Looking for a weekend getaway that combines holiday festivities with some of Oregon’s most notable wines? The Dundee Hills, just 45 minutes outside of Portland, is home to world class Pinot Noir and Burgundy varietals, and from Thanksgiving through the New Year, they deck their hills in celebratory splendor and offer intimate tastings of newly released and rare vintages, as well as celebratory sparkling wines. Let the masses head to the malls while you come and experience a winemaker’s dinner or a bubbly release party before bedding down at a local B&B—and while you’re at it, check off items on your shopping list at Holiday Artisan Saturdays or a Winter Bazaar.
With more than 40 wineries in the scenic hills, there’s always something happening, and city attractions include the annual Dundee Fire Truck Parade on December 10, holiday lights in downtown Dundee, and shopping at unique spots like Briar Rose Creamery, with its award-winning handcrafted cheeses, Red Ridge Farms’ olive oils and gift shop, plus many other one-of-a-kind stores. For an enviable lunch, dinner or in between shopping and tasting reprieve, the Ponzi Family Dundee Bistro serves up delicious and comforting dishes that reflect the valley’s culinary creativity and local sourcing.
Some not to miss ‘Deck the Hills’ events this year include Winter’s Hill Winter Wine Dinner with Chef Max in Portland on November 30th and Winter’s Hill Winter Bazaar on December 8th, a French Sparkling Flight & Food Pairing at the Black Walnut Inn and Vineyard on December 1st, an Oregon Toast to the Holidays at Domaine Drouhin on December 8th, and a Stoller Family Estate Holiday Toy Drive from now through December 14th.
There’s no shortage of fabulous places to stay overnight in Dundee. La Bastide Bed & Breakfast, designed to reflect the charms of a country house in Provence in homage to the French influence of the area’s wines, has an “Christmas Sips” package that offers the perfect wine country holiday escape. Escape from the hectic holidays with an all inclusive offer that includes lodging, tour transportation, tasting fees, lunch and transportation to dinner. Or soak in the rustic luxury of The Inn at Red Hills with its cozy, holiday bedecked atmosphere. Inn at Red Hills is offering a steal of a deal for lodging in the valley: buy one get one night free from now through January 31st (promo code: BOGO) and hosting a holiday market on December 15th from 11am-5pm.
Create some special memories this holiday season in Dundee Hills!