The Finer Things

Just like everybody else, Donna and I have had to tighten our belts lately to get through the economic downturn. We’ve found ourselves staying in more, spending less on entertainment and trying to purchase local food and goods to help Oregon farms. Still, we’d go crazy if we could not reward ourselves from time to time with something we really enjoy. An evening of stellar jazz at Jimmy Mak’s featuring our friend Devin Phillips. A trip to New Jersey this summer to see our nephew Tyler and attend a wedding. (Congratulations, Daniel and Evonda!) And, a few weekends ago, a relaxing stay at a delightful Bed & Breakfast overlooking the Willamette Valley. 

Chehalem Ridge B&B overlooks Oregon's wine country
Chehalem Ridge B&B overlooks Oregon's wine country

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast offers a modern take on pastoral comfort. The rooms have country charm and magnificent views, fluffy pillows and fuzzy robes. The common areas blend 21st century luxuries like heated decks and an ambient sound system with the more traditional comforts – cozy couches, fireplaces, and a vast library of books and games. Kristin is a courteous and engaging innkeeper and a gifted chef, creating a healthy, energizing and delicious breakfast from the finest local ingredients.

The elevated location is isolated but ideal. Within minutes we were tasting outstanding Pinot Noir and Reisling at some of the lesser known wineries in the Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton regions. Anyone looking to avoid the crowds and traffic of Dundee and McMinnville would be wise to get to know wineries like Penner-Ash, Bella Vida, Domaine Serene and Elk Cove. Chehalem Ridge B&B was a perfect place to start our journey, and a romantic spot to enjoy the spoils of the day.

Donna and I look forward to planning our next weekend escape to Chehalem Ridge. Their rates are very reasonable compared to similar accomodations in the area. There are four bedrooms, so it would be a lot of fun to spend the weekend with another couple or two. Something for you East Coast folks to think about when the economy rebounds and you’re looking for new places to vacation.

A relaxed Donna and Mike enjoy the incredible view from the living room deck.
A relaxed Donna and Mike enjoy the incredible view from the living room deck.
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