For nearly 40 years, Dick Troon tried his hand at winemaking. The early years were filled with a whole lot of trial and error, and not every bottle was particularly successful. But his innovation and stubbornness eventually payed off, resulting in immensely robust and successful varietals. It was because if his spirit and undiscouraged sense of optimism that the winemakers at Troon Vineyard have such vast insight into the viticulture of the Southern Oregon land where their grapes grow fat on the vine?and probably one of the reasons they've amassed so many awards and accolades.
In 2003, Troon handed over the the winery to a friend and fishing companion, Larry Martin, who to this day oversees operations and who reinvented the vineyard and tasting rooms that stand today. The wines produced there range from the ripe, clean Zinfandel?crafted from grapes originally planted by Troon back in 1972?to the robust, smoky notes of dark cherry and caramelized oak of the Estate Syrah. These wines can be sampled and purchased at both of the two tasting rooms, where the wine-savvy staff educates visitors on varietals, good pairings, and the best wine to drink before a first date.
Half-moon booths and stained-glass light fixtures set the tone at Bill's Villager Coffee Shop, but it's the menu that keeps regulars coming back for more. Homestyle cooking is the best way to describe the dishes here, which rarely veer away from the expected. That's certainly not a bad thing when "the expected" includes omelets for breakfast and double-patty burgers for lunch. Even if you aren't that hungry, Bill's has plenty of appeal as a relaxing coffee shop with hot drinks aplenty.
Brutke?s Wagon Wheel has been a key spoke in the Roseburg community for well over 50 years, and the decor speaks to its rich history. Mounted wall sconces cast a buttery glow on antiques such as farm-themed wall hangings, carved-wood furniture, and gas-powered butter churns. These cozy accents set the tone for time-tested American fare. The menu is a m?lange of homestyle favorites such as halibut filets, Northwest ground-chuck burgers, and of course, the Montreal-seasoned steaks?all locally butchered and aged for 28 days. Diners may also wash down meals with one of twelve beers on tap or a glass of imported red or white wine.
With its wooden beams and mounted hunting trophies, not to mention its friendly staff and comprehensive inventory, Langlois Market seems a bit like a relic from the past. The place is a modern-day general store though, stocked with groceries and everyday essentials as well as savory ready-to-eat options. The main event are hot dogs made with signature sauce that are beloved by locals and visitors alike?a minister from Indonesia is rumored to have loved them so much, he shipped some back to his country. And with three different flavors of kombucha on tap, plus fridges filled with regional craft brews, fermentation-oriented foodies can get their liquid fix.
North Bend Lanes has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. But things have changed considerably in that time, including the $100,000 worth of sound and light equipment ownership has added to the space. The center takes on many personalities; there's a more serious atmosphere during league play, a family vibe during public bowling, and the psychedelic landscape of cosmic bowl with glow-in-the-dark colors and thumping music. Back Alley Pub & Grill, meanwhile, keeps parties fueled with homemade pizzas and burgers, a full bar including micro beers on tap, and video lottery games.