Romantic, Colonial Bed and Breakfast in Willamette Valley Wine Country
Nestled behind Kelty Estate is a secret garden where purple flowers bloom in the spring, guests throw pennies into a weathered wishing well, and goldfish swim in a pond shaded by 200-year-old oak trees. In the front yard, sculpted hedges line a white-picket fence, and a swing hangs on the front porch. This is the quaint and idyllic setting for Kelty Estate, a clapboard colonial inn hailing from 1872 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate is a pleasant spot for exploring the wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and this deal includes a three-hour custom winery tour through the region’s scenic trails in a classic stretch limo.
Inside, charming details enhance the property’s romantic aesthetic. Five individually decorated guest suites and rooms on the inn’s first and second floors take their names from Oregon lakes. Sitting atop the original carriage house, the Klamath suite has a private entrance and a cast-iron bed. In the Strawberry suite, skylights illuminate an intimate wicker seating area, and sliding-glass doors in the bedroom lead to a private balcony overlooking the garden. Period antiques, including a Victrola, accent the Diamond room, which features a queen bed and ornate lace window treatments.
Each morning, the innkeeper prepares a gourmet, three-course breakfast with fresh, local ingredients. Sip coffee in the 19th-century parlor room outfitted with original crown molding, a brick, wood-burning fireplace, and a wooden player piano.
Lafayette, Oregon: Hillside Vineyards in the Willamette Valley
Kelty Estate is located in Lafayette, Oregon, a small town about an hour outside of Portland in the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area. Family-owned boutique wineries and metropolitan tasting rooms are abundant in the Willamette Valley, which is famous for its world-class pinot noirs made at sloping hillside vineyards. North of Kelty Estate lies Chateau Lorane, whose handcrafted exotic varietals include late-harvest wines, meads, and ports. To sip artisan reds, head to historical downtown Carlton, where Scott Paul Wines hosts intimate tastings in a restored creamery built in 1915.
The Willamette Valley also contains several educational sites. About a 10-minute drive south of the hotel takes you to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home to more than 200 aircraft and exhibits. You’ll find the original Spruce Goose, built by Howard Hughes in the 1940s to be the largest plane ever constructed. The museum is also home to an educational water park and a six-story 3-D IMAX theater. For more Willamette Valley history, visit Willamette Mission State Park, which marks the spot where Methodists established a missionary in the 1830s to convert Native Americans.
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