Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Willamette Valley, OR

As soon as we left Portland, we headed to the Willamette Valley for a few days to enjoy the countryside and do some wine tasting. Willamette Valley is known for their Pinot Noirs and I was so excited to finally see this wine country.  I spent a lot of time researching hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area and ultimately decided to stay at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast and I'm so glad I did.

As soon as my friend, Corey, and I arrived, the Innkeeper, Kristin showed us around the B&B. On the main floor, there was the dining room, kitchen, and a communal living room as well as a balcony that overlooked the valley. On the basement floor, there were books and games we could choose from if we wanted to read or play a game. Then, in the Wine Country Room that we stayed in, there was a jacuzzi and a private balcony. We were in complete awe of the view and ended up just drinking wine on our private balcony and watching the hawks fly above the trees for the first night.

But, the real reason I am mentioning this is because of the food, of course! Kristin, who runs the B&B, is also a trained chef who specializes in accommodating any dietary needs or preferences. So I was delighted when she told me that vegan meals were no problem. As soon as I arrived, she put out fresh vegan lemon drop sugar cookies and I knew that I had made the right decision.

For our first breakfast, she completely blew me away. She started by serving a parfait complete with strawberries, soy yogurt, and locally grown hazelnuts.

Next, she served us a poppyseed loaf with two homemade jellies.

And finally asparagus crepes with herb bechamel sauce garnished with savory and chives. Oh my goodness, these crepes were amazing. I raved about them all day long.

The next day, she started the breakfast by serving slices of canteloupe and watermelon in a Marionberry sauce.

Then she served rhubarb muffins with peach melba.

And for the main entree, hazelnut waffles with strawberries and elderberry syrup. Um, can I move in forever??

Kristen was very accommodating as she let us use the mini refrigerator to store our food and drinks while providing us with picnic packs we could use to picnic in the wine country. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I'm looking forward to returning to Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast in the years to come.

Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast
28700 NE Mountain Top Road
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-3474

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