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Spring 2008 Trip to Oregon

We are planning a 2 week trip in April to Oregon We are going to visit some wineries (in the interest of full disclosure we are in the restaurant business) but also want to find some good dining and lodging. We like to stay out of touristy places and prefer smaller spots with a live chef in the kitchen. Local and clean food is a priority whenever we can find it. Open to any and all suggestions/itineraries.

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  1. If you're in the restaurant biz, contact Argyle winery in advance and you can get the super-deluxe tour/tasting, though it's probably true of a lot of the wineries with bigger distribution. I just happened to get to tag along on a tour of Argyle arranged by a wine distributor.

    There seem to be some other threads here with great PDX recommendations for food--Pok Pok comes up a lot (I love it!) but sadly, Masu gets ignored in the sushi competitions.

    1. might try the lyle hotel on the columbia river

        1. Check out McMenamin's Hotel Oregon in McMinville. It's right in the center of the Willamette Valley and has a cute restaurant and rooftop bar. Great beers too, if you need a break from all that wine! Some wineries I can recommend in the area are Erath, Argyle and Amity.
          http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?l...

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          1. re: jcoz23

            I was going to suggest the New Oregon, too. Great location for wine touring, lots of atmosphere, and the rooftop bar is lovely.

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              I agree to all the above, but McMenamin's food and wine are pretty bad. Go for beer, atmosphere, and some good mixed drinks. Eat elsewhere.

              1. re: girlwonder88

                Second that: go for the beer, and not the pub-grub.

          2. I recently spent about two weeks with my son and his wife in PDX. Didn't eat out that much, but we did spend a night in the Willamette Valley. Stayed at the Youngberg Hill B&B/winery. Terrific location, but a bit of challenge driving in and out in the dark. In McMinnville, don't miss Nick's Cafe or the Bistro Maison.

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            1. re: mattblen

              I really like Muddy Valley where Youngberg Hill is located, but I agree it would be quite challenging to drive there in the dark after a day touring wineries. Springbrook Hazelnut Farm (http://nutfarm.com) is one place to stay that's not quite so remote. JK Carriere winery is actually on the same property, Rex Hill is next door, and Chehalem is across highway 99. It's also a working hazelnut farm. My manager stayed there several years ago and really liked it.