Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes, and then began A Blooming Hill Vineyard in nearby Washington County. Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create enough breathing room for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.
Árdíri Winery & Vineyards' winemakers John Compagno and Gail Lizak personally tend to each vine on their five-acre vineyard in California's Napa Valley and 15-acre vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon. They age each harvest's fruit in French oak, creating complexly flavored whites and reds, such as the 2009 Willamette Valley pinot noir that was named one of Oregon's 50 Best Wines in 2011 and 2012 by Portland Monthly.
John and Gail share their award-winning varietals year round at their open-air tasting facility, where staffers pour samples from behind a black concrete bar and roll-up windowed doors afford stunning views of Mount Hood and the Chehalem Mountains. The boutique winery's dog- and bike-friendly grounds also include a covered flagstone patio, a fire pit, trails through the vineyards, and picnic areas perfect for sighting the rare behatted brown bear.
Instructors build confidence in beginning and intermediate riders during lessons that guide students through the skill milestones of English riding en route to entry-level jumping and dressage. Early instruction is divided between time in the saddle and grooming in the stable, which can include everything from pre-ride brushing to giving a horse an impressive new paint job. As the rider’s skills progress, less time is needed to fulfill grooming duties, leaving more time for riding. Inclement weather poses no problem for aspiring equestrians, as the training center includes an indoor arena to complement its outdoor trails.
The Forest Hills Golf Course has been a golfing destination for Portland residents since it was first built back in 1927. The course, just 26 miles west of the city, is spread across 100 acres of rolling terrain inundated with mountain views. Before rounds, players can warm up on practice facilities that include a bunker, driving range, and four putting greens. Once you've hit some balls and given a pep talk to your putter, it's time to hit the pine-tree lined course, where you'll encounter sand traps, water hazards, and doglegs. For a sneak peak, Forest Hills' website provides a comprehensive layout of the course.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.