Farm-to-Table Dining in Oregon's Willamette Valley
Vineyards and locavore restaurants near Portland.
The Willamette Valley—a mere 45-minute drive from Portland—is finally getting its moment in the sun. Speaking of sun, best to visit in July or August, when the rain typically subsides.
1 The Painted Lady Restaurant
The Painted Lady Restaurant has become even more of a destination with the opening of an adjacent two-bedroom cottage. After dinner, husband-and-wife owners Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley-Routt will send you to bed with a box of fresh scones. They also stock your kitchen with local eggs, bread, coffee, and fruit.
2 Sokol Blosser
Sokol Blosser is pushing the green envelope with its certified organic vineyard, solar panels, and a new 5,000-square-foot tasting room that architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture is hoping will achieve â€œLiving Buildingâ€
3 Community Plate
Jars of homemade green tomato ketchup and pickled vegetables line the shelves at Community Plate, the latest farmer-driven restaurant in McMinnville. Sunday brunch is the best time to go for buttermilk pancakes or pork hash, cooked with piment dâ€™Espelette, caramelized onions, and local greens, and crowned with a golden egg.
4 Red Hills Market
If you need some picnic fare, head to Red Hills Market in Dundee for hazelnut-topped salads and sandwiches like roast beef with blue cheese and caramelized onions. Or come for the weekday happy hour (3â€“6 p.m.), when Margarita pizzas are $7 and wine by the glass is $2 off.
5 Rag & Bones
If youâ€™re looking for a â€™60s Pendleton wool dress or a groovy Pendleton overcoat (with fur collar and leather buttons), stop by Rag & Bones. The boutique, owned by Thistle restaurant owners Eric Bechard and Emily Howard, sells only American-made vintage clothing, most of it wool. OpenÂ 12 p.m.â€“6 p.m., Tues.â€“Sat.