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5 ways to Celebrate Oregon Wine Month in the Willamette Valley

April 5th, 2016 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon wine month 2016May is Oregon Wine Month in the Willamette Valley, and we couldn’t think of a better time to enjoy all that this area has to offer. The following are five ways to get out and explore the lesser visited parts of the Willamette Valley.

  1. 3rd Street in downtown McMinnville: This is a hub for a variety of activities. Wander the sidewalks exploring the many locally owned boutique shops lining the street, or enjoy one of the several top notch restaurants such as Bistro Maison, Nick’s, Thistle, and the Barberry. While also on 3rd Street, stop by the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar for a wine tasting.
  2. McMinnville AVA: This viticulture area is the place to enjoy exquisite wines that are distinguished for their depth, complexity, bold structure, and black fruit. Enjoy less crowded tasting rooms, unique views, beautiful structures, and friendly hospitality at these family owned wineries. You’ll be treated to all of these things at Youngberg Hill, Coeur de Terre, Yamhill Valley, Maysara, Coleman, and J Wrigley.
  3. Eola Hills AVA: Travel over to McMinnville’s neighboring wine growing area to taste the difference that a few miles can make. Spend a day visiting Brooks, Bethel Heights, and Cristom. Make a lunch stop in Amity at the Blue Goat for fresh, local fare before continuing your wine tasting adventures at Coelho Winery.
  4. Yamhill-Carlton: This town is where you’ll find many small wine producers making great quality wines that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Carlton is also home to several tasting rooms for wineries from other parts of Oregon pouring bigger red varietals.
  5. The Oregon Coast: Ok, this may not be technically part of the Willamette Valley, but it is only a short trip from the heart of the valley. Many people don’t know that McMinnville is only 45 to 50 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.  Not only are there great beaches and views in Pacific City, there are many great restaurants along Hwy 101 from Pacific City to Newport. Take a break from wine tasting and head to the beach, enjoy some fresh seafood, and Oregon wines.

4 Reasons to choose a Bed & Breakfast in the Willamette Valley

February 3rd, 2016 by Nicolette Bailey

When trTripadvisor Certificate of Excellenceaveling through the Willamette Valley in Oregon, a bed & breakfast might not be your first lodging choice, but here are four reasons why it should be number one.

Let’s start at the beginning: breakfast. Nothing starts a day better than a delicious homemade breakfast, and that is exactly what you’ll get at a bed & breakfast.  Wake up to the wafting smells of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast being prepared by hand and with love. The breakfast you’ll enjoy is unique and different from that which you might normally prepare at home or have at a hotel.  Even if you don’t normally start your day with a full breakfast, while in the Willamette Valley, you may want to enjoy the morning meal.  After all, it is important to wake up your taste buds, and fill your stomach, prior to a day of wine tasting.  It will feel like home, but taste like a restaurant.

The second reason to stay at a bed and breakfast is for the serene experience. Unplug, and detox from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life in a beautiful Willamette Valley bed and breakfast.  Located in rural locations, these establishments provide spectacular views, quiet and serene environments, limited light pollution, easy access to nature, and the relaxation of not having to do anything but drink wine.

Reason number three on why you should stay at a bed & breakfast is the people.  Bed and breakfasts are congregation areas for people that are passionate about good wine, good food, and enjoying both while relaxing and taking in the beautiful surroundings.  You’ll have unique opportunities to meet new people from all over the world. It is always amazing how many connections are made, new friendships established, and storiea Inn guest review of Youngberg Hills shared by people from different places and lives. At Youngberg Hill, you have multiple opportunities to meet with your fellow travelers not only at breakfast, but also during the exclusive wine tasting reception hour; just another opportunity to taste great pinot noirs of the Willamette Valley!

The final reason you need to stay at a bed & breakfast is the service.  Guests have exclusive access to some of the most knowledgeable people around: the owners and innkeepers.  These people are your built-in concierge service, there to help you navigate the innumerable wineries, dozens of restaurants for lunch and dinner, and other activities during your time in the valley. Knowing the local scene, logistics of getting around in the valley, realistic travel times, and where to have the best experiences are all worth their weight in gold when it comes to making your Willamette Valley experience remarkable.  They are there to make your trip as effortless and enjoyable as possible.

So the next time you think about visiting the Willamette Valley in Oregon, treat yourself and stay at a bed and breakfast.

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