Posts Tagged ‘Oregon B&B’

Hostesses with the Mostesses

November 3rd, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

InnkeepersMost of our guests and everyone in the Willamette Valley will agree that our most distinguishing feature is our extraordinary panoramic views from atop the Hill. However, I suggest that our Innkeepers, Becky and Colleen, may be our most distinguishing feature. While our guests always leave mesmerized by their experience with us, it is the personal care that Becky and Colleen take with each and every guest that truly sets us apart.

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Wine Country Lodging Getaway – Jura Suite

August 12th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

JuraRm-01The Jura Suite was originally two, small, separate guest rooms in the Inn that were combined in 1994 to make a larger suite.  Although it was always a beautiful room, we knew that we could improve it, and in late December of 2012 we took on the challenge of welcoming in the coming year by giving the Jura a complete makeover!

There were four main focus areas for design; the view, the headboard, the larger bathroom with glass wine sinks, and the fireplace.  Everything else fit around these elements.   The beautiful original panoramic windows always filled the room with light and gave guests a full view of the valley, so we decided to keep them.  It felt great to kick off the Jura remodel by making an energy efficient update that corresponded with our convictions to uphold good environmental practices here at Youngberg Hill .  Although we loved the original trim, the chance to change the trim color throughout the entire room in order to give the room some special flare that set it aside from all the rest was simply too fun to pass up.  We now enjoy a dark chocolate trim that picks up the tones of the other new additions in the room – the headboard and the wood grains in the exposed beams above.

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Enjoy Your Stay

June 23rd, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

With the vineyard, tasting room, weddings, and the rest of the buzz going on at Youngberg Hill, it’s nice to slow down as the evening arrives, and get to know the guests that are staying with us at the Inn.  They hail from all over the world, and have found us through our website, their friends or other avenue, and have decided to make Youngberg Hill their place to retreat and recharge throughout their vacation stay.  Many return each year, and we like to consider them our friends.  When they come down for breakfast in their bathrobe, we know they feel the same.  Our guests are those travelers that are looking for a relaxing, out-of-the-way experience where it is peaceful, laid back and unassuming.

We have an instant connection with our guests through our shared love of wine.  Over 90% of our guests are in the valley to taste Oregon Pinot Noir, and they relish the idea of staying on a vineyard, seeing where the fruit comes from that is going into the wine they are enjoying.  Sharing our wine and our story with the guests that join us every afternoon at our wine tasting reception gives both them and us an opportunity to really get to know each other, our families, our wines, and the valley.  And we get to hear of their other adventures – driving to the coast for the day, hiking at Silver Falls, visiting the Gorge or Mount Hood, or hot air ballooning.

When their vacation comes to a close, and they go home to New York, Atlanta, Germany, Australia, Seattle, Dallas or China, they will sometimes check in with their friends on the Hill, to let us know they’ve opened our wine, they are missing Oregon, or that they are passing this way again.   And we love to hear from them, and look forward to sharing another glass of wine.

As Our Garden Grows

May 12th, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

On Youngberg Hill, we are continuing the journey of healthy farming and living in a sustainable environment. As our daughters get older and our Inn occupancy increasing we find ourselves going through more and more fruits and vegetables every day.  Given that, we decided to plant about a half-acre organic garden this year.  Not only would we get great produce from it, it would be good for the girls to work in the garden this summer.

So we began planting this month. The girls have been very helpful and taken ownership for the results it brings. We started in the house with seedlings of tomatoes, basil, chives, and cloves in cardboard rolls and eggshells.  We have since planted the tomatoes in the garden. We will plant seeds of tomatoes in the garden as well as grow plants that will provide fruit later. We planted starts of strawberries and asparagus in patches that will come back every year, although the asparagus won’t produce for a couple more years.

We planted sweet corn in another plot with room to plant more in a couple of weeks. We planted all the usual vegetables – carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, pak choi, leeks, cucumbers, pumpkins (for Halloween), beans, peppers, and potatoes.

We have been planting in accordance with the Farmer’s Almanac’s guidance regarding timing on planting. This is in concert with our biodynamic farming of the grapevines and our holistic practices on the property. By timing our planting of potatoes at the full moon, they will produce much better and that will be in concert with the rest of nature on the farm. Part of the biodynamic philosophy is that all of nature be in balance and syncronized. That applies to all plant, insect, and animal life on the farm.

As our garden begins to flourish, the girls are excited to see the changes each week, and to soon taste, literally, the fruits of their labor!

Call It Kismet

April 21st, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

I love to tell this story, because I love happy endings.

Shortly after Wayne and Nicolette arrived in the Willamette Valley some items were taken out of their mailbox.  Nicolette had a lively Greek exchange of expectations with the postmaster of McMinnville.  Just a few weeks later Nicolette and Wayne were out on a “date night” when they were sharing stories and a few glasses of wine with some yet-to-be-introduced new acquaintances.

Finally names were exchanged, and Nicolette realized she was sitting across from her adversary, the postmaster himself, otherwise known as Jess Davis.  The emotion of the earlier exchange resurfaced as a bond of friendship that might have otherwise not been as strong, and a new road to be travelled unrolled before me.  Winemaking holds an appeal for me that I didn’t know was there.

After cooking a couple of winemaker’s dinners and private parties at Youngberg Hill (I am a trained chef), I began assisting Wayne in the vineyard and at the winery – sorting grapes, and barreling and bottling the wines.  I spent my evenings and vacation time assisting in the winemaking for a few years, before Wayne convinced me it was time to change careers and become part of the family on the Hill.  So after 32 years of faithful federal service, I sold my acreage, and began the life of a farmer/vintner/barkeeper/winemaker/chef/inn manager.  On a farm, the day starts when your feet hit the ground, and stops when you do.  But a day on a John Deere beats a day at the office anytime.

I love spending my time bringing smiles to people tasting our wines, or helping them unlock the mysteries that wine presents.  I love welcoming guests into the inn, and I love being a farmer.  And when it is time to call it a day, I watch the sunset through a glass of my favorite Pinot Noir and cherish every sip of life.

Jess Davis

Pinot Noir Pears and Smoothies

August 9th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

If your looking for options for getting your daily intake of Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir we have two great solutions for you.  Make Pinot Noir Pears and smoothies!  Take a bottle of Pinot Noir, whole peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar and simmer for 30 min.  Peel and core fresh pears and set them aside. Next, strain the Pinot sauce and place the pears in the Pinot sauce and cook for 30 min. Let them cool and refrigerate over night. In the morning either serve the Pinot Pears for breakfast or freeze it for smoothies. For Pinot smoothies take them out of the freezer and let it start thawing, pour a bottle of Pinot Gris in with it and blend.  And there you have my famous Pinot Noir Smoothies!! We can serve them for breakfast and during events at Youngberg Hill.  They are SO good that I have decided I am going to patent them!!

 

Select Registry Member

July 13th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill is a proud Member of Select Registry.  What makes Select Registry membership so special?  Perhaps the most important distinction between a Select Registry member inn and any other is our system of quality assurance. Select Registry carries out a quality assurance inspection of each  inns. This program involves independent inspectors – not employees of Select Registry – with years of experience in the hospitality industry. The inspectors arrive anonymously, spend the night, and evaluate the inn based on a detailed point system, which translates into a pass/fail grade for the inn.  Thus, this process provides a guarantee to the traveling public that a Select Registry inn is in a class of its own.  No other online directory or organization of innkeepers has a comparable inspection program. Select Registry has established quality as a hallmark of its member properties.   All of our inns are “the best” – and our inspections prove it! Youngberg Hill is a location you Must see in your lifetime.

Michael Orwick Paintings

July 12th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

We were honored to have Michael Orwick visit Youngberg Hill last fall to paint his masterpieces from our beautiful hill. Michael creates oil paintings that are glowing dialogues of light. He allows his passion for nature to work its way into each piece.  If your interested in finding out more visit his website at http://www.michaelorwick.com

Salem Concert Band in Wine Country

June 28th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Salem Concert Band in Wine Country is amazing when at Youngberg Hill and preformed by the Salem Concert Band.  They will present their Enchanted Evening concert on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Youngberg Hill Vineyard. The concert will feature broadway and popular musical selections with featured vocalist Ken Willeford. A gourmet box dinner is included in the ticket price from Creative Catering by Roth’s Fresh Markets. Beverages will be available for purchase from Youngberg Hill Vineyard. Seating is on the vineyard lawn and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Tickets are available from TicketsWest outlets and at ticketswest.com. For more information visit the Salem Concert Band Website: www.scb.org. The Youngberg Hill Vineyard is located at 10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road, McMinnville, Oregon.

Another Great Review From a Guest!

June 21st, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2011

Gorgeous Inn, fantastic views, friendly people, and good wine. Great breakfast in the morning too. We stayed two nights and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Highly recommend it and we hope to be back again someday.

  • Stayed June 2011  from Cleveland…