Posts Tagged ‘Oregon Inns’

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.

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.

Oregon Bride Magazine Awards

July 11th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill Wins 2011 Oregon Bride Magazine Awards for ‘Best Sunset Wedding Spot’ AND ‘Best All-Inclusive Wedding Venue’.  We were also a finalist for ‘Best Venue For Large Weddings’ and ‘Best Oregon Destination Venue’.  These awards have so touched us as it is voted by the public and industry professionals.  If I could reach through the computer and hug you for voting for us I would!  It is a David & Goliath story as Youngberg Hill doesn’t do as many weddings compared to others in these categories, so it is all that more special.   It has truly been an honor to host weddings throughout the years.  We know everyone personally and take great pride in greeting every guest as family and friends.  Oregon Bride Magazine is the leading bridal publication in the area, with a readership of 95,000 per issue.  A full listing of the 2011 Best of Bride winners is also available online by clicking here.

This has been an outstanding year as we received a Gold Medal for our 2008 Pinot Noir from Oregon Wine Award, an Award of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and now the Oregon Bride Awards.  Our whole team is so proud to receive these awards.  Thank you SO much for all your support!

2011 Fueled By Fine Wine One-Half Marathon

July 1st, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

2011 Fueled By Fine Wine One-Half Marathon combines your passion for running and love of fine wine in one event! The spectacular course will take you past some of the most acclaimed wineries in Oregon, winding through pristine vineyards and providing a breathtaking view from the top of the Dundee Hills. And you can imagine the after-party – wear your race medal and shirt proudly as you sip and savor some of Oregon’s finest wines with friends and family.  Youngberg Hill Inn is just a quick 15 minutes from this fun event.

Date: July 10, 2011    Time: 7 am    Place: Billick Park on 5th Street in Dundee, OR

Promo Code: winebyjoe and get $15 off for Joining Wine By Joe Team

Register Now!

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…

Another Great Review From A Guest

June 17th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2011- NEW

The Inn was a beautiful, relaxing place to vacation at. My room was lovely, with a gas fireplace that I lit each night before bed for awhile. The view from my room on the second floor as well as the living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor was spectacular. The Inn was exceptionally clean. We had a wonderful breakfast served each morning that was both unique and delicious. Our hosts were very delightful from Becky who prepared breakfast each morning and gave helpful suggestions as to good places to visit in the area to the owner/ winemaker who welcomed us and shared the history of the Inn during our evening wine tastings.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends  From: Princeton, New Jersey and posted on

TripAdvisor Award of Excellence

June 13th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

TripAdvisor Award of Excellence has been given to Youngberg Hill.  We are honored not just in receiving this award but for all the guests who support us and have taken the time to share their wonderful experiences and those that continue to make us be better every day.

Another Great Review From a Guest

June 12th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Another great review from a guest who recently stayed with us.  We are honored to have had the most amazing guests  and are now starting to include their comments on our social media.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do!
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2011- NEW

Idyllic photos can’t capture the peaceful wonder that is Youngberg Hill. This vineyard inn’s 180+ degree view of the Williamette Valley is second to none. The inn’s wrap-around deck is a perfect spot to sit and relax, listening to birds chirp while watching sunrise or sunset over vineyards and a pasture dotted with horses.

Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly, given run of the house, and very well cared-for. Throughout our stay, everyone at Youngberg Hill made us feel like part of the family, cheerfully catering to every request and genuinely interested in our making our stay enjoyable.

From delicious breakfasts to complementary afternoon wine tastings to 24 hr self-service drinks and snacks, absolutely no amenities were lacking. Need winery recommendations or dinner reservations? We found Becky, Jesse, and Wayne eager to help. Animal lovers will enjoy the enthusiastic greetings offered by labs Holly and Dale and their kitty companion Truffle.

Whether you’re looking for a little solitude or seeking the pleasant company of fellow travelers and friendly inn keepers, you’ll find it all at Youngberg Hill.

Room Tip: Even sm rooms have great views
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