Weekend In Oregon Wine Country
Visiting Oregon Wine Country? Here’s your guide to wining and dining your way through a long weekend in the Willamette Valley.
Day 1 (Mt. Hood Territory and Yamhill County)
Start the day with bagels, pastries, coffee, and more at Gwynn’s Coffee House in Canby.
If you’re visiting in spring, summer, or early fall, follow up breakfast with a stop at one of the area’s many U-Pick farms for your choice of blueberries, apples, zucchinis, and more; the Willamette Valley produces more than 170 crops each year, many of which show up on dinner plates and in wine glasses at destinations you’ll visit this weekend. At Morning Shade Farm, for instance, you can pick blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, marionberries and boysenberries in June and July.
Fruit and veggies aren’t the only U-pick options in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. Fill your vases with aromatic treasures—like tulips from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (typically available March-May) or colorful dahlias from Swan Island Dahlias (usually available August-September).
Curious about what else the region’s farms have to offer? Learn more about the self-guided farm loops in the northern Willamette Valley.
After you’ve picked to your heart’s content, start your weekend of wine tasting at a boutique winery like St. Josef’s Winery, AlexEli Vineyards, or Beckham Estate. The winemaker behind Beckham Estates is a talented potter, and a gallery showcasing his work sits adjacent to the tasting room; while there, sip wine that’s been stored in hand-crafted clay amphora.
Lunch in Dundee
Take Highway 99W to Yamhill County and the heart of Oregon’s wine country. (Curious about attractions and stops along the scenic road? Learn more in our guide to road-tripping Highway 99W.) Stop by a favorite of hometown winemakers, The Dundee Bistro; the acclaimed eatery takes pride in using locally grown, organic ingredients that showcase the bounty of Willamette Valley’s farmers.
Afternoon Activities in Oregon’s Wine Country
As you enter the heart of Yamhill County, you’ll find nearly 400 wineries, from popular estates to small, boutique artisans such as WillaKenzie Estate. For a taste of multiple small-batch wines, visit Carlton Winemakers Studio; the unique setup provides space, equipment, and resources to more than a dozen local winemakers who use the shared studio to craft pinot noir, sparkling wines, dessert wines, and more. You can also stop by Erath Vineyards Winery, which planted its first grapes in 1969 and has become a pioneer of Oregon’s wine industry.
Dinner in Oregon’s Wine Country
Yamhill County has become the culinary hot spot of Oregon’s wine country—the perfect destination for any foodie. Enjoy innovative, seasonal dishes in a charming Victorian setting at The Painted Lady Restaurant. Nick’s Italian Café in McMinnville is a legendary restaurant championed by winemakers and travelers alike. Enjoy Chef Nick Peirano’s handmade pasta and an extensive Oregon wine list. Or visit the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, where Chef Chris creates culinary works of art based on sustainable, regional ingredients—primarily wild mushrooms.
Lodging in Dundee and Dayton
You don’t have to venture to the hills of Tuscany for an Italian retreat. Centrally located in the Red Hills of Dundee, the opulent Black Walnut Inn is the perfect jumping-off point for the area’s numerous world-class wineries and wide range of activities. And just outside Dayton, three-dozen stylish, fully refurbished trailers await at The Vintages Trailer Resort.
Day 2 (Yamhill County, Corvallis, and Eugene)
Breakfast in Willamette Valley Wine Country
Enjoy a delicious breakfast your hotel—or try the house-made granola at Community Plate, made with Oregon-grown hazelnuts and served with yogurt and honey, in the midst of McMinnville’s charming Third Street corridor. Then take 99W south to Corvallis. Saturday travelers will want to stop by the Downtown Waterfront to sample some of the region’s freshest local produce at the Corvallis Farmers Market.
Lunch in Corvallis
Enjoy classic pies, made with fresh ingredients, at the long-running American Dream Pizza (boasting two locations around town)—or get a taste of Asian fusion at Magenta Restaurant & Snugbar. Here dishes are influenced by the many different foods of Southeast Asia and incorporate wild, bold flavors while remaining simple and tasty. And if you can’t decide, stop by the Common Fields food truck pod at the southern edge of downtown Corvallis; the fun community gathering spot hosts a handful of food carts, pours locally made beer and cider from independent producers, and hosts live music each week.
Afternoon Activities and Dinner in Eugene
Continue south on Highway 99W, passing countless farms and orchards, to Eugene—a cultural center at the southern edge of the Willamette Valley. There’s something for everyone here—from world-class arts to outdoor adventure. Taste some of the valley’s finest wine while enjoying spectacular views at King Estate Winery; this grand winery (one of several biodynamic wineries in the Willamette Valley) features 1,033 acres of organic vines, trees, produce and flowers. After tasting King Estate’s Pinot gris, savor an estate-grown meal in the winery’s restaurant (where reservations may be required).
Lodging in Eugene
You’re close to all the action when you spend a night at The Inn at the 5th, a boutique hotel that includes a relaxing day spa, fine dining, and more. The hotel is part of the historic Fifth Street Public Market, full of artisan shops, tasting rooms, and eclectic eateries—and downtown Eugene’s energetic nightlife is just a few steps away.
Day 3 (Eugene, Albany, Salem area)
Breakfast in Eugene
Begin your morning in Oregon’s Emerald City with a hot cup of coffee or fresh juice and a visit to Sweet Life Patisserie, an artisan bakery serving specialty breads, pastries, cookies, and more using the Willamette Valley’s freshest produce. From there, you’ll hop on Interstate 5 northbound for a trip to Albany. The community is steeped in history, so learn about the city’s early days, and immerse yourself in the past with a self-guided walking tour of Albany’s four historic districts.
Lunch in Albany
For lunch, eat at First Burger, an old-fashioned hamburger place with modern, Pacific Northwest flair. All meats and produce are sourced from local farmers, sauces are made from scratch, and patties are diced, ground, and shaped each day.
Afternoon Activities and Wine-Tasting in the Salem Area
Depart Albany and head north on 1-5 for a stop at Willamette Valley Vineyards. For over two decades, the ground-breaking winery has produced some of the best wines Oregon has to offer. (Not for nothing, but the winery is also lauded for hosting one of the most beautiful fasting rooms in the Willamette Valley.) Afterward, wrap up your tour of Oregon’s wine country with a tasting flight at the Mexican-American family-owned Cória Estates to try a daily wine tasting, or see what’s new at Cubanisimo Vineyards.
Lodging in Silverton
End your long weekend by checking in to the Oregon Garden Resort in nearby Silverton; in addition to spacious lodgings with in-room fireplaces and private balconies, you’ll enjoy close proximity to the lush, 80-acre Oregon Garden—a veritable botanical wonderland. Grab wood-fired pizza from The Old Oak Oven food truck in downtown, and toast to a successful weekend in Oregon’s wine country.