Wine Country's Biggest Secret

We wanted to keep the serene Beacon Hill Cabin to ourselves. But our conscience wouldn't let us keep a place so special from you.

By Kasey Cordell January 15, 2013

Built by Tony Soter (of Soter Vineyards) when he moved from Napa Valley in 1999, the 900-square-foot Beacon Hill Cabin sits atop 22 acres planted with pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. While Beacon Hill doesn't currently produce its own wine, its grapes are used by wineries such as Soter, White Rose, and Andrew Rich among others.

This installment of our Hidden Escapes series comes with a heavy heart—one heavy with the knowledge that as soon as the rest of the world learns of the idyllic Beacon Hill Cabin, a spectacular lighthouse-like cabin perched atop 22 acres of vineyard smack in the middle of Willamette Valley wine country, booking a weekend here will become a lot more difficult.

We'll get over it.

The cabin, a 900-square-foot loft-esque space, offers panoramic views of verdant vineyards rolling into the valley's forested slopes, a couldn't-be-more-perfect woodstove, and easy access to the cache of wineries that have made the Willamette Valley famous. Cupid couldn't have designed a more romantic abode.

Carla Rodriguez and George Hillberry purchased the Beacon Hill property—which sits about 15 minutes from the trove of tasting rooms in both Carlton and Newberg—in 2011, but only began renting the cabin as a vacation property this summer. While the wraparound deck might be best enjoyed at the height of summer, winter affords its own kind of beauty: a frostbitten valley-scape dressed in pale greens and grays and curtained by ethereal fog phantoms. Savor the scene curled up with a steaming cup of cocoa (or your favorite local pinot) and serenaded by the crackle and pop of a fire and your own satisfied sigh.

Book it at airbnb.com. $200 per night; $40 cleaning fee; two-night minimum

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