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“Oregon's gem.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley
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Willamette Wine Country Bike Tour from Portland
Ranked #6 of 441 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: Best known for its diverse agriculture, this verdant valley is flanked by the Coast Range and the Cascades.
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Oregon's gem.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Beautiful area to live. If you find a spot with a slight elevation on a clear day, you will see all five mountains. Gorgeous.

Thank TwoMsOregon
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Thousand Oaks
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“Visit the wine country”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Nice wineries. Different experience than Napa Valley, CA. Do it on a bicycle if possible.

Visited August 2011
Thank Larry L
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McMinnville, OR
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“Over 200 wineries!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

If you love wine, this is the place to go. From small, boutique wineries to large wineries with incredible views, thsi is the place to go-especially Yamhill county!!

Thank BakerStreetInn
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Portland, OR
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“Lovely countryside with wine, museum, and roses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

As a Portlander, I've led countless out-of-town guests on visits to wine country, and, to a person, they have enjoyed the excursion. The wine industry in Oregon is relatively young (1970s) but distinguished, especially for its pinot noir (Burgundy) wines. Keeping in mind that the Willamette (will-AM-ette) Valley runs much of the north-south distance in the state and has wineries throughout, the number within an hour's drive of Portland is immense. Part of the fun is the Wine Country architecture because a number of wineries have constructed beautiful wineries and tasting rooms. I'd recommend Stoller, Domaine Drouhin, and Domaine Serene for the wines and the views. Domaine Drouhin offers, by reservation, an intriguing comparative tasting of pinots made at their winery in Burgundy, France, and locally in Oregon. On the same road is an olive orchard that offers olive oil tastings and a very nice, small nursery of garden plants. Portland hotels can arrange a van or limo for a safe trip with numerous tastings.

Two other attractions nearby can be visited in the same day (if you start early) for a varied day in wine country. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum just outside McMinnville is stellar and features Howard Hughes' famously large Spruce Goose airplane and a Boeing 747, among other things. Across the Willamette River from Newburg in the agricultural countryside is Heritage Roses, one of the largest growers anywhere of old heritage roses and the newer varieties that favor fragrance and old-fashioned shapes, along with repeat blooming. The gardens are spectacular from late spring into fall.

Lunch options are varied in Dundee and Newburg. McMinnville offers some high quality restaurants and a great example of the local McMenamin's chain of historic buildings restored as hotels and pubs. The Evergreen Museum has two nice, modern cafes.

Visited October 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“Pretty Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

I love the wineries here and the gorgeous views. I also love the other attractions like hot air ballooning, river rafting, and more.

Thank Wenona F
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