Scoop: Road Trip to Willamette Valley
WHERE: Willamette Valley, Oregon, the V-shaped region that encompasses two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. WHY: The 28th annual Wine Country Thanksgiving (November 26–28; willamettewines.com), the perfect excuse to skip a weekend of turkey leftovers. DRINK UP: The event spans nearly 160 wineries across the winding river valley, including the popular Domaine Drouhin and Willamette Valley Vineyard, plus some not typically open to the public, such as Durant Vineyards. Sip new releases and old favorites, hear live music and find out which wines will pair perfectly with your next holiday feast. STAY: The cozy Brookside Inn in McMinnville (brooksideinn-oregon.com) is known for exquisite cuisine and offers nine suites filled with handmade furniture and vistas of rolling hills. GETTING THERE: From Seattle, take I-5 South past Portland to exit 294 (Highway 99W). For winery-filled routes, take either 99W all the way to McMinnville, or Highways 240 and 47 (leave 99W in Newburg).
Published November 2010