pm and Fri – Sat 12-7pm. Enjoy seating inside, on their veranda outside, or down on the grass below. They even have a bicycle repair station for avid cyclists who would like to relax and enjoy a beverage after a challenging ride up-hill. Reservations are appreciated for groups of 4 or more.

Domaine Divio, located in Newberg’s Ribbon Ridge AVA, is open by reservation daily 11-5pm. Bruno Corneaux, its owner and winemaker, comes from a long line of Burgundian wine producers and his love of wine and his passion for nurturing the land that helps produce it is infectious. Quite often you will see him in the tasting room chatting with fellow wine-lovers.

Steve Whiteside at Bella Vida tasting room holding a sign that says OPEN

Owner Steve Whiteside of reopened Bella Vida Vineyard is ready to welcome Willamette Valley wine country tasters.

Bella Vida Vineyard, located high above the Dundee Hills atop a beautiful winding road, is open seven days a week from 11-5 with reservations. Offering outstanding views of wine country, outside and inside seating, and a flight of wine featuring four different winemakers, it’s a great place to start your day of exploration.

If you’d like to experience Downtown Newberg’s tasting rooms, many are happily accepting visitors. Et Fille, known for their endlessly drinkable Pinot Noirs, is a great spot to drop in and taste before dinner plans in Newberg. Our newest tasting room is Carlton Cellars. They’ve got a loft overhead that’s perfect for larger groups and a unique selection of whites. Bravuro Cellars and Cliff Creek Cellars have bigger, bolder reds if you’d like to take a break from Pinot Noir. Anam Cara Cellars has one of our favorite dessert wines in the valley and Chehalem Wines has a large, modern tasting room that transforms into a wine bar after 5pm.

Nachos and wine bottle at Barley and Vine Tavern

Barley & Vine’s infamous Nachos

Once you know what time your winery reservations are for the day, you can plan for your wine-pairing meals! While many fine-dining restaurants are still open for to-go meals only, we’ve listed below the ones that you can dine-in for lunch or dinner and dress-up or down for.

Barley and Vine Tavern on Newberg’s bustling 1st Street. Perfect for lunch, their menu includes maybe the best nachos you’ll ever have, a cheese and charcuterie board, and crackling pork rinds drizzled with honey. Open every day 2-10pm except Friday and Saturday when they open early at 12. No reservations needed.

Another wonderful community hot-spot is Red Hills Market in Dundee, right off Route 99W. You can purchase locally made goods and create your own cheese and charcuterie board to enjoy on their patio in between wineries. Or order from their kitchen any one of their incredible gourmet sandwiches, soups, or wood-fired pizzas. Open daily, 7am-8pm, no reservations needed.

The Newbergundian Bistro has reopened for lunch and dinner. This vibrant little restaurant has quickly become a Willamette Valley favorite, churning out traditional dishes with an inventive flair. When you want something more refined, order their melt-in-your-mouth Coq au Vin. Or if you want a traditional tried and true dish, try their perfectly fried and seasoned Fish and Chips. Casual or fancy, lunch or dinner, it’s up to you at The Newbergundian. Check their website for hours.

a Plate of Coq au Vin from The Newbergundian Bistro

The rich Coq au Vin from reopened Newbergundian Bistro is a welcome reprieve from home cooking!

As we move through the summer, we expect more changes and more openings. We highly recommend referring with the winery or restaurant’s website before travelling to visit. And, as always, you can count on us to keep you posted on the latest happenings in the Willamette Valley. Don’t hesitate to email us at innkeeper@chehalemridge.com or call us at 503-538-3474. Our website is www.chehalemridge.com and has even more info on winery and restaurant recommendations, day-trips and more.

We look forward to hearing from you and are beyond excited to welcome you back to Chehalem Ridge B&B as our guests beginning June 5th.

By Liz Bethell

Dream, Plan and Escape to Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Experience Bed and Breakfast Retreat on a Wine Country Vacation
~5/7/2020~

If you are dreaming of a safe vacation where professionals will cook breakfast for you, provide clean & sanitary accommodation and give you the best advice on where to go to have a great experience, look no further than Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast. We cannot wait to share all of these guest services once travel resumes and businesses reopen. Until then, here’s a taste of what our B&B guests can experience on a rewarding wine country vacation.

Chehalem Ridge B&B

Chehalem Ridge B&B overlooks Newberg and the Willamette Valley

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, a mountain top retreat tucked into the Chehalem Mountains 1000 feet above Willamette Valley’s Wine Country, provides exemplary hospitality, extraordinary views and an exceptionally Oregon experience. Located in Newberg, Oregon just 25 miles from downtown Portland, our modern, upscale Bed & Breakfast offers the peaceful setting of a private home with the personalized, concierge service of a boutique hotel.

Bed, fireplace and windows of the High Desert Suite

The High Desert Suite of Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast

A little more about what to expect of our mountaintop retreat…each of our five uniquely appointed guest-rooms have their own private baths and some of the amenities our guests look forward to include contemporary luxuries like memory foam mattresses, jetted tubs and gas fireplaces. Guests of the B&B also experience our 3-course gourmet breakfasts (different every day!), balconies with panoramic wine country views, and the convenience of staying in a centrally located bed & breakfast just 20 minutes from over a hundred wineries.

The dynamic, rural terrain located right outside our bed & breakfast offers our guests plenty of activities both in and outdoors. Besides being close to mountains, rivers and the Pacific Ocean, the Willamette Valley is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the world with over 600 wineries spanning over 100 miles north to south. Since that can be a little daunting to consider when deciding where to spend your valuable time, we are happy to help. Liz and Kristin have visited more than 150 of the area wineries so we have a local’s experience to share with you. Whether it’s before you get here, or during your stay, we pride ourselves on giving our guests the best, most up-to-date info. Click here for a short-list of wonderful wineries and tasting rooms. The B&B’s blog archives also give great insight into wine country life.

the words "dream big" atop a vineyard view

Vidon Vineyard in Newberg, OR hosts tastings of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay

Beyond wine tasting, our beautiful countryside provides many fun activities to add to your itinerary. Golfers can enjoy the picturesque and challenging rolling hills of Chehalem Glenn Golf Course just 3 miles from the Bed & Breakfast, here in Newberg. An hour’s drive gets you 24 miles of walking trails and 10 dazzling waterfalls at Oregon’s largest state park, Silver Falls State Park. If a high-flying excursion is what you’re after, book a romantic hot air balloon tour of wine country from Vista Balloon Adventures. The balloons can be seen from our balcony all summer!

Hot air balloons rise above Newberg

Vista Balloon Adventures seen from Chehalem Ridge B&B

For all you foodies out there who aren’t sure where to eat in wine country, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Portland isn’t the only place to discover trending, unforgettable restaurants! In Newberg alone, we’ve got a 8-course prix-fixe dining experience at The Painted Lady, a renowned and celebrated Oregon restaurant. Another guest favorite is a below-ground wine cellar venue aptly named SubTerra Restaurant, praised for its varied, casual fine-dining menu and inventive cocktails. For a dining experience you won’t soon forget, make reservations at Rosmarino Osteria, a chef-guided 5-course Italian wine-paired meal that will leave you feeling like you’ve spent an evening in Italy. Liz and Kristin take their job to know all about the foodie scene seriously by eating around the valley and collecting the latest menus for our guests perusal.  To plan ahead, our website is a great resource for our local restaurant recommendations.

As you can see, when the country is up and running again, there will be no shortage of fun things to experience here in Willamette Valley’s wine country and when you stay at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, we ensure you make the most of your vacation. Please take some time to delve into any one of the resources we’ve provided here or contact us with any questions you may have.

Liz, Curt, Kristin & Katrina stand in front of the valley view

The Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast Team looks forward to welcoming you

While the Bed & Breakfast is currently closed in accordance with Oregon’s stay-at-home guidelines, we are working to be ready for future guests with heightened practices of the health and safety. It is our top priority to ensure you can relax on your vacation and feel as safe under our roof as you do at home. To book your NO-CANCELLATION-FEE vacation now, contact us at 503-538-3474 or at www.ChehalemRidge.com. We will work with the rapidly changing times to ensure there is no penalty for cancelled or rescheduled reservations. Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast anxiously awaits the return of its guests!

As always, explore Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast vacations further at www.chehalemridge.com or become a fan on Facebook and Instagram.

~by Liz Bethell

Crustless Apple Pie for #BreakfastDoneRight at Home

Here at Chehalem Ridge B&B, we say we do #breakfastdoneright.  Right now, social distancing and essential travel restrictions mean you can’t have our breakfast, but let’s help you have Breakfast Done Right while you remain safe in your home.  We present our Baked Apple, or Crustless Apple Pie as we’re calling it in celebration of the upcoming National Apple Pie Day on May 13.

Wish you were here! Until then, enjoy our Baked Apples safe in your home

We serve this Baked Apple as part of our three-course gourmet breakfast, typically with a more savory entrée because it is a bit sweet.  Pairing the brown sugar and warm spices with a tart Granny Smith apple is the trick to achieving a good balance in the dish.  To make the filling just a bit more Oregonian, we use hazelnuts, but you could use walnuts if you can’t find hazelnuts.  Fun fact: Oregon produces 99% of US hazelnuts, most of it in the Willamette Valley.  You’ll see hazelnut orchards everywhere while you are out wine tasting.

We serve the Baked Apple with vanilla yogurt, because, you know, breakfast.  But if you choose to put some other vanilla dairy product on it (maybe something from the freezer?), we won’t judge.  Enjoy safe at home, and start making plans to joins us for breakfast soon!

Crustless Apple Pie (aka Baked Apple)

Servings: 4

  • Yield: 4 apples
  • 4 small Granny Smith apples
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove, ground
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut just a little off the bottom of each apple so that it sits upright and stable. Core each apple with apple corer or melon baller, leaving the bottom 1/4″ intact. Peel upper third of apple to prevent from splitting.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, spices, nuts and dried cranberries. Fill each apple equally with filling and pack it down into the cavity. Put in baking dish. Dot each apple with a small cube of butter. Bake until tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm with yogurt over top.

Baked Apple

Health and Safety Update

 

We want to assure you that we are doing everything within our power to make our Oregon Wine Country B&B a safe haven for your getaway.  We ask you to partner with us in creating that safe space throughout your stay with us.

Our commitment to you:

  1. When we greet you at the door for check in, you will notice that we are wearing face coverings.  All staff will be wearing face coverings in their guest interactions.
  2. We will be cleaning guest rooms and common areas is in accordance with OHA, AHLA and CDC guidelines with EPA-approved cleaning products.
  3. There will be no routine daily housekeeping; we will only enter your room if requested.
  4. Breakfast seating will be available that allows for at least 6 feet spacing of guest parties.
  5. Per social distancing guidelines, common areas, like the living room and TV room will be available for only one party at a time.
  6. Access to some of our amenities has been altered to prevent lots of hands touching them, so if you want something you don’t see, please ask.
  7. Our staff will pass a health screening each day before working.

Your commitment to us:

  1. If you experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or have had any exposure to the virus within the 14-days before your stay with us, please contact us to reschedule your reservation with no cancellation charges.
  2. Following social distancing and sanitation guidelines that have been put in place to protect you, our other guests, and our staff.  Sanitizer is available in several areas throughout the house.
  3. We are new to this – aren’t we all? – and if there’s anything confusing or anything we’ve missed, please let us know directly so we can address it.

You can relax at our B&B, knowing that it is safe.

If you have questions or concerns we can address, please reach out to us.

Valentine’s Day in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

This year give the gift of experience and take your Valentine on a wine country adventure in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Here are some events both of you can enjoy while you celebrate the month of love.

Anne Amie Presents: Bubbles Fest 2020 Feb. 8th & 9th

The stunning tasting room at Anne Amie Vineyards, located in Carlton, is hosting its 6th annual Bubbles Fest featuring 25 different wineries over 2 days. Bubbles Fest is on trend, making it easy for you to taste what everyone is buzzing about this year – Bubbly! Take your Valentine and taste sparkling wines and brut from all over the Willamette Valley and enjoy bites from several local vendors. $65 for single day tickets or $95 for both days.

Tualatin Valley Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Loop Feb. 14th – 16th

Over a dozen wineries have curated a wine tasting loop for visitors to enjoy special events, flights, bites & more throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Get stamps at 4 different locations and you’ll be entered to win a “Wine Lovers Package” valued over $500. Two lucky winners will be chosen.

A person with cupped hands, full of white truffles

Explore all the great ways to use Oregon Truffles at the Truffle Marketplace

Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace Feb. 16th

Wine lovers, foodies and truffle hunters unite at this delightful event held at The Chehalem Cultural Center. The Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace is just one of many events held in the Willamette Valley over Valentine’s Day Weekend as part of Oregon’s Truffle Festival. Make it a romantic adventure for two and explore a wide range of vendors featuring all things truffles, plus cooking demos, wine tasting and more. General admission $15 & $25 for a tasting and commemorative glass.

Arabian Night Adult Prom Feb. 22nd

Carlton Business Association presents “Enchantment Under the Arabian Skies” – a Prom-inspired evening where adults can re-live their youth by dressing up, boogying down & having some good old-fashioned fun. How sweet will it be when you ask your Valentine to go to Prom? Abbey Road Farms will host the night’s activities with music, wine & snacks, photo booths & mood lighting. Go solo or with friends at $35 per person or as a couple for $55.

Leap 2020: A Collaborative Wine Event – Feb. 29th

The Dundee Hills, an area producing some of the best Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley, are home to hundreds of vineyards. 10 of these Dundee Hills Wineries are participating in Leap Day 2020, a collaborative one-day event, sharing library vintages, new releases, small bites & music. Don’t want to drive all day? NW Wine Shuttle will also be offering discounts on their hop on/hop off shuttle service with pick-ups in Portland, Dundee & McMinnville! And don’t stop there, after you and your Valentine have been hopping around all day, come rest your head at our cozy, romantic B&B. Receive a 20% discount when you use promo code “LEAP”.

Valentine’s Weekend – February 14 – 16

And, as always, during Valentine’s Day weekend you can expect to find a wide range of special tastings offered at wineries all over the Willamette Valley. Make an appointment at Natalie’s Estate Vineyard for their guided tasting with chocolate and wine pairings. Yamhill Valley Vineyards, voted 2019 Oregon Winery of the Year, is offering a Valentine’s Day special flight with charcuterie and chocolate truffles for two. Holloran Vineyard Wines hosts a 3-course bistro dinner with wine pairings on Feb. 15th in their romantically cozy tasting room. And these are just to name a few.

A bed with windows, a lamp on either side of the bed and a fireplace on the wall

Plan now for your romantic getaway in the High Desert Suite.

All February –

Plan your Valentine’s gift around any one of these fun events and then stay the night at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Country. . Book your room now at www.ChehalemRidge.com and choose our Sweetheart Package. Give your special someone all the warm fuzzies this Valentine’s Day Month.

Heart cookies on skewers to make a cookie bouquet in a red mug with the Chehalem Ridge B&B logo on it

A sweetheart cookie bouquet in your room is the perfect gift for your Sweetheart

* 2 Night Stay at a Romantic, Upscale Wine Country B&B

* 3-Course Gourmet Breakfast each morning

* Bottle of Kramer Vineyard’s “Celebrate Grüner Veltliner” Bubbly

* Chehalem Ridge B&B Deneen Pottery Mug with Valentine’s Day Cookie Bouquet

by Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper