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Willamette Valley: The 8th Wonder of Oregon

March 11th, 2014 by Rachel

Youngberg Hill Vineyard
The View from Youngberg Hill

The View from Youngberg Hill

We think you’ll agree that there are way more than seven wonders of the world.  The traditional list of wonders includes places that don’t exist anymore, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as well as places that are still with us like the Great Pyramid of Gyza.

But there are so many other wonders that more lists have been written – like: The Seven Wonders of the Natural World, The Seven Modern Wonders of the World, and even The Seven New Wonders of the World.  Travel Oregon has matched these lists with a list of their own: The Seven Wonders of Oregon.  These wonders include the Oregon coast, Mount Hood, Crater Lake, the Columbia River Gorge, the Wallowas, Smith Rock, and the Painted Hills.

As residents of Oregon, we have to agree with this list of wonders.  And we’re going to have to raise you another wonder, Travel Oregon.  That wonder is: the Willamette Valley.

We know.  We know.  There’s a traditional limit to just seven wonders – and it’s so hard to choose which places are included in a list like this.  So, to help the decision-making process along, we’ve listed here why our valley is among the wonders of Oregon:

The Wine

Our valley is the perfect place to grow world-class pinot noir.  The soil is complex and rich.  The weather provides just the right amount of sun and rain to create the best environment for wine grapes to thrive.

Not only do grapes grow here, but there is a diverse  amount of life growing all around us.  We see birds, insect, grasses, trees, and flowers thrive throughout our valley.  This natural life is supported by healthy and organic farming practices utilized in most farms throughout the valley.  In fact, the Willamette Valley is the most studied river valley in the world. This leads us to:

The People 

When you ask why so many farmers have come to Willamette Valley, they will tell you about the terroir.  They will talk about the organic farming practices which are second nature to many farmers here.

The Willamette Valley is a close farming community filled with neighbors.  There are good people here, people you can trust to help you in a crisis and friendships that will last a lifetime.  One of the reasons so many have chosen the Willamette Valley as their home is the people.

What’s Nearby

The Willamette Valley is in a singular position.  You can view Mount Hood and the cascade mountain range from a variety of vantages throughout the valley – including right here at Youngberg Hill.  We are only an hour away from another wonder listed in the “7 Wonders of Oregon” – the Oregon Coast.  Three other wonders can be visited during a day trip – these are: Mount Hood, Smith Rock, and the Columbia River Gorge.

The valley itself has over 300 wineries, tasting rooms, and vineyards within driving or biking distance – including our own.  Wine lovers also tend to be foodies – and the valley doesn’t disappoint.  We have a ton of amazing restaurants and boutique food locations like chocolatiers, microbreweries, and cheesemakers.  There are gardens which celebrate Oregon’s amazing array of flora.  Want to enjoy a real view of Oregon?  There are helicopter and balloon rides available to view the valley and surrounding area.

So, although we know Travel Oregon had to limit the list to just seven wonders, we’ve decided to add one more.  We hope you’ll visit our valley – and even make it a central base from which you can visit many of the other wonders of Oregon.  We bet that the more you explore, the more wonders you can add to the list.  Cheers to you and yours!

Relax in Historic Downtown McMinnville

September 30th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

McMinnville History

In a world full of fast-paced technological advances, sometimes enjoying the slower pace of life is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate while on vacation.  Step back in time with us when you visit Historic downtown McMinnville, a town that began as a thriving agricultural center, and which is now located in the heart of Oregon’s beautiful wine country.  McMinnville, where the 1800′s meets the 21st century, is located in Yamhill County and has been called “Oregon’s Favorite Mainstreet”.  Our charming city was founded in 1843 by William Newby, and got its economic start from a Gristmill, which was located at the end of its 3rd Street historic district near the present-day city library.  Stroll down downtown McMinnville’s historic district on 3rd Street, and you’ll encounter a variety of modern businesses that include lodging, art galleries, restaurants and wineries.  The buildings that these businesses occupy were mostly built between the years of 1885-1912, and have recently been renovated and updated.  McMinnville is a city that cherishes good food, good wine, and the time spent enjoying both with friends and family.  If this is what you have in mind for your relaxing getaway, then book your stay now at the Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, located just minutes away from beautiful, historic downtown McMinnville.

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Let McMinnville Dining Thrill Your Tastebuds

September 2nd, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

McMinnville diningThe hillsides along the Oregon corridor between McMinnville and Newberg are covered with vineyards; evidence of the thriving and world-renowned wine country found in Willamette Valley. Over the recent past, the tourism industry has excelled thanks in large part to this wine-driven notoriety. What was once a charming old farming town famous for its turkeys is now a thriving foodie destination. Dining in downtown McMinnville is an experience nothing short of amazing. The surprising variety of cuisine available in this charming downtown includes sumptuous Italian dishes, Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas, Mexican dishes, fine French cuisine, and classic American fare. Everyone loves great food. Pair that great food with world-famous wines, and you have a recipe for perfection, recently leading McMinnville to be hailed as the second best foodie town in America by Bon Appetit magazine. With a reputation like that, we can assure you there is no shortage of delectable culinary delights awaiting you in McMinnville. Don’t miss your chance to explore this charming foodie paradise, and book your stay at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn now.

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Reimagine history at the Evergreen Aviation Museum

August 11th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Evergreen Aviation MuseumVisitors to McMinnville often come here to enjoy the splendor and serenity found in Willamette Valley wine country; to enjoy the flavors of fine Oregon wine, and the exquisite culinary delights that accompany their favorite glass.  However, there is so much more to McMinnville than our Willamette Valley wines.  With the green rolling hills of wine country as the backdrop, this historic city offers visitors the grand experience you’d expect out of a larger city, while still holding on to its historic small-town charm.  Tucked in the hills of McMinnville, you’ll find world class experiences, such as the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.  The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a gem to locals and visitors alike, and is definitely a must-see opportunity while in McMinnville.  Children the world-over have dreamt of flight for centuries.  Book your stay with us at the Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn now, and let your imagination run wild in the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

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