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