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

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!

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