Indulge in the simple life on Oregon’s farms, ranches, wineries, food trails and more.
Autumn is prime time for country escapes. As you travel back roads, you’ll pass colorful leaves turning mountain slopes golden and scarlet hues. You can taste crisp cider from heritage barns and pick buckets of apples for baking pies. Up pop the pumpkin patches and corn mazes, as well as the aroma of ripening pears. In wine country, the grape clusters hang heavy from the vines — plump and deeply purple — and the bustle of harvest fills the air and sparks the imagination. Far from the city lights, you can experience the wonder of brisk, star-studded nights. The days might be getting shorter, but there’s so much to captivate your senses. Below is a mere handful of cool places to stay for a bountiful getaway.
Catch a luminous vineyard sunrise, hike through wine country, or simply slumber surrounded by starlit grapevines — there’s a diversity of wine retreats to experiences across the state.
For a pinot pilgrimage, head to the Willamette Valley, home to some of Oregon’s oldest vineyards. At Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, a turkey farm turned eco-pioneer in the wine world, you’ll find the largest contiguous vineyard in the area and the first LEED Gold Certified Winery in the world. Lodging ranges from country cottages to historic farmhouses, all located within walking distance to the tasting room. Closer to the town of McMinnville, you can soak up vineyard views and the beauty of the Oregon Coast Range from the hilltop veranda at Youngberg Hill. At this family-run winery and inn, cozy comforts include in-room fireplaces and a two-course gourmet breakfast. You can pair your wine stay with pristine wilderness when you road trip to Southern Oregon.
In the Umpqua Valley, near the town of Roseburg, Delfino Vineyards offers a serene escape with a one-bedroom cottage (plus hot tub and lap pool) set on a 160-acre farm and vineyard with woodland hiking trails and views of the Callahan Ridge mountains.
Cruise farther south to the Rogue Valley, a region famous for the Wild and Scenic Rogue River and hillside vineyards planted with grape varietals such as syrah, merlot and tempranillo. Near the town of Ashland — home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival — Weisinger Family Winery has a 1900s-era farmhouse turned modern bungalow with a hot tub and vineyard views. At Foris, Oregon’s southernmost winery, you can stay at the historic Maple Ranch Johnson House, a five-bedroom home surrounded by vineyards and forestland with views of the nearby Klamath Range. Set on 112 acres in the heart of Oregon’s rugged Siskiyou Mountains, this is one of the wildest and most biologically diverse areas in the West.
Make friends with a peacock and pet a donkey, herd sheep and feed baby lambs, harvest vegetables and hike with pack goats. The adventures are endless when you embrace one of the many farm stays around the state.
At Leaping Lamb Farm Stay, located between Corvallis and the Coast Range, you can stay in a two-bedroom farm cottage that surveys an orchard with wily rams, and the chicken yard where you can collect eggs each morning. Or opt for the sprawling 1895 four-bedroom farmhouse surrounded by ancient apple trees and a short walk from the picturesque barn where Paco, a miniature Sicilian donkey, resides with a flock of salt-and-pepper sheep and baby lambs.
Combine a visit to wine country with your farm stay in Carlton, where you can sleep in beautifully designed (and renovated) grain silos at Abbey Road Farm, an 82-acre farm plus bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the Willamette Valley. At the nearby fifth-generation, family-run Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, overnight lodging includes a garden suite with a bird’s-eye balcony view of vineyards, an olive grove and a lavender field. Or you can opt for an idyllic two-bedroom cottage. In 2004 the Durant family planted olive trees and established one of the first orchards of its kind in Oregon. They operate the state’s only commercial olive mill.
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