Resort at a Glance: Village Green Resort
Village Green Resort is defined by its 14 themed gardens, spread out over 14 acres and together support more than 2,200 different plant species. Once a secluded country getaway for politicians and celebrities, the resort property itself was renovated in 2003 to recapture its upscale feel. Aside from its tranquil setting, Village Green is popular for its convenient location to nearby wineries—there are nine within 25 miles—and the classic covered bridges in Cottage Grove.
- Stroll through the Golden Garden, where wind chimes and bells hang from a giant tulip tree, providing a peaceful soundtrack.
- Enjoy gourmet fare at the onsite restaurant Seasons at the Green, such as honey mustard-glazed salmon and tri tip with horseradish and rosemary au jus.
- Catch a show in the lodge-inspired lounge, which hosts live entertainment ranging from acoustic performances and country to classic rock.
- Relax in your elegant guest room whose design reflects the hotel’s country-style sensibilities, with distressed wood furnishings and garden-gate bed frames.
Cottage Grove, Oregon: Quaint Town with Covered Bridges near Wine Country
Located in western Oregon about 20 miles south of Eugene, Cottage Grove is a small town with a population of roughly 10,000. In 2004, the National Civic League honored its residents with an award, praising their volunteerism and charity work. Downtown, postcard-worthy Main Street is lined with quaint restaurants and shops. The avenue might look a bit familiar, as the parade sequence of Animal House was filmed here.
Cottage Grove is also 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 picturesque bridges, including the recently restored Chambers Railroad Bridge, which was built in 1925. Situated at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley—one of the country’s most prolific wine regions—Cottage Grove also has plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. Head to Saginaw Vineyard to sample pinot noir and pinot gris in the circa-1905 farmstead barn.