Birthday Getaway: Oregon Wine Country

“The best birthday of my adult life” my husband called the surprise overnight getaway to Oregon Wine Country I put together for him this week. With a Zipcar and a change of clothes, we were off to Dundee, Dayton, Newberg, and St Paul to explore a few wineries, eat good food, and most of all, just enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful vineyard-filled countryside…

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Oregon grapes in all their lusciousness…


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view of the vineyards in Dundee


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roses growing along the side of the road


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One of the resident chooks at the B&B


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Checking out the grapes in Dayton


sampling olive oils and vinegars at Red Ridge Farms - yum!!

sampling olive oils and vinegars at Red Ridge Farms – the balsamic was amazing!!


French oak barrels at Lady Hill Winery

French oak barrels at Lady Hill Winery


Wine tasting at Torii Mor, the most peaceful of our stops (and had a gorgeous syrah port we took home!)

Wine tasting at Torii Mor, the most peaceful of our stops (and a gorgeous syrah port!)


ahh....

ahhh….


rose hips

rose hips


Happy winos :)

Happy winos 🙂


View from the front porch at Dundee Manor, the B&B we stayed at.

The lovely view from Dundee Manor, the B&B we stayed at. The owners were very nice but the walls were paper thin, the bed was uncomfortable, and we quickly realized in the morning that we aren’t B&B folks (nothing like awkward silences to put me into recruiter-conversation mode over shared meals).


View from Red Ridge...one can dream, right?

View from Red Ridge…one can dream, right?


Love the patterns in wine country landscapes...

Love the patterns in wine country landscapes…


Dan's birthday highlight? Getting a private tour from the wine consultant at Lady Hill, from tasting the grapes to seeing where they get fermented to the barrels they go into, and a trip to the tiny awesome tasting room. 3 more bottles? Yessirree!

Dan’s highlight? Getting a private tour from the wine consultant at Lady Hill, a five-generation winery, from tasting the grapes to seeing where they get fermented to the barrels they go into, and a trip to the tiny awesome tasting room. 3 more bottles? Yessirree!


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