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Weekend Getaways: Willamette Valley, OR

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Willamette Valley, OR

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds of Napa or Sonoma, head to this stretch of lesser-known vineyards starting 25 miles south of Portland. In Newberg, check in to the Victorian-style cottage at the Painted Lady ($$), known for its restaurant’s five-course vegetarian menu ($$$). Wine tasting, of course, is acceptable at any time of day—get up early to try the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay at Stoller Family Estate; then make your way to Bethel Heights Vineyard to taste their rich Pinot Noirs. For a leisurely Sunday brunch, there’s Community Plate ($), in McMinnville. Stake out a corner at one of the long communal tables and order the albacore tuna melt.

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