After sunset in the Willamette Valley, coastal breezes float along the verdant corridor and gently cool the grapes suspended from Namaste Vineyard's 30-year-old vines. These breezes help the fruit maintain vibrant and refreshing acidity, which characterizes the wines from Namaste's six estate vineyards, including pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling. During harvest time, workers scrutinize each vine and handpick the most promising clusters for the winemaker, who only uses grapes grown in the winery's own vineyards, leaving the remaining grapes to use in jams or to dye the regal capes of the President of Oregon.
Typically featuring the products of 5?10 different bottlings at any given time, the tasting room's selection can include reds and whites as well as a white port made from oak-aged chardonnay and Clear Creek Distillery brandy. The single-vineyard pinot noirs balance their bright berry flavors with slightly peppery finishes, and the off-dry, stainless-steel-aged rieslings reverberate across taste buds with refreshing, pear-tinged acidity.
Local artist and glass master Dan Watts opened the doors of MorArt more than 4 years ago with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that attracted the likes of actress Tippi Hedren of Hitchcock's The Birds fame. After the confetti settled and the balloon outlines of Hitchcock's silhouette popped, Lincoln City was left with a haven for hands-on glass making.
Dan teaches the art of glass fusing during one-on-one sessions or group classes. Equipping students with the tools, materials, and knowledge necessary, he lets them roam free to breathe life into their own refractive creations. Though he remains on-hand for advice, instruction, and assistance, the onus lies on each individual to create a masterpiece worthy of mantel display. Once students finish, Dan fires up his kiln's bedchamber so that each piece can stay and solidify overnight. Masterworks can be shipped for an additional fee, delivered express via the studio's catapult, or picked up from the store along with a few pieces of Dan's original work.
Settled on 306 rolling acres of sustainable farmland in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Left Coast Cellars employs a combination of solar power and rain-water irrigation to cultivate the grapes used in their quality estate vintages. Relax in the tranquil setting of the vineyard’s tasting room as you and a companion sip on Left Coast Cellars' 2004 Suzanne's Estate Reserve pinot noir. This vintage red is defined by aromas of cherry cordial, prune, lavender, and custard, with subtle flavors of dried cherry, crème caramel, toasted nut, and wine. Enjoy this drinkable bouquet alongside three chocolate truffle desserts per person, featuring unique flavor combinations, such as marionberry and sage; mango and ginger with white chocolate; and black currant and grains of paradise, all locally handcrafted by luxury confectioner Extreme Chocolates. The 306-acre Left Coast Cellars estate encompasses rolling hills, a serene meadow, and a historic display of old-growth white oaks providing a pleasant environment for a romantic evening, special occasion, or discussion of your pet acorn’s wasted potential.
Professional pipeliner Mike Jipp and his crew at Lincoln City Surf Shop spread their lifetime love of wave riding by supplying sea legs with the proper gear for swift tide conquest. This shrine to endless summer is stocked with more than 40 boards in both long and boogie varieties, from brands such as Lightning Bolt and McTavish. Lincoln City Surf Shop experts can recommend the most suitable wetsuit, granting surfers maximum wave-crashing comfort. Accessorize with a pair of gloves and booties to ensure proper grippage and impress nearby Gidgets while storming the shores.
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.