Renovated Country Lodge with Themed Gardens and Northwest Cuisine Restaurant
The Village Green Resort is defined by its 14 themed gardens, which spread out over 14 acres and together support more than 2,200 different plant species. Follow a marked walkway and you can relax in designated areas such as the Woodland Shade garden, where cascading flowering plants create a dramatic canopy, and the lustrous Golden Garden, where a towering tulip tree bears hanging wind chimes and bells.
The Village Green Resort was once a secluded countryside getaway for politicians and celebrities, and since its restoration in the 1990s, it has managed to recapture its upscale feel. The onsite restaurant, Seasons at the Green, serves gourmet fare such as honey-glazed wild salmon and hazelnut encrusted pork loin; enjoy dinner for two here with a bottle of wine, included in this getaway. After hours, crowds gather in the lodge-inspired lounge for live entertainment ranging from acoustic performances to karaoke to standup comedy. The lounge also offers a hearty lunch menu and daily happy-hour specials.
The hotel is surrounded by miles of tranquil countryside; grab one of the resort’s rental tandem bikes and you can access Row River Trail, a paved recreational route that stretches past farmlands and shorelines.
The guest rooms reflect the hotel's elegant and country-style sensibilities, with distressed wood furnishings, cast-iron bed frames, and door knockers made from designer cowbells. In the deluxe room, you can relax on a private garden patio or cozy up by the roaring indoor fireplace. Standard rooms, meanwhile, feature ensuite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.
Cottage Grove, Oregon: Covered Bridges and Biking Trails Near Wine Country
Located in western Oregon about 20 miles from Eugene, Cottage Grove is known as the Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon. Take a self-guided tour through the country landscape and you can find half a dozen of these bridges, including the recently restored Chambers Railroad Bridge, which was originally built in 1925. Or take a bike ride along Row River Trail. Paved over the tracks of an old mining train, this 15-mile route winds past Row River, Dorena Lake, and old saw mills before trailing off into the mountains.
Located at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley—one of the most prolific wine regions in the country—Cottage Grove is awash in opportunities for wine tasting. You can sample award-winning pinot noirs and chardonnays at wineries housed in farmstead barns and European mansions, or tour organic vineyards that stretch across quiet, rolling hills.
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