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.
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.
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 “Living Building” status. (Living Building Challenge, which is more stringent than LEED certification, requires the building to give back energy and water to the grid.) The tasting room, which is slated to open this summer, will have four distinct spaces: a main room, a library of vintage wines, a kitchen (for food pairings), and a VIP cellar for club members. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
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 d’Espelette, caramelized onions, and local greens, and crowned with a golden egg.
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 (3–6 p.m.), when Margarita pizzas are $7 and wine by the glass is $2 off.
Rag & Bones
If you’re looking for a ’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. Open 12 p.m.–6 p.m., Tues.–Sat.