Day Trips in Willamette Valley Oregon
Whether you are seeking recreation or relaxation, there are a number of places to discover both close by and an hour or two drive from the Inn.
Insiders Wine Tour – Their local wine guides will put together an impressive itinerary that will take you on a unique, wine tasting experience throughout the countryside and back roads of Yamhill County’s Wine Country. The Yamhill County based guide’s know the area and will make the best use of your valuable time. John and his staff have developed extensive relationships with the small family “boutique” wineries, allowing us rare access to the winemaker’s and winery owners. They will also guide you to the area’s “premier” wineries.
Tour Oregon Wines – Their wine tours are designed to let you experience all types of wines from larger producing vineyards to the more intimate family run operations. Their knowledgeable chauffeurs will navigate your party through some of Oregon’s most beautiful country-side. It is surely an experience you won’t forget.
Float over Yamhill County’s beautiful wine country in the adventure of a lifetime. Vista Balloon Adventures flights are about an hour—your entire adventure is about three hours and always includes a lovely sparkling breakfast after the flight.
Yamhill County has many places to shop for collectibles and antiques. From small antique stores in downtown McMinville to the Lafayette Schoolhouse Mall, you are sure to find one of a kind treasures.
Evergreen Aviation Museum
The Captain Michael King Smith Educational Institute
This 121,000 square foot facility in McMinnville honoring the patriotic service of our veterans features Howard Hughes’ famous “Spruce Goose.”
McMinnville Historic District
Walk through historic downtown McMinnville and visit the many restaurants, unique shops and art galleries. The Currents Gallery is a co-operative gallery showing works by many local artists in media including jewelry, glass, textiles and ceramics in addition to traditional fine art. A Farmers’ Market is held each Thursday afternoon through the summer.
Just an hour away, Lincoln City offers seven miles of sandy beaches and is a popular year round recreation destination. Travel a few miles north to the quieter town of Pacific City for some of the area’s best surfing.
The Columbia River Gorge
This spectacular river canyon that runs along the Oregon-Washington border is roughly 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep. A short and scenic drive from Portland through the Gorge will take you to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Drive a little further and discover the town of Hood River, the wind surfing capital of the world and home to many restaurants and galleries.
Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge
Nestled midway to the summit of Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in the summertime, or snowshoeing and downhill skiing during the winter months.
Silver Falls State Park, “The Largest Park in Oregon,” is about 50 miles from the Inn. Enjoy numerous hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls.
Whether you prefer teeing off overlooking the Pacific ocean or along the shores of the Columbia River, there are over 150 golf courses in Oregon. For complete details and locations, visit Where to Play Golf in Oregon.
if you enjoy mountain driving, there are two routes we find most enjoyable. Both routes are described traveling eastbound:
Side trip — If you are traveling to the coast and driving north on Hwy 101, state highway 53 offers a series of switchbacks to challenge any driver. This drive will end at Hwy 26. Traveling eastward on 26, take 47 to return to the Inn.
Destination trip — If you are driving back to Portland, 219 north out of Newberg at Scholls Street offers an alternative to the busy suburbs of southwest Portland. From 219, take 210 to 217. State Highway 217 meets US Highway 26 into Portland. This drive takes you through the high valley with views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson as you travel eastward and takes you past apple and filbert orchards. It is again a series of switchbacks.