2011-2013 Bed & Breakfast Guide

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Location: Chehalem Ridge B&B, 28700 NE Mountain Top Road, Newberg, Oregon 97132 Dates the Stash Tea B&B Guide Coupon is applicable: November through April, excluding Thanksgiving weekend.
Email: innkeeper@chehalemridge.com Number of Rooms: Four
Phone: 503-538-3474 Cost: $120-$180
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About the Area

We are located on top of Chehalem Mountain, in the Willamette Valley. We are out in the country, peaceful and remote, but just 45 minutes south of Portland, making it the ideal base for adventures in wine and nature.

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What to Do

Activities: The Willamette Valley is the premiere destination in Oregon for wine tasting, especially Pinot Noir.

Museums: The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home to Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose, is in nearby McMinnville.

Great drives or views: While we think we have one of the best views of the valley, a lot of area wineries have amazing views as well. Most of the wineries are tucked back in the hills, so the drive from one to another is beautiful.

Best places to eat: The Painted Lady is a top-rated Zagat restaurant and celebrated by Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence for Best Restaurant for Wine. They serve a four-course prix fixe dinner that is amazing! Want something a little less formal? Subterra, Jory and Recipe round out Newberg's fine dining choices.

Great shopping areas: 1st Street in Newberg and 3rd Street in McMinnville both have cute shops and tasting rooms to wander through; there is also great antiquing in Newberg and Lafayette.

Most romantic spots: On the private deck of your room at the Chehalem Ridge B&B, of course.

Best day trips:

  1. Take a day (or more!) visiting a few of the 140 wineries located in the surrounding six American Viticultural Areas.
  2. Only 45 minutes away, make your way to the city of Portland and see the International Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and experience the city's urban quirkiness, including numerous food carts, unique restaurants and breweries, and Powell's Bookstore.
  3. Head for the rugged Oregon Coast and take the gorgeous drive up the coast on US-101; stop at Newport and visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium, or at Tillamook, famous for its cheese and ice cream.
  4. Love the great outdoors? The Columbia River Gorge with all its wonderful waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, has lots of great hikes and scenic views to offer.

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Interview with the Innkeepers

How would you describe your bed and breakfast?
Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast is a contemporary house that reflects the spirit, history and character of Oregon in each of the four bedrooms. Furnished with a queen bed, private bath and individual heating and cooling, each room is decorated to highlight a unique aspect of Oregon: the Coast, the Rose Garden, Wine Country and the Oregon Trail. In-room comforts like fireplaces, jetted tubs and private decks complete the experience. A full, gourmet breakfast, which can accommodate specific food allergies, is included.

What types of vacationers is your bed and breakfast perfect for?
Our area is great for wine tasters, those with well-refined palates as well as folks who are just getting to know Oregon wine. Our B&B is perfect for guests who want to relax on the deck after exploring the area wineries, shops and museums.

What is special about your inn? Is there a story behind it?
Curt and Kristin bought an unfinished eyesore of a house in 2005. They could see the potential in the house and could easily imagine guests having breakfast on the deck overlooking the valley. Keeping the exterior framework of the half-house, they worked with an architect and contractor to redesign the interior into the bed and breakfast. Kristin developed the interior design of the house to give each room a unique character and to make sure that all the details were taken care of.

What is within walking distance of your inn?
Being on top of Chehalem Mountain, our guests who walk do so to enjoy the countryside. All our wineries, restaurants, shopping and museums are a quick drive downhill.

What type of breakfast do you serve?
Kristin graduated from the culinary arts program at Western Culinary Institute. Breakfast consists of fresh baked goodies, like Chai Scones or Rhubarb Muffins (with rhubarb from the garden), a creative fruit dish like melons with Marionberry Glaze and Feta, and an entrée. Kristin varies the entrée with sweet dishes such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and savory dishes such as Baked Egg and Zucchini Gratin. Not only are breakfasts homemade, but Kristin makes the jams and jellies as well as keeps a cookie jar stocked with fresh baked cookies at the kitchenette. Kristin is also able to adapt breakfast dishes to accommodate dietary needs, such as gluten- or dairy-free diets. Any guest with a restrictive diet can enjoy breakfast with the rest of the table!

Are there any special events held in your area?
So many! For the active folks, we have the Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon in July and the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on Labor Day Weekend. For the art-inclined, Carlton's A Walk in the Park in mid-August, the Art Harvest Studio Tour the first two weekends in October and the monthly Newberg ARTWalk provide lots of opportunity to get to know local artists. Of course, we have wine events all year round, including the internationally-acclaimed International Pinot Noir Celebration in late July.

What is the best time of year to visit?
April, May, September and October are our favorite times. We generally have pretty good weather and the wineries are less crowded. If you want to make sure you have a rain-free visit, July and August are your best bets!

Will guests be able to meet the innkeeper?
Yep! Owner and Innkeeper Kristin makes and serves breakfast. She loves to chat with guests and help them plan their adventures in the area.

What is your favorite thing about your inn?
Our view is amazing! We overlook vineyards and orchards, as well as the town of Newberg, which provides nice city lights at night.

What is the one thing guests return year after year for?
To buy and taste more wine and make more memories, but also for the great food and hospitality.

Do you have any advice for someone staying in a bed and breakfast for the first time?
Be open to experiencing something new! Every B&B has a different vibe and a different way of doing things, so if you are particular about something, find out if a B&B is the right fit for you. For example, we do a creative, plated breakfast at two set times; if you want a more standard family-style breakfast with more flexible times we might not be the right place for you. Or maybe you’ll be open to trying something new!

Innkeeper’s favorite Stash Tea?
Decaf Vanilla Chai!