Renowned for its artisan wines and pinot noir varietals, Willamette Valley Vineyards whips taste buds into flavorful frenzies with elegant quaffs that highlight the pure grapes of the region. Like the cycles of the moon and broken sundials, reserve tastings rotate monthly, featuring a different lineup of five distinct libations. Tasters can count on three Single Vineyard Designate pinot noirs in the sippable quintet, one of which is the 2008 Estate pinot noir. Blossoming sommeliers step up to their glasses and test their scent-sensors under the guidance of Willamette Valley's professional drink detectives, aiding their efforts to detect the notes of cherry, dark chocolate, and spice laced throughout their beverage. Following their consumption and discussion of their glasses, participants receive two "It's Willamette, Dammit" t-shirts, and are welcome to keep their Riedel logo stemware, ideal for future tastings or trapping fancy tarantulas.
Inside Milltown Pub you'll find a full bar, an all-ages atmosphere, and a menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Swimming at the head of the school of pub fare is blackened salmon, served with spinach, blue-cheese crumbles, roasted almonds, and raspberry balsamic dressing. A meatless marriage of burger and fries can be easily arranged by swapping a beef or turkey patty for a black-bean patty. Milltown has 12 beers on tap, and hosts regular dance contests, karaoke bashes, trivia nights, and movie nights—there's even a 15-foot TV for football games. During warmer weather, enjoy your meal in the outdoor dining garden.
Sculpted into the one-time family farm of former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Charles McNary, McNary Golf Club encompasses diverse trees and rippling waterways into an 18-hole layout that spans 150 acres of rolling meadows. A mixed assemblage of oaks, firs, pines, and redwood trees mingle on the course's emerald sidelines, watching over each towering drive and bickering about squirrel housing arrangements. Claggett Creek comes into play on four holes, including the signature 18th, where its rippling waters snake in front of the enormous green, shaking its hydraulic fists at well-struck balls as they somersault onto the putting surface. A staff of resident aces roam the pristine grounds, showering guests and unsuspecting flagsticks with nuggets of golf wisdom.
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For 60 years, Wooden Nickel Pub & Eatery has served up hearty eats in a wood-paneled bar with games, live music, and the familiar ambience of a hometown hangout. The pub's cooks smoke, cure, and brine meats in-house, sandwiching them within breads baked on-site. In addition to slow-smoked prime rib, German sausages, and sizzling fried chicken, they simmer pots of jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Diners can find the same savory, homestyle food at a second location in Sublimity.
Getting drinks at The Gallon House isn't just to pass the time; it's an adventure. Bartenders serve craft beer by the pint, flight, and take-home growler, with special beer-tasting nights for sampling new, unique brews. Alongside beer, staff serves cocktails made in classic and unique combinations, some with house-infused vodkas. But working through the drink menu isn't the only form of entertainment. Evenings are filled with karaoke, trivia, and live bands. While guests sip and socialize, they can also enjoy house bar fare. Chefs make unique options such as philly cheesesteak flatbreads, spicy wings, and, on special occasions, all-you-can-eat spaghetti. Minors are welcome in The Gallon House until 9 p.m.
Liberty Spirit Bar & Grill stuffs noisy shout-holes with sauce-slathered sandwiches and succulent steaks. Lunchers reminisce about laundry day while rinsing a philly steak sandwich in cleansing jus sauce ($6.75) or carefully folding a chicken-bacon wrap's tomato-basil tortilla to avoid wrinkles ($6.75). During the bar's regular comedy nights, the protein in a 12-ounce rib-eye steak dinner fuels spectators' belly laughs and rotten-tomato tosses ($14.75), and karaoke warblers wet whistles with a pint of Ranger IPA or one of four other beers on tap before serenading companions with Revolutionary War anthems. Daring drinkers can sample the bar's signature concoction, the Raspberry Kamikaze, a mysterious beverage whose secret recipe is known only to Liberty Spirit bartenders and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.