Wine and romance: Here’s where to go to get up close and personal
Wine and romance: Here’s where to go to get up close and personal. It’s extremely difficult to go just about anywhere in our corner of the country and not be in wine country.
Special to The Seattle Times
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST is a pretty romantic place, thanks to our region’s natural beauty. Add a glass of wine and you have the makings for a perfect weekend with your sweetheart.
Fortunately for all of us, it’s extremely difficult to go just about anywhere in our corner of the country and not be in wine country. That said, some areas have greater concentrations of wineries and vineyards than others.
Here are a few of my favorite getaways when you want to get up close and personal with that special someone.
Youngberg Hill: This amazing B&B and winery tucked in the hills south of McMinnville, Ore., provides perhaps the most stunning views in a region known for amazing vistas. Enjoy award-winning wines, walk the vineyards and treat yourself to one of the most romantic hideaways in the Pacific Northwest.
Terra Blanca Winery: This winery on Washington’s Red Mountain near the Tri-Cities transports visitors to another time and place. It is reminiscent of beautiful locations in France, Italy and Napa Valley. It’s perfect for a glass of wine or a delicious meal. Be sure to get a tour of the caves.
Tsillan Cellars: Perched on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Tsillan Cellars gives you the sense of being plucked out of Washington and dropped into Tuscany. Great wines and superb food from the on-site restaurant make this a truly romantic stop.
Desert Wind Winery: Based in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser, Desert Wind has it all: tasting room, restaurant and nearby wineries. The upstairs lodging includes superb amenities. And you’re in the heart of Yakima Valley wine country.
Columbia Gorge Hotel: How romantic is the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.? Even Rudolph Valentino purportedly stayed here. Perched atop basalt cliffs overlooking the stunning Columbia River Gorge, the hotel has its own waterfall, delicious food and dozens of wineries and breweries just minutes away.
Marcus Whitman Hotel: This downtown Walla Walla hotel was built in the 1920s. Renovations in the past 15 years have transformed it to its former glory and have made the Marcus Whitman the centerpiece of the Walla Walla Valley wine industry. It has a great restaurant, six tasting rooms in the lobby and more than 100 wineries and nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards within a 20-minute drive.
Black Walnut Inn: Nestled in the Dundee Hills southwest of Portland, the Black Walnut is easily one of the most beautiful and romantic B&Bs in Oregon wine country. Luxurious rooms and a superb breakfast are the centerpiece, but you’ll also enjoy walking through the grounds, which include several acres of vineyards.
The Allison Inn & Spa: The Allison in Newberg is one of the most important developments to take place in Oregon wine country. This is a grand property that compares well next to the Alderbrook, Salish, Skamania, Sun Mountain and Timberline lodges. It is tucked away amid the natural beauty of the northern Willamette Valley.
Andy Perdue is a wine author, journalist and international judge. Learn more about wine at greatnorthwestwine.com.