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First time in Oregon Wine Country

I need help. We are venturing to Yamhill County for our first adventure in Oregon Wine Country, and we have no idea where to start. Is there any town that you would recommend as central to a lot of wineries and also have a bunch of great dining options? I have read up on McMinnville, Salem, Newburg, and Dundee, however I am still clueless on what's best. Any insight you can provide would be extremely helpful! Hotel recommendations, dining options are NEEDED! thank you.

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  1. Do a search here (Chowhounds) for McMinnville and Newberg (note spelling) and you will find all that you need re dining, from fairly recent posts.

    No help here for lodging.

    1. Dundee is most central.
      Try Dundee Bistro.

      1. I too am planning a trip that includes the wine country after a run down the coast. Are you going soon? Maybe we can share some reviews

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        1. re: AlaskaChick

          I am going in April (i like to plan ahead). we definitely should share information! When will you be there? I have received great reviews for Dundee Manor B&B and Wine Country Farm as far as accomodations go. It also looks like Chow hounders love Dundee Bistro and A la Maison. Nick's seems to be hit or miss.

          1. re: AlaskaChick

            AlaskaChick - are you back from your trip down the Oregon Coast? we are changing course and starting in Seattle, then driving along the coast to Portland. any suggestions for our travels on the upper Oregon Coast????

          2. Whatever you do, make sure you get to the Joel Palmer House for mushroom soup!

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            1. re: JohnnyT

              absolutely! Do you have any lodging recos or winery recos?

              1. re: strephking

                Just a reminder folks, lodging discussions are off topic for Chowhound. Please discuss the food and local wineries.

              2. re: JohnnyT

                Have you been to the Painted Lady, and if so how would you compare it to the Joel Palmer house? I'm headed up Wednesday and have a reservation for Joel Palmer Friday night, but I've been finding reviews both pro and con for both restaurants!

                Someone in another thread mentioned they liked Cuvee quite a bit and if they're in the area now that's where they go, but I haven't found much about it more recently.

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