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Where to Eat & Drink in Willamette?

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Taking a last minute trip out to Willamette County, OR in 2 weeks. There for 3 nights and 3 full days. Staying at the Allison Inn in Newberg, OR. Will definitely eat at the Jory one night - would love other recommendations in the area for the other 2 nights or great lunch recommendations!

Can't miss wineries?

Other local adventures? I found one bike vineyard tour option that is a day trip, would love other active or interesting suggestions (provided the weather cooperates). Great hikes?

We are a couple in our early 30s that likes to be active on vacation, both love to cook and eat (would probably be labeled foodies, though I'm not a fan of that term) and love wine tasting (especially in such gorgeous settings), though are far from oenophiles.

All suggestions appreciated!

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    Just to get you started, there is not a Willamette County, it is a valley:)

    That said, it is a great area (I live here, so am biased).

    Other restaurants that we really like include The Painted Lady (also in Newberg) and Red Hills Provincial Dining and Tina's, which are both in Dundee which is about 2 minutes from Newberg.

    For wineries, the ones that we go to frequently and always have on hand, and give as gifts, include Brick House, Arbor Brook, and Seufert. Those are my top three picks, but here are some others as well. Argyle for sparkling wine. Domaine Drouhin, Four Graces, Chehalem, Adelsheim, Aramenta, Seven of Hearts(in Carlton), and Grochau Cellars (an urban winery in NW Portland).

    Hiking in this area is really limited. We are big hikers and have to venture further out. There is Champoeg State Park, but that is a stroll vs a hike. You could head up to Chehalem Mountain to Bald Peak State Park. Or head to the Magness Tree Farm off of Ladd Hill Rd in Sherwood. There are trails at the tree farm and it is pretty. The trails cover about 5 miles, and this is actually the closest thing to a real hike in this immediate area.

    What about a hot air balloon ride? Vista Balloon is local and they are well regarded.

    Newberg still has a drive-in movie theater and it is always a big hit. Long lines to get in on the weekends.

    There are lots of restaurants a bit further down in McMinnville, if that interests you.

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    We were in the Willamette Valley last fall, also stayed at the Allison, and loved the Jory, so I think eating there one night is a great plan. We also loved The Painted Lady for dinner (very formal, but exquisite food), and the Red Hills Market in Dundee for sandwiches/cheese/bread/olive oil/nuts (the hazelnuts in the area are divine), etc.

    There are so many wonderful wineries to visit, you can't go wrong, but our favorites were Elk Cove, Bergstrom, Penner-Ash, Cristom, and Vidon. Willa-Kenzie, Torii Mor, Bethel Heights, Domaine Drouhin and Ponzi were very good, too.

    We also liked the Ponzi Wine Bar in Dundee, where you can sample all the wines whose tasting rooms you couldn't get to!

    On our list for the next visit is a stop at Sake One, a sake brewery in the Valley, just for a change of pace. We drove by the rice paddies--really, is there nothing that doesn't grow spectacularly well there??

    Enjoy your visit!

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