Stoller Vineyards, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, uniquely offers world class wines and genuine hospitality in a stunning setting. Enjoy panoramic views, ample outdoor space for relaxation and three guest homes available for rent while visiting North America's first Gold LEED certified winery.
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 the teahouse overlooking their vineyard in the Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes. They opened their tasting room at A Blooming Hill Vineyard two years later. 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 the best conditions 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.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub is a top pick. McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. The bar at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Eat out with the little ones at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub's outdoor patio. You won't feel cramped at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups. Customers here often groove to live music or a DJ. Pump up your night with performances from McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub's live DJs. Musical groups perform live at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub, so tables can perk up with some tunes. Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant. Dogs are welcome at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub, so feel free to bring Fido along.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. Getting your food to go is also an option. Catering services are also available.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at McMenamins St Johns Theater and Pub.
The foursome behind Ye Ol' Grog Distillery doesn't just make specialty liquors—they make the tools that make specialty liquors. Comprised of three engineers, the team built the microdistillery’s two stills, including a completely redesigned version of a traditional pot still. This machinery not only helps churn out an extremely smooth vodka, but two variations of Ye Ol’ Grog’s namesake, an alcohol beloved by sailors throughout history. Sweetened with blue agave, the distillery’s grog includes the butterscotch-flavored Good Morning Glory and the 100-proof Dutch Harbor Breeze, which is aged in charred oak. To add an extra touch of sweetness, Ye Ol’ Grog’s proprietors complement samples of their liquors with adult shaved ice's made in house.
Though its once purely utilitarian features have been repurposed as a modern industrial-chic wine bar, Sunshine Mill Winery is still a monument to turn-of-the-century agriculture. The gravity mill’s belt-drive system, for instance, is still wholly intact, and its massive gears hang above the heads of sommeliers pouring Quenett and Copa Di Vino wines in the lounge area. And atop the structure that still houses the mill’s Thomas Edison–designed electric generator, musicians regularly perform to the crowds on the alfresco dining area below.
Inside a historical brick building, Howard Hinsdale Cellars' wine pros select from international and Oregon-based small producers to fill glasses with potables, which diners sip between bites of creative and health-focused bistro fare. Tenders at the stained wooden bar pour each palate-pleasing blend, and the kitchen crew uses local, seasonal items as well as imported meats and cheese to craft more small plates than are spun by a circus school's kindergarten class. Beginning at 7 p.m., music fills the lounge-style dining area with groovy tunes from jazz groups and singer-songwriters. Visitors can also sip wine on a wooden deck overhanging a scenic creek or plan their visit to correspond with events such as tastings and movie nights.