Romantic, Colonial Bed and Breakfast in Willamette Valley Wine Country
Nestled behind Kelty Estate is a secret garden where purple flowers bloom, guests throw hopeful pennies into a weathered wishing well, and goldfish swim in a pond shaded by 200-year-old oak trees. In the front yard, sculpted hedges line a white picket fence, and a swing hangs on the front porch. This is the quaint and idyllic setting for Kelty Estate, a clapboard colonial inn hailing from 1872 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, charming details enhance the property’s romantic aesthetic.
Five individually decorated guest suites and rooms on the inn’s first and second floors take their names from beautiful Oregon lakes. Sitting atop the original carriage house, the Klamath suite has its own private entrance and a cast-iron bed. In the Strawberry suite, skylights illuminate an intimate wicker seating area, and sliding-glass doors in the bedroom unveil a private balcony overlooking the garden. The Diamond room is accented with period antiques, including a victrola, and it features a queen bed and ornate lace window treatments.
Each morning, a wood-trimmed dining room hosts a gourmet three-course breakfast prepared by the innkeeper with fresh, local ingredients. Sip coffee in the 19th-century parlor room outfitted with original crown molding, a brick wood-burning fireplace, and a wooden player piano. The included three-hour wine tour takes you on a custom jaunt through the scenic trails of Oregon’s wine country in a classic stretch limo.
Willamette Valley, Oregon: Hillside Vineyards and Historical Exhibits
Taste the fruits of family-owned boutique wineries and metropolitan tasting rooms in Willamette Valley, a prolific wine-tasting region famous for its production of world-class pinot noirs culled from sloping hillside vineyards. North of the Kelty Estate lies Chateau Lorane, whose handcrafted exotic varietals include late-harvest wines, meads, and ports. To sip artisan reds, head to historical downtown Carlton, where Scott Paul Wines hosts intimate tastings in a restored creamery built in 1915.
The Willamette Valley also contains several historical sites. About a 10-minute drive south takes you to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home to more than 200 aircraft and exhibits. You’ll find the original Spruce Goose, built by Howard Hughes in the 1940s to be the largest plane ever constructed. The museum is also home to an educational water park and a six-story 3-D IMAX theater. For more Willamette Valley history, visit Willamette Mission State Park, which marks the spot where Methodists established a missionary in the 1830s to convert Native Americans.
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