Romantic 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. Sculpted hedges fringe a white-picket fence in the front yard, and a swing hangs on the front porch. This is the idyllic setting for Kelty Estate, a clapboard colonial inn built in 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; as a matter of fact, one of this Getaway's options includes a three-hour winery tour through the region’s scenic trails in a stretch limo.
Inside the bed and breakfast, charming decor and personal touches enhance the property’s all-around 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. Skylights in the Strawberry suite illuminate an intimate 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, which still has its original crown moulding, as well as a wood-burning brick fireplace, and a 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. Family-owned boutique wineries and tasting rooms are abundant in the area, which is famous for its world-class pinot noirs and sloping hillside vineyards. North of Kelty Estate lies Chateau Lorane, whose handcrafted 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 3D IMAX theater. For more local history, visit Willamette Mission State Park, site of a mission established by Methodists in the 1830s.